Beat the Heat: OKC Summer Indoor Activities - 405 Magazine

Beat the Heat: OKC Summer Indoor Activities

Game On! It's time to Beat the Heat indoors where the A/C is on full blast. Check out this curated list below for our recommendations.

UpDown offers many fun arcade games, cold drinks, and food to help you beat the heat this summer in OKC.


If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, arcades were the go-to for a break from the summer routine and a chance to compete with friends away from home — and the heat. Remember those moments of pleading with your mom for just one more game of pinball after a trip to the movies? Nowadays, arcade spots are popping up all over. Here in our area, places like Flashback RetroPub and UpDown are ready to add some fun to your summer plans, a drink to your hand and maybe even food to your plate to fuel some friendly competition. And arcades are just the beginning of fun ways to spend some time in blissfully air-conditioned jubilation.


At Up-Down Oklahoma City, located in the happening Plaza District, you’ll find over 70 arcade games from the ’80s and ’90s, many illuminated pinball machines, four classic skee-ball alleys, Nintendo 64 console gaming, life-size Jenga, Connect Four and a spacious rooftop patio for hanging out. Plus, a selection of quirky pizza with wild toppings like macaroni and cheese and a great, vast craft beer selection. 

Flashback RetroPub

No tokens required here — this spot has been a key part of OKC’s Historic Film Row District and all games are set to “free play.” If you miss bold styles, bright colors and big hair, this is your place. With high school lockers turned liquor cabinets, Rubik’s Cube tables and Lite-Brite signs, you’ll feel transported back in time. Enjoy over 100 arcade games, plus Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Sega and N64 consoles. Pair your gaming fun with over 100 craft beers or try one of the signature cocktails.


Roller skating at Skate Galaxy in OKC is a great way to Beat the Heat this summer. Photo by Stephanie Rodriguez.


Roller Skating at Skate Galaxy

Grab the fam; this rink offers high-energy group fun via roller skating and video games. It’s open Wednesdays through Sundays and summer passes are available to skate anytime during open hours all summer long through Aug. 2. 


Bowling at Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge

Imagine stepping out of the heat into a bowling alley with a cozy lounge, a full-service bar and a welcoming patio. This retro-inspired gem pays homage to the beloved bowling alleys of the 1970s, promising a nostalgic experience filled with laughter and good times. Food, beer and cocktail options await to accompany your game. 


Workshops at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Summer is a great opportunity to take time for yourself, hone a skill or learn a new one. The folks at Myriad Botanical Gardens have designed many experiences to partake in this summer for those interested in candle pouring, jewelry and home decor crafts, gardening tips and more. 


Films at OKCMOA Noble Theatre

Throughout the year, the OKCMOA Film Program showcases top-notch independent, international and classic films in the museum’s cozy 230-seat Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. Showtimes can be viewed online and tickets are available for digital purchase or in person at the box office. 


Ceramic Classes at Preacher Pottery 

Offering both courses for adults and summer camps for kids, Preacher Pottery is a perfect cool, creative escape for any age. Open studio time is also on the menu for those who have wheel throwing or hand building experience. Reserve a wheel online and experience the fun.


Antique Shopping at Mockingbird Manor

Located on Western Avenue, Mockingbird Manor houses a charming collection of antiques to add a little personality to your space. Guests are often captivated by its selection of vintage home decor, art and trinkets galore. Spend time soaking up the A/C during your wandering adventures to find the perfect treasure. 


Everything at Oklahoma City Public Libraries

With the kids home from school this summer, each local Metropolitan Library System location has plenty of fun planned to keep visitors entertained all season long. From the summer reading program to its Discovery Backpack program, Scavenger Hunts, Crafts — there are many different interactive and educational experiences to choose from. Check out the website and select a library close to you for a rundown of local events.


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