Iconic Attractions 20 READERAPPROVED OKC DESTINATIONS
Rockinâ€™ Road Trips
Tips & ideas for spring break lake trips
Brightening Up Spring Break Ideas for volunteering with the elderly this month
MARCH EVENTS TO ENJOY
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COMING SUMMER 2018 TO THE MAC! VIDEO GAME & WEB DESIGN • ART • SCIENCE • MOVIES & MORE!
Video game and web design camps, Tippi Toes camp, Abrakadoodle art camp, Mad Science camp, LEGO Mindstorm camp, 1 day fieldtrips, movies and more! We will have various camps throughout the summer for all ages and all interests. Volunteer opportunities are also available for kids 13 and up. Before and after care will be provided for all camps if enough participants enroll. Look for more specific information in April. Registration for camps will start May 1st.
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Features 8 Senior Special Why your kids should volunteer with the elderly this month 10 Iconic Attractions 20 kid-friendly OKC attractions (and why you should go!) 43 Sensational Spring Break Top picks for Oklahoma events worth the drive 44 Real Mom of OKC Get to know organ donation advocate and mom of four, Nita French
In Every Issue 6 Ages & Stages Unique Easter events for everyone
14 Where Are They Now? Catch up with our October 2005 cover model 16 Exploring Oklahoma With Children Get mom-approved road trip tips from a seasoned traveler 20 Calendar of Events 54 Kid Review Thoughts from a kid on RIVERSPORT Adventures
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Spring Break Guides: Our guides will help your family make great memories this spring break. Here are just a few of the lists you’ll find.
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• St. Patrick’s Day Events • Free Activities & Events • Spring Break Camps • Trips on a Tankful Find all these ideas and more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ Guide-to-OKC-Spring-Break-Fun.
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If you’ve been bending over backward to be a good mother, I’ve got some great news for you. I’ve just learned it’s actually better to be just good enough. Yep! And don’t just take my word for it. It’s an expert observation. A British pediatrician named Donald Winnicott first coined the phrase “good enough mother” in 1953. He observed that thousands of babies and their moms and realized over time that the children actually benefitted when their mothers failed in manageable ways. Carla Naumburg, the author of “Mindful Parenting,” said the process of becoming a good enough mother happens over time. She explained mothers of infants meet their children’s needs immediately and are constantly available and immediately responsive to them. New moms sacrifice everything to meet the needs of their babies, even their own sleep. This important act teaches our kids they are safe and cared for, but that level of attentiveness can’t happen throughout their entire lives. And that’s okay.
“Children need to learn, in small ways every day, that the world doesn’t revolve around them, that their every request won’t be honored, and that their behaviors impact other people,” Naumburg wrote. “They need to learn—through experience—that life can be hard, that they will feel let down and disappointed, that they won’t get their way, and despite all of that (or perhaps because of it) they will still be OK.” Reframing my small failures with this in mind has been life-changing for me and I hope you find the same freedom in being good enough. So the next time you have to take a phone call when your son would rather you be watching his latest trick or you make your daughter eat her least favorite meal instead of a slice of cake, just remember you’re building resilience, the gift of being a good enough mother. Hannah Schmitt Editor
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Beyond the Basket:
Easter celebrations that are more than just an egg hunt BY HANNAH SCHMITT
If the standard egg hunt is getting stale for your kids, no worries! Oklahoma City offers tons of Easter events throughout the end of this month and beginning of April that are so much more than just carrying around a basket of treats. Check out these celebrations for every age and stage and find even more on our calendar starting on page 20.
Babies & Toddlers Introduce your little ones to the Easter bunny and also enjoy crafts, face painting and an Easter planting at Easter on the Green. This annual spring celebration takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 31 at Will Rogers Park (3400 N.W. 36th St.) and includes an egg hunt from 9:30-11 a.m. Preregister. Admission is $2. The Easter Carnival at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S. Boulevard, Edmond) is prime time for your toddler to meet the Easter Bunny, take a turn in a bounce house, ride a festive train and meet some furry friends at a petting zoo. The free event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. March 25.
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Elementary Natural Easter Egg Dyeing is a favorite Easter pastime and Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno) is inviting kids to learn a natural method of dyeing using garden materials. So skip the mess at home and enjoy dying eggs at the gardens from 1-2:30 p.m. March 31. Preregister. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. The eggs at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W. Memorial Rd.) wonâ€™t be filled with prizes, but head to the Bird Egg Hunt on March 31 to find replica bird eggs and use their unique characteristics to match them with their species. Ages 3-6 are invited to hunt from 1-2:15 p.m. and ages 7-9 can hunt from 3-4:15 p.m. Preregister. Admission is $4 in advance and $5 the day of the event.
Teens Teens with pets will love a chance to let their dog do the hunting at the Hound Hunt at Edmond Dog Park (E. 33rd & Rankin). Bring your leashed dog at 2 p.m. April 7 to sniff out eggs filled with treats. The event is free and preregistration is not required. For a truly unique egg hunting experience, enter the Egg Hunt 5K happening from 9:15 a.m. to noon March 31 at Stars & Stripes Park (3701 S. Lake Hefner Dr.). Eggs are scattered along the course and each egg found by a
runner will represent time taken off his or her official race time. Find a golden egg and win a prize. Young runners ages 6-12 are invited to join the Kids Bunny Hop, a half-mile course with eggs hidden along the way. Cost ranges from $5-35.
Special Needs Kids with special needs and their family members are invited to Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening at Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno) where eggs will be scattered throughout festive booths and the Easter bunny will be on-site for photos from 6-8 p.m. March 29. Preregister. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and adults are free. Another opportunity for Easter egg hunters with special needs is being hosted from 10:30 a.m. on March 31 at St. Markâ€™s United Methodist Church (8140 N.W. 36th St.). The free Kings & Queens Easter Egg Hunt will have Easter-themed games and food all planned with kids with special needs in mind. A traditional egg hunt will be hosted right after the event. Discover more age-specific ideas for local fun at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/agesstages and find more Easter events at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/OKC-Easter-FunGuide.
LOCAL FAMILY FUN
Spring Break With Seniors:
Special ways to volunteer your time this month BY KIMBERLY BURK
Spring break is here and the beaches, camps and road trips are calling. But if you’re staying close to home and looking for a way to fill your time, spring break is the prime opportunity to volunteer. Oklahoma City metro nursing homes offer great learning opportunities for young volunteers.
church youth groups or musical troupes.
Grace Living Center in Del City is a nursing home, but it’s often alive with children. Kimberly Lockhart, the social services and activities coordinator, cannot imagine doing her job without them.
One teenage girl was moved to tears by an exchange with a resident a few days before Christmas, Lockhart said.
“The kids play games with them and do arts and crafts,” Lockhart said. “They sing to them, they read the Bible to them, they paint their nails. They bring them cookies or cupcakes or drawings they have made.” Some of the young visitors are the grandchildren of residents, “and they share their grandchildren with the others,” Lockhart said. Others are children of employees, or members of school groups,
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“It uplifts them. It brightens their day,” said Lockhart, who has worked in nursing homes more than 25 years. “A lot of them don’t get to see their own grandchildren, or they don’t have any. Some of our residents don’t have anyone to come see them.”
Members of her church youth group had brought gifts and the girl of about 13 handed a lap blanket to a woman who is estranged from her family and rarely has visitors of her own. “The resident told her it was the best gift she had ever gotten in her life,” Lockhart said. “Then she said, ‘Can you give me a hug? I would just love to have a hug.’” The visitor complied, after seeking permission from the staff. Children who encounter frail and lonely
senior citizens often have their eyes opened, Lockhart said, and volunteering with seniors can encourage kids to think more about how they treat others. Clients at the four Daily Living Centers across the metro love it when families with children come to sing to them or help them find the numbers on their Bingo cards, said Activities Director Traci Lucas. Many need care during the day because they have dementia or are recovering from strokes. Kids and their parents also can help the seniors with their crayons during color therapy sessions. “You would be surprised at how much the seniors like to color,” Lucas said. The Daily Living Center at 3000 N. Rockwell in Bethany has 50 to 60 clients and has the greatest need for volunteers, Lucas said. It’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, so
families and youth organizations can help out after school, on Saturdays and during school breaks. Lunchtime assistance is always needed, and Bingo games start at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“They tell them to go to school and make good grades,” Lockhart said. “They tell them they can be whatever they want to be.”
When children visit, “the seniors love it,” Lucas said. “It just makes them smile. A lot of our seniors, their grandchildren are already grown.”
“They can learn about the Great Depression, and the world wars, just a whole lot of history,” Lockhart said. “They can learn about life, about their struggles. They fought for things that we have today.”
“Any time you can expose children to older generations, it provides such value to them,” said Erin Engelke, chief external relations officer for Sunbeam Family Services. The non-profit agency has a number of senior aid programs, including an emergency shelter for seniors who need short-term housing due to such crisis situations as abuse, selfneglect, exploitation or homelessness caused by mental illness or medical expenses. Engelke said she took her 12-year-old son along when Thunder players delivered Christmas baskets to the senior shelter.
Lockhart said kids have much to gain as they interact with seniors.
Some elementary students are helping seniors by allowing themselves to be served by them, Engelke said. About 60 retirees are school mentors through the Sunbeam Family Services Foster Grandparent Program. They spend several hours a day assisting teachers with kids who need academic help or special attention due to discipline issues. “It truly gives seniors a sense of purpose,” Engelke said. Here’s where to help local seniors:
“One of the shelter residents stopped my son and said ‘I just want to tell you how important it is to obey your mom and dad and to make the right choices,’” Engelke said. The man went on to tell her son that he had not made good choices in his life and that is how he ended up in the shelter.
Grace Living Center 400 S. Scott St., Del City www.gracelivingcenters.com
Lockhart hears seniors at Grace Living Center doling out similar advice to their young visitors.
Daily Living Centers Four locations in the OKC metro area www.dailylivingcenters.org
Sunbeam Family Services senior programs 1100 N.W. 14th St www.sunbeamfamilyservices.org
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Oklahoma City Zoo In 1909 the city approved the purchase of 600 acres for Lincoln Park Zoo, now called the Oklahoma City Zoo. It’s come a long way as the facility welcomed a million visitors in 2017, is home to almost 2,000 animals and features a preschool and dozens of educational programs throughout the year.
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Iconic OKC Attractions BY HANNAH SCHMITT
Oklahoma City is home to countless familyfriendly attractions and activities. Over the past 20 years, it’s been our job to help point families to the best places to spend time together. Especially in the past few years, Oklahoma City has seen a spike in kid-friendly destinations. It’s thrilling to live in a city where kids can bounce off the walls in a trampoline park, zipline over a river, view the city from the top of a Ferris wheel and even skydive indoors. Here are the 20 places that have been mentioned the most in our pages over the past 20 years and why you should make a trip to go see them now!
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Before STEM was an acronym in anyone’s lexicon, this kid-friendly museum was bringing valuable science principles and concepts to young Oklahomans. In the past 20 years, they’ve taken on features like opening the city’s first largeformat, dome-screen theater and CurioCity, a special exhibit for kids that’s larger than 95 percent of the standalone children’s museums in the country.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum This attraction is a hub of history education for all ages and the youngest visitors have long enjoyed the Children’s Cowboy Corral, where kids can dress up like cowboys and cowgirls and participate in activities that take them back to Oklahoma’s early days.
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology Unlike any other museum experience, the facility combines kids’ natural interest in animals and curiosity in science by revealing the skeletons of hundreds of creatures.
Oklahoma History Center The airplane hanging from the ceiling at the entrance of the museum has been getting kids excited about history for years. This museum has been a staple for our readers because the indoor exhibits offer plenty of excitement for older kids and a spacious outdoor area is perfect for learning about Oklahoma’s history while burning some energy at the same time.
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Oklahoma City Museum of Art Although this museum has been open for decades, it continues to morph into something more and more familyfriendly each year. While programs and exhibits for adults continue to thrive, the museum staff has added interactive ways for kids to enjoy the exhibits like scavenger hunts, easels and pencils set up throughout the galleries and most recently a special program called Babies at the Museum.
Few attractions have deeper roots in Oklahoma City than Harn Homestead. The centerpiece of this living history museum is a house that was built in 1904. Now, young visitors can learn about original Oklahomans through touring a replica 1800s homestead cabin, an 1800s schoolhouse and an early 1900s dairy barn.
Martin Park Nature Center Smack dab in the middle of an urban area sits 140 acres of wildlife and adventure. Additions over the years of a nature-themed playground and the INTEGRIS Courage Trail for individuals with disabilities have made it an Oklahoma City staple for families.
Oklahoma City National Memorial Certainly the most somber museum experience in the city, a visit to this memorial is an essential experience to help older kids understand this important piece of Oklahoma City’s history.
Myriad Botanical Gardens The idea for this urban oasis was dreamed up in the late 60s and the Crystal Bridge finally opened to the public in 1988. It was recently named the top urban park in the world and has continued to change and grow over the years. With its impressive Children’s Garden and kid-friendly events, it has been one of the city’s brightest spots for outdoor family fun over the past 20 years.
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Can a restaurant really be considered an attraction? It can if it features an LED-lit 66-foot bottle of soda outside. Families have enjoyed driving Route 66 out to this iconic roadside attraction and picking a unique flavor from their 700+ soda options since it opened in 2007.
This 16th Street neighborhood has morphed over the past 20 years into one of the most popular weekend spots for families. What kid doesn’t love a pie, ice cream and snow cone shop all on the same strip? And regular weekend arts and culture events keep families coming back.
One of only a handful of drive-in movie experiences left in Oklahoma, the Winchester continues to make our pages for its nostalgia and affordability.
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Like many of the attractions written about in our magazine over the years, Frontier City and White Water Bay holds a special place in many readers’ hearts because they remember going there as a child and now they can take their own kids. These two exciting parks manage to maintain nostalgia while adding new rides and features every year.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art This attraction makes it into the magazine again and again because families love having a worldrenowned museum that’s free to the public. The museum hosts Family Day a couple times a year where special hands-on activities are organized for young museum-goers and weekly Art Adventure programs on Tuesday mornings for young artists, ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult.
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Ever since the Seattle Supersonics traveled east and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, local parents have relished the opportunity to give their kids a taste of live professional sports. Enjoying a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena and all the revelry before and after the games continues to be a favorite OKC pastime for families.
Sam Noble Museum
If your kids think the words “natural history” sound boring, prove them wrong with a visit to this museum where they can dig for dinosaur bones, get up close and personal with exciting artifacts and the world’s largest Apatosaurus skeleton.
(Oklahomans Without Limits)
is NewView Oklahoma’s free summer camp for kids ages 8-18 who are blind or visually impaired.
The restaurants and attractions scattered through bustling Bricktown just get better every year. A family favorite is the Bricktown Water Taxi. More than a million people have ridden the water taxi and although locals might consider it just for tourists, parents should consider this a prime activity for Oklahoma City kids.
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Although it is still one of Oklahoma City’s newer attractions compared to some of the veterans on this list, the SandRidge Sky Trail has been thrilling local families for the past several years and the area continues to get better with new additions every year, including white water rafting and ziplines.
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Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum
July 14-21, 2018
This unique museum not only tells visitors the stories of iconic Oklahomans, it helps kids imagine themselves in heroic roles through interactive exhibits and activities.
For more information, or to register your child, visit
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Where are they now?
Cover Kid Gabee Rolla-Danley BY ERIN PAGE, PHOTO PROVIDED
• When life is truly a circus • Meet OK’s “ofﬁcial” Ironman • Metro bike trails beckon families
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Gabee Rolla-Danley was almost 6 years old when she appeared on the cover of MetroFamily Magazine in October 2005. Her laughter in that photo captured her zest for life, which hasn’t diminished since. The now 19 year old graduated from Norman North High School last year and is studying political science at Oklahoma City Community College. She hopes to work in local government and eventually run for state office. Although the lifelong Norman resident is saddened by Oklahoma’s current political climate, she’s not deterred by what she calls our state’s oppressive laws and tax bills.
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Gabee’s plans after earning her bachelor’s degree waver between pursuing law school at the University of Oklahoma or jumping into local government immediately to effect change. Gabee’s appreciation for people across all walks of life and perhaps her desire to become a voice for them grew as she toured the state during high school, playing mandolin for the local band Annie Oakley. The unique opportunity to visit communities and meet people across Oklahoma still serves as an inspiration. Gabee says her creative side, which she hones through painting, drawing, reading and playing various instruments gives her a break from the stress of politics.
What do you remember about being on the cover of the magazine? I remember getting a call from my Mom while at my Dad’s house that a friend who was a photographer was going to take our picture and see if we could get on the cover of the magazine. I don’t remember how far after that phone call took place that we went and took these pictures or even where. I remember Shannon (the photographer) saying something to get me to laugh.
If you were elected to office today, what are the first three issues you’d tackle? It’s really scary that turning a blind eye has become the norm from Oklahoma and that’s gotten us where we are now with our current problems. First would be problems with school funding. We have to figure out what would be best as far as taxing oil and gas more and then putting the funding directly into education, teachers and lower income families. Second is mental health. That’s a problem the rest of the nation is facing, but Oklahoma doesn’t go out of its way to get funding for mental health care. That needs to be included in more insurance plans and there should be universal coverage for people with mental health conditions. This concerns me because people are not getting the help they need. Third would be the tax system in general. When the tax system and budget deficits are fixed, issues like schools and daycares and teachers getting paid, programs for children, coverage for mental health patients can be resolved. When you’re putting money where it needs to go, not just into the hands of oil and gas companies, you can benefit all the people of the state, not just those at the top.
Why are you committed to staying in Oklahoma? The people. My family, friends and the community itself. It’s so welcoming; you feel like you belong here. I’ve traveled other places and have heard people say, ‘Wouldn’t you want to go somewhere else to have an easier political career as a forward-thinking person?’ But I feel like I’d be turning my back on the people who need the help and change the most. If I leave, there are other progressive people in the state of Oklahoma who would bring around changes to school systems and healthcare and taxes, but I feel like I wouldn’t be doing my part to make the state I love an even better place. No matter how much I love other places in the world, at the end of the day, Norman is home. Oklahoma is home.
How has your musical career shaped you? Playing mandolin for the local band Annie Oakley for a few years gave me an even stronger sense of community by getting to go around the state and meet people. I would
like to have a future in music, but I feel like I have too many aspirations! I play a bunch of instruments; guitar was first and I played flute in school. I’m teaching myself to play bass right now. I’m hoping once I get a little better I can push myself back into the music scene. Music is the most fun thing I’ve ever done. I never stop playing and practicing.
What’s the most positive change you’ve seen in Norman since you were on the cover? When you stay in the same place for 19 years, the community is a part of you, so it’s like your community is growing with you in a sense. One of the more positive changes I’ve seen is the sense of community. There are more community-centered events and gatherings, more opportunities to meet people in your community, support local businesses and bands and be involved.
What’s your favorite place to visit in the metro?
There’s a little hideaway, Sutton Wilderness Park on the east side of Norman, it’s a little pocket of nature. It doesn’t even feel like you’re in a city anymore, or even in Oklahoma. I like to go on a walk with friends or sit and read a book.
What has been your proudest accomplishment since gracing our cover? Keeping up with myself and learning who I am. At age 15, I was playing all around the state in bars, festival and concerts, and then I took a break to figure out who I am. There are so many things I want to do with my life. Figuring out my next step is is both exciting and stressful. I want to find what will make me most happy and be most fulfilled, not just doing what other people think I should do. [Editor’s Note: This interview was edited for style and clarity.]
I really like walking around OU’s campus. It’s a beautiful place to relax or hang out.
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Five Tips for Happier Campers on Your Next Family Road Trip WORDS & PHOTOS BY KATE SAFFLE
After nearly 10,000 miles road tripping with my crew of three kiddos ages 7 and under, I’ve got a few tricks to share for a happier (and more sane) travel experience. Whether it’s your first time hitting the road with little ones or you had that one bad experience that scared you away, I’ve got you covered with five of my favorite tips:
Map Your Route in Kid-Time
Diversions For All Ages
Until Google Maps figures out an algorithm for having kids in the car, you’ll need to do the math yourself. Plan to stop for a minimum of 15-30 minutes every couple of hours to let the kids monkey around at a rest stop playground, use the bathroom and sit down for a meal. It’s better to take frequent breaks to let the kids recharge than it is to forge ahead with unhappy kids.
Borrow small, new (to your kids) toys from friends or buy a few gently used ones at a resale shop. Keep them in a bag away from the kids, but easily accessible and strategically pull one out whenever the whining reaches an unbearable pitch. For older kids, the dollar section at Target has car-friendly activities, like small puzzles, workbooks, coloring books and games. Make sure each child has their own bag with the basics like crayons and paper, stickers, a few books and his or her own water bottle.
Keep it Healthy The better your kids feel, the happier they will be spending long hours in a car. Nobody wants to be trapped in a car with a sugarhyped toddler singing “It’s a Small World” on repeat (not that I know anything about that, ahem). Pack healthy snacks like fresh fruit, baby carrots, nuts like shelled pistachios or almonds, granola, meal bars and water to keep them balanced, fueled and content.
Don’t Leave Home Without These Before you head out, pack a backpack with the following to keep in your car for emergencies: • Band-aids • Baby wipes • Upset tummy remedies • Antihistamine and pain reliever • Spare set of clothes (especially for almost or newly potty trained toddlers) • Napkins or paper towels • A few garbage bags and hand sanitizer.
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Audiobooks are also a fantastic way to keep kids occupied for long periods of time. The local library is a great resource for audiobooks on disc. You can also listen to stories with the Audible app or download kid-friendly podcasts like “Stories Alive,” NPR’s “Wow in the World” and “TED Talks: Kids and Family.”
Find the Fun Attitude goes a long way toward making a road trip enjoyable for everyone. Rather than focus on the destination, find ways to connect your kids to the present moment. Share stories from your childhood, teach them how to read a (real!) paper map, stop at quirky roadside oddities, car dance to cheesy music, play old-fashioned car games like “I Spy” and “20 Questions” and laugh when things go wrong (because they will.) Road trippin’ with kids isn’t easy, but the time spent together is priceless. Give these tips a try and I’ll see you on the road! Kate Saffle is a writer and podcast host embarking on a year-long family road trip around the country with her musician husband, three kids and a camper named Golden Silverwind. Follow her family’s adventure at thestreamlinedlife.com or hear more on the Cohesive Home Podcast.
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Now that you’ve got the road trip tips, here are four amazing lake trips to take in Oklahoma this spring break or summer. BY HANNAH SCHMITT, PHOTOS PROVIDED
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Two hours east of Oklahoma City on the banks of Lake Eufaula sits a quaint waterside community called Carlton Landing. The neighborhood takes visitors back in time with charming homes connected by creaky boardwalks where kids play outside all day. Rent a home in the addition and you’ll have access to the community pool and grills and access to bikes and canoes for trips down to the water. Find vacation homes at www.carltonlanding.com. Families that visit the Lake Tenkiller area find plenty to do outside the water at Fin and Feather. The family resort is located two and a half hours east of Oklahoma City
and features a full size pool and kiddie pool, a duck pond, game room and basketball, tennis, disc golf and sand volleyball courts. Learn more at www.finandfeatherresort.com.
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Lake Texoma sits about three hours south of Oklahoma City and is home to Lake Texoma Lodge & Resort, a premier spot for family lake trips. The tiki-themed resort aims to please kids with a playground, basketball courts, a pool and game room. Deluxe suites with kitchens and cookware are available and outdoor grills make it easy to prepare family meals. There’s a restaurant onsite, too. Learn more at www. laketexomalodge.com.
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One of the state’s most popular state parks sits just two hours south of Oklahoma City with quaint cabins and tons of amenities surrounding Lake Murray. Lake Murray State Park’s cabins are available in various sizes and all have convenient kitchenettes. When you’re not enjoying the lake’s 150 miles of shoreline, relax at the pool or a park pavilion or enjoy on-site horseback riding or boat rentals at the nearby marina. Learn more at www.facebook.com/ lakemurraylodgeandcabins. Community Sponsor of Exploring Oklahoma:
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Discover the Dinosaurs at Cox Convention Center from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Mondays for Kids at the Sam Noble Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Run Lucky 5K and Mission Mile Fun Run at Fassler Hall from 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park all week long
Jurassic Quest at State Fair Park from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m
Spring Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Free Admission to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Art Moves at rotating locations downtown at noon
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Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy from 6 – 9 p.m.
Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens at Myriad Gardens from 10 a.m. – noon
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Hustle 5K at 9 a.m.
Tuesday Night Classics presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Harkins Theatre at 7 p.m.
Junie B. Jones The Musical opens at Lyric Theatre at 10 a.m.
Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at Events at 10 West Main from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District from 6 – 10 p.m.
Momentum OKC at the Gold Dome from 8 – 11 p.m.
Free Family Game Night at the Northwest Library from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Finding Neverland at Civic Center Music Hall 7:30 p.m.
Free Story Time at The Boxcar from 3 – 4 p.m.
Free Spring Thing! at Oklahoma Hall of Fame from 10:30 – noon.
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Martin Park Nature Center from 1 – 4 p.m.
Free Making History Crafts at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Spring Break Activities at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede opens at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre at 11 a.m.
Free Build a Better World in Space Program at the Edmond Library from 2 – 3 p.m.
Free Cowboy Round Up at the Oklahoma History Center from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Story Time with a Scientist at the Moore Library from 10 – 11 a.m.
Free Eggstravaganza at Sam Noble Museum from 4 – 7 p.m.
Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening at Myriad Gardens from 6 – 8 p.m.
Free Taste of the Philippines at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Egg Hunt 5K at Stars & Stripes Park at 9:15 a.m. – noon.
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Through March 9
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, a participation play at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave). Audiences get to help Dorothy, Toto and her friends in this production based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Best suited for ages 3 & up. Adults, $10; kids, $8. See website for show times. 951-0011, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale at the Shawnee Expo Conference Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features items for children, teens and moms-to-be. Half price Saturday. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. 580-3203605, www.monkeybusinessok.com
March 2 • Friday
Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a special story time with the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss inspired crafts and a photo opportunity the quirky cat visitor. Preregister, but walk ups are welcome. Best suited for ages 2-7. Members, $2; non-members, $4. 10am-noon. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org
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Omelette Party at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (425 E California Ave) features a dinner with omelettes and other tasty dishes from acclaimed local chefs as well as live music and a DJ. Benefits the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Members, $100; non-members, $125. 7pmmidnight. 278-8225, www.okcmoa.com
March 2 & 3
Pass It On Kids Consignment Sale at Memorial Road Church of Christ (2221 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features gently-used kids’ & maternity clothes, toys, furniture and baby items. Benefits Lilyfield Christian Adoption & Foster Care. Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 8am3pm. 216-5240, www.passitonkids.com Spring Sing at Oklahoma Christian’s Hardeman Auditorium (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features a a studentrun production with themed musical performances by the university’s social service clubs and the freshman class. $15.50-$17.50. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm. 422-5545, www.oc.edu
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Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features outdoor-focused vendors, attractions, exhibits and seminars as well as kids’ activities. Adults, $10; kids (12 & under), free. Friday, noon-8pm; Saturday, 9am-7pm; Sunday, 10am5pm. www.backwoodsshow.com
Babies at the Museum at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features complimentary coffee, social time, a 30-minute gallery tour and playtime with age-appropriate activities in a classroom. Members, $5; non-members, $12. Friday & Saturday, 9:30-11:30am; Sunday, 11:30am-1:30pm. Also held March 30 & 31. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com Jr. Ironman Championship at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie) features the best of the best high school timed event cowboys who compete in four events including heading, heeling, tiedown and steer wrestling. $25-$35. See website for a complete schedule of events. 282-7433, www.lazyetec.com/jr-ironman Kaleidscope Dance Company Spring Concert at Mitchell Theatre (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a multifaceted repertoire, including modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, folk and theater dance. $10-$20. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 9743375, www.uco.edu/CFAD/mitchell-hall
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Watch as the women of the Big 12 battle for the title of conference champion. $50$110. See website for games times. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com
March 3 • Saturday
FREE Kids’ Trout Fish Out at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon). Young anglers can win awards in a variety of contest categories. 8-11am. 350-8937, cityofyukonok.gov
Family Activity Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features themed learning opportunities including historicallybased crafts and activities for children of all ages. Free with admission. 1-3pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Hustle at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features a 5K and one-mile fun run benefiting the Free Field Trip program, powered by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board. $20. 9am. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com/teen-board FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a create your own parfleche bag craft and a special gallery hunt. For ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
March 3 & 4
Discover the Dinosaurs Time Trek at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features up-close encounters with enormous prehistoric dinosaurs and modern-day sharks and a variety of dino-themed activities. $17-$20. 9am7pm. www.discoverthedinosaurs.com
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FREE Open House at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School (5000 N Grove) Prospective families can tour the campus and learn more about the school. 2:303:45pm. 789-2284, www.stcharlesokc.org
March 4 • Sunday
FREE Downtown Home Tour in Oklahoma City (various locations) features a self-guided tour showcasing new, popular and high-end properties in the downtown area. Shuttles will be running the entire route, making stops at each property. Noon-4pm. 235-3500, downtownokc.com/Downtown-Home-Tour
March 5 • Monday
FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Enjoy complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
Syrup Sunday at Myriad Gardens Park House Event Center (301 W Reno Ave) features a breakfast brunch buffet. $12-$30. 11am-1pm. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org Gypsy Glam Roadshow Made in Oklahoma Event at the Devon Boathouse (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features Oklahoma wineries, breweries, food trucks, Oklahoma-owned businesses and products, local entertainment from area schools and a photo station. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. 11am-5pm. 6021851, www.oklahomagypsyglam.com
FREE Star Party with the Lunar Sooners at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St) features a short presentation about the night sky and an interactive experience with several telescopes. All ages welcome; adult supervision required. 7-8:30pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org
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March 6 • Tuesday
Honor your loved ones who have suffered from heart disease or stroke. Bring your family to the 2018 Central Oklahoma Heart Walk on April 21 in the Innovation District in downtown Oklahoma City.
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FREE Open House for Lower & Middle Divisions at Casady School (9500 N Penn Ave). Prospective families of students in 1st-8th grade can tour the campus and learn more about the school. 8:3011:30am. 749-3185, www.casady.org University of Oklahoma Baseball vs Dallas Baptist University at L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park (401 Imhoff Rd, Norman). Prices vary. 6:30pm. Also held: 3/9-11 vs Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 3/13-14 vs Texas Southern, 3/16-18 vs Kennesaw State, 3/23-24 vs West Virginia, 3/27 vs Oklahoma State, 3/29-31 vs Baylor. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com Oklahoma City Thunder vs the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 3/8 vs Phoenix, 3/10 vs San Antonio, 3/12 vs Sacramento, 3/16 vs Los Angeles, 3/23 vs Miami, 3/15 vs Portland, 3/30 vs Denver & 4/3 vs Golden State. 602-8661, www.nba.com/thunder Scout Day at Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features discounted admission and special activities for youth organizations and their members. Youth organization members must be in uniform or show their organization membership cards. Adult (one per member), $10; Scouts (3 & older), $7. 11am-1pm. 918296-3474, www.okaquarium.org FREE Robotics Class at Sylvan of OKC (9634 N May Ave) features fun, hands-on projects to explore science and engineering concepts, such as how pulleys, levers and motors work. Call to preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. 8427323, www.sylvanlearning.com
March 6 & 7
Live Entertainment | Survivor Rally Kid's Heart Challenge Obstacle Course Vendor Expo | 5K Walk | Miracle Mile
FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a LEGO Sheep build for kids ages 6 -14 who are LEGO VIP members. Membership is free. Preregister, quantities are limited. 5pm. 840-9993, shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration
March 7 • Wednesday
FREE Preschool Music & Movement with Miss Alyssa at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout St NW, Piedmont)
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features a 45-minute program that explores a variety of musical instruments, dances and movements designed to get children excited about music, improve their fine and gross motor skills and spark their creativity. 10am & 10:45am. 373-9018, www.piedmont.okpls.org Oklahoma City Blue vs the Lakeland Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 11am. Also held at the Cox Convention Center: 3/9 vs Texas, 3/10 vs Iowa, 3/22 vs Austin. 602-8500, oklahomacity.gleague.nba.com University of Oklahoma Softball vs Saint Francis University at Marita Hynes Field (2500 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). 6pm. Prices vary. Also held: 3/9 vs Illinois State & Indiana, 3/10-11 vs South Carolina, 3/11 vs Illinois State, 3/23-25 vs Texas Tech. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com
Junie B. Jones The Musical at Lyric Theatre at the Plaza (1727 NW 16th St) features a delightful musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s best-selling books starring the tremendously lovable Junie B. $35 & up. See website for show times. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com
March 8 • Thursday
FREE Little Hands Art Camp at Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features local artist Heather White as she reads stories and guides kids ages 2-5 through an art project. Preregister. 10-11am. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE Teen Read the Movie Book Club at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a discussion about the book The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and the movie Labyrinth and pizza. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 4-6pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Dark and Stormy Night Party at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a celebration of the new movie based on the book A Wrinkle in Time. Preregister. For ages 8 - 14. 6:30-7:30pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at Events at 10 West
Main (10 West Main, Yukon) features children’s, maternity & junior clothes, along with toys, shoes, books, bedding and baby gear. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. 532-4053, www.sweetrepeatsok.com The American Spirit Dance Company’s Broadway Revue at Oklahoma City University (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) showcases American dance from Hollywood to Broadway through tap, jazz and musical theatre dance with new numbers ranging from a tribute to the armed services to a dance below the sea. $21.85. Thursday & Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm. 208-5664, www.okcu.edu/dance
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March 9 • 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
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University of Oklahoma Gymnastics vs Arizona State, Arkansas and Denver at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 A Jenkins Ave, Norman) Adults, $10-$15; kids $8. 6:45pm. 325-2424, www.soonersports.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. 6-10pm. www.plazadistrict.org/live/
Mustang Chocolate Festival at the Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features samples of a wide variety of chocolate treats. Benefits the Friends of the Library. $8 for eight tastes. 6-8pm. 376-6071, www.facebook.com/MustangChocolate/ Miranda Lambert in Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour and special guests Jon Pardi and Sunny Sweeney. $39.75. 7pm. 6028700, www.chesapeakearena.com Canterbury Voices presents Mosaic at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Canterbury’s adult chorus will share the stage with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and the Southwest ACDA Collegiate Honor Choir. $15-$60. 8-10pm. 2327464, www.canterburyokc.com/mosaic
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March 9 & 10
Momentum OKC at the Gold Dome (1112 NW 23rd St) features film, performance, new media, installation, music and more, showcasing Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger. $10 in advance and $15 at the door. See website for schedule of events. 879-2400, www.ovac-ok.org
Oklahoma City Auto Show at the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park (333 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features special appearances, model debuts, classic car show, vendors, activities for kids and more. Adults, $10; kids (712), $5; kids (6 & under), free. Friday & Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. www.okcautoshow.org
Oklahoma State University Baseball vs Eastern Michigan University at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium (598 N Duck St, Stillwater). Prices vary. Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 1pm. Also held: 3/13 vs Dallas Baptist, 3/16 & 18 vs Seton Hall, 3/17 vs Missouri State, 3/30-4/1 vs Texas Christian. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame Classic at National Softball Hall of Fame (2801 NE 50th St). Prices vary. See website for schedule. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com
Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd ) features a youth livestock competition. Free to attend. See website for schedule of events. 235-0404, www.okyouthexpo.com
March 10 â€˘ Saturday
Oklahoma Garden School at Devon Energy Auditorium (333 W Sheridan Ave) features a lineup of speakers who will explore landscape design that nurtures beauty and relaxation. Preregister. Members, $40; nonmembers, $70; students, $25. 9am-4pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Dads & Donuts Story Time at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St) features stories, a craft and donuts. For ages 3-6 with a caregiver, but all ages welcome. 10-11am. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
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FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10am5pm. 235-4485, www.oklahomahof.com FREE 2nd Saturday at the OSU Museum of Art (720 S Husband St, Stillwater) features free hands-on art activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. 11am3pm. 744-2780, museum.okstate.edu Indian Taco Sale and Indie Market at the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance (5320 S Youngs Blvd) features traditional Indian tacos and other native dishes as well as native vendors offering crafts and handmade goods. Proceeds go to the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance. Free to attend. 11am-2:30pm. 596-9092, www. facebook.com/okchoctawtribalalliance FREE 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. All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-4pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org FREE The Ravens Three Performance at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features Celtic folk music. 2-3pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
March 10 & 11
OKC Land Run Antique Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features antique dealers offering antiques, collectibles, toys, primitives, jewelry, art, books, pottery, glassware, records, dolls, clothing, architectural salvage, furniture & more. Adults, $6; kids (9-12) $3; kids (8 & under), free. Saturday; 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. 918-6192875, www.heritageeventcompany.com
March 11 â€˘ Sunday
DUCK Week Junk Show at Piedmont Intermediate School (977 Washington Ave NW, Piedmont) features a junk show as well as a petting booth, mini pony rides, a caricature artist, clowns and more. Free to attend. 10:30am-4pm. duckweekjunkshow.wixsite.com/home
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Run Lucky 5K and Mission Mile Fun Run at Fassler Hall (421 NW 10th St) features a 5K and fun run with bagpipes, green beer, costume contest and more. Benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. $30 & up. 1:30-4pm. www.runlucky.com Hamlet at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a broadcasted, prerecorded production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring the beloved Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the title role. $15. 6-10pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu
March 12 • Monday
SUMMER CAMPS! Make this a summer to remember with a series of week-long day camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Each week-long camp has a specific theme around which lessons, activities and in-park explorations are designed. Camps fill up quickly, so register soon online or over the phone!
FREE Graphic Novel Writing Workshop at Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St) features Victoria Jamieson, author/illustrator, as she teaches you how to write and illustrate a graphic novel. Participants will leave with a one-page autobiographical comic. 2-3pm. Also held: March 13, 14 & 17 at other libraries. 634-6308, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Makerspace at Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St) features a hands-on program exploring STEAM principles. 4-5pm. Also held: March 16, 20 & 22. 424-1437, www.metrolibrary.org
March 13 • Tuesday
Little Sapling Series at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features songs, games and interactive fun to learn about gardens. Preregister. For ages 2-5. Members, $3; non-members, $4. 10-11am. Also held: March 27. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Oklahoma State University Softball vs Illinois State University at Cowgirl Stadium (N Duck St, Stillwater). Prices vary. 6pm. Also held: 3/23-25 vs Iowa State, 3/27 vs Wichita State. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com
FREE Graphic Novel Writing Workshop at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features Victoria Jamieson, author/illustrator, as she teaches you how to write and illustrate a graphic novel. Participants will leave with a onepage autobiographical comic. 2-3pm. Also held March 14 & 17 at other libraries. 634-6308, www.metrolibrary.org
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FREE Slime Time at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Learn the science behind slime and make several different slime recipes to take home. Preregister. For ages 5 & up. 2-3pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Family Game Night at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a large assortment of games for families to enjoy together. All ages welcome. 4:30-6:30pm. 6063580, www.metrolibrary.org
March 13 & 15
Spring Break Activities at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features fun, hands-on programming in the farm’s historic buildings that will take you back to Oklahoma’s Territorial Years.Best suited for ages 5 & up, but all ages welcome. Some activities have limited spots available. Free with general admission, $5. Activities, 10am-noon; farm, until 4pm . Also held: March 20 & 22. 235-4058, www.harnhomestead.com
Finding Neverland at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a production of the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. $32.51-$97.54. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2 & 7pm. 297-2264, www.okcbroadway.com
FREE Spring Thing! at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features free museum admission, story time, movie, an interactive craft and special planting activity. Each day will have a special theme. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am-noon. 523-3208, www.oklahomahof.com
March 14 • Wednesday
FREE Graphic Novel Writing Workshop at Choctaw Library (2525 Muzzy St, Choctaw) features Victoria Jamieson, author/illustrator, as she teaches you how to write and illustrate a graphic novel. Participants will leave with a onepage autobiographical comic. 2-3pm. Also held March 17 at The Village Library. 634-6308, www.metrolibrary.org
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FREE Family Game Night at the Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St) features a large assortment of games for families to enjoy together. All ages welcome. 6-8pm. 634-6308, www.metrolibrary.org
Live Mural Painting
March 12 – 16, April 5 – 8
FREE Family Art Night at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave). Local educator and artist Heather White will guide you through a project you can work on together and take home. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6 & up and their caregivers. 6:307:15pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org
March 15-April 8
Greater Tuna at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features quick change comic performance where two play all the denizens of a small town. $42. ThursdaySaturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com
March 16 • Friday
Spring Break Escape
March 19 – 23
ZZZS in the Seas at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features a self-guided scavenger hunt, flashlight tour and movie during an overnight stay at the aquarium. $45 & up. 7pm. 918-528-1503, www.okaquarium.org
Jurassic Quest at the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a dinosaur exhibit, dino tour, dino theater, science stations, crafts & coloring station. $20 & up. Friday, 3-8pm; Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 9am-7pm. www.jurassicquest.com
March 17 • Saturday
Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
April 2 – 3
2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, OK 73072-7029 (405) 325-4712 | samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a familyfriendly scavenger hunt where you’ll search for natural treasure in the woods of the park. $4 online; $5 day of. 1-4pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a guide tour to catch a glimpse of eagles in their winter home. Preregister, space is limited. Bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. 1-4pm. 321-4633 FREE Dinosaur Discovery at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Learn about dinosaurs and paleontology with University of Oklahoma Instructor Tyler Hunt. Participants will build balsa wood dinosaurs. Preregister. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 2-3:30pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Graphic Novel Writing Workshop at The Village Library (10307 N. Penn Ave) features Victoria Jamieson, author/illustrator, as she teaches you how to write and illustrate a graphic novel. Participants will leave with a one-page autobiographical comic. 2-3pm. 755-0710, 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. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com
FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (1st & Hurd, Edmond) features a monthly, family-friendly street festival with local food, unique shopping and live music. 6-10pm. www. citizensedmond.com/heardonhurd.htm
FREE Drive-In Movie at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features a cardboard car craft, snacks and a short film. All ages welcome. 10:30am-noon. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
Winter Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, John Crist, NewSong and more. $15. 6pm. 2018.jamtour.com
FREE O’City St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Oklahoma City (exact location TBA) features decorated floats, animals, antique tractors, civic clubs, clowns, motorcycles and more. 11am. www.ocityparade.com
Special exhibits sponsored by
The University of Oklahoma is an equal oppor tunity institution. www.ou.edu/eoo. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call (405) 325-4712.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features cultural performances, festive crafts, Irish food and more. Free to attend; activities, $5. Noon-4pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
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Oklahoma City Energy vs the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Taft Stadium (2501 N May Ave). 7pm. Prices vary. Also held: 3/28 vs Orange County, 4/7 vs Portland. 235-5425, www.energyfc.com.
Spring Break Drop-in Activities March 19 – 23 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions. Available while supplies last.
March 19 • Monday
FREE Giant Game Day at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features giant Jenga and life-size Candy Land and Scrabble. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Water Safety with Josh the Otter at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman). Learn about water safety from Josh the Baby Otter and enjoy some water experiments. Best suited for ages 5-12 and their families. 2-2:45pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Springtime Crafternoon at the Midwest City Library (8134 E Reno Ave) features spring time crafts. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 3-4pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org
Spring Break Parent/Toddler Open Gym Hours at Metro Gymnastics (7420 Broadway, Ste A). Enjoy open play time in the gym for kids ages 3 & under with a caregiver. No reservations required. $5 per child. 9:30-11:30am. 848-5308, www.metrogymokc.com
• Do You See What I See? • Beadwork • River Rafts • Cowboy Challenge • Trailblazers Trek Hunt & Find
Spring Break Drop-in Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features family-friendly activities inspired by the museum’s exhibits including painting, crafts, a cowboy challenge and a gallery hunt & find. Free with admission. 10am-2pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
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. 10am5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
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
Spring Break Activities at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane) features live animals, handson activities, dissections, insects, crafts, food trucks and more. Best suited for ages 6 & up. Some activities require an additional purchase. Adults, $8; kids (3-12), $7. See website for a schedule
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of activities. Monday-Friday, 8am5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 814-0006, skeletonmuseum.com Three Sisters Spring Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features cultural demonstrators about 18thcentury Chickasaw life in the living village, traditional games including stickball and archery as well as a series of family-friendly films and more. Free to attend. Exhibit hall and theater admission applies. Monday- Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, Noon-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
March 20 • Tuesday
FREE Spring Equinox Fun at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features activities and games to celebrate the day and learn more about the science behind the equinox and the sun. Some activities will take place outside at Andrews Park. For ages 5-12. 11am-noon. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Spring Break Paint Away Class at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a basic painting class for ages 4 & up. $12. 1-3pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Future Forecasters Weather Safety Program at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features the Fox 25 Weather Team as they share about the science of meteorology and severe weather safety. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 4:30-5:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
March 20 & 22
Spring Break Activities at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features fun, hands-on programming in the farm’s historic buildings that will take you back to Oklahoma’s Territorial Years. Best suited for ages 5 & up, but all ages welcome. Some activities have limited available. Free with general admission, $5. Activities, 10am-noon; farm, until 4pm. 235-4058, www.harnhomestead.com
FREE Making History Crafts at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features
story times and themed activities focused on Edmond parks. All ages welcome. 10am-2pm; story time, 10:30am & 2pm. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org
March 21 • Wednesday
FREE Touch, Learn, Create: Spring at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St) features sensory themed activity stations for children ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE OKC Zoo presents Flower Power at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Explore the many ways flowers feed and entertain us, and play an important role in the everyday lives of animals. Best suited for kids in pre-k and younger. 2-2:45pm. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Cheerio Bird Feeder Craft at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a come & go craft to make your own bird feeder. 2-3pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE Art Class with Paul Medina at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Learn how to build towers out of paper and masking tape while figuring out the importance of a great foundation and incorporating balance and form. Preregister. For ages 9 & up. 2-2:30pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Spring Break Drop-in Art Studio at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City). Create your own masterpiece at this come and go event. For ages 12 & under. 3-4pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org
March 22 • Thursday
FREE Mason Bee Hotel Craft at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Learn all about Mason bees and build and decorate your own bee hotel. Preregister; space is limited. For ages 5-12. 11am-noon. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Patio Projects: Kids Origami at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd
St). Learn how to create origami bugs. Preregister. For ages 12 & under. 3:304:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Story Time with Author David Roper at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Roper will demonstrate the Magic of Storytelling with magic tricks, puppets, songs and more. Preregister. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 4:305:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org Taste of Yukon at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a sampling of foods from local and surrounding area restaurants. $10-$17. 5:307:30pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov
India Shrine Circus at the Jim Norick Arena (333 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features live animals, aerial and acrobatics acts, clowns and more. Proceeds benefit India Shrine Center. Adults, $15, kids, $8. Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 10am, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. 947-3311, www.indiashrinecircus.com
Go whitewater rafting, zip lining, kayaking and more at an Ultimate Adventure Camp. Learn how to sail at our Lake Hefner Sailing Camp, and if you have a birthday coming up, make it an adventure your friends won’t forget! Camps for grades 2-9; full and half day options. Birthdays ages 8+ Visit us online at riversportokc.org to learn more
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March 22-April 5
Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede at the Children’s Center for the Arts on the OCU Campus (2501 N Blackwelder Ave). A live theater performance about Young Missy Cougar-Wildcat who always wished she could live an adventure as big as her home state. Best suited for ages 5 & up. Adults, $10; kids, $8. See website for a complete schedule of performances. 9510011, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
March 23 • Friday
FREE Recycled Box City at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Help build a city out of boxes. For ages 4 & up. 2-3pm. 7012600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE Spring Break Game Day at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features video games, board games and snacks. Preregister requested. For kids in grades 6th-12th. 2-4pm. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
LO O K A ND C R E AT E TO GETH E R ! Family Workshops at OKCMOA involve gallery visits and art making for kids and a caring adult. Classes run throughout the year. Offerings are for ages 15-36 months, 3-5 years, and 6-10 years. Visit okcmoa.com/learn for more information.
FREE Science Museum Oklahoma presents Build a Better World in Space at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Explore space colonization in a thrilling, engaging and hands-on program presented by Science Museum Oklahoma. Preregister, limited space is available. Best suited for ages 5-12. 2-3pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Patio Projects: Clay Quicksand at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Mix up magic clay for a special project. Preregister. For ages 12 & under. 3:304:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Hip-Hop 4 Kids at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features a hip-hop dance class for the little ones with the SO: Southside Hip-Hop Dance Crew. Preregister. For ages 6-12. 3:30-5pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org
OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features Chris & Peyton Lambton from HGTV’s Going Yard, Tyler Wisler of HGTV’s Design Star and more than 300 experts and vendors providing DIY tips for remodeling, cooking, decorating and outdoor entertaining. Adult, $9; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, 12pm-
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9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. www.homeshowokc.com
March 24 • Saturday
Go Girl Run at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a half marathon and 5k series centered around women, helping local charities and promoting living a healthy and active lifestyle. Benefits YWCA, YMCA and Boys and Girls Club of OKC. $45 & up. 7am. ultramaxsports.com/races/gogirlrunokc/
OKC Toy Show at the Crossroads Convention Center (7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd) features 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade. $3; kids (12 & under), free. 9am-5pm. www.oktdc.com FREE Cowboy Round Up at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features hands-on activities, cowboy re-enactors and a chuck wagon that will bring the cattle drive era to life for visitors of all ages. Attendees are encouraged to dress the part in boots, cowboy hats and gingham dresses. 522-3602, www.okhistory.org OKC Autoimmune Walk at Wiley Post Park (2000 S Robinson Ave) features a 1 to 3 mile walk, moon bounce, booths, DJ, food trucks and more. Benefits the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Adults, $25; kids (under 12), free with paying adult. 9am-noon. 778-8222, www.autoimmunewalk.org FREE Easter Celebration at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (308 NW 164th St). Hear the Easter story and enjoy games, crafts, snacks, music, an Easter egg hunt and more. Egg hunts for children ages 2-4th grade. 9:30am. 348-3292, www.holytrinityedmond.org FREE Eggstravaganza at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features an egg hunt with than 25,000 eggs, inflatables, games, face painting, an appearance by the Easter bunny and more. No registration required. 10am-12:30pm. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org/parksrec FREE Moore Easter Egg Scramble at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12th St, Moore) features age-divided egg hunts, prize eggs and candy. Bring your basket
and camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Activities, 10am; hunts, 10:30am. 793-5000, www.cityofmoore.com Spring Has Sprung in the Children’s Garden at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Attendees can decorate a pot and plant a choice of flower or vegetable seeds to take home to grow. Kids will also be able to take painted pine cones and hang them all over the Children’s Garden to welcome in the season. Best suited for ages 5-9. Members, $5; non-members, $7. 11amnoon. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Peter Rabbit LIVE Story Time at Best of Books (1313 E Danfort Rd, Edmond) features special story time, meet & greet and photo opportunity. 11am-noon. 340-9202, www.bestofbooksok.com FREE Retro Video Game Tournament at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features a friendly competition in a casual setting. Preregister. All ages welcome. 1-3pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org
March 25 • Sunday
FREE 30th Anniversary Celebration at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Enjoy free admission to the Crystal Bridge, in celebration of the opening in March of 1988. 11am-5pm. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org
FREE Community Easter Egg Hunt at Kiwanis Park (1101 S Midwest Blvd, Midwest City) features a free community Easter celebration hosted by Wickline United Methodist Church with an egg hunt, games and photos with the Easter Bunny. Best suited for ages toddler to 5th grade. 1pm. 732-0356, www.wickline.church FREE Easter Carnival at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features an afternoon of fun games, food, bounce houses, a photo booth, train rides, a petting zoo and more. All ages welcome. 3-5pm. 525-3200, www.newcov.tv
FREE Easter Eggstravaganza at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (300 N Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City) features an Easter egg hunt and a presentation of The Road to Resurrection, a brief journey through the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. Preregister. Best suited or families with kids ages 2-5th grade. 2-4pm. 732-6831, www.stmatthew.org FREE Family Easter Celebration at Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur Blvd) features a kids’ musical, Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter bunny, crafts, inflatables and refreshments. Bring a basket for hunting and a camera for pictures. 3-5pm. 7214141, www.churchoftheservant.com FREE Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Acts 2 United Methodist Church (4848 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an afternoon of Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter bunny, food trucks and more. 4-6pm. 359-2287, www.acts2umc.org
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March 27 • Tuesday
Little Sapling Series at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features songs, games and interactive fun to learn about gardens. Preregister. For ages 2-5. Members, $3; non-members, $4. 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Story Time with a Scientist at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features story time about Charlotte the Scientist. Attendees will also enjoy science experiments and STEAM activities. Best suited for ages 2-5. 10-11am. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysytem.org Tiny Tuesdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a monthly themed come-and-go, openended art-making experience geared toward children ages 5 and under with a parent or caregiver. Dress for a mess! No advance registration is required. 10amnoon. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com FREE Paint Party at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St) features a painting party for kids in grades K-5th. Preregister. 4:30-5:30pm. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Mind Body Essentials Series at the Raymond A. Young Conference Center at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center (3300 NW Expressway) features educational presentation by local professionals. March’s session will focus on Integrative Medicine. Preregister. 6-7pm. 951-2277
March 28 • Wednesday
FREE Eggstravaganza at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave) features a spring party of Jurassic proportions, complete with spring crafts, face painting, an egg hunt and more. Museum exhibits will be available for viewing. 4-7pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
March 29 • Thursday
FREE Open House & Tours at Sacred Heart Catholic School (210 S Evans Ave, El Reno). Prospective families can tour the campus and learn more about the school. 4:30-5:30pm. 2622284, www.elrenosacredheart.com FREE Rubber Band Racers at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Learn about potential and kinetic
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energy through a hands-on activity. Students will be provided the resources to build their very own rubber band powered car. Preregister. Best suited for kid in grades 2nd-5th. 4-6pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features festive booths for children to visit and collect eggs. The Easter bunny will have a designated spot for photos throughout the evening. Preregister. Members, $10; nonmembers, $12; adults, free. 6-8pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
Red Dirt Film Festival at the Center for Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University (132 Seretean Center, Stillwater). Watch feature-length movies and short films from filmmakers from around the world. The weekend also includes special guest appearances, panels, contests and parties. Free to attend. VIP pass available for purchase. See website for schedule. 708-1818, www.reddirtfilm.com
March 30 • Friday
FREE Taste of the Philippines at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134t St) features dance performances, cultural items, authentic Filipino foods and more. All ages welcome. Preregister. 6:30-8pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
March 30 & 31
Babies at the Museum at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features complimentary coffee, social time, a 30-minute gallery tour and playtime with age-appropriate activities in a classroom. Members, $5; nonmembers, $12. Friday & Saturday, 9:3011:30am. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com OKC Philharmonic presents Pink Martini at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). The musical extravaganza showcases the sounds of cabaret, samba, pop and jazz. $26-$75. 8pm. 297-2264, www.okcphil.org
March 31 • Saturday
Egg Hunt 5K at Star & Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features an officiallytimed race with a twist. Runners can hunt
for eggs along the race path to improve their time, win prizes and collect goodyfilled eggs. Kids 5 & under can participate in a traditional egg hunt. $5-$35. 9:15amnoon. 297-2279, www.okc.gov/parksignup Easter on the Green at Will Rogers Park (3400 NW 36th St) features Easter egg hunts, plantings, crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter bunny. Preregister. $2. 9:30 & 11am. www.okc.gov/parksignup FREE Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (10600 N Council Rd) features an Easter egg hunt, moon bounces, face painting, balloon artists, free food and more. All ages welcome. 10am-noon. 7210590, www.stpaulsokc.com Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features breakfast, a craft, photos with the Easter bunny and more. Bring your camera for photos. Preregister. $25. 1011am. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com The Great Egg Hunt hosted by the Discovery Church at Yukon High School (1777 S Yukon Parkway, Yukon) features an Easter egg hunt, inflatables, food trucks, face painting, petting zoo and giveaways. All ages welcome. 10amnoon. 354-2436, www.discoveryokc.org FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Western Oaks Christian Church (8100 NW 23rd St) features a free community event with inflatables, games, activities and Easter egg hunts. Best suited for kids in 5th grade and younger. 11am. 789-8812, woccdoc.org Easter Eggstravaganza at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter bunny as well as the farm’s regular attractions. Egg hunts for children ages 11 & under. 11:30-4pm. $11.50. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com FREE Kings & Queens Easter Egg Hunt at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 NW 36th St) features an Easter egg hunt, games, food and more, designed especially for children with special needs. Preregister online. 10:30am. 789-9033, www.stmarksbethany.com Doggie Easter Egg Hunt at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features
a pooch-centered hunt with doggie treats and puppy prize filled eggs. Preregister. Members $5; nonmembers, $10 per dog. 12:30pm. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org Natural Easter Egg Dyeing at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Create Easter egg masterpieces using natural materials from the garden. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6 - 10. Members, $12; non-members,$15. 1-2:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Bird Egg Hunt at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Replica bird eggs will be scattered throughout a meadow,and the attendees are to find one of each species and learn about its unique characteristics. Preregister. $4 online; $5 day of. For ages 3-6, 1pm; ages 7-9, 3pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup Easter Eggstravaganza in the Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features age-divided Easter egg hunts
with special prize eggs, an appearance by the Easter Bunny and family activities including Easter Hat Parade, Egg Roll, Bunny Hop and more. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8 & under. Members, $8; non-members, $10; adults, free. 2:30-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Heights Christian Church (4020 N Western Ave) features a family-friendly egg hunt for kids in 5th grade and younger. Attendees can enjoy dessert after the hunt. 3pm. 528-5568, www.chccokc.org FREE Easter Celebration at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features an Easter egg hunt and breakfast. All ages welcome. 10:15am. 8421486, www.nicholshillsumc.org
March 31 & April 1
FREE Easter Land at People’s Church (three locations) features a free weekend theme park at all three
People’s Church locations. Festivities include more than 60,000 pieces of candy, over 30,000 Easter eggs, carnival rides, petting zoo and more. See website for service times. www.easterland.tv/
April 1 • Sunday
FREE Easter Celebration at Trinity Church of the Nazarene (7301 S Walker Ave) features a bilingual worship service followed by a free, all-church lunch and Easter egg hunt. 10:30am. www.tcnokc.com
April 2 & 3
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. 3254712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
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April 5 • Thursday
Montmartre Chalk Art Festival at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (1727 W Alabama, Chickasha) features hundreds of artists of various ages creating wonderful works of art in chalk as well as live music, vendors and a variety of exhibits. Free to attend. 7:30am-1:30pm. 574-1302, usao.edu/events/montmartre-2018
Neighborhood Girl at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Trosper Pl, Midwest City) is a dance show that travels through the world of tango. $24.50. 7:30pm. 2972264, www.okcciviccenter.com
April 6 • Friday
FREE ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest in Bricktown (various locations) features more than 60 artist from a wide range of genres performing at 12 different venues. See website for schedule. 974-4700, acm.uco.edu
Medieval Fair of Norman at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features a living history fair with arts, crafts, food, games, educational exhibits, demonstrations and live entertainment. Free to attend; parking, $5. www.medievalfair.org
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April 7 • Saturday
Aquarium Run at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features a half-marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile fun run/walk as well as a Kid’s Zone with inflatables. Prices vary. 8am-1pm. www.okaquarium.org Arcadia Lake Sweep at Spring Creek Park (SE 15th St, Edmond). Volunteers will help clean up the lake’s shores. Participants will receive a t-shirt while supplies last as well as brunch. 8-11am. 216-7471, www.arcadialakeok.com FREE Covered n Color: Sidewalk Chalk Competition and Art Festival at Charles J. Johnson Central Park (SE 26th St & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features a sidewalk chalk competition, live entertainment, art vendors, food trucks and more, including colorful candy art creations, face painting, arts and crafts vendors and more. 11am-4pm. 739-8239, www.visitmidwestcity.com FREE Earthfest at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features eco-friendly fun for the entire family including kids’ activities, nature games and more. 11am-4pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov FREE Hound Hunt at Edmond Dog Park (E 33rd & Rankin, Edmond) features a pet friendly egg hunt where dogs can sniff out eggs filled with dog treats. 2pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
April 7 & 8
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 & up. 9am-5pm. www.brickuniverse.org/okc
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 items ranging from clothing, toys, furniture and accessories. Free to attend. Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 1pm-4pm. 514-2363, www.toanew.com FREE Open Streets in Oklahoma City (NW 23rd St between Robinson & Western) is a health and wellness street festival with food trucks and family-friendly activities. Noon4pm. www.openstreetsokc.com
April 8 • Sunday
OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series: Superkids and Superheroes at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a one-hour concert designed to entertain and educate kids ages 4 to 13 years. $9. 2pm; pre-concert fun, 1pm. 8425387, www.okcphilharmonic.org/discovery
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FREE Jardim do Amor/Garden of Love: Works by Skip Hill at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave) features mixed-media drawings that communicate freely between two worlds, between dream and reality. MondaySaturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
Through March 31
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FREE Wake: Grace Grothaus and Rena Detrixhe at the Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom (1146 N. Broadway Dr.) features a multi-sensory installation. A shallow body of water is animated by wave disturbances created by a recorded audio played through submerged speakers. The water’s movement is reflected onto the interior walls, rendering the soundscape in shadow and light. Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Thursday, until 7pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org
Through April 1
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion Jr. spring from his teenage imagination. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Mythic Beasts at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (190 W MacArthur, Shawnee) explores the fantastical creatures that the Kuna illustrate in their molas and the Cocle painted on their
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pottery centuries before. Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm. 878-5300, www.mgmoa.org
Through April 29
Celestial Siblings: Parallel Landscapes of Earth and Mars at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features the work of internationally known astronomer and fine art photographer Stephen Strom. Images in this exhibition reveal hauntingly similar patterns on Earth and our planetary neighbor, Mars. Adults, $8; kids (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
Through May 13 The New Art: A Controversial Collection Fifty Years Later at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features longstanding Museum highlights by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Grace Hartigan, Sam Gilliam, Robert Indiana and more. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com
Through May 13
Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, Jerome Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards throughout the country. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under). Free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) explores Waddell’s abstract expressionism. This exhibition redirects the visitor’s attention to the importance of what they do not see rather than what they do see on the canvas, and the opportunity to perceive something different in the same painting each time it is viewed. Adults,
$12.50; student, $9.75; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
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Lucas Simmons: American Fire at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) explores man’s relationship with fire and technology, how it shaped our biology and how we use it to shape the world around us. Simmons’ work explores themes relating to local industry, ecology, religion and mythology. Adults, $7; kids, (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. TuesdayFriday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com
Through May 27
FREE Fine Print! Posters from Permanent Collection at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) explores how posters worked to sell audiences on products, people and ideas. See rarely exhibited European
and American posters in the museum’s permanent collection that were produced between the fin-de-siècle French poster movement of the 1890s and the 1972 Olympics. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938, www.ou.edu/fjjma
FREE Space Burial at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features slivers modeled from 86-foot diameter satellite dishes of the Very Large Array in New Mexico, forming patterninfused canopies. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938, www.ou.edu/fjjma
Through August 12
Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) showcases the amazing beauty, shapes, colors and textures of fungi—the mysterious agents behind
decay, rot and mold. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org
Through Sept. 2
The Art of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a selection of paintings, prints and photographs spanning 100 years and ranging in style from Impressionism and documentary photography to geometric abstraction and hyperrealism. The exhibition includes 23 works by 19 artists including Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Nellie Shepherd, David Fitzgerald and Woody Big Bow, among others. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com Discover more museum exhibits at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/museums.
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WEEKLY EVENTS FREE Art Moves in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features live art like musical and theater performances, demonstrations and short film selections. Weekdays, noon-1pm. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic films on the big screen including Gone With the Wind. $5. Tuesdays, 7pm. 231-4747, www.harkins.com Storytime Science at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd St) features a story and corresponding hands-on science activity in various locations throughout the museum. Best suited for kids ages 6 & under. Free with admission. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org FREE Mother Goose Story Time at the Mustang Public Library (1201 N Mustang Rd) features singing, dancing, finger plays and more. For ages 2 & under with caregiver. Wednesdays, 10-10:45am & 11-11:45am. 376-2226, www.mustanglibrary.org/library FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and craft activity. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come & go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 6026664, www.sciencemuseumok.org Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr Ste 110) features a short story time and age appropriate craft with lots of gluing and coloring. Free with admission. Wednesdsays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com
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FREE Whole Kids Club Story Time at Whole Foods CafĂŠ (6001 N Western Ave). Best suited for ages 5 & under. Thursdays, 10-11am. 879-3500, www.wholefoodsmarket.com FREE Rhythm and Rhyme at Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features dancing and singing to develop literacy and motor and verbal skills. Best suited to ages 4 & under with caregiver. Thursdays, 10:30am. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes basic skate rental. (Family package coupon available at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons). $6. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com FREE Family Story Time at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Childrenâ€™s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com OKSeed Starting Walkups at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). select from an interesting variety of flower, vegetable and herb seeds and pot up some to take home and grow. Prices vary. Saturdays, 10am-3pm. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave). Saturdays, 10:30am. 551-1715, www.commonplacebooksokc.com Mommy & Me Yoga at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St) features a kid and parent friendly yoga session with a certified instructor. Kids can try poses or play during the workout. Best suited for ages 0-6 and pre- & postnatal moms are welcome too. $5. Saturdays, 10-10:30am. 650-7560, www.tottownokc.com
Spring is here and there’s never been a better time for an Oklahoma road trip. Here are some of our favorite events happening outside the Oklahoma City metro this month. March 17
FREE Family Kite Flite Day at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center (18154 First St, Spiro) features professional kite fliers and family activities. Families can bring lawn chairs, blankets and kites. 9am-5pm. 918-962-2062, www.okhistory.org
Tulsa Irish Festival at Guthrie Green (111 E Brady St, Tulsa) features live bands, Irish foods, dancing and a kids’ zone. Free to attend. Noon-9pm. www.facebook.com/TulsaIrishFest/ FREE Burning of the Socks & Switch for Flip Flops at Lake Texoma Marinas (various locations, Kingston). Celebrate the arrival of spring with cookout-style eats, a chili cook-off, live music, golf cart parades and more. 4-10pm. 580564-2334, www.laketexomaonline.com
Grand Lake Renaissance Festival at Park Hills Mote (438415 E Hwy 60, Vinita) features entertainment, foods and a village of merchants. A portion of proceeds benefit One Veteran, One Dog, Two Lives Saved. Adults, $7; students (1317), $3; kids (6-12), $2; kids (5&under), free. 10am-6pm. 918-244-1887
Easter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features an Easter egg hunt and a variety of holiday-themed activities including games, stomp dance and cultural demonstrations and family-friendly films. Free to attend. 10am-5pm; hunts, 1pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
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Nita French BY ERIN PAGE, PHOTO PROVIDED
When Nita French was pregnant with her first child 20 years ago, she received the worst news of her life. Her kidney function was declining and she was facing a life-threatening situation during what should have been a happy and exciting time. Although she’d been diabetic since childhood, she had no idea she’d eventually need a new kidney. After the birth of her oldest daughter, she waited another three years for a kidney and pancreas transplant. During those three years she faced the challenge of being in and out of hospitals, sick, fatigued, and experiencing the heartbreak of two organ donations that never came to fruition. But the third time was the charm and in 2001 she finally got the transplant and she’s been healthy ever since. She’s one of less than a dozen women who’ve successfully had three healthy pregnancies and deliveries following this kind of transplant. That experience not only gave French the opportunity to live, but it eventually led her to a job as the community outreach coordinator for LifeShare Oklahoma, where
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she gets to help save lives through educating people about organ donation. The non-profit federally designated organ procurement organization works with five Oklahoma transplant centers and 145 healthcare organizations around the state to facilitate organ, eye and tissue donation. In addition to managing public education and marketing campaigns, French travels the state to educate groups, individuals and tag agencies on organ donation, and audiences are typically shocked when their vibrant speaker announces she’s alive today thanks to an organ donor. French had volunteered for LifeShare for 14 years when she was overjoyed to be given the opportunity to return to a career after several years as a stay-at-home mom. French began working for LifeShare three years ago and feels there’s no better way to pay her gift forward than to help save other lives. Although she often feels there aren’t enough hours in the day to educate as many people as she’d like about organ donation, her true priority is making time for her family. French and her husband, Dennie, who works for the Federal Aviation Administration and is the 137th Communications Flight Commander for Will Rogers Air National Guard, have four kids: Kayley Grace (19) is a student at the University of Oklahoma and Chayse (10), Channing (8) and Chandler (5), who are Norman Public School students. In addition
to French’s focus on her career, she supports her husband in his career by serving as a Key Spouse, connecting the families of Dennie’s troops with resources and events. This inspiring mother of four shares how she balances being a mom, wife, community leader and non-profit executive.
What does a day managing your family of six entail? Every morning I get up with Dennie to run. We have to fit in our workout time because my second chance at life has taught me that I have to take really good care of myself. My days start the night before as prepping for the next day is the only way we can make this family of six function. Dennie and I meal prep for breakfast and we pack our lunches and the kids’ lunches. We pick out clothing for the next day, pack gym bags and backpacks and put everything by the door. I don’t have any extra time for last-minute hunts for things and since I am so far away from the kids while they are at school, I can’t take them things they leave at home. I get the kids fed and dressed and we have to head out the door at 7:15 a.m. After everyone is dropped off, I make the 45-minute commute to LifeShare. I am in the office three days a week because I have so much on my plate and my schedule is flexible so I can speak to schools, medical professionals and businesses.
At 2:15 I have to leave work to make it by 3 to pick up my kiddos from school. I am trying to juggle my schedule this year to avoid having to find childcare. I cherish my time with my children and it is very important for me to be the one who serves them their afternoon snacks and helps them with homework. We always make time for family reading and we have dinner together every single night, no exceptions. We may have to eat really early or really late but we have our family time around the table. I get to hear how everyone’s day was, anything good or anything bad and they know they can talk to me. That’s when I get most of my information!
What’s your advice for achieving the elusive work/life balance? There are times I get frustrated, when I’m burning the candle at both ends and not giving 100 percent to anything. I focus on what’s most important and for me that’s always going to be my family. If I don’t get that one thing done at work that day, it will be there in the morning, or I have to work on it after the kids go to bed. Before I know it, they will have graduated and I will be wishing I still had small people in my house. So when I’ve got to run a kid here and there and haven’t been to grocery store, I take a step back and focus on what I have to do and what can I push back. Thankfully, my husband steps in and helps. He cautions me not to overburden myself and says I expect too much of myself. There’s this idea that moms have to be perfect at everything we do, but we have to cut ourselves some slack. If we’re loving on and spending time with our kids, that’s what’s important. The rest of it can wait.
I always tell people when I speak that 22 people waiting for a transplant die every day because there aren’t enough organs. I’m not going to stop doing what I do until that number is zero. How does your career shape the kind of mother you are? I work in death. Every day I see people’s lives tragically cut short, so I go home in the evening and the first thing I want is get my people together and hug them. It’s helped me keep my priorities in order. I can’t take these people for granted. My job will always
be here, and the grocery store is not going anywhere, but I can’t take my husband and kids for granted. Life is too short.
What challenges do you face educating people about organ donation?
How do you make time for yourself, to recharge?
We are fighting things like television and movies and the internet. People will read one thing and not often check to make sure it’s a verified or trustworthy source, or say to me ‘didn’t you see that TV show?’ It makes me crazy because that’s not real. I wish there were 100 of me so I could get out to every Oklahoman and tell them how it really works and that doctors are not going to let you die just because you’re an organ donor. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and I get frustrated with that, so I try to focus on what today’s task is.
One Monday night a month I have gun club. I call it my aromatherapy! It’s good for me because I spend time with other women and it relaxes me. I also love to read at Starbucks and to walk around the mall and shopping, without anybody saying, ‘Mom! Let’s go!’
In the midst of raising children and your careers, how do you and your husband prioritize your marriage? When it’s quiet in the evenings, we meal prep and plan together. We also do a devotional together every night, which is a really good way to end the day. We discuss our marriage and parenting and we pray together. That’s important to us, even if it’s the only bit of intimacy we get for the day. We make time for date night every week. It may be something small, but we spend time alone together. At least once a year we travel with Dennie. The kids get to learn about new places and we don’t have to spend so much time apart.
What are your goals for LifeShare over the next five years? Fifty-eight percent of Oklahomans are registered organ donors, and in three years, I’ve seen that number go up considerably. We were just under 55 percent when I started, and if you look at it from the vantage point of one percentage point equates to thousands of people, that’s a lot of people! I always tell people when I speak that 22 people waiting for a transplant die every day because there aren’t enough organs. I’m not going to stop doing what I do until that number is zero. None of us can use our organs and tissues when we die, so we should give them to others who are waiting for a second chance. In the last three years, I’ve been focusing on educating the general population of Oklahoma. In the last few months, we’ve been breaking Oklahoma into segments of the population, focusing on the Hispanic population or law firms, for instance. In January, we sent out postcards to all of the high schools about a piece we have for them to teach in the classroom. I’m really focusing on who I want to reach out to.
How do you encourage families to talk to each other about organ donation? As a society, we think it’s healthy to hide death and the sadness of all of it. We push it off in the corner and act like it’s not there. People don’t talk about advance directives, wills or their funerals. When a family is at the hospital because of a tragic accident, they are angry, grieving and in denial, and that’s not a good time to make any decisions. I see this every day and you don’t want to leave your family with this decision to have to make. Have a ‘what if’ conversation at the dinner table when it’s easier to talk about.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Getting to share my personal story because I get to talk about my favorite things—the man I never met who saved my life and the husband and four kids I get to spend my life with. I never would have had the chance if not for my donor. It’s so fulfilling to me to look at an audience and see people with tears in their eyes, smiling and nodding their heads as they understand why organ donation is so important. People are not moved as much by the number of people on a waiting list, but when I stand up and they have no idea that I’m going to tell them that I almost died …16 years and three kids later, they’re like, ‘Wow, I had no idea that transplants could do that for someone.’ One person could give that second chance.
What are the steps to take to become an organ donor? Go to lifeshareregistry.org and register there. It takes a few seconds. You can update your driver’s license when it’s time to renew it. And tell your family you’ve registered as an organ donor.
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at the Boathouse District and Lake Overholser Campuses Kid Review Reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 10 What made the experience stand out? Being active outdoors didn’t feel like exercise. It felt like fun in the water. I tried paddle boarding, kayaking and the zipline at Lake Overholser. I tried intertubing and the Sandridge Sky Trail at the Boathouse. What was the best part? I had so much fun doing different things and just moving all day long. The metal slides at the Boathouse were really fun. You have to use a sack to go down them because they’re so fast. I also loved hearing my Mom scream when we went on the zipline. What was the worst part? My Mom couldn’t do very much with me at the Boathouse because she didn’t know you have to wear sandals with straps. The experience would have been more fun with someone to do it with me. We had a better time at Lake Overholser because she did it all with me there. Will other kids like this venue and why? I think kids who can be active all day will have the best time ever outdoors. Kids almost always like to get wet, cool off and run around. You can do a lot of different things, like the bike trails and the rock climbing at Lake Overholser too. Would this venue be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? I think they both need to be older before they visit. My brother, Isaac, is 6 and our baby brother is 3, so it’s not quite right for them yet. There are areas for them but it’s kind of a tiring day. I liked going with just my Mom.
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If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would wear more sunscreen. Our day at the lake was cloudy but you still have to wear sunscreen. I went home kind of orange. Does what you saw match up with anything you’re learning in school or have seen before in a book, on TV, etc.? My Uncle Mike and Aunt Katie love water sports. I’ve heard about some of their trips together and seen photos. I went on a school trip last year with my uncle that was all about kayaking. I would like to learn more about fishing and try paddle boarding again in Costa Rica the next time I visit my grandparents there. They have a house by the ocean but I have to learn to swim more. What do you think you’ll remember most about RIVERSPORT? The zipline and the rock wall were the best features at Lake Overholser. The slides and the intertubing were my favorites at the Boathouse. I’ll remember flying through the air and sailing through the water. You have to push yourself to do new things. I’ll definitely remember both days more than watching TV. Get more tips for exploring Oklahoma City with your kids at our Weekend Warrior blog, www.metrofamilymagazine.com/WeekendWarrior