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Volume 20, Number 3
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Saturday, April 1 ALL ABOUT KIDS FEST
Everything needp.m. to know 11 a.m. you to 4:30 at the Coxupcoming Convention Center about our festival 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City just for kids & families. Enjoy over 65 booths with hands-on activities for kids
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This month, we ensure spring break thrills with 10 day trip ideas, a guide to a Hot Springs vacation and tons of ideas for entertainment close to home.
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It was recently pointed out to me that there are (roughly) 936 weeks from the time a child is born to when they graduate from high school. Each March, Oklahoma City families get one (or two depending on your school district) of those weeks to celebrate spring break. It can be easy for parents to fall into the trap of lamenting this school break. For working parents, the break means a dizzying search for affordable, reliable child care. Parents who stay at home with their kids get a reminder of how difficult a job teachers have keeping little ones entertained day in and day out. And even if you're fortunate enough to head out on a family vacation, there might be a little stress along with that. But what I really want for our readers this month is to take full advantage of this precious time kids will be at home. The weeks between now and high school graduation are numbered and spring break is a prime opportunity to make memories that will long outlast the stress of packing for vacation or the struggle of all those extra sandwiches and snacks you'll have to make. We're trying to lighten the load a little by providing you with
plenty of resources to make your spring break run a little smoother. If you can break away for a day trip, find 10 destinations within 100 miles of the metro on page 10. If you're up for a bigger adventure, head to Hot Springs with our travel guide on page 52. Those staying close to home can find plenty of ideas for fun in our Editor's Picks on page eight or our calendar on page 22. Working parents who still haven't settled on a child care solution can find a guide to spring break camps at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/okc-spring-break-camps. However many weeks you have left until your kids fly the nest, make this one count. Hannah Schmitt Editor
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f you've lived in Oklahoma City long, you know the budding redbuds are a sign the Redbud Classic is around the corner. This annual event is scheduled for April 8 and 9 and includes a handful of ways for your entire family to enjoy a fun fitness event that supports a great cause. The Redbud Classic is celebrating its 35th year by supporting local non-profit Cleats for Kids with its proceeds. Since the event started in 1983, it has raised $525,000 for area non-profits. The Redbud Classic weekend offers 10-, 33- and 50-mile bike tours as well as 5K and 10K races. Other events include a 2-mile walk, 1-mile kids fun run and a baby stroller derby. Until April 3, early-bird registration fees are $30 for the run/walk events and $40 for the cycling tours, or $65 for both events. Races will take place throughout Nichols Hills and the surrounding areas throughout Saturday and Sunday. The second annual Redbud Bash will take place Sunday at the finish line and feature food trucks, beer from COOP Ale Works, live entertainment and free family-friendly games and activities. To register and get more details, visit www.redbud.org. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY REDBUD CLASSIC
Here are some other great fitness events for all ages happening throughout the Oklahoma City metro:
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9 a.m. March 25 Historic Fort Reno, 7107 W. Cheyenne St., El Reno www.okchf.org Sign up for the 15K, 5K or non-competitive Miracle Mile and enjoy views of historic Fort Reno while you run. Refreshments and free live entertainment will be happening at the finish line. This event benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Oklahoma Bicycle Society's Donut Ride
9 a.m. every Saturday Will Rogers Park, N.W. 36th & Portland www.oklahomabicyclesociety.com Join a group of bicycle and breakfast enthusiasts each Saturday for a ride to Brown's Bakery or Kamps 1910. The leisure ride to Brown's Bakery is designed
for entry-level or family riders and is 11 miles round-trip. The donut break at the halfway point at Brown's Bakery makes this ride ideal for families. The leisure ride is welcoming to all skill levels and the ride leader adjusts to the speed of the slowest rider.
Family Yoga in the Gardens
5:45 p.m. every Wednesday Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno www.myriadgardens.org Ages 5 and up and their families are invited into Myriad Botanical Gardens each Wednesday night for a kid-friendly yoga session. The event is a great way to learn new postures, stretches and stress-relievers together as a family. Participants should take their own yoga mat and water and meet in the south lobby. Find more family fitness events and ideas at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/health.
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Spring Break Every Day
Most school-age kids will be out of the classroom March 13-17, which means parents are bound to hear "I'm bored" at least a few times this month. Keep the whole family entertained with these daily ideas and find dozens more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar.
Monday, March 13
Everyone's heard the story of the tortoise and the hare and the Oklahoma City Zoo is bringing the tale to life for little learners. Head to the Norman Central Library (225 N. Webster, Norman) to see the race in action and to learn more about the history behind the timeless story. The event starts at 2 p.m. and is best suited for kids 12 and under. Get there early because the crowd will be limited to 300 guests. Additional presentations of The Tortoise and the Hare event will be happening throughout the week at other area libraries. Check out our calendar starting on page 22 for additional information.
Tuesday, March 14 It's Adventure Week at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno) and that means daily activities are happening at the Gardens. Stop by Tuesday for a crowd favorite, the TouchA-Truck. No matter how many times they've done it before, kids always seem enamored by getting up close and personal with enormous vehicles. The daily events will feature handson activities, workshops and even a scavenger hunt inside the Crystal Bridge. The event is $13 for children members, free for adult members, $18 for children non-members and $8 for adult non-members.
Wednesday, March 15
Who says the learning has to stop just because it's spring break? Stop by the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S. Boulevard, Edmond) to let your kids learn a little something new about Oklahoma through fun crafts and activities. The museum will feature various stories, crafts and activities that focus on different nature themes at their spring break Making History Crafts events. Activities are offered all week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies last.
Thursday, March 16 There's never been a better time to make your way to Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman) and stretch out a museum trip into an all-day affair. The museum's annual Spring Break Escape offers daily activities that are included with the cost of admission like storytelling, scavenger hunts, hands-on crafts and auditorium shows. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and their special activities are scheduled March 13-17.
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Friday, March 17 Put a twist on your usual family movie date with a trip to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 N.E. 63rd St.) for a special screening of John Wayne's "The Cowboys." After watching the film, the museum staff will guide visitors on a scavenger hunt through the temporary exhibit "Hollywood and the American West" to discover more about the classic icons of Western films. Screenings are at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday and are part of the museum's entire week of special activities, all of which are provided free with admission. See our calendar on page 22 for more details.
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Kid-Friendly Day Trips Spring break is a great time to hit the road on a new family adventure. We've rounded up 10 trips within 100 miles of Oklahoma City to keep the whole crew entertained. BY EMERY CLARK
1 Clinton/ Weatherford
Eighty-five miles west of Oklahoma City, you’ll find the Route 66 Museum (www.route66.org) in Clinton. Many different exhibits will walk you through the decades of the Mother Road from its dirt beginnings in the 1920s until now. Through photos, videos, music and replicas, your kids will have plenty to touch and explore as they learn about the history of Route 66. Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park (www.water-zoo.com) in Clinton is just the ticket for your winter blues! Kept at 82 degrees yearround, this is the perfect place to let your kids burn energy and have a blast doing it. There are multi-level play structures, a lazy river, 500 feet of slides, a wave pool and even an area just for toddlers. Free tubes, free parking and free life jackets are on-site, so bring a towel and prepare to swim the day away.
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In nearby Weatherford, visit the Stafford Air & Space Museum (www.staffordmuseum.org) to see many top-notch air and space exhibits and learn about astronaut Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford who was born right in town. Afterward, stop by Lucille’s Roadhouse (www.lucillesroadhouse.com) for some tasty food in a fabulous retro setting.
About 100 miles southwest of the metro you’ll discover the stunning Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (www.wichitamountains.fws.gov). Take the three-mile paved drive that winds up and around Mount Scott and enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the Oklahoma landscape. Farther into the refuge, you’ll find herds of bison, elk, deer, longhorn cattle and adorable prairie dogs on an open range. Also, be sure to check out the visitor's center that provides children of all ages a fantastic hands-on historical and cultural experience and explore some kid-friendly hiking trails or fishing spots. With no shortage of fun, plan to stay awhile!
Stop off in the quaint artisan town of Medicine Park for some fun food and shopping on your way back home. Or, head into Lawton itself, where you’ll find Burgess Grill (617 S.W. C Ave.) which has been locally-owned since 1962 and offers a large variety of burgers at family-friendly prices.
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Situated 75 miles northeast of the metro near Watonga is Roman Nose State Park (3236 S. Highway 8A). Nestled in a beautiful canyon with gypsum rock cliffs and natural freshwater springs, this state park opened in 1937 and is full of fun family activities. Some of these include an 18-hole golf course, mountain biking, swimming pools (late May to early August), tennis courts, a volleyball court, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing (November through March), miniature golf, a general store, canoeing, paddle boats, horse stables (spring to fall), pony rides and hayrides. The recently renovated mid-century lodge also boasts a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some activities and hours are seasonal, so call the park ahead of time at 580-623-7281 to make the most of your visit. On your way back to the metro, swing over to Eischen’s (www. eischensbar.com) in Okarche for some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever eat. The kids and adults will love the arcade games, delicious food and down-home Oklahoma atmosphere. Eischen’s is open Monday-Saturday and accepts cash or check, though there is an ATM next door if you need it. Established in 1896, it’s a history lesson all its own!
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Just southwest of the metro, near Tuttle, is the Braum’s Family Farm (www.braums.com/tour-braums). This farm is situated on more than 10,000 acres and offers free guided tours of the Braum’s Processing Plant and Bakery. During the tour, visitors get to watch as ice cream, ice cream cones, cookies and milk are made. At the end of the tour, visitors even get to sample some of their delicious treats. Tours run at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on weekdays year-round. The tour is free and lasts two hours. Reservations are required and space is limited, so please call 228-4604 well in advance to book a tour. Also just outside of Tuttle is Tiger Safari (www.tigersafari.us), a non-profit interactive zoological park where visitors can interact with and feed exotic animals. They have many different levels of experiences and even offer movie nights and after-hours tours.
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Travel 100 miles northwest of the metro to find Enid, located on the historic Chisholm Trail. To learn more about the area and the largest land run in history, head over to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (www.csrhc.org). You’ll find exciting exhibits about Oklahoma throughout its history and can even walk through a living history village on the grounds of the museum to explore original buildings built at the turn of the century!
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After that, head over to Leonardo’s Children’s Museum & Adventure Quest (www.leonardos.org) to get all the wiggles out. The museum features an outdoor playground with a three-story wooden castle, mazes, slides, swings, a water table, tot area and a dinosaur dig. Inside you’ll find tons of great hands-on learning exhibits that your kids will love. From the critter clubhouse to the medical clinic and tinkering exhibit, there are hours of fun to be had here.
OKLAHOMA TERRITORIAL MUSEUM, GUTHRIE
A quick 32 miles north of the metro, Guthrie is full of amazing state history. Bring your young historians to the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library (www.okterritorialmuseum.org) to learn all about the land run, early life in Oklahoma Territory and its journey to statehood. The museum is a fascinating snapshot of what daily life in the area would have been like during Oklahoma's territorial days. Just down the street is the Territorial Capital Sports Museum (www.territorialcapitalsportsmuseum.org). This museum houses a huge collection of sports artifacts and memorabilia and will delight the little (and big) sports fans in your family. It is a great place to learn about Oklahoma’s athletes and teams, featuring football, baseball, golf, rodeo, Olympics, women’s athletics and more. For a unique view of this historical town, hop on the First Capital Trolley (www.firstcapitaltrolley.com) for a 45-minute tour that will immerse visitors in the town’s history and colorful characters. Kids adore riding around on the trolley and the recorded narration of historic stories and buildings will fascinate the adults. Catch it at the corner of 2nd & Harrison on Saturdays at noon or 2 p.m. year-round.
Just 65 miles north of Oklahoma City is Stillwater, where you’ll find the Oklahoma WONDERtorium (www.okwondertorium.org). It’s an award-winning children’s museum that believes play is a serious job. Your kids will love the many educational exhibits. Special events are hosted throughout the year at the museum so you're sure to find something special no matter when you attend the museum.
For kids who love insects, OSU’s Insect Adventure (www. insectadventure.okstate.edu) is a must. This is Oklahoma’s only live bug petting zoo and it is open the first and third Saturday of every month. Just past the OSU campus, visitors can find a large collection of beautiful arachnids, insects and other arthropods to delight your little bug-lovers. A knowledgeable staff is on-site and ready to answer any questions from curious little visitors. For lunch, head to Eskimo Joe’s (www.eskimojoes.com), a Stillwater staple since 1975. Grab some cheese fries and pick up Joe’s shirts for the whole family to remember their Stillwater outing! Then, swing by to see the Optimum Prime and BumbleBee Transformer statues that stand outside the two G&M Body Shop locations on the west and east sides of Stillwater (2207 E. 6th Ave. and 5104 W. 6th Ave.). They’re sure to dazzle young spring breakers!
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Head 75 miles south to Turner Falls (www.turnerfallspark.com), a beautiful place to swim, fish, hike and play. You’ll find a 77-foot waterfall, a natural swimming hole, caves, a rock castle to explore and plenty of trails to meander along. Picnic areas and restrooms offer convenience to families year-round and the scenery is refreshing to all. A short distance away is the Arbuckle Wilderness Park (www.arbucklewildernesspark. com), which kids are sure to love. Drive your car through winding roads and meet exotic and native animals all along the way! Food pellets are available to purchase and the animals will readily snatch them up from your car window, which is sure to make little visitors squeal with excitement. Want to take a factory tour and see how things are made? Take a peek behind the scenes at the state-of-the-art, 34,600-square-foot Bedre Chocolates (www.bedrechocolates. com) manufacturing facility as they make their delicious treats. Be sure to call ahead to know when chocolate will be in production for you to view. While you’re in the area, visit the Toy & Action Figure Museum (www. actionfiguremuseum.com/site) located in Pauls Valley. It is packed with more than 13,000 action figures and hundreds of drawings. Kids and collectors alike will have a hard time deciding which is their favorite. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE
About 100 miles northeast is Tulsa, a bustling metro with plenty to offer. The Oklahoma Aquarium (www.okaquarium.org) is a great place to take kids to get a glimpse of the underwater world. Families love the huge tanks, touch ponds, playful otters and the shark tunnel that makes kids feel like they’re swimming along! Starting this month, a brand new three-level sea turtle exhibit will enhance the fun. The Tulsa Air & Space Museum (www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org) is another stop you’ll definitely want to make. This museum has every era of Oklahoma aviation on display and many hands-on activities for the kids. Plus, the price of admission includes an experience in one of the many full-dome planetarium shows that run throughout the day. Your little aeronauts and astronauts will be over the moon! No Tulsa visit is complete unless you swing by and say hello to the Golden Driller (4145 E. 21st St.). He’s a massive 76-foot statue that has stood proudly at the fair grounds since 1966. One of the tallest free-standing statues in the country, he is the official Oklahoma state monument!
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10 Seminole JASMINE MORAN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Tucked away about 55 miles east of Oklahoma City in the city of Seminole is Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum (www.jasminemoran. com). This beloved Oklahoma fixture began 25 years ago and has since grown to include 42,000-square-feet of interactive exhibits for children. Outside, find a Castle Maze, a half-mile train ride and plenty of playground equipment for kids to enjoy. Well worth the trip to Seminole, kids are sure to want to return again and again!
At Home With
BY HANNAH SCHMITT PHOTOS BY EMILY HART
rystal Hays is a mom, wife, business owner and lifelong Edmond resident. She chatted with us about her home, marriage and the tough decision to return to work after becoming a mom.
always asking me how to do the calligraphy I used on the signs. So I started a brush calligraphy business called Pen to Paper. I do a lot of calligraphy for weddings like envelopes and signs. I also teach classes, either private classes at people's houses or a store will host me for a teaching event.
MFM: Tell us about your background and family. KH: My husband Tanner and I have been married 10 years and we have two kids. Lorelai is 4 and Harrison was born in October. I have an art education degree from University of Oklahoma and taught at Edmond North High School until I had Lorelai. When Lorelai was a baby I started working for Anthropologie as their event coordinator. But about a year ago my boss actually pushed me to leave and start my own business. I used to do signage for the store and everyone was
KH: My favorite thing about this house is the location and the character because it's an older house. Our neighbors are just great. We practically live outside because it's so fun to have people walking around and see everybody. Tanner brews beer so people stop by a lot. I grew up less than a mile from here. My parents went to Memorial High School, I went to Memorial High School. We're definitely Edmond people. We just love the people here. We've been in this house three years and we're slowly putting our own touch on it. My husband embraces my creative side. He let me paint the dining room
MFM: What's your favorite thing about where you live?
ceiling black. Our bedroom is bright green. He just goes with it and I love that.
They have their rooms but the whole house is not open for all their stuff.
MFM: How do you want other people to feel in your house?
MFM: What are your parenting philosophies?
KH: Like it's their own. Our friends and neighbors definitely feel that way. Yes, we have kids but I don't necessarily want it to feel like that when people walk in. Their rooms reflect their personalities but the rest of the house really is for me and Tanner. Lorelai is welcome to play in any area of the house with whatever toys she likes, but she knows that when she goes to bed her toys go to bed. We don't keep kid things out because we believe as the parents this is our space.
KH: A priority for us was that we didn't want to lose ourselves when we became parents. A lot of people think it might be selfish that we have date nights once a week or put our kids to bed early so we can spend time together or that both the kids spent the night away with grandparents when they were four weeks old. But I think of it the exact opposite. Tanner's my husband and he comes first. If we're not good then our kids will not be good. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE
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MFM: What did you learn from your own upbringing that's impacted the way you parent now? KH: My mom worked from home growing up and I really learned so much watching her juggle it all. I love that Lorelai is having the opportunity to do the same. She has a desk in my office. I'm blessed that she loves art as much as I do. She'll ask if it's time to work and I'll sit at my own desk and she loves to sit at hers and color or play with a canvas I'm not using. I learned to multi-task from my mom and I see Lorelai is already becoming a better multi-tasker than me. MFM: Tell me about your decision to go back to work after having kids.
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KH: I was a teacher but when I had Lorelai I became a stay-at-home mom. That lasted a whole five months. I thought after I had her that I would be done working. But I've got to be my own person. After just a few months I realized staying home just wasn't what I really wanted. I got a job as the event coordinator for Anthropologie. I had to stand on my own feet. I've been working almost my entire life. I got a job teaching cheer when I was in middle school and I've been working ever since. So stopping just made me feel like I was losing a bit of my personality. It was a hard decision to decide to work with a baby, but I knew it was the right one when Tanner said to me, "I feel like I have my wife back" after just a week of me going back to work.
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MFM: What's the best advice you've ever been given about being a parent? KH: Enjoy it because it doesn't last long. Every stage just passes so quickly. MFM: What's your favorite stage of motherhood so far? KH: When they're 2 or 3, it's so fun because you can just do no wrong. You're their entire world! I never experienced "terrible twos" or the dreaded "threenager" stage. That stage with Lorelai was just so fun. MFM: There's a lot of talk among working parents about balance. Do you believe it exists and how do you achieve it? KH: It's so hard to separate work and home life. I have to make a list, create a schedule and really stick to it. I take Lorelai to school at 9:30 a.m. and I have to come home and work until lunch. If I decide to run some errands during that time then the day is over. I'll never manage to get into my office. If I can get those three hours in each morning, I feel so much better. Then Tanner comes home for lunch (he works just down the street) and the afternoon can be more about errands and chores and household stuff. Just when I was about to have Harrison, I had a friend text me some advice. She said I would have to let go of being a perfectionist. She said I wouldn't be able to do as much and instead of trying to do everything I should just put my family first and then do the best I can with everything else. I look back on that text a lot to remind me I don't
have to try to do it all. That resonates with me so much.
MFM: How do you and your husband split responsibilities at home?
But putting my family first means saying "no" a lot. And saying "no" sucks. I'm debating making a big career move and it's really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But it would mean being stretched thin at home. I don't want to miss out on anything. My mom told me when I was pregnant with Lorelai that all her friends said their number one regret was that they didn't stay at home more with their kids. I don't want to regret anything later. When I was working at Anthropologie, Lorelai broke her leg and I couldn't take her to get her cast. That's one of my biggest regrets. It's silly because she was fine and my mom took her. But I still can't look at photos of her with that cast on without crying. Because I am her mom and I should have been there. So no matter what, you're going to miss out on either something with your family or something with your career.
KH: Tanner is the hardest worker and he truly does it all. He works his butt off five days a week and comes home and does the laundry, mops, vacuums, does the dishes. He does it all. He's the caretaker and I'm the gift giver. That's just the way our relationship works, those are our love languages. So I surprise him sometimes at his office or do something sweet and he's just so good at taking care of things. MFM: What are the best and worst things about motherhood? KH: The best is hands-down the smiles. Lorelai's smile can transform my entire day. I can be feeling so bad and that smile just turns it all around. The worst is the guilt. I don't know what's worse, the mom guilt or just the frustration that dads don't even understand what that guilt is like. Dads will just never understand what that feels like.
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Parenthood Simplified 5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Calendar & Organize Your Time BY KATE SAFFLE AND MELISSA RISENHOOVER OF COHESIVE HOME
Spring break is here, the kids have a few more months of school left and summer vacation is right around the corner. As the days become longer you may also find your to-do list growing. Spring is a season of growth after a long winter and understandably many of us hit the ground running with home repairs, planting gardens, joining community groups and enrolling our kids in extra-curriculars. These activities can add value to our days and allow us to form new connections with others. But before you rush headlong into filling up your calendar, we want to encourage you to give it a good spring cleaning. Below are steps that will help you envision your values and use them as a measuring stick for all proposed activities and responsibilities. After working through these steps, we hope your calendar is more organized and your to-do list lighter.
Identify Your Values
The first step is to make a quick list of what you value as an individual and as a family. What activities and community groups bring you joy? Are there any hobbies that enrich your days and lead to your personal growth? What activity is your child drawn to most? What responsibilities would you continue to uphold even if someone let you off the hook? Each family will have a slightly different list, but look for common themes on your lists and circle them. These valued and cherished time commitments should take precedent on your calendar.
How Do You Spend Your Time? But let’s be realistic; our ideals are often very different from how we actually spend our days. We all have a finite amount of time in a week. And if you’re a parent? Then your time is all the more valuable as you juggle work, home and raising children.* Since we cannot create more hours in the week, we must use creative means to align our time with our values. Take a moment to honestly reflect on
the activities and responsibilities that make up each day and write them down. Record all the different ways you currently spend your day from the moment you wake up to when you go to bed. The more detail, the better. Think back to your list of values from the first step. Does the way you spend your time each day accurately reflect your family’s values? Consider what you must do to bring your time and values into alignment.
Simply Say No
One of the simplest but often hardest ways to reclaim your days is to say no to any future requests on your time. When newly proposed responsibilities come your way measure them against your list of values. Of course there are some activities and responsibilities that we must continue to do, whether or not we actually want to. But if something doesn’t align with your values, offer a simple and kind refusal. For every decision you make there is an outcome. And not everyone will be happy with your decision. But your first priority is to yourself and your family, not others. Over time the practice of saying no will become easier and second-nature. Refer back often to your list of values as a measuring stick for making decisions.
Leave Room in the Margins
As your schedule begins to lighten, avoid the temptation to fill it with new activities. Our culture tells us we should structure our days like a marathon, barely taking a moment to look up or ahead into the future. But we want to encourage you to live differently, to swim upstream and craft days that are fulfilling and intentional. It’s okay if your kids are not enrolled in every possible extra-curricular or you turn down that book group invitation. A little boredom and (probably much needed) downtime can actually be quite beneficial. Our days should not be filled to capacity but should contain room in the margins.
Create Rhythm and Rituals
The final step in organizing your time and spring cleaning your calendar is to create the illusion of more time. Since we haven’t figured out a way to actually add more hours to the day, we’ve found that adding rhythm and rituals can have a similar effect. A rhythm is a pattern or a routine that your family follows on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that each day has the same rhythm, but that there is a guiding structure to your days. If you’ve fine-tuned your calendar and created some white space, then you are in a great place to add rituals. Family rituals are a purposeful way to consistently add values-based activities to your schedule. A family ritual can be as simple as pancakes for breakfast on Saturday mornings or a family movie night on Fridays. It could be a few hours a week in which everyone turns off screens and devices for some tech-free downtime. Or perhaps you take one day a month to go on a family hike and reconnect in nature. Let your values influence which family rituals to include on your calendar. We hope this short guide to reclaiming your time was encouraging. Being intentional about your days is a lifelong practice and you’ll find that periodically reevaluating your commitments will reveal ways in which your calendar and values are at odds. The goal is never perfection, but to envision and create a life that reflects and honors your family’s deepest-held values. *As parents of young children and busy business owners, we truly recognize the value of our limited time. We’ve decided to step down from writing this monthly column to focus on our families and our podcast. We hope you’ll join our community on our website, cohesivehome.com, and subscribe to the Cohesive Home Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast listening app. You can find all our previous columns archived at www.metrofamilymagazine.com.
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Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 1:30 p.m.
FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Storytime Science at Science Museum Oklahoma at 10:30 a.m.
Motown the Musical at Civic Center Music Hall at 2 & 7 p.m.
Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park all week
Spring Break Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
perfect for preschoolers
great for teens
Gypsy Glam Roadshow Kid's Fest at the OKC Farmerâ€™s Public Market from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
FREE Art Moves in Downtown Oklahoma City from noon-1 p.m.
OKC Philharmonic Discovery Series Concert: Machines, Motors & Music at Civic Center Music Hall at 2 p.m.
Bandanna Week at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum through Saturday (wear a bandanna and get free admission!)
Easter Bunny Clay Pot Art Craft at the MAC at Mitch Park from 10-11 a.m.
21 Tiny Tuesdays at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from 10 a.m.-noon
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Seussville at the Mustang Community Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Edmond Mobile Meals Chili Cook-off at the Downtown Edmond Community Center from 6-8 p.m.
Pass It On Consignment Sale at Memorial Road Church of Christ today from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE Kids' Trout Fish Out in Yukon from 8-11 a.m.
FREE Governorâ€™s Mansion Tours from noon-3 p.m.
FREE Art in the Park at Mitch Park from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
FREE 2nd Friday Art Walk in Norman from 6-9 p.m.
Oklahoma City Auto Show at State Fair Park all weekend
FREE Bug Fest! at the Norman Central Library from 9 a.m.-noon.
Three Sisters Spring Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
18 FREE Heard on Hurd
Street Festival in Edmond St. Patrick's Day at the Gardens at Myriad Gardens from 6-10 p.m. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Symphony by the Sea for Students at Oklahoma Aquarium from 9:45 a.m.noon
Taste of Yukon at the Dale Robertson Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The GloRun at Stars & Stripes Oklahoma Hall of Fame Land Run at 8:30 a.m. Park at 8 p.m.
Bringing Gardens to Life at Myriad Gardens at 10:30 a.m.
Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy at 6 p.m.
Medieval Fair of Norman from 10 a.m-7 p.m
Kids Fest at Cox Convention Center from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
THROUGH MARCH 10
The Cat in the Hat at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder). Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined. Best suited for ages 3 & up. Adults, $10; kids (2-12), $8. See website for show times. 951-0011, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale at the Shawnee Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features items for children, teens and moms-to-be, many half price on Saturday. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. www.monkeybusinessok.com
MARCH 1 • WEDNESDAY Seussville at the Mustang Recreation Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a Dr. Seuss-themed birthday party with games, cake and more. Preregister, space is limited. $5 per child. 6:30-8:30pm. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.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. 390-8418, www.metrolibrary.org
MARCH 1 & 2 FREE Middle School Parent Preview Days at Heritage Hall (1800 NW 122nd St). For parents of prospective students in grades 7 & 8 to learn more about the school and its program. Preregister, space is limited. 9-10am. 749-3002, www.heritagehall.com
MARCH 2 • THURSDAY Edmond Mobile Meals Chili Cook-Off at the Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features all-youcan-eat chili, sides, desserts and drinks. $10; kids (under 10), free. 6-8pm. 341-3111, www.edmondmobilemeals.org FREE Dr. Seuss Day at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features rhymes, songs and stories as skilled librarians introduce little ones to the library and show parents invaluable information on reading readiness. 10:30-11:15am. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
Fences at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) focuses on Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Parental discretion advised. $15$25. 8pm. 282-2800, www.thepollard.org
MARCH 2-5 Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a dark comedy about how pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. This is a coproduction with Oklahoma City University's School of Theatre. $37 & up. Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 1:30 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com Red Dirt Film Festival at Oklahoma State University's Center for the Performing Arts (121 Seretean Center for Performing Arts, Stillwater). Watch feature-length movies and short films from filmmakers around the world. The weekend also includes special guest appearances, panels, contests and parties. Films & panels, free: VIP passes available for purchase. See website for a complete schedule of events. www.reddirtfilm.com
MARCH 3 • FRIDAY Mustang Chocolate Festival at the Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a wide variety of chocolate treats including unique options like chocolate-covered bacon and more. Eight samples, $8. 6-8pm. 376-6071, www.facebook.com/MustangChocolate
FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th Streets, Walker and Hudson Ave) features art galleries, artists, special themed exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. 6-10pm. 525-2688, www.thepaseo.com Oklahoma City Blue vs Iowa Energy at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 3/5 vs Northern Arizona, 3/8 vs Long Island Nets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 3/14 vs Santa Cruz, 3/18 vs Reno, 3/30 vs Sioux Falls, 4/1 vs Texas. 602-8500, oklahomacity.dleague.nba.com Omelette Party at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (425 E California Ave) features amazing omelettes and other tasty dishes from the metro’s most acclaimed chefs, live music from The Stars and more. Benefits the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Members, $100; non-members, $125. 7pm-midnight. 278-8225, www.okcmoa.com
MARCH 3 & 4 Pass It On Consignment Sale at Memorial Road Church of Christ (2221 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features quality, gently-used kids’ & maternity clothes, toys, furniture and baby items. Items will be half price on Saturday. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lilyfield Christian Adoption & Foster Care. Free to attend. Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 8am-3pm. 216-5240, www.passitonkids.com Spring Sing at Oklahoma Christian University’s Hardeman Auditorium (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features a student-run production with themed musical performances by the university's social service clubs and the freshman class. $16.50. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm. 422-5545, www.oc.edu
MARCH 3-5 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 Corner with a rock climbing wall, laser shoot, paint ball trailer and sand bows. Adults, $10; kids (12 & under), free. Friday, noon-8pm; Saturday, 9am-7:30pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. www.backwoodsshow.com Jr. Ironman Championship at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie). Ten of the best high-school timed event cowboys will compete in four events including heading, heeling, tie-down and steer wrestling. $25$35. See website for a complete schedule of events. 282-7433, www.lazye.com METROFAMILY MAGAZINE
Kaleidoscope Dance Company Spring Concert at Mitchell Hall 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. 974-3375, www.uco.edu/ CFAD/mitchell-hall
MARCH 3-6 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Watch as the women of the Big 12 battle for the title of conference champion. All-session tickets, $85 & $110. Individual game tickets, $10-$25. 800-745-3000, www.chesapeakearena.com
MARCH 4 • SATURDAY FREE Kids’ Trout Fish Out at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) is a fishing derby for young anglers. Kids can win awards for largest and smallest fish. 8-11am. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov FREE Fishing Days in Oklahoma City (various locations) features free fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required; however a state license is for anyone 16 and older. 297-1426, www.okc.gov FREE Central Oklahoma Para Swim Meet at Mitch Park YMCA (2901 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features possible Paralympic hopefuls competing in this long-course competition. 9am. 974-3140, www.teamusa.org/us-Paralympics/sports/ swimming/events FREE Fun Day at Soccer Shots at Oklahoma City Sport Center (11100 N Kelley Ave) features a soccer session for kids ages 2-8. 9-11:45am. 613-7114, www.soccershots.org/northokc/ 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: March 18 & April 1. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com
FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a tour of the The Artistry of the Western Paperback exhibit, reading of an innovative retelling of the cattle drive in the style of the classic comic book and a create-your-owncomic-book craft. For ages 4-12. 10amnoon. Preregister; free for children and accompanying adults. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE Severe Weather Awareness Expo at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a fun and informative community event about weather safety and ways to protect your family. Meet local meteorologists and see first-response vehicles and more. noon-4pm. 841-2696, www.simon.com/mall/penn-square-mall Underground Monster Carnival at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features an old-school carnival themed convention with costume contests, vendors, workshops, side show acts and more. Dress up encouraged. Adults , $11; Kids (10 & under), $7; kids (3 & under), free. 1-9pm. 918-402-8540, www.undergroundmonstercarnival.com First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi Dr) features a variety of activities throughout the museum including crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 521-2491, www.okhistory.org University of Oklahoma Men's Basketball vs Texas Christian University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Ticket prices vary. 2pm. 325-4666, www.soonersports.com Oklahoma State University Men's Basketball vs University of Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena (1046 W Hall Of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Ticket prices vary. 5pm. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com
Moore Public Schools Foundation Soiree at Westminster Event Center (10601 S Western Ave) features food, specialty drinks, entertainment, casino tables, luxury raffle items and more. 20s-themed attire encouraged but not required. $100. 7-11pm. 373-6773, www.MooreSchoolsFoundation.org
MARCH 5• SUNDAY Gypsy Glam Roadshow Made In Oklahoma Event at the Devon Boathouse (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features Oklahoma wineries, breweries, food trucks, Oklahomaowned 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. 602-1851, www.oklahomagypsyglam.com FREE Open House at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School (5000 N Grove). For prospective families to tour the campus and learn more about the school. 2:30-4pm. 789-2284, www.stcharlesokc.org
MARCH 6 • 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. 10am- 5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu Family Night Out at Papa Murphy’s (various locations). Papa Murphy's will donate 15% of pre-tax sales to Peppers Ranch on select Mondays. Be sure to use the coupons from page 3 for a budget friendly family night out and to mention Peppers Ranch when ordering. www.papamurphys.com
MARCH 7 • TUESDAY FREE Open House for Casady School Lower & Middle Division at Casady School (9500 N Penn Ave). For prospective families to tour the campus and learn more about the school. 8:30-11:30am. 749-3185, www.casady.org
FREE Open House at St Mary's Episcopal School (505 E Covell Rd, Edmond). Prospective parents with students in preschool through 5th grade can experience the school, interact with teacher and students and tour the campus. Please RSVP to Shauna LeGrande. Walk-ins welcome. 8:30-10:30am. 341-9541 ext 103, www.smesedmond.org Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 3/9 vs San Antonio, 3/11 vs Utah, 3/18 vs Sacramento, 3/20 vs Golden State, 3/22 vs Philadelphia, 3/31 vs San Antonio. 602-8700, www.nba.com/thunder
MARCH 7-12 Motown the Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features more than 40 classic hits such as My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and the story behind the hits. Best suited for ages 10 & up. $23.84$83.45. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2 & 7pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com
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FREE Meet the Principal Coffee at Mount Saint Mary’s Catholic School (2801 S Shartel Ave). Learn about The Mount, the administrative style and ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. A guided tour of the school and classrooms will also be available. 9am. 631-8865, www.mountstmary.org
MARCH 9 • THURSDAY FREE Art in the Park at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a nature-inspired art making time in the park. Preregister. For ages 2-12. 9:30-10:30am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Teen Read the Movie Book Club at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a monthly meeting to discuss if the book, The Maze Runner, is better than the movie. Pizza provided. 4-6pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Dr. Seuss Party at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features games and crafts related to Dr. Seuss’ books. Dr. Seuss character costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. 4:30-5:30pm. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Little Hands Art Camp at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features local artist Heather White. Heather will read stories and guide kids age 2-5 through an art project. Preregister. 10-11am. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond). The orchestra is the leading symphonic organization of Ukraine and the most recorded orchestra located in any former Soviet territory. $31 & up. 7:30pm. 285-1010, www.armstrongauditorium.org
MARCH 10 • FRIDAY 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
FREE Movie Night @ the Park at MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a screening of the Secret Life of Pets. Concessions available for purchase. Movies begin at 7pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com 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/
MARCH 10-12 Oklahoma City Auto Show at State Fair Park's Bennett Event Center (333 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features special guest appearances, 2017 model debuts, a classic car show, special events, vendor booths, activities for the kids, a mini golf experience benefiting 10 Strong and more. Discount tickets available at 7-Eleven stores. In advance: Adults, $7; kids, $4; at the door: $10; kids, $5. Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. www.okcautoshow.org
MARCH 10-17 FREE Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features the world’s largest junior livestock show as the youth of Oklahoma compete for titles in various categories. The show is open to the public to attend. See website for a complete schedule of events. 235-0404, www.okyouthexpo.com
MARCH 11 • SATURDAY O'Connell's St. Pat's 8K Run at O’Connell’s Irish Pub (769 Asp Ave, Norman) features a 8K run benefiting Special Olympics Oklahoma. Participants are encouraged to wear green. $25-$35. 8am. 447-8445, www.sook.org/stpatrun Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decorating, handmade, seasonal and specialty items presented by over 90 crafters. 9am-4pm. 360-4712, www.clevelandcountyfair.org
Artful Tours for Fours & Fives at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features movement, drawing and other activities that explore Native American stories and art. For ages 4 & 5, siblings are welcome. Free with admission. 10-11am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE See You Saturdays at the GaylordPickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features special activities for the whole family including a conversation series, themed museum tours, immersive crafts and a chance to collect Hall of Fame Heroes. 10am5pm. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com Cool Season Gardening Class at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn about what seeds and seedlings to plant right now in order to enjoy a vibrant and texturefilled garden this spring. All ages welcome. Preregister. $10. 10:30am-noon. 297-1392, www.okc.gov FREE Indian Taco Sale and Indie Market at the Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Choctaw Tribal Alliance 11am2:30pm. 596-9092, www.facebook.com/ okchoctawtribalalliance FREE Metro Mini-Con at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features a Cosplay contest, anime films and breakout sessions. All costumes must be appropriate for all ages. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 1-4pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Kaleidoscopic Cape Family Make + Take Art Project at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features an art-making project inspired by works of art on view at the museum. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-4pm. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org FREE OKC Zoo Presentation: Flower Power at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Explore the many ways flowers feed and entertain us and play an important role in the everyday lives of animals. The presentation will end with a sweet flower treat like in Rita Gray's book, Flowers are Calling. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 2-3pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance Performance at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features dance performances and an opportunity to learn traditional Irish dance steps. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
SEE YOU SATURDAYS The Second Saturday Every Month at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum!
MARCH 11 & 12 To A New Children’s Consignment Sale at the Edmond Downtown Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features gently-used and like-new maternity, baby and children's clothing, toys, furniture and accessories. Entry is free. Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 514-2363, www.toanew.com
MARCH 12 • SUNDAY FREE OKC Improv Teen Class at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Learn how to improvise and perform hilarious scenes based on a single suggestion. For ages 12 & up. Preregister. 2-3pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org
MARCH 13 • MONDAY Spring Break Shamrock Shirt Craft at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a stamped shirt craft. For ages 2-12. Preregister. $11. 10-11am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
Bring your family each month for uniquely themed programming geared towards people of all ages!
MARCH 13-16 Adventure Week at the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features activities and a scavenger hunt inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Each day features a different theme. Parents must accompany their child during all activities. Food trucks will be onsite during the lunch hour. Members: kids, $13; adults, free; nonmembers: kids, $18, adults, $8. 10am-2pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
MARCH 13-17 Spring Break Escape at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features crafts, auditorium shows, storytelling, scavenger hunts and more, all free with paid museum admission. 10am-5pm. 325-4712, www.samnoblemuseum.ou.edu Spring Break Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features activities inspired by different temporary exhibitions on view in the galleries including make-and-take crafts. See website for schedule of activities. Free with admission. 10am-2pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
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FREE OKC Zoo Presentation: The Tortoise and the Hare at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Explore the history behind the timeless tale and witness a real live race. Space is limited. Best suited for kids 12 & under. 2-3pm. 701-2630, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Spring Break Blast at Andy Alligators (3300 Market Place Dr, Norman) features added attractions including moon bounces, inflatable slide and a Wrecking Ball Ride. Inflatables are for ages 8 & under only. Purchase an Ultimate Fun Wristband and enjoy added attractions at no additional charge. Monday-Thursday, 11am-9pm, Friday, 11am11pm. 321-7275, www.andyalligators.com Splash Break at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Ave, Jenks) celebrates the opening of Sea Turtle Island with an exploration of everything sea turtles. Learn about loggerhead sea turtles and other species around the world and craft a sea turtle necklace while supplies last. Free with admission; check with the information desk for specific times and locations each day. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $11.95; kids (under 3), free. 10am-6pm. 918-296-FISH, www.okaquarium.org
MARCH 13-19 FREE Three Sisters Spring Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features cultural demonstrators about 18th-century Chickasaw life in the living village, traditional games including stickball and archery, a series of family-friendly films and more. Exhibit center and theater admission applies. Monday- Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, Noon-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
MARCH 14 • TUESDAY FREE National Learn about Butterflies Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur). Learn about butterflies and enjoy games, crafts, horticulture tours, films and other free activities. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
FREE Chocolate Everything Event for Teens at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany) features history, trivia, contests, games and chocolate to eat. Preregister. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 2-3:30pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org FREE St. Patrick’s Day Minute-To-Win-It Games at Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features fast-paced games for ages 6-12. 2-4pm. Preregister. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Spring Break Paint Away Class: Kites in the Sky at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a basic painting class for ages 6 & up. Preregister. $12. 3-5pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
MARCH 14-16 Spring Break Evening Skate Sessions at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special hours for spring break. $6, includes basic skate rental. 6-9pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com
MARCH 14-17 FREE Making History Crafts at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features story times and crafts to learn about Oklahoma nature. All ages welcome. 10am-2pm. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org Spring Break Day Skate Sessions at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special hours for spring break. $6, includes basic skate rental. 1-4pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com
MARCH 15 • WEDNESDAY FREE Bug Fest! At Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a live insect petting zoo, crafts and exhibits to showcase the insect world. All ages welcome. 9am-noon. 701-2630, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Touch, Learn, Create: Farm Animals at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features sensory themed activity stations for children ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE Minecraft Redstone Challenge at the Capitol Hill Library (330 SW 24th St). Build a real-world piece of the Minecraft universe using conductive building materials, electricity and your own ingenuity. No computers needed. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. 634-6308, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Snakes in the Library Event at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Learn snake anatomy, how to recognize venomous snakes, how to care for a pet snake and why snakes are our friends. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 3:30-4:30pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Henna Tattoos at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn about the historical and cultural uses of henna, and also how to create and apply beautiful, temporary art tattoos for yourself. Preregister; for ages 9 & up. 6:30-8pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org
MARCH 16 • THURSDAY FREE Third Thursdays at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features free
museum admission, a story time and related craft for families to enjoy together. 10am. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com
School as well as festive crafts, Irish food and more. Free to attend; activities, $5. 10am2pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
Edzoocation Live at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features an interactive learning experience and up-close encounters with animal ambassadors. For ages 4 & up. One adult free with paid child. Members, $7; nonmembers, $9; additional adults, $1. 2-3pm. 425-0218, www.okczoo.org
FREE OKC Zoo Presentation: Bear Wants More at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave). Explore all the delicious, gross and weird things animals eat during their spring buffet. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 10-11am. 755-0710, www.metrolibrary.org
Spring Break Bisque Studio Class at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Create an original work of art on a plate, platter, bowl or other piece. Price includes two small pieces or one large piece. For ages 2-5. Must have parent present. Two visits required: one to glaze and one to pick up. $20. 3-5pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
MARCH 17 • FRIDAY St. Patrick’s Day at the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features performances by the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums and the Hill Irish Dance
FREE OKC Zoo Presentation: The Tortoise and the Hare at Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) Explore the history behind the timeless tale and witness a real live race. Space is limited. Best suited for kids 12 & under. 2-3pm. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE St. Patrick’s Day Come & Go Crafts at Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features themed crafts including a leprechaun painting, make-your-own blarney stones and shamrock wands. Preregister. For ages 6-12. 2-4pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE St. Paddy’s Day Party at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features crafts, games and snacks. Participants are encouraged to wear green. Preregister. For ages 5-12. 3-4pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org
Circle of Stories at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Native American storytellers. Free with admission. 1010:30am. Also held: March 25. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
FREE Hip-Hop 4 Kids at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Learn the latest moves from the SO southside hip-hop dance duo. Preregister; for ages 5 & up. 3:305:30pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org
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: April 1. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com
MARCH 17 & 18
FREE Rockin’ & Learnin’ Learning Event at Lakeshore Learning Store (6300 N May Ave) features music and activities inspired by Pete the Cat including cool guitar crafts and cat hats. 10am-3pm. 858-8778, www.LakeshoreLearning.com
Broadway’s Best with Joel Levine at Civic Center Music Hall (201 S Walker Ave) features a night of Broadway favorites, old and new, featuring seven decades of music from the Great White Way. $19-$65. 8pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com
MARCH 18 • SATURDAY Historic Tours in Downtown Edmond (various locations) features a guided tour about the structures and residents throughout downtown. Photos will be shown on the tours, revealing changes through the decades. The guided tours last about 45 minutes. Preregister, scheduled by appointment only. 715-1889, www.edmondhistoricpreservationtrust.com Oklahoma City Energy vs NebraskaOmaha (location TBD). Prices vary. 3pm. 235-5425, www.energyfc.com
FREE Cowboy Round Up at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi Dr) features cowboy re-enactors, a chuck wagon and hands-on activities like rope making, pretend branding, dutch oven cooking and more that will bring the cattle drive era to life for visitors of all ages. Activities take place outside and throughout the museum. 10am-2pm. 522-3602, www.okhistory.org FREE Drive-in Movie at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features a cardboard car craft, snacks and a short film. All ages welcome. 10:30am-noon. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE Heard on Hurd Street Festival in Edmond (Broadway Ave between 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, shopping and live music. 6-10pm. www.citizensedmond.com/heardonhurd.htm
FREE St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown & Bricktown in Oklahoma City features decorated floats, animals, antique tractors, civic clubs, clowns, motorcycles and more. 11am. 218-9300, www.ocityparade.com
FREE Open House Event at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) features sample Lil' Kickers classes, clowns, face painting, balloon animals, giant inflatables, giveaways and more. 9am-noon. 748-3888, www.soccercityokcity.com
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a family-friendly scavenger hunt in the woods of the park for natural treasures. No registration required. $2. 1-3pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov
Going Vertical Pallet Gardening at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn how to transform standard construction pallets into a vertical space saving garden. Preregister. All ages welcome. $25 per pallet. 9:30am-noon. 297-1392, www.okc.gov
FREE Superhero Saturday at Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NW 23rd St) features a first come, first serve comic book giveaway, a cardboard craft of Captain America’s shield and simple face painting. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 424-1437, www.metrolibrary.org
Reel Classics at The Paramount (701 W Sheridan Ave) features screenings of classic films. $5. 4 & 7pm. 631-9389, www.theparamountokc.com/#paramountokc
MARCH 18 & 19 BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features hands-on LEGO attractions and activities including guest speakers in the LEGO theater and vendors selling the latest LEGO sets, mini-figures and accessories. $15. 10am-4pm. www.brickuniverse.org/okc Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at the Cox Business Center (100 Civic Center, Tulsa) features nearly two dozen songs, including classics with such as Elmo’s World and The Alphabet Song. Children who have celebrated their first birthday are required to purchase a ticket. $20-$60. Saturday, 10:30am, 2pm & 5:30pm; Sunday, 1 & 4:30pm. 918-894-4350, www.sesamestreetlive.com
MARCH 19 • SUNDAY Gypsy Glam Roadshow Kid’s Fest at the OKC Farmer’s Public Market (311 S Klein Ave) features games, food trucks, cotton candy, a photo station, Disney characters, face painting, animal rescues, animal specialty shops and children's boutiques. Ages 5 & up, $5. 10am-5pm. 6021851, www.oklahomagypsyglam.com
MARCH 21 • TUESDAY Tiny Tuesday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a Recycled Robots themed come-and-go, open-ended art-making experiences are geared towards children ages 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. Free with admission. 10am-noon. www.okcmoa.com Artrageous Art & Music, Gone Wild at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre (7777 S May Ave) features artists, captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music. $30-$35. 7:30pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu
MARCH 23 • THURSDAY Taste of Yukon at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features tasting samples from local and surrounding area restaurants. Adults: $12 in advance, $15 at the door; kids (10 & under), $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 5:30-7:30pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov
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Spring Break Week Drop-In Activities March 13 – 17 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Bandanna Decorating • Crafts • Movie Showings • Scavenger Hunts • And More!
MARCH 24 • FRIDAY
India Shrine Circus at James Norick State Fair Arena (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features live animals, aerial and acrobatics acts, clowns and more. Proceeds benefit India Shrine Center. Adults, $15, in advance; $17.50, at door; kids, $8, $10.50 at the door. Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 10am, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 10am, 2pm & 7pm. 947-3311, www.indiashrinecircus.org
The GloRun at Star & Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features a night time 5K with a neon Luau-themed glowing course. Benefits the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. $29.99 & up. 8-10pm. 224-7575425, www.theglorun.com/oklahomacity
Aladdin at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features an interactive production of the tale of Aladdin. See website for a list of show times. Adults, $10; kids (2-12), $8. See website for a list of show times. Also held: April 1-4. 951-0011, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
MARCH 24 & 25 Momentum OKC in Oklahoma City (various locations) is a comprehensive art event that features film, performance, art installation, music and more. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. See website for a complete schedule of events. 879-2400, www.ovac-ok.org Oklahoma FIRST Robotics Competition at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Teams from across the country compete in the robotics competition designed to pair professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem and compete. Free & open to spectators. See website for a complete schedule of events. www.oklahomafirst.org
1700 Northeast 63rd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73111 Mon – Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sun, Noon – 5:00 p.m. (405) 478-2250 nationalcowboymuseum.org/kids
OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features Alison Victoria, from DIY Network’s Kitchen Crashers, Sara Bendrick, host of DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard, and more than 300 experts and vendors providing DIY tips for remodeling, cooking, decorating and outdoor entertaining. Adult, $9; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, noon-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am- 6pm. www.homeshowokc.com
MARCH 25 • SATURDAY Oklahoma Hall of Fame Land Run at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a USATF certified, chip-timed 10k, 5k & one-mile fun run through the historic Heritage Hills neighborhood. Benefits the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. 10k, $30; 5k, $25; fun run, $20. 8:30am. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com Wings to Fly Run at the Historic Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne St, El Reno) features a 15K, 5K and noncompetitive Miracle Mile. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Historic Fort and enjoy refreshments and free entertainment. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. $15 & up. 9am. 271-8430, www.okchf.org FREE Industry Flea in Midtown (10th & Hudson) is an open-air market featuring food trucks, live music and a variety of artisans and shops offering vintage clothing, furniture, art, locally-made food and more. 9am-3pm. www.industryflea.com Circle of Stories at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Native American storytellers and the Power of Prestige Children’s Gallery. Free with admission. 10-10:30am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE OKC Dodgers Fan Fest at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a hot dog eating contest, clubhouse tours, homerun derby, batting practice in the indoor batting cages, inflatables and more. 10am-1pm. 218-1000, www.okcdodgers.com Attracting a Kaleidoscope of Pollinators to Your Yard Class at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn ways to attract pollinators (insects, butterflies and birds)
THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN • SPIRAL GARDEN VILLAGE GARDEN
to your yard so that you have an explosion of flower color and an influx of all your favorite pollinators this spring and summer. Members, $3; non-members, $5. 11am-noon. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Kaleidoscope of Colors Guided Tours at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a guided tour of the colorful orchids and tropical plants in the conservatory and the outdoor bulb displays in the gardens. Free with admission. Adults, $8; students (13 19), $7; kids (4-12), $5; kids (under 4), free. 11am. Also held: April 1. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Irish Dance Performance at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Jean Hill's Irish Dancers will provide a lively, toe-tapping performance wearing traditional, colorful, Irish costumes. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org OKC Dodgers Community Run at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a 5K, a 1K Fun Run and a Kids Race that all end of the Dodger's field. Benefits the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. $5-$35. 8:30am. http://bit.ly/2017CommUNITYrun FREE Baby Sitter Training at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features a free workshop sponsored by OSU Extension on best practices in babysitting. Parcipants will receive a certificate, a babysitting starter kit and lunch will be provided. 9am3pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org Spring Celebration at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about flowers that start off the season by dissecting a bulb and then pot one to take home. The class will finish with a paper kite craft to take out and fly. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6-10. Members, $8 members; non-members, $10. 2-3pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Bird Egg Hunt at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a unique twist on an egg hunt. Replica bird eggs will be scattered throughout a meadow, and it's your job to find one of each species and learn about its unique characteristics. Preregister; two hunts available. For ages 2-10. 3-4:45pm. $2. 297-1429, www.okc.gov Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival at UCO Boathouse (732 Riversport Dr) features a variety of feature films, documentaries and short films from local
and international filmmakers as well as short films created by teams of high school students, display of works from local Hispanic artists and more. $30. 7-11pm. 6320132, www.eventbrite.com/e/okcine-latinofilm-festival-2017-tickets-31484761770
MARCH 26 • SUNDAY OKC Philharmonic Discovery Series Concert: Machines, Motors & Music at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a concert designed for children that explores how music and machines come together. The pre-concert fun includes a Conductor's Corner, meet & greet with the performers and more. $9. 1pm. 842-5387, www.okcphil.org FREE Butterfly Gardening Class at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St). Holly Hunter, curator of Warr Acres Library's butterfly garden, shares about growing tips, plant selection, monarchs and more. Pre-registrants receive a pack of seeds at the end of the program. All ages welcome. 3-4pm. 235-5035, www.metrolibrary.org
MILKWEED Monarch butterflies cannot survive without Milkweed.
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FREE Children’s Night at Wickline United Methodist Church (417 Mid America Blvd, Midwest City) features inflatables, food, worship and puppets for kids in Pre-k through 5th grades. Parents and guardians are welcome too. 4-7:30pm. 732-0356, wickline.church
MARCH 26-APRIL 1 Bandanna Week at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Get into the museum free when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. On Saturday, attendees can participate in a Ducky Dash. Buy a bandanna-sporting rubber duck to race down a stream. Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
MARCH 28 • TUESDAY
Help us fight declining numbers of Monarchs.
Discover many garden adventures!
Join us for a celebration of the role gardens play in our lives. In working gardens, landscapes and demonstrations, we share the tools and traditions that have shaped our culture.
Easter Bunny Clay Pot Art Craft at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Create a bunny terra cotta pot to take home. For ages 2-5. Preregister. $8. 10-11am. 359-4360, www.edmondparks.com
MARCH 30 • THURSDAY FREE The Wright Brothers Musical Biography at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) follows the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright – America’s pioneers of aviation. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 11am-noon. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org
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FREE Open House & Tours at Sacred Heart Catholic School (210 S Evans Ave, El Reno). For prospective families to tour the campus and learn more about the school. 4:30-5:30pm. 262-2284, www.elrenosacredheart.com FREE The Wright Brothers Musical Biography at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) follows the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright – America’s pioneers of aviation. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 7-8pm 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
MARCH 30-APRIL 9 James and The Giant Peach at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre (1801 NW 16th) features a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. Two sensory-friendly performances will be offered on April 7 & 8. $20-$25. Thursday & Friday, 11am; Saturday, 10am & noon; Sunday, 1 & 3pm. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com
MARCH 31-APRIL 2 Medieval Fair of Norman at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features arts, crafts, food, games, educational exhibits, demonstrations, ongoing entertainment at seven stages and more. Free to attend; parking, $5. 10am-7pm. www.medievalfair.org Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at the Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features children's, maternity & junior clothes, along with toys, shoes, books, bedding, and baby gear. Entry is free. Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 9am4pm; Sunday, noon-3pm. 706-5712, www.sweetrepeatskidsconsignment.com
MARCH 31 • FRIDAY Pancakes & Booze Art Show at the OKC Farmers Market District (311 S Klein Ave) features work from 65 of Oklahoma’s best and brightest artists as they showcase their individual talent in all types of media including photography, sculpture, carpentry, music and even live body painting. After
the show, enjoy beverages and fresh madeto-order pancake. Must be 21 or older to attend. $5-$12. 8pm-2am. www.eventbrite. com/e/the-okc-pancakes-booze-art-showtickets-32007072014
APRIL 1 • SATURDAY
MetroFamily's Kids Fest
at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features hands-on activities at over 60 booths, face painting, roaming characters, a climbing wall, door prizes, live music and much more. Several door prizes will be given away during the event. Adults can receive $1 off admission with coupon. with coupon. See pages 42-50 for more details. Adults, $6; kids, free. 11am-4:30pm. www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kidsfest Kaleidoscope of Colors Guided Tours at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a guided tour of the colorful orchids and tropical plants in the conservatory and the outdoor bulb displays in the gardens. Free with admission. Adults, $8; students (13-19), $7; kids (4-12), $5; kids (under 4), free. 11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE ProCure Cyclotron Tour at ProCure Proton Therapy Center (5901 W Memorial Rd) features hospital tours, therapy dogs, healthy living demonstrations, food trucks, live music and more. 9am-noon. www.procure.com Believe 5K at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a 5K, fun run and a day day of health, awareness, remembrance and fun, including free oral cancer screenings. Benefits D-Dent of Oklahoma. $35. 9-11am. www.believe5k.com Super Hero Party at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) features general farm admission plus pizza, punch, cookies and a candy bar. Super hero costumes welcome. Bring a camera for photos. Reservations required. $25. 11am-12:30pm & 2-3:30pm. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com Edmond Mothers of Multiples Consignment Sale at Quail Springs United Methodist Church (14617 N Penn Ave)
features children’s clothing for all ages, fall & winter maternity clothing, baby items & equipment, nursery bedding, home decor, furniture, electronics, DVDs, CDs and more at savings of 50-90% off retail prices. $1. 8am-1:30pm. www.edmondmoms.com Made in Oklahoma Festival in Downtown Seminole (Main St, Seminole) features food, wine, crafts and a number of other products that are Oklahoma grown and Oklahoma made as well as live entertainment, a poker run, quilt show and inflatables. Free to attend. 9am-4pm. 382-6340, www.seminoleokchamber.org FREE Saturday with Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a make-your-own modern bandanna craft using old t-shirts and tie dye. For ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE Amazing Race at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features a local style Amazing Race for kids ages 5-11. Preregister. 10am-1pm. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov 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 First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi Dr) features a variety of activities throughout the museum including crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 521-2491, www.okhistory.org Winter Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) showcases some of Christian music’s best and brightest artists, including Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Krutch and tour hosts, NewSong. $10. Doors open at 5pm; concert 6pm. 2017.jamtour.com
APRIL 2 • SUNDAY FREE Open Streets OKC in the Uptown 23rd Area (NW 23rd between Western & Robinson) is a local health and wellness project that encourages healthy residents with active transportation and wellness activities. This is a pet-friendly event; all pets should be on a leash during the event. Noon-4pm. www.openstreetsokc.com Israel in Egypt at Civic Center Music Hall (201 S Walker Ave) features a dramatic story of the Israelites’ bondage in Egypt, followed by descriptions of the plagues that Moses called down upon the Egyptians to persuade the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. $15-$60. 3pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com FREE Spring Powwow at UCO (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a traditional American Indian dinner and Native dance performances. 5-10pm. 974-3588, www.uco.edu/student-life/ diversity/programsandevents/powwow.asp
APRIL 3 • 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 & older. Adults, $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am- 5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
APRIL 3 & 4 FREE Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair at Sam Noble
Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Native American language students participate in judged written and oral performance categories that celebrate the use of native languages in traditional and modern ways. 10am-5pm. 325-4172, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
APRIL 3-8 Kids Consignment Sale at Yukon Shopping Hills (1093 S Cornwell, Yukon) features gently used items for babies and children. Entry is free. Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 8am4pm. www.kidsconsignmentsale.com
APRIL 6 • THURSDAY Montmartre Chalk Art Festival at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (1727 W Alabama, Chickasha) features hundreds of artists of a variety of ages creating wonderful works of art in chalk as well as to enjoy live music, vendors and a variety of exhibits. Free to attend. 7:30am-1:30pm. 574-1302, www.facebook. com/events/1624719487855348/
APRIL 6-9 OVO from Cirque du Soleil at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Adults, $37 & up; kids, $25 & up. Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 4 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30 & 5pm. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com
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Moore Norman Technology Center presents an exciting summer education program for girls and boys 9- to 14-years-old.
Enrollment Starts in April! Visit us online and plan your SYA schedule soon!
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March 13 – 17
FREE Art Moves at various locations in
Downtown Oklahoma City offers a free hour-long lunchtime art experience every weekday. Events run every weekday, noon-1pm (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com/art-moves
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Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
April 3 – 4
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 Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features a hands-on craft time for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com
Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise, Edmond) features a different story each week & a related craft time. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com
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 Reading Wednesdays Story Time at
Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and related craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
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Special exhibits sponsored by The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. ou.edu/eoo For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4712.
FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books (1313 E Danforth, Edmond). Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202. FREE Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a weekly story time with pastries and juice. Saturdays, 10:30am. 551-1715, www.commonplacebooksokc.com
FREE Tours at Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion (820 NE 23rd St). Visitors can get an up-close look inside the Mansion. Preregister. Wednesdays, noon-3pm. 528-2020, www.fomok.org/tours.php
Feb. 11 – June 18
Noble (540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman) features an extremely silly story time and coloring activity. Saturdays, 11am. 579-8800.
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
Nature Play Group at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) introduces children ages 2-6 to nature using nature-centered play activities. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. $2. Preregister. $10/month. Wednesdays, 10am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/active
FREE Storytime with Mr. Steve at Barnes and
Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5 years old. 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
Roller Skating Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) offered each Saturday. Noon-12:45pm. $2 skate rental. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com All Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at AMF Windsor Lanes (4600 NW 23rd) invites differently-abled individuals and their friends and families to bowl on Saturdays. 1-3pm. Cost to $8.25. 942-5545.
Cartoon Cruises on the Oklahoma River at Exchange Landing (1503 Exchange Ave). Watch classic cartoons aboard a river cruiser. Adults, up to $15; kids (7-12), up to $7.50; kids (6 & under), free. Saturdays, 1:152:45pm. www.okrivercruises.com Drop-in Art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a guest artist who leads families as they create works of art inspired by the museum’s collection and exhibits. All ages welcome, no registration required. Free with admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com
FREE World Dance Series at the Moore
Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Learn about world dance and practice some new moves including Circus Arts Prop Dance, Romani Skirt Dance and Belly Dancing. anyone under 18 must have parent/guardian consent and signature. Registration required. Sundays, 2-3pm. 793-4349, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Family Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Families can enjoy admission for up to five people, pizza and drinks using the MetroFamily Family Package (coupon available at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons). $29. Thursdays, 6-9pm & Sundays, 6-8pm. 602-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com
THROUGH MARCH 20
THROUGH MAY 7
2017 Oscar Contenders at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features screenings of Academy Award nominated films including Hail, Caesar!, Captain Fantastic and more. Adults, $9; college students & kids, $5. See website for a complete schedule of show times. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com
Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) explores the history and development of the Native American bonnet with a particular emphasis on the “flared” style—the most recognizable and commonly worn North American Great Plains bonnet. The exhibit features dramatic scenes and stories, a mapping journey, a story station reading area, make-and-take activity areas and continuous programming to engage children to explore on their own, in small groups or as a family. Free with admission. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
THROUGH MARCH 26 The Art of John Hernandez at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (190 W MacArthur, Shawnee) features paintings and sculptures inspired by popular culture. His dynamic polychrome forms confront the viewer with familiar yet fragmented forms: a virus, a cartoon figure, a carnival. Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm. 878-5300, www.mgmoa.org
THROUGH MARCH 27 Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features three animatronic dinosaurs that once roamed Oklahoma. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95; kids (under 3), free. Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org
THROUGH APRIL 2 FREE PHOTO/SYNTHESIS at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) is an exhibition of photography by Will Wilson. By photographing descendants of the same communities, Wilson responds to Edward S. Curtis’s original work of portraits Native Americans in Oklahoma made in 1927. TuesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938, www.ou.edu/fjjma
THROUGH APRIL 8 Oklahoma Pride: The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features artist from the wake of World War II. Artists such as Eugene Bavinger, Doel Reed and Wallace Owens Jr., along with other artists of the time, focused on selfexpression, self-discovery and concepts beyond arts ordinary function. Free with admission. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5. Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com
Roots of Wisdom at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) shares the stories from four indigenous communities to provide realworld examples of how traditional knowledge and western science combine. From restoring ecosystems to rediscovering traditional foods and crafts, Roots of Wisdom helps guests understand the important issues facing indigenous communities and discover innovative ways native peoples are solving challenges and strengthening the growing movement towards sustainability and the reclamation of age-old practices. Adults, $8; kids (4-17); $5. Kids (3 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
THROUGH MAY 14 After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features colorful prints created from images carved onto wooden blocks, a popular Japanese art form from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com The Unsettled Lens at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection, stretching from the early twentieth-century to the year 2000. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com This is just a sampling of the current museum exhibits that can be found around town. Discover more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ museums.
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PHOTO OF SAVANNAH VOGLER BY MARK DOESCHER
Savannah Vogler is a 17-yearold senior at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and the co-chair of Infant Crisis Services’ Teen Associate Board. ICS is an emergency food and diaper pantry for babies and toddlers in crisis, and the non-profit organization was one of the first in the metro to have a teen volunteer program and then a teen board. Since the board’s inception in 2002, students have donated $758,000, the equivalent of four million diapers. Savannah also helped start and continues to serve on the Teen Board of Smart Start Central Oklahoma, using organizational and leadership skills honed from her experience with ICS to benefit even more young children in the metro.
In addition to giving back to the community, Savannah juggles honors classes, serving as senior class vice president, involvement with Student Council and National Honor Society, cheerleading and planning her future. Savannah said her parents are always putting others before themselves, modeling for her and her sisters a lifestyle they hope to emulate.
What drew you to volunteer for Infant Crisis Services? I heard about the summer teen volunteer program from a friend several years ago and immediately applied. We work three days a week over summer break, spending half the day working in the warehouse and the other half playing with and holding babies. I’ve always had a special connection with kids and babies and that’s what really drew me to the organization and keeps me volunteering there. My sister and I are now part of the after-school program, so one day a week we help out after school. We clean, restock bins in the playroom and organize the warehouse for the next day so everything is ready to go for the staff, volunteers and clients.
What have you learned by serving on the Teen Board? It’s my third year to serve on the Teen Board and I’m co-chair this year. It took some courage to run for co-chair, but I really like doing things like this—helping with something big and making a difference. Infant Crisis Services is such a well-led and organized place. I’ve learned a lot about leadership skills and organizational skills over the past three years.
What can guests expect at the Teen Board’s auction and fundraiser this year? The auction will be in April at the Farmer’s Market. Our theme this year is “Baby, You’re Out of this World” and we’re working hard to get invitations out and all our decorations planned. Our goal is to raise $100,000 this year.
How would you advise other kids to get involved in the community by volunteering? You have to find something you’re passionate about. For me, I knew that was kids.
How has giving back to your community morphed from just required school service hours to a true calling for you? When I first found out about McGuinness requiring service hours, I didn’t know how I could do it. I started volunteering at Infant Crisis Services and my eyes were opened by how I was actually helping people. It just made me want to volunteer more, regardless of the service hours. Everyone there is so grateful. I get told “thank you” so many times during a day and I never really know what to say … it’s like, of course, anything I can do to help I want to do. Sometimes I get in the car and it takes a few minutes to just process and think through everything that happened that day. It’s made me realize that in my lifetime I want to make a larger impact and help eradicate poverty in children.
What’s your favorite class in school? Math is definitely my favorite subject. The STEM program at McGuinness has really caught my eye this year. We had to interview to get into the class and this year we’re building a robot and learning to program. It’s definitely something I may want to do in the future.
How do you manage school, extracurricular activities and your community service? I’m very organized and I really have to have a plan and set goals to reach. I can get stressed out easily, so I have to find time to relax. I’m really close with my family, so I like to just hang out with them or my friends to relax.
What are your plans for after high school? I’ve been accepted to University of Oklahoma and Arkansas and I’m waiting to hear back from a couple more colleges. San Diego is pretty high up on my list. I’ve visited and it’s amazing. There’s something about starting fresh and doing something I’ve never done that excites me. I’m thinking about getting degrees in business and biology. I know I want to do something with kids, maybe become a pediatrician, pediatric surgeon or build prosthetics for kids.
What two words best describe you? Trustworthy and hard-working.
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exploring beyond oklahoma with children
A Family Road Trip to
Hot Springs National Park
ational parks are generally known for their sprawling wilderness and conservation efforts. Set against the backdrop of the Ozark Mountains, Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas preserves a unique piece of U.S. history along with offering expansive trails. As one of the smallest and oldest national parks, its most distinctive feature is its urban setting. That also makes it a terrific spring break destination from Oklahoma City. The park is about six hours east of Oklahoma City and visitors to the park will be surrounded by an assortment of modern-day amenities and attractions. BY MAE KIGGINS
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People have been visiting the hot springs in this area since the early 1800s. By the mid1800s, the U.S. government became aware of this resource and purchased it simply to protect a natural resource. By the late 1800s bathhouses were popping up and visitors were flocking to the area for a therapeutic soak. By 1950, advances in medicine and changes in vacation preferences caused most of the bathhouses to shut down. Now there are a few operating bathhouses and lots of history to be enjoyed at this national park. Another wonderful thing about this national park is that there is no entrance fee. So load up the car this spring break and venture out to these family-friendly destinations at Hot Springs National Park. Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center: A great place to start your adventure in the park area, this Edwardian Era bathhouse helps guests experience the original ambiance and history of the bathhouses in Hot Springs through exhibits, videos and the renovation of the building itself. While there, be sure to gather up the tourist information you need and encourage your kids to ask for a Junior Ranger program guide which is designed just for them. Grand Promenade and Central Avenue: The Fordyce building is located along the Grand Promenade which is an urban hiking trail, and Central Avenue. Although many of the bathhouses no longer function as originally intended, their facades have been beautifully preserved. In addition to admiring the buildings in the area, you’ll
find many locally-owned, one-of-a-kind shops along these two thoroughfares. View From The Top: Visitors can drive or hike to the top of Hot Springs Mountain. Whether you choose to stay in the car or set off on foot, the view is definitely worth the climb. The hiking trails start along the Grand Promenade. Spring Water: Don’t miss the chance to taste the refreshing spring water. There are two dispensers; one at the bottom of Springs Mountain on the north side of the park and the other on the south side of the Grand Promenade. There is no cost; just drive up and fill up. Learn more about all these attractions at www.nps.gov/hosp/planyourvisit.
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Hot Spring Mountain Observation Tower: Located at the top of Hot Springs Mountain, this tower takes you more than 200 feet in the air for a sky-high view of the surrounding town and mountains. Learn more at hotspringstower.com. Spring Baths: Bathhouses offer the same types of baths enjoyed during Hot Springs' heyday plus some modern amenities. These are not owned and operated by the National Park Service but are located along the Grand Promenade. The Quapaw Bath (www. quapawbaths.com) is one option. Although it's only open to ages 14 and up, it's a great activity for older kids or a good opportunity for adults to spend some time alone.
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As with most tourist areas, there are many museums and parks that have sprung up around Hot Springs. There is an aquarium, an alligator farm and petting zoo, gangster museum, wax museum and the Magic Springs and Crystal Falls amusement parks. Here are a few unique family and budgetfriendly favorites located near the national park. Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Park Trails: Hiking trails abound at the national and state parks in this area; there are 26 miles in the national park alone. Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks also have miles of beautiful trails. When there is a decent amount of rain, the trails at Lake Catherine State Park feature beautiful waterfalls. Learn more at www.arkansasstateparks.com.
to walk up to the chapel. Learn more at www.garvangardens.org. The Pancake Shop: This is a wonderful place for a budget-friendly breakfast but it is very popular so be prepared for a wait. Learn more at www.pancakeshop.com. Superior Bathhouse Brewery: Stop by for a pick-me-up on the north end of the Grand Promenade. Enjoy typical diner food and a brew or an old-fashioned root beer float. They are also busy and there is usually a wait but it is a nice place to relax after an afternoon of walking. Learn more at www.superiorbathhouse.com.
Ouachita National Forest: In addition to hiking and camping, the Ouachita National Forest offers fishing, horseback riding trails, picnicking and boating. The National Forest is also an ideal location to enjoy beautiful colors in autumn and blossoming dogwood trees in the spring. Learn more at www.fs.usda.gov. Garvan Woodland Botanical Gardens: These Gardens are located on a 210-acre peninsula overlooking Lake Hamilton. This is a perfect place to let the kids run and enjoy the outdoors. If you decide not to visit the gardens, the Anthony Chapel is worth the stop. Situated in a mature pine forest, the chapel is made completely of wood with glass walls. There is no charge
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HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK
Travel Tips Driving: Hot Springs, AR is about a six-hour drive from Oklahoma City. Half of the drive is on I-40 and the other half is mostly on two lane roads. Come prepared with extra snacks, a map in case your cell phone loses reception and plenty of patience. Take a Breather: If you are looking to break up the drive, consider stopping at the Ft. Smith National Historic Site. The museum is amazing if you are interested in Oklahoma and southern history. There are plenty of picnic tables and green grass if you need a place for lunch and running around. Learn more at www.nps.gov/fosm/index.htm. Parking: There is a free parking garage on Exchange Street, a short walk from the Grand Promenade.
Suggested Campgrounds The numerous campgrounds around Hot Springs are very inexpensive compared
to hotels. Gulpha Gorge Campground is managed by the National Park Service but does not take reservations. Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks are very close to Hot Springs and offer very nice facilities. Both of these parks take reservations. Gulpha Gorge Campground: www.nps.gov/ hosp/planyourvisit/campground.htm
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We asked local experts to weigh in on their tips for when and how to teach ageappropriate personal safety.
Madison Clark It is one thing to talk to our children about wearing a seatbelt or not touching the hot stove, but personal safety is a topic that makes most parents cringe. It is so hard to know what to say and when, but the key is to keep the conversation tailored to your child and ageappropriate. The answer to “Where do babies come from?” looks very different at age 3 versus age 12. At an early age, you can start to talk to your children about the difference between safe and unsafe people. Help them understand what parts of their body are off limits for others to see and touch, unless the touch is to keep them healthy like a doctor or a teacher changing diapers. A description I use with young children is that any part of their body a swimsuit covers should not be shared. In the age we live in, it is also important for children to know it is not okay for people to show them videos or pictures that make them feel uncomfortable. Generally children are not as curious about things when they have information in advance and know how to handle a situation. Ensuring that a child knows who to go to in any environment or situation when they feel unsafe is crucial. Setting some safety rules as a family and revisiting them regularly goes a long way. Madison Clark is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist in private practice in Norman. She specializes in working with families with young children, ages 0-6. She has extensive training in play therapy and enjoys watching parents connect with their children through play.
Personal safety is a conversation you can incorporate in daily parenting and should begin when a child is very young and continue throughout their growth and development. It is especially important for kids with special needs or disabilities to be aware of personal safety. You can start by teaching them, like any other child, the parts of their body and talk about what it feels like to be safe vs. unsafe and what to do if you don’t feel safe. If your child is in school and has an Individualized Education Program, you can address safety goals as a part of their education. It is also helpful to connect with other parents about ideas, resources and technology they have successfully used.
This subject is tricky and conversations can’t be reactionary. I don’t want to have to address an issue of personal safety after something happens at school or at a friend’s house. I try to have conversations with my son during very vulnerable moments in our home like when getting ready for a bath, changing clothes or going to the restroom. I ask hypothetical questions and then talk through the situation with him. “Would it be okay for someone else to help you take a bath or to see you without your clothes on?” I want my boys to associate these moments with safety and comfort, so that if they are put in a compromising situation, they will “feel” the difference and not allow someone else to invade their personal space. As with most difficult subjects, proactive communication is key.
Heather Pike is the administrative director of the Oklahoma Family Network, a statewide non-profit organization connecting families who have children with special health care needs to other families and supports in their community. She and her husband, have been blessed with two amazing adult children, one of which has special health care needs. She is passionate about encouraging other families to never lose hope.
Adam is a writer and content strategist for Traction Marketing, here in OKC. He also travels as a National Teacher Consultant for Catapult Learning, serving schools all over the world. Adam spent 11 years working in public schools as a classroom teacher, administrator and library/media specialist. He and his wife Lindsay own Collected Thread in the Plaza, and are the proud parents of Noah (4) and Finn (1).
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Anne K. Jacobs Personal safety is an ongoing conversation with children that develops over time. Your job, in addition to arming your children with facts, is to be their safety net. You need to be committed to providing a place for your children to ask questions and share concerns without being shamed or punished. In infancy, lay the groundwork by correctly naming body parts during bath time. During the toddler years, introduce rules about private body parts. For example, the only people allowed to touch your private parts are you, parents when helping you take care of yourself and doctors. During the elementary school years, children need more information about how their bodies work. It can actually be easier to begin discussions about sex when children are younger. Provide basic, factual information then allow your children to help guide the discussion based on their questions. Coach children to pay attention to that "something's not right" feeling in their stomachs and teach them if someone makes them feel uncomfortable, they should tell safe adults until they get help. Teenagers will need more specific information about sexual health and strategies for monitoring their personal safety as they enjoy more freedoms. Address the issue of consent as it relates to any romantic physical contact and online safety. Remember to build a support team so your children have several safe adults to whom they can go if they have additional questions or concerns. Anne K. Jacobs earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and enjoys serving children, adolescents and their families. In addition to her private practice in Edmond, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Southern Nazarene University. Her family includes: husband, Noel who is also a child psychologist; twin daughters, Keegan and Sarah; one dog, two cats, and five tarantulas.
Greg Gunn Each developmental stage of your child’s life is a time to be talking about safety. By establishing rules and boundaries, they are learning about safety. Teach your young child about inappropriate touching when they start learning about their body. Keep talking to them about what is right and wrong. As they are getting into school age and older, talk to them about scenarios that they might face and how they should handle the situation. Be clear about what is never acceptable behavior and when it is time to tell an adult. As children get to the age where they are more exposed to technology, do everything you can to monitor what they are viewing. Use parental controls and have computers in open areas of your home. Talk to your child often about their friends and get to know their friends. Teach them to be the influencer, not the one to be influenced. Ultimately we can’t keep our child in a bubble and isolate them from the world but we can insulate them from influences by creating strong family values and a good relationship. Greg Gunn, founder of Family-iD, is a life coach, pastor, author and speaker from Oklahoma City. Married for 30 years, Greg is a father of seven kids, a father-in-law and a grandfather of two. For 17 years, Greg has led Family Vision Ministries, a ministry that helps families put their purpose on paper and pass it on to future generations.
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Where'd They Come From?
ILLUSTRATION BY BRITTANY VIKLU
riends, I need your help. I’ve got quite a conundrum and I cannot come up with a likely explanation. Help me, won’t you? Let me begin with a little bit of history.
The weekend was glorious. We decided to take advantage of the weather and spent the majority of our Saturday and Sunday outside. We even ate outside. With our most sincere and deeply heartfelt apologies to Mother Nature, we used disposable plates and utensils. It was nothing short of amazing. And it was a good thing we did, too, because we hit the ground running on Monday.
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Bright and (sorta) early Monday morning, we scooted out the door (with no time to spare, as is our norm on any given Monday morning). We each grabbed a cheese stick or a granola bar or a protein bar for breakfast and ate it on the road, I’m assuming. The girls may have actually taken it and bartered or traded with someone whose family was willing to wake up early enough to drive through the donut shop. I assume they either bummed lunch off of their friends or ate school lunch. Either way, I can guarantee that they didn’t bring any of it home. Immediately following school, my husband and I launched into divide and conquer mode. He took the baby girl (who’s now 13 and five-footeight-inches tall) and left her at pitching lessons while I took the older
girl (who’s taller than I am but can’t drive … yet). I dropped her off at a study group. I then dropped off the dry cleaning, then I picked up the younger kid since my husband had a meeting. I drove through and got a super-ecstatic meal for the kid before taking her to meet some friends at the library to work on a project. At that point, it was time to pick up the older girl. Because I bought her sister a superecstatic meal at her sister’s favorite fast food joint, I was somehow obligated to buy her a meal at her favorite fast food joint before taking her to the bowling alley where she and her friends were participating in a bowling fundraiser to help the kids. And earn service points for honor society. And bowl for free. But, really, to help the kids. Are you keeping up with my night? Because I am not. Where was I? Oh yeah. A kid was at the bowling alley. Another kid was at the library. My hubby was at his meeting and I was now almost late for my meeting. Good thing it was a dinner meeting because my kids didn’t share their fries with me. I raced to my meeting place and jogged into the meeting room, just as a plate was
set at my seat. I picked up the fork, tossed the napkin in my lap and ate the whole thing without taking a single breath. When I grabbed the last bite off of my fork, I slammed it on the table and yelled, “Done!” Apparently, I have trouble slowing down.
Walking to my car, I got three texts. One each from our daughters and my husband. All of them said the same thing: Home. In 15 minutes, I would join them. Ahhhh … what a Monday. It was the Mondayest of all Mondays for sure.
During the meeting, my husband texted and confirmed that we still had two daughters who needed to be picked up at taken home. He swung by the library and picked up one kid (I was hoping she was ours), then couldn’t find our other kid at the high school.
I walked from the garage into the home, lowering the garage door behind me. I hung my purse and jacket in the hallway, I put my keys on the key hook and stepped into the kitchen where I was greeted by a sink full of dishes.
I texted back, in all caps BOWLING ALLEY just as said child texted me in all caps WHERE ARE YOU?
Friends, we hadn’t eaten at home since Friday. Friday night I loaded the dishwasher. Monday evening, my double sink, extra deep, was full. That’s my mystery. That’s what I need help with.
Through a frenzy of texts, my husband found our older daughter (or at least a close facsimile thereof) and headed home at about the same time as my meeting adjourned. I stayed back to visit with a few friends, now that my heart rate had slowed and our evening seemed to settling down. Also, the person next to me hadn’t eaten their cheesecake and I knew if I stayed back long enough, I could eat it. This is exactly what I did.
How, in the span of 15 minutes, did my sink get full when we hadn’t eaten at home? If you can help me out, I’d like for you to meet me in the laundry room. I have another conundrum there … Heather Davis is a momma, a writer and a ponder-er of great mysteries. You can keep up with their lives and check out Heather’s books at www.Heather-Davis.net.
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Address: 1700 N.E. 63rd St. Kid reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 9
What made the experience stand out? I just learned recently what the phrase largerthan-life means and I think that’s the idea behind the museum because everything there feels big. The sculpture in the entrance area feels huge, for example, and the headdresses were the biggest ones I’ve ever seen. I felt small beside the statutes and that kind of reminds me that I’m just one person in history, with all of these other people who were already here. I’ve been to museums with cowboys and information about the Wild West but this museum was different because it has a lot for children to see and do. I could tell that the people who made the museum’s displays were thinking about kids when they created its different areas because hands-on information was in more than one place. It was also not the same as other museums because I saw more artifacts about Native Americans instead of just cowboys. There’s even a separate building where kids can be free to walk and run.
What was the best part? The best part was being able to experience the museum without feeling like part of it was boring because I’m too old or that other parts were not fun for my brothers because they’re too little. Everything was fun for all of us. There were activities in the new children’s area that we could do together. We got to touch some eagle feathers, a deer hide and glass beads. A museum guide told us about symbols in Native American patterns and they let us use stamps to make our own. I liked that there was something we could try because it isn’t always like that; my brother, Gabriel, is 2 and he could use the stamps too. No one told him he couldn’t so I didn’t feel rushed to finish mine so we could get to something he liked because he was already
happy. I like places that let him participate with us. He wants to do cool things but not every place has something for a toddler, a five year-old and a fourth grader like me. We sat on saddles together, heard a storyteller and walked through an old-fashioned town.
What was the worst part? My favorite area of the museum was a pretend town called Prosperity Junction. It’s like you’re walking down the street, with a house, stores, a church, a school, a doctor’s office and other places that look like they’re from when Oklahoma was being settled. The part that I didn’t like, though, was that my brother, Isaac, got really scared in there. It was kind of dimly lit with some dark areas in the barns and by the blacksmith shop. I wasn’t afraid but he’s 5 and I guess it was scary to him. I also really wanted to play out in the pond with fountains but it was like 50 degrees and my Mom said we couldn’t get wet.
Will other kids like this museum and why? Other kids will definitely like the fact that adults will take the time to really talk to them at this museum. The guides in the new area can help you learn about what’s there even if you’re not old enough to read yet or you really don’t know what you’re looking at. You don’t have to sit still while you’re at the museum and only look with your eyes. You can also play musical instruments, do an art project or talk to Native Americans who want to share their culture. That’s really what it is, sharing about the culture that was here before we were all born. I learned that you can always ask the question “How did you learn about this?” and the person will begin at the beginning, which is good, because I need background info on the history part.
Would your siblings enjoy it? They enjoyed it very much. The reason I think they liked it was because there were things to try, not just things to see. I would like to take my grandparents there because they’re not from Oklahoma so I don’t think they know about this part of history yet.
If you could do this again knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would go with more comfortable shoes. I wore my shoes that I use at school and that was a mistake because we walked a lot. I would also think of other questions to ask. I wanted to visit the museum’s gift shop but by the time I got there, my family was ready to go. Next time, we should start with that.
What do you think you'll remember most about the museum? I will remember having fun with my family. When I close my eyes, I still think about some of the art I saw. I think it all just shows we want the same things as humans, even from a really long time ago. Get more tips for exploring Oklahoma City with your kids at our Weekend Warrior blog, www.metrofamilymagazine.com/WeekendWarrior. [Note: The Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery is a temporary exhibit created just for children to accompany the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains display. It will be available with on-site guides each weekend through May 14.]