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Things to Do With Small Children in Lawton, Oklahoma

by Tara West

Lawton has a rich native heritage and is the center for the Comanche nation. This provides unique tribal activities specific to the area. Close proximity to the Wichita Mountains ensures ample outdoor activities and beautiful surroundings. Neighboring Fort Sill offers military history and activities. The combination of natural beauty, tribal history and military presence make for a truly unique family location.

Educational

Lawton has a rich native history. The Comanche Nation provides families the opportunity to learn more about Lawton's native past at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center. Children can participate in an interactive buffalo hunter reenactment. The child will hear and see what a hunting tribe would have experienced during a buffalo hunt. The museum also uses Comanche language to immerse children in Comanche culture. If you have a child who loves the military, the Fort Sill Museum is a must see. Children can see real military facilities that have been fully restored. Guided tours are available and the museum is located within Fort Sill, giving it even more appeal to children who are interested in the military.

Amusement and Arcades

Laugh Out Loud is an indoor fun house with a variety of games and attractions. Arcade games are abundant along with laser tag, large inflatables, a frog hopper, miniature bowling lanes and the Ballocity Action Arena, where children can battle through flying foam balls. The Comanche Nation Water Park is a 12-acre family-friendly water park in Lawton. The park features a wave pool, kiddie pool, water slides and a full arcade.

Outdoors

FitKids Southwest Oklahoma is a program designed to get children out in nature. The Duty Rowe Fit Kids Trailway is part of this program and features a bike trail that travels through the scenic byways and through the wildlife refuge. Children can ride their bikes along the trail or ride in bicycle trailers by their parents. Lake Ellsworth, Lake Lawtonka, Lake Helen and Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area all provide activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and kayaking. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 59,000 acres where visitors can view free roaming buffalo and a variety of wildlife while hiking the trails. The nature center provides hands-on activities catered to children.

Special Events

The Lawton Coliseum is the official fairground facility of the community. The Coliseum hosts a variety of events such as rodeos, livestock shows, fairs and festivals. The Lawton Speedway offers high-speed fun. The speedway hosts mini stock, limited modified, modified and sprint races. Children can watch the races and then get up close and personal with drivers and cars after the race. The sights and sounds are fun for small children and with special mud car races and burnout contests, unique events are frequent at the speedway.

About the Author

Tara West graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in business administration and human resources. West specializes in parenting, green living and career development as a regular contributor at SocialMoms.com. She has been featured on a variety of websites including a childhood favorite, Reading Rainbow.

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