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FEBRUARY 2019

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Features 6 Girls Who Create Meet the impressive students of OKC Girls Art School 8 OKC Staycations Leave the kids with a sitter this month for a one-night getaway 10 Bump, Baby & More A peek inside our upcoming expo for new parents 14 Linked Through Hope How three local families are coping with their childrens’ rare conditions

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36 Foster Families Meet an unconventional family making a difference 40 Exploring Oklahoma Winter bird-watching opportunities near & far 46 Kid Review A unique perspective on the Downtown Library

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Recipes to bring your family around the table. In addition to the recipe for Sloppy Joes on page 40 of this issue, discover more delicious recipes from the Oklahoma Beef Council on our website at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/family-recipes. Oklahoma Dental Association: In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we asked a local dentist to answer important questions about young teeth. If you’ve always wondered about things like the

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pending the holidays with family, I was in the throes of bedtime and discipline struggles with my 2-year-old when my brother-in-law just sat back and chuckled. “This age is easy! Wait until your kids are teenagers and you’re just the chauffeur and you and your spouse are just ships passing in the night.” The comment stopped me in my tracks because sometimes I already feel like with just one toddler my husband and I don’t see each other often enough anymore. Now preparing for the birth of my second, I know time with my husband will be even harder to come by. And although quality time together can take place without making extravagant plans or

even getting a babysitter, there’s something special about carving out intentional time for one another. Setting aside time and money to get away with your spouse can be tough, but I’ve outlined some simple ideas on page eight. These ideas range from an overnight staycation at a local hotel to simple day dates that would just require a babysitter and a few hours. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to finally get some time together on the calendar. You won’t regret it. Hannah Schmitt Editor

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Meet some of the original students at the Oklahoma City Girls Art School BY HANNAH SCHMITT

After school a few days a week, Kiona Millirons flips on the lights in a modest art studio space on Oklahoma City’s Film Row and prepares art supplies and equipment for a handful of local girls. Millirons is the executive director of Oklahoma City Girls Art School, an after-school arts program for at-risk girls in elementary, middle and high school.

Before opening the school, Millirons was working as a teaching artist traveling the state in the name of creative education. She taught in art museums, libraries and even a healing arts program at St. Anthony’s. After visiting a similar school for girls in Tulsa, she couldn’t get the idea out of her head that Oklahoma City needed one, too. She started a pilot program in the summer of 2015 with 15 students, seven of whom are still part of the program today. The school now serves 27 students who attend two days a week for about two and a half hours each day. They get hands-on visual arts education, get to learn from guest artists and go on field trips to public art destinations to understand the value of art in the community. “The mission of the girls art school is to learn to be creative,” Millirons said, “but not all of them will be supporters or advocates of the arts for the rest of their lives. It’s more about the relationships, the lessons they

learn through art that can serve them in other capacities.” For example, the girls learn a lot about business through their art shows, where they’re responsible for installing, pricing and selling their own work. Millirons said the school finds its students through direct partnerships with Oklahoma City Public Schools elementary campuses. The administrative staff picks potential students not based on talent, just based on the students’ need for a positive force in their lives. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to never underestimate what kids can do,” she said. “If you give them the opportunity and the freedom, they can do amazing things.” We sat down with six of the school’s original students to talk to them more about their experiences.

Raquel Hernandez, 14 Favorite art projects: Pottery, photography, printing and realistic art. But especially pottery. At school, I either don’t have an art class or if we do have one I don’t really have time to work on one thing for a very long time. I like getting a lot of time to learn things here. Favorite thing about the school: The art shows. It feels good when someone buys something that you made.

Ariana Sanroman, 15 Pamela Ramirez, 12 Favorite art projects: I never did art before I came here. I started learning different things and realized I really liked working with clay and knitting. I love photography, too. Favorite thing about the school: I used to be really shy but since I’ve been coming here I have learned to be social. I’m comfortable with the girls and have made a lot of friends here.

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Favorite art projects: I don’t take art at school but I’ve always loved to color and draw. Now I paint, sketch, do photography, make abstract art. My favorite things are any kind of painting. Favorite thing about the school: The art shows are fun because it makes you feel really proud that someone would pay for your work and wants to take it home.


Annissa Brestel, 14 Favorite thing about the school: Art classes at school always have a lot of rules but here there aren’t rules, we just get to be creative and that’s fun. Photography and abstract art are my favorites.

If you’re interested in supporting the work of Oklahoma City Girls Art School, attend their Fundraiser & Art Exhibition from 6-8 p.m. April 12 at their campus at 706 W. Sheridan Ave., Ste. C. Enjoy food, music and activities for all ages while browsing art and talking to students.

Future plans with art: I want to go into psychology but I think photography will always be part of my life now.

Jaqueline Fuentes, 14 Favorite thing about the school: Spending time with my friends and drawing. Drawing is definitely my favorite thing we do here.

Magdalena Escobedo, 13 Favorite thing about the school: Meeting the other artists. It’s cool to learn from different people and art even shows you things about different parts of the world.

Future plans with art: I do think I will pursue a career in art later on. I always liked art but I don’t think I would have actually been able to do it as a career without the school.

Future plans with art: I don’t know that I would ever do art for a living, but I know I want to be a vet and if I go into something like that I will always use art as a way to relax and release my stress.

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OKC Staycations for Two Parents know Valentine’s Day is often a nightmare when it comes to booking a sitter. In fact, the online babysitter search service Urban Sitter reports finding a sitter for Valentine’s Day is even harder than scoring one on New Year’s Eve. But that’s no excuse not to make time for your spouse this month. If you can swing it, take the pressure off to celebrate on Feb. 14 and instead plan for a onenight staycation any other night of the month. Here are tried-and-true options in two hot Oklahoma City districts: Film Row and Midtown. BY HANNAH SCHMITT

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21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a funky, quirky hotel and museum that’s the perfect backdrop for a night away from the kids. Check into your room at this impressive Film Row property then budget some time to browse the incredible array of rotating art on the first level. If you’re the type who’s okay with not venturing out of the hotel for the night, settle into a booth at the hotel’s restaurant, Mary Eddy’s, for refreshing takes on comfort foods. The meal wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of dessert before retiring to your room for the night.

A terrific way to explore Film Row and areas nearby is by bike. Even if you live in the Oklahoma City metro and know the streets inside and out, a bike tour can help you see the city through new eyes. Ride OKC offers an Art + Architecture Tour, a Bikes + Brews Tour and other seasonal tours. The great part of doing a bike tour with your spouse is learning interesting bits of history and seeing what’s new in town together. Rides start at $45 per person for a two and a half hour tour. If a tour isn’t really your thing, the company also offers bike rentals starting at $10 an hour.

Film Row’s newest destination for dessert is Cafe Disco, a cozy shop in the Main Street Arcade at Main & Lee Avenues. The store specializes in macarons and cappuccinos. They make their macarons in-house in exciting flavors like cherry blossom, honey lavender and pistachio.

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A Spokies rental is another great way to get out on two wheels. Rentals are $3.50 per half hour and bikes can be picked up and dropped off at one of eight stations located throughout the urban core.

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Nestled into one of Oklahoma City’s most quaint corners is the Ambassador Hotel and it does not disappoint for a night away from the kids. Cozy guest rooms and modern amenities in a historic setting make for a one-of-a-kind stay. As you settle in for the night, don’t forget that Insomnia Cookies is located just across the street. They deliver fresh-baked cookies until 3 a.m. seven days a week and it’s the ideal sweet note to start your staycation.

Restaurants abound in Midtown but if you truly want to take advantage of a place you’d probably never take your kids, Ludivine is a popular pick. The candlelight and small plates create the perfect backdrop for a memorable meal out.

Explore Midtown is a prime locale for hopping on the Oklahoma City Streetcar. There are platform stops along N.W. 10th St at Hudson and Harvey Avenues that can easily connect passengers to other districts like Bricktown and Downtown. If you travel downtown, head to the top of the Devon Tower for a drink at Vast. If you choose to stick around Midtown, stop by Fassler Hall to share some duck fat fries and play a game of ping pong on the patio.

Another dependable date stop nearby is Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge. Order a couple milkshakes or cocktails and settle into one of the four quaint bowling lanes with old-fashioned touches like handwritten scorecards and retro furnishings. For more date ideas, flip to our calendar on page 18 or search the date night category on our digital calendar at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar.

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Nonprofit serves families of children with rare diseases Ryan McLaughlin, Karlee Chill and Lauren Klingenberg couldn’t have predicted how their lives would intersect. Moms of children with rare disorders, they and a dozen other women gather monthly through HopeLink at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. Founded by McLaughlin in 2007, HopeLink connects, encourages and supports families whose children suffer from rare, serious and undiagnosed disorders. After McLaughlin and husband Mike’s oldest daughter, Ellie Kate, was diagnosed with Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia, an incurable genetic metabolic disorder characterized by seizures, significant developmental delays and general inability to eat, sit or walk, shortly after she was born in 2005, McLaughlin realized there were no local support groups to connect with moms facing similar situations. She longed for solidarity. “There are wonderful organizations for families of children with autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, but there’s nothing specific for rare or undiagnosed diseases,” said McLaughlin. “I envisioned a welcoming, loving place that was like family where we could have support groups, speakers and social functions.” After extensive research and connecting with Oklahoma Family Network, Bridgeway Church, the Children’s Center

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Rehabilitation Hospital, SoonerStart and various doctor, rehabilitation and therapist offices, McLaughlin launched the nonprofit organization. At the monthly support groups, moms share advice on navigating daily life with special needs children. Though the diagnoses of their children are extremely varied, many symptoms are similar. “It’s amazing when we talk about new therapies or medications how many things cross paths,” said Chill. “Most of these moms don’t have an organized support group for their diagnosis or anyone local to connect with.” Mutual friends connected Chill with McLaughlin after Chill and husband Jeff’s twin boys, Logan and Griffin, were diagnosed in 2012 with Alper’s Disease, a terminal progressive neurologic disorder. The family also received a HopeLink care basket during their four month hospital stay. After a healthy infancy for both boys, the disease presented in Logan at 18 months old, and Chill attended her first HopeLink meeting after bringing him home on hospice care. “I didn’t know anyone with a child with complex medical issues, terminal issues,” said Chill. “I didn’t even know things like this existed. And then I was sitting in a room of 15 people who had children like mine.” Though each family has an extensive support network, the women agree no one can grasp their challenges and joys like other special needs families. Klingenberg met Chill through mutual friends after she and husband Sam’s son Evan was diagnosed at 6 months old with Menkes, a fatal copper deficiency

characterized by failure to thrive and deterioration of the nervous system. “I can be my total self there,” said Klingenberg. “I get input, courage and grace from other moms that have walked farther in the journey than I have, making me realize this time I have with Evan now is joyful.” McLaughlin, whose third child Lucy Belle also has NKH, finds relief in being vulnerable with the other HopeLink moms, not having to answer extensive questions about diagnoses or prognoses or put on a brave face like they do in the outside world. “We can say ‘I don’t feel strong, I don’t want to do this, I don’t want my child to be sick, It’s not fair that I have to think about funeral plans,’” said McLaughlin. The support group allows moms to discuss the breadth and depth of their emotions, but they strive to uplift each other, too. Family socials and parent’s night out events include medically-trained volunteers to provide special needs and typical children with activities and affirmation and offer parents respite. An annual retreat offers moms a weekend away. As families endure hospital stays and surgeries or honor children who have passed away, members provide each other meals, help with household chores or simply the reassurance of their presence. “It’s helpful to know your awful, horrible, indescribable experience can be helpful in some strange way to someone else,” said McLaughlin. HopeLink members have taught Klingenberg to listen to her instincts and advocate for


Evan. She remembers a lunch outing with Chill where she apologized for using Evan’s suction machine at the table.

society as a whole, often because it’s uncomfortable or emotional, or parents are afraid their kids might ask prying questions.

“She looked right at me and said ‘don’t ever apologize for anything you have to do for your child,’” said Klingenberg. “‘Even if it makes others uncomfortable, that doesn’t mean you should feel sorry about it.’”

“We want kids to ask questions,” said McLaughlin. “Because of medical and technology advancements, our [special needs] kids are living longer and we’re out and about more. Notice those other families in your community, reach out and ask how you can help. We can’t always participate in the way a typical family would, but it’s always so nice to be invited.”

That empowerment and support carries Klingenberg through on hard days. “When I’m too tired, when I don’t know what to do next or feel like I can’t, they step up and help,” said Klingenberg. HopeLink has expanded over the years, welcoming families of children with cancer, Down Syndrome, on the autism spectrum and PANDAS, with which McLaughlin’s fourth child, Henry, was diagnosed. As children have passed away, a “graduates” group was formed, led now by Chill, so moms don’t have to walk the journey alone. Like Chill received, HopeLink provides care baskets with activities, toiletries, gift cards and snacks to families during serious pediatric stays at local hospitals. Thanks to partners and donations, families with special needs children or rare diseases, both in and outside of HopeLink, can be “adopted” to receive Christmas gifts or for a full year to receive services like lawn care and house cleaning. “Our ministry is special needs families,” said McLaughlin. “It’s not something I would have thought of myself or chosen had I not lived this life but I’m so grateful for it. Our children get to see that everyone is worth loving and serving.” That mission can be a difficult one, though, as McLaughlin witnesses special needs families being forgotten or ignored by

Klingenberg says the best thing friends or family members have done for her is to show up. Chill agrees it’s the consistency of those who have persevered with them, even as their journey became long, exhausting and emotional and they didn’t have the capacity to express their appreciation, that has sustained her family in their hardest days. “There may be times when they can receive well and times when they can’t,” said Chill. “Most of them are in this for years and years. Just stay with them.” That kind of love, that can’t always be reciprocated or acknowledged, started with the girl who inspired HopeLink. “Ellie Kate taught us reckless love, that’s radical and defies explanation,” said McLaughlin. “She couldn’t talk or walk or tell us she loved us or do anything to make us love her more, but we chose to have a crazy, over-the-top love for the child we knew was there in that little body, to care for and serve her. And that’s what HopeLink is all about.” Thursday, Feb. 28 is World Rare Disease Day. For more information about how you can support HopeLink’s care basket ministry for families of children in the hospital, visit www.okchopelink.org/.

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Karlee and Jeff Chill are the proud parents of twins Logan and Griffin and daughter Evelyn. After Logan was unexpectedly hospitalized for seizures in March 2012 at 18 months old, the twins were diagnosed with Alper’s Disease. Logan passed away on Aug. 21, 2012, remembered by loved ones for his delight in balloons and bubbles and his ornery smile. Griffin was a doting big brother to Evelyn, born in July 2016, sharing with her his love of movies and playing pretend, even as his health began to decline. Griffin graduated kindergarten the following spring, where the joyful, strong-willed superhero fanatic was known to write his favorite characters’ names on school papers in lieu of his own. Griffin passed away on Aug. 21, 2017, five years to the day after his twin brother. The Chills challenged family and friends to celebrate their boys’ eighth birthday in September 2018 through random acts of kindness. They were overwhelmed by the far-reaching response. Chill grieves her boys every day but believes even in the worst circumstances, good triumphs. “Just because their lives were short, they were still filled with great purpose,” said Chill. “I may struggle with why it has to be this way, but I know if it hadn’t their lives wouldn’t have touched this many people.”

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McLaughlin Family of Seven Mike and Ryan McLaughlin always dreamed of having a large family. Oldest son Conner is a laid-back high school freshman with a quick wit and is at ease as a compassionate caregiver for his siblings. Second-born Ellie Kate, diagnosed with NKH shortly after birth, was dubbed the family’s consecrated princess, and the girly girl with a fighting spirit loved music, dancing, Hello Kitty and My Little Pony. McLaughlin said Ellie had a hard life, characterized by hospital stays and GI pain, but she was adored so much by her nurses that the day the family took Ellie home on hospice, they lined the halls and cheered for her. Ellie Kate passed away on Dec. 23, a few weeks after her seventh birthday. Third-born Henry is a smart, tender-hearted 10-year-old, quick to include children who look or act differently. Shortly after his big sister died, he began having seizures and was eventually diagnosed with PANDAS, for which he is undergoing treatment. Daughter Lucy Belle was born in 2011, also diagnosed with NKH and shared a love of all things girly with the big sister she knew only for a year. Ellie loved to crawl or hop after McLaughlin as she carried baby Lucy around the house. Lucy recently turned 7 and loves to be held, baby dolls with long hair, music and baby sister Bowen.


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The family adopted Bowen in 2016, and McLaughlin was in the hospital room when she was born on Dec. 23, four years to the day after the big sister she never met passed away. Bowen loves to help feed or give a bath to big sister Lucy, or comfort her when she’s in pain.

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“The Lord has redeemed that day for something good,” said McLaughlin. “The boys have had some healing because they get to see a happy little girl who can talk, walk and eat. We are all in awe of everything she does.”

“He is a tough kid who has a typical mind, just in an unable body,” said Klingenberg. “He finds ways to surprise me every day with how smart he is and how he finds joy in everything.”

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Hearts for Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at visitor services, leave it by your selection and share on social media using #MyWest and #HeartsForArt. Free with admission. 10am-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Feb 2

FREE Fishing Days in Oklahoma City (various locations). No city permit is required, however a state license is for anyone 16 and older. Regular fishing regulations apply. 297-1426, www.okc.gov FREE Reading With a Ranger at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features stories about the great outdoors and a craft with a National Park Ranger. 10-10:30am. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Groundhog Day at the OKC Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Grizzly bear brothers,

Will and Wiley, share their weather predicting skills on Groundhog Day. 10am. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org

Proceeds benefit Yukon Friends of the Park and Ladies Library Club. $8-$15. 1-3pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov

FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). In the 1950s, the Chisholm Kid, a black cowboy from Oklahoma, was the first to be featured in a comic book. Discover more about this comic and create one of your own. For ages 4-12. Free for children and accompanying adults. 10am-noon. 4782250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Taste of OKC at the Chevy Bricktown 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. 6:309:30pm. www.tasteokc.com

FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister. 1-4pm. 321-4633 Yukon Chocolate Festival at the 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.

Tea at the Rodkey House (410 S Littler, Edmond) features living history performers, savory treats, scones, sweets and of course tea. This is a multi-generational event for ages 5 and up. $20. 10am & 2pm. Also held: 2/9. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org

Feb 3

The Madness of George III at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 South May Ave) features a broadcast production in partnership with National Theatre Live. $15. 6pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

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at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). $5 & up. 8pm. Also held: 2/12 vs Texas, 2/20 vs West Virginia, 2/23 vs Kansas. 877255-4678, www.okstate.com

Feb 4

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FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

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Feb 7

FREE Origami Tsunami at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn some new folding techniques and meet some new friends. Preregister. For ages 9 & up. 4-5:30pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org

University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs Iowa State University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 8pm. Also held: 2/9 vs Texas Tech, 2/23 vs Texas. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com

FREE Escape Hogwarts at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City). Discover clues and solve puzzles to help Harry and the gang defeat the Dark Lord once and for all. For ages 12-18. 4-5pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org

Feb 5

FREE Chinese New Year Story Time at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features stories, games, music and activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig. 10am. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Chocolate Decadence in Automobile Alley (33 N Broadway Cir) features jazz music, wine, gourmet coffee, champagne and the ever-popular Valentine auction. Proceeds benefit community projects in Automobile Alley. For ages 21 & up. $65-$100. 6:30-9pm. 706-7484, www.automobilealley.org/events

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Orlando Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/7 vs Memphis, 2/11 vs Portland, 2/22 Utah, 2/23 vs Sacramento, 2/28 vs Philadelphia. 208-4800, www.nba.com/thunder

FREE Teen Cupcake Challenge at Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St). Learn the techniques of cupcake decorating, then dive into the cupcake challenge inspired by your favorite book(s). Supplies are provided. Preregister. Best suited for kids in grades 5-12. 6:30-7:30pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Feb 5-10

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a journey behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple. $27.16 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2 & 7pm. 594-8300, www.okcbroadway.com

FREE Harry Potter Book Night at Metro Library System (various locations). This event is part of Harry Potter Book Night 2019, a worldwide celebration of all things Potter. Costumes welcome. See website for locations and times. www.metrolibrary.org

Feb 6

Homeschool Bone Dig at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd). Learn about animal anatomy and document findings during a dig for real bones. Students will be able to touch and compare real vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, as well as modern and fossil bone. $12. 11am & 2pm. 8140006, www.skeletonmuseum.com

Feb 8

Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball vs University of Oklahoma

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Valentine’s Day Animal Enrichment Event at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features special enrichment treats and eats for the animals at the zoo made with love by their caretakers. Watch your favorite animals as they discover and interact with their unique valentines. Free with admission. 10am2pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org


Come Play With Me at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a story time with creative drama, art, music and dance. Preregister. Best suited for ages 2.5-4. $25. 9:30am. Also held 2/22. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

features an evening of yummy desserts and dancing to celebrate the special bond that dads and daughters share. Preregister. Open to the public; for girls K-12. $35 per couple; $10 per additional daughter. 6-9pm. 528-GIRL, www.gswestok.org/dance

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

FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in Downtown Norman (various locations) features a variety of art events including dance, painting, photography, music and more. All events are free and open to the public. 6-9pm. www.2ndfridaynorman.com

Lunar New Year Celebration at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features music, face painting, lion dancers, festive décor, crafts for the kids, cultural presentations, calligraphers and food vendors. Free to attend. 6-9pm. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org

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. Parents get a night out too! Preregister, space is limited. 6-9pm. www.pcbc.tv/nighttoshine/

Daddy Daughter Dance organized by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma at the Rose Briar Place (11900 N Council Rd)

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 NW 16th St)

features local artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more. 6-10pm. www.plazadistrict.org/live/ Late Nite Labs: Tinker ‘Bout It at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Learn candle making, explore animation or just enjoy an evening exploring the museum after dark. This Late Nite Lab is ideal for families who prefer a quieter experience at the museum, however all families are welcome. Members, $18; nonmembers, $20. 6-10pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

Feb 8 & 9

OSU Opera Theatre Presents A Night at the Opera at Seretean Center for the Performing Arts (132 Seretean Ctr, Stillwater). This event features some of the greatest moments from opera and musical theater by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Sondheim and more. $10; students & seniors: $7. 7:309:30pm. 744-6133, music.okstate.edu

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Feb 8-10

An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a three-day shopping event with art, clothing, antiques, collectibles, gourmet food and more. 3-day pass, $10. Friday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am5pm. 632-2652, www.aaoth.com

Happy Heart Play Day at the Mercy Fitness Center I-35 (2017 W I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond) features an afternoon of crafts, music and decorating a Valentine’s cookie. A nutritionist will speak about making healthy cookies and snacks. For families with kids ages 3-11. Preregister. $5. Noon-2pm. 757-3300, www.mercyfitness.net

Feb 9

Hot Chocolate Valentine at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about the fascinating process that turns chocolate fruit into the tasty wintertime cocoa drink. Activities include a hunt through the conservatory to find the fruit growing on the tree, a hot chocolate tasting and the chance to make two cocoa mixes. Best suited for ages 6-10. Preregister. Members, $12; non-members, $15. 10-11:30am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

Heart-Y Succulent Wreath Workshop at Will Rogers Garden (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 Bison Opening Weekend Celebration at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Hear Rumble’s unique story, make an illustration of events in your life, discover what is made from a bison and learn about the

Milliner Class at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr). Learn the history of Edwardian milliners and create your own hat. Preregister.

great American mammal’s remarkable powers. Then, visit the new exhibition and celebrate with bison-themed sweets, courtesy of Platt College Culinary Arts. Free with admission. 10am-noon. 4782250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Museum Playdate at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a program designed especially for children 2-4 years old with playtime, complimentary coffee for caregivers, structured gallery activities and full day admission to explore the Museum after the program ends. Preregister. Members, $5; non-members, $12. 10am-noon. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com/babies-at-the-museum Winged Tapestries Family Opening at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauaqua Ave, Norman) features Insect Adventure’s live bug petting zoo, animal-themed yoga, crafts, a scavenger hunt and more. Coffee and food trucks will be outside of the museum from 11am1pm. Free with admission. 10am-2pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

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FREE See You Saturdays at 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. 10am-5pm. 235-4485, www.oklahomahof.com FREE Pawfectly in Love Celebration at Best of Books (1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond) features Louisa McCune, coeditor, of the new book, Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals. Kevin the Greyt, UCO’s therapy dog, will be in attendance and Free To Live Animal Sanctuary will also have animals available for adoption. A portion of sales from the book will go to UCO’s pet therapy program. Free to attend. 11am-noon. 340-9202, www.bestofbooksok.com FREE Steampunk Murder Mystery at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn some real forensic science and put your best investigative skills to work to discover who the killer is. Preregister. For ages 12-18 only.

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and one-of-a-kind family entertainment. After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five sessions for fans (subject to availability). $20 & up. 2 & 7pm. 6028700, www.chesapeakearena.com

FREE Adam & Kizzie Performance at the Northwest OKC Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features an exploration of Africa American music with a performance by singing duo Adam and Kizzie. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

Midwest City’s Daddy Daughter Dance at the 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. $15. Three dance sessions to choose from: 4-5:30, 6-7:30 & 8-9:30pm. 739-1293, www.midwestcityok.org

FREE DIY Spa Day at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Create soothing, all natural spa products to use at home. Preregister. Best suited for ages 5 & up with their family. 2-3pm. 606-3865, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Oscar Celebration at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features movie trivia, prizes and more. Preregister. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 2-3:30pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org Harlem Globetrotters at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry

Edmond’s Daddy Daughter Dance at the Edmond Conference Center (2833 Conference Dr, Edmond) features a dance for daughters ages 3-12 and theirs dads with dancing, a DJ, refreshments and a professional photographer. Preregister. $15 per person. 4:30 & 7:30pm. 3594630, www.edmondparks.com

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Club Chester’s Be Mine Ball at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm (5201 Cimarron Rd NW, Piedmont) features dancing, music, karaoke, refreshments and photo sessions. All ages welcome. Under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. $15. 6-9pm. 373-1595, www.facebook.com/chesterspartybarn Cupid’s Family Shuffle at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features a dance for families with children ages 4 - 14. Families can enjoy an evening of dancing, a DJ and refreshments. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are welcome to join. $30 per couple; $10 for each additional guest. 6:30-8pm. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com

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 72-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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Beads & the Brave Gala at the Bricktown Events Center (425 E California Ave) features games, food, drinks and more. Benefits the Warriors for Freedom Foundation. $200 for two guests. 6:30-11pm. 2869920, www.beadsandthebrave.org

by Charlotte Gordon, the first Black cheerleader at OU, listeners will learn more about Black history and music from local readers and performers. 2-4pm. 217-0770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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Just Between Friends Sale at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson Ave, Norman) features new & gently used children’s clothes, toys, furniture & accessories. See website for shopping times. Admission charged on select days. www.norman.jbfsale.com

Feb 11

Out of the Box Kilgen Organ performance featuring Nathan Avakian at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features organist Nathan Avakian of New York City, accompanied vocally by his sister, Claire. Members, $10; non-members, $20. 7-8:30pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org

Feb 12

FREE Valentine’s Day Cards & Crafts at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a handmade card making project and other themed crafts. Supplies provided. All ages welcome. 4:30-5:30pm. 7324828, www.metrolibrary.org

Feb 9 & 10

FREE Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features family friendly activities including cookie decorating, crafts, card making and more. Attendees can also enjoy the film, Coco. Theater and exhibit hall admission applies. Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

FREE Miss Blues: Oklahoma’s First Lady of The Blues at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about Dorothy Ellis, aka Miss Blues. 6:30-7:30pm. Also held: Feb. 16, 17 & 18 at other libraries. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org

Feb 10

FREE Jr. NBA Skills Challenge at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a competition for boys and girls under the age of 13. Preregister. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 8-10am & noon-3pm. www.nba.com/ thunder/jrnbaskillschallenge

FREE Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St) features a special story time and craft. Drop off your stuffed animal or doll Feb. 7. 2-3pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Feb 13

FREE Valentine’s Day Mug Craft at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Decorate a mug for Valentine’s Day using a vinyl cutter. All supplies provided. Preregister. For ages 12 & up. 5-6pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Feb 14

FREE African American Read-In at the Norman East Library (3051 E Alameda, Norman) features music and spoken word performances focused around inventions and inventors. Narrated

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Be My Valentine Craft at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Make a card using strips of paper and hand prints. Preregister. Best suited for ages 2 - 5. $4. 10-10:30am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com


FREE Spotlight Talks: Whiteout at Campbell Art Park (NW 11th and Broadway) features a 30-minute, interactive talk about Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, weather permitting. 6pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org FREE Chocolate! For Teens at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St). Make fondue and other delicious treats and play games. For kids ages 12 & up. 6:308pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org Blake Shelton in Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features his Friends And Heroes Tour with special guests The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina. $76 & up. 7pm. 6028700, www.chesapeakearena.com King of Swing Tribute at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features he inspirational music of the legendary swing master Benny Goodman performed by the Julian Bliss Septet. $31 & up. 7:30pm. 2851010, www.armstrongauditorium.org A GENTRI Valentine at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features three dynamic tenors and their pioneering style called Cinematic Pop. $20 & up. 7:30pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

Feb 14 & 15

FREE Lunar New Year Activities with OU Confucius Institute at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features live musical and dance performances, art demonstrations, crafts for kids and free Chinese food while supplies last. 4:30-7:30pm. 7012600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Feb 15

Great Backyard Bird Count at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a global citizen science project that invites people to count native birds and help create a real-time look at wild populations. Activities include bird watching tours and children’s activities. Free with admission. 10am1pm. 425-0262, www.okczoo.org FREE Fine Art Fridays Masquerade Masks at the Norman East Library (3051 E Alameda, Norman). Decorate

masquerade masks with feathers, paint, sequins, rhinestones, tissue paper and glitter. Preregister. For ages 12 & up. 5:30-6:30pm. 217-0770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Perfect 10 Challenge at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a women’s gymnastics meet with OU, Arizona State, George Washington & Washington. $15, kids (2 & under), free. 6:45pm. 325-2424, www.coxconventioncenter.com J. Taylor OKC Debut Concert at The Bridge Bricktown Campus (229 E Sheridan Ave) features local upcoming rap artist J. Taylor and Oklahoma City artists Aaron Ray & Ministry Over Industry’s Kourageous Music. All ages welcome. $8 advance tickets, $10 at the door. 7-11pm. 204-3693, www.facebook.com/AlliedOKC/ Jazz Club at the Park Avenue Grill at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park Ave) features an immersive live music experience an immersive live music experience. Free to attend; call ahead to make a reservation. 7:30-10pm. 694-8843, oksessions.com/skirvin

Feb 16

FREE Bart & Nadia Sports Experience at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features gymnastics competitions, a free family sports experience and the OKC RUNderground. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. 447-7500, www.bartandnadiasportsexperience.com

Nature Music Maps at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about the components of a song and how to “collect sounds” in nature journals, composing your very own musical masterpiece after a walk through the Children’s Garden. Preregister. Best suited for ages 7 - 11. Member, $4; non-member, $6. 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Mardi Gras Mask Making at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Make your own original Mardi Gras Mask with feathers, glitter and more and enjoy some refreshments. All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must have a caregiver present. 10am-noon. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series Knights and Princesses Concert at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features handson musical fun and a family-friendly concert. $9. 2pm. 842-5387, www. okcphilharmonic.org/discovery

Traditional Music of the Open Prairie at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features a performance by Wayne Cantwell. Free with admission. 1pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com FREE Silver Strings Concert at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave) features a unique strolling orchestra with members from all three high schools of the Putnam City School District. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Learn to Pick a Tune with Lucas at the at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave). Lucas Ross will teach those that have never played the banjo before. Banjos will be provided. Preregister. 2pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com

Pop and Rock Meet the Symphony Orchestra at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a side by side performance with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and the OCCC-SEHS Jazz Ensemble. $12.50. 3pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

Feb 18

FREE Dragons Love Tacos Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features a party inspired by the book by Adam Rubin, Dragons Love Tacos. Activities include: dragon crafts, books and a taco bar. Preregister. 11am-noon. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

FREE Ruff Ruffman’s Sensational Science Camp at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features fun, hands-on activities with Ruff Ruffman and his friends. Preregister. For ages 12 & under. 2:30-3:30pm 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org

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Oklahoma City Daddy Daughter Dance at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a Winter Wonderland themed dance in the beautiful Meinders Hall of Mirrors. Enjoy light refreshments, photo booth, DJ and more. $35 per couple, $10 for each additional child. 3 & 6pm. 297-2279, www.okc.gov/parksignup Impressionist Variations at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a concert rooted in French Impressionism, combined with elements of jazz and classical music and Native American history and culture. $19 & up. 8pm. 842-5387, www.okcphil.org

Outdoor Adventure Day at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features outdoor adventure activities including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and more. Participants will go off-site for some activities. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8-17. $25. 9am-5:30pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

Feb 20

FREE TLC (Touch, Learn, Create) Snow at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134t St) features themed sensory activity stations for children ages 2 - 6. 10-11:30am. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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Feb 16 & 17

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

Feb 17

FREE Performance by Adam & Kizzie at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features local musicians Adam and Kizzie. 2-3pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Students can celebrate Oklahoma’s 111th birthday and watch history come to life with stage performances by Rodeo Opry using an interactive program. Preregister. Admission to the program and museum is free for students and chaperones. 10:30am. 478-2205, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org


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FREE Tween STEAM: Crime Scene Investigation at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134t St). Learn about crime scene investigation with hands-on exploration and experimentation. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8-11. 4:30-5:30pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Night at the Oscars Third Thursday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, art activities and access to the Museum’s galleries, including special exhibitions. $12; members, free. 5-9pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

Feb 23

FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a family friendly evening of ping pong. All experience levels welcome. 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 22

Bison and Beer Paint Night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a painting event with instruction from local artist Courtney Abbott. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Preregister. Members, $40; non-members. $45. 6-9pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Adults Only Night at the Museum at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Enjoy a night of trivia, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, while exploring the museum exhibits after hours. For ages 21 & up. Members, $25; non-members, $35. 6-9pm. 325-1008, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

FREE Bump, Baby & More Expo at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features short, informative breakout sessions by local experts, pampering, product samples, vendor booths, giveaways and more, all designed to help parents who are expecting a child or have young children. Hosted by MetroFamily Magazine and BabiesOK. Preregistration encouraged but not required. 10am4pm (last entry at 2:30pm). 601-2081, www.bumpbabyandmore.com FREE Greek Mythology Escape Room at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Kids ages 12 & up can use clues and solve puzzles to see if they can escape before the time runs out. Preregister. noon4pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Steampunk Murder Mystery at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn some real forensic science and put your best investigative skills to work to discover who the killer is. Preregister. For ages 12 - 18 only. Costumes welcome. 1-4pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org University of Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics vs University of Michigan at the McCasland Fieldhouse (151 E Brooks St, Norman). $8-$10. 7pm. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com

Feb 22 & 23

FREE Purcell Daddy Daughter Dance at the Purcell Library (919 N 9th St, Purcell) features dancing and more. Registration is required; pick up free tickets for daughters and daddies or other positive male role models at the library. 3-5pm. 5275546, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Feb 22-24

Mustang Dad & Daughter Dance at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a a fun-filled night with music, dancing

Leake Classic Car Show & Auction at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a variety of cars including vintage, collector, muscle, high-performance and specialty vehicles. Adults, $20; kids, $7. 9am-7pm. 9486700, www.facebook.com/LeakeCar/

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and refreshments. Vicker’s Photography will be available throughout the evening for professional photos. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $10 per person. 5 & 7:30pm. 376-3411, www. facebook.com/MustangOKparks/ Daddy Daughter Dance at The Gate Gym (7700 N Council Rd) features food, fun and plenty of dancing. All proceeds go to support To The Beat Performing Arts. $10 per person. 5:30-7:30pm. 7287700, www.facebook.com/thegateokc/

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Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at State Fair Park (3100 General Pershing Blvd) features reptile pet vendors offering supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and raffles. Adults, $12; kids (5-12), $5; kids (4 and under), free. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am4pm. 863-268-4273, www.repticon. com/oklahoma/oklahoma-city

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International Food Festival at the Oklahoma Academy (18509 NE 63rd St, Harrah) features vegetarian foods from many different countries including Argentina, Burma, Cuba, France, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda and the United States. $2-$3 per dish. 1-5pm. 454-6211, www.oklahomaacademy.org FREE Crowns Tea at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a performance by the OU Gospel Choir, a reading from the book Crowns and a tea service. Attendees are invited to wear a hat in celebration. The event is free but tickets are required. 2-4pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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Feb 25

FREE Tween Scene: Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory at Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Kids in grades 3-5 can work to solve a crime scene mystery with clues, witness statements and a little bit of forensic science. Preregister. 4:30-5:30pm. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Chamber Music Festival at the CHK Central Boathouse (732 Riversport Dr) features a series of intimate soirée performances with internationally acclaimed musicians. $200. 6-8pm. 3855655, osugiving.com/mcknight-center/ events/2019-chamber-music-festival

Feb 27

FREE Stargazing for Beginners at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St). Learn to identify wintertime star clusters and double stars as well as how to select a telescope that is right for you. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Preregister. All ages welcome. 6:30-7:30pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Shen Yun at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West and animated backdrops. Children under age 4 not permitted. 7:30pm. $80-$150. 7:30pm. 594-8300, www.okcciviccenter.com

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A Day of Love and Logic with Dr. Charles Fay at Sheraton Midwest City Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City) features a oneday conference offering practical advice and steps to parents, educators and mental health professionals on how to effectively handle unruly kids. $99 per person. 8:30am-2:30pm. www.LoveandLogic.com

March 1 & 2

The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features greatest hits including Sounds of Silence, Scarborough Fair, Mrs. Robinson and more performed by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. $19 & up. 8pm. 842-5387, www.okcciviccenter.com

FREE Weather School at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weather school, explore the Museum’s exhibitions to discover the role of weather in the West. Preregister. 10:30am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Babies at the Museum at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features playtime, complimentary coffee for adults, structured gallery activities and full day admission to explore the Museum after the program ends. Best suited for ages 0-24. Preregister. Members, $5; non-members, $12. 10amnoon. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com

Rob Lake Magic: Up Close at Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St) features illusionist Rob Lake. Benefits Friends for Folks & Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Best suited for ages 18 & up. $35-$62. 7pm. 7086937, www.towertheatreokc.com

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Feb 27-March 17

Girlfriend at Lyric Theatre’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features a romantic comedy inspired by the ‘90s icon Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album. $25-$55. Wednesday & Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com

Feb 28

FREE World in a Jar: Tiny Terrariums at Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave). Use recycled jars to create tiny moss terrariums featuring such materials as crystals, mushrooms, and tiny toys to make a take-home display. All supplies will be provided. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 4-5pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org

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FREE Kids’ Trout Fish Out at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a a fishing derby for young anglers. Adults must be accompanied by a child. 8-11am. 3508937, www.cityofyukonok.gov


Run for Recovery at Lake Hefner Trails Stars and Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features a 5K & 10K run benefiting Teen Recovery Solutions. $25-$30. 9am. 843-2402, www. teenrecoverysolutions.org/runforrecovery

Winter Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a lineup of Christian artists including Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger and more. $15. 6pm. 2019.jamtour.com

FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63r St) features free activities for children and accompanying adults. Create your own parfleche bag and then use a special Gallery Hunt & Find to locate different bags from Plains Indians. Activities available while supplies last. For ages 4-12. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Celebration at American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features an evening of jazz music and New Orleans cuisine. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. 6-9pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com

Bison Film Fest at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a screening of the movie, Bless The Beasts and Children. Six wealthy misfits, while attending a summer riding camp, set out to free a herd of buffalo scheduled to be shot the next day. Free with admission. 2-3:30pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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. 6-9pm. www.normanmardigrasparade.com Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a special story time, crafts, photo opportunities and visitors from the Oklahoma City Zoo. Preregister

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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

FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages 2-7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup

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 Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout St NW, Piedmont) features a variety of activities such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments. For ages birth to 3. Fridays, 10am. 3739018, www.piedmont.okpls.org

Fortnite Dance Party at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Learn dances from the popular game Fortnite during a onehour class taught by young teens. For ages 3-17. Parents welcome to stay. Preregister. $7. 4:30-5:30pm Tuesdays. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Preschool Story Time at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) for ages 3 to kindergarten. Tuesdays, 11:30am. 354-8232, www.yukonok.gov/citydepartments/mabel-c-fry-public-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, 9:30am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

FREE Argentine Tango Series at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Learn the basics of the Argentine Tango. Preregister. Anyone under 18 must have parent/guardian consent and signature. Fridays, 6-7:30pm. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com

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FREE Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a half-hour, all-ages story time. Saturdays, 10:30am. 534-4540, www.commonplacebooksokc.com

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Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come & go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

FREE Story Time at Barnes and Noble (13800 N May Ave) features a special story time with games and occasionally costumed characters. Saturdays, 11am. 755-1155, stores.barnesandnoble.com

Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Ste 110) features a short story time and age appropriate craft. Free with admission. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com

FREE Learn to Skate Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. All ages welcome. Saturdays, noon. 6022758, www.skategalaxyokc.com

FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages 2 to 7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup

FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features crafts for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 8588778, www.lakeshorelearning.com

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EVENTS CALENDAR Where They Went: A Photographic History of Oklahoma Animals at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi). The title is extracted from a Will Rogers quote: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.� The exhibit will be comprised of 26 black-and-white images taken by Oklahoma photographers. Free with museum admission. Find more information about these exhibits and other current museum exhibits at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/museums.


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movement, anatomy, proportion and personality. Watch horses take shape across mediums and styles. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-18), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Through Feb 17

Curious George: The Golden Meatball at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features an adventure-filled family musical as George takes audiences through an exciting journey where he learns about Rome, meatballs and the secret ingredient to cooking. $20 & up. See website for show times. 5249312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com

Opening Feb 8

Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) celebrates the history and significance of the United States’ first national mammal and highlights the importance of its preservation and conservation. The exhibit features interactive experiences that combine history, artifacts and hands-on activities. Adults, $12.50, students, $9.75; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Through Feb 24

Masterworks of British Painting at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features works from the British Royal Academy of Art, founded by accomplished portrait painter Joshua Reynolds under the patronage of King George III. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $5; kids (5 & under), free. WednesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

Through March 31

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FREE Erwin Redl: Whiteout at Campbell Art Park (NW 11th & Broadway Ave) features hundreds of transparent white spheres suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The white LEDs are animated, turning off and on according to a computer program, creating a series of moving patterns that work in tandem with the surrounding environment. 6am-midnight. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

Through May 12

Off the Wall at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a detailed look at one hundred years of sculpture. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $5; kids (5 & under), free. WednesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

Through July 14

Horseplay at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of this Western icon. The rarely seen prep work reveals how Lovell, known as America’s preeminent horse trainer, developed ideas and practiced

FREE Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Oklahoma is Black at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features the first major exhibition in the state for the Oklahoma native and Brooklyn resident. The exhibit is a depiction and celebration of Oklahoma City’s rich black history. Monday-Saturday, 9am10pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

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The Ugly Duckling at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) features a production based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale. Follow along as an unfortunate looking duckling discovers who he truly is. Best suited for ages 3 & up. Adults, $11; kids (2-12), $9. See website for show times. 951-0011, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

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Almost, Maine at the Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie). One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. $25. Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 282-2800, www.thepollard.org

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Tammy Swiggart vividly remembers the day she sat across from her fertility doctor as he told her he didn’t think pregnancy would be her story. Swiggart and husband Russell were dumbfounded. “Everyone had assured us he was the doctor that could make anyone pregnant,” said Swiggart. A longtime friend suggested they consider foster care. The Swiggarts agreed to look into it, while quietly thinking another plan might materialize along the way. But, through prayer and the support they received as they became certified foster parents, it became clear foster care was the right plan all along. “We felt a sense of urgency that this was right and we needed to press forward,” said Swiggart. The Swiggarts’ first placement call in 2012

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was for 18-month-old twins and their 3-yearold sister. Because fertility treatments had prepared them for the possibility of multiples, they agreed to take the twins but weren’t sure they were ready for three children. Three weeks later, the older sister moved in, too. Swiggart calls their first foster experience amazing, including the children’s reunification with their biological parents. Though at the time it was hard to let go of the three little girls who’d captured their hearts, Swiggart knows it was the best ending to their story. “We had to put bias and selfishness aside and take a look at the whole picture,” said Swiggart. “We got to see what a good reunification looked like.” The Swiggarts’ second placement was drastically different. Another sibling set of three, this time school-age children, stayed with Tammy and Russell for about a year. Swiggart quickly realized she didn’t have the appropriate training to deal with the siblings’ emotional trauma.


“We saw signs the oldest was getting into self-harm,” said Swiggart. “I was calling our worker, reaching out and asking for more training.” Eventually, the sibling set had to be moved and the Swiggarts closed their home with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, grieving what they thought might be the end of their foster care journey. It was Angels Foster Family Network, and the organization’s HALO project, a 10-week intensive outpatient intervention for children in foster care or adopted who are challenged in forming attachments, that rejuvenated them. “[HALO] is what I was asking for, and they [former foster kids] wouldn’t have had to move out if we had just known,” said Swiggart. “My heart is sad about that, but I asked the right questions and pressed as much as I could at that moment.” In addition to providing trauma-based therapies for children, HALO offers parents training on how trauma changes a child’s biology and physiology, helping them understand why traditional parenting methods may not work. Parents learn new methodologies for everything from behavior modification to everyday conversation, attachment theory and principles and sensory processing. Support groups are facilitated by a clinician and parents learn and practice play therapy techniques designed to empower and connect their families. Children benefit from social groups, individual therapy, speech and occupational therapy and comprehensive assessments and evaluations. “You get concrete evidence for why their brains work differently and why traditional parenting isn’t the most effective in the majority of situations,” said Swiggart. “If I have more tools like this, I can reach more kids, meeting them where they are.” And that’s exactly what the Swiggarts have done, reopening their home through Angels and fostering a total of 17 kids. Tammy and Russell were awarded Angels’ HALO Award in 2018 for their dedication to Oklahoma children. But Swiggart credits the team at Angels for investing deeply in their families. “They can feel if I’m having a rough day through a text message and our social worker will say she’s bringing dinner to us,” said Swiggart. “That’s not special to me. The caseloads for our workers are so much smaller that they have time to invest in the non-necessary things.”

SWIGGART FOSTER DAUGHTER (LEFT) WITH DAUGTHER OLIVIA

The Swiggarts’ first placement with Angels was a set of newborn twins. Though they attempted to build a relationship with the biological parents, parental rights were eventually terminated and the Swiggarts adopted Olivia and Avery. “I keep tabs on [the biological mom] as much as I can,” said Swiggart. “When they’re older,

if they want to track her and their siblings down, I’ll have as much record as I can for them.” After the twins’ adoption in June 2015, the Swiggarts took short-term placements, primarily kids who were close to reunification and needed a foster home briefly or those who were sick and needed care until

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they could be placed with siblings. With one of those placements, Swiggart bridged with a young mom, changing their future plans.

them manage trauma and providing comfort.

“I asked Russell, ‘what if we could have helped her when she was pregnant the first time?’” said Swiggart. “I started getting a heart for teens, but it can be scary to have babies and bring a teenager in.”

Though it can be easy to fall into the trap of blaming biological parents or the foster care system or even previous foster families for a teen’s inability to feel safe or a toddler who experienced food anxiety because she was malnourished, Swiggart has realized that does nothing to improve the situation.

The Swiggarts and their caseworker considered what fostering a teenager would entail. Swiggart admits she was tired from fostering children age 4 and under for four years, and the idea of fostering a more independent child, who didn’t need help brushing teeth or buckling a car set, was appealing. Though apprehension caused them to drag their feet, they accepted a placement for a teen and realized she was just as afraid of the unknown as they were. The twins’ immediate ease and fascination with their new teen foster sister gave everyone a sense of comfort. After providing shortterm respite care to two more teen girls, the Swiggarts made an unexpected immediate connection with one, Randy, who would eventually become their third adopted daughter in 2017.

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“That gives me a peace that I don’t need anybody to be mad at,” said Swiggart. As Swiggart says when she speaks on behalf of Angels or talks to potential foster parents, parenting kids with trauma sounds scary, but every parent she knows has had scary moments. When potential foster parents tell her they feel they’re not even successfully parenting their own kids and couldn’t possibly meet the needs of kids from hard places, or who feel their messy family could only hurt a traumatized child further, she says it’s the honestly about those imperfections that normalizes the situation for a child whose biological parents didn’t have it all together, either.

“Everyone thinks Randy came first, but it was the twins,” marvels Swiggart. “It’s unconventional, but I love the unconventional.”

“Kids from hard places often feel weird or different, so the fact that we embrace the weirdness gives them a sense of comfort,” said Swiggart.

With the knowledge and resources she’s gained from the HALO program, Swiggart realized there’s not much difference in parenting a toddler and a teen as far as helping

Editor’s Note: For a realistic look inside the everyday lives of a metro foster family, follow Tammy Swiggart on Instagram @ confessionsfromfostering.

This is one part of a year-long series highlighting foster families in the Oklahoma City metro. For more, visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/foster.

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Sweet & Sloppy Joes

This is a kid-friendly recipe with a great name. Sweet bell peppers give it the sweet, and, the sloppy, well, that’s the whole sandwich. Who doesn’t like to bite into a Sloppy Joe? This Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. recipe is certified by the American Heart Association®.

Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes | Makes 4 servings (1 hamburger bun plus 3/4 cup Sloppy Joe beef mixture) Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Recipe Category: Main Dish

Ingredients 1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean) 1 cup chopped yellow, green or red bell pepper ¾ cup finely chopped onion 1 can (12 ounces) 100% vegetable juice

2 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

Instructions 1 Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, bell pepper and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into ¾-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. 2 Stir in vegetable juice, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. 3 Evenly place beef mixture on bottom half of each bun; close sandwiches.

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an COOK’S COOK’S internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.* TIP TIP

Nutrition information per serving: 341 calories; 7.7 gfat (2.9g saturated fat; 2.7g monounsaturated fat); 76mg cholesterol; 499mg sodium; 38g carbohydrate; 5.1g fiber; 30g protein; 8.2mg niacin; 0.6mg vitamin B6; 2.4mcg vitamin B12; 4.6mg iron; 40mcg selenium; 7.1mg zinc; 94.6mg choline. Trans fat 0.1 g; polyunsaturated fat 1.3g; potassium 838mg, added sugars 1.5 teaspoons.

This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and is a good source of choline. * Heart-Check certification does not apply to Cook’s Tips unless otherwise noted.


EXPLORING OKLAHOMA WITH CHILDREN

NEAR & FAR: Bird Watching Two Ways This Winter

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Lake Thunderbird State Park Winter is often thought of as a time many animals are tucked into their homes staying warm. But in Oklahoma, winter brings 800-2,000 eagles to the Sooner State for migration according to the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department. Migrating south from Canada in search of warmth for the season, these birds join the approximately 80 pair of bald eagles that call Oklahoma home year-round. For older kids with the patience and interest, trekking out to view these amazing birds can be the learning experience of a lifetime. Here are two ways you can view eagles in Oklahoma this month. At Norman’s Lake Thunderbird State Park, the public is invited to a special viewing of these spectacular birds from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 16 and March 2 and 16. Meet at the Discovery Cove Nature Center to start with an information session to learn some background about eagles. Then go on a guided walking tour of the park to catch a glimpse of these birds in their winter homes. Reservations are required as the viewing sessions are limited to 35 guests.

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Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge In Vian, about two and a half hours east of Oklahoma City, you’ll find plenty of eagle viewing opportunities at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. Their annual Eagle Tour & Loon Watch events take place weekly from now to early March. Visits start by viewing the refuge’s live webcam which documents every move of eagles in a nearby nest. Once you observe from afar, visitors hop on a bus tour to take them on a search for bald eagles in the wild. The bus stops at places within the park that are known for eagle sightings. Adventurous visitors can continue to hike the park on their own to try to see more eagles, or head to nearby Tenkiller State Park where additional eagles are known to nest. The visit also promises sightings of beautiful loons, aquatic birds that also migrate to Oklahoma in winter.

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Kid Reviewer: Isaac Roldán, age 7

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Downtown Library What made the experience stand out? I go to the library all the time but the one we visit is closer to my house. I had never been to the one in Oklahoma City where there are tall buildings before until my baby shark went to a stuffed animal sleepover party there last summer but I got to go back after and see the library. What was the best part? The children’s area looks totally different. It reminded me of a big store, like a mall for books. There are Lego towers that are taller than I am and you can also check out games to play. The books are not the same as at the library by my house; there are different ones. What was the worst part? The staircase to get to the second floor is very tall and scary. It’s all glass on the second floor so I felt panicked, as though I was going to fall somehow.

Will other kids enjoy visiting the library’s downtown branch? They’ll have a good time because all the best parts of visiting the library they’re used to are there, with the books and the computers, but they aren’t the exact same. It’s fun to visit a place that’s familiar but has more for us to see. The kids’ area is bigger and there’s art and there are toys. Would this experience be enjoyed by your family? Why or why not? Yes. My younger brother, Gabriel, is 4 and he played with blocks for a long time. We also took home more books in Spanish than what are in our usual library, which was nice so my Dad could read to me more easily. Other kids with families who speak more than one language can probably get books that are their parents’ first language too and then they’ll want to read more with their kids. If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would use the elevator instead of the stairs because I felt afraid about

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halfway up the staircase and then I wasn’t sure if I should go up or down. It was kind of the same distance and all of a sudden, I just felt like I was falling and I didn’t want to be on the steps anymore. Does anything you learned match up with what you’re doing in school or have done before? My school has a library and it’s very nice to sit in a window seat and read. We also go to the Edmond Public Library, especially in the summer. Libraries are happy places to read and play. What do you think you’ll remember most about visiting? It’s already been a little time since I visited and what I remember most is that the building is huge. I also made a friend and we played checkers with real pieces, not like on an iPad. Everything just feels bigger at that library, which matches what’s around it. Find more Kid Reviews at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ kid-reviews.


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