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January 2013

Our BIG Education Guide

Over 67 resources for your child’s educational needs Important tips to help and challenge your gifted & talented child

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Contents January 2013

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Dear MetroFamily

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Family Shorts

Editor’s Note.

Community news, resources & other family-friendly information.

14 Ask the Expert

Why you shouldn’t compete at parenting.

16 Oklahoma Reads Great reads for all.

24 Exploring Oklahoma & Beyond So much to see and do in Branson.

26 Problem-Solving Products 28 Focus on Education

Addressing the challenges of gifted children.

30 Local Shopping

Red Coyote helps runners put their best foot forward.

32 Your Healthy Family

Help for finding a new look for the new year.

Your child’s education is likely at the top of your parenting concerns. In this BIG education issue, you will find an Education Guide with over 67 helpful resources (page 18) and an article to help you nurture your gifted and talented child (page 28).

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34 Real Moms of the Metro

Meet Buthiana Jwayyed: professional educator and mother of six.

Looking for a family trip in the near future? Branson might provide just what you’re looking for!

35 Calendar

Learn about non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Are they for you? Local experts provide the information you need.

46 Mom Gets the Last Laugh

Fun events, activities and classes.

Making the case for antiresolutions.

ON OUR COVER: Tripp Wohl , 16-month-old son of Kenneth and Lori Wohl of Edmond. COVER PHOTO BY: Autumn Moore, www.autumnmoorephotography.com.

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Dear MetroFamily, We’re here, another new year, another calendar filled with blank squares and possibilities before us. A new year always seems to be the time for change; the time when stepping outside of our comfort zones is not as scary. After all, change is all around us. But first, we must reflect on where we’ve been. And 2012 was a challenge-filled year, to say the least. Overwhelming news stories from all quarters capped off with tragedy in December as we all came together as a nation to mourn fallen children and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. It bears mention Ready for a new year. in this, our Education issue, as I can’t help but wonder what it will mean to our future columns on education—will we continue to write about nutrition, changes in standardized testing, how to get your child to finish her homework? Or will we now write about schools installing preventive measures, barriers and metal detectors, armed guards and lock down drills? Time will tell. To be sure, this event has opened a dialogue in our country about guns, mental health and safety in schools. The Monday after it happened, my son came home from school and remarked on the changes that happened at his school. “Life will never be the same,” he said. How true. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad thing. Let’s all work together to make 2013 an amazing year for our children.

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I am looking forward to actually accomplishing some resolutions such as getting more organized at home and work and making the most of every day. Lela Davidson, Mom Gets the Last Laugh

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Art Director Kathryne Taylor kathryne@metrofamilymagazine.com Advertising Sales Athena Delce Hollie Niblett Dana Price ads@metrofamilymagazine.com Office and Distribution Manager Kathy Alberty kathy@metrofamilymagazine.com Assistant Editor & Online Content Manager Brooke Barnett brooke@metrofamilymagazine.com

Circulation 35,000 – OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, Yukon Also available as a digital edition at MetroFamilyMagazine.com.

Sarah Taylor, Publisher

I am looking forward to getting organized. I’m sure this is going to be the year— unlike all those other years I’ve said the same thing!

Editor Mari M. Farthing editor@metrofamilymagazine.com

Contributing Writers Brooke Barnett, Lela Davidson, Julie Dill, Shannon Fields, Jennifer Geary, Robin Jones

What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

Jennifer Geary, Exploring Oklahoma

Publisher Sarah L. Taylor sarah@metrofamilymagazine.com

Project Manager Janetta Bridges janetta@metrofamilymagazine.com

We asked our contributors:

I always get excited about a shiny, new year with unlimited potential—a chance to set new goals, discover new interests and have fun adventures with my family.

To submit events to our calendar calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

Calendar Editor Sara Riester calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

P.S. Visit metrofamilymagazine.com/mari to read my blog, “Keeping it Real,” about my personal adventures in the ups and downs of parenting.

Brooke Barnett, Assistant Editor

Info And Questions: 405-601-2081

I’m looking forward to cleaning my desk in 2013. I have a 12-month, multi-step plan. This is my year!

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Photo courtesy of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Mari Farthing

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Director Ghislain d’Humières and University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach Sherri Coale (both right) tour the FJJMA at OU with the OU Women’s Basketball Team.

Free Admission at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Free admission is now available every day at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (FJJMA) on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. A $60,000 gift from the OU Athletics Department budget will make the free admission to the general public possible on an ongoing, permanent basis. “We are excited to have the opportunity and ability to supplement the University budget to provide free admission to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,” said OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “In a time when funding for higher education is sharply dropping, this kind of cooperation has a truly extraordinary impact on the resources and opportunities available to our students and the public,” said OU President David L. Boren. “We are excited to offer to the entire community this opportunity to view one of the world’s most distinguished collections of art without having to go outside the state of Oklahoma.” The FJJMA is one of the top five university art museums in the country in appraised value and offers an ongoing schedule of art appreciation activities for children and families. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District at 555 Elm, on the OU Norman campus. The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday; for hours and information, call 405-325-4938 or visit www.ou.edu/fjjma.

“Be Smart–Don’t Start” The annual, statewide “Be Smart–Don’t Start” Anti-Tobacco curriculum educates students in grades K–5 on the dangers of tobacco through fun, interactive classroom lessons. The DVD curriculum is free and customized for grades K–2 and 3–5. Held in conjunction with this year’s new curriculum, the 2013 Be Smart–Don’t Start Contest will run from January 14–February 18. Classrooms can create video, audio or visual multimedia entries designed to educate other students and adults of the dangers of tobacco. The entries will be judged by age and category, and three first, second and third place winners will be selected in each grade group (K–2 and 3–5). One overall grand-prize winner will have their entry turned into a 30-second public service announcement featuring the classes’ own creativity and voices. In addition, the grand prize and first place winners will be honored during a ceremony at the State Capitol, receive an iPad for their classroom and enjoy a field trip to Science Museum Oklahoma. Second and third place winners will receive cash prizes. Contest entries must be uploaded on the Be Smart– Don’t Start website by 5:00pm February 18. For more information or to request a DVD curriculum, visit www.bcbsok.com/dontstart.

Oklahoma City Students Visit Ballet By Julie Dill

The Oklahoma City Ballet extended their schedule of the “Director’s Choice” performance series for some very important guests. About 3,000 Oklahoma students, kindergarten through high school, had the opportunity to partake in a theatre experience. Artsreach, a community outreach program, hosts annual ballet performances to give students an experience in the arts that they may not get otherwise. Pepper Rohr, event coordinator, sees the high correlation between the arts and traditional learning. “Watching a ballet taps into the same skills necessary for language arts. Students must interpret the story and draw conclusions from the ‘language’ the ballet presents. It is a significant aspect of Oklahoma City Ballet’s mission for ArtsReach to provide an educational experience to all children who participate and encourage a few to take ballet lessons from this experience. Children involved in ballet lessons learn lessons that will last a lifetime: determination, self- discipline and the self esteem that comes from the hours of practice it takes to master a ballet skill,” Rohr says. Harding Charter Preparatory High School teacher Elizabeth Silver speaks highly of the program. “They were a captive audience while watching a variety of dance styles. Many of [the students] had never been to the Civic Center or an artistic performance beyond school events. I wanted my kids to get a taste of a cultural event that they might otherwise never experience, whether because of cost or opportunity. It was an excellent lesson in theater etiquette and an opportunity to try out their more adult social skills. Some students loved the tangos, some were blown away by the more modern dance ‘Left Behind,’ and some were absolutely enamored with the music and are requesting that it be explored in their music classes. The kids were amazed at the different types of dance that fall under ballet and appreciated the variety. The boys who were initially reluctant have already expressed excitement about going again next year. In all, this was an intensely rewarding experience for me and the students,” says Silver. This performance was possible with support from the Allied Arts Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc., Oklahoma Arts Council and the McLaughlin Family Foundation. For more information, visit www.okcballet.com/arstreach.html.

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By Robin Jones

Every married couple has disagreements; the key to healthy relationships is how you manage and learn from conflict. Conflict is driven mostly by fear—the fear of being disrespected or taken for granted, the fear of powerlessness, the fear of rejection or inadequacy. Intimacy, respect, validation, love and connection can assuage these fears. If conflict is poorly managed, issues can explode like a massive volcano, leaving spouses and family members in its wake of destruction. Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage is a free, one-night conference with Greg and Erin Smalley from Focus on the Family. Through real life experiences, they have learned to deal with hot-button issues, how conflict provides an opportunity to break ineffective patterns and practical ways to build greater trust and intimacy. Participants will receive tools, encouragement, and inspiration to build a healthy marriage and avoid breakdown or divorce. Three main points will be addressed in the conference: 1.

The Reactive Cycle: the real reason we fight (hint: it’s not finances, sex, the kids or where to spend the holidays). How we must learn to take personal responsibility for our emotions to have a healthy and passionate marriage.

2. L.U.V.E. Talk: how to Listen, Understand, Validate and Empathize with one another instead of judging emotions and feelings. 3. Teamwork: how to work together to find solutions. Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 7201 West Britton Road, Oklahoma City on Friday, January 18, 6:30pm. Online registration and reservations for childcare (due by January 16) are free at www.mbcokc.com.

Top 10 Reader Picks: Best Places for Free (or Nearly Free!) Fun Did you make a New Year’s resolution to spend less, save more or take other steps to become more financially secure? If so, one great way to trim your budget is through entertainment—but spending less does not have to equal less fun! The Oklahoma City metro area is teeming with opportunities to have great family fun that will be easy on your wallet. We polled our readers for their favorite free (or nearly free) places and activities in the metro and here, in random order, are their recommendations: • 45th Infantry Museum (www.45thdivisionmuseum.com) • Martin Park Nature Center (www.okc.gov/parks/martin_ park) • Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk (first Friday and Saturday of each month, www.thepaseo.com) • Free Admission Mondays at the OKC Zoo (through February, www.okczoo.com) • Free Family Days at the OKC Museum of Art (www. okcmoa.com) • Myriad Botanical Gardens (www.myriadgardens.org) • Edmond Historical Society & Museum • Walking the Bricktown Canal (www.bricktownokc.com) • Plaza District Live on the Plaza (second Friday of each month. www.plazadistrict.org.)

Photo courtesy of Ahmed Hassan.

• Free admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (first Monday of each month, www.snomnh. ou.edu.) For a list of free activities taking place around the metro each week, visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/free. Thanks to Valerie E., Laura G., Renae D., Tiffany M., Jentri J., Kristy R., Amanda D., Alyson M., Jennifer S. and Ashleigh D. for contributing to this list. Follow us at www.facebook.com/ metrofamily to share your thoughts on next month’s list. Have a place or event you’d like to suggest? Comment at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/free-fun.

Yard Crashers Host Coming to OKC Ahmed Hassan, host of HGTV and DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, will bring his passion for landscape design to the 31st annual Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show. Hassan has been featured on numerous HGTV and DIY Network shows including Green Me Up and Blog Cabin. For Yard Crashers, Hassan finds unsuspecting homeowners in home improvement stores and surprises them with a free landscape makeover. “My philosophy is that gardening and landscaping are supposed to be enjoyable and therapeutic. It’s a creative expression and rewarding hard work,” Hassan said. “Don’t fight nature and get stressed about your outdoor spaces.”

At the show, Hassan will give a presentation about home improvement and landscaping that he describes as a mixture of “stand-up comedy, story telling and a horticulture class.” His goal is to inspire attendees and help them feel less intimidated by landscaping. Hassan will also cover tips about increasing home value with landscaping. The Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show is a three-day event held January 18–20 that will showcase ideas, expert advice, products and services for home improvement projects. Admission is $11, and children under 12 are free. Show hours are Friday Noon–9:00pm; Saturday 10:00am–9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am–6:00pm. For more information and discount tickets, visit www.oklahomacityhomeshow. com.

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Photo by Gillian Lang, courtesy of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Fight For Your Marriage


Meet our Cover Kids Search winners MetroFamily is pleased to recognize the 2012-13 Cover Kids Search winners! Beginning this past August, readers submitted more than 110 photos of kids ages 0-18. From this group, Magna Talent Agency of Oklahoma selected the finalists in each of six categories. Nearly 7,000 votes then helped determine the winners in six categories. Congratulations to the following Cover Kids who received the most votes in their categories! You will soon see their smiling faces on the covers of our magazine this year. Look for information about Cover Kids Search 2013-14 this summer. Our sincere thanks to Quail Springs Mall for hosting our Cover Kids event this fall, Glamour Shots for providing the photography at the event and Magna Talent Agency for picking the finalists. Pictured L to R, top to bottom: Josh Bruza, ages 12 and older category, son of Jim and Margret Bruza of Edmond; Sydney Anderson-McCullum, ages 9-12 category, daughter of Faydra Cullum of Oklahoma City; Julia Pershica, age 6, special needs category, daughter of Joshua and Shelia Pershica and Kelley & David Gazaway of Oklahoma City; Abigail DeSpain, ages 4-7 category, daughter of Rick and Kim DeSpain of Oklahoma City; Draik Barrett, ages 19 months-3 years category, son of Brandon and Amey Barrett of Oklahoma City; and Alexander Reynolds, ages 0-18 months, son of Dustin and Stephanie Reynolds of Edmond.

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Play and Learn According to Rahima Baldwin Dancy, author of You are Your Child’s First Teacher, play is an important part of learning. Dancy says that for children under age 6, play “allows for a wide range of experiences, so what is first grasped through action can later be learned anew through thought.” Educational games and activities are a great way to continue teaching concepts that might be hard to grasp initially, such as coordination, manners and strategy. Here are a few games and activities perfect for kids of all age ranges to enjoy while learning: • The ThinkFun Roll & Play is geared for toddlers to learn colors, counting, body parts and emotions. Ages 18 months and up. ($20, www.thinkfun.com) • Story Cubes Actions are a set of dice with pictures on each side that are easy to use to create stories that stretch your imagination. Ages 8 and up. ($8, www.gamewright.com) • Find Your Way! is a book filled with geography puzzles geared toward girls ages 8 and up, encouraging them to enjoy learning about their world through activities. Includes flashcards and an answer key. ($13, www.americangirl.com) • The FitzIt card game challenges players to pick words that fit the description on the card, adding cards and choosing new words as the game progresses. Ages 10 and up. ($10, www. gamewright.com)

Spotlight on Character: Punctuality Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. — Lord Chesterfield Being punctual means showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time. Being punctual shows respect for the people in your life and avoids the loss of time and energy that results from keeping others waiting. In your home, model punctuality by giving priority to appointments made with family members and helping to lift the burdens of family members so that they can get where they need to be on time. You can also ensure that family members go to bed on time in order to facilitate getting up on time the next day, and make sure you are in the car in time so as not to make the entire family late for an event or appointment. Encourage family members to promptly respond to letters and phone calls and not keep others waiting. Encourage punctuality in your family by saying these “I will” statements aloud with your children and applying them to everyday life: I will: be at the right place at the right time • prepare for unexpected delays • do my work ahead of time • plan a daily schedule and keep it • not fall into the trap of “just one more” Read about punctuality to bring the lesson home to your kids: • • •

In Little Miss Late (by Roger Hargreaves), early readers learn from the title character why it’s important to be on time. In My Big Lie (by Bill Cosby), Little Bill finds big trouble lying about why he’s late. The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus (by Stan and Jan Berenstain) introduces the concept of time to early readers.

Courtesy of Character First, www.characterfirst.com.

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Eat Smart: Put Breakfast First How important is a healthy breakfast to your child’s educational success? “Breakfast literally ‘breaks the fast’ from the night before and gives your body the food/fuel necessary to function properly and fight fatigue,” says Tiffany Bruner, MS, RD/LD, the Assistant Director of Child Nutrition at Moore Public Schools. “Eating a healthy breakfast [affects students in] the classroom with better concentration, increased ability to learn or retain information, better performance on exams, reduced behavioral problems and improved attendance records due to a stronger immune system.” So, what makes up a healthy breakfast? Bruner suggests that a meal including whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and fruit or vegetables is going to provide energy and necessary fuel to get your child’s day off on the right foot. And don’t worry that these healthy foods will break your budget. In a recent TIME magazine article, Dr. Mehmet Oz (award-winning talk show host, author and cardiologist) asserted that healthy foods are available at all price points in your local supermarket, not just in gourmet stores. In fact, if you read labels closely, you can typically find affordable cereals and oatmeals that are made with whole grains and without high fructose corn syrup or high sugar content. Other good choices include Greek yogurt, which is high in protein, eggs and fresh fruit. And, mom, why should you remember to eat breakfast? Because, according to Bruner, “eating breakfast leads to healthier food choices throughout the day and at other meals.” So don’t skip this important meal!


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Ask the Experts Competitive Parenting? I can’t help comparing my parenting skills to other moms, and I never measure up. I feel like I don’t give my kids enough time, enough experiences, enough of the right foods, enough independence. How do I know if I measure up? Parenting requires confidence to be successful. It can undermine our confidence to hear others make disparaging comments about our skills or talk up their own successes, which can make us question our own abilities. But keep in mind—there isn’t a scale for measuring your success as a parent. If you keep striving for improvement, that’s the best way to measure personal growth and success. Ask yourself: “Did I improve my time management?” “Did I provide healthy meals and a healthy home for my children?” “Am I living an example of our faith?” Take it one day at a time and strive for improvements in your approach as you go. But remember not to measure your success or failure against anyone else—you’ve been blessed with different gifts and need to make the most of what you have. Devonne Carter, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Edmond. 405326-3923, www.carterscounseling.com.

It sounds like you’re dealing with the dreaded “mommy guilt,” that feeling that you’re doing everything wrong and your kids are going to suffer for your lack of parenting skills. But the truth is, there is no such thing as a perfect parent. Comparing yourself to other parents will only lead to misery and feelings of inadequacy—because we tend to compare ourselves to people we put on a pedestal, not accounting for their human weaknesses and failings. Instead of focusing on others, focus on what your priorities are for your family and how you can best meet your own expectations. Ask yourself if your expectations are realistic, or are you putting too much pressure on yourself to be some version of the World’s Greatest Mom? If you see areas that truly need improvement, then work on those—but let go of the guilt. It doesn’t help you and it doesn’t help the kids, either. Kids need parents who love them, spend time with them and help them grow and learn. They just need you and your love and time, not some fantasy version of the “perfect” mom. Be yourself and the best job you can do without worrying about measuring up to anyone else’s family. Your kids will learn that it is okay to be human, make mistakes sometimes and be proud of who they are.

On those days when you just can’t help comparing yourself to others, write down a list of all the positive things you are doing as a parent. You’ll likely discover you are doing a better job than you thought. Tamara Walker, RN is a talk show host and speaker in Edmond. www.momrn.com. First of all, you are probably doing better than you think. It is the sign of a good parent when you feel you are not doing enough, but be careful not to compare. Each family has their own unique challenges and personalities. No two families are exactly alike. Often those who struggle seldom let anyone know about it. The perfect family may be far from perfect. To understand how you measure up, start with the end in mind. What do you want your children to look like as adults? What skills do you want them to possess? Focus on these skills as you parent. When you see them demonstrated, you will know you are succeeding. Donnie Van Curen, M.A., LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist with Counseling 1820, LLC. 405-823-4302, www.counseling1820.com.

Our Readers Respond: • Parenting isn’t a contest! You are a unique person parenting unique children and creating unique family memories and identity. Think about your specific parenting goals—spiritual, physical and educational. Then, develop concrete steps of action to help you meet those goals. Love your kids. Spend time with them. Have fun with them. Enjoy the process, and don’t expect perfection. • Quite honestly, I don’t know a mom who doesn’t feel that way. We’re all guilty of it to a certain extent. I personally think if your intentions are to be the best mother you can be, and you raise responsible, respectable and happy kids, then you should use that as your gauge. To me, if your kids are happy and are thriving well in their environment, whatever environment they are in, you’re doing just fine! • What works for you, your kids, your family may not be the same as what works for others. Also looks are deceiving. It may appear they have it all together and, in reality, it is all just for show. Stop comparing yourself, your parenting style or your kids—it is like comparing apples to oranges. • What works for one household doesn’t necessarily work for another. And you must remember children are different. You have to find out what works for your family. If you try to “keep up with the Joneses” then you’ll go broke, insane, and no one will be happy! Good luck. Thanks to Kim M., Christy K., Kami M., and Neicie L. for your feedback! Have a question for our experts? Email it to editor@metrofamilymagazine.com.

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Mark the date for OKC’s premier family fun event! Saturday, March 23

10am to 4pm at the State Fairgrounds (Oklahoma Expo building) Enjoy over 60 booths with hands-on activities for the kids • Inflatables • Character Corner • Stage Entertainment

Find out more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-fest

Attention Businesses: Join these and many others who will connect to thousands of local families at Kids Fest! New in Oklahoma (newinoklahoma.com), Primrose Schools, Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma Employees Credit Union (OECU), Oklahoma Connections Academy, Homeland, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Skate Galaxy, and Kaw Lake Association/Camp McFadden Reserve by January 11 for early-bird pricing and a free ad. (After January 31, booth price goes up.)

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Oklahoma Reads Great Reads for All Celebrate education! Here are some titles for you to choose when you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary to entertain and inform your children. The Magic Schoolbus Complete Series on DVD features all 52 episodes of the beloved, award-winning television program based on the best-selling book series featuring Mrs. Frizzle and her students as they experience adventures through their time-traveling schoolbus. (Scholastic DVD, $90) The Mead Early Learning Workbooks for elementary-age students cover a variety of topics from the classroom. Topical workbooks ($5+) cover topics like multiplication, fractions and reading comprehension; Comprehensive workbooks ($7+) cover brain-building activities and grade-level requirements.

Early Readers

Grades 3+

Because You Are My Teacher By Sherry North, illustrated by Marcellus Hall (Abrams, $17) Through the creative lessons of an imaginitive teacher, a group of young students explore the geography of the world in this fantastic journey.

3-D Earth By John Woodward (DK, $18) Explore the earth, weather systems, climate and wildlife in this fact-filled book—and then download free software for an interactive lesson using specially-marked pages and your webcam.

The Chicken Problem By Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson (Random House, $17) Peg and Cat love problems— lucky for them, they are faced with a problem of 100 chickens. Every page of this clever title features math references to excite or engage early readers in number concepts.

Big Book of Why (Sports Illustrated Kids, $18) Over 500 sports facts for kids that answer just about any question they might have, from why footballs aren’t round to the numbering system for college basketball jerseys.

Draw Plus Science By Freddie Levin (Peel Productions, $9) A hands-on activity book that uses drawing techniques to teach science through art lessons. A fun way to learn! Hide and Seek By David A. Carter (Tate Publishing, $25) This graphic pop-up book takes an old-fashioned “I Spy” game and cleverly turns it into a 3D activity. Lemonade in Winter By Emily Jenkins and G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade Books, $17) Siblings learn the concept of money while running a lemonade stand in winter. They buy their ingredients, sell their lemonade, but will they turn a profit? Reviews by Mari Farthing.

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Adults Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking By Cybele Pascal (Ten Speed Press, $22) Most fast and easy cookbooks don’t work for those with food allergies—but this book is designed to meet that need. Featuring over 70 recipes made without common allergens. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids By Dr. Laura Markham (Perigree Books, $15) Did you resolve to make 2013 the year of no more yelling? Let this book be your guide. A guide to controlling your emotions and encouraging your children to choose to behave. You Are Your Child’s First Teacher By Rahima Baldwin Dancy (Ten Speed Press, $18) As parents, we want to make sure our kids have the best learning opportunities available, and this book offers a guide to effectively teaching your young child (from ages 1–6).


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405-525-0956, www.bjcs.org

PreK–8

Diverse Catholic community providing excellence in academic instruction & faith formation in a safe faith-filled environment.

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School

801 NW 50th Street, OKC

405-842-6638, www.bmchs.org

Grades 9–12

Co-educational college prep Archdiocesan high school with diverse student body.

Casady School

9500 Pennsylvania Avenue, OKC

405-749-3100, www.casady.org

PreK–12

Independent, Episcopal, co-educational, collegepreparatory school.

Christ the King Catholic School

1905 Elmhurst Avenue, OKC

405-843-3909, www.ckschool.com

PreK–8

School focused on helping students develop academically for a life of faith, service & integrity.

Erna Krouch Preschool

4901 N Pennsylvania Avenue, OKC

405-848-5926, www.thetempleokc.org

Preschool

Theme-based curriculum includes art, numbers, letters, sounds, Spanish & music.

The Goddard School

6001 E Covell, Edmond, 405-330-1313 17440 N Western, Edmond, 405-348-4442 www.goddardschool.com

PreK–K

Teachers nurture the healthy development of children to encourage each child’s lifelong love of learning. Education programs individualized for each student.

Heritage College

7100 I-35 Service Road, 405-631-3399, OKC www.heritage-education.com

Post-seconday Training for careers in the healthcare, wellness & beauty education fields. Career placement assistance available.

Holy Trinity Catholic School

N 2nd & Missouri, Okarche

405-263-4422, www.holytrinityok.org

PreK–8

Catholic school with daily bus route to and from NW OKC

Holy Trinity Christian School

308 NW 164th Street, OKC

405-844-4000, www.holytrinityedmond.org

PreK–5

Hands-on learning geared toward children’s physical, social, emotional & intellectual development.

King’s Gate Christian School

11400 N Portland, OKC

405-752-2111, www.kingsgateschool.com

PreK–5

Quality Christian education in an accredited, ageappropriate learning environment rich in experimental interaction & exploration.

Messiah Lutheran School

3600 NW Expressway, OKC

405-946-0462, www. messiahlutheranschool.com

PreK–8

Accredited Christian school with small class sizes and qualified, caring teachers.

Mount St. Mary High School

2801 S Shartel Avenue, OKC

405-631-8865, www.mountstmary.org

9–12

College preparatory, co-educational Catholic education with a variety of clubs, organizations, fine arts & athletics.

Oklahoma Calvert Academy

Virtual School; 11911 N Pennsylvania Avenue, OKC

877-485-8283, www. oklahomacalvertacademy.com

PreK–8

A tuition-free, flexible, public, virtual school option that utilizes the world-renowned Calvert curriculum and allows you to educate your child at home with the supervision of state certified teachers. Lesson plans included.

Oklahoma Christian School

4680 E 2nd Street, Edmond

405-341-2265, www.ocssaints.org

PreK–12

Interdenominational Christian College-Prep school preparing students to make an impact for the Kingdom of God in the field they are called.

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Schools

Location

Address

Contact

Grades

Details

Oklahoma Connections Academy

Virtual School; 2425 Nowata Place, Bartlesville

918-977-3285. www.connectionsacademy. com/oklahoma-school

K–12

Oklahoma Connections Academy is an accredited, tuitionfree, online public school offering personalized instruction and a proven curriculum delivered by certified teachers.

Preschool

Private preschool with accredited curriculum that partners with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life, with the goal to help children have fun while building “Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts.”

Primrose School

6101 NW 139th Street, OKC, 405-721-2200, www.primrosenwoklahomacity.com (opens soon) 1520 SW 119th Street, OKC, 405-793-6000, www.primroseswoklahomacity.com 15000 N Western Avenue, Edmond, 405-285-6787, www.primroseedmond.com

Providence Hall Classical 1120 E Hefner Road, OKC Christian School

405-478-2077, www.providencehall.org

PreK–9

Half- & full-day programs for preschool & kindergarten; classical Western education with scriptural focus for all grades.

Rosary School

1919 NW 18th Street, OKC

405-525-9272, www.rosaryschool.com

PreK–8

Blue Ribbon award-winning Catholic School.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

2700 S Shartel Avenue, OKC

405-634-5673, www.sacredheartokc.org

PreK–8

Catholic education founded on faith, hope, and love. Small class size, sports, piano class, scouting, and clubs.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School

5000 N Grove Avenue, OKC

405-789-0224, www.stcharlesokc.org

PreK–8

Empowered by Gospel values to develop lifetime learners who are Christ-like in Serving, Caring, and Becoming.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School

925 S Boulevard, Edmond

405-348-5364, www.seascardinals.org

PreK–8

Education program rooted in the values of love, respect & justice for every individual & form of life existing in God’s creation.

St. Eugene Catholic School

2400 W Hefner Road, OKC

405-751-0067, www.steugeneschool.org

PreK–8

Roman Catholic school that keeps Christ central by nurturing spiritual growth & academic excellence.

St. John’s Episcopal School & Child Development Program

5401 N Brookline, OKC

405-943-8583, www.stjohnsokc.com

PreK–8

Supportive educational environment that fosters intellectual, physical, social & ethical development & exploration.

St. John the Greater Catholic School

1224 SW 41st Street, OKC

405-636-6810, www.st-james-catholic.org

PreK–8

Catholic education with small class sizes & a wide rnge of extracurricular opportunities. Names for the 2013-14 waiting list now accepted.

St. John Nepomuk Catholic School

600 Garth Brooks Boulevard, Yukon

405-354-2509, www.sjnok.org

PreK–8

Catholic school committed to the gospel teachings of Jesus Christ and the principles of the Catholic Church.

St. Mary Catholic School

502 E Warner, Guthrie

405-282-2071, http://stmarysguthrie.eduk12. net

PreK–8

Committed to providing the best academic & spiritual formation for all.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

505 E Covell Road, Edmond

405-341-9541, www.smesedmond.org

PreK–8

Curriculum focuses on the whole child and teaches, intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical wellness. Before and after school programs available.

St. Philip Neri Catholic School

1121 Felix Place, Midwest City

405-737-4496, www.stphilipnerischool.com

PreK–8

Catholic education plus Spanish, physical education, music & art classes.

Trinity School

321 NW 36th Street, OKC

405-525-5600, www.trinityschoolokc.org

K–12

Private, independent day school specializing in intelligent students with learning differences in language, reading, math, handwriting, processing and/or other areas. Accepting Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships.

Veritas Classical Academy

8901 S Shields Boulevard, OKC

405-585-7275, www.veritasclassical.com

PreK–12

A classical Christian, blended-model school where students attend classes 2 or 2.5 days per week and do home day work on the other days. Campuses in southwest OKC and north Edmond.

Westminster School

600 NW 44th Street, OKC

405-524-0631, www.westminsterschool.org

PreK–8

Co-ed school with the mission to educate children by engaging them in experiences to challenge them to solve problems as cooperative, confident & responsible learners.

YMCA (E.L. Gaylord Downtown)

1 NW 4th Street, OKC

405-297-7760, www.ymcaokc.org

PreK–K

Early learning programs based on holistic child development.

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Field Trip Venues

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Location

Address

Contact

Details

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

507 S 4th Street, Enid

580-237-1907, www.csrhc.org

Tells the history & development of the Cherokee Outlet where students can step back in time to early frontier days.

Chickasaw Cultural Center

867 Charles Cooper Memorial Road, Sulphur

580-622-7130, www. chickasawculturalcenter.com

Shares the story of the Chickasaw people through the latest technology, live demonstrations, ancient artifacts and natural outdoor spaces. Staffed with cultural demonstrators/teachers to educate visitors on traditional crafts and more.

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan

580-252-6692, www.onthechisholmtrail.com

Offers sessions for Pre-K-adults, with certified educators presenting age-appropriate lessons on the Chisholm trail, Native Americans and Oklahoma Land Giveaways. All modules incorporate Oklahoma PASS & Core Curriculum, can include educators in period dress.

Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum

1400 Classen Drive, OKC

405-235-4458, www.oklahomaheritage.com

Experience Oklahoma’s story through its people in a high-tech, interactive museum environment.

Harn Homestead Museum

1721 N Lincoln Boulevard, OKC

405-235-4058, www.harnhomestead.com

Field trip venue for students age 5+ to learn about territorial-era settlers. 2- & 3-hour programs available for elementary & secondary students.

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum

1714 W Wrangler Boulevard, Seminole

405-382-0950, www.jasminemoran.com

Interactive exhibits, outdoor train & ScienceWorks wing (complete with a surgical suite) provide a fun field trip venue.

Leonardo’s Children’s Museum

200 E Maple, Enid

580-233-2787, www.leonardos.org

Hands-on science museum with focus on arts & science. All-day admission also includes Adventure Quest, an outdoor science playground featuring a three-story castle.

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee

405-878-5300, www.mgmoa.org

Integrated student programs combining museum & classroom experiences for students of all ages.

Museum of Osteology

10301 S Sunnylane Road, OKC

405-814-0006, www.museumofosteology.org

Hands-on educational programs focusing on the form & function of the skeletal system. Programs available for Pre-K-12th grade.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd Street, OKC

405-478-2250, www. nationalcowboymuseum.org

Hands-on programs for K-6th grades meet OK PASS & C3 Standards for Social Studies. Guided tours for mid-high/high school. Traveling Trunks available for classroom use on American Cowboys, American Indians, Oklahoma History, tailored to grade level, 2-week free check out when picked up from museum.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive, OKC

405-236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

Pre-scheduled, docent-led tours available for school-age groups. Scholarships available.

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th Street, OKC

405-425-0218, www.okczooed.com

Outreach & school programs to reach students of all ages.

405-522-0765, www.okhistory.org

Offers a variety of unique educational programs to facilitate sharing our state’s past through guided tours, living history presentations, scavenger hunts, hands-on activities, education trunks & special classes. Also offers educational outreach programs.

Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, OKC

Oklahoma Railway Museum

3400 NE Grand Boulevard, 405-424-8222, www. OKC oklahomarailwaymuseum.org

Museum with historic railroad equipment & Saturday train rides.

Oklahoma WONDERtorium

308 W Franklin Lane, Stillwater

405-533-3333, www.okwondertorium.org

Inquiry-based exploration of the museum exhibits in the areas of science, engineering, creative art, math, history and culture. Field trips may be scheduled Wednesday–Friday, 10am–2pm.

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma

702 N Washington, Enid

580-233-3051, www. railroadmuseumofoklahoma.org

Field trip venue with over a million pieces of railroad memorabilia with all-caboose rail excursions.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman

405-325-4712, www.snomnh.ou.edu

Age-appropriate, hands-on programs highlighting the Earth’s history & focusing on Oklahoma. All programs address PASS standards & are taught by professional museum educators. Scholarships available.

Science Museum Oklahoma

2100 NE 52nd Street, OKC

405-602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

Hands-on experiences; thousands of space, aviation & cultural artifacts; ongoing exhibitions; Planetarium shows, Science Live performances & IMAX films in the Dome Theater.

Tiger Safari

963 Country Street 2930, Tuttle

405-381-9453, www.tigersafari.us

Featuring the largest selection of domestic and exotic animals in Oklahoma. Educates on subjects of husbandry and conservation. Offers educational summer camps. “Zoo to You” brings animals to classrooms.

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Outreach & Enrichment Programs

Outreach & Enrichment Programs

Location

Address

Contact

Details

Abrakadoodle OKC

PO Box 6936, Moore

405-818-5417, www.abrakadoodle.com/OK01

Art programs including a trained teacher and comprehensive curriculum are offered at schools or community locations though a mobile art education program. Teaches about artists and styles, demonstrates art techniques, explores art materials and designs original artwork. Offers art camps and art parties for children ages 20 months to age 14.

Alliance Française d’Oklahoma City

PO Box 414, OKC

405-748-0868, www.afdokc.org

Offers enrichment French classes for children (PreK–5th) and adults. Teachers are native French speakers. Children’s classes last one hour and are held on Saturday mornings.

City Arts Center

3000 General Pershing Boulevard, OKC

405-951-0000, www.cityartscenter.org

Introduce children ages 5-13 to both the visual and performing arts, inspire creative thinking and empower them to produce artwork, including ceramics, painting & drawing, mask making, sculpture, theatre, dance and more. Scholarships available.

College Nannies and Tutors of Edmond

1333 N Santa Fe Avenue, Edmond

405-513-6060, www. collegenanniesandtutors.com

One-on-one customized tutoring for all ages and all subjects including college test prep.

Club Z! In-home Tutoring 3200 E Memorial, Edmond 405-478-3515, www.clubztutoring.com/okc Service

All subjects and all levels, Pre-K–College. Provides private instruction in an environment highly-conducive to learning. College test prep and grade level assessment available.

Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E Edwards, Edmond

405-340-4481, www.edmondfinearts.com

Non-profit community arts organization offering educational enrichment in the visual & performing arts for adults and children.

Jingle and Jangle

111 E Paul, Pauls Valley

405-238-5800, www.jingleandjangle.com

Offers educational field trips meeting Oklahoma standards in Math, Language, Arts and Geography. Jingle and Jangle were Santa’s original elves & want to help celebrate holidays through fun with candy and numerous creative candy crafts.

Kumon Math & Reading

Edmond (245 S Santa Fe Avenue), 405-216-9800; N Edmond (775 W Covell Road), 405-715-1111; Mustang (204 N Mustang Mall Terrace), 405-376-6400; Norman (1320 N Interstate Drive), 405-364-1600; OKC North (9494 N May Avenue), 405752-2000; OKC NW (7640 NW Expressway), 405-721-7323; OKC South (10600 S Pennsylvania Avenue), 405-691-8900; Yukon (1300 W Vandament), 405-494-3010 www.kumon.com

Mad Science of OKC and 14020 N Western Avenue, OKC Tulsa

Beginning-to-advanced math & reading programs for ages 3–18. Ongoing sessions with individualized academic plans.

405-285-9643, www.okc.madscience.org

Fun, inquiry-based, hands-on, themed programs & activities for grades preschool through middle school held at schools or community centers.

Mathnasium of North OKC

14101 N May, OKC

405-241-6284, www.mathnasium.com/northokc

Individual instruction, homework help and customized learning plan with unlimited attendance and no appointments required. Serving 2nd grade–calculus.

Monica Pevehouse, LPC, NCSP

4113 Mayfair Drive, Norman

405-514-8572

Diagnostic evaluation & personalized recommendations for children to assist parents and educators. Specializes in individually-tailored assessments for Specific Learning Disability (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and emotional issues.

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

428 W California, Suite 428, OKC

405-842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org

In-school programs “Sound Images” & “We’ve Got Rhythm” follow PASS education guidelines. Other programs include youth concerts, family concerts and music olympics—a scholarship competition for middle and high school musicians.

405-733-7392, www.rose.edu/clc

Enrichment programs for students of all ages, including after-school or learn-to-swim program for kids, and computer skills and art classes for adults.

6420 SE 15th Street, Rose State College Midwest City Community Learning Center

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Sensational Kids, Inc.

14715 Bristol Park Boulevard, OKC

405-840-1686, www.sensationalkidsokc.com

Occupational & speech therapists work with children exhibiting sensory processing disorder, speech disorders or with delayed fine/gross motor skills & social skills.

Spectrum Therapy Center

14 E Ayers, Edmond

405-513-8186, www.stc-ok.com

Private practice offering innovative & comprehensive occupational therapy services.

Sylvan Learning Center of Oklahoma City

1710 Belle Isle Boulevard, OKC

405-842-7323, www.sylvanlearning.com

Individualized tutoring programs for all grade levels in all subjects. Beginning reading through advanced reading, basic math, algebra, geometry, ACT, SAT, study skills & homework support.

Tulsa Zoo

6421 E 36th Street N, Tulsa

918-669-6219, www.tulsazoo.org

Programs including up-close animal observations and hands-on activities for Pre-K-12th grade aligned to Oklahoma P.A.S.S. standards. January 2013 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com

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Learning Adventures Family Activities for Creative Minds: Every Button Tells a Story Did you know? Everyone is creative—even you! Just as every person is unique, we all show our creativity in unique ways. You do not have to be able to sing or draw a picture to be creative, you just need to use your imagination and let the world around you inspire your natural abilities to be creative.

From buttons you have at home or the buttons pictured above, ask your child to select their favorite. Does it remind them of someone or something? Why did they choose it? Ask them to make up a story about their chosen button. Ask questions to help them get started, such as “What type of clothing item was the button originally on?” “What did the garment look or feel like?” “Who used to wear it?” “How did it come off?” Help them to begin writing or drawing a story. Extend the activity by asking a friend or member of the family to participate in a word harvest. Show him or her the button

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and ask them to describe it. Have your child incorporate those words into their drawing or story. [Editor’s Note: MetroFamily is excited to partner with Oklahoma A+ Schools to bring you this new column, which will provide an opportunity for your family to use your imagination and flex your creative muscle. There are no right or wrong answers to these activities; instead, they are designed to stimulate your imagination and help you enjoy creating with your child. Our sincere appreciation to Primrose Schools for sponsoring this project.]

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Visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ learning-adventures for more creative activities and ideas to enjoy with your child.

Oklahoma A+ Schools® is the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner. Learn more at www.okaplus.org.


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Exploring Oklahoma and Beyond Spend a Weekend in Branson, Missouri

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hen I was a kid, Branson was already a pretty common vacation spot for Oklahomans. In 1991, though, 60 Minutes did a feature on Branson and the town’s popularity exploded around the nation. If you haven’t been back since you were young, this is definitely not the Branson you remember!

The productions at Sight and Sound Theatre are incredible. Each season a new Bible story is brought to life on stage with beautiful music. The theater seats 2,000 and scenes from the musical we saw took place on all sides of the audience. My children especially loved it when actors (and live animals) would pass close by.

Coming from Oklahoma City, it’s about a five hour drive up Interstate 44 to Branson. There are easy places to stop in Tulsa and Joplin if you need to break up the drive for your younger passengers. Remember that most of the drive through Oklahoma is on turnpikes, so have change ready if you don’t have a Pikepass. Once you reach the outskirts of Springfield you won’t be able to miss the billboards directing you to Branson. And what is there to do when you get there? Just about everything you can imagine.

If you’re looking for a dinner theater experience, the Showboat Branson Belle (1) provides a good meal with music, magic and comedy. As you have your meal and watch the show, you cruise Table Rock Lake. There is also time to explore the boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Dinner cruises start at 8:00pm and last several hours, so if you have young children you may want to take advantage of other cruise options.

Theaters and Shows Branson is home to a multitude of theaters hosting musical shows, magicians, acrobats and more. We had the opportunity to take in several shows during our trip, starting with Presleys’ Country Jubilee. The Presley family opened the first live music show on the strip in Branson, and they’ve been entertaining audiences for years with their musical variety and comedy show. Arrive early to take part in the sing-along held in the lobby before each show.

Nature If you have nature lovers in your family, The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure (2) should be at the top of your itinerary. As you walk through the aviary, you will see some of the most beautiful butterflies in the world—and your kids have the chance to don special gear as they search for different species. You can learn about other rainforest animals in the science center, through interactive exhibits and live animals. There are also some fun attractions included in your ticket price. Our entire family enjoyed the mirror maze—the only one I’ve ever been in that was big enough to actually get lost in!

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Outside, kids can climb the giant coconut tree that’s almost as tall as the building.

Shopping If you’re looking for a low-key way to pass time in Branson, there are several good shopping centers. The Tanger Outlet is located right off the strip, so we were able to get there easily and spend a little time shopping between our other activities. Branson Landing is a beautiful new outdoor shopping center located on Lake Taneycomo in downtown Branson. The wide variety of shops will give everyone something to enjoy and there are many restaurants to choose from, too. Starting at noon each day you can see the amazing light and fountain show in the town square.

History You may be surprised at how much you can learn about history in Branson. We had the opportunity to visit the Titanic Museum (3) and the experience was amazing. After the late 1990s, I thought there was not much new information about the Titanic out there, but you will learn plenty here. Touching the tip of an iceberg was really just the tip of an iceberg in this hands-on museum. You can try to climb decks tilted as the deck of the Titanic was at different points during that fateful night or see how long you can keep your hand in water the same temperature as

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Contact Information

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Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 800-296-0463, www. explorebranson.com Presleys’ Country Jubilee 2920 76 Country Blvd 800-335-4874, www.presleys.com

the ocean was. As you move from exhibit to exhibit, you can walk across the deck and feel the same weather passengers would have felt. You also learn about individual passengers as you are assigned an identity at the beginning and learn what ultimately happened to that person that night. Allow yourself at least a couple of hours to explore. Silver Dollar City (4) is probably best known as an amusement park, but there are great learning opportunities available, too. The park, which works to preserve the Ozark culture of the late 1800s, has many talented craftsmen who display a wide array of skills from making pottery and blowing glass to making knives and carving wood. The craftsmen will demonstrate their talents and answer questions and you can purchase their creations, too. You can also visit an oldfashioned school to see what learning was like over 100 years ago.

Hands-On Fun and Activities In addition to providing educational fun, Silver Dollar City is also known as the biggest amusement park in the area. You should allow at least a full day to take in the attractions and shows in the park, but you could easily spend more time there. Silver Dollar City has more than 30 different rides and attractions for all ages and sizes. Our eight year old was delighted to find he was tall enough for the big roller coasters and there were still plenty of rides our three year old enjoyed. If you have a wide variety of ages, there are attractions that will keep everyone happy, such as Geyser Gulch, a huge play area with fountains for splashing, targets for shooting, and crawl spaces for exploring. If you’re tired from the rides, take a break with one of the many live shows. Silver Dollar City is very family friendly, with most areas stroller and wheelchair accessible and nursing stations throughout the park. Check out the Silver Dollar City website before you visit for special pricing information and be sure to read their FAQ page for many helpful tips to make your time there go smoothly.

Sight & Sound Theatres 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway 800-377-1277, www.sight-sound. com

Accommodations You can find just about any kind of lodging in any price range in Branson. There are many hotels in town as well as condos for rent. We stayed in a condo at The Village at Indian Point, just a short drive from Silver Dollar City and overlooking Table Rock Lake. Our condo had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer and was very affordable. Rates at many places vary depending on the time of year, so if you have some flexibility with your travel time you may be surprised at what you can find for a good price! Branson is a wonderful place to take a family vacation. There are so many options to fit just about any family’s tastes and budget. Almost everything is geared toward families so there isn’t any worry about accidentally taking your kids into a show that might be too scary or inappropriate for them. Take a little time to visit the Branson’s tourism website and you can find links for shows, lodging and special events in the area!

Jennifer Geary is a homeschooling mom from Broken Arrow, formerly of OKC, who loves to have adventures with her family.

Showboat Branson Belle 4800 Missouri 165 800-475-9370, www. showboatbransonbelle.com Butterfly Palace 4106 West Highway 76 417-332-2231, www. thebutterflypalace.com Tanger Outlets 300 Tanger Blvd 800-407-2762, www.tangeroutlet. com/branson Branson Landing 100 Branson Landing 417-239-3002, www. bransonlanding.com Titanic Museum 3235 76 Country Blvd 800-381-7670, www. titanicbranson.com Silver Dollar City 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway 800-475-9370, www. bransonsilverdollarcity.com The Village at Indian Point 24 Village Trail 800-984-7847, www. thevillageatindianpoint.com

If you don’t want an all-day amusement park experience, there are several other options available on the main strip in Branson. If you’re looking for miniature golf, go-karts, or arcades you will find it easily!

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Problem Solvers Helpful Family Products When we hear about new or helpful products, we like to let our readers know! Here are a few of the more interesting items we’ve recently discovered. Visit the product website for a list of local retailers.

Problem:

You know the kids used your computer by the peanut butter on the space bar.

Solution:

The Logitech washable keyboard can be hand washed in soap and water to keep it clean. ($40, www.logitech.com)

Problem:

You have a bored kid and a pile of old holiday cards.

Solution:

Combine them with the Crafty Bands Kit and your kid can take those cards and make fun accessories. ($30 starter kit, refills $5 and up, www.craftybands.com)

Problem:

Do you have to choose between healthy and tasty in breakfast cereal?

Solution:

Not with MOM Brands, which features hot and cold cereals that are reasonably-priced, healthy (whole grain and no high fructose corn syrup) and delicious. ($1+, www.mombrands.com)

Problem:

You brought the formula but forgot the bottles.

Solution:

Steri-bottles are disposable, portable bottles that are ready when you need them. ($7/5 pack, www.steribottle.com)

Problem:

You try to talk to your kid but does he hear you?

Solution:

Send them to school with Lunchbox Buddies in their lunch to let him know you’re thinking of him. ($4, www.lunchboxbuddies.com)

Problem:

You like to walk your pup at night, but can’t get him to wear a bright orange safety vest.

Solution:

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The Dog-e-Glow LED Dog Collar and Leash keeps your pooch visible from up to 100 feet away, available in designs ranging from pink plaid to sports team logos. ($23+, www.dogeglow.com)


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Focus on Education Advice for Nurturing Gifted & Talented Children

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idwest City mom Stephanie Bond is proud to have three gifted and talented children, including identical 13-year-old twin daughters, Rebecca and Rachael.

Photo by Caroline Miller.

When the twins were in kindergarten, Stephanie learned that Rachael was the leader twin and Rebecca was the follower—to the extent that when Rebecca was asked questions in the classroom, Rachael would step in and answer on her sister’s behalf. Separated into different classrooms for first grade, Rebecca had to work hard to catch up academically. Stephanie explains that Rebecca’s teacher soon singled her out as gifted and talented not because of her academic efforts, but because of her very detailed drawings. “Both girls just think differently, which is a hallmark of gifted and talented students,” Stephanie said. “In fourth grade, the twins were tested for the gifted and talented program. They were measured for a number of things, including their level of maturity, emotional level and how they get along with other students. They were both accepted.”

Old Souls The differences that Bond witnessed in her own children represents the spectrum of abilities that fall under the umbrella of gifted and talented in Oklahoma’s public school system. Melodie Fulmer, Executive Director of Parent and Community Engagement at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), explains that the strengths of gifted and talented students range from academics to areas of leadership, the visual and performing arts, creativity, sports and more. “Gifted children are often sensitive,” Fulmer notes. “For example, if you talk about the homeless, and later there may be a luncheon with food left over, the child may mention it would be good to share it with people who are not as blessed. They also are often threedimensional thinkers and are not satisfied with displaying their art in a two-dimensional format.” “Sometimes, [gifted] children are referred to as old souls,” Sara Smith, OSDE’s Executive Director of Gifted and Talented Education. “They seem to catch on to things quickly and don’t need repetition. Often, they are gifted in math and in memory.” Especially for parents of younger children, there are certain traits that can indicate an increased capacity in the child. “In looking for signs of a gifted child, parents can identify traits such as a sense of humor, a

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Gifted and talented siblings Rebecca, age 13, Rachael, age 13, and Colin, age 17.

large vocabulary, kids that are extraordinarily observant or in tune to the world around them,” explains Susan Allgood, M.Ed., a Gifted Resource Coordinator and Math Specialist in the Norman Public School district. “These children are good at remembering vast quantities of facts about a particular subject, and are quick at taking things apart and putting them back together correctly.” Regardless of the nature of their abilities, raising a gifted child is not without its own unique set of challenges. We asked our experts to weigh in with advice and tips for making the most of your child’s potential.

Encouraging Motivation Not all children with high academic ability perform well in a school environment. When a gifted student feels unchallenged or lacks motivation, it can lead to poor classroom performance, lower grades or a lack of interest in schoolwork. “If your extremely bright child is getting frustrated and acting out because of boredom, it’s important to talk with teachers and guidance counselors to see if there’s anything they can do to create a more stimulating environment for them,” explains Dr. Jennifer Bernstein, Director of Get Yourself Into College, an organization that provides high-quality mentoring and guides students through the college application process. “However, it might also be useful to have your children talk with a counselor or therapist to learn how to deal with these types of

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situations because they’re likely to encounter them repeatedly throughout their education. They need to be able to process their feelings, cultivate patience and figure out the right way to do their part in creating intellectual challenges for themselves.” If your child is reading a book that seems too easy for them, Bernstein suggests that teachers and parents encourage them to come up with their own interpretation of the story, or work with their teacher of librarian to continue reading other, more advanced books on the same subject. “Encourage your child to be proactive with the teacher. Once the child has proven mastery of the concepts, he might ask the teacher for an independent project or a replacement assignment,” Allgood urges. “Some districts even allow students to test out of individual classes beginning in middle school.”

Maximizing Potential When your student shows a notable ability in academics, sports, the arts or other area, your initial instincts may be to push them to continue to excel in that arena. But Allgood recommends a different approach. “Don’t push them. Most will be inspired and motivated on their own,” she explains. “Do facilitate opportunities to explore subjects of interest to them. Museums, nature, libraries and vacations all make great family activities.” For parents, the role is more about nurturing interests and helping students find ways


to pursue their passions. “I want to emphasize how important it is for parents to cultivate their children’s ability to take the initiative in acting on what excites and intrigues them,” Bernstein says. “Obviously, younger kids will need more parental assistance. However, I’ve found that many extremely bright high school students still need a helping hand in figuring out all the opportunities available to them.” For older children who show a fascination in science, Bernstein recommends having them shadow a local scientist for a day to gain an actual, hands-on perspective. If your child is adept in photography but there’s no photography club at his school, encourage them to take steps to form a group within the school or apprentice with a professional photographer.

Keeping It in Perspective To help her gifted children thrive, Bond continues to provide artistic enrichment opportunities, as well as sports activities. The twins are now taking pre advanced-placement (AP) classes. Her son Colin, now a senior in high school, is taking two AP classes, plays the flute and is a talented athlete. For parents raising a gifted child, Allgood shares one important caution. “Your child is not you. Do not live through or for your child’s accomplishments. Do not pin your happiness on your child’s GPA or academic success. Think of the pressure it puts on a child when the whole family focuses on their performance,” Allgood reminds. “And, do not tell your child how smart he is. Praise and encourage effort and persistence, rather than good grades. [This] results in a healthier emotional well-being. Children are more likely to try harder problems and classes when they are not afraid to fail.” “I’ve never considered any of the kids ‘gifted’ necessarily,” Bond reflects. “They have messy rooms, fight with each other and forget to feed the dog. They, though, have interests that I’ve always tried to help them pursue. We have encouraged them to do their best in school—and their best, as a result, has placed them in the gifted category. Equally as important, though, is we also have encouraged them to be kind, open minded, adventurous, compassionate and thoughtful, all of which they have also excelled.” Bernstein agrees. “The point, is not just to create [enrichment] situations for your children, but to show them how they can reach out and make things happen for themselves,” Bernstein cautions. “This underlying lesson is transformative and can make a huge difference in their lives.”

To learn more about Oklahoma’s gifted and talented resources, visit, www.ok.gov/sde/gifted-and-talented-education. Susan Allgood, M. Ed, recommends the book Nuture Shock: New Thinking About Children (Twelve Books, $15) to parents. Using a conversational tone, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman address many conventional ideas about what our children need to learn, grow and thrive and challenge our thoughts about them. “It’s full of eye-opening research that contradicts popular practices,” Allgood explains. “It focuses on language development, which is key to success in reading and school.” Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine. With additional reporting by Kevan Goff Parker.

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Local Shopping Ring in a Healthy New Year with Red Coyote Running and Fitness

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how of hands—who’s starting a new fitness plan this month? Come on, be honest; it’s a new year and that’s when we all make resolutions to be healthy. If you are making a resolution to exercise more in 2013 and you think that running might not be for you, a visit to Red Coyote in Classen Curve may change your mind.

A Welcoming Experience For nearly three years, Red Coyote Running and Fitness has been serving new and established runners in the Oklahoma City area, providing products, services and events to the community. It all started when Burke and Jon Beck visited Oklahoma City from San Diego, where they were living at the time. Burke, a Casady school grad, needed a new pair of running shoes but when she went shopping, the experience left her a little cold. “We really couldn’t find the service we were looking for,” says Jon, and having worked in the running retail industry for a while, they knew that there was a niche that they could fill. Jon continues, “We decided, pretty much right then, to move to Oklahoma City and open a store.” And as soon as you enter Red Coyote, you understand the feeling that the Becks have worked hard to instill. From the friendly and knowledgeable staff to the wide range of running and fitness-related products, this is a store where everyone is made to feel welcome.

Building a Community Through events, Red Coyote customers have built a loyal and supportive community of runners of all abilities. “We’re all about having fun,” asserts Jon, and through events like their weekly group runs, the Becks drive home the message that running is for everyone, from the beginner to the elite athlete. “Everybody can do it. It’s a matter of having the right people there to guide you,” says Jon.

before an analysis is done on the type of shoes your foot requires.

Analyzing Your Gait This part is not for the squeamish. To analyze how your feet really move when running, the staff will examine your feet. First, standing barefoot to see how your natural stance aligns, then through a slow motion video gait analysis done on treadmill and computer.

And through the running community and the experts at the store, the right people to guide you are never that far away.

Runners are asked to run barefoot for about 30 seconds on a treadmill while a camera captures the motion. Afterwards, one of the trained staff members will slow the video down and use a skeletal model of a foot to provide a complete representation of how the foot moves when running, and how injuries might occur or be prevented.

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Red Coyote at the OKC Zoo

For the seasoned runner, Red Coyote has everything needed from pre- to post-race and all things in between. Says Jon, “we try to stay on the cutting edge of what’s out there,” so if you’ve read about a product, you should be able to find it here.

ZooTroop, the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s young professional group, recently unveiled nine newly mapped walking trails, created through a sponsorship with Red Coyote Running. The trails range in distance from .32–2.87 miles to meet all fitness levels.

For the new runner, the store and staff are set up to help get a program started, through an in-depth series of questions and hands-on testing.

Dana McCrory, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Zoological Society, said “People love being able to walk in the Zoo. These trails give our visitors the added benefit of incorporating exercise into a visit to the Zoo.”

To better understand how to serve someone new to running, a customer will be asked for their background (Have you ever been a runner before? Is this your first time to try running?) and goals (What are you hoping to achieve from running? Do you want to build to a race distance or run short distances?)

Other Projects and Services Red Coyote hosts weekly Thursday night group runs from the store at 6:00pm. The course is three miles long, but runners of all abilites are welcome. “Almost every [group

Photos provided by Red Coyote Running and Fitness.

When talking with friends about running stores, the most frequent feedback Jon received was that even experienced runners found going into these specialty stores

intimidating. So when he created his own store, he wanted it to be easily accessible to all, no matter their fitness level.

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run] we’ve held, I’ve had someone tell me after about two minutes in that this is the farthest that they’d run before,” says Jon. “It’s incredible to be a part of that.” On the third Saturday of each month at 9:00am, the store hosts a form clinic, where “natural running form” is discussed (a more flat-footed landing versus the traditional heel-strike landing), followed by a raffle for a free pair of shoes. Both the Thursday group runs and the Saturday form clinics are open to all who want to attend. Red Coyote has been involved in other running events, and will continue to sponsor races and events in 2013. Also planned for the new year is an expansion to a larger store (also in the Classen Curve area) with twice the floor space that the current space provides.

Mari Farthing is the Editor of MetroFamily Magazine.

Red Coyote Running and Fitness 5800 N Classen Boulevard (Classen Curve) 405-840-0003 www.redcoyoterunning.com Monday–Friday 10:00am–7:00pm; Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday 1:00–5:00pm The Newbie Running Program is a 9-week program to build new runners to a 5K distance. The next group begins January 8. Find details online.

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Your Healthy Family Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

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ave you ever looked in the mirror and thought that you were looking at an older relative? Or looked at a picture of yourself and been surprised to see the lines around your eyes? In all likelihood, very few men and women north of thirty can answer no to those questions.

As the new year commences, many people opt to make changes in their lives. Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures often pick up early in the new year, as people find themselves longing for a fresher, more youthful appearance. Shawna Jones-Lance is an esthetician at Integrative Medical Solutions (IMS) in Edmond. After working in corporate America for many years, she became so tired of the stress and the long hours. “I knew I needed to do something different, and I had experience in the skin care industry, I decided to go back to school to become an esthetician, because I wanted to help people look and feel better.” She handles many of the in-office procedures at IMS, such as microdermabrasion treatments, galvanic treatments, chemical peels and non-surgical facelifts. The practice also offers clinical treatments such as vein therapy, Botox and injectable dermal fillers.

Surface Treatments Microdermabrasion and galvanic therapy are the gentlest of these cosmetic treatments. Microdermabrasion is a gentle exfoliation that removes the outermost layers of skin cells. “Microdermabrasion is simple, painless and non-invasive. There is little or no recovery time involved, and it’s gentle enough that patients can have a treatment once a month,” explains Lance. Since human skin typically regenerates every 30 days, improvements are temporary. “I tell my patients to think of it like sandpaper.” The treatment minimizes hyperpigmentation and sun damage. It may diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne and minor scarring. Galvanic therapy is a common choice for patients who have problems with recurrent acne. “Weather changes can cause acne to flare up, but in many cases, especially breakouts that occur around the chin and jaw line, these flare-ups are hormone-related. The galvanic treatment kills off bacteria under the surface of the skin to diminish these breakouts,” says Lance. Galvanic treatments use low electric currents, which are passed through the skin and have a cleansing and nourishing effect. Like microdermabrasion, galvanic skin therapy requires little or no down time.

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Chemical Peels Chemical peels take cosmetic treatments to the next level, and depending on the depth of the peel, require anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks of recovery time. “The peels we do here are very light and require very little downtime for most patients.” During this procedure, the skin is cleaned and prepped, and the chemical— usually a glycolic acid compound—is applied to the surface of the skin and left for several minutes before being wiped off. Some patients experience mild burning or discomfort while the chemical compound is applied, but this discomfort typically subsides soon after the compound is removed and the acid is neutralized with water. These light or superficial peels heal quickly, and most people can resume their normal activities immediately. The skin may turn pink, and peeling is minimal. Makeup can usually hide any redness. Deeper peels are often done by a dermatologist, and require more recovery time. After the peeling phase, patients will see an improvement in pigment changes, mild sun damage, acne scarring, and fine wrinkles.

dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in the human body. HA works by binding water molecules together in surrounding areas, forming a cushion and pulling water to the surface of the skin to keep it looking soft and supple. These type of fillers last anywhere from a few months up to a year, as HA is eventually absorbed by the body. Botox cosmetic is a neuromuscular toxin, and it is appropriate for mild-to-moderate age lines and wrinkles. The medication is injected into the muscle causing the wrinkle, which is temporarily weakened or paralyzed, diminishing the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles and preventing further damage. Edmond mom of three and business owner Amanda has been getting regular Botox treatments over the course of the past year. “I usually get about 60 units distributed between and around my eyes and in my forehead. I love it because it makes you look well-rested and refreshed. It takes several years off within a couple of days of receiving the injections.”

Non-Surgical Facelift

Is It Right For You?

For more dramatic results that are still relatively non-invasive, many patients are opting for a multi-step procedure known as a non-surgical facelift. This three-step process is done over a six-week period, and is a combination of light chemical peels, enzyme peels and firming masks. “This treatment is really popular, because there is minimal discomfort and downtime while giving patients improved skin texture, color, and tightness, and a decrease in pore size as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” explains Jones. The first treatment consists of a chemical peel, which removes 12–16 microlayers of skin. The second step is an enzyme treatment, which removes another two to three microlayers. Finally, the firming mask produces maximum firming benefits, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.” A clinician will help to determine which types of treatments will be most effective.

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures have become an increasingly popular way to get a fresher, more youthful appearance in very little time. If you’ve been considering a cosmetic treatment, your healthcare provider can help to determine whether one of these procedures may be right for you.

Fillers Finally, the more invasive non-surgical procedures such as Botox and injectable dermal fillers offer marked results relatively quickly, which last anywhere from a few months up to a year, depending on the type of treatment and the area being treated. Dermal and soft tissue fillers restore volume to the face by filling out deep lines such as nasolabial folds. Collagen injections typically last three to six months. A newer class of

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Shannon Fields is a freelance writer from Edmond and a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Innovative Pharmacy Solutions.

Our Readers Respond We asked our readers if they have used or would consider using non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Here are just a few responses we received: • NO! ... I love every wrinkle and crinkle because they show I have lived life to the fullest! ~Karen M. • Yes, yes and yes! Non-invasive ways to perk up my face are welcome. ~June C. • I’m not against it, but I personally wouldn’t pay for it unless I had a severe case of acne scarring, severe crows feet, etc. Natural aging doesn’t bother me!” ~Samantha P. Visit www.facebook.com/metrofamily for more opportunities to weigh in.


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Real Moms of the Metro Meet Buthiana Jwayyed: Assistant Principal and Mother of Six

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And her quest for knowledge has brought her from Brooklyn, where she earned a master’s degree in Education from NYU, to Oklahoma, where she currently serves as the Middle/High School Assistant Principal of Mercy School Institute in Edmond. A fullyaccredited educational institution committed to educating American Muslim citizens, Mercy School has a student population of more than 200 in grades Pre3–10th grade. Buthiana is also learning about keeping her family close despite a long-distance separation, as her husband and three of her children are currently living in Qatar. “Ironically, it has made us even closer,” she explains. “There are more emotions expressed. We Skype, Facetime, text and communicate on Instagram constantly.” The family hopes to reunite this June. Here’s more about how the 38-year-old mother of six strives to continue her lifelong quest to learn, while also inspiring an education for those around her. How has motherhood changed you? Motherhood forced me to refine my

Quick Facts About Buthiana 1. What are four words that describe you? Funny, hardworking, outgoing and loyal. 2. What’s your favorite indulgence? Haagen-Dazs Almond Bars and chocolate chip cookie dough. 3. Who’s on your playlist? Carrie Underwood, Adele and Kelly Clarkson. 4. What’s your favorite meal to make for dinner? Maklooba, a Palestinian rice dish with fried cauliflower and eggplant. 5. What’s always in your handbag? Moisturizer and dental floss.

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espite being a professional educator for more than 12 years, Buthiana Jwayyed admits that education did not come easy for her. “My parents were immigrants who wanted to preserve their traditions and culture. They believed a woman’s place was in the house, as a mother and wife,” she explains. “That pushed me to focus on my education. I maintained an A+ average and participated in cultural youth programs at Muslim institutions to prove to my parents that I could embrace my culture and do so much more.”

Real Mom Buthiana Jwayyed with son Omar, age 6; daughter Amira, age 11; and son Taha, age 8. Not pictured are son Malik, age 15; daughter Sereen, age 14; daughter Mariam, age 9 and husband Mohammad Ourani.

convictions and be strong in the face of adversity. I am now a role model and know that my thoughts and actions will seep into my children. How do you banish stress? Through baking and/or having a movie night with my children. I love to find a new recipe and sit around the kitchen table, joking and laughing. What inspires you? My daughters. It’s so important they understand that although being a woman is difficult at times, it is rewarding. I want them to understand that we can juggle it all; however it requires a strong support system and constant introspection. Along with your job as a mom, what do you do? In addition to my responsibilities at Mercy School I am also a counselor for Youth LEAD (Leaders Engaging Across Differences) a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing youth to build trust and understanding across differences. I am also a member of the Religions United committee, which works to encourage open dialogue about our perceptions, concerns and misunderstandings of other religions. What do you like most about your job? I have an extremely supportive administration and board. My students and colleagues are amazed at how I’m always smiling. What they don’t realize is that they’re the source of my smile—it’s teaching them that makes my day. What is on your wish list? A trip to Spain and Turkey to visit the

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ancient mosques, and a day at the spa. What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my education. What motivates you? My children. I want them to be sincere and productive members of society; therefore, I must be their blueprint. How do you find balance in your life? I often reflect on what I want, where I want to go and why. I peel to the core of my inner voice until I understand myself better. Advice for other moms? Be consistent with your kids, yet flexible. Negotiate the negotiable and remain steadfast with the nonnegotiable. What’s the biggest challenge in your life? I’m such a perfectionist; I wish I could give 150 percent. It’s a challenge to stop and say 90–95 percent is okay. How do you help others? I love to babysit my friends’ children, drive car pool—anything that will help give a person some relief. What is your parenting style? It depends on the situation and the child. With one, I am flexible and communicative; with the other, I may be more authoritative. Favorite quote or advice about motherhood? Enjoy your children because they grow quickly. Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine.


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Jekyll & Hyde American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil in Celebrity Attraction’s production of Jekyll & Hyde. This dark and dangerous love story performs at the Civic Center Music Hall from January 15–20. This stunning new production includes all the classic songs (“This is the Moment,” “A New Life,” “Someone Like You”) that transformed Jekyll & Hyde into a theatrical phenomenon. This production is recommended for ages 15 and older. Tickets begin at $20 and may be purchased online at www.celebrityattractions.com or by calling 800-869-1451. Photo by Chris Bennion courtesy of Celebrity Attractions.

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On Thursday, January 24 at 7:00pm, the Cimarron Opera will perform Fumbelina at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (1809 Stubbeman Avenue, Norman). Fumbelina is the charming story of a young girl who is quite a klutz, but finds that she’s not so clumsy after all once she starts thinking of others and stops worrying about her own shortcomings. Music in the production is from famous Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

Starring the electrifying talent of James Delisco, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s production of The Music of Michael Jackson features many popular hits. Performances will be held at the Civic Center Music Hall on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 at 8:00pm, tickets $15 and up.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre brings the story of Cinderella to life with lavish sets and gorgeous, authentic costumes from the Bolshoi era at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond). Then, the classic story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes the stage in a stunning performance filled with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music and Petipa’s dazzling choreography. Cinderella will be performed on Monday, January 28, and Romeo and Juliet on Tuesday, January 29. Both performances start at 7:30 pm at the Armstrong Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 405-364-8962 for more information, or visit www.cimarronopera.org. Photo courtesy of Cimarron Opera.

For a full family experience, the upcoming Discovery Concert America the Beautiful features an hour of American anthems and patriotic songs designed to entertain and educate children ages 4–13. The show will be held at the Civic Center Music Hall on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00pm. Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00pm with an instrument playground, conductor’s corner and more. Tickets are $9. For more information, visit www.okcphilharmonic.org or call 405-842-5387.

Tickets begin at $42. For more information, visit www. armstrongauditorium.org or call 405-285-1010. Photo courtesy of Armstrong Auditorium.

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Quick Reference American Banjo Museum 9 E Sheridan Ave, OKC 604-2793, www.banjomuseum.org City Arts Center Fair Park, 3000 Pershing Blvd, OKC 951-0000, www.cityartscenter.org Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E Edwards, Edmond 340-4481, www.edmondfinearts.com Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave, Norman 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum 13th & Shartel, OKC 235-4458, www.oklahomaheritage.com Museum of Osteology 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd, OKC 814-0006, www.museumofosteology.org Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno, OKC 297-3995, www.myriadgardens.com National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Oklahoma Aquarium 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks 918-296-FISH, www.okaquarium.org OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr, OKC 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com OKC National Memorial 620 N Harvey, OKC 235-3313, www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org OKC Zoo 2101 NE 50th St, OKC 424-3344, www.okczoo.com Oklahoma Children’s Theatre 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., OKC 522-0765, www.oklahomahistorycenter.org Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman 325-4712, www.snomnh.ou.edu Science Museum Oklahoma 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

Do you have an event for our calendar? Email Calendar@MetroFamilyMagazine.com All phone numbers are area code 405 unless otherwise noted. Information should be verified before attending events as details can change after press date.

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Daily Events January 2 • Wednesday OKC Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. $10+. 7pm. www.nba.com/thunder. Other home games this month: 1/4, 9, 16, 31. OU Women’s Basketball vs. West Virginia at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. 7pm. 325-2424,www. soonersports.com. Other home games this month: 1/12, 19, 30.

FREE Crafts for Kids “Picture This! Photo Frame” at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) for ages 3+. 11am3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com.

January 7 • Monday FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm.

January 8 • Tuesday

Family Night “Sugar Skull” Session at Paint Your Art Out (10 S Broadway, Edmond) allows families to create their own masterpiece on canvas. Preregister. $25. 7pm. 513-5333, www.paintyourartout.net.

Versus Series: Jim Thorpe vs. Bart Conner at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum (1400 Classen) features interactive presentations that “pit” a historic Oklahoman against his or her modern day contemporary. Preregister. FREE for members, $5 nonmembers. 6-7:30pm. 523-3202, www.oklahomaheritage.com.

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Asleep at the Wheel at the Sooner Theatre (101 E Main, Norman) features western swing music. $40+. 8pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org.

FREE Norman’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art is a monthly celebration of the arts connecting the downtown arts district with galleries, performance halls, & Campus Corner. Trolley service between venues available at minimal cost. 6-10pm. 360-1162, www.2ndfridaynorman.com.

January 4–5 FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District features more than 60 artists in 17 galleries. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. 525-2688, www. thepaseo.com.

January 4–6 Annual Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake in Edmond. Begin at the Arcadia Lake Park Office (9000 E 2, Edmond) to receive information about where eagles can be found & other educational information. $3 per vehicle. 7:30am-4:30pm. 216-7471, www.arcadialakeok.com.

January 5 • Saturday FREE Cloth Diaper Basics at Green Bambino (5120 N Shartel) teaches about the “new” cloth diapers. No purchase necessary. Preregister. 9-10am. 848-2330, www.green-bambino.com. Also held: 1/19. FREE Kids Workshop “Diamond Bird House” at Home Depot Stores features a hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12. Kids keep project & receive a FREE apron, pin & certificate of achievement. Held the first Saturday of each month, 9am-noon. www. homedepot.com. FREE Saturdays for Kids—Golf Ball Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum includes FREE museum admission for child & one caregiver. Create abstract art with paint, a golf ball & an aluminum tray. 10am-noon.

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FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (NW 16th between Classen & Penn) on the second Friday of each month includes art walk, local artists, live music & shopping. 7-11pm. www.plazadistrict.org. OKC Barons vs. Charlotte Checkers at the Cox Convention Center. 7pm. Tickets $16+. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. www.okcbarons.com. Other home games this month: 1/12, 13, 18, 19, 31. Sleep with the Sharks at the Oklahoma Aquarium is an overnight sleepover including refreshments, dive show, scavenger hunt, flashlight tour, movie & breakfast. Preregister. Discounts for groups of 15 or more. $45 nonmembers, $35 members. 7pm-8am.

January 12 • Saturday FREE Prepare for the ACT with the Learn-A-Test Database at the South OKC Library for high school students 17 & under. Preregister. 10-11am. FREE Lowes Build & Grow Clinic “Mystery Kit” from Rise of the Guardians at participating Lowe’s Stores. Participants complete wooden project to keep & receive a FREE apron, goggles, certificate & project patch. Preregister. 10-11am. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com. FREE Crafts for Kids “All About Me Photo Book” at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) for ages 3+. Children create a flip book & write a story that’s all about them. 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com.


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Pristine Visions presented by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall features violinist, Stefan Jackiw. $15+. 8pm. 842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org. OU Men’s Basketball vs. OSU at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. 2pm. 325-2424, www.soonersports. com. Other home games this month: 1/16, 21.

January 15 • Tuesday Tiny Tuesdays “Oil Pastel Snowmen” at the OKC Museum of Art for ages 2-5 with caregiver features a come-and-go, open-ended art making experience for families to create together, to explore a variety of art media & to enhance their understanding of artworks in the Museum. FREE with paid admission. 10am-noon.

January 15–20 Jekyll & Hyde at the Civic Center Music Hall features a classic tale of good & evil woven together with a dark & dangerous love story. Recommended for ages 15+. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. 800-869-1451, www. celebrityattractions.com.

January 17 • Thursday FREE Pajamatime at the Edmond Library features free play followed by a story time with music, rhymes, finger plays & books for ages 1-3. 6:30-7:15pm. FREE Baby It’s Cold Outside at the Moore Library. Adults & teens can make a scarf from old t-shirts & bits of flannel & fabric. Ages 12+. Preregister. 6-8pm.

January 18 • Friday FREE Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage conference at Metropolitan Baptist Church (7201 W Britton) offers practical advice and tools on how to build greater trust and intimacy from Focus on the Family’s Greg and Erin Smalley. Preregister by 1/16. Free childcare available. 6:30-9:30pm. 722-2550, www. mbcokc.com.

January 18–20 The OKC Home & Garden Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park showcases ideas, expert advice, products & services for home improvement projects. $2 discount available online & Buy For Less stores. $11, children under 12 are FREE. Friday, noon-9pm; Saturday, 10am9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. 800-466-7469 ext. 120, www. oklahomacityhomeshow.com.

January 19 • Saturday Behind the Scenes Tours at the Oklahoma Aquarium provides tours of the holding facility for the sea turtles & walk above the Siegfried Families Shark Adventure.

Not recommended for children under 5. Tours require walking & stair climbing, cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers. Cost is $10 adults, $8 youth plus general admission. 10:30am, 11:30am & 1:30pm. FREE Crafts for Kids “How Cold is It? Thermometer” at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) for ages 3+. 11am3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com. FREE 2nd Annual Prenatal Education Fair “It’s All About Me: Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations” at the Village Library sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 12:30-3pm. FREE Sensory Afternoon at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial). Programs will include introducing nature to the visually impaired, hearing impaired, cognitively impaired & individuals with sensitivity to environmental factors. 1-4pm. 755-0676, www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park. Princess & Pirates family program at the OKC Zoo features crafts, snacks & live animals as part of an imaginary adventure. Guest author Tammi Sauer will read from her new book, Not So Ordinary Princess. Costumes encouraged. Up to two adults admitted FREE with paid child registration. Preregister. $15 per child member, $18 per child nonmember. 2-3:30pm. 4250218, www.okczooed.com. FREE Stuffed Toy Workshop at the Bethany Library for grades 4-8. Participants will learn to make stuffed toys. No sewing experience required. Materials & refreshments provided. Preregister. 2-4pm. Tribute to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Concert at Frederick A. Douglass Auditorium (900 N Martin Luther King) features Rev. Dr. A. Cortes Rex, Jr. $20, $50 for VIP seats & reception with Dr. Rex. 8pm. 524-3800.

January 21 • Monday Scout Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium provides discounted admission for members in uniform or carrying a membership card & one adult for youth organizations including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, 4-H, FFA & more. $7 youth, $10 adults.

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FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration features a parade, silent march, Bell Ringing Ceremony & job fair. See website for more information. www. okcmlk.org.

January 22 • Tuesday

$17 seniors 55+, $10 youth 17 & under. 7-9pm. 6827576, www.occc.edu/cas.

January 25 • Friday

FREE Moore Teen Spa Day at the Moore Library allows teens to create some DIY products like sugar body scrub. Supplies included. Preregister. 6:30-7:30pm.

Art Now Exhibition & Art Sale at the City Arts Center (3000 General Pershing) features the work of Oklahoma’s top contemporary artists. Features artists, live music, food & open bar. Ages 21+. 951-0000. www. cityartscenter.org.

January 24 • Thursday

January 25–26

FREE Snakes with Larry Daniels at the Warr Acres Library features live snakes & instruction about keeping snakes as pets & other information. 6:30-8pm.

The Music of Michael Jackson presented by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall. $15+. 8pm. 842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org.

Fumbelina presented by the Cimarron Opera at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (1809 Stubbeman, Norman) is an operetta with music from Gilbert & Sullivan about a girl who is quite a klutz, but realizes that by helping others, she’s not so clumsy after all. $5. 7-8pm. 364-8962, www.cimarronopera.org.

January 25–27 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. $25+ plus fees. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 7:50pm; Sunday, 2pm. www. chesapeakearena.com.

An Evening with Frank Vignola at the OCCC Bruce Owen Theater (7777 S May) features one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today. $20 adults,

Weekly Events FREE Discovery Room programs at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. See website for details. FREE Admission Mondays at the OKC Zoo offers complimentary admission for everyone each Monday through February. FREE Art Moves weekdays (Monday-Friday) in downtown OKC (various locations). Performances, demonstrations, short films & discussions. Noon-1pm. 270-4892, www.artscouncilokc.com/art-moves. Toddler Time playtime at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang). $2 or FREE with Town Center membership. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-noon. 376-3411, www. cityofmustang.org. FREE Sooner Mall Outreach Storytime is an interactive story time held outside Sears at Sooner Mall for ages 9 & under. Tuesdays, 10am. FREE Art Adventures at Norman’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art includes hands-on art fun for children ages 3-5 with adult. Tuesdays, 10:30am. Family Fun Night at JumpZone (SW 104th & Western) includes 2 adults, 2 children, 1 large pizza, 2 liter pop for $25. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-8pm. 200-1691, www.jumpzoneparty.com. FREE Wednesday Night at the Movies at the Downtown Library. Held every Wednesday, 6-8pm. 231-8650.

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FREE Thursday Noon Tunes live concerts at the Downtown Library, 11:30-1pm. Cocktails on the Skyline at the OKC Museum of Art features a full bar, complimentary chips & salsa & live music on the Roof Terrace. See website for weather cancellations. FREE for members, $5 nonmembers. Thursdays, 5-9pm. Family Fun Day at Celebration Station (509 Westline) features unlimited rides & a pizza buffet for $15.99 per person. Thursdays, 4-9pm. 942-7888, www. celebrationstation.com. FREE Norman Library Music Connection features music & stories for ages 3-7 with a parent or caregiver. Thursdays, 7pm; Fridays, 10:30am. The UCO Jazz Lab features performances each Friday & Saturday at 8pm. $7 adults, $5 age 12 & under. 3597989, www.ucojazzlab.com. FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at the Ralph Ellison Library. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offer assistance in preparing 2012 State & Federal Income Tax Returns. Saturdays in January, 9am-4pm. FREE Children’s Storytime at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway) each Saturday, 10:15am. 8422900, www.fullcirclebooks.com. FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books, Saturdays, 11am. 340-9202, www. bestofbooksedmond.com.


January 26 • Saturday

January 27 • Sunday

FREE Crafts for Kids “Magnetic Snowman Notepad” at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) for ages 3+. 11am3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com.

FREE Family Day at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is held for families to explore the museum’s collections & enjoy hands-on art activities. 1-4pm.

FREE Edmond Author’s Book Fair at Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) hosts 40+ local authors, Children’s Reading Corner, bookmark making & snacks. 1-4pm. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org.

Discovery Concert Series: America the Beautiful presented by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall features great American anthems, instrument playground & activities 1 hour before show time. $9. 2pm. 842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org.

FREE Trip Around the World at the Southern Oaks Library for grades 3-6 is an innovative & hands-on experience teaching about cultures in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Preregister. 2-3:30pm.

January 28 • Monday

FREE FAFSA 101 at the Belle Isle Library features an instructional presentation with OCAP about filing a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). 3-4:30pm. 5th Annual Boots & Ball Gowns Gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum benefits Infant Crisis Services & features special guest Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. $150, $100 Deputy Ticket (ages 30 & younger). 7pm-midnight. 778-7613, www.infantcrisis.org.

FREE Skating Lessons at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36) for beginner, intermediate, advanced & featured styles. Saturdays, noon-12:45pm. 605-2758, www. skategalaxyokc.com.

Cinderella: Russian National Ballet Theatre at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond) brings the tale of Cinderella to life with sets & costumes from the Bolshoi era. $42+. 7:30pm. 285-1010, www. armstrongauditorium.org.

January 29 • Tuesday FREE Family Craft Night at the Midwest City Library features craft activities for all ages & skill levels. Preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. Romeo & Juliet: Russian National Ballet Theatre at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond) is filled with Tchaikovsky’s music & Petipa’s choreography. $42+. 7:30pm. 285-1010, www.armstrongauditorium.org.

January 31 • Thursday

Drop in Art at the OKC Museum of Art features hands-on art activities. FREE with paid admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm.

Spaghetti Eddie in Concert at Cochran Music PreSchool (3251 Market Place, Norman) benefits Cochran Music Pre-School. Call for ticket information. 6pm. 360-4330.

All-Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at AMF Yukon Lanes (500 E Main). $8/week includes 3 games & shoes. Saturdays, 1pm. Email dbrakefield@ yahoo.com to verify schedule. 354-2516.

January 31–February 3

FREE Green Earth Gang for ages 9-13 works on conservation projects in Martin Park. Saturdays, 2-5pm. 755-0676, www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park. Live Banjo Performance at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan) invites guests to enjoy a live banjo performance on Saturdays. FREE with paid admission. See website for schedule. 3-5pm. 6042793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com.

Treasure Island presented by the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre at OCU (2501 N Blackwelder) adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. $12 adults, $8 children ages 2-12. Thursday, 11am; Friday, 11am & 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 951-0011, www. oklahomachildrenstheatre.org. FREE Open House at St. John’s Episcopal School and Development Program (5401 N Brookline). 6:30pm. 943-8583, www.stjohnsokc.com.

FREE Green Earth Rangers at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial) for teens ages 13-18 to assist the park with complex, leadership-driven conservation efforts. Sundays, call for times. 7550676, www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park.

February 1 • Friday

FREE Open House at techJOYnt (8328 Glade) provides information about this hands-on, technologybased after-school education academy. Sundays, 2-4pm. 345-5010, www.techjoynt.org.

FREE Public Opening Reception for Bugs Outside the Box at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features vendor tables with activities, crafts & more. 5:30-7:30pm.

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Soonerthon Silent Auction at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art benefits the Children’s Hospital Foundation & features silent auction. 6-8pm. 271-2208. OKC Barons vs. Charlotte Checkers at the Cox Convention Center. 7pm. Tickets $16+, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. www.okcbarons.com. Other home games this month: 2/8, 9, 22, 26.

February 1–2 FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District features more than 60 artists in 17 galleries. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. 525-2688, www. thepaseo.com.

February 1–3 Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. at the Sooner Theatre (101 E Main, Norman) adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. Call for pricing info. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 3219600, www.soonertheatre.org.

February 2 • Saturday FREE Firehouse Chocolate Festival & Arts Day at the NCED/Marriott Conference Center (2801 S Highway 9 E, Norman) benefits the Firehouse Art Center & features 30 vendors offering chocolate themed foods, art activities and more. FREE admission, $25-$50 tickets for chocolate samples. 10:30am-2:30pm. 3294523, www.normanfirehouse.com. Motion & Emotion presented by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall features percussionist, Colin Currie. $15+. 8pm. 842-5387, www. okcphilharmonic.org. OU Men’s Basketball vs. Kansas State at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. 5pm. 325-2424,www. soonersports.com. Other home games this month: 2/9, 11, 23. FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features a hands-on craft activity for children. Includes museum admission for child & one accompanying adult. 10am-noon.

February 2–3 FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in celebration of the opening of the new exhibit, “Bugs Outside the Box.” Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm.

February 4 • Monday FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History every first Monday of the month.

Alexander Schimpf, Piano at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond) features works by Mozart & Debussy. $20+. 7:30pm. 285-1010, www. armstrongauditorium.org. OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. $10+. 7pm. www.nba.com/ thunder. Other home games this month: 2/6, 8, 14, 22, 24, 27.

February 4–6 Symphony by the Sea for Students at Oklahoma Aquarium exposes children to aquatic life while Tulsa Symphony Orchestra introduces young listeners to classical music. See website for details.

February 5 • Tuesday FREE National Pancake Day at IHOP Restaurants offers every guest a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals & other local charities accepted. 7am-10pm. www.ihoppancakeday.com. FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at Penn Square Mall’s Lego Store for ages 6-14 to build a new model on the first Tuesday of every month. Quantities limited. 5pm. 840-9993, www.stores.lego.com.

February 8-10 An Affair of the Heart at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds (3001 General Pershing) features arts, crafts & antiques. $7 per person, good for all three days. Friday-Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. www. aaoth.com.

February 9 • Saturday Harlem Globetrotters at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. $20+ plus fees. 2pm & 7pm. www. chesapeakearena.com. Norman Parks & Recreation Daddy Daughter Dance at the Embassy Suites (2501 Conference, Norman) for dads & their daughters ages 4-14. $10 per person. 2:30-4pm, 5-6:30pm & 7:30-9pm. 366-5472, www. normanfun.com.

February 10 • Sunday OU Women’s Basketball vs. West Virginia at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. 4pm. 325-2424, www. soonersports.com. Other home games this month: 2/14, 20, 25. Check our online calendar for even more family fun! www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar

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Ongoing Events Through January 5

January 21–February 8

Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District (725 S Lincoln) features a 200-foot zipline, kayaking activity for kids 3-9, inflatables, mechanical surfing machine, rock climbing wall & air jumper. $10 per attractionattractions, $20 all-day pass. See website for schedule. 552-4040, www. downtownindecember.com.

Art Now Exhibition & Art Sale at the City Arts Center (3000 General Pershing) celebrates the work of Oklahoma’s top contemporary artists. 951-0000. www. cityartscenter.org.

Through January 22

Snow Tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark features snow tubing from the ballpark’s upper deck on a hill of manmade snow & a smaller slide for children. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. $10 per 90-minute session. See website for schedule. 235-3500, www.downtownindecember.com.

FREE Stop Staring at My Prints Student Exhibition at the Lightwell Gallery in the OU School of Art & Art History (520 Parrington Oval, Norman) showcases work by advanced printmaking students at the OU School of Art & Art History. Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Closed on OU holidays). 325-2691, http://art.ou.edu.

Through January 6

Through February 4

Express Ice Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Festival Market (1 & Broadway, Edmond). $10 with skates, $7 with own skates, $5 for ages 5 & under. See website for hours. 274-1638, www.expressice.com/edmondok. Norman Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink at Marc Heitz Chevrolet (I-35 & Lindsey, Norman). $10 with skate rental, $7 with own skates, $5 for ages 5 & under. See website for hours. www.normanicerink.com. American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell at the OKC Museum of Art includes paintings & sculptures by a variety of artists. Dancers & Deities: Kachinas from the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features a selection of Native American Kachina. Southwest Visions: Paintings from the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

January 6–February 10 Wichita Mountains Eagle Watch at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge features an interpretive program at refuge headquarters followed by a bus tour of the refuge’s special use area to search for bald & golden eagles. For ages 8+. Tours last about 2.5 hours & include a short walk. Preregister. $5. Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30pm. 580-429-2151.

Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens. $10 with skate rental, $7 with own skates. Monday-Tuesday, 3-8pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 3-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-11pm; Sunday, 10am-8pm. 235-3500, www. downtownindecember.com.

Through February 9 Echoes & Rituals: The Artwork of Robert Taylor & Harvey Pratt at Science Museum Oklahoma showcases works by two renowned Oklahoma Native American artists.

Through February 15 OKC Beautiful SMO Upcycle Challenge at Science Museum Oklahoma is a juried exhibit of functional art/creations using upcycled materials. Opening Reception: 11/15, 6-9pm.

Through March 31 FREE Miguel Barcelo’s Areneros y Muleros at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features work by one of the most celebrated living Spanish artists.

Through May 29 Crumbo Spirit Talk at the Oklahoma History Center features the art of Woody Crumbo & his children.

January 18–February 10 Through June 1 FREE 99th Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features a competitive juried show highlighting the diverse works of art created by art & art history students from the University of Oklahoma.

January 19–March 17 20th Century African American Art: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) features artwork by African American artists in the nation. 8785300, www.mgmoa.org.

Enriched: Animal Art from the OKC Zoo at the Oklahoma History Center showcases the process of animal enrichment through painting. MondaysSaturdays.

Through August Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features works by Picasso from the museum’s permanent collection and on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum.

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Mom Gets the Last Laugh 2013: The Year of the Anti-Resolution

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Illustration by Emily Ball, http://emilymgball.com.

’ve decided that self-improvement is overrated. This year instead of vowing to be better and then letting myself down two weeks later, I’m taking a different approach. I’m making anti-resolutions. That way if I succeed I’m successful, and if I fail I’m successful too.

I resolve to gain weight. This should be a fun one. Who wants to be skinny anyway? Just think of all the new shopping I’ll get to do when I can no longer zip my jeans—to say nothing of the joy of Brie and chocolate. And once I gain all that weight, I’m going to start a foundation similar to Locks of Love, except instead of donating hair to cancer patients, we’ll get lipo-sucked and donate the results to runway models.

I resolve to stop working out. It might be difficult to find the time to not exercise, but a little determination goes a long way. Marathons of the Real Housewives on Bravo will help. And hello—double bonus, no workout clothes means less laundry! Who needs extra energy and long life?

I resolve to start smoking. So many people smoke, I’m starting to wonder what I’m missing. Seriously, if it’s so hard to quit it must be pretty good, right? However, I’ve heard smoking helps keep the weight off so this could make my resolution to gain weight more difficult. I’m willing to take the chance. Besides, considering the state of my retirement account, a shorter life expectancy makes sense.

I resolve to increase my alcohol intake. Next year at my annual physical I’d like to move my answer from the 1–3 drinks per week to the 5–8 category. It’s a realistic goal. Combined with the weight gain, lack of exercise, and smoking, this resolution has the potential to make a real impression on my overall health—and my physician.

I resolve to mess up the garage. I’ve been trying to organize our garage for five years. (By organize I mean I’ve been trying to get my husband to pick up his stuff and get rid of the junk he calls “tools.”) At this point I’m ready to give it up to the family of squirrels that have taken to eating the dog food the children drop on the floor.

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I resolve to spend less quality time with the family. Do you ever get the feeling your family takes you for granted? I do, and I think a little extended absence from Mama is what they need to make their hearts grow fonder. I’m thinking of a solo tour of Europe.

I resolve to decrease my charitable contributions. Aren’t I helping the world enough by spending money on my $4 cups of coffee and my 38 pairs of black shoes? All those unfortunate people don’t need the money like I do—Retrinal doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

I resolve to decrease my vocabulary. Some of the words floating around my brain have very little purpose in my everyday life and frankly I need to free up some capacity

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to stay on top of Facebook updates. Autumn for example—who needs it? Fall is shorter and more descriptive. Autumn, you’re dead to me.

I resolve to make less money. This one needs some clarification. Let’s be clear that I don’t want to have less money or spend less money, I just don’t want to be the person who earns it. That’s my plan for the new year. Come December I’ll either be wildly successful or dead. At any rate, at least I’ll have something to give up in 2014.

Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA, a collection of irreverent essays about motherhood and the modern family. She blogs about marriage, motherhood, and lifeafter-40 on www.afterthebubbly.com.


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MetroFamily Magazine January 2013  

MetroFamily's January 2013 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.

MetroFamily Magazine January 2013  

MetroFamily's January 2013 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.