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Around the World in OKC Cultural experiences throughout the city

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Features 8 New & Noteworthy Four things catching our attention this month in OKC 10 Around the World in OKC Cultural experiences without leaving home 12 20 Years of MetroFamily What we’ve learned from printing 241 issues 17 What’s New at Kids Fest Learn more about our Feb. 10 event

In Every Issue 14 Where Are They Now? Catch up with our May 2005 cover models

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24 Exploring Oklahoma With Children Ree Drummond plus three more reasons to visit Northeast Oklahoma 28 Calendar of Events 46 Get to Know Amanda Taylor A look inside the life of the local mom & news anchor 54 Kid Review Thoughts from a kid on Factory Obscura

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The winning mom and her nominator will each receive a two-night stay (including breakfast and parking) at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and a one-hour deep tissue massage at the hotel’s spa. The winning mom, her nominator and two honorable mentions will receive teeth whitening kits from Jennifer Baisden, DDS at Dental Loft. Nominate through March 13 at www.metrofamily magazine.com/awesome-moms.

category in our contest. You can vote every day between now and Feb. 16 and every time you do, you’ll be entered into a contest to win a two-night stay at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Vote at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ vote-favorites.

Web Exclusives Inclusive OKC: We understand visiting local restaurants and attractions with children with special needs and disabilities can sometimes be a challenge. To make it easier, we’re putting a special spotlight on the businesses that are approved and recommended by local moms of kids with special needs. Find this new feature at www.metrofamily magazine.com/special-needs. Awesome Mom Nominations: We’ve opened nominations for our annual Awesome Mom contest. We’d love to hear about your mother or a special mom figure in your life.

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Family Favorites: You’ve nominated your local faves and now it’s time to determine the winners of each

Date Night Ideas: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Need an idea to impress your partner with something more than just dinner and a movie? Find our top reasons to book a sitter this month at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ valentines-date-night.


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Sarah Taylor

Managing Editor Hannah Schmitt

Assistant Editor Lindsay Cuomo

Contributing Writers

Erin Page & Michelle Ferguson

Contributing Photographers Emily Hart, Kimera Basore

Art Director Stacy Noakes

Marketing Director Callie Collins

Sales

Athena Delce, Dana Price

Project Manager Jessica Misun

Office/Distribution Kathy Alberty

Business Development

PHOTO OF AMANDA TAYLOR TAKEN BY KIMERA BASORE

“Loving someone more than you ever knew humanly possible.” That’s how local news anchor Amanda Taylor described motherhood (read her whole feature on page 46). Ain’t that the truth? And speaking of love, this is a month chock full of it. Even if you’re not the over-the-top-cheesy-box-of-chocolates type of Valentine’s Day celebrator, February is a time to show a little extra love to those around you. I’m certainly not the type to really get into the holiday, but I’m using this month as an opportunity to put a reset on my relationships. Too many phone calls went unanswered and coffee dates unscheduled during the busy

holiday season. This month is a time to show some extra love to my husband, son, extended family and friends. If you’re up for the same, be sure to check out our calendar on page 28 for tons of ideas for quality time with the people in your life. And for even more inspiration to slow down and let loose, our website is packed with ideas. Get started at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ okc-family-fun. Hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day with the people you love! Hannah Schmitt Editor

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McKenzie, the 4-year-old daughter of Acasha and Thomas, loves to dance, sing and play outdoors. Her favorite foods are fruit, broccoli and chicken nuggets. She enjoys modeling; she can be found sporting outfits from small shops and major brands on Instagram and Facebook: @4EverMcKenzie.

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Valentine Celebrations for Every Age BY HANNAH SCHMITT

Babies & Toddlers

Teens

Your youngest family member might not even be aware of how to celebrate Valentine’s Day but that’s all the more reason to schedule a toddler date. Treat your little one with a trip to Tot Town (841 S.W. 119th St.) for a few hours of play time. Family Fun Friday Nights happen weekly from 6 to 9 p.m. and feature engaging playtime ideas especially for toddlers. For other toddler play ideas, check out our list of indoor play places at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/indoor-fun.

Valentine’s Day celebrations can be tricky if you have teens at home. If you have a teen who doesn’t want anything to do with the holiday, they can still celebrate at the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Bethany Library (7941 N.W. 23rd St., Bethany). Catered to ages 12 and up, the event will feature games and a duct tape craft for Valentine’s Day haters. Preregistration required.

For kids ages 3-5, the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct., Norman) is hosting a special event with a Valentine-themed craft from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 10. The event is free and supplies are provided.

Elementary Ages 6-10 will be thrilled to discover how chocolate fruit goes from the tree to the mug at Hot Chocolate Valentine. The event is happening from 2-3:30 Feb. 10 at Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno Ave.) and features activities to help kids discover what goes into making a cup of cocoa. Preregistration required. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for members. Long after Valentine’s Day is over, a memory that lasts for a lot of little girls is attending a daddy-daughter dance. There are dances happening throughout the metro for girls to attend with their fathers or father figures. Find a list of them at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/2018-dances.

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For teens who tolerate Valentine’s Day, give them a reason to get dressed up and cultured this month at the Oklahoma City Ballet’s “The Little Mermaid.” The world premiere ballet tells the classic story but with multimedia projections and spectacular sets and costumes on stage at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N. Walker Ave.). Shows take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Ticket prices vary.

Special Needs Locals with special needs who are age 16 and older are invited to Night to Shine, a prom night experience happening from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Putnam City Baptist Church (11401 N. Rockwell Ave.). The event features karaoke and dancing and VIP treatment like hair and makeup and shoe shining stations. A parent prom is available on-site for parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs. The event is free but space is limited so preregister at www.pcbc.tv/nighttoshine/.


Encourage a love of reading with your little ones this month by heading to the library to grab a few new Valentine-themed books. Here are a few heart-warming titles recommended by Piedmont Public Library Librarian Michelle Ferguson.

Michelle is a prairie-dwelling mom and local librarian who also writes and paints. When she’s not working, she’s either ranching her herd of four chickens and one duck or folding laundry.

For young Valentines:

For tweens, may I suggest:

1. “Yummiest Love” by Lisa McCourt. Parental love is the very best kind! 2. “Mama” by Jimmy Fallon. Everything is a “Mama” when you’re a little kid, but what is a kid to a Mama? 3. “Snuggle Puppy” by Sandra Boynton. A board book perfect for bedtime and a great ending to any day. 4. “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” by Nancy Tillman. Gorgeous illustrations and tender words sure to make any parent cry happy tears. 5. “Valentine Mice” by Bethany Roberts. Delightful active reading, with lots of onomatopoeia, the big word for little sounds that make children giggle. 6. “I Love My Mama” by Peter Kavanagh. Mama and baby elephant share a loving day. Great bedtime read for everyone. 7. “Pigs in Love” by Teddy Slater. Cute, funny pigs figure out creative ways to declare love. 8. “Plant a Kiss” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. The simple telling of a most charming story, with illustrations by the inimitable Peter Reynolds. 9. “Love Monster” by Rachel Bright. A little red monster finds love in the most unexpected place. Bold colors, exciting story, and a googlyeyed ending. 10. “Love is in the Air” by Jonathan Fenske. A balloon and a kite find magic in the air, then land in each other’s proverbial arms.

1. “Valentine’s Day from the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler. Give a girl a valentine “and before you know it, you’re married.” And that’s only the first page! 2. “Attack of the 50-ft. Cupid” by Jim Benton. Franny K. Stein, mad scientist, doesn’t understand Valentine’s Day at all. But her pup assistant, Igor, is eager to help her learn. 3. “Juliet, the Valentine Fairy” by Daisy Meadows. Juliet needs her friends to help her battle Jack Frost’s goblins to recover the Valentine’s Day sparkle. 4. “Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren” by Barbara Park. Junie wants Warren to be her boyfriend, but he thinks she’s crazy! How will she win him over? 5. “Ellie’s Lovely Idea” by Callie Barkley. The Critter Club girls are raising money to help Puppy Love, a local charity. But all that helping makes her wish for her own Valentine, too. 6. “Geronimo’s Valentine” by Geronimo Stilton. Geronimo is torn between impressing his date Petunia Pretty Paws and helping his buddy Hercule Poirat solve an art thieving mystery. 7. “Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding” by Suzy Kline. What better way to win a girl’s heart than to marry her? 8. “Minnie and Moo: Will You Be My Valentine?” by Denys Cazet. Dressed as Cupid heroes, Minnie and Moo set out to spread love to everyone!

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New & Noteworthy:

Three things catching our attention this month New Autism Tool in OKC Oklahoma City’s newest expert on teaching social and behavioral skills to kids with autism isn’t a doctor. In fact, he’s not a person at all. He’s a robot named Milo and board certified behavioral analyst Tiffanie Moore has high hopes for how he will change lives.

Awesome Moms Nominations are open It’s finally time for one of our favorite annual projects: Awesome Moms! Each year, we ask our readers to nominate the amazing mothers they know. We’re always blown away by the selflessness and determination of the nominees and we can’t wait to see who’s nominated this year. Tell us about a great mom you know and what makes her special and we will select a handful of winners to be featured in our May issue. Nominate at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/awesome-moms.

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“It’s hard to even explain how helpful and cool he is for delivering these skills,” said Moore, who’s the applied behavioral analysis clinical director at Integrated Brain Health. “We are the only facility in Oklahoma with this technology. It helps kids learn and identify really low-level social skills then works higher with them as they go.” Milo’s creators claim learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who use the robot and accompanying curriculum can see benefits like a decrease in disruptions and meltdowns, an increased ability to concentrate, increased understanding of emotions and willingness to engage in social situations. Milo was created to cater specifically to K-12 students with ASD to help them: • Tune in on emotions • Express empathy


• Act more appropriately in social situations • Self-motivate • Generalize in the population Moore said the use of the robots is just one of many ways autism treatment is improving in the state thanks to recent legislation changes. Oklahoma was one of the last states to pass a law requiring private insurance to cover applied behavioral analysis, or ABA. Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation in May 2016 to require health plans to cover services for children diagnosed with autism, including ABA. The mandate went into effect for plans issued or renewed on or after Nov. 1, 2016. “Many people aren’t familiar with ABA yet because Oklahoma is so late to requiring insurance to cover this type of treatment,” said Moore. “It truly is the gold standard of autism treatment.” ABA is one-on-one therapy supervised by a board certified behavioral analyst. Moore meets with the child and family to assess which skills need to increase and what behaviors should decrease and creates a comprehensive treatment plan to address every need. Services can be provided at home, Moore said, or at their clinic. Integrated Brain Health offers a psychologist, dietician, speech pathologist and occupational therapist on-site. Moore’s hope is to see all the providers work together to take a collaborative approach to treatment of every patient and integrate Milo into treatment for patients who could benefit. Learn more about Milo at www. robots4autism.com.

Register Now for the Redbud Classic February’s frigid temperatures make it hard to remember what spring feels like, but soon the Redbud trees will be blossoming and it will be time for the annual Redbud Classic, a collection of fun and competitive running and biking events that take place each spring in scenic Nichols Hills. For the past 35 years, the Redbud Classic event organizers have selected a local charity to be the beneficiary of the race. This year’s charity of choice is Whiz Kids, an after-school literacy tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk students in first through sixth grade. “We’re just really, really grateful to the Redbud for selecting us,” said Amy Bruce, communications and development manager for Whiz Kids Oklahoma. “We have more than 1,400 volunteers at our sites and we’re hoping to use this money to get them mobilized and to add arts programs that will inspire these kids to go further with their education.” Whiz Kids started in 1995 and has a reputation for inspiring and encouraging students through their one-on-one mentoring model. The organization currently serves about 900 students in 32 elementary schools in Oklahoma City, Bruce said. The money raised at the Redbud Classic will help them serve even more. The Redbud Classic takes place April 7 and 8 and registration is open now. Events include a fun run for kids, 5K and 10K races, bike tours and a 5K wheelchair event. Learn more and register at www.redbud.org.

OWL CAMP

(Oklahomans Without Limits)

is NewView Oklahoma’s free summer camp for kids ages 8-18, who are blind and visually impaired!

We are now accepting applications for OKC OWL CAMP, July 14-21 at YMCA Camp Classen. Camp activities are carefully planned and designed to encourage collaboration, improve confidence, self-esteem, and independence, and challenge societal and self-imposed limits through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

For more information, or to register your child, visit

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Cultural experiences for the whole family without leaving the city

BY LINDSAY CUOMO

Vacationing offers so many benefits for families, including a greater understanding of the world. Real world adventures let kids and parents, too, step outside their neighborhoods to experience firsthand different people, environments and cultures. However, traveling abroad can come with a hefty price tag, especially for families with multiple kids in tow. But Akash Patel, local teacher and founder of the World Experiences Foundation, said families can experience a variety of cultures without ever boarding a plane. Patel, originally from India, came to the United States as a college student studying for a degree in education. After graduation, Patel went on to teach at an elementary school in Oklahoma City. “When I first started teaching in the public school system as a fourth-grade teacher, only one of my students had ever traveled outside of the U.S.,” Patel shared in a TED Talk presentation at UCO. “That is when I realized that my job as an educator was to broaden my

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student’s horizons and bring the world into their classroom and their community.” He expanded his teaching experiences and started a foundation that offers multicultural and multilingual educational resources for educators from around the world. Families can use many of the same important and intentional strategies the foundation uses to create new perspectives of the world while still right here at home in Oklahoma City. “We use shared experiences like food, music, dancing and more to celebrate global partnerships and learn more about cultures from around the world,” Patel explained. “Multiculturalism is a good thing. It teaches us to be grateful for what we have and for others and helps reduce stereotypes and misconceptions.”

You can start learning about other cultures using tools already available to you. Patel suggests starting your “trip” at your local library. “There are so many books about different cultures and languages sitting right on those shelves,” Patel said. “There are also traditional English books written in other languages that can help kids relate to world languages.” Multicultural and multilingual movies are also a fun way to bring other cultures into your home, Patel suggested. Once you’ve done a little research about a particular culture of interest, Patel suggests getting creative in the ways you choose to learn more and to further immerse yourself in the experience. The Oklahoma City area has cultural hubs that families can explore the world’s diversity with no airfare required. Dine at a local taqueria to sample authentic Latin flavors, shop at an ethnic grocery and use adventurous spices for an evening meal or find a nearby cultural festival to explore.


“Festivals are a great place to ask questions and interact with people of diverse backgrounds,” Patel added. “There are a lot of events happening across Oklahoma organized by people who want to share their culture.” Bringing a worldview into your home might take some creativity, but with a few inspiring ideas available right here in our state, your family can bring the world to you. Here are some cultural experiences happening throughout the year in the Oklahoma City area: • Yukon Czech Hall hosts weekly dances on Saturday nights. Families can enjoy a live polka band, dancing and food from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Special events also are hosted throughout the year including the annual Czech Festival every October. For more details, visit www.czechhall.com. • Shops and restaurants are open daily in the Asian District in Oklahoma City offering families an accessible way to explore Asian cultures. • Lunar New Year at Myriad Gardens happens Feb. 16 and is a great chance to get acquainted with how the new year is celebrated in China. Kids in attendance can take part in crafts and watch lion dancers. Calligraphers will be on-site to write your name in Chinese and traditional foods and beverages will be served.

similarities of the religions and all people. Screenings are free and open to the public. Registration is required, as seating is limited. For more information, visit www.jewishmuslimfliminstitute.com. If you’re up for a drive… • Visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. This museum invites families to explore a traditional village and an exhibit hall to learn about the Chickasaw story. The Aaimpa Café uses vegetables grown right in the campus’ Spiral Garden to serve up authentic, fresh dishes. • Experience a taste of Scotland at the annual Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival in Yukon in the spring or at Scotsfest in Tulsa in the fall. Enjoy traditional foods, dance troupes, pipe bands and highland games. For a full schedule of events, visit www.unitedscotsok.com or www.okscotfest.com. • Enjoy three days of multicultural entertainment including food, shopping, concerts and activities for kids that showcase a variety of local, culturallyfocused organizations at Lawton’s International Festival, hosted annually in the fall. For more details, visit www.lawtonok.gov. Another great way to connect with other cultures is through food. Here are some internationallyinspired restaurants recommended by MetroFamily staff:

• La Casa de la Abuela

• Hosted in the Historic Capitol Hill business district each September, the Fiestas de Las Americas is a celebration of Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage featuring the colorful Parade of the Americas, food, games, music, art, eclectic vendors and more. To learn more, visit www.historiccapitolhill.com/ fiestas-de-las-americas.

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• The Red Earth Festival, hosted annually in June, features some of the nation’s most celebrated Native artists and dancers, showcasing their heritage through contemporary and traditional examples. For a detailed schedule, visit www.redearth.org.

• The Jewish Muslim Film Institute shares a selection of films throughout the year to inspire dialogue about the

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What we’ve learned in 20 years of MetroFamily Magazine BY HANNAH SCHMITT

This month marks our 241st issue printed at MetroFamily since we started in 1998 and in each magazine there is so much to learn. And the magazine staff members have had a unique opportunity to learn things even the readers haven’t had access to, so I asked them to share the top things they’ve learned while working for MetroFamily. “Even though families are so diverse, parenthood and family life in its essence unites us. No matter the background, the parents I’ve met through MetroFamily, whether in person or through our columns, have a common thread that connects us all. Its encouraging to know I am not alone in this journey. As a reader, I knew MetroFamily was the go-to source for family fun but, as the calendar editor, I am still surprised by the sheer number of things to do in our community. And that number continues to grow!” Assistant Editor Lindsay Cuomo “I’ve learned that there are so many resources for families whether it’s for educational purposes, entertainment, social awareness, self-help, physical activities, spiritual needs, financial and the list goes on and on. I wish I had known or had access to an organization like MetroFamily when I was raising my children years ago and struggling to find these things on my own. I’ve also learned that Oklahoma is a very interesting state and there’s plenty to see and explore right here that I never knew about and I have roots here! We have wonderful museums here that help us connect to our heritage and learn about people right here who have gone on to accomplish great things for humanity. We have a lot to be proud of.” Sales Executive Dana Price

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“There’s so much going on in Central Oklahoma that I never knew about before I came to work for MetroFamily! It’ll be five years in March but I still find out about new events and venues each month along with our readers. I’ve learned how diverse families are, not just in an ethnic and social sense, but in the variety of family dynamics that exist. Foster families, adoptive families, families with multiples, single child families, single parent families and so many more: in the end, we all want the same things and a loving family makes all the difference in the life of a child.” Marketing Director Callie Collins de Roldán “Through the years of owning MetroFamily, it has become even more evident to me that family is the most important factor in anyone’s life. I’ve seen children thrive when given roots and wings by their parents, teachers and other mentors. We’ve seen momentum build towards even greater support of families and children in the OKC area but there will always be more work to be done. We’re excited to continue to highlight the needs of children and their parents and the local resources that serve those needs through MetroFamily.” Publisher Sarah Taylor “I’ve learned that I missed out on all the fun (and a lot of free!) activities to do with my family when my kids were little! There is so much more to do here now. Families are looking for ways to enjoy life together out in the city.” Office Manager Kathy Alberty “I have learned that no matter what type of mom you are, there is a community for you. Whether you are a working mom, stay-at-home mom or a work-from-home mom, there are other moms out there that understand and can be a valuable support system without judgment.” Project Manager Jessica Misun


Where are they now?

Cover Kids Katie & Gabe Seat On Mother’s Day 2005, Katie Seat was soaking up the excitement of being on the MetroFamily Magazine May cover with her almost 2-yearold son, Gabe. Katie, laughing, recalls being relieved that her spirited toddler didn’t have to pose for the photo, but rather was captured picking flowers for her. In those early years of motherhood, Katie could never have predicted how much her and husband Rob’s family would grow in

the 12 years since. Now 14, Gabe is in the eighth grade at Cimarron Middle School in Edmond, where his favorite subject is history. He’s played basketball since age 6, now playing point guard both for his school and club teams, as well as running track. He’s also a Ping-Pong master. Gabe has two younger sisters, Sydnee and Annie, 11 and 7, respectively, and adopted brother JV is 6 months older than Gabe. The two befriended each other in the third grade, when JV lived at the Edmond Boy’s Ranch. As the family built a relationship with JV, they eventually became his foster family and adopted him in 2015. Katie and Gabe share their family’s story since the two were on our cover.

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What do you remember about the cover photo experience?

How has adoption impacted your family?

Katie: It was the Mother’s Day issue, and they were looking for a mother and child. We knew someone at the magazine and they asked us to do it. The photo was taken on a front porch, and it was really candid, which I loved. The photo they picked was really sweet because Gabe is handing me a flower he’d picked with the roots still attached! One of Gabe’s friends was recently on the cover, so, to be funny, we sent the family the photo of Gabe and said ‘Gabe has been on the cover, too!’

Katie: Fostering and adoption weren’t something we were looking to do, but it was meant to be. It’s a God thing. JV had lived at the Boy’s Ranch less than a year when we met him. The boys became friends and Gabe wanted to have him over to play. We didn’t even know he lived at the Boy’s Ranch, but then we became his sponsor so we could have him over and he could spend weekends with us. In the fourth grade, he began spending holidays with us, and we became his foster family the boys’ fifth grade year. We adopted him that next summer. It’s been so good for us and our whole family.

What’s the most positive change you’ve seen in the Oklahoma City metro since you were on the cover? Both: The Thunder! Katie: I’m from San Diego originally, so I’m used to having stuff to do all the time. I came here for college, and it’s crazy how much it’s grown since then, especially downtown.

Gabe: It’s great. It’s cool to have someone the same age as me. He always has my back and we like to do the same things.

What does your family like to do together?

and OSU basketball. And we love watching movies together. We go to church together and go eat afterward. Sunday is the day we spend the most time together. When we’re at home in the evenings, we eat dinner together. Gabe: And we like playing basketball and swimming together.

What do you want to do after high school? Gabe: I want to be a general manager in the NBA. Katie: He loves stats!

What makes you proudest of Gabe? Katie: He’s a really good kid and he does well at everything. He’s self-motivated and has a really good work ethic. Anything he does, he goes all in. He has a good attitude and approach at life.

Katie: All the kids are in sports, and when we’re at home, we’re watching sports. We love OU football, Thunder basketball, OU

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Saturday, Feb. 10 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City

Celebrate our 20th birthday with us! Come experience more than 60 booths and join in the festivities, including hands-on activities for kids. Inatables Stage entertainment Costumed characters Petting zoo Face painting Door prizes and much more!

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• Check out the “affirmation wall” provided by State Farm and assisted by Allied Arts. You and your kids can answer the question “I am…” with an art project, take a photo and add it to the wall. • We’re happy to welcome Amanda Taylor, anchor, and Jennifer Pierce, reporter, both of KWTV News 9, as stage emcees at Kids Fest. • Door prizes and several grand prizes will be given away to lucky attendees. Sign up ahead of time, get a $1 coupon and register for these prizes here: http://bit.ly/coupon_18

• Kids age 4 and up will enjoy GaGa Ball (dodge ball for the feet), provided by Camp Fire Boys and Girls. • Enjoy many new vendors providing fun hands-on projects for your kids, including karaoke!

See you 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Cox Convention Center!

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Thank you to our sponsors We’re thrilled to welcome three sponsors for Kids Fest 2018, K12 and Oklahoma City Zoo as Supporting Partners and State Farm as Bag Sponsor.

Supporting Partners: K12 will be sharing their educational options with attendees and leading kids in a project with Chinese Calligraphy while the Oklahoma City Zoo will be highlighting their preschool program and educational classes and providing a visual puzzle activity sheet project.

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Top 10 reasons to attend Kids Fest with your family: 1. Meet the animals provided by Extreme Animals and Chester’s Party Barn.

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2. Take photos with princesses and superheroes from Forever After Parties and New World Comics and Star Wars characters from Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion.

10. Enter to win fabulous door and grand prizes provided by our booth vendors and partners. 11. Celebrate MetroFamily’s 20th birthday party, complete with special Oatmeal Cream Pies (while supplies last).

3. Get your face painted, be amazed by a magician and go home with a caricature drawing. 4. Find hands-on fun, games and crafts at more than 60 booths. 5. Jump your wiggles out in the inflatables, provided by Allison’s Fun/Andy Alligator’s. 6. Enjoy stage performances by Spaghetti Eddie, magician Joe Coover, OU Trombones and several dance troupes. 7. Take a zany family photo at the Instabus and other photo booths. 8. Learn about the new educational programs at the Oklahoma City Zoo and about education alternatives from K12.com, our generous sponsors.

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EXPLORING OKLAHOMA WITH CHILDREN

4 Reasons to Visit Pawhuska BY LINDSAY CUOMO, PHOTOS PROVIDED

The charm of rural life is on full display in Pawhuska, just a two-hour drive northeast of Oklahoma City. Nestled in the heart of Osage County in the northeastern corner of our state, Pawhuska offers a cityscape nearly unchanged from the time of the town’s peak during the early 1900s. The majority of the buildings in the downtown area are authentic to the town’s time as a hub of Oklahoma’s oil and cattle industries and are now on the National Register of Historic

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile The town’s most famous resident, Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman on her Food Network show by the same name, recently opened a mercantile general store in one of the town’s historic buildings. Originally constructed in 1910, the building once housed an old shop called the Osage Mercantile. In keeping with the building’s origins, the Drummonds opened the Merc (www.themercantile.com), as many call it, last year. Sitting at the corner of Main Street and Kihekah Avenue in downtown Pawhuska, The Pioneer Woman Mercantile is a destination deli, general store and bakery. The two-story, 25,000-square-foot Mercantile welcomes thousands of visitors each day. Fans of Ree’s show from near and far are greeted by old-time charm and classic Pioneer Woman style. The store’s shelves are stocked with dishes, books and even toys for shoppers to enjoy. Since The Pioneer Woman is best known for her cooking, the Merc’s deli is a headlining feature. With lines stretching out the door, thousands of hungry diners feast on hearty portions of steak, fried pork chops and more paired with sides like fancy mac and cheese or whiskey-glazed carrots. Be warned that if you want to dine in, you need to be prepared to wait, especially during lunchtime hours. “Breakfast and supper tend to be less busy times, but anytime you choose to dine, it’s well worth the wait” shared Kelly Bland, the executive director for Osage County Tourism. During especially busy times, the staff passes out menus and occasionally provides entertainment for those waiting in line. There is also the chance of an encounter with Drummond herself.

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Places. Red brick buildings stretch throughout the city center, whisking visitors back to a simpler time and inviting them to slow down and stay awhile. Despite the town’s rural setting, Pawhuska is easily accessible, making it an ideal destination for a visit. If you are looking for a romantic excursion or a relaxing family road trip, Pawhuska might just fit the bill. Here are four things to consider doing on your Pawhuska adventure.


“The Pioneer Woman and her husband, The Marlboro Man, often visit with folks dining at The Mercantile,” shared Bland, “You never know when they will do it, but it happens more than just occasionally.” The bakery, housed on the second level, offers sweet treats like pecan sticky buns, pies and cookies as well as sandwiches and coffees, with much shorter lines. The Merc is open from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Fans sometimes are treated to lodge tours to see where Ree films her popular Food Network show. Tours are hosted sporadically throughout the year as availability allows and are free to the public. Just pick up a ticket at The Mercantile. Follow The Pioneer Woman on social media for more details about lodge tours.

Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Pawhuska also is home to the largest protected tallgrass prairie in the world. The beauty of this complex and diverse ecosystem is on full display as the grasslands are teeming with more than 700 plant species and wildlife including birds, white-tailed deer, bobcats, armadillos, beavers, coyotes and more. The highlight of the fauna is the herd of more than 2,000 bison that roam the preserve. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (www.nature.org) is one of the few remaining places to see bison in their natural environment. Kids will love seeing the variety of wildlife roaming the grounds. It’s not uncommon to see bison, bobcats, coyotes and deer on the Preserve. Expect your kids to be wowed by the diversity in the landscape, too. Many city-dwelling kids don’t realize the variety of prairie grasses until visiting a place like this.

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There are multiple scenic turnouts along the 10-mile loop that runs through the preserve as well as picnic spots, nature trails and a visitors’ center right next to a historic 1920s ranch bunkhouse. The visitors’ center is operated by volunteers and is open seasonally so be sure to check ahead of time to see if it will be open during your visit. Since the preserve is home to wildlife, safety is a concern for both visitors and the preserve’s inhabitants. Stay in your car or stick to the designated trails. Dogs, hunting, fishing, camping and picking up rocks or artifacts is prohibited. The visitors’ center has a gift shop with a selection of souvenirs available for purchase to commemorate your experience. The preserve is open year-round from dawn to dusk and there is no charge to enter so visitors can experience the beauty of each and every season on the prairie.

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Osage Hills State Park Osage Hills State Park (www.travelok.com) sits where the rolling prairies meet the rocky Crosstimbers, showcasing the raw beauty of Oklahoma. With more than 1,000 acres to enjoy, visitors will find plenty of ways to unwind. Cozy up by a fire in one the park’s historic cabins or explore a few of the park’s trails to discover the lush forest, rocky bluffs and quiet waters. Drop a line from the shores of Lookout Lake or Sand Creek and simply unplug. Osage Hills State Park is the first state park to offer canvas-walled tents, giving families the opportunity to camp without the set-up. Each tent is pitched on a wooden platform with military-style cots and a wood stove to keep you warm in cooler temperatures. Call to reserve tents and cabins in advance. Traditional tent sites are first come, first serve. Canvas tents are $45 per night and a two-night minimum is sometimes required.

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Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve While the museum isn’t in the town of Pawhuska, the short drive over to Bartlesville makes Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (www.woolaroc.org) a must-see. Oilman Frank Phillips and his wife Jane built their home away from home in 1925. Phillips sought to connect with nature at the ranch retreat and entertain many influential guests as he worked to close important deals and forge valuable relationships. Today, the ranch boasts a 3,700-acre wildlife preserve, museum and lodge with a vision to retain the untamed essence of the West. Along the two-mile drive onto the property, be on the lookout for elk, bison, longhorn cattle, deer, ostriches and more that roam freely about the preserve. Once you arrive at the main parking area, visitors can explore a museum filled with Western art and artifacts and the lodge, the Phillips country home. From fine art to historical displays including one of the most complete collections of Colt

firearms, the museum’s collections trace the cultural developments of the New World. Since Frank Phillips was an aviation enthusiast, the Airplane Room is an unexpected highlight of the museum. The lodge home stands as if frozen in time to share the tales of the parties, business events and wilder happenings, a bold symbol of the oil boom era. Completed in 1927, rustic furnishings and elaborate décor fill the eight bedrooms and large Great Room. Some of the rooms are open for the public to explore.

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Hours of operation vary throughout the year and admission is $12 for adults and is free for children 11 and under. To learn even more about Frank Phillips, his mansion home in Bartlesville (www.frankphillipshome.org) is open for tours on Wednesday - Saturday.

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Free First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Just Between Friends Consignment Sale at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds from noon – 9 p.m.

Kids in the Kitchen: Baking with ToTs at The MAC at Mitch Park from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

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Monster Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 1 p.m. from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free Dragons Love Tacos Party at the Moore Library from 2 – 3 p.m.

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OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series: Pirates, Sailors and the Sea at Civic Center Music Hall at 2 p.m.

Rhea Lana’s Consignment Sale at the Edmond Conference Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Free First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District from 6 – 10 p.m.

Victorian Tea at the Rodkey House in Edmond at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

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School of Rock opens at Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Free Reading Wednesdays at Myriad Gardens at 10 a.m.

Free Valentine’s Dance Party at the Southwest OKC Library from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Free Night to Shine Prom at Putnam City Baptist Church from 6 – 9 p.m.

MetroFamily’s Kids Fest at Cox Convention Center from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Little Sapling Series at Myriad Gardens at 10 a.m.

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Free Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Bethany Library from 6 – 7 p.m.

The Little Mermaid opens at Civic Center Music Hall at 8 p.m.

RUNderground 5K in Downtown at 12:30

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Tuesday Night Classics presents The Princess Bride at Harkins Theatre at 7 p.m.

Free Snow TLC (Touch, Learn, Create) at the Southwest OKC Library at 10 a.m.

Cirque Éloize Saloon at OCCC Visual & Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

The Three Bears Family Overnight at the Oklahoma City Zoo from 7 p.m. – 9 a.m.

Thunder Run & Rumble’s Family Fun Run at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 9 a.m.

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Free Art Adventures at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m.

Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma from 10 – 11 a.m.

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Peter Pan Jr. at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a community theatre adaption for young performers based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. $15. Wednesday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org

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Chocolate Decadence at Hudson-Essex Loft Offices (825 N Broadway) features smooth jazz, wine and champagne and the ever-popular Valentine auction. Proceeds benefit community projects in Automobile Alley. Guests must be 21 & older. $65; VIP, $100. 6-9pm. 706-7484, www.chocolatedecadenceokc.com FREE Open House at Trinity School (321 NW 36th St). Prospective parents can see the campus and learn more about the school’s programs. 6:30-8pm. 525-5600, www.trinityschoolokc.org FREE Open House at Antioch Christian Academy (3616 SW 119th St). Prospective parents of students age 2-8th grade can see the campus and learn more about the school’s programs. 6:30pm. 691-8012, academy.antiochokc.org

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LO O K A ND C R E AT E TO GETH E R ! Family Workshops at OKCMOA involve gallery visits and art making for kids and a caring adult. Classes run throughout the year. Offerings are for ages 15-36 months, 3-5 years, and 6-10 years. Visit okcmoa.com/learn for more information.

Heisenburg at Civic Center’s City Scape (201 N Walker Ave) features the romantic tale of two strangers and a life-changing journey of discovery. $40-42. See website for showtimes. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com

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Babies at the Museum at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features complimentary coffee, gallery tour and playtime with age-appropriate activities in a classroom. For ages 0-24 months and caregivers. Members, $5; non-members, $12. Friday & Saturday, 9:30-11:30am; Sunday, 11:30am1:30pm. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com

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FREE Anita Martinez Mariachi Festival at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features workshops, performances and a visual arts exhibition. See website for a schedule of events. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

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FREE Spring Gardening Workshop at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman) features information on basic gardening prep, plant selection, planting and maintenance. There will be time for Q&A with speakers and a plant and seed swap as well. Refreshments provided. 10am-noon. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

FREE Make & Take Valentine Workshop at the Territorial Museum (406 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie) features a casual come-and-go event with crafts and refreshments. All ages welcome. 10am-4pm. 282-1889, www.okhistory.org SixTwelve Mardi Gras Ball at SixTwelve (612 NW 29th St) features food by Picasso Cafe, live music by New Breed Brass Band, art and dancing. This adults-only event is white-tie optional and masks and beads are strongly encouraged. Proceeds benefit SixTwelve in the Paseo Arts District. $100. 8-11pm. 208-8291, www.sixtwelve.org/612-mardi-gras-ball/ University of Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics vs Nebraska and Stanford at the McCasland Field House (151 E Brooks St, Norman). Adults, $10; kids, $8. 7pm. Also held: Feb 10 vs Iowa; Feb 24 vs Navy. 3252424, www.soonersports.com FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. Also held: Feb. 17. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com FREE Pop & Palette at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Local artist, Vanessa Larwig will lead children and families in designing a tie-dye inspired heart. For ages 12 & up and parents, too. Preregister. 10am-noon. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org Victorian Tea at the Rodkey House (410 S Littler, Edmond). Learn about the historical importance of teatime in the 1800s and the history of women in early Edmond. The tea includes savories, scones, sweets, and of course tea, as well as living history performers and favors. Victorian dress is recommended. $20. 10am & 2pm. Also held: Feb. 10. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org


FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a guide tour to catch a glimpse of eagles in their winter home. Preregister, space is limited. Bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. 1-4pm. 321-4633. FREE Super Hero School at New World Comics (6219 N Meridian Ave) features a different amazing super hero each week and on occasion a villain or two as well. 10:30am-noon. 721-7634, www.facebook.com/newworldcomicsokc/ Yukon Chocolate Festival at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a wide variety of chocolate treats served up by local businesses and groups as well as a silent auction consisting of an array of chocolate & Valentine items. Proceeds benefit Yukon Friends of the Park and Ladies Library Club. $10. 1-3pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a Gallery

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Hunt & Find to discover secret locations for storybook readings. For ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Taste of OKC at the Chevy Events Center (429 E California Ave) features local restaurants, an open bar, silent and live auctions and live music. All proceeds directly fund Big Brothers Big Sisters. $150. 6:30-9:30pm. www.tasteokc.com

FREE Oklahoma is about… All That Jazz Preformance at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd, Bethany) features a musical journey through Oklahoma’s jazz history, beginning with the deep deuce jazz era in Oklahoma City, through the Greenwood jazz scene in Tulsa, through today’s contemporary jazz era. 2pm. Also held at other libraries throughout the month. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball vs. the University of West Virginia at Lloyd Noble Center at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 2pm. Also held: 2/21 vs Iowa State; 2/24 vs Texas Tech. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com

FREE Robotics Class at Sylvan of Edmond (3209 S Broadway Ave, Edmond) features fun, hands-on projects to learn science and engineering concepts. Call to preregister. 1-2pm. 562-5202, www.sylvanlearning.com

Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball vs the University of Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena (1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. 7:30pm. Also held: 2/13 vs Baylor; 2/17 vs Texas; 2/26 vs TCU. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com

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Norman Daddy Daughter Dance at Embassy Suites (2501 Conference Dr, Norman) features a fun evening for little girls and their fathers or father figures with dancing, music and refreshments. For ages 4-14. $15. Yellow Dance, 2pm; Purple Dance, 4:30pm; Red Dance, 7pm. 366-5472, www.normanfun.com

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FREE Family Day at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (55 Elm Ave, Norman) features hands-on activities for the whole family highlighting the Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting exhibition. 1-4pm. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma Oklahoma City Thunder vs the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 1pm. Also held: 2/11 vs Memphis; 2/13 vs Cleveland; 2/26 vs Orlando; 3/6 vs Houston. 6028661, www.nba.com/thunder FREE Before the Land Run Muscial Tribute at Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features a performance by librarian and musician Cheryl Coleman about the historically Black towns established in Oklahoma. 3pm. Also held at other locations throughout the month. 606-3575, www.metrolibrary.org FREE LOVE Book Release Celebration at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School (925 S Boulevard, Edmond) features Newbery Medalist Matt de la Peña, author of Last Stop on Market Street and illustrator of the Otis the Tractor series Loren Long. 1pm. 340-9202, www.bestofbooksok.com

Feb 5 • Monday

FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) offers complimentary admission for kids 17 & under. General admission does apply to guests 18 and older. Adults, $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs the University of West Virginia at Lloyd Noble Center at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 8pm. Also held: 2/17 vs

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Feb 6 • Tuesday

FREE Kids Explore: Oklahoma Animals at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St). Using real artifacts from the Oklahoma City Zoo, kids can explore some unique Oklahoma animals, as well as complete related crafts and activities. Best suited for kids in grades K-5. 4:30-5:30pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Robotics Class at Sylvan of OKC (9634 N May Ave) features fun, hands-on projects to learn science and engineering concepts. Call to preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. 842-7323, www.sylvanlearning.com Success with Resistant, Unmotivated and Disruptive Kids with Dr. Charles Fay at the Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City). Learn about how to build cooperative relationships with resistant kids and Dr. Fay’s tips for dealing with youth who argue, manipulate and constantly try to control others. Preregister. $99. 8:30am-2:30pm. www.loveandlogic.com Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball vs the Baylor University at Gallagher-Iba Arena (1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/14 vs Kansas State; 2/21 vs Texas Tech; 3/3 vs Kansas. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com

Feb 6 & 7

FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a LEGO build for kids ages 6 -14 who are LEGO VIP members. Membership is free. Preregister, quantities are limited. 5pm. 840-9993, shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration

Feb 6-11

School of Rock at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. Best suited for ages 8 & up. $43 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2 & 7pm. 297-2264, www.okcbroadway.com


ENROLL NOW IN SPRING BREAK CAMPS A Date with the Duke at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a buffet dinner with cash bar and a screening of the film The Searchers. Members, $35; non-members, $40. 6:30-9:30pm. 4782250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

FREE Make it Yourself: Stamp Clay Bowls at Waters Edge Wintery (712 N Broadway Ave) features a comeand-go event with a fun decorative bowl project. For ages 21 & up. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 6-8pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

FREE Sticky, Slimy, Stinky at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a zoo program to discover the science behind why some animals are sticky, slimy or stinky while interacting with live animals. 4-5pm. 3548232, www.mabelcfrypubliclibrary.com

Feb 8 • Thursday

FREE Valentine’s Dance Party at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features a fun dance party with snacks and more. For kids in grades K-5. 4:30-5:30pm. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

FREE Open House at King’s Gate Christian School (11400 N Portland). Prospective parents can see the campus and learn more about the school’s programs. 10am. 7522111, www.kingsgateschool.com Speaker in the City Series at The Criterion (500 E Sheridan Ave) features Giuliana and Bill Rancic speaking on work-life balance. Benefits the community programs of the Junior League of Oklahoma City. $50 & up. 7pm. www.JLOC.org

Little Big Town at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a concert by Little Big Town and special guests Kacey Musgraves and Midland. $45 & up. 7:30pm. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com

FREE Alexander Hamilton Living History Peformance at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features living history performer Eben Kuhns as Alexander Hamilton, an astute lawyer and coauthor of the Federalist Papers. Members, $10; non-members, $20. 7-8:30pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org

FREE Before the Land Run Muscial Tribute at Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a performance by librarian and musician Cheryl Coleman about the historically Black towns established in Oklahoma. 6:30pm. Also held at other locations throughout the month. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org

FREE Family Fun Night at OKCCounty Health Department (2600 NE 63rd St) features a pajama party with bounce houses, kids’ games, Zumba, yoga, storytelling, crafts, cooking demonstrations and more. Pajamas encouraged! Please bring a mat or blanket for yoga. 5:30-7:30pm. 4254313, www.facebook.com/OCCHD/

FREE Valentine’s Day Origami at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features hand-crafted origami valentines including an origami heart and rose. Preregister. For kids in grades 2nd-5th. 4-5:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Valentine Card Making at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Explore techniques in rubber stamping, die-cutting and more to build our own beautiful valentines. Preregister. For ages 10 & up. 4:306pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org

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Feb 9 • Friday

School’s Out Break Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features zoo tours, up-close animal visits, crafts and games. Preregister. For ages 4-11. Half day $25; full day, $45. 8:30am5:15pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org

FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6-9pm. www.2ndfridaynorman.com

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FREE Night to Shine Prom at Putnam City Baptist Church (11401 N Rockwell Ave) features an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 16 and older, featuring a red carpet, VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and, of course, dancing. Parents get a night out too! Preregister, space is limited. 6-9pm. pcbc.tv/nighttoshine/ Valentine’s Social at the Pitts Recreation Center (1920 N Kate Ave) features socializing, dancing, a dance contest and karaoke. Refreshments provided. Preregister. For ages 13-17. $10. 6-8pm. 297-1438, www.okc.gov/parksignup

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An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features art, clothing, antiques, collectibles, gourmet food and more. Three day pass, $8. Friday & Saturday, 9am6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 632-2652, www.anaffairoftheheart.com/okc/

Feb 10 • Saturday

Valentine’s Sweets, Eats & Beats at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features champagne, food, live music and dancing. For ages 21 & up. Members, $35; non-member, $40. 7-9:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Valentine’s Day Animal Enrichment Event at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Watch your favorite animals’ curiosity take over as they discover and interact with their unique valentines with love by their caretakers. Free with admission. 10am2pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org Lil Kickers is for ages 18 months to 9 years.

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FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 7-11pm. www.plazadistrict.org/live/ Humorist Jeanne Robertson at Hudson Performing Hall (2820 N May Ave) features her Rocking Chair tour. At 74 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. $29-$59. 7pm. 840-2176, www.hudsonperformancehall.com

Feb 9 & 10

FREE Jr. NBA Skills Challenge at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Participation is free and is open to boys and girls under the age of 13; age is determined as of Aug. 31, 2018. Preregister. Friday, 6-10pm;

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Norman Chocolate Festival at Norman North High School (1809 Stubbeman Ave, Norman) features samples of delectable treats from participating restaurants and businesses. Proceeds benefit Norman Public Schools through grants for school PTA projects. $30-$50. 10am-2pm. www.normanptacouncil.org Victorian Tea at the Rodkey House (410 S Littler, Edmond) features savories, scones, sweets, and of course tea, as well as living history performers and favors. For ladies, mature kindergarten through senior adult. Victorian dress is recommended. $20. 10am & 2pm. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org Kids Fest hosted by MetroFamily Magazine at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features handson activities at over 60 booths, face painting, roaming characters, door prizes, live music and much more. Adults, $7; kids, free. 11am4pm. 601-2081. Info and coupon at metrofamilymagazine.com/kidsfest Harlem Globetrotters at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a star-studded roster and ball handling wizardry. After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). $26 & up. 2 & 7pm. 6025800, www.chesapeakearena.com FREE Norman Mardi Gras Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features parade floats, musicians, dancers and a wide array of fun and unusual characters. The parade makes the loop twice. 7-9pm. www.normanmardigrasparade.com


Edmond’s Daddy Daughter Dance at The Edmond Conference Center (2833 Conference Dr) features one big dance for daughters ages 3-12 and their dads with dancing, refreshments and a professional photographer. $30; $10 each additional girls. 6-9pm. 3594630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Escape Room at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Channel your anti-Valentine’s Day spirit to find the clues necessary to solve the dastardly puzzles and escape. Two sessions available. Preregister. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 1-3pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org Midwest City’s Daddy Daughter Dance at Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City) features dancing, music and light snacks. Dads & their little girls can also enjoy carriage rides and professional photographer packages for an additional cost. For ages 3-14.

$12. 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm & 8-9:30pm. 739-1293, www.midwestcityok.org FREE Open House at the Catholic School of St. Eugene (2400 W Hefner). School staff and parents will be available for tours and can answer questions about the school. For families with students entering pre-K3-Kindergarten. 10amnoon.751-0067, www.steugeneschool.org Oklahoma City Blue vs Salt Lake City Stars at Cox Convention Center (2 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/23 vs Austin; 2/24 vs Delaware. 6028500, oklahomacity.gleague.nba.com Frigid Five Miler at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a five mile sanctioned race or the one mile run/walk benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Winners of the race will be awarded prizes in each age group. $20-$35. 9am. 708-8589, frigidfive.itsyourrace.com FREE Dads & Donuts Story Time at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library

(2201 SW 134th St) features stories, a craft and donuts. For ages 3-6 with a caregiver, but all ages welcome. 10-11am. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10am5pm. 235-4485, www.oklahomahof.com Galentine’s Day at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park Ave) features a brunch buffet with mimosas and a photo booth. Benefits the YWCA of Oklahoma City. $35; two, $65; three, $95. 10-11:30am. 943-7177, www.ywcaokc.org/galentine-s-day Heart-Y Succulent Wreath Workshop at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Create your own succulent wreath masterpiece to take home. Materials supplied. All ages welcome. Preregister. $40 per wreath. 10am-noon. 2971392, www.okc.gov/parksignup

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Indian Taco Sale and Indie Market at the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance (5320 S Youngs Blvd) features traditional Indian tacos and other native dishes as well as native vendors offering crafts and handmade goods. Proceeds for the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance. 11am-2:30pm. Also held Feb. 10. 596-9092, www. facebook.com/okchoctawtribalalliance

Arts. $20-$30. 5:30-7:30pm. 7287700, thegatechurch.tv/cityreach/ Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Celebration at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features an evening of jazz music and New Orleans cuisine. Seating is limited. Members, $20; non-members, $25. 6-9pm. 6042793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com

FREE Family Make +Take: Paper Mariachi Guitars and Flowers at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd). Attendees can create color paper guitars and tissue-paper flower bracelets. All ages welcome. 1-4pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org We Heart Animals Valentine Event at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Make Valentine’s gifts for the zoo animals and your loved ones. All ages welcome. Members, $12; non-members, $15. 1011:30am. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org

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Romancing the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Explore the wacky courtship of animals and learn how the zoo plays matchmaker for species preservation. Light Hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages and dessert served. For ages 21 & up. Members, $40, non-members, $45. 6-7:30pm. 425-0218, www.okczoo.org

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FREE Valentine’s Day Crafts at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features themed crafts for kids ages 3-5. 2-3pm. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Silver Strings Concert at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany) features a special performance from a unique strolling orchestra with members from all three high schools of the Putnam City School District. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org Hot Chocolate Valentine at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a hunt through the conservatory to find cocoa fruit growing, a hot chocolate tasting and the chance to make two cocoa mixes. Best suited for ages 6-10. Preregister. Members, $12; non-members, $15. 2-3:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Mardi Gras Jazz Performance at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features a live jazz performance and Mardi Gras beads giveaway. Free with admission. 3-4pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com Daddy Daughter Dance at the The Gate Gym (7700 N Council Rd) features food, photos, crafts and plenty of dancing. Benefits The Beat Performing

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Great Train Show at Tulsa Expo Square (4145 E 21st St, Tulsa) features operating train models, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more. $10; kids (11 & under), free. 10am-4pm. 630-6084988, www.trainshow.com/tulsa/ FREE Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features cookie decorating, crafts, card making, cupid archery, a live paint demonstration and more. Theater and exhibit hall admission applies. Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

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Feb 11 • Sunday

Frozen Nose Series 5K Race at Wheeler Park (1120 S Western Ave) features the first in a three part series of 5K races. Participants can enjoy food, music and more. Preregister. $30 per race. 2pm. 703-0052, www.frozennoseseries.com

FREE Oklahoma is about… All That Jazz Preformance at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a musical journey through Oklahoma’s jazz history, beginning with the deep deuce jazz era in Oklahoma City, through the Greenwood jazz scene in Tulsa, through today’s contemporary jazz era. 2pm. Also held at other libraries throughout the month. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org University of Oklahoma Women’s Gymnastics vs University of North Carolina at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Adults, $10; kids, $8. 3:45pm. Also held: 2/23 vs West Virginia; 3/3 vs Michigan. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com

Feb 11-17

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson, Norman) features new & gently-used children’s clothes, toys, furniture & accessories. Sunday, $2 admission. See website for hours. www.norman.jbfsale.com

Feb 13 • Tuesday

Little Sapling Series at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features songs, games and interactive fun to learn about gardens. Preregister. For ages 2-5. Members, $3; non-members, $4. 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

FREE Valentine Make & Take at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave) features a Valentine card-making craft. All supplies included. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 4:30-5:30pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Valentine’s Day STEM at the Edmond Library ((10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features themed, STEM activities for kids ages 5-12. Preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org

The Illusionists present Adam Trent at OCCC Visual & Performing Arts Center (7777 S May Ave) features an extravaganza of magic, comedy and music. $40-$45. 7:30pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

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Feb 14 • Wednesday

Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a four-course meal and live music by Music Maker. See website for a full menu. $58. 6-9pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

Jan. 20 — May 6

FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Gaming Party at the Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St) features video and board games for the whole family. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 4-5:30pm. 634-6308, www.metrolibrary.org

Feb 15 • Thursday

FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany) features a games and an anti-valentine duct tape craft. Preregister. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 6-7pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org

Celestial Siblings

Jan. 27 — April 29

FREE Chocolate for Teens at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres). Make fondue and other delicious treats and play games. For kids ages 12 & up. 6:30-8pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Star Party with the Lunar Sooners at the Choctaw Library (2525 Muzzy St, Choctaw) features a short presentation about the night sky and an interactive experience with several telescopes. All ages welcome; adult supervision required. 7-8:30pm. 3908418, www.metrolibrary.org

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FREE Share the Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features Oklahoma Citybased collage artist Marissa Raglin, the current Artist in Residence at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, and Guthrie-based singersongwriter Chelsey Cope. 6-7:30pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

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FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a family friendly evening of ping pong. Staff will be on hand offering tutorials of how to play. Best suited for ages 6 & up. 7:30-9:30pm. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com

Feb 15-17

A Spirited Game of Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features dinner and a musical theatre extravaganza benefiting Sooner Theatre. For mature audiences only. $75. 6:30pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org

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Feb 16 • Friday

Lunar New Year at the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features music, lion dancers, festive décor, face painting, cultural presentations, food vendors and more. Free to attend; participation prices vary. 4-8pm. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org

Feb 16-18

OKC Ballet presents The Little Mermaid at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). The performance follows a young mermaid who is willing to give up her identity and her life in the sea to gain a human soul. $15-$65. Friday & Saturday, 8pm & Sunday, 2pm. 848-8637, www.okcballet.org

Feb 16-March 3

A Few Good Men at the Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features a production based on the original Broadway play that became the legendary Oscar-nominated film starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. For mature audiences only. $25. See website for show times. 282-2800, www.thepollard.org

Feb 17 • Saturday

FREE Bart & Nadia Sports Experience at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features ten fitness activities for families to enjoy including a gymnastics challenge, soccer, rowing and more. 9am-3pm. 475-3156, www.bartandnadiasportsexperience.com Band Breakfast & Vendor Craft Fair at Putnam City High School (5300 NW 50th St) features all-you-can-eat pancakes, live

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music, education activities, shopping and more. Free to attend; pancake breakfast, $5. 7am-1pm. 496-3835, pcopirates.com Run for Recovery at the Lake Hefner Trails (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features a 5K & 10K run benefiting Teen Recovery Solutions. $25-$30. 9am. 843-2402, www.teenrecoverysolutions.org FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com Mother and Son Soiree at the Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features an evening of dancing to music provided by a professional DJ, food, drinks, photo booth and more. For ages 4-14. Church appropriate attire recommended. $15. 6-7:30pm. 7993276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com Great Backyard Bird Count at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Participants can assist with counting and identifying the native birds that make their home around the Zoo. Kids can enjoy an on-grounds bird scavenger safari. Free with admission. 10am1pm. 425-0262, www.okczoo.org FREE Little Sweethearts Dance at Events at 10 West Main (10 W Main St, Yukon) features music, snacks, treats and a raffle. All children of any age accompanied by any parent(s) are welcome. Preregister. 6:30-9:30pm. www. facebook.com/events/565491877132496/ Sprouting Chefs: Fun and Fresh Lunches at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Families work together to create a few nutritious lunch options and leave with the skills and inspiration to continue the fun at home. Best suited for ages 7-11. Preregister. Members, $15; non-members, $20. 11am-12:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a guide tour to catch a glimpse of eagles in their winter home. Preregister, space is limited. Bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. 1-4pm. 321-4633


Oklahoma City Daddy Daughter Dance at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a Night on the Red Carpet themed dance in the beautiful Meinders Hall of Mirrors with a red-carpet entrance, a light dinner and a DJ. Couple, $35; additional child, $10. 4:30-6pm & 7-8:30pm. 297-2279, www.okc.gov Beads & the Brave Gala at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson Ave) features games, food, drinks and more. Benefits the Warriors for Freedom Foundation. $50. 6:30-11pm. 2869920, www.beadsandthebrave.org

Feb 17 & 18

Monster Jam at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features racing and freestyle action from Monster Jam superstars. $15 & up. Saturday, 1 & 7pm; Sunday, 1pm. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com

Feb 19 • Monday

Moore) features a party inspired by the book by Adam Rubin. Activities include dragon crafts, books and a taco bar. Preregister. 2-3pm. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Great Backyard Bird Count at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Participants can assist with counting and identifying the native birds that make their home around the Zoo. Kids can enjoy an on-grounds bird scavenger safari. Free with admission. 10am1pm. 425-0262, www.okczoo.org

Feb 20 • Tuesday

Tiny Tuesdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a monthly themed come-and-go, openended art-making experiences are geared towards children, ages 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. Dress for a mess! No advance registration is required. 10amnoon. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

FREE Dragons Love Tacos Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard,

FREE Before the Land Run Muscial Tribute at Del City Library (4509 SE 15th St, Del City) features a performance by librarian and musician Cheryl Coleman about the historically Black towns established in Oklahoma. 7pm. Also held at other locations throughout the month. 672-1377, www.metrolibrary.org Dublin Irish Dance at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features a troupe of world champion Irish step dancers and a traditional Irish band. $31 & up. 7:30pm. 2851010, www.armstrongauditorium.org

Feb 20-24

FREE Rhythmically Speaking Performance at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations) features a production of The Principal, Superintendent and the Philanthropist, a visionary tale of three women who made a lasting impact on education. See website for locations and times. www.metrolibrary.org

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Feb 21 • Wednesday

FREE Snow TLC (Touch, Learn, Create) at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St). Explore and play at numerous sensory snow-themed activity stations. For children ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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Feb 22 • Thursday

FREE Chocolate Fest at the Choctaw Library (2525 Muzzy St, Choctaw) features tasty treats and chocolatethemed games. All ages welcome. 4-6pm. 390-8418, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Dig It! Kids Gardening at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a nature-themed story time and a grass house project. Preregister. For kids in grades K-3rd. 4:30-5pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

Cirque Éloize Saloon at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a performance combining music, theater and acrobatics set in the Wild, Wild West. $39. 7:30pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

Feb 23 • Friday

The Three Bears Family Overnight at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a nighttime adventure at the zoo with crafts, a guided night tour, an evening snack and breakfast. Best suited for ages 4 & up. Adults, $20; kids, $35. 7pm-9am. 425-0270, www.okczoo.org

Feb 23 & 24

Babies at the Museum at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features complimentary coffee, gallery tour and playtime with age-appropriate activities in a classroom. For ages 0-24 months and caregivers. Members, $5; non-members, $12. 9:30-11:30am. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com

Feb 23-March 7

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave). Audiences get to help Dorothy, Toto and her friends in this production based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Best suited for ages 3 & up. Adults, $10; kids, $8. See website for show times. 951-0011, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

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Thunder Run & Rumble’s Family Fun Run at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a 5K and family fun run through downtown and ending at center court at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Benefits the Thunder Cares Foundation. $30 & up. 9am. www.nba.com/thunder/thunderrun

Harrah Open Disc Golf Tournament at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church Ave, Harrah) features a two-round disc golf competition. $30-$50. 9:30am. 4543979, cityofharrah.com/harrah-events/ Designing a Butterfly Garden at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features butterfly guru Marilyn Stewart as she teaches about essential ingredients and the process of starting seeds. Members, $8; non-members, $12. 10am-noon. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Creature Creations at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Explore the museum galleries for inspiration and explore silly ways to make art like animals do. For kids ages 5 & up with an adult. Preregister. Members, $90; non-members, $110. 10am-noon. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu U.S.S. Batfish Living History Days at War Memorial Park (3500 Batfish Rd, Muskogee) features guided tours by historians dressed in 1940s Naval regalia. Adults, $7; seniors (62+), $5; kids (7-13), $4; kids (6 & under), free. 10am5pm. 918-682-6294, warmemorialpark.org Strictly for the Birds at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a morning of bird-brained education and craft making. Best suited for ages 5-9. Preregister. Members, $3; non-members, $5. 11-11:45am. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Before the Land Run Muscial Tribute at Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features a performance by librarian and musician Cheryl Coleman about the historically Black towns established in Oklahoma. 2pm. Also held in various locations throughougt the month. 672-1377, www.metrolibrary.org


FREE Purcell Daddy Daughter Dance at the Purcell Library (919 N 9th St, Purcell) features an evening of fun and dancing. Registration is required. 3-5pm. 527-5546, www.pioneer.librarysystem.org Factory Obscura Closing Celebration at Current Studio (1218 N Penn Ave) features new experiences within the installation including performances and other surprises. Preregister. $5. 6-9pm. 673-1218, www.currentstudio.org/factory-obscura

Feb 24 & 25

Friends of the Metropolitan Library System Annual Book Sale at State Fair Park Oklahoma Expo Hall (3213 Wichita Walk) features a wide variety of books, magazines, audio books and more for sale. Free to attend. 9am5:30pm. www.supportmls.org

Feb 25 • Sunday

OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series: Pirates, Sailors and the Sea at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a one-hour concert designed for ages 4-13. Enjoy pre-concert fun in the lobby featuring an Instrument Playground, Conductor’s Corner, performers meet & greet and more. $9. Concert, 2pm; activities, 1pm. 842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org/discovery FREE Open House at Erna Krouch Preschool (4901 N Penn Ave). Prospective students and their families can tour the facility, meet staff and begin enrollment during the open house. 3:30-4:30pm. 848-5926, www.thetempleokc.org Mustang Dad & Daughter Dance at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a fun-filled night with music, dancing and refreshments. $10. 5 & 7:30pm. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org

Feb 25-27

Rhea Lana’s Consignment Sale at the Edmond Conference Center (2833 Conference Dr, Edmond) features a high-end consignment event with children’s clothes, baby items and more. Free to attend. See website for hours of operation and special sale hours. 501328-9341, edmond.rhealana.com

Feb 26 • Monday

FREE Before the Land Run Musical Tribute at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a performance by librarian and musician Cheryl Coleman about the historically Black towns established in Oklahoma. 6:30pm. Also held at other locations throughout the month. 672-1377, www.metrolibrary.org

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Feb 27 • Thursday

Little Sapling Series at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features songs, games and interactive fun to learn about gardens. Preregister. For ages 2-5. Members, $3; non-members, $4. 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Open House at Bishop John Carroll Catholic School (1100 NW 32nd St). Prospective families can tour the campus and learn more about the school. 5:30-7pm. 525-0956, www.bjcs.org

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March 1-3

Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale at the Shawnee Expo Conference Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features items for children, teens, and momsto-be. Half price Saturday. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. 580-320-3605, www.monkeybusinessok.com

March 2 • Friday

Omelette Party at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (425 E California Ave) features a dinner with omelettes and other tasty dishes from acclaimed local chefs as well as live music and a DJ. Benefits the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Members, $100; non-members, $125. 7pmmidnight. 278-8225, www.okcmoa.com

Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a special story time with the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss inspired crafts and a photo opportunity the quirky cat visitor. Preregister, but walk ups are welcome. Best suited for ages 2-7. Members, $2; non-members, $4. 10am-noon. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org

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March 2 & 3

Pass It On Kids Consignment Sale at Memorial Road Church of Christ (2221 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features gently-used kids’ & maternity clothes, toys, furniture and baby items. Benefits Lilyfield Christian Adoption & Foster Care. Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 8am3pm. 216-5240, www.passitonkids.com Spring Sing at Oklahoma Christian’s Hardeman Auditorium (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features a a studentrun production with themed musical performances by the university’s social service clubs and the freshman class. $15.50-$17.50. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm. 422-5545, www.oc.edu

March 2-4

Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features outdoor-focused vendors, attractions, exhibits and seminars as well as a kids’ activities. Adults, $10; kids (12 & under), free. Friday, noon-8pm;

Saturday, 9am-7pm; Sunday, 10am5pm. www.backwoodsshow.com Jr. Ironman Championship at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie) features the best of the best high-school time event cowboys who compete in four events including heading, heeling, tie-down and steer wrestling. $25-$35. See website for a complete schedule of events. 2827433, www.lazyetec.com/jr-ironman Kaleidscope Dance Company Spring Concert at Mitchell Theatre (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a multifaceted repertoire, including modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, folk and theater dance. $10-$20. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 9743375, www.uco.edu/CFAD/mitchell-hall

March 2-5

Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Watch as the women of the Big 12 battle for

the title of conference champion. $50$110. See website for games times. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com

March 3 • Saturday

FREE Kids’ Trout Fish Out at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon). Young anglers can win awards in a variety of contest categories. 8-11am. 350-8937, cityofyukonok.gov

Family Activity Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features themed, learning opportunities including historicallybased crafts and activities for children of all ages. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org Oklahoma Hall of Fame Hustle at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features a 5K and one-mile fun run benefiting the Free Field Trip program, powered by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board. $20. 9am. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com/teen-board

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FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a create your own parfleche bag craft and a special gallery hunt. For ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

March 4 • Sunday

FREE Downtown Home Tour in Oklahoma City (various locations) features a self-guided tour showcasing new, popular and high-end properties in the downtown area. Shuttles will be running the entire route, making stops at each property. Noon-4pm. 235-3500, downtownokc.com/Downtown-Home-Tour

Gypsy Glam Roadshow Made in Oklahoma Event at the Devon Boathouse (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features Oklahoma wineries, breweries, food trucks, Oklahoma-owned businesses and products, local entertainment from area schools and a photo station. Admission is free with a donation of a

non-perishable food item. 11am-5pm. 6021851, www.oklahomagypsyglam.com FREE Open House at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School (5000 N Grove) Prospective families can tour the campus and learn more about the school. 2:303:45pm. 789-2284, www.stcharlesokc.org

March 6 • Tuesday

FREE Open House at Casady School (9500 N Penn Ave). Prospective families can tour the campus and learn more about the school. For families of students entering grades 1st-8th. 8:3011:30am. 749-3185, www.casady.org

March 8-10

Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at Events at 10 West Main (10 West Main, Yukon) features children’s, maternity & junior clothes, along with toys, shoes, books, bedding and baby gear. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. 532-4053, www.sweetrepeatsok.com

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WEEKLY EVENTS FREE Art Moves in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features live art like musical and theater performances, demonstrations and short film selections. Weekdays, noon-1pm. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com Kids in the Kitchen: Baking with ToTs at The MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Toddlers can explore baking and foods with simple recipes. Preregister. For ages 2-5. $65. Mondays, 4-5:30pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

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FREE Acting 101 Series at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman) a free interactive acting workshop for beginners taught by Lazara Gonzalez, a television writer and director. Preregister. Tuesdays, 6-8pm. 7012600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic films on the big screen including Back to the Future. $5. Tuesdays, 7pm. 231-4747, www.harkins.com Storytime Science at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd St) features a story and corresponding hands-on science activity in various locations throughout the museum. Best suited for kids ages 6 & under. Free with admission. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org FREE Mother Goose Story Time at the Mustang Public Library (1201 N Mustang Rd) features singing, dancing, finger plays and more. For ages 2 & under with caregiver. Wednesdays, 10-10:45am & 11-11:45am. 376-2226, www.mustanglibrary.org/library FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and craft activity. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl)

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features come & go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 6026664, www.sciencemuseumok.org Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise Dr Ste 110) features a short story time and age appropriate craft with lots of gluing and coloring. Free with admission. Wednesdsays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com FREE Whole Kids Club Story Time at Whole Foods Café (6001 N Western Ave). Best suited for ages 5 & under. Thursdays, 10-11am. 879-3500, www.wholefoodsmarket.com FREE Rhythm and Rhyme at Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features dancing and singing to develop literacy and motor and verbal skills. Best suited to ages 4 & under with caregiver. Thursdays, 10:30am. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes basic skate rental. (Family package coupon available at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons). $6. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com FREE Family Story Time at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com FREE Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave). Saturdays, 10:30am. 551-1715, www.commonplacebooksokc.com Mommy & Me Yoga at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St) features a kid and parent friendly yoga session with a certified instructor. Kids can try poses or play during the workout. Best suited for ages 0-6 and pre- & postnatal moms are welcome too. $5. Saturdays, 10-10:30am. 650-7560, www.tottownokc.com


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ONGOING EVENTS Through Feb 25

Opens Feb 9

Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) explores Waddell’s abstract expressionism. This exhibition redirects the visitor’s attention to the importance of what they do not see rather than what they do see on the canvas, and the opportunity to perceive something different in the same painting each time it is viewed. Adults, $12.50; student, $9.75; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

FREE Factory Obscura presents SHIFT at Current Studio (1218 N Penn Ave). SHIFT a fully-immersive, experiential art installation that challenges the participant to physically explore the full-sensory environment. Thursday-Sunday, noon-6pm. 6731218, www.currentstudio.org

Through March 16

FREE Once Upon a Playground at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) is a visual tribute to the classic metal and wood structures that have populated playgrounds for most of the twentieth century, celebrating their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations. TuesdayFriday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays, 1-4pm. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org

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Through March 23

FREE Jardim do Amor/Garden of Love: Works by Skip Hill at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave) features mixed-media drawings that communicates freely between two worlds, between dream and reality. MondaySaturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

Through March 31

FREE Wake: Grace Grothaus and Rena Detrixhe at the Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom (1146 N. Broadway Dr.) features a multi-sensory installation. A shallow body of water is animated by wave disturbances created by a recorded audio played through submerged speakers. The water’s movement is reflected onto the interior walls, rendering the soundscape in shadow and light. Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Thursday, until 7pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

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Therapeutic screenings are still free at the McCarty Center

The “Poetree” Show at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave) features hundreds of spectacular orchids and tropical flowers in displays inspired by some of our favorite poems. Adults, $8; students, (13-19), $7; kids, (4-12), $5; kids (under 4), free. MondaySaturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

Through April 1

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion Jr. spring from his teenage imagination. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Through May 13

Lucas Simmons: American Fire at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) explores man’s relationship with fire and technology, how it shaped our biology and how we use it to shape the world around us. Simmons work explores themes relating to local industry, ecology, religion and mythology. Adults, $7; kids, (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. TuesdayFriday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com

Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, Jerome Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards throughout the country. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under). Free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

The J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities conducts FREE therapeutic screenings of children who have unique challenges or a disability, or for parents who have concerns about their child’s development. Our screening team is composed of a pediatrician, nurse, social worker and psychology clinician. When the team has completed their screening process they will sit down with you to review what services are available for your child here at the McCarty Center as well as through other community, state and federal programs. Today, more than ever before, we are an important resource for Oklahoma parents. We have been working with children for 71-years to help them achieve their highest level of function and independence. The screening is absolutely free-ofcharge. Call 405.307.2800 and ask to speak to a social worker for more information and to make your appointment.

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Get to Know

Amanda Taylor BY HANNAH SCHMITT, PHOTOS BY KIMERA BASORE

Amanda Taylor has been the face of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news on Oklahoma City’s News 9 for six years and an anchor on the channel for another five before that. The mom of two has what many would call a normal life but her path to working mom was a little unconventional. “I just thought it was going to come so easy,” she said. “I had my life all planned out. Married by 25, kids by 30, the whole thing. It’s funny how life throws curve balls at you.” What she experienced instead was marriage at 27, a struggle to conceive that eventually led to in vitro fertilization and a new perspective on inspiring others.

Amanda is an excellent photographer and loves taking photos of her kids. Here are her top three tips for getting kids to smile for photos: Sing a traditional song but replace one word, like “twinkle twinkle little spoon.” Try reverse psychology! Telling a kid not to smile is always more effective than asking them for a grin. When all else fails, bribe them with suckers.

Taylor grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. After high school graduation, she “did what any 18-year-old would do and got as far away from home as possible” and started studying microbiology at the University of Florida. That major didn’t last long, though, because she discovered her true passion as part of the speech and debate team at the school. She loved talking in front of people and decided a career in journalism would be an ideal fit. After graduating, she moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, for her first job—a weekend reporting gig for a television station. Although the job was short-lived, Wichita Falls was where she met her husband, Nick. Now a local real estate agent, Nick was a Dallas salesman traveling for work when Taylor spotted him while she was working a live shot. “He walked in and I thought, ‘he’s cute!’ I guess he thought the same thing because he walked right up to me and asked me about my reporter notepad,” she said. “I thought that was a pretty good pickup line.” The two ended up chatting late into the night. A couple years and one short-lived breakup later the couple married and started new jobs in San Antonio. “The rest is history,” Taylor said. “It’s funny how life works. It never goes how you planned it.”

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And that’s true for her path to motherhood, too. She said she always envisioned an easy road to pregnancy on her own timeline. But after a year of trying to conceive without success, she knew something was amiss and decided to see a specialist. It was incredibly frustrating, she said, to be running tests without ever understanding a concrete reason she couldn’t get pregnant. She tried any and every possible solution she read about or was told about, she said, from acupuncture to eating sweet potatoes.

She’s now a mom of two: 5-year-old Gage and 2-year-old Harlow, who she conceived after a miscarriage with the assistance of more fertility treatments. “Somehow talk to someone about it,” she said, “whether it’s emailing me or finding someone else you can confide in, just don’t keep it to yourself.” Welcoming her little ones into the world meant everything to her, but Taylor said she always knew she wanted to continue working even after having children. Luckily, she’s been able to take an unconventional approach to the standard workday to make it feasible for her family.

Finally, she decided to start in vitro fertilization. “I went in for a pregnancy test and asked them not to call me with the result but to call my husband instead,” she said. “I really didn’t want to hear any bad news from anyone else but him.” She recalled the thrilling moment her husband called to tell her she was pregnant. They’d been married six years and they would finally be having a baby. Although overjoyed about the pregnancy, she said the road to pregnancy felt long and lonely. “You have all of this money and time invested but the hardest part of it (IVF) was the emotional part,” she said. “You don’t talk openly about fertility treatment because there are a lot of letdowns and you don’t want to deal with the questions because it hurts.” She tells her story as often as she can to help others feel less isolated. She said when she was trying to get pregnant she’d often get inspired by the infertility stories of others. “All these other women out there had the same hopes, fears, dreams that I did,” she said. “It helped to know that and to remember that one way or another I was going to have a baby.”

It takes four weeks to go from egg, larva, pupa to adult.

Being on the evening newscasts allows her time during the day to spend with her kids. One of the highlights of her day is having dinner with her family. She recalled her Mom was always at dinner and wants to provide the same memories for her kids. Still, she admitted balancing home and work life is nothing but “trial and error” and coming to terms with the fact she can’t do it all. “I’ve chosen to do a lot with my kids and I’ve chosen to do a lot with work,” she said. “I’ve chosen not to dust my house. Vacuuming can wait. I used to love gourmet cooking but baked chicken will do just fine tonight and I’m okay with the drive-through, too. Some things have to give.” One way she copes is by realizing that although there’s no way to be a perfect mom, there are a million ways to be a good mom. “That’s hard sometimes even for me to remind myself of that,” she said. “Sometimes we’re the hardest on ourselves and I want to do more. But there are a lot of ways for me to be a good mom.”

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Resource Directory Index 48 Restaurants & Shopping

51 Foster Care

49 Education

52 After-School Activities

50 Party Guide

53 Family Fun

51 Family Services

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EDUCATION

Come Grow with Us

Enroll in Pre-K Today!

Partner with us as we move towards 12th grade!

Multi-Sensory Curriculum • Bible Time Music • Story Time • Certified Teachers MDO, Preschool & Pre-K ages 2mo-5yrs

Learn more about the Early Childhood Program 405-755-3258 • ecp@qsumc.org www.qsumc.org/ecp • 14617 N. Penn, OKC

Christ-Centered Education at TWO Locations

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CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SURREY HILLS

NW Express. & Mustang Rd. Toddlers & Preschool, 2nd – 7th Grades Surrey Hills Open House: January 30th, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

HEFNER POINTE

Hefner Pkwy & Hefner Rd. Toddlers, Preschool, Pre-K, Kdg. & First Grade Hefner Pointe Open House: February 8th, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

HEFNER POINTE SUPER SUMMER Day Camp Age 3–3rd Grade Tues. & Thurs. in June & July

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PARTY GUIDE

Birthdays are a blast at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm! Party packages for up to 15 children include all this and more: • Unlimited pony rides • Petting zoo

IT’S COOL TO

PARTY AT THE POOL!

• Party barn games • Hayride

Ask about our “party comes to you” entertainment options for celebrations, corporate parties, school functions, etc.

Two hours of private access to Goldfish Swim School

Schedule your child’s special celebration TODAY!

Invitations & envelopes Balloons, tropical decorations & centerpieces

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Cupcakes & beverages for the children

Find Us on Facebook @ Chester’s Party Barn & Farm

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421 NW 10th • 405.609.3302 dustbowlok.com Meet our new sloth Flash!

Plan the

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Extreme Animals We bring the zoo to you!

Birthday Parties Educational Programs • Church Events & more! • •

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(405) 693-1937 fo reve raae r p a r r e s . co m

Find more about these businesses and other party ideas at: metrofamilymagazine.com/ party-guide


PARTY GUIDE

Artsy Rose isn’t just for kids. We have parties for adults, too!

Artsy Rose Provides: • Art activity or painting • Set up & clean up • Paper goods (plates, napkins, cups, forks/ spoons, table cloths) • Free “SHIMMERS” SNO CONE party pack

• Special gift for the

birthday child

You Provide: • Refreshments (cake/cupcakes, ice cream, drinks)

Does your dog chew, dig, jump or bark too much?

Art Classes Camps Parties For All Ages Ladies' Night Out Artsy Rose Academy

405.603.8550 www.artsyrose.com 7739 W. Hefner Rd. / OKC

LEARN MORE Go to www.Reveel.it and snap a photo

Contact us to find out about • Group classes • Private classes • Boarding school

is an Open Door!

K-9 University

405-231-4335

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SEE YOU AT KIDS FEST!

“What about

my sister?”

FOSTER CARE

“Will we be able to

Give hope. stay together?” Change a life. Become a foster parent.

Learn more at www.fostercare-ok.org www.fostercare-ok.org 1-877-263-1890 or call 877-263-1890

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FAMILY SERVICES

Let us provide the fun while you "relax" and enjoy!


AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Moms and Tots Visit a FREE class!

Early childhood music and movement classes help your child experience the power of music!

Come for the Fun Stay for the Education!

Mommy, is this a Ginger's Music day?

Age appropriate music classes for 0-7 yrs.

Big Dreams Start Here!

New classes star ting NOW!

Camp Cadence 2018 Spring Break Camp $150/per week March 19 - March 21

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Full Day Camps $395/per week June 4 - June 8 June 18 - June 22 June 25 - June 29 July 16 - July 20 July 23 - July 27

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Personalized Tutoring

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SPRING BREAK STEM CAMP ONLY $50/day! Call Today or Register Online *Register by March 19th Grades 1-6 • March 20 - 22 • 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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• STEM courses in Robotics and Coding • Traditional Tutoring Courses in Reading, Writing & Math • Study Skills, Test Prep, & ACT/SAT Courses

PreK - College welcome! We have something for everyone! Sylvanlearning.com Tisha Clay - Center Director 3209 S. Broadway - Edmond 562.5202 / 9634 N. May - OKC 842.7323

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CADENCE EQUESTRIAN Enroll online at: www.cadenceequestrian.com

(405) 348-7469


AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Paint unique and meaningful gifts this Valentine’s Day!

JUST ABOUT

ANYTHING can happen at the

Oklahoma History Center! Open Paint & Play All Day Indoor Playground Paint & Takes Ceramics Clay Workshops Grown-ups Paint Nights

405-340-PLUG • www.unpluggits.com • 575 Enterprise Drive, Edmond (South of 15th, off Kelly)

Fun for the entire family! Open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm Harn House tours at 11, 1:30 & 3.

1721 N. Lincoln Boulevard, OKC

405-235-4058

www.harnhomestead.com

Nominate a mom you admire for our Awesome Moms contest today! FAMILY FUN

Deadline is March 13. Details and form at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/awesome-moms

(405) 522-0765 www.okhistory.org

800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr./OKC

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Factory Obscura’s SHIFT Exhibition Kid Review Reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 10

What made the experience stand out? The setting and how the artists designed the space felt magical to me. This art studio is kind of hidden and it’s dark but not scary. You just don’t know what to expect in there because none of the art is off-limits like at a museum. Crawling through tunnels, walking through strange areas and touching different textures is what you have to do there. What was the best part? Going there gives you a surge of curiosity! The tunnels were my favorite area. What was the worst part? When we first went inside, one of the artists told me there were two ways to get inside the exhibition: just walking through the door or standing on someone’s shoulders and climbing inside a tiny second-story entrance to go through the top part of a black curtain. I wanted to try that one but my Dad wasn’t okay with me trying on his shoulders and my Mom is pregnant so that wasn’t going to happen. I really want to climb through from that side. Will other kids like the exhibition? Of course! Kids are more open to it than adults, I think, because everything is new to us anyway. Adults are always looking for what they already know. I wish the studio was bigger because I liked seeing everything it had. It only took about 30 minutes for us to visit but I would have stayed longer if there was more to see. Other kids should go soon, though, because the exhibition is over at the end of February. I wonder what they’re going to do with all the pieces? Would this venue be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? Yes, my brothers are 2 and 5 and they liked going everywhere in there. Isaac is my middle brother and he loves insects and beehives. There was a giant beehive swing and there were insects on a picnic in the glass of a stoplight.

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If you could do this again, knowing what you know now about the studio, what would you do differently? I would figure out how to climb in from the top! I’d like to come back and see it again because the art changes each Thursday. Artists redo everything in there week after week and it’s free to see the art, so we could stop by and see how it changes. Does anything you saw match up with what you’re doing in school or have seen somewhere else before? My Mom made me read parts of “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, which is a very weird book, and it reminded me of that. The space is very small but it feels like a different universe in the center of the city, like falling down the rabbit hole. What do you think you’ll remember most about Factory Obscura’s SHIFT exhibition? I’ll remember how creative it was. It’s not easy to forget all the neon colors and cool patterns. When I have to make something cool, I’ll think about them. (Editor’s note: Factory Obscura’s SHIFT exhibition is free to the public. Hours are Thursday through Sunday each week from noon to 6 p.m. The exhibition ends Feb. 25.)


Summer Camp Preview

COMING SUMMER 2018 TO THE MAC! VIDEO GAME & WEB DESIGN • ART • SCIENCE • MOVIES & MORE!

Video game and web design camps, Tippi Toes camp, Abrakadoodle art camp, Mad Science camp, LEGO Mindstorm camp, 1 day fieldtrips, movies and more! We will have various camps throughout the summer for all ages and all interests. Volunteer opportunities are also available for kids 13 and up. Before and after care will be provided for all camps if enough participants enroll. Look for more specific information in April. Registration for camps will start May 1st.

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