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Sarah Taylor–Publisher Hannah Schmitt–Managing Editor Lindsay Cuomo–Assistant Editor Heather Davis, Erin Page, Brittany Viklund & Emery Clark– Contributing Writers Mark Doescher & Emily Hart– Contributing Photographers Brittany Viklund–Contributing Illustrator Elizabeth Roberts & Tia Hunter–Interns

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DESIGN & SALES Stacy Noakes–Art Director Callie Collins–Marketing Director Athena Delce, Dana Price–Sales Jessica Misun–Project Manager Kathy Alberty–Office/Distribution Shelly Sanderson–Business Development Circulation - 35,000 Also available as a digital edition at www.metrofamilymagazine.com Articles and advertisements in MetroFamily do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine or Inprint Publishing, Inc.We do not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors.The acceptance of advertising by MetroFamily does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information.We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. MetroFamily Magazine is a monthly magazine published by Inprint Publishing, Inc. Address: 318 NW 13th St Ste 101 OKC OK 73103 Phone: 405-601-2081 Fax: 405-445-7509 info@metrofamilymagazine.com ©Inprint Publishing, Inc. 2017, All Rights Reserved.

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A REASON TO READ Explore children's literature that will inspire social justice in your kids.

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DROP A LINE Discover the best family fishing spots in OKC & throughout the state.

Staff Spotlight: Meet our Marketing Director Editor's Picks: Top Easter Events

16 Mom Humor: When Spring Cleaning Leads to More 18 A Day in the Life of an Oklahoma State Senator 78 Kid Review: Gaylord-Pickens Museum


Welcome FROM OUR EDITOR

This month, we reveal Easter adventures, send you on a family fishing trip, interview some kid activists and inspire you to raise your own at home.

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From immigration and health care to women’s rights and an oil pipeline, there’s a lot of protesting going on these days. As most of our readers know, news of social and cultural injustice is viewed differently through the eyes of parents. It's tough to know sometimes whether to turn down the volume on sadness and inequality to shelter children or speak about them whenever possible to help kids have a better understanding as their morals and values are being shaped. Ayanna Najuma would certainly tell you to turn up the volume on the tough topics. She grew up with parents and grandparents who weren't afraid to talk about inequalities they saw in segregated Oklahoma City in the late 1950s. At just 7 years old, she participated in sit-ins that helped change racist policies across the city and the entire midwest. I got to chat with Ayanna for this issue and my interview with her was a great reminder that adults often don't give kids enough credit for how powerful their voices can be. Another interview I conducted for this issue was with Justin Evers, a local third grader who's just wrapping up his term as Oklahoma's first Kid Governor. He's just getting started on his

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mission to make a difference, but over the past year he's been able to draw attention to issues facing many young people in Oklahoma. Although separated by a couple generations, the thing Ayanna and Justin have in common is that their passion for justice and equality started early in life and was fostered by the adults around them. Starting this month, I hope myself and every other parent reading this will give kids a little more credit and a lot more opportunities to flex their activist muscles. Flip to page 10 to get some insight from these two incredible activists about how you can raise your own world-changers at home. Hannah Schmitt Editor

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Lyric Theatre's SensoryFriendly Performances

The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is presenting the musical "James and the Giant Peach" this spring and has partnered with AutismOklahoma to put on two sensoryfriendly performances on April 7 and 8. "AutismOklahoma and Lyric hope that this is just the beginning of a partnership creating opportunities for those on the spectrum to learn from and enjoy all aspects of live theatre," said AutismOklahoma's Director of Community Impact Stacey Weddington. Weddington said the performance was the idea of Lyric Artistic Director Michael Baron, who saw the show produced in Washington D.C. and decided to replicate it locally. Grants awarded by the National

Endowment for the Arts and Oklahoma Natural Gas helped fund the two live theatre experiences. Because children with sensory-processing disorders can be easily overwhelmed by sights and sounds, the show's lights and sound will cater to those needs. Additionally, volunteers at the show will have glowsticks to signal the ending of songs and the approaching applause and space will be left in the back of the room for those who need space to pace or move. A quiet room will be available for audience members who need a break. Sensory-friendly shows are at 11 a.m. April 7 and 10 a.m. April 8. Tickets are $20-$25. Buy your tickets and learn more at www.lyrictheatreokc.com.

New Indoor Playground for Kids with Autism We Rock the Spectrum Gym is one of Oklahoma City's newest attractions specifically for kids on the autism spectrum. All children are welcome at the all-inclusive indoor playground, but the equipment is uniquely designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. Swings, pits and climbing structures are just a few of the

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features at the gym, which opened about five months ago. "Our main goal is to provide an inclusive environment where all families feel welcome," said Owner Kristin Haynes. "It's very rewarding to see all children playing together. We've also found that parents are able to connect while their children play, sharing information and resources with each other." The gym offers birthday parties, private play dates, open play and more. Learn more at www.werockthespectrumoklahomacity.com.

2017 PieceWalk & 5K

The largest autism awareness event in the entire state is coming up in May and now is the time to start preparing. The 2017 PieceWalk & 5K is a chance to raise awareness and support the programs provided by AutismOklahoma. The event is scheduled for May 6 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. In addition to a walk and 5K run, the event features a resource fair to help local families. The resource fair begins at 7:30 a.m., the walk starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Participation in the walk is free. Registration for the 5K is $35 for runners who sign up by May 4.


Staff Spotlight:

Callie Collins Home town:

I grew up mostly in the northern part of the U.S. near Yellowstone National Park but my family moved a lot.

Family:

I have three sons: Sam, almost 10, Isaac, 5, Gabriel, 2. We also have two cats, Picasso and James the Girl.

Best parenting advice I've ever received:

Someone told me when I was pregnant with my oldest to laugh and take a picture when my child did something mischievous because childhood goes so quickly that the mirth of that moment will last more than any punishment. I thought that was really strange advice but I understand it now.

Worst parenting advice I've ever received: Ignore your baby when he cries.

One surprising fact about me:

I studied abroad at 16 before studying in the U.S. and then paid for college by teaching Spanish.

Mother of three Callie Collins is our marketing director. You'll see her front and center at magazine events and all over town trying out new things to write about in her Weekend Warrior blog on our website.

Favorite book to read with my child:

Callie's son, Sam, is our Kid Reviewer. Sam & Callie's features both are Parenting Media Association Award winners. Flip to page 78 to get his take on the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Three things I couldn't live without:

“Grandfather Twilight” by Barbara Berger.

Favorite book to read without my child: “Call the Midwife” by Jennifer Worth; I love the BBC on PBS series too.

Proudest day as a parent:

When my oldest son told me he stole something from the store so we should go back and pay for it.

One goal for 2017:

To look at my phone less and my children more.

When I am tired, I remember:

Even the worst days end at midnight. Tomorrow is another chance. Black-out days where I don’t answer the phone, email or the door; coffee and nail polish.

Three things I could live without but that are in my purse right now for some reason:

A paper clip, a gingerbread energy bar and a rock my middle son brought me from the playground.

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editor’s picks

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The Oklahoma City metro is egg hunt central this Easter. Grab your basket and head to one of these unique hunting events. Be sure to check our calendar starting on page 22 for even more family-friendly spring events. Family Easter Celebration

The Great Egg Hunt

Church of the Servant 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd. 3 p.m. April 9

Yukon High School 1777 S. Yukon Pkwy., Yukon www.discoveryokc.org 10 a.m. April 15

This unique egg hunting experience is paired with a musical to teach kids the story of Jesus' Palm Sunday journey. The Easter bunny will be on-site for photos along with crafts, inflatables and refreshments. Hunts are at 3:45 p.m. (for ages 3 and under), 4:05 p.m. (for age 4-kindergarten) and 4:25 p.m. for grades 1-5. The hunt is free but registration is required at www. churchoftheservant.com/events.

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Easter on the Green Will Rogers Garden 3400 N.W. 36th St. www.okc.gov 9:30 & 11 a.m. April 15 Will Rogers Garden will be a scene straight out of a storybook for their Easter on the Green celebration. Enjoy hunting eggs along the Charles E. Sparks Color Garden and Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum trails then head inside the conservatory for face painting, crafts and pictures with the Easter bunny. Preregistration is required but all ages are welcome. Hunts take place at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and the cost of admission is $2.

Special exhibits sponsored by The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. ou.edu/eoo For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4712.

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Come for the 60,000 Easter eggs and stay for the petting zoo, food trucks, inflatables and face painting. Eggs will be divided into separate areas for different age groups and kids with special needs. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the free hunt begins at 10 a.m.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Orr Family Farm 14400 S. Western Ave. www.orrfamilyfarm.com 10 a.m. April 15 Don't just get a photo with the Easter Bunny, have breakfast with him! This event offers kids a chance to enjoy a seasonal craft and story before getting up close and personal with the Easter bunny before enjoying all the spring activities available at the farm. Preregistration is required and tickets are $25 and guests should bring their own camera. The event is hosted from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. but the ticket includes farm admission so plan to stay to explore the grounds.


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It may be hard for modern-day parents to imagine, but try to picture it: Your 7-yearold child deciding to protest an injustice by walking into a business where they’re clearly not welcome and demanding equal treatment. Ayanna Najuma did just that almost 60 years ago at a downtown Oklahoma City drugstore that had a strict policy not to serve African-Americans. And although there was certainly a risk involved in pursuing equal treatment, her parents not only allowed her to do it, they encouraged her. As you’ll read on the next page, her actions sparked a massive change in the way black people were treated in Oklahoma City. She shared her story with us and gave some practical tips for parents to help raise world-changers. AYANNA NAJUMA LOOKS OVER HER SHOULDER IN A KATZ DRUG SIT-IN IN 1958. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE OKLAHOMAN.

Ayanna Najuma grew up hearing a message from her Mom that has resonated with her to this day. "My mother would always say, 'You're just as good as everybody but you're not better than anybody,'" Najuma said. That message was heard by 7-year-old Najuma in the late 1950s when Oklahoma City was still segregated. Najuma said her mother was a friend of Clara Luper, a teacher and civil rights activist who helped develop an idea for the NAACP Youth Council members to walk into downtown's Katz Drug in August 1958 and order lunch. Their efforts were massively successful. After three days, Najuma said, they were finally served. Staff at Katz stores throughout the country and at many other businesses in Oklahoma City changed their policies. After the successful sit-in at Katz, Najuma said the group continued sitting in at businesses throughout Oklahoma City for several years,

with all but one changing their policy to serve African-Americans. Najuma said she and the other kids in the Youth Council got the idea to do the sit-ins after a trip to New York. The group took a northern route there and a southern route back. On the way there, she said, they were allowed in all the businesses and served at all the restaurants. On the way back, however, many businesses were still segregated. "That was an eye-opener for sure," she said. "We had all this great stuff in New York and we came back asking, 'why can't we do that in Oklahoma?'" Simply asking that question led to an entire movement in Oklahoma City and other southern and midwestern cities, as well. Today, Najuma works in public relations and continues her work as an activist by speaking with kids in Oklahoma City and across the country about equality and making good choices. Najuma acknowledges that part of why the sit-ins were successful was that they were conducted by a group of children. Although

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some drugstore patrons were rude to the kids, the group never faced any serious violence. Being young helped soften the perspectives of many people, Najuma said. She realizes kids have a unique opportunity to accomplish things many adults cannot. She shared some tips for parents who want to encourage their own kids to be worldchangers.

Start the Conversation "In our family," Najuma said, "we sat around the dinner table talking about equality." She encourages parents to just start conversations about important topics and issues happening in the world. Incorporate messages of kindness, equality and standing up for others in regular dinnertime talk.

Pay Attention to Your Talk "I've done a lot of research on stereotypes and children," she said, "and it's the parents who are really the source of it. Parents, you are speaking in a way that makes your children think a certain way about things.


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Parents have more influence than they even realize." She encourages parents to pay close attention to the way they talk about the way other people dress, the way they reference different neighborhoods or areas of town and even the jobs other people do.

Speak Up Additionally, Najuma encourages parents to teach their kids to pay closer attention to the needs of others and speak up more when there's an injustice or a problem. "As a society, people don't want to know what's going on," she said. "People want to just act like everything is fine. Parents teaching kids about advocacy and activism has a lot to do with their mentality. I was taught to want to help others and that's how the sit-in movement started." It's the role of parents, she said, to introduce kids to the lives of other types of people and remind them not to turn away from or ignore difficult issues and topics.

"Teach them to acknowledge the foster child, the kid who had a parent die or go to jail," she said. "Research indicates these topics are swept under the rug and parents don't talk to their kids about them but doing so can make a tremendous difference."

Encourage Independence Although Clara Luper and the leadership of the NAACP Youth Council helped the children develop their passions into something actionable, Najuma said it all started with ideas from her and the other kids. A spirit of independent thinking was planted in her from an early age by her parents and grandparents. "We didn't depend on anyone else to make the change for us," she said of her time during the sit-in movement. We looked around and saw 'Colored' signs everywhere. There was a lack of equity in the process so I just thought about what my mother said. That I was just as good as everybody but not better than anybody. And I decided to make that happen."

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Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy decided to do something about it last year and ran a contest for Oklahoma's first Kid Governor. The purpose of the contest is to shine a light on issues facing Oklahoma youth by making a child an advocate for all area kids. Submission videos featuring kids with big hearts poured in and John Rex Elementary student Justin Evers was selected last April. Evers is passionate about many issues facing Oklahoma's youth, especially kids in foster care. That's probably because his parents, Lindel and Shannon, have fostered children themselves over the years. Evers raised awareness about issues facing Oklahoma kids throughout his term by appearing in a series of videos addressing the problems and suggesting ways for other kids to get involved. The third grader recently wrapped up his term and a new Kid Governor has been selected, so we wanted to catch up with Evers with an exit interview about his time as Governor.

So what's it been like to be Oklahoma's first Kid Governor?

Well, my friends still don't even believe me when I say I'm Kid Governor.

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Did you learn anything new about Oklahoma during your term?

I learned a lot more kids than we think have poverty and hunger issues.

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Did that change the way you thought about anything? It changed me in a better way. I just didn't take anything I had for granted as much.

What's your favorite memory of your time as Governor? Probably Braum's ice cream day at the capitol. I got chocolate.

Do you have any advice for the new Kid Governor?

Continue doing what I've done and advocate for kids. I think the more people who are supporting kids who don't have it as good as we do, the more likely we are to stop the problems kids are having.

What are good ways people can support other kids?

It would really be easy if we could tell other people in a better position or more authority to do something about it.

Now that your term is up, are you continuing any work advocating for Oklahoma kids?

I keep working to try to get my parents to continue to foster and to adopt foster kids.

Who's your favorite superhero?

That's a hard one. I really like all of them but my favorites are Captain America and Batman.


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Did you meet anyone famous while you were governor?

What advice do you have for other kids who want to be activists?

If you were the real governor of Oklahoma what would you change?

Maybe you can be a foster parent when you grow up?

Yes, I met the real governor. I didn't give her any advice but I gave her some dance tips.

Number one would be higher paying jobs to give people who have jobs a better way to support themselves and their families. Also I'd like a higher employment rate. We should raise that a bit so there could be more people working.

Help in small ways. Ask your parents to get a foster kid or even adopt a kid.

What do you mean maybe?

[Editor's Note: This interview was edited for style and clarity.]

Sunbeam and OICA recently announced their new Kid Governor, 10-year-old Audrey Patton. Patton, one of 17 kids who submitted videos for the campaign, is a fifth grader at St. John Nepomuk Catholic School in Yukon. During her term, she’ll address foster care, poverty, early childhood education, mental health and other issues affecting the well-being of Oklahoma youth.

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ne way to encourage your kids to stand up for others and have social and cultural sensitivity is to read books at home that delve into these topics in a kidfriendly way. Here are some favorites from a local mom and education expert.

"Thunder Boy Jr." by Sherman Alexie

An easy way to develop empathy and acceptance in young children is to expose them to different cultures and races. By having diverse storybooks and characters, children will learn that there are many other experiences beyond their own. This book focuses on identity development with Native American characters by world-renowned author Sherman Alexie.

"Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair" by Jamee Riggio Heelan

This book is a moving story that sheds a light on children with different abilities. Taylor’s story shows what makes him different as a child in a wheelchair but also what makes him similar in many ways to able-bodied children.

"The Family Book" by Todd Parr

Todd Parr is one of my favorite authors and he has written many wonderful children’s books about critical topics on empathy and understanding. What I love about this one is that families of all shapes, sizes and makeups are celebrated with colorful illustrations and the loving sentiment that every family is special in its own way.

"Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale" by Duncan Tonatiuh

With the use of desert animals & creative illustration styles, Duncan Tonatiuh helps build perspective on why migrants choose to relocate in order to make life better for themselves and their families. The author even includes factual talking points at the end of the text to discuss with your children.

"And Tango Makes Three"

by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell This is a true story about a pair of male penguins at the Central Park Zoo creating a non-traditional family and raising a baby penguin. This book is a heartfelt and adorable way to teach love and equality to children of all ages.

"The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi

We love the way that this book encourages children to embrace diversity and take pride in their own unique identity. As you learn about Unhei through the story, you also learn bits and pieces of Korean culture and what makes it special.

"The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage" by Selina Alko

Take a trip through history as your child learns about interracial marriage and the journey the Loving family faced in their fight for justice with this delightful illustrated story.

"We Came to America" by Faith Ringgold

We love that this story highlights the multicultural history of the people of the United States of America. It teaches that

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diversity is what makes our country rich, beautiful and great in many ways.

"Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña

Using gorgeous illustrations, this story promotes many heartfelt messages based on seeing the beauty in the world and its people, as well as promoting the importance of service to others. This journey between a grandmother and her grandson in an urban setting will warm your heart.

"One Love"

by Cedella Marley Based on the song by Bob Marley, this board book captures the power of change by collectively coming together to make our communities strong. It’s a great book to sing along to and share the powerful message of “One Love” with your little one. Brittany is a former pre-kindergarten teacher who spent her last five years designing teacher education training for early childhood teachers with Teach For America. Her curriculum designs were primarily focused on language and literacy development through socially just pedagogy. Brittany currently designs early childhood course modules for Relay Graduate School of Education while taking care of her 3-monthold son.


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When Spring Cleaning Leads to More

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he weather has been nothing short of glorious, and you know what that means, right? That means we have been busy with spring cleaning. And by “we,” I actually do mean everyone in our family.

My younger daughter has been going through all her clothes. This is to say that she can almost see her clothes again. I helped her a little bit by holding up each and every item I found in the corner of her room. She responded by saying “Dirty” or “Too Small” or “Not Mine.” I’m not sure what her organizational system was for piling all of the clothes she’s ever owned, worn or touched onto the floor, but with just

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a glance, she knew where each one belonged. She didn’t do anything about it, necessarily, but she knew where it belonged. I tackled the closets. Nine years ago, we moved into our beloved home just three weeks before school started. I haven’t looked in the closets since that frantic weekend when I shoved all the homeless items into a closet so they could have a home until I “got around to” sorting through them all. Nine years later, here I am, sorting through them all. I’m not sure where my daughter gets her organizational skills. Okay fine. I guess it’s partly from me. Partly, I say, because you haven’t heard the rest of my story. With my younger daughter and I working inside the house, the windows open, iTunes playing our favorite tunes, my older daughter

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and my husband decided to work outside. She’s a high school sophomore who’s been exploring career options so she decided to see if botany, horticulture or agriculture areas appealed to her as she decided to clean out the flowerbeds and flowerpots. She even began planning what we could plant this year to beautify our home and add to the curb appeal. She started by dumping all the dead and gone plants from the pots into the flower bed and then pulling the long-forgotten vines and piling them for compost in the middle of the yard. My husband, God bless his little heart, decided to clean out the garage. He started by dragging out everything that was in the garage and putting it in the middle of the driveway. When the driveway was full, he began stacking it in the yard. For that brief moment, while everything was not where it belonged, our garage looked pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. As I carried a box of donations to the garage, I passed my husband sweeping out a corner. I asked him where he wanted me to put the box, and he motioned to a pile of other boxes

on the front lawn. I took two steps then stopped in my tracks.

walked over to greet yet another couple who had stopped by to see what we had to offer.

“By where those people are?” I asked, pretty sure he was unaware that there were three adults in our front yard looking at boxes. Two of the women had empty flower pots in their hands. I’m not sure where my daughter was.

I started to tell them that we had nothing to offer. Instead, I went back inside to gather more boxes and to yell at the girls to drag their unwanted items to the lawn.

“Who are they?” he asked, joining me at the edge of our garage. I looked at him trying to convey that I hadn’t invited people over to dig through our stuff. I felt that if I were to say much more, I might offend them. Whoever they were. “How much for the pots?” one of them asked, holding up a planter that had never really been my favorite. I started to answer that it wasn’t for sale when my husband interrupted me and said, “How much will you give for it?” And then it was on. I held my box of old sheets as they dug through it, selecting a set of sheets for a full bed and three extra kingsized pillow cases. I sat the once-organized box down on my front lawn as my husband

At one point, a gardener was convinced she could bring the vine that my daughter yanked from our flowerbed back to life and gave us $3 for it. We got rid of a box of bottles we hadn’t taken to recycling yet and a pair of rain boots I had never seen before in my life went for $5. The spurt of people wandering through our yard lasted for about two hours. Then it died down, and we resumed our spring cleaning tasks. Overall, it was a good day. $235 is not a bad haul considering we weren’t having a garage sale. Heather Davis is a momma, a writer, and a believer in the power of front-yard negotiations. You can contact her through her website at www.Heather-Davis.net.

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A Day in the Life

AJ Griffin

BY HANNAH SCHMITT

AJ GRIFFIN WITH HUSBAND TREY AND DAUGHTERS REAGAN AND ALEX. PHOTO BY MARK DOESCHER.

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J Griffin is an Oklahoma Senator and mom of two. She lives in south Logan County between Guthrie and Edmond with her two teenage daughters, Reagan and Alex, and her husband of 25 years, Trey. First elected to the State Senate District 20 seat in 2012, Griffin serves as a member of Senate leadership as the chair of the Rural Caucus and chairs the Appropriations Committee on Human Services. She co-chairs the National Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), represents Oklahoma on the boards of directors for both the Energy Council and the Southern States METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

Energy Board and has been recognized as an emerging leader by the Grand Old Party Political Action Committee or GOPAC, a Republican organization recruiting candidates for higher office. Since her election, she has been recognized by numerous groups for her legislative work for children, families, victims of domestic violence, substance abuse professionals, the disabled and rural Oklahoma. 6:00 a.m. The alarm goes off and I roll over and immediately pick up my phone to check the news alerts and weather. The weather forecast is irrelevant as I will be sequestered for the daylight hours in the towering fortress at 23rd and Lincoln Avenue known as our State Capitol.

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6:07 a.m. I hit the shower and run

through a mental checklist of the day’s activities for myself and the rest of the family. I’m not much of a breakfast person, so I generally make the coffee and let my husband handle breakfast. Since my election in 2012 my wardrobe choices have gotten easier and more interesting. We elected women have tried to transform the landscape of Oklahoma’s legislative chambers by venturing away from the dark suits and “menswear” that women in the past were limited to. We even swore off pantyhose a couple sessions ago. If the princess of England doesn’t have to wear them, we shouldn’t either. I have adapted to wearing heels every day and consider them a secret weapon. With an added three inches I stand eye-to-eye with many of my male colleagues. My go-to outfit is a dress and jacket and I like color. I have three pink jackets!

6:45 a.m. I check on Reagan and make

sure she has her basketball uniform ready to go then tell Alex to have a good day and ask if she will be at the ballgame. I remind them that lunch is ready to go and on the counter. Trey got them together the night before. Alexandra, who is 18 and a senior, will drive them both to school. Life got much easier when she got her license. Reagan has another month and a half until she turns 16 then we will have two drivers. A quick peck on Trey’s cheek and I’m out the door.

7:25 a.m. I arrive at the Faculty House for a breakfast sponsored by the Pott’s Family Foundation promoting early childhood learning. I co-chair the Senate Early Learning Caucus with my friend JJ Dossett from Owasso. We hear from a few speakers and then Senator Dossett and I field a few questions. Oklahoma is a national leader in early learning and my background working with Smart Start Oklahoma makes this a good fit for me.

8:20 a.m. I duck out of the breakfast

quickly to head to the capitol. I have two bills to present in the education committee. While driving between the Faculty House and the capitol, I take a call from a lobbyist. We are working together on a strategy to get a bill heard in committee. This bill addresses telemedicine and would improve access to healthcare in rural Oklahoma, something I am very passionate about.

8:35 a.m. I swing by the office and say hello to my assistant, Kathy Barton. Kathy is awesome and keeps me organized both during the session and in the interim. She is from southeastern Oklahoma and has the type of southern accent that puts

people at ease. I also know she can calm the angriest caller with just a few words, which is a godsend in politics! She hands me the files for the bills I am presenting, I grab my glasses and head down the hall. The Education Committee is in full swing when I arrive. Both my bills pass committee without any “no” votes.

9:00 a.m. I head back to my office and

am greeted by several people wanting “just five minutes.” I usually joke that they can have three. During the legislative session, from the first Monday in February to the last Friday in May, our offices are revolving doors of every type of Oklahoman with every type of issue. I love seeing and hearing from them all, but it can be overwhelming to manage. I am always glad to have Kathy’s help. The next hour is a stream of short meetings and returning phone calls while double-checking where bills are in the committee process.

10:00 a.m. I grab a cup of coffee and

head from my office on the fifth floor to the second floor conference room for a meeting of senate leadership. The group is comprised of senior members with leadership roles. There is a great deal of camaraderie among this group.

11:00 a.m. Leadership ends and I swing

back by the office to check in with Kathy. I have a student shadow for the day that has arrived and I say hello and pose for a quick picture. Kathy hands me a stack of phone messages and a few emails she thinks I need to review and I go over those while a couple more people ask for “just five minutes.” Today I am being visited by an advocacy group working on vaccination legislation. Several are constituents from my district so I invite them in to visit. These meetings are a great way to get information regarding how people are feeling about issues, but emails and phone calls are effective too. It’s important to me for everyone to know that I am easy to reach and will always listen but some days at the capitol we are being pulled in several different directions at once.

11:30 a.m. It’s time for caucus. This is a meeting of the Senate Republican Caucus; we are 42 of the 48 senate members. A caucus is simply a name for a subset within the body. I chair the Rural Caucus which is those of us who represent districts outside of the metro areas. Although I live in the Edmond area, my district spans four rural counties and spreads from western to eastern Oklahoma. Many times the divide between rural and urban is as important as the differences between Republicans and Democrats. Today we will share lunch and

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discuss issues relevant to the session. We always begin caucus with a prayer and a pledge to the flag.

1:00 p.m. Another quick check with

Kathy before we head to the chamber for session. A senate staff member is waiting to go over language for a bill I am working on with the Department of Human Services. We discuss needed changes and then do a quick run-down of other bills he has drafted.

1:25 p.m. You can hear the bell ringing calling us to the floor. High school juniors and seniors acting as pages continue an old tradition and wander the halls yelling “senate roll call.” I know the kids hate that duty but it will be part of the experience they never forget. Today I am the presiding officer so I will run the floor session. You need to know the extensive rules of the senate for this duty. 1:30 p.m. We begin session with prayer

and the pledge of allegiance. This week the Chaplain is my guest, Josh Kerr from First United Presbyterian Church in Perry. He will spend the week with us and have “privileges of the floor.” Only members, former members, immediate family members and others granted this privilege are allowed on the floor during session. My student shadow is watching from the gallery.

2:30 p.m. Floor work was light so we

are only in the chambers for an hour. It’s committee deadline week so after the session, it is back to committee after another quick check with Kathy. There is a lobbyist who wants to walk and talk to me as we head to the committee meeting. A quick conversation lets me know how they feel about one of the bills coming up in committee. Lobbyists represent a point of view and can play an important role in the process, though I always remember that they are trying to sell the point of view of their client. They aren’t my constituents and although I listen they aren’t the most important perspective I will hear on any piece of legislation.

3:00 p.m. Health and Human Services

Committee begins and we work through a packed agenda. I have four bills to present in this committee plus we hear 20 from other members. This committee manages policy around health care, social services and juvenile justice. These are the areas I work in almost exclusively as a policy-maker. Much of what we do is without much controversy, but occasionally we handle very difficult issues. The public can find the agendas on the

legislative websites: www.oksenate.gov and www.okhouse.gov.

4:30 p.m. Committee has adjourned and I have another short meeting with Kathy to get caught up on the phone calls and emails I need to follow-up on. We run through my bill list and I ask her to set up a couple meetings for the next day. Most of the lobbyists and constituents have gone and the capitol is much quieter. I use this time to make changes to a few bills and review the financials for the Department of Human Services. I chair the Human Services Appropriations Committee and we are working to secure additional funding for this fiscal year. 4:45 p.m. Senator Kim David of Wagoner calls to see if I can meet briefly. Senator David chairs the appropriations committee. We work together to determine the amount of funds needed by DHS to operate for the remainder of the year then go over the needs of the other agencies in my subappropriations committee. 5:15 p.m. A quick phone call to check on

the family on my way to a reception. We’re invited to as many as four receptions each evening during the session and just about every profession has an advocacy group wanting to educate legislators on their issues. Today is the dentists' day and I swing by the Oklahoma Dental Association building, grab an hors d'oeuvre to act as dinner, say hello to the dentists from my district and then jump back in the car.

6:30 p.m. The Oklahoma Christian

School Lady Saints are taking on Bethel. Our youngest is in the starting lineup. I would rather watch my girls play the sports they love than just about anything. I meet my husband at the game and join the other parents as we cheer the girls on to another victory. Alex comes to sit in the raucous OCS student section and we all stay to watch the first half of the boys’ game as well.

8:45 p.m. Finally home, I kick off the heels I’ve been in all day and get a run-down of everyone else’s day. The girls head to their rooms to finish homework. I gather the basketball uniform and soccer practice gear and toss it in the washer. Trey gives me an update on his plans for the week and we go over my schedule of events. 9:30 p.m. The family gathers on the couch to watch a recorded sitcom from the previous week. I try not to cry when one of the characters is leaving home for college. I am

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constantly dealing with the thought of Alex moving to Stillwater in the fall. I am thrilled for her and know she is ready, but like most moms, I’m not ready for her to go.

10:45 p.m. I’m in my PJs and snuggled into bed reading bills on my iPad. We will work through more than 2,000 bills reducing them to the 200-300 that make it to the governor. I have learned to speed read pretty well. 11:30 p.m. Lights out. I say a quick prayer of thanksgiving for another day and close my eyes knowing my family is safe and sound. [Editor's Note: This submission was edited for style and clarity.]


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THROUGH APRIL 15 Photos with the Easter Bunny at The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City (7624 W Reno Ave). Meet the Easter Bunny and his friend Alice from Wonderland. Kids can pose for a photo. $15. Saturday & Sunday, noon-6pm; April 15, 3-5pm. 787-3700, www.theoutletshoppesatoklahomacity.com

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at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features hands-on activities at over 60 booths, face painting, roaming characters, a climbing wall, door prizes, live music and much more. Several door prizes will be given away during the event. Adults can receive $1 off admission with coupon. with coupon. See pages 42-50 for more details. Adults, $6; kids, free. 11am-4:30pm. www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kidsfest Believe 5K at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a 5K, fun run and a day of health, awareness, remembrance and fun, including free oral cancer screenings. Benefits D-Dent of Oklahoma. $25-$35. 9-11am. www.believe5k.com FREE Fishing Days in Oklahoma City (various locations) features free fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city

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permit is required; however a state license is for anyone 16 and older. 297-1426, www.okc.gov Annual Health Dash at OUHSC David L. Boren Student Union (1106 N Stonewall) features a 5K, 10K, 4-person 10K and one mile fun run/walk, benefiting Clinic On The Move, a mobile clinic operated by Good Shepherd Ministries. $20 & up. 9am. www.ouhsc.edu/healthdash FREE Saturday with Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a make-your-own modern bandanna craft using old t-shirts and tie dye. For ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE Amazing Race at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features a local style Amazing Race for kids ages 5-11. Preregister. 10am-1pm. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi Dr) features a variety of activities throughout the museum including crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 5212491, www.okhistory.org FREE Meet the Gardener at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Get a behindthe-scenes look at what gardeners do in the Children’s Garden. All ages; come and go. 10-11:30am. Also held: 4/29. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Oklahoma City Blue vs Texas Legends at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 7pm. 602-8500, oklahomacity.dleague.nba.com

APRIL 1 & 2 Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at the Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) is a consignment sale of children's, maternity & junior clothes, toys, shoes, books, bedding and baby gear. Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, noon-3pm. 706-5712, www.sweetrepeatskidsconsignment.com


FREE Oklahoma City Obedience Training Club Dog Trails at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd). Watch as local dogs and their trainers show off their skills. The event is open to the public and free to attend. 8:30am-4:30pm. www.ocotc.com Jurassic Quest at State Fair Park Bennett Event Center (3101 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features dinosaurs exhibits, science stations, crafts, games, inflatables and more. Adults, $28; kids, $22; kids VIP, $32; kids (2-12), free. Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 9am-7pm. www.jurassicquest.com/okc

APRIL 2 • SUNDAY FREE Open Streets OKC in the Uptown 23rd Area (NW 23rd between Western & Robinson) is a local health and wellness project that encourages healthy residents with active transportation and wellness activities. This is a pet-friendly event; all pets should be on a leash during the event. Noon-4pm. www.openstreetsokc.com Israel in Egypt at Civic Center Music Hall (201 S Walker Ave) features a dramatic story of the Israelites’ bondage in Egypt, followed by descriptions of the plagues that Moses called down upon the Egyptians to persuade the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. $15-$60. 3pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com FREE Spring Powwow at UCO (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a traditional American Indian dinner and Native dance performances. 5-10pm. 974-3588, www.uco.edu/student-life/ diversity/programsandevents/powwow.asp Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese (2201 Interstate Dr, Norman) features less crowds, dimmed lighting, the music and show turned down or off and limited appearances from Chuck E. Cheese on the first Sunday each month. Prices vary. 9-11am. 366-8200, www.chuckecheese.com An Evening with Audra McDonald at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in concert. $50 & up. 7pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu Oklahoma City Thunder vs Charlotte Hornets at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 2pm. Also held: 4/4 vs Charolotte, 4/12 vs Denver. 602-8700, www.nba.com/thunder

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Read Across Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a day of storytelling, reading-related activities, dancing and more. Meet with PBS characters and children's author Gwendolyn Hooks and listen to a musical performance by Sugar Free Allstars as well as other fun literacy activities. Free with admission. 10am-1pm. 425-0262, libraries.ok.gov

Autism Awareness Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol (2300 N Lincoln Blvd) features a resource fair and honored speakers including state representatives and senators as well as representative from Oklahoma Autism Center and Autism Speaks. 9am4pm. 842-9995, www.autismcenterok.org Energy for Children Sporting Clay Shoot at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports (8513 S Douglas Blvd, Guthrie) features a sporting clay shoot benefiting CASA of Oklahoma County, Inc. Preregister, space is limited. $200 & up. 8am-4pm. 713-6456, www.okcountycasa.org/efc

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FREE Phillip & Henry Magic Show at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (900 N Sooner Rd, Edmond) features a familyfriendly magic show with illusion, street magic, close-up magic and humor. All ages welcome. 11:30-1pm. 285-2301, www.stlukeedmond.org

APRIL 3 & 4 FREE Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Native American language students participate in judged written and oral performance categories that celebrate the use of native languages in traditional and modern ways. 10am-5pm. 325-4172, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

APRIL 3-8 Kids Consignment Sale at Yukon Shopping Hills (1093 S Cornwell, Yukon) features gently used items for babies and children. Entry is free. Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 8am4pm. www.kidsconsignmentsale.com

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FREE Story Time: 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. End the journey with a sweet flower treat just like the critters from Rita Gray's book,"Flowers Are Calling." Best suited for kids in pre-K and younger. 10-11am. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Grassroots and Cowboy Boots Fundraiser at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (429 E California Ave) features author and former Miss Oklahoma and Miss America Jane Jayroe, bluegrass music by world-renowned fiddler Kyle Dillingham, a barbecue dinner, live auction, western games and photos, line dancing and more. Benefits Arise Ministries. $40; couples, $75. 6-10pm. 359-7368, www. ariseministries.net/rootsandboots/

APRIL 4 & 5 FREE LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO Store (1901 NW Expressway) features a LEGO Chick build. The mini model must be completely built in store. For ages 6-14. Preregister, space is limited. The monthly mini model build events are only open to registered LEGO VIP members. Sign up online for free. 5pm. 840-9993, Stores.Lego.com

APRIL 5 • WEDNESDAY Cirque Du Soliel’s OVO at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a special Cirque du Soleil OVO performance at the Zoo. Immerse yourself in the world of insects, teaming with joy and amazement for all ages. Free with admission. 11amnoon. 424-3344, www.facebook.com/ events/1782555828728081/


APRIL 6 • THURSDAY Montmartre Chalk Art Festival at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (1727 W Alabama, Chickasha) features hundreds of artists of all ages creating of a variety of ages creating wonderful works of art in chalk as well as to enjoy live music, vendors and a variety of exhibits. Free to attend. 7:30am1:30pm. 574-1302, www.facebook.com/ events/1624719487855348/ FREE OKC Improv Teen Class at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave). Learn how to improvise and perform hilarious scenes based on a single suggestion. Preregister; best suited for ages 12 & up. 4-5pm. 755-0710, www.metrolibrary.org Murder Mystery Night at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr). Interview suspects and follow clues to solve the mysterious murder for a chance to win a prize. This event is come-and-go and the

crime will take about an hour to solve. $5. 6-9pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com Cork & Canvas at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features an evening of live music, delicious appetizers, wine pairings, and a great selection of silent and live auction packages, including oneof-a-kind artwork from students. Benefits Positive Tomorrows. $45. 6-9pm. 556-5082, www.positivetomorrows.org Starlight Supper at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features a dinner under the stars with a multiple-course meal prepared by some of Oklahoma's top chefs from local restaurants, live music and complimentary wine. Benefiting Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives. Must be 21 or older to attend. $65. 7-9pm. www.eventbrite.com/e/starlightsupper-tickets-31488766749

APRIL 6-9 OVO from Cirque du Soleil at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem

teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Adults, $37 & up; kids, $25 & up. Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 4 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30 & 5pm. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com

APRIL 6-10 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs Iowa Cubs at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr). $8 & up. ThursdaySaturday, 7:05pm; Sunday, 2:05pm & Monday, 11:05am. Also held: 4/18-21 vs Nashville, 4/22-25 vs Memphis. 218-1000, www.okcdodgers.com

APRIL 6-15 Native American New Play Festival at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features playwriting workshops, family events, musical performances and panel discussions. $15-$25. See website for a complete schedule. 626-6605, www.okctc.org

Have the Ultimate Adventure at a RIVERSPORT Camp! Go whitewater rafting, zip lining and more at an Ultimate Adventure Camp. Learn the basics of sailing at our Lake Hefner Sailing Camp, and new for 2017 - Beach Volleyball and Mountain Bike camps! Grades 2-9; full and half day options. Visit us online at riversportokc.org to learn more!

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APRIL 7 • FRIDAY FREE Community Tree Planting at Will Rogers Garden (3400 NW 36th St). Participants will help plant trees for the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum and learn about proper tree planting, pruning and care. No registration required; all ages welcome. 11am-noon. 297-1392, www.okc.gov OKC Girls Art School GROW Fundraiser and Exhibition at SixTwelve (612 NW 29th St) features a spring garden and growth themed event. Art pieces include ceramic garden stakes, fairy houses and nature trays, garden gnomes and more. Attendees can also enjoy free face painting as well as light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Benefits Oklahoma City Girls Art School’s after-school visual arts program. Free to attend. 6-9pm. 996-8373, www.okcgirlsartschool.org Swing Into Spring with Bethesda at The Hall at The Rail House (102 W Eufaula St, Norman) features an evening of fun, food and music to benefit Bethesda. $50. 6-9pm. 364-0333, www.bethesdaok.org FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th Streets, Walker and Hudson Ave) features art

galleries, artists, special themed exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. 6-10pm. 525-2688, www.thepaseo.com Parent’s Night Out at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon). Kids can enjoy a night of fun entertainment while parents have a night out. A light snack will be served. Preregister; best suited for ages 5-11. $10. 6-10pm. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov FREE Concert at UCO Constitution Hall Nigh Center (100 N University, Edmond) features a performance by Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Band benefiting ServeOK. Preregister. 7-8:30pm. 509-5061, www.serveok.org

APRIL 7 & 8 Junk Hippy at the Denny-Crump Rodeo Arena (215 N Country Club Dr, El Reno) features over 300 vendors selling vintage furniture and clothing, handmade soaps, re-purposed goods and more, as well as food trucks and live music by The Great Divide. Adults, $5, kids (13 & under), free. 10am6pm; concert, Friday, 7-10pm. 242-3290, www.junkhippy.com

Under the Streetlamp at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the OKC Philharmonic in concert with guest conductor Douglas Droste and violinist Chloe Hanslip performing work from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Best suited for ages 5 & up. $19 & up. 8pm. 942-5837, www.okcphil.org

APRIL 7-9 Southwest Street Rod Nationals at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features pre-1984 automobiles and street rods featuring more than 1,900 specialty automobiles, a street rod parade, swap meet, arts & crafts, children's games and more. 13 & older, $14; kids (6-12), $5; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, 8:30am-5pm; Saturday, 8am5pm; Sunday, 8am-2pm. 901-452-4030, www.nsra-usa.com

APRIL 8 • SATURDAY Arcadia Lake Sweep at Spring Creek Park (SE 15th St, Edmond). Help clean up the shores, parks and trails around Arcadia Lake. Participants will receive a t-shirt while supplies last as well a hotdog lunch. Bring gloves and sunscreen. 8-11am. 216-7471, www.arcadialakeok.com

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PBJ MOMs Spring Consignment Sale at Grace United Methodist Church (6316 N Tulsa Ave) features gently used boys and girls clothing from newborn to teen as well as maternity clothing, shoes, baby gear, books and toys, all consigned by local families. $1 per family. 8am-2pm. 640-4023, www.facebook.com/Pbjmomsconsignment Heart Walk at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Blvd) features a heart health walk, interactive health fair, vendor expo and live entertainment. Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the Kids Heart Challenge, a half-mile course with obstacles. Preregister. Free to attend; fundraising encouraged. 8am-12:30pm. www.okcheartwalk.org Oklahoma Sooner Spring Football Game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (1185 Asp Ave, Norman) features the spring scrimmage, a merchandise sale, tailgating cuisine, live music, kids’ amusement rides, interactive games, appearances by the Sooner Schooner, Boomer and Sooner and the OU Spirit Squad. Sale, 8am; activities, 9:30am; game, 1pm. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com FREE Car Seat Check at Fowler Volkswagen of Norman (617 N Interstate Dr, Norman). Learn how to install your child's car seat or booster seat and find out if it's time for a change. Fowler VW will also host family-friendly activities, games and more. A limited number of car seats will be available, first come, first serve. 9am-noon. 642-0318, www.fowlervw.com Oklahoma City Energy vs Rio Grande Valley FC at Taft Stadium (2501 N May Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 4/11 vs Sacromento. 235-KICK, www.energyfc.com 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. Best suited for ages 12 & under. Activities, 10am; hunts, 10:30am. 793-5000, www.cityofmoore.com FREE Arts Trek at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur St, Shawnee) features a family-friendly arts adventure that combines an arts festival with a performance walk. Local artists and crafters display, demonstrate and sell their artwork. 10am-4pm. 878-5300, www.artstrek.org

Artful Tours for Fours & Fives at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features movement, drawing and other activities that explore Native American stories and art. For ages 4 & 5, siblings are welcome. 10-11am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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FREE Easter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features crafts, appearance by the Easter Bunny and a grand Easter egg hunt. Activities, 10am-5pm; hunts, 1pm. 580-6227130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com FREE Easter Celebration at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Family Life Center (308 NW 164th St) features Easter egg hunts for kids ages 2 to 4th grade, games, crafts, snacks, story time, music and more. 10amnoon. 348-3292, www.hoytrinityedmond.org FREE Covered in Color: Sidewalk Chalk Competition and Art Festival at Charles J. Johnson Central Park (SE 29th St & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features a sidewalk chalk competition, live entertainment, art vendors, face painting and more. Free to attend; bags of chalk pieces, $2 for non-competitors. 10am-3pm. 739-8239, www.visitmidwestcity.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. Hunt will move inside in the event of inclement weather. 10am. 789-9033, www.stmarksbethany.com FREE See You Saturdays at the Gaylord Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features special activities for the whole family including a conversation series, themed museum tours, immersive crafts and a chance to collect Hall of Fame Heroes. 10am-5pm. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com Opening Day at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd). Online discounts available before April 3. 48” & taller, $39.99; under 48”, $29.99. 10:30am-8pm. 478-2140, www.frontiercity.com FREE Family Day at the OSU Museum of Art (720 S Husband St, Stillwater) features free, hands-on art activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. Family Day offers a variety of projects connected to the exhibitions on view. 11am-3pm. 744-2780, www.museum.okstate.edu

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visitors of all ages and all levels of artmaking experience. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-4pm. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontempory.org FREE Unicorn Party at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features unicorninspired activities and crafts including colorful snacks and the opportunity to take pictures with a costumed unicorn. All ages welcome. 2-3:30pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org 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. Dogs must be on a leash and able to get along with other dogs. 2pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com Bricktown Freedom Music Fest at Bricktown Brewery Parking Lot (1 N Oklahoma Ave) features country jams, live entertainment, craft beer and local food trucks, benefiting Warriors for Freedom and Water4. Adults, $20; veterans, active duty & kids (6-15), $10; kids (5 & under), free. 4-10pm. 286-9920, www. warriorsforfreedom.org/bricktownfreedom/ FREE Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Acts 2 United Methodist Church (4848 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an afternoon of Easter egg hunts, food trucks, bounce houses, face painting and more. 4:30-6pm. 359-2287, www.acts2umc.org A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet Ball at Chevy Bricktown Events Center (429 E California Ave) features cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions and a special performance by Oklahoma City Ballet and live music from Squadlive. Black tie attire requested. Benefits Oklahoma City Ballet. $250 and up. 6-11pm. 843-9898, www.okcballet.org

APRIL 8 & 9 Redbud Classic at the Nichols Hills Plaza (Avondale & Western Ave) features a 10/33/50 mile Bike Tour, a 10K, a 5K, 5K wheelchair event, two-mile walk & stroller derby, a kids fun run and a finish line bash. Benefits Cleats for Kids. Prices vary. See website for a complete schedule of events. 842-8295, www.redbud.org


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FREE Family Day at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features free admission and a host of hands-on art activities and experiences throughout the entire Museum including kid-friendly performances throughout the galleries and in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. Noon5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

FREE Board Games Explosion at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St). Play classic favorites like Battleship and Connect Four, or more recent bestsellers like Zombie Dice and Apples to Apples. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 606-3575, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Community Easter Egg Hunt at Lion's Park (2201 S Midwest Blvd, Midwest City) features a free community Easter egg hunt hosted by Wickline United Methodist Church, games, treats and photos with the Easter Bunny. Best suited for kids up to grade 5. 2-4pm. 732-0356, www.wickline.church FREE Easter Eggstravaganza at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (300 N Air Depot, Midwest City) features an Easter egg hunt, face painting, crafts and a petting zoo. Best suited for age 2-5th grade. 2-4pm. 732-6831, www.stmatthew.org FREE Easter Carnival at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features an afternoon of fun games, bounce houses and food. All ages welcome. 3-5pm. 525-3200, www.newcov.tv

APRIL 10 • MONDAY Easter String Art Class at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Create art on wood with nails and string. For ages 6-12. Preregister. $12. 4:306pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com Theresa Caputo LIVE at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Medium Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. $39.75-$89.75. 7:30pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com

APRIL 11 • TUESDAY FREE Metals & Magnets Science at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a special science event all about magnets and metals. Preregister; best suited for ages 5 - 12. 4:30-5:15pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org Adult Nature Night: Tree Climbing at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Park naturalists will show you the ropes of tree climbing. Equipment provided. For ages 18+. $10. 6:30-8pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov Opus Cactus at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a visual journey into the mysteries of the Southwestern desert with a blend of physical theatre, circus, athleticism and comedy. $25 -$45. 7:30pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

APRIL 12 • WEDNESDAY FREE Eggstravaganza at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission, games, crafts, tables with museum specimens, photos with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt of Jurassic proportions. 4-7pm. 325-4712, www.samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

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FREE Open Streets Norman in Campus Corner (Boyd & White St, Asp & Buchanan Ave, Norman). The roads surrounding Campus Corner will close to motorized traffic to encourage active transportation such as biking, walking and more. Adding to the fun, local organizations will host exercise demonstration and wellness activities to encourage your family to get moving. Leashed pets are welcome. 1-5pm. www.facebook.com/ events/342583642808325/

FREE Easter Celebration at Duffner Park (2731 Winston Rd) features an Easter egg hunt, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more, organized by Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Best suited for kids in 5th grade and younger. 3pm. 7510755, www.mychapelhill.org

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FREE Easter Social at Edmond First United Methodist Church (305 E Hurd, Edmond) features food trucks, an Easter egg hunt, moon bounce, a bonnet decorating contest, live music and more. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Activities are free and open to the public; food available for purchase. 11:30am-2pm. 341-0107, www.fumcedmond.org

FREE Family Easter Celebration at Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur Blvd) features a spring musical with original musical about the story of Jesus’ Palm Sunday journey, Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts, inflatables and refreshments. Free to attend, registration required. 3-5pm. 721-4141, www.churchoftheservant.com

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APRIL 13 • THURSDAY FREE Art in the Park at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond). Enjoy art in the park and use nature and natural items as inspiration. Preregister. For ages 2 -12. 9:3010:30am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Teen Read the Movie Book Club at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features pizza and a discussion about whether the book, The Lightning Thief, is better than the movie. 4-6pm. 732-4828, 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, $5; nonmembers, $10; adults, free. 6-8pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Snakes! Class at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres). Larry Daniels from the Oklahoma Herpetological Society will bring live snakes and share useful information on keeping them as pets as well as provide instruction on recognizing venomous and poisonous snakes. 6:30-7:30pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org

APRIL 14 • FRIDAY FREE Norman's Best Easter Egg Hunt at Andrews Park (201 N Daws St, Norman) features pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), inflatables, family activities and age-divided hunts for ages 8 & under. Activities, 5:30pm; Hunt, 6:30pm. 366-5472, www.normanfun.com FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6-9pm. www.2ndfridaynorman.com

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FREE Movie Night @ the Park at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a screening of the Trolls. Concessions available for purchase. Movies begin at dark. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

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LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 7-11pm. www.plazadistrict.org/live/

APRIL 14 & 15 Living History Days at the Chisholm Trail Museum (605 Zellers Ave, Kingfisher) features living history reenactments of the lives of lawmen, gunfighters, soldiers and early settlers from the era. Students will be able to walk around and see, listen to, and participate in, many of the occupations, chores, and other activities of those hardy pioneers that settled this great state. Preregister. $5. 8:30am-2:30pm. 375-5716, www.ctokmuseum.org

APRIL 14-MAY 6 The Producers at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie). A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. $15-$30. See website for a complete schedule. 282-2800, www.thepollard.org

APRIL 15 • SATURDAY Easter on the Green at Will Rogers Park (3400 NW 36th St) features Easter egg hunts, face painting, Easter plantings, nature crafts and photographs. Preregister, all ages welcome. $2. Activities, 9:30am-noon; hunts, 9:30 & 11am. www.okc.gov Easter Eggstravaganza at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny in addition to the farm’s regular attractions. Egg hunts for kids 11 & under. $11.50. 10am5pm; hunts, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features breakfast, story time, an Easter craft and photos with the Easter Bunny (bring camera for photos). Preregister; tickets include general farm admission. $25. 10-11am. 7993276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com


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Arts on the Corner in Campus Corner (542 S University Blvd, Norman) features performing arts, visual arts, local art vendors and live music. Benefiting NPS Arts Foundation. Free to attend. 10am-7pm. 928-1620, www.artsonthecorner.com FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Oklahoma City-OCU Campus Quad & Sequoyah Middle School (2501 N Blackwelder or 1125 E Danforth, Edmond) features Easter egg hunts, inflatables, games, candy and photos with the Easter Bunny. Best suited for infants-5th grade. 10am. 232-1371, www.stlukesokc.org FREE Easter Funtivities at Southmoore Baptist Church (3801 S Broadway St, Moore) features crafts, lunch, a puppet show, Easter egg hunt and a drawing. 11:30am1pm. 209-2641, www.southmoorebc.org FREE Eggstravaganza at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features an egg hunt with more than 15,000 eggs, inflatables and more. No registration required. 10am. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org Circle of Stories at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Native American storytellers and the Power of Prestige Children’s Gallery. Free with admission. 10-10:30am. Also held: 4/22 & 4/29. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Easter Bunny Breakfast at Andy Alligator’s (3300 Market Place Dr, Norman) features breakfast and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. $12.95, kids (2 & under), free with another paid admission. $12.95. 9-10am. 321-7275, www.andyalligators.com FREE Photos with the Easter Bunny at The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City (7624 W Reno Ave). The Easter Bunny will be strolling the Shoppes greeting customers. Customers may use own camera at this time. Noon-2pm. 787-3700, www.theoutletshoppesatoklahomacity.com Painting in the Gardens: Kids Bunny at Myriad Garden (301 W Reno Ave). Paint a “Kids Bunny” on an 11-inch by 14-inch canvas. Register online at

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www.wineandpallette.com. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 11am-1pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Doggie Easter Egg Hunt at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a pooch-centered hunt with doggie treats and puppy prize filled eggs. Pets must be on a leash and have proof of current vaccinations. Preregister. Members, $5 per dog; nonmembers, $10 per dog. 1:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.com FREE Geekster Egg Hunt at My Chic Geek (4413 N Meridan Ave, Warr Acres) features costumed characters, games and Easter egg hunts. 2-6pm. 367-7955, www.mychicgeek.com 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 WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel (1701 S Western Ave) features an outdoor market with artists, hand crafted artisans, boutiques and local businesses offering repurposed, vintage and unique products. Free to attend. 10am-6pm. 810-6977, www.revolve-productions.com Easter Egg Hunt at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features age-divided Easter egg hunts with special prize eggs and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Preregister, a limited number of spots are available. Members, $5; non-members, $10; adults, free. 10-11:30am & 3-4:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org The Great Egg Hunt at Yukon High School (1777 S Yukon Parkway, Yukon) features an Easter egg hunt, inflatables, food trucks, face painting and giveaways, organized by Discovery Church. Egg hunting areas will be divided by age as well as an area for kids with special needs. All ages welcome. 9amnoon. 354-2436, www.discoveryokc.org FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Choctaw Creek Park (2001 N Harper Rd, Choctaw) features an age-divided egg hunt for kids 12 & under with 10,000 candy-filled eggs and an Easter Bonnet contest. 11am. 281-6854, www.choctawcity.org


FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Western Oaks Christian Church (8100 NW 23rd) features a free community event with inflatables, games, activities and an Easter egg hunt. Best suited for kids in 5th grade & younger. 11am. 789-8812, www.woccdoc.org FREE Easter Palooza at Lake Overholser Church of the Narazene (3900 E Overholser Dr, Bethany) features a free block party with face painting, inflatables, prizes and more. A $1 lunch will also be available. 11am-1pm. 789-0879, www.lakeonaz.org FREE Easter Egg Hunt at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 NW 36th St, Bethany) features an Easter egg hunt as well as a hot dog lunch served after the hunt. All families are welcome. 11am. 789-9033, www.stmarksbethany.com FREE Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (10600 N Council Rd) features food, inflatables, a cupcake walk, face painting, egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. Activities, 11am-1pm; hunt, 11am. 721-0590, www.stpaulsokc.com FREE Sidewalk Poetry at the Choctaw Library (2525 Muzzy St, Choctaw). Celebrate National Poetry Month in April by decorating the sidewalk with your favorite poems, lines from poems and literary art. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 1-2pm. 3908418, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Easter Eggstravaganza at God of No Limits Family Ministries (7400 S Walker Ave) features an Easter egg hunt, live music, inflatables, food and a car, truck and bike show. 2-4pm. 426-0209, www.godofnolimits.com FREE Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs at New Hope United Methodist Church (11600 N Council Rd) features an Easter egg hunt for children who are blind or have other special needs. Siblings welcome. Volunteers will be on hand to provide help where needed; families can help too. 2-4pm. Preregister. 722-8749, www.hcbokc.org/upcoming-events FREE Forces of Flight Workshop at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres). Professionals from Sooner Flight Academy will dive into the mechanics of flight. The group will build on the concepts with craft projects the children can take home. Best suited for ages 5-12. 2-3pm. 7212616, www.metrolibrary.org

FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Heights Christian Church (4020 N Western Ave) features a fun, family-friendly Egg hunt for kids in 5th grade and younger, rain or shine. 3-4:30pm. 528-5568, www.chccokc.org FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features age-divided Easter egg hunts, food, face painting, crafts and more. 4-6pm. www.fbcedmond.org/easter Reel Classics at The Paramount (701 W Sheridan Ave) features screening of classic films in the cinema. $5. 4 & 7pm. 631-9389, www.theparamountokc.com/#paramountokc FREE Easter Egg-stravaganza at Acts 2 United Methodist Church (4848 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an Easter egg hunt, face painting, food trucks, train rides and bounce houses. 4:30-6pm. 359-2287, www.acts2umc.org FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (Broadway between 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, unique shopping and live music, on the third Saturday each month. 6-10pm. www.citizensedmond.com/heardonhurd.htm

APRIL 15 & 16 FREE Easter Land at People's Church (various locations) features a 40,000-Piece Candy Shop, 25,000-Egg Easter egg hunt, carnival rides, petting zoo and more. Kids will need to be checked into class at PC Kids to get their pass into Easter Land. Saturday, 4-7pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm. See website for service times. www.easterland.tv

APRIL 16 • SUNDAY 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. 842-1486, www.nicholshillsumc.org

Moore Norman Technology Center presents an exciting summer education program for girls and boys 9- to 14-years-old.

FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Overholser Church of the Narazene (3900 E Overholser Dr, Bethany) faetures a free Easter egg hunt for kids in 5th grade and younger. 9:30am. 789-0879, www.lakeonaz.org

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FREE Helicopter Easter Egg Drop at Haskell Elementary School (1701 NW 150th St). Following the 10:30am service, a helicopter will be dropping 10,000 candyfilled eggs. Wristbands to participate will be distributed when you check into a New Song kid’s class. 10:30am-1:30pm. 254-8816, www.newsongpeople.com

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Easter Brunch at the Museum Grill, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a buffet style brunch with a special Easter menu. Price includes museum admission. Reservations required. $28, kids (5-10), $14; kids (4 & under) free. 11am-2pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org 11am2pm.

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FREE The Hope of Easter Celebration at OKC Church (1265 S Eastern, Moore) features a special service that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a fun Easterthemed photo booth, free breakfast & coffee, special music and an Easter egg hunt. 10am12:30pm. 703-2342, www.okcchurch.com FREE Easter Celebration at Winners Church (16000 N Western Ave, Edmond) features an Easter egg hunt for the kids with candy and cash prizes, refreshments for the adults, as well as a drawing for family passes to the Science Museum Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Zoo. 3-6:30pm. 3080635, www.winners-church.com FREE Easter Celebration at Winners Church (16000 N Western Ave, Edmond) features an Easter Egg hunt for the kids with candy and cash prizes, refreshments for the adults, as well as a drawing for family passes to the Science Museum Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Zoo. 3-6pm. 308-0635, www.winners-church.com Spring Garden Tour at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West and learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Free with admission. 1-2pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

APRIL 18 • TUESDAY FREE Toddler Story Time at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church (2717 W Hefner Rd) features a story time with staff from the Metropolitan Library System. Best suited for ages 0-4 accompanied by a caregiver. 1011am. 507-7311, www.mychapelhill.org Tiny Tuesdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features an Earth Day collage art-making experiences, geared

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towards children, ages 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. No registration required. Free with admission. 10am-noon. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

APRIL 18-22 89er Days Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (various locations) commemorates the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie featuring a western-style dinner, carnival, 1889-style baseball game, parade, family-friendly rodeo and more. Most events are free. See website for full list of events. 282-2589, www.89erdays.com

APRIL 19 • WEDNESDAY Day of Remembrance at the Oklahoma City National Memorial (620 N Harvey). State and local dignitaries, family members, survivors, rescue workers and visitors gather at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Open to the public and no admission is charged. 8:45am. 235-3313, www. oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org Edmond's Art in Public Places Tour at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a guided tour of the public art statues in Edmond. Learn the stories behind the works during a walking and driving tour throughout the city. Transportation will be provided by Edmond Parks and Recreation. Preregister by phone, space is limited. $10. 1-4pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE TLC (Touch, Learn, Create)Caterpillars & Butterflies at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features sensory themed activity stations for children ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

APRIL 20 • THURSDAY FREE Third Thursdays at GaylordPickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a story and craft time and free museum admission. 10am. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com


FREE Sidewalk Poetry at Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave). Celebrate National Poetry Month in April by decorating the sidewalk with your favorite poems, lines from poems and literary art. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 3:30-4:30pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Sidewalk Poetry at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Celebrate National Poetry Month in April by decorating the sidewalk with your favorite poems, lines from poems and literary art. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 4:30-5:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

APRIL 20 & 21 FREE Choctaw Frontier Days at Choctaw Creek Park (2001 N Harper Rd, Choctaw) is an educational festival tailored to school children featuring historical presentations, cowboy & cavalry reenactments, American Indian fancy dancers, gun fights and old fashioned games. Food & merchandise vendors will be on site. 9am-2pm. 281-6854, www.choctawcity.org/land-run/

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FREE Oklahoma City Farm Show at State Fair Park Bennett Event Center (3101 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features the latest in agriculture including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products and more. Attendees can also enjoy daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, and more. Thursday & Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. 507437-7969, www.oklahomacityfarmshow.com

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Witness the vibrant, mystical fantasy of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy. More than 20 child dancers will fill the forest as fireflies, bugs and fairies. $15-$65. Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 848-8637, www.okcciviccenter.com

APRIL 21 & 22 Western Heritage Awards Weekend at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features an awards program recognizing inductees, honoring those whose work in an awards program recognizing inductees in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West. Reservations required. $40 & up. 5-8:30pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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APRIL 22 • SATURDAY 2 Minute 5K and Kiddie K at Stars and Stripes Park (Lakeshore and N Portland Avenue) features a 5K and kids’ 1K benefiting the YWCA. $15-$35. 7am-noon. www.ywcaokc.org FREE Children’s Opera: The Three Billy Goats Gruff at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features operatic version of the story based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini. 10-11am & 2-3pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org


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FREE Taloowa (Sing) Music Fair at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur). Enjoy live music in the beautiful Kochcha' Aabiniili' Amphitheater. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

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FREE Street Eats Food Truck Festival at the J.D. McCarty Center (2002 E Robinson St, Norman) features a variety of food trucks, live music, activities for kids and an open house for Camp ClapHans, the summer camp program at the center. Free to attend, food can be purchased. 11:30am-2:30pm. 307-2800, www.jdmc.org

FREE KIDesign 2017 at Old Surety Life Insurance Building (5201 N Lincoln Blvd). Grades 1-6 can participate in various activities as they learn, create and design their own projects with members of the local architectural community. Preregister. 10am2pm. 948-7174, www.okcarchitecture.com FREE Century Chest Festival at First Lutheran Church (1300 N Robinson Ave) features a display of the items found in the Century Chest, church tours, a moon bounce, face painting, snow cones, free food, music and more. 11am-3pm. 235-1013, www.firstlutheranokc.org

Get Your Rear in Gear at Journey Church (3801 Journey Pkwy, Norman) features a timed 5K run & walk as well as a kids' fun run benefiting the Colon Cancer Coalition. $15-$35. 8:30am. 952-378-1237, join. coloncancercoalition.org

Party for the Planet at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features live entertainment, Keeper Connections and more, celebrating Earth Day. Free with admission. 11am-3pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org

McMurtry Mud Run at Lake McMurtry East Recreation Area (29180 Chisholm Curve, Stillwater). Crawl, jump, duck and climb your way through a 14 challenging obstacles designed for families and kids ages 6-13. Benefits the Lake McMurtry Natural Resource & Recreation Preregister. $30. 9am-4pm. www.mcmurtrymudrun.com

Faerie Gardening at Will Rogers Garden (3400 NW 36th St). Plant your very own sprite-sized garden to attract faeries into your life. Preregister; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 per garden. Noon-2pm. 297-1392, www.okc.gov

FREE Hot Wheels Association Show at Crossroads Convention Center (7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd) features 40-plus tables of collectables for sale or trade, raffles & pizza. 9am. www.greaterokchotwheels.com

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “Elmo’s World” and “The Alphabet Song.” $18-$65. 2 & 5:30pm. 6028505, www.sesamestreetlive.com

Weather Round Up Day at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave). Meet KWTV - NEWS 9 storm chasers and anchors and explore storm chasing vehicles. Learn about severe weather safety with hands-on activities and enter to win prizes. $11.50 & up. 10am-5pm. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com

FREE Classics for Kids by the Reduxion Theatre at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Professor Spillsby and The Juggling Fiends return to share their love of Shakespeare and reading. Best suited for kids ages 5-12. 2-2:45pm. Also held: 4/24, 4/25 & 4/28 at other libraries. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org

Circle of Stories at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Native American storytellers and the Power of Prestige Children’s Gallery. Free with admission. 10-10:30am. Also held: 4/29. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Walk MS of Central Oklahoma at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features family-friendly walk benefiting the National MS Society. There is no cost to register; however all participants are encouraged to raise funds. 10am. 855-3721331, www.nationalmssociety.org

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FREE OKC Natural Parenting Expo at the Plaza Alley Courtyard (1745 NW 16th St) features eco-friendly vendors, live music, demonstrations and The Great Cloth Diaper Change, in celebration of Earth Day. 10am-3pm. 413-7337, www.thrivemamacollective.com Earth Day Adventure Walk at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature walk adventure to celebrate Earth Day and a seed necklace craft. Parents will also get tips on engaging their child with nature for their future adventures. Best suited for ages 5-9. Members, $3; non-members, $5. 10:3011:30am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

APRIL 22 & 23 Stillwater Arts Festival in Downtown Stillwater (7th & Main St, Stillwater) features juried artists, a food court, artist demonstrations, children’s activity area and live entertainment. Free to attend. Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 747-8070, www.stillwater.org

APRIL 22-29 Just Between Friends Sale at State Fair Park Cox Pavilion (3212 Wichita Walk) features gently used toys, clothes, shoes and baby supplies at bargains up to 90% off retail prices. First Saturday, $10; Sunday, $3: No admission charged for other days. Saturday (22nd), 5-9pm; Sunday noon-9pm, Monday 10am-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 10a.m.-4pm, Friday, 10am-9pm & Saturday, 10am-2pm. www.okc.jbfsale.com

APRIL 22-MAY 3 Miss Nelson is Missing at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave). Miss Nelson is missing and her substitute teacher is hard-as-nails. The kids hire a private eye to solve the mystery and bring their teacher back. Best suited for ages 6 & up. Adults, $10; kids (2-12), $8. See website for a complete schedule. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

APRIL 23 • SUNDAY FREE Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features family fun activities teaching the importance of protecting our earth including hands-on art projects, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoption and more. Noon-5pm. 366-5473, www.normanfun.com National Theatre Live presents Hangmen at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center

Theater (7777 S May Ave). In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? $15. 6pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

APRIL 24 • MONDAY FREE Classics for Kids by the Reduxion Theatre at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St). Professor Spillsby and The Juggling Fiends return to share their love of Shakespeare and reading. Best suited for kids ages 5-12. 6-6:45pm. 606-3575, www.metrolibrary.org

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APRIL 25 • TUESDAY FREE Soundbites Acoustic Concert Series at Kerr Park (102 Robert S Kerr Ave) features food trucks, yard games and an acoustic set from a local musician. 11:30am1pm. www.downtownokc.com/soundbites FREE Classics for Kids by the Reduxion Theatre at the Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St). Professor Spillsby and The Juggling Fiends return to share their love of Shakespeare and reading. Best suited for kids ages 5-12. 6:30-7:15pm. Also held: 4/28 at other libraries. 424-1437, www.metrolibrary.org

APRIL 25-30 Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features over 200 performing and visual artists, food, entertainment and more. Free to attend. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am9pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 270-4848, www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com

APRIL 27 • THURSDAY Literacy Live at Twilight at Waterford Renaissance Hotel (6300 Waterford Blvd) features drinks, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, an oyster pull and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit adult literacy in the Oklahoma City community. $100; couples, $180. 7pm. 5247323, www.communityliteracy.com

APRIL 27-29 FREE Norman Music Festival in Downtown Norman (Main St & Jones Ave) is an indoor & outdoor, three-day independent music festival featuring more than 200 performers in a variety of music genres, poetry, comedy and children’s activities. See website for a complete schedule of events. www.normanmusicfestival.com

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Calling all middle schoolers! Learn how careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) were critical in rescue, recovery, investigation and justice after the OKC bombing. See a bomb-sniffing dog, work a crime scene, create an earthquake-stable structure and share in other hands-on activities that connect past and future.

Register now! Space is limited. 2 Camps: June 5-9 & July 10-14 9 am – 4 pm • $200 each Field Trips all summer long for groups of 15 or more with Museum admission Learn more at MemorialMuseum.com/camp or contact us at: 405.235.3313 or education@okcnm.org

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APRIL 28 • FRIDAY

Oklahoma Association of Youth Services foster care is working to improve the quality of life for all of Oklahoma’s foster children!

If not YOU... then WHO? You may not be called to Foster a child; however, we are all called to care for God’s children. Foster-Sponsor-VolunteerDonate-Advocate-Educate Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:2 Two OKC Metro Youth Services Agencies are now providing foster services: Mid-Del Youth and Family Services 405- 733-5437 Tri City Youth and Family Services 405-390-8131

FREE Red Cross Pillowcase Project Disaster Preparedness at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore). Children grades 2-5 will receive training to prepare for disasters including making a plan, building a kit and getting informed. 4:30-5:15pm. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

APRIL 28-30 Iron Thistle Scottish Festival at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm (1001 S Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon) is a celebration of Scottish culture featuring a caber toss, sheep herding demonstrations, Celtic wares, live music and performers, Scottish & American cuisine and kids’ crafts & activities. Admission on Friday is free and includes a traditional fire ceremony. Saturday & Sunday admission: 10 & older, $5; 9 & under, free. Friday, 6:30pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. 834-1876, www.unitedscotsok.com/iron-thistle/

APRIL 29 • SATURDAY Rugged Maniac at Wake Zone Cable Park (3501 NE 10th St) a 3-mile course with towers of shipping containers, a massive water slide, underground tunnels, fire and new obstacles as well as a day-long festival with mechanical bulls, adult bounce houses, music and more. $39-$100. 9:45am-4:45pm. www.ruggedmaniac.com FREE Week of the Young Child Celebration at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features fun activities including touch-a-truck with first responder vehicles, live music by the Squish Band, therapy dogs and balloon animals made by The Balloon Pirate. 10am-noon. 310-9457, www.normanfamilychildcare.com Circle of Stories at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Native American storytellers and the Power of Prestige Children’s Gallery. Free with admission. 10-10:30am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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Wheels on Western at Will Rogers Theatre (4322 N Western Ave) features Western Avenue Cars and Coffee. All ages welcome. 10am-1pm. 719-398-9176, www.facebook. com/wheelsonwestern FREE Meet the Gardener at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Get a behindthe-scenes look at what gardeners do in the Children’s Garden. This event is open to all ages and is come and go. 10-11:30am. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org Club Chester’s $1 Picnic Day at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm (5201 Cimarron Rd NW, Piedmont). Bring your own picnic and enjoy a variety of family friendly activities including a hayride, petting zoo, farm games and more. Bring your own pole and tackle for fishing. $1 for non-members; free for members. 10am-2pm. 373-1595, www.facebook.com/chesterspartybarn/ FREE Extreme Obstacle Course at the Yukon Community Center (2200 Holly Ave, Yukon) features an extreme obstacle course for kids ages 6 -12. This is a come & go event. Awards will be given to winners in each age group. 12:30-2:30pm. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov FREE Earth Fest at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a family celebration of the Earth with eco-friendly games, crafts and activities. Attendees can explore a variety of activities about nature, gardening, animals and conservation. 1-5pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov FREE Open House at Camp DaKaNi (3309 E Hefner Rd). Activities include tours, zip line, rock wall climbing, sling shots and more. 1-4pm. 254-2080, www.campdakani.org Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society Concert at the Oklahoma CountryWestern Museum & Hall of Fame (3925 SE 29th St, Del City). Three professional bluegrass gospel bands play a 45-minute set each. Concessions available. Adults, $8; members, $5; kids (12 & under), free. 6:309:15pm. 677-7515, www.gobms.org


APRIL 29 & 30 SUPER! Bit Con Video Game Expo at State Fair Park Oklahoma Expo Hall (3213 Wichita Walk) features arcade games, modern gaming, tabletop games, vendors and more. Enjoy panel discussions and Q&A sessions on a wide variety of relevant topics, participate in a game show style trivia contest and have fun in the arcade gaming area. Ticket prices include both days. Adults (13+), $10; kids (5-12) $5, seniors (60+) & kids (under 5), free. Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. www.superbitcon.com FREE Kites Over Enid at Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field (1201 W Willow Rd, Enid) features two days of kite flying action including demonstrations by experienced kiters, celebrating National Kite Month. 10am-5pm. 580-233-3643, www.visitenid. org/visitors/kitesoverenid/

APRIL 30 • SUNDAY Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (various locations) features a Boston qualifying USATF-sanctioned event on a certified 26.2 mile, single loop course as well as a kids marathon, a relay, half marathon and Memorial 5K. Prices vary. 6:30am. www.okcmarathon.com FREE Festival’s Got Talent at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features a talent competition for kids in grades K-12th. Young performers will showcase their talent before local judges and a live audience. 3:305pm. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features all new songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. $28.18 & up. 7pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com

MAY 2 • TUESDAY FREE Oklahoma City Disc Dogs Performance at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a one-of-akind, interactive show with world qualifying dogs doing wild and fun tricks. All ages welcome. 6-6:45pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

MAY 4 • THURSDAY FREE May the 4th Be With You Activities at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a

photo booth, come-and-go crafts and an extended Star Time with Star Wars music. Costumes are encouraged. 4-5pm. 701-2630, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

MAY 5 • FRIDAY FREE Dancing in the Gardens: Salsa at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a demonstration and free dance lesson by Marti Rickman and Kelly Forbes from Hips and Clips Studio, followed by music provided by a DJ. Drink and food specials will be offered to highlight the night. All ages welcome. 7-10pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

MAY 5 & 6 Oklahoma Home School Convention at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) is designed to equip, inform and encourage both new and experienced homeschoolers. Featured speakers include Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller, Kathy Lee, Mike Snavely and more. $40 & up. See website for a schedule. 810-0386, www.ochec.com

MAY 5-7 FREE Downtown Edmond Arts Festival in Historic Downtown Edmond (on Broadway between 2nd & Hurd ) features artists, live entertainment, kids activities and food vendors. Friday & Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 249-9391, www.downtownedmondok.com

MAY 6 • SATURDAY FREE Hooked on Fishing Lessons at Edwards Park Lake (1515 N Bryant). Young anglers, ages 5-15, learn fishing basics including knot-tying, casting, fish identification, angler ethics and fishing regulations. Preregister. 8-10:30am. Also held: 5/13 & 5/20 at other locations. 297-1426, www.okc.gov Autism Oklahoma PieceWalk & 5K at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle) features a 5K, walk and resource fair. 5K, $30 & up; walk, free. 7:30am. www.piecewalk.org FREE Annual Edmond Family Bike Ride at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a safety talk and family bike ride around the park's outer trail, followed by healthy refreshments and fun activities. 9am-noon. 359-4796, www.cosseycycling.com

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FREE Rhythm and Rhyme at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features literacy, motor and verbal skill building activities. Parent must accompany child at all times. Best suited for ages 4 & under. Thursdays, 10:30am. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov

FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr.

FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com

Downtown Oklahoma City offers a free hour-long lunchtime art experience every weekday. Events run every weekday, noon-1pm (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com/art-moves

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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

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District (1701 S Western Ave) features fast-pace flat track racing, live music and food trucks. Tuesdays, 5-8:30pm. www.facebook.com/ wheelercrit 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

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Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise, Edmond) features a different story each week & a related craft time. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com Nature Play Group at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) introduces children ages 2-6 to nature using nature-centered play activities. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. $2. Preregister. $10/month. Wednesdays, 10am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/active

FREE Tours at Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion (820 NE 23rd St). Visitors can get an up-close look inside the Mansion. Preregister. Wednesdays, noon-3pm. 528-2020, www.fomok.org/tours.php Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come-&-go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays,10-11am. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at

Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and related craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

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Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5 years old. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org

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FREE Storytime with Mr. Steve at Barnes and

Noble (540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman) features an extremely silly story time and coloring activity. Saturdays, 11am. 579-8800.

FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books (1313 E Danforth, Edmond). Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202. FREE Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a weekly story time with pastries and juice. Saturdays, 10:30am. 551-1715, www.commonplacebooksokc.com FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features a hands-on craft time for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com Roller Skating Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) offered each Saturday. Noon-12:45pm. $2 skate rental. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com All Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at AMF Windsor Lanes (4600 NW 23rd) invites differently-abled individuals and their friends and families to bowl on Saturdays. 1-3pm. Cost to $8.25. 942-5545. Cartoon Cruises on the Oklahoma River at Exchange Landing (1503 Exchange Ave). Watch classic cartoons aboard a river cruiser. Adults, up to $15; kids (7-12), up to $7.50; kids (6 & under), free. Saturdays, 1:15-2:45pm. www.okrivercruises.com Drop-in Art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a guest artist who leads families as they create works of art inspired by the museum’s collection and exhibits. All ages welcome, no registration required. Free with admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com Family Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Families can enjoy admission for up to five people, pizza and drinks using the MetroFamily Family Package (coupon available at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons). $29. Thursdays, 6-9pm & Sundays, 6-8pm. 602-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com


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NOW OPEN Wallaby Walkabout at the OKC Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features two species of the popular Australian marsupial. The new habitat enables guests of all ages to walk through a portion of the exhibit to observe and experience these lively, yet smaller relatives of the kangaroo in a safe, up-close environment. Free with admission. 9am4:30pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org

THROUGH APRIL 15 Kaleidoscope of Colors at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a unique perspective on the colors of spring with an orchid and spring flower show. Hundreds of orchids, spring flowers and colorful tropical plants will be on display in exhibits and arrangements inside the conservatory. Outside, see thousands of more tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers. Conservatory admission: adults, $8; kids (4-12), $5; kids (under 4), free. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

THROUGH MAY 7 Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) explores the history and development of the Native American bonnet with a particular emphasis on the “flared” style—the most recognizable and commonly worn North American Great Plains bonnet. The exhibit features dramatic scenes and stories, a mapping journey, a story station reading area, make-and-take activity areas and continuous programming to engage children to explore on their own, in small groups or as a family. Free with admission. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Roots of Wisdom at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) shares the stories from four indigenous communities to provide real-world examples of how traditional knowledge and western science combine. From restoring ecosystems to rediscovering traditional foods and crafts, Roots of Wisdom helps guests understand the important issues facing indigenous communities and discover innovative ways native peoples are solving challenges and strengthening the growing movement towards sustainability and

the reclamation of age-old practices. Adults, $8; kids (4-17); $5. Kids (3 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

THROUGH MAY 14 After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features colorful prints created from images carved onto wooden blocks, a popular Japanese art form from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

FREE Cloudscapes at Crystal Bridge

Conservatory South Lobby (301 W Reno Ave) features sixteen oil on canvas works of art by Oklahoma artist Marc Barker that draws inspiration from his backgrounds in science and art. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org The Unsettled Lens at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection, stretching from the early twentiethcentury to the year 2000. 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 JUNE 11 FREE Jeffery Gibson: Speak to Me at

Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features recent artworks that draw upon Gibson’s Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions. Monday-Thursday, 9am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

FREE Lester Harragarra: Photos of Northern

Plains Culture at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features beautiful, large-scale photographs taken at powwows and other cultural gatherings. Monday-Thursday, 9am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org This is just a sampling of the current museum exhibits that can be found around town. Discover more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ museums.

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Bradley Schneberger is a typical teenager in many ways. The 15-year-old Edmond North High School freshman declares P.E. and lunch his favorite subjects, begrudgingly hugs his mom when asked, is protective of his little sisters and puts off taking out the trash. Unlike most teens, Bradley is autistic and hearingimpaired. Bradley communicates via sign language, makes use of an interpreter in the special education program at his school and several days a week rides the bus to Special Care for physical therapy after school. Bradley inspired his mom, Kristy, to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist. She’s now director of therapy at Special

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Care, through which she helps other kids and families navigate special needs. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Kristy shares Bradley’s story: What does Bradley enjoy doing in his free time? He’s really into "Star Wars" and HGTV. He keeps telling me he wants to move into a two-story house. On Fridays, he goes bowling with Special Olympics and I’m grateful his school helps him partake in that extracurricular activity. He’s enjoyed soccer and therapeutic horseback riding in the past and we’re trying to find a new riding program for teens because it’s so good for low muscle tone.

What’s Bradley’s relationship like with his sisters? Adalyn is 6 and June Lily is 3. Our girls


don’t blink twice at anyone who functions differently. They all love each other so much. There’s a very big age gap because we spent a lot of time focusing on just Bradley. It was a big life change for Bradley, but he loves his sisters and is very protective of them. Even though he’s 15, he is still interested in what they are doing. They’re the only two people he really shows affection to and gives hugs. The girls are protective of him as well, especially if there are other kids in public they think aren’t treating him fairly.

When was Bradley first diagnosed with autism? At age 4, he was officially diagnosed after extensive testing. He is unique in that we know the causal factor, a common cold called CMV that I got when I was pregnant and passed through the placenta. It can cause hearing loss and other anomalies. But with multiple disabilities, it was still hard to get a diagnosis. We had to advocate to get him therapy in school; until then, we paid privately and depleted our savings. As a baby, he received therapy through SoonerStart and private therapy through the Hough Ear Institute. Bradley also failed his newborn hearing screening, which is now federally-mandated. He only had minor loss and wasn’t fitted with hearing aids until age 1. It should have been as soon as possible. Things have really changed and there’s a lot more awareness now. It’s so important for developing hearing and speech. The analog hearing aids’ quality wasn’t as good as digital and for a kid with sensory integration issues, it was overwhelming. He has one cochlear implant and uses sign language.

What was it like for you to hear that diagnosis? On one side, it was a little bit of a relief to have an explanation and a clear-cut diagnosis with a treatment plan. On the other, it’s kind of like someone punching you in the stomach. It sounded so scary, especially back then. Now people are more aware and it’s diagnosed more often. There is a huge spectrum and not knowing how it would inhibit him and his behaviors, especially with multiple disabilities, was devastating.

What are some of the signs and symptoms that alerted you that Bradley could have autism? When Bradley was 1, we noticed some quirks that we just attributed to how smart he was. He would line up letters that had to be just right; he would color code things and if we moved them he would get so upset. I

see my typical kids doing some degree of obsessive behaviors, but Bradley’s took over his life and there was no escape from it. A lack of connection with people, decreased eye contact, non-functional communication, ritualistic and obsessive behaviors all are key signs.

Why is it important for parents to watch for these symptoms and get a child diagnosed early? As a professional, I don’t want parents to be paranoid about the signs, but I want them to be aware so they can seek out developmental help from therapists early. Early diagnosis is paramount. The earlier the diagnosis, the earlier the treatment to try to reshape behaviors and teach important skills and the better the outcome. Family training is imperative to implementing behavioral strategies at home. Speech and language therapies are so important. By age 3 kids have about 75 percent of foundational language already learned, so if you wait until after 3 you have to go against the current.

As a mom, what’s the most challenging part of having a child with autism? Autism is almost an invisible disability. To the outside world you have a typical looking kid, but then you see behaviors that aren’t typical. You can feel isolated as a mom when your child is different. People might turn away because his behaviors were too much. His behaviors were really hard when he was young and it was hard to explain that he actually has a disability causing his meltdowns or behaviors or strange sounds. There were instances where people said we just needed to spank him or that he was spoiled.

What’s the sweetest part? It really makes you celebrate milestones. The first step becomes all that much sweeter. I remember the first time he signed he loved me. All parents celebrate milestones, but when you have to work for them so hard, it’s even sweeter. Parents always want to make our kids’ lives easier but I’m grateful for where we are and what’s happened because we have people in our lives that we never would have had.

What’s the best way for friends and family to support a child and family dealing with autism? Inclusion is more beneficial than anything. For any family with a child with special needs where they don’t have typical

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interaction, when someone steps outside of their box and tries to interact in any way possible, that helps them to feel less isolated. It may not be a typical interaction, and that’s okay and still very helpful. Also empowering families to talk about “my child has autism; these are some of the things they do or don’t do and it’s okay.” With my kids and at Special Care where they integrate typical with special needs kids, we facilitate interactions and have that same discussion, doing it on a level so they can interact and not be fearful of oddities.

What advice do you give other parents facing a similar diagnosis? I encourage families to seek out all the resources they can but also learn how to implement strategies at home in a natural setting. Try not to think about what your child is lacking but how to shape the positive and know that the sky’s the limit. The diagnosis doesn’t have to be so bleak like parents probably initially feel; everything is still possible for your child. It’s so important to me to encourage families not to hold back and to include their child. Go to that birthday party, go to the sensory-friendly movies, go to the restaurant, go to church or a gettogether. Educate people and feel comfortable modifying or letting people know about your child’s needs so the whole family can experience life.

How does Bradley serve as an inspiration to you and others? Just seeing how hard he has to work at everything inspires me. Sometimes I forget how isolated a child can be who has autism. I remember my teenage years and I was an emotional teen, but knowing that those emotions and hormones are all compounded with such an isolating disability means he has to work so much harder to do what we take for granted. To answer a simple thing like a yes or no question is hard work but a typical child comes by it naturally. That’s his daily life. Seeing him have a social smile or connection or meet a milestone is inspiring.

What do you envision for Bradley’s future? My main goal is that Bradley will be happy, embrace who he is and enjoy life. My hopes are for him to connect and communicate with a peer to have a true friendship, and, as an adult, find his niche in this world.

What one word best describes Bradley? Brave


Ask the experts

Sleepovers We asked local experts to weigh in on how to know whether kids are ready for sleepovers and how to prepare them for their first nights away from home.

Trudy Ruminer Children become ready for sleeping away from home at all different ages and some children never really feel comfortable away from home. There are really no set right ages or stages for this to occur. Take your cues from your child and try not to push too hard on the issue. When your child feels ready, they will let you know. When they are ready to be away from you, you have some prep work to do. First off, you should already be talking to your child as early and often as possible about personal safety rules. Don’t save this talk as sleepover prep. Making a point of incorporating safe and unsafe and appropriate versus inappropriate lingo into your daily conversations should help. Even a very young child of 2 or 3 years old can start to understand such terms as “no means no” and “my body belongs to me.”    When you are both ready, the next thing to consider is making sure that the person they will stay with is a safe and trusted person. Sleepovers with trusted adults wherein many other families you know are letting their children stay and with many other children and adults present are often great ways to start. Always give your child the option of calling you at any time to come and get them if they start to feel uncomfortable for any reason. If need be, establish a code phrase that they can use when they call to decrease any possible feelings of embarrassment. This is helpful in non-sleepover situations as well, especially when your child is a teenager.

Have you spent time getting to know the host child and his or her family? For first ever sleepovers, you will rest easier if you have a good rapport and clear understanding of the other parent’s expectations. What are the boundaries about things like bedtime, movie ratings and calling home?

Keep an “open door” policy with your child. Let them know you will always be willing to come and get them, no questions asked. This will go a long way toward ensuring your child’s safety.            Trudy Ruminer is a licensed clinical social worker and the clinical director and owner of True North Therapeutic Solutions, an outpatient mental health agency in Oklahoma City and the owner of the outpatient mental health agency-Purposeful Play Family Enrichment Center (PPFEC). Trudy is mother to four adult children and the proud grandmother to one. She draws her knowledge not only from her own personal parenting experiences but also from her years of experience working closely with families.

Dr. Lisa L. Marotta is celebrating 22 years of private practice. She is a clinical psychologist in Edmond with a special heart for women, children and families. Dr. Marotta enjoys writing, public speaking and blogging. She and her husband Sal have two young adult daughters.

Anne K. Jacobs Children's readiness for sleepovers depends on whether they feel confident to spend the night away from home.

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• Are they able to manage self-care skills?

Sleepover readiness depends on many factors. Don’t feel pressured by a slumber party invite or a last-minute request at the end of a fun play date. Sleepovers are an optional privilege. However, if you and your child are stuck in a repeat loop of walking back to their room at night for “one more hug,” or there is a pallet on the floor by your bed “just in case” then neither of you is ready for a sleepover. Consider the invitation as a wake-up call to prioritize your bedtime transitions at home. Anxiety is a common culprit in late night stalling. Have your child verbalize their fears (robbers or bad dreams?) and partner in detective work to see what sounds or sights are sparking a scary imagination. Point out the connection between thoughts and feelings so your child feels capable to self-soothe. Make a backpack of distractions with lovies and a flashlight to ease your child back to sleep if they wake up in the middle of the night. Once you and your child are both comfortable with bedtime independence then it’s time to shine a light on parent fears.

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• Have they demonstrated an ability to interact well with peers in an ageappropriate way? • Will they speak up to the host family about any needs that may arise while displaying basic manners? If you’ve answered yes to these questions: here are some important things to keep in mind when agreeing to potential sleepovers. • Talk with your children about personal safety and what to do if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. For example, my girls have a code phrase and know I will immediately come to get them, no questions asked, if they use it. • Take time to get to know their friend's family and be aware of any safety concerns such as guns in the home, swimming pools, aggressive pets, etc. Also, make sure you know who will be present in the home during the sleepover. • Supply food if your child has specific dietary concerns. • Don't hesitate to say "no," or pull the plug on a planned sleepover if you get that "something's not right" feeling.


• Don't shame your children if they feel homesick and need to come home early. • Don't shy away from discussing rules about media exposure and online activities with the host family in advance. • Don't forget children take a couple of days to recover after staying up most of the night. Expect crankiness! For families who are uncomfortable with sleepovers, consider having a faux-sleepover. Kids can come dressed in pajamas, engage in traditional sleepover activities and then return home at a semi-decent hour. Not only can this experience provide the fun without the sleepover hangover, it can be a good practice run for the real thing. Anne K. Jacobs earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and enjoys serving children, adolescents and their families. In addition to her private practice in Edmond, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Southern Nazarene University. Her family includes: husband, Noel who is also a child psychologist; twin daughters, Keegan and Sarah; one dog, two cats, and five tarantulas.

values. Sleepovers can leave children vulnerable and put them in situations they may not be ready to deal with and expose them to material that is not good for them.

Greg Gunn When discussing sleepovers there are three issues you might want to consider as you make this personal decision. 1. Think about your personal experiences of sleepovers and perhaps other peer experiences you know about. Were you ever exposed to activities you would not want your kids to be exposed to while sleeping over? Many kids go to sleepovers and there is not a problem, but it only takes one incident to ruin a child’s innocence. 2. While you can’t always control technology, you can teach your child how to use it responsibly and have safe guards in place in your home that help reinforce this protection. When someone tries to show them something at school or on the playground, hopefully they will remember and react within your

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3. Your child’s protection is one of the highest priorities as they are growing into a young adult. You can’t protect them from every battle in the world and many challenges they need to learn how to deal with on their own but you can be mindful of potential problems for young children in the formative years. One of the most important tools to help navigate through a growing family is to establish clear values and talk about them often. Building relationships with your children is key so they feel free and confident to talk to you about anything and everything. Greg Gunn, founder of Family-iD, is a life coach, pastor, author and speaker from Oklahoma City. Married for 30 years, Greg is a father of seven kids, a father-in-law and a grandfather of two. For 17 years, Greg has led Family Vision Ministries, a ministry that helps families put their purpose on paper and pass it on to future generations.


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ishing is a popular pastime and spring is the perfect time to cast a line in an Oklahoma lake or stream. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board reports there are approximately 55,646 miles of shoreline along lakes and ponds in the state and more than 167,000 miles of rivers and streams. If you combined all the square miles of water in

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Oklahoma’s lakes and ponds it would cover more ground than the entire state of Rhode Island! Casting a line can be a fun way for families to reconnect with nature and spend time together. And because Oklahoma allows kids 16 and under to fish for free, there’s never been a better time or place to go fishing.

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HAFER PARK

Four steps to a free therapeutic screening A therapeutic screening is a unique opportunity for you and your child to meet with experts who can share information about services throughout the state that could benefit your child. Screenings are offered at the J. D. McCarty Center for children with develpmental disabilities in Norman and it’s absolutely free. Call 405.307.2800 to make an appointment. Ask to speak to a social worker.

1 Hafer Park 1034 S. Bryant Ave., Edmond www.edmondok.com Hafer Park is located right in the heart of Edmond and is a great spot to introduce your little ones to the joy of fishing. The park has a small pond that is teeming with fish and is home to many ducks and geese as well. The peaceful surroundings will make you forget that you haven’t even left the city. The pond at Hafer Park is ideal for younger children who may feel a little intimidated by a larger lake setting, or who are just beginning to hone their fishing skills. The convenient location, playgrounds, trails and nearby climbing wall make it the ideal place to drop a line.

Lake Hefner West of Portland Ave. between Wilshire & Hefner Rd. Located in northwest Oklahoma City, Lake Hefner has 18 miles of shoreline for you and your little anglers to explore. The lake stocks walleye and catfish annually and plenty of bass, sunfish and crappie make their home in the lake waters as well. You can enjoy fishing from one of the three convenient fishing docks or you can find your own cozy spot along the shoreline. A Kid’s Lake is also located nearby (3301 W. Wilshire Blvd.) if you and your kids would like to try

your luck in a smaller body of water. Lake Hefner covers more than 2,500 acres, so it’s a place you and your kids can come back to and explore many times without having to drive outside the city. Many people like to fish from the rocky outcroppings near the lighthouse or the dam at the north end of the lake. The nearby playgrounds, restaurants and walking trails are sure to make this a favorite fishing destination for the entire family.

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Route 66 Park is tucked along the west shore of Lake Overholser and is home to three great fishing ponds complete with bridges and wetland boardwalks winding throughout. This park was designed to be a great spot for fishing with kids of all ages, so grab your reels and tackle and head that way. Within the park you’ll also find an observation tower, a playground and a mini walkable version of the Mother Road itself. A nearby fishing pier is located south of the park on Lake Overholser for those who feel the desire to try a larger lake. The easy metro location of this exciting park makes it the perfect spot for your next family fishing adventure. There are no public bathrooms at this park, so be sure to stop somewhere before you arrive.

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Meet with a McCarty Center screening team consisting of a pediatrician, nurse, psychology clinician and social worker.

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Roman Nose State Park 2738 Lot 301 Hwy. 8A, Watonga Roman Nose State Park is located 75 miles west of Oklahoma City and is a wonderful place to take your kids for a truly scenic fishing experience. Pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day outdoors. Tucked in a canyon with gypsum rock cliffs on the edge of Watonga and Boecher Lakes, this state park offers plenty of bass, catfish, sunfish, crappie and rainbow trout for catching. Kids will feel like true explorers and adventurers as they fish from the shores of the two lakes. Canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and even fishing gear are available for rent from the General Store located inside the park (call ahead for availability, 580-623-7750).

within the park, making fishing a year-round sport. There’s even a heated and enclosed fishing dock for those colder months and days of the year. In Lake Eufaula you can find bass, skipjack herring, crappie, sunfish,

catfish and walleye. There are many other state park amenities here like hiking trails and playgrounds that make it a great place to spend the day or the weekend.

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Lake Eufaula State Park 111563 Hwy. 150, Checota Once you get the hang of fishing and want to try new waters, a trip to Lake Eufaula State Park is the perfect fishing getaway. A little more than 100 miles east of Oklahoma City, Eufaula is a very popular fishing destination as the lake is the largest in the state. A marina and a tackle shop are located

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Medicine Creek East Lake Dr., Medicine Park, OK About 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City is Medicine Park, a quaint town bustling with artists situated near the entrance to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. The town is known for its naturally formed granite cobblestones that still make up many of the original buildings. Medicine Creek flows right along what’s known as Cobblestone Row in the middle of this small town, where your little fishermen will love throwing in their lines right from the sidewalk! Granite rock also lines the banks of easy creek access for your kids. You will feel like you’ve stepped straight into an old historic mountain town as you enjoy fishing along this peaceful creek. Rainbow trout are stocked in Medicine Creek in the winter months but anglers can be found along the banks year-round. The beautiful waterfalls and bridges in Medicine Park will delight kids and adults alike, and in the summer months, nearby Bath Lake becomes a popular swimming hole as well! With no shortage of shops, restaurants, and lodging, the unique blend of the outdoors and the small town feel of Medicine Park will

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surely win your heart and keep you coming back again and again. Additional Information: Hafer Park, Hefner Lake and Route 66 Park are all part of the Close-To-Home Fishing Program (www.wildlifedepartment.com/ fishing) and require both City & State Fishing Licenses for anyone who is 16-62 years old. More info at www.okc.gov. Roman Nose State Park, Lake Eufaula State Park and Medicine Creek require

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Whether you’re looking for a day camp to keep your kids entertained close to home or an overnight camp to give them memories that will last a lifetime, this guide has you covered. We’ve rounded up dozens of area camps and summer activities to help you plan the best summer ever. For a searchable version of this guide and other special content to help you with your summer camp search, visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/summer-camps.

Artsy Rose Academy 7739 W. Hefner Rd. 405-603-8550 www.ArtsyRose.com

Offering camps with themes like watercolor painting, oil pastels, air dry clay and culinary arts. Different camps held from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fun Day Friday classes offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each Friday. Day camps are offered May 30-Aug. 10 for $75. Before/after care available. Enrollment open until full or time of camp.

Cadence Equestrian Center 14150 S. Pine St., Edmond 405-348-7469 www.cadenceequestrian.com

Beginner horse day camps for ages 5-13 to learn about horses and receive riding instruction. No previous experience necessary. Full-day camps ($395/week) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5-9 & 19-24, July 17-21 & 24-28. Half-day camps ($225/week) are 9 a.m.-noon May 29-June 2, June 12-16 & 26-30, July 10-14 & July 31-Aug. 4.

Camp ClapHans 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman 405-307-2865 bhunter@jdmc.org www.campclaphans.com

Overnight camp for ages 8-18 with developmental disabilities. A 1:1 ratio of staff to campers with activities like canoeing, fishing, archery, horseback riding and arts and crafts. Four day/three night sessions run from Sunday afternoons to Wednesday evenings June 11-July 26. $325/ week. Before/after care and scholarships available.

Camp DaKaNi 3309 E. Hefner Rd. 405-254-2080 www.campdakani.org

Campers enjoy activities like zip-lining, rock-climbing, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, hiking and sports. Resident camps (July 2-7, July 16-21) are available for youth entering middle and high school. Camp C.A.N.O.E. (Children with Autism Need Outdoor Experiences) is open to grades K-12 with autism and offered May 29-June 2. Day camp offered 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily from May 29-July 28. $210-$350/week. Before/after care and scholarships available.

Camp Invention at Choctaw Middle School 14667 N.E. 3rd St., Choctaw 800-968-4332 www.campinvention.org

Day camp for grades K-6 to learn about real-world problem solving. Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities from June 19-23. Use code INNOVATE15 by 5/1 to save $15 on registration. $225.

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SUM Camp in the City at Coffee Creek Church 1650 N.W. 220th, Edmond 877-474-6326 www.coffeecreek.cc/camp

Pine Cove Christian Camp offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 29-June 2. Games, skits, climbing walls, water slides and more for grades K-5. Enrollment open until full. $260. Partial scholarships available.

Childcare Network 14300 N. Western Ave., Edmond; 1909 East 15th St., Edmond; 4500 East I-240 Service Rd.; 3232 NW 150th St.; 7901 NW 85th Ter.; 1050 SW Grand Blvd. 800-432-1806; www.childcarenetwork.com

Adventure Summer Camp Program offers activities and field trips to zoos, parks, museums, aquariums and more. Trained teachers work to keep kids entertained with educational field trips and engaging activities. Day camps are offered year-round for $135 per week. Enrollment is open until camp is full.

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City of Edmond Parks & Recreation 2733 Marilyn Williams Dr., Edmond 405-359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

Camps available in a variety of topics like video game design, science, dance, theatre, photography, sewing and web design. Camps are available for ages 2-12. Day camps are offered June-August for $100$300. Before/after care & scholarships available.

City of Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Various locations 405-297-1429 www.okc.gov/parksignup

Week-long nature themed camps featuring outdoor skills for teens to Garden Explorers Camp and other themes for a variety of ages (8 and above) are offered during various weeks, June 5 through July 28. Held at various OKC Parks. Also find info about the multi-week Summer Performing Arts Camps that are offered at NW Optimist and culminate in a performance of a play or musical such as “Anything Goes” and “Annie.” Ages 6-18. Find details and enrollment at website.

Climb UP 2701 Washington Dr., Norman, 405-310-4648 200 S.E. 4th St. 405-673-7448 www.climbupgym.com

Day camps for ages 5-14 with instruction on climbing basics, technique and safety as well as climbing-related games and yoga. Camp sessions are from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. from June 5-Aug. 5. Times vary by location. Fee of $155/week includes daily snack and camp shirt. No before/after care; no scholarships.

Cosmosphere Aerospace Camps 1100 N. Plum, Hutchinson Kansas 620-665-9323 www.cosmo.org/camps

Train like an astronaut, explore the inner workings of earth, build and program robots and experience the thrill of flight at either half-day, full-day or week-long residential camps in June and July. High school campers have the opportunity to travel to space centers in Florida, Texas or California. Camps start at $119.

Cottonwood Creek Ranch 8025 S. Sooner Rd., Guthrie 405-204-7625 www.cottonwoodcreekmorgans. com

Riding day camp for ages 7-13. Learn Western and English styles, safety and horse care lessons, crafts and scrapbooking. After the camp session is over, participants can stay to enjoy swimming from 4-5pm. 1-5 p.m. June 5-Aug. 4. $225.

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Dance Unlimited 1217 E. Hefner 405-844-9996 www.danceunlimitedpac.com

Summer dance classes offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and acro. Princess/Prince Camp is June 19-22, Girls Week is July 10-13, and In the Jungle is July 24-27 (enroll by May 1st and dancer receives a free pair of wings), 9am-11am for ages 3-4 and 11am-1pm for ages 5-7. Summer Spotlight Acting Workshops include "Moana” and "The Descendants” offered two different weeks for different age ranges June 26-29 and July 17-21; and "Anastasia” for ages 4-10 and "Beauty and the Beast” for ages 6-12, held July 10-13.

Edmond Fine Arts Institute 27 E. Edwards 405-340-4481 www.edmondfinearts.com

Camps for all ages in a variety of artistic themes and topics. Campers can enjoy visual arts, acting, improvisation, stage makeup and more. Day camps are offered June 5-Aug. 11 for $95-$220. Enrollment is open until full or time of camp.

Edmond First United Methodist Church 305 E. Hurd 405-341-0107 www.fumcedmond.org

Weekly camps with themes like Buggin’ Out, Under the Sea and Wildly Creative available for children age 2 to grade 5. Campers can enjoy unique activities from 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday each week. Snacks are provided. Day camps are offered June 19-Aug. 3 for $75 per week. Enrollment is open until camp is full.

Firehouse Art Center 444 S. Flood, Norman 405-329-4523 www.normanfirehouse.com

Day camp for ages 5-14 offering five summer sessions running Monday-Friday focused on master artists, varied art techniques and the Oklahoma Standards for Fine Arts: Visual Arts. Offered June 5-Aug. 4 for $85-$160.

First Lutheran Preschool 1300 N. Robinson Ave. 405-235-1013 firstlutheranpreschoolokc.org

Preschool camps specifically for ages 3-5 to explore the outdoors and learn all about the world around them. Day camps are offered MayAugust for $400 per month. Enrollment is open until camp is full.

Fun & Fit Summer Camp 5500 N. Independence 405-949-6888

Day camp for children who are at least 4 years old and have completed Pre-K through age 12 (with birthday before Aug. 1). Camp hosted 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday from May 30-Aug. 16. Teams are assigned by age and each team goes on two field trips per week to top local attractions like Frontier City and Andy Alligator's. All field trip costs included in $160 weekly tuition. Other activities include cooking, science, art and group games. Breakfast, lunch and snack served. DHS accepted.

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma 6100 N. Robinson Ave. 405-528-4475 www.gswestok.org/camp

The Goddard SchoolWestern 17440 N. Western Ave., Edmond 405-348-4442 www.goddardschool.com

Resident, weekend and day camps for K-12 with zip-lining, a water trampoline, archery, canoeing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and STEM-related activities. Offered in June & July for $60-$750. Scholarships available until 4/30.

Providing child care for ages 6 week-12 years with a special School Age Summer Program for ages 5-12 that includes weekly field trips. STEAM subjects such as Animal Adventures, Mega Math-letes, Chess Club, Gardening and Robotics are taught through fun hands-on experiences. GOAL program helps student learn rules of outdoor games and sportsmanship. Call for rates.

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Harn Homestead Museum 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd. 405-204-7625 www.harnhomestead.com

Day camp for ages 6-11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5-9. Enroll by May 12 or until full. Before/after care available daily from 8-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. for an extra fee. $175.

KaleidEscape 505 E. Covell Rd., Edmond 405-341-9541 www.smesedmond.org

St. Mary’s staff will guide campers through arts and crafts, drama, cooking, outdoor exploring, science fun, water play, bounce house and other activities. Chick-fil-A lunch provided. Day camps offered from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 and 26-30 for $180/ week.

Kanakuk 1353 Lake Shore Dr., Branson Missouri 417-266-3000 www.gokanakuk.com

Premier summer camp for girls and boys ages 6-18 in Branson and Lampe, Missouri. Five overnight camps provide age-appropriate, fun, safe and professional outdoor experiences that help campers grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Enrollment varies per session. Offered June 3-Aug. 11 for $1,100-$4,200.

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Kumon Math & Reading Edmond West, 245 S. Santa Fe, 405-216-9800; Edmond North, 775 W. Covell, 405-715-1111; OKC North, 9494 N. May 405-752-2000; OKC Northwest, 6220 N.W. Expressway, 405-7217323; OKC South, 10600 S. Penn, 405-6918900; Norman, 1320 N. Interstate Dr., 405-3641600; Yukon South, 501 S. Mustang, Suite L, 405-265-0075. www.kumon.com

Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy 1727 N.W. 16th St. 405-524-9310 www.thelmagaylordacademy.com

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art 1900 W. MacArthur, Shawnee 405-878-5300 www.mgmoa.org

Mad Science 14020 N. Western Ave. 405-285-9643 okc.madscience.org

Kumon is the largest and most successful supplemental education program in the world. The curriculum provides a seven-day-a-week program and your child will attend class on Monday & Thursday evenings. Call to set up a free parent orientation to see if Kumon is right for your family. $125/month/subject.

Madagascar Production Camp for 2nd grade and up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10-21 with performances July 22. Auditions are April 22 but campers can register before auditions. Other weekly camps covering performing arts instruction: Creative Drama June 26-30 for ages 6-8, Children’s Jungle Jam from July 5-7 for ages 3-5, Theatre of the Imagination Acting Workshop July 24-28 for ages 9-15, Musical Theatre July 31-Aug. 4 for ages 5-8 & 9-15. All weekly camps have a Friday performance at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre. Camp hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Before/after care available. $225-$425. Registration open until camps are full.

Weeklong, two-hour Creative Arts Camps are provided for ages 5-13, each with a different theme and taught by artists. Primary Partners classes for tots with adult partner and Teen/Tween Art and Theater Clinics also available. Offered in June & July from free -$60. Scholarships available.

Half-day and full-day camps with themes like chemistry, space, forensic and robotics. Newest camp is Brixology, a five-day engineering camp that encourages critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Day camps are offered June 12-Aug. 4 for $150-$175. Registration closes after the first day of the camp.

Mathnasium Edmond: 405-348-6284; Norman: 405-701-0700; North OKC: 405-412-8758; Yukon: 405-3244005; Central OKC: 405-225-1477; South OKC/Moore: 405-412-8758. www.mathnasium.com

With six locations in the area, Mathnasium offers individualized, flexible programs for students grades 1-12 for math help and enrichment. From instruction to fun programs such as chess, games and more, your local Mathnasium can help your student catch up or get ahead during the summer. Find one near you in Edmond, Norman, Yukon, Moore and Oklahoma City.

Metro Gymnastics 7420 Broadway Ste. A 405-848-5308 www.metrogymokc.com

From 9 a.m.-noon each Monday from June 5-July 24, ages 5 and up can enjoy exercise and gymnastics, crafts and activities. Bring lunch and extend the camp to 1:30 p.m. to take part in a cartwheel or back handspring clinic. $25-$40/day. Enrollment open until day of camp or until camp is full.

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Missouri Military Academy Summer Programs 204 N. Grand St., Mexico, Missouri 573-581-1776 Ext. 321 www.missourimilitaryacademy.org

Summer camps for young people to train, compete and learn in stateof-the-art academic, military and recreational facilities. The Summer Academy is for grades 7-12 to learn leadership skills and improve academic skills. High school students can earn credits. Confidence Camp and Leadership Camp provide motivational activities for boys ages 8-17. Camps offered June 25-July 20 for $1,000-$3,850. Registration open until full.

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Moore Norman Technology Center 4701 12th Ave. N.W., Norman 405-364-5763x7260 www.mntc.edu/sya

Four-day day camp for ages 9-14 meeting from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Offered June 5-29 for $75 per class or $140 for full-day MED or CSI Camps. Scholarships available. Enrollment for ages 9-11 is 7:30 a.m. April 6. Enrollment for ages 12-14 is April 13.

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School 2801 S. Shartel Ave. 405-631-8865 www.mountstmary.org

Sports, Music, Drama and Robotics day camps for grades K-8 available from June 1-Aug. 1. Fees range from $30-$100. Enroll until the first day of camp.

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 Northeast 63rd Street 405-478-2250 nationalcowboymuseum.org/ summercamp

Led by experienced teachers, each week-long, small-group session features age-appropriate themes, crafts, games, art projects, snacks and stories. Campers explore the Museum's collections, exhibitions, gardens and trails. All supplies are included in the children’s sessions. Half-day and full-day sessions offered every week from June 19-July 28 for $125$250. Before/after care available. Enrollment open until May 31.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave 405-606-7003 www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

Half-day camps for ages 3 & 4 and full-day camps for ages 5-13 in theater, dance, magic, musical theater, stage combat, film-making, video game design and improv. May 23-Aug. 12. $100-$500. Before/after care and scholarships available.

Oklahoma Center for Arts Education University of Central Oklahoma 100 N. University Dr., Edmond 405-974-3754 www.ocae.net

Half-day or full-day weeklong camps from June 5-July 28 for ages 7+ covering topics like drama, art, chamber music, rock music, jazz music, magic and dance. $150-$300/week. Early bird discounts given for most camps if you register by April 30.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr. 405-278-8213 www.okcmoa.com

Day camp offering a variety of age-appropriate, thematic four-day sessions based on the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections. Full-day camps offered to ages 4-12 June 20-Aug. 4. $120 or members, $130 for non-members. Before/after care and scholarships available.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum 620 N. Harvey Ave. 405-235-3313 MemorialMuseum.com/camp

STEM Summer Camp for students entering grades 6-8 is all about a fusion of science and history. Campers will collect DNA and process a crime scene, meet with forensic specialists, experience a bomb-sniffing dog demonstration and more. Day camps are offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5-9 and July 10-14 for $200 per session. Enrollment is open until sessions are full.

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden 2000 Remington Pl. 405-425-0218 www.okczoo.org/camps

The OKC Zoo offers week-long day camps from June 5-Aug. 11 for ages 4-15 that focus on education and enrichment about animals and nature. Themes such as Zooper Heroes and Sensational Animals for the younger set and Wildlife Detectives, Marine Biology Boot Camp and Zoo Design for tweens and teens are offered. $95-$300. Enroll by June 5.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center 3000 General Pershing Blvd. 405-951-0000 www.oklahomacontemporary.org

Day camp May 30-Aug. 11 for grades preK to 9 to experiment with and be inspired by a variety of contemporary artists. Led by artists and educators, camps include drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, robotics and performing arts. $195/week. Before/after care and scholarships available.

Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program (OKYLP) 1824 E Madison St. 405-286-3099 www.okylpokc.org June 5-July 28

Summer Enrichment Program at New Bethel Baptist Church with free breakfast, lunch and snack and trained instructors to help kids improve life skills, reading, math, science, field trips and more. For all schoolage children. Day camp from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. from June 5-July 28. Registration is $50 and camp costs $65-$85/week. Enrollment open until full. Before/after care & scholarships available.

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Oklahoma Youth Orchestras at John Rex Elementary 500 W. Sheridan Ave. www.oyomyusic.org/summer

Designed for string musicians grades 5-8 who can read music and have at least one year of experience. The camp takes place daily from 8am to 5pm with a final performance on Friday at 7pm, free to friends and family. Students participate in daily rehearsals, sectionals, recitals by local artists and arts excursions. June 19-23. Enroll by June 1. $200 before April 15, $250 after April 15.

RIVERSPORT Adventures 800 RIVERSPORT Dr. 405-552-4040 www.riversportokc.org

Day camps available in the Boathouse District and Lake Hefner. Kids learn rowing, canoe/kayak, mountain biking, beach volleyball, sailing and water sport basics. Many camps have the option to add adventures like zip lining, the SandRidge Sky Trail and rafting at RIVERSPORT Rapids. Different camp experiences offered for different ages. May 29-Aug. 18 for $175-$300. Enrollment available until up to time of camp or until full.

Rose State College 6191 Hudiburg Dr. 405-733-7392 www.rose.edu/kids

More than 150 camps for grades K-10. Each camp runs 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday from June 5-Aug. 3. Before/after care available. Costs range from free to $69.

St. John’s Episcopal School 5401 N. Brookline Ave. 405-943-8583 www.stjohnsokc.com

Day camps with themes like STEM, Physics and Chemistry, Theater and Camp Funnybone. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 5-July 28. $125/week.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua, Norman 405-325-1008 www.samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

Day camps for ages 4 (with adult) to 14, family programs and scout workshops in June & July from $15-$70. A variety of camp sessions cover a range of science-related topics. Scholarships available.

Shiloh Camp 448 N.E. 70th St. 405-858-7011 www.shilohcamp.org

Day camp serving 700+ inner-city youth ages 8-16 with adventure course, zip line, basketball, archery, fishing, mountain biking, art, sports, dance, drama, choir, gardening and more. June 5-30. $35/week.

SoccerCity OKC 4520 Old Farm Rd. 405-748-3888 www.soccercityokc.com

Four-day camps for recreational and advanced players ages 4-16 during specific weeks from June through August. Each camp is held for a half day, either 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. See website for dates and enrollment information. $95/session.

SPARK Summer Program at First Presbyterian Church 1001 N.W 25th St. 405-525-0018 www.fpcokc.org/spark

Day camp that features swimming, field trips, classes, crafts and interactive learning for PreK-8th grade. $55 enrollment fee, $135/week, 15 percent discount for multiple children. Weekdays from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. from May 31-July 27 (extended summer hours in August for nonOKCPS children).

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STUDIO J SCHOOL OF DANCE 420 S. Santa Fe Ave. 405-348-3377 www.studiojdanceok.com

Dance camps for ages 3-8 offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday with an in-studio performance on the last day. Camp themes include Disney Princess, Hip Hop Troll, Moana’s Summer Fun and Sing Sing Sing Pop. Day camps are offered June 5-July 13 for $135. Registration opens April 1 and will remain open until camp is full.

The Studio of Sooner Theatre 110 E. Main St., Norman 405-321-9600 www.soonertheatre.org

Day camps for one, two or three weeks offered to kids PreK-grade 12 (half-day and full-day options for grades K-6). Topics include music theater, theater dance, improvisation and acting. May 30-Aug. 4. $125$475. Scholarships available.

Trinity School OKC 321 N.W. 36th St. 405-525-5600 www.trinityschoolokc.org

Camp themes include reading therapy, language arts, math and summer fun. Intensive Reading/Language Arts & Math for grades K-8, Intensive Reading Therapy for grades K-12 and Math Intervention for grades K-12 offered from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for $550. Individual Intensive Reading Therapy for grades K-12 to be scheduled with therapist for $50/hour. Summer Fun day camp is offered from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for $350. Camps held July 6-28. Enroll before May 25.

Twist & Shout 14801 N. Lincoln Blvd., Edmond, 405-775-9491 3400 Bart Conner Dr., Norman, 405-573-9974 www.shouterspirit.com

Tumble and cheer day camps Monday-Friday in June and July for two hours/day. $100. Enrollment open until full.

Upstage Theatre 844 W. Danforth 405-285-5803 www.upstagetheatreok.com

Musical Theatre Day Camp is held for ages 4-13 to learn the musical "Annie Jr." The cost includes rehearsal script and score, a practice CD, camp shirt, daily snack and Friday pizza party. Campers are responsible for bringing their own sack lunch, water, a pencil and close-toed shoes. Day camps are offered June and July for $150. Enrollment is open until time of camp.

UW Sports Camp at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond 1001 S. Rankin St., Edmond 405-341-3602 x125 www.fpcedmond.org

Campers can choose soccer, basketball, cheer, ultimate frisbee or TEAM 45 (a special program for ages 4 and 5). Day camp offered from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 5-9 for $70. Register at www.fpcedmond.org/ sportscamp.

Westminster Presbyterian Church 4400 N. Shartel 405-929-1221 www.wpcokc.com/children

Kingdom Kids Fun In The Sun Summer Session for school-age kids from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from June 6-Aug. 10 (no camp week of July 4). Themes include space, STEM, oceans, gardening, wild animals, weather and creepy critters. $300/ month.

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Velocity Dance Center 11122 N. Rockwell Ave. Ste. A-11 405-721-8807 www.oklahomadancestudio.com

Summer classes in ballet, jazz, tap and hop hop for kids ages 3-12. Dance With Me and Dance N Learn Classes available for age 2. Two summer sessions are offered from May 30-Aug. 1 to accommodate different schedules. Day camps start at $40. Enrollment open until class is full.

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY All branches including the OKC metro area, Chickasha, Guthrie and Stillwater. www.ymcaokc.org/children-youth/ summer-day-camp/locations

Although each offers something unique, the YMCA OF OKLAHOMA CITY branches offer day camps for ages 4 through teens (some end at age 12) either at the YMCA itself or at a location nearby. Most pricing is between $100-$145 per week. Most day camps start the week of May 30 and continue through early- to mid-August. Call your local branch for details and enrollment.

YMCA CAMP CLASSEN 10840 Main Camp Rd. 580-369-2272 www.ymcaokc.org/camp

Overnight summer camp for ages 7-17 located in the Arbuckle Mountains of southern Oklahoma. Traditional Resident Summer Camp, Travel Trips for teens, Equestrian Camps and Leadership Training Opportunities (CIT). Camp activities include canoeing, archery and talent shows. June 4-July 22. $715/week. Scholarships available. Enroll until full.

Youth Tech Inc. Camps held at the MAC Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Dr., Edmond 877-984-2267 www.youthtechinc.com

Campers can choose themes like Gaming Academy, Video Game Design, 3D Game Design, iGame Creators, Animation, Web Design, Movie Makers and iCode. Day camps available from June 19-Aug. 3 ranging from $100-$300. Enrollment open until the Friday before camp starts. Scholarships available.

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Chickasaw Cultural Center 867 Cooper Memorial Dr., Sulphur, OK 580-622-7130 www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

One of the largest tribal cultural centers in the country that shares the history of the Chickasaw people through art, exhibits and performances.

Dodge City Paintball & Outdoor Laser Tag of OKC 16425 N.W. 150th, Piedmont 405-373-3745 www.okcpaintball.com

Sessions of 10 or more players during the week pay $15 per person to play. Fee includes everything except paintballs. Register two weeks in advance.

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 421 N.W. 10th St. 405-609-3302 www.dustbowllanes.com

Fun retro bowling alley that is open additional hours for summer: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. MondayWednesday for families with children.

Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1400 Classen Dr. 405-235-4458 www.oklahomahof.com

"Summer Thursdays" program offers special free activities at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday during June, July and August (made possible by Allied Arts). Also, "See You Saturday" is a free event held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center 838 W. Danforth Rd., Edmond 405-324-9182 www.mygym.com/edmond

Open play is held from 12:10-4:25 p.m. Tuesdays and 12:10-5:55 p.m. Thursdays for members and non-members starting May 23. Saturday and Sunday times will be announced on Facebook.

Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. 405-522-3602 www.okhistory.org

Okietales is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in June and July. The program includes reading and storytelling that exposes ages 5-9 to Oklahoma history. $2 admission for the program includes admission to the museum.

Oklahoma Swim Academy 14701 N. Kelley Ave., Edmond 405-509-5415 www.oklahomaswim.com

Swimming day camps for age 4 months and older offered year-round. $48-$384/month.

Skate Galaxy OKC 5800 N.W. 36th St. 405-605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com

Summer public roller skating session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. JuneAugust, as well as private lessons and free Learn to Skate sessions Saturdays at noon. $25 for unlimited weekly sessions.

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SKELETONS: A Museum of Osteology 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd. 405-814-0006 ww.museumofosteology.org

Unpluggits Paint & Play 575 Enterprise Dr., Edmond 405-340-7584 www.unpluggits.com

We Rock the Spectrum OKC 64 E. 33rd St., Edmond 405-657-1108 www. werockthespectrumoklahomacity. com

Provides exhibits & activities to help visitors understand biology via skeletons of animals from around the world. Field trips for groups & camps. Age 13+, $8. Age 3-12, $7.

Clay Handbuilding Wokshops offered June 1-Aug. 5 with projects like business card holders, coil pots, wind chimes and more. Clay piece will be completed during the workshop and camper can return any time to paint the project before the final firing. All steps are included in cost of workshop, which ranges from $20-$45 depending on the project. Enrollment open until time of session. Space is limited.

Indoor playground for kids of all abilities. Equipment and activities catered specifically to the needs of kids with sensory disorders and helps all kids develop strength and skills through games, toys and movement.

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GOT CHILDREN? THEN YOU NEED LOTS OF RESOURCES! INTRODUCING THE “YELLOW PAGES” FOR OKC AREA PARENTS.

From pediatricians to special needs therapy, birthday party ideas and private schools, our resource directories—both here and online— provide local parents with the information they need to help their families and children thrive. Check out these businesses and those you find at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/directories/ and be sure to tell them you found their business via MetroFamily Magazine.

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Health & Fitness (page 65) Dr. Laura Ballinger, DDS Oklahoma Institute of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology Dr. Santiago Reyes, Pediatric Pulmonologist Service Providers (page 65) Rebuilding Together OKC Vesta Foundation Solutions Summer Camps (pages 66-73) Artsy Rose Academy Cadence Equestrian Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma (Camp DaKaNi) Camp Invention Childcare Network Climb UP Cottonwood Creek Summer Riding Day Camp Dance Unlimited Edmond Fine Arts Institute Firehouse Art Center Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma The Goddard School-Western Harn Homestead Integris Fun & Fit Camp Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art Mad Science Central Oklahoma Mount St. Mary Catholic High School My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Oklahoma Children’s Theatre Oklahoma Youth Orchestra Metro Gymnastics Shiloh Camp SoccerCity OKC SPARK at First Presbyterian Church STUDIO J SCHOOL OF DANCE Trinity School OKC

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Upstage Theatre UW SPORTS CAMP at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond Velocity Dance Center Youth Tech Special Needs (page 73) Brain Balance Center of OKC TOTAL POSS-ABILITIES We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym Party Guide (page 74-75) Allison’s Fun Inc. Andy Alligator’s Fun Park Arcadia Lake, City of Edmond Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge Forever After Parties Mobile Laser Forces Myriad Gardens Skate Galaxy OKC Family Fun (page 75) Dodge City Paintball & Outdoor Laser Tag of OKC First Lutheran Preschool Oklahoma History Center Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival Unpluggits Playstudio Restaurants & Shopping (page 76) Jimmy’s Egg learning tree toys Once Upon A Child North OKC Taylor Made Photography Foster Care (page 77) Saint Francis Community Services Education (page 77) Holy Trinity Christian School St. John’s Episcopal School Westminster School

Find more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/directories/ METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

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HEALTH & FITNESS

FREE Special Offer!

1900 South Kelly, Edmond

www.ballingerdental.com

As a family dentist, she welcomes kids (and their parents) to experience quality, gentle dentistry in a relaxing environment.

Experts in

Call for an appointment today and receive a FREE kids Sonicare toothbrush with complete exam, X-rays and cleaning!

CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE ESTIMATE!

844-8445

Breathe Easier

Sinking Concrete Bowing Walls Nasty Crawl Spaces

405-698-1109 | vestafamily.com

You don’t have to know how to use a miter saw to repair homes for those in need.

Santiago Reyes, MD Pediatric Pulmonology

For Appointments Call 405-945-4495 Specializing in respiratory diseases of children and adolescents including asthma, cystic fibrosis, respiratory infections, chronic and acute respiratory conditions. Board certified in pediatric and pediatric pulmonology. Serving Oklahoma for over 20 years. Most major insurance accepted including SoonerCare INTEGRIS Professional Building D 3366 Northwest Expressway, Suite 330, Oklahoma City

You can't avoid life, let us get you back to living! • • • • •

Pediatric and adults Highest quality therapy Friendly and caring staff Flexible office hours Convenient locations

Donate today. Rebuilding Together OKC helps rebuild lives and neighborhoods by making repairs to homes that help keep low-income seniors in the metro safe, warm and dry. Whether you know it or not, you have the tool you need to help fix their homes in your pocket.

www.okallergy.com Edmond/OKC: (405) 607-4333 1810 East Memorial Road, OKC, OK 73131

Yukon/Mustang: (405) 265-1949 728 S. Mustang Road, Yukon, OK 73099

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For information on how to donate or get involved, visit us at rebuildingtogetherokc.org

SERVICE PROVIDER

Dr. Laura Ballinger knows kids.


SUMMER CAMPS

Family Favorites • Competitive Team • Parent-Tot • Preschool Gymnastics (boys & girls) • Recreational Classes • Home School Classes • Tumbling Classes • Summer Camps • Private Lessons • Birthday Parties • Play Group Outings • Easy Online enrollment

848-5308

www.metrogymokc.com

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop

7420 Broadway Ext., Suite A, OKC, OK 73116

SPARK Child Care Program First Presbyterian Church NW 25th & Western

Princess/Prince Camp June 19-22 Girls Week July 10-13 In the Jungle July 24-27 Each camp will consist of stories, themed dance, craft, snack and performance! ages 3-4 9am-11am ages 5-7 11am-1pm

SPARK OFFERS: classes to keep brains active, workshops to broaden horizons, weekly field trips, weekly swimming trips, arts & crafts, fun games, recreation, learning and friendships!

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT ACTING WORKSHOPS

Want more info? (405)525-0018 tish@fpcokc.org • fpcokc.org/spark

June 26-29 & July 17-21

Moana ages 4-12 The Descendants ages 6-12 July 10-13 & July 24-27 Anastasia ages 4-10 Beauty and the Beast ages 6-12 Our focus is for everyone to have a great time and to encourage a love for performing! 1217 E Hefner, OKC, OK 73131

www.danceunlimitedpac.com

405-844-9996

Passport to Adventure! Summer Break care

May 31st–July 27th, 2017 7 AM–6 PM weekdays

Fees: $55 enrollment fee per child $135 per week (15% discount for multiple children)

SPARK is a 2 Star facility & DHS APPROVED!

Explore your imagination and creativity this summer! Youth Tech Inc. Computer Camps, Ages 6-17 Video Game Design 3D Game Design Gaming Academy Animation Web Design Movie Makers iGame Creators

877-984-2267

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Camps held in Edmond at the MAC, 2733 Marilyn Williams Dr.


TEEN WEEK June 5-9

KiDS WEEKS

June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26 – 30

REGISTER NOW

WWW.SHILOHCAMP.ORG

Day Camp for Ages 8-16

448 NE 70th, OKC 405-858-7011 Transforming our inner city with the love of Christ through sports, arts, and meaningful relationships.

Thank you for voting us as a “Best Birthday Party Comes to You”!

Family Favorites

Now it’s time to try our super-fun summer camps! ENROLL NOW at

www.okc.madscience.org or call 405-285-9643

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SUMMER CAMPS

Sports • Dance ADVENTURE COURSE Choir • Drama Canoeing • Crafts Animals • Painting BASKETBALL ZIPLINE & MORE!


SUMMER CAMPS 1 to save $15 Sign up by May de IN NOVATE15 using promo co

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For children entering K through 6th grade — Led by experienced local educators

SUMMER PROGRAMS Summer Academy Grades 7-12 Confidence Camp Ages 8-11 Leadership Camp Ages 12-17

Hands-on Fun · Teamwork · STEM Concepts · Problem Solving · Design & Build Prototypes

Choctaw Middle School June 19 - 23 Visit CAMPINVENTION.ORG or call 800.968.4332 today to learn more and secure your spot!

In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office

CALL 573-581-1776 Ext. 321 missourimilitaryacademy.org

Enroll NOW for summer camps! • Birthday Party Packages • Indoor Soccer Leagues

Check our website for details and enrollment! soccercityokcity.com Four different weekly camps for ages 4-16 4520 Old Farm Road, OKC held from June through August. (west of Meridian, south of 122nd) $95/camp; half-day sessions held from 9-12 & 1-4. Also enroll for Lil Kickers Spring Session (3/20-6/10) and Summer Session (6/12-8/26).

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SUMMER CAMPS

Big Dreams


SUMMER CAMPS

Start the Spark

For your student at Trinity’s Summer Intensive

Horse Camp

Camp Cadence 2017 Beginner Half Day May 29 - June 2 June 12 - June 16 June 26 - June 30 July 10 - July 14 July 31- Aug 4 Ages 5-13 No experience necessary 9:00 am – Noon Monday – Friday $235/per camper

Beginner Full Day June 5- June 9 June 19 - June 23 July 17 - July 21 July 24 - July 28 Ages 5-13 No experience necessary 9:00 am – 3:00 pm* Monday – Friday $395/per camper

Multi-Sensory Instruction with Certified Teachers

*before/after care available from 8:309:00 am & 3-5:30 pm; $75 additional cost

July 6-27, 2017 Tues/Wed/Thurs Grades K-12

NOW ENROLLING! 1-Week Summer Camps Creative Drama: Theatre Magic for Wizards and Fairies June 26-30 • 10 am to 4 pm Ages 6-8

Theatre of the Imagination: Acting Studio July 24-28 • 10 am to 4 pm • Ages 9-15

Power-Up Classes:

Musical Theatre: Let’s Rock! Rock Musicals July 31-August 4 • 10 am to 4 pm Ages 6-8 and 9-15

CADENCE EQUESTRIAN Trinity School OKC Serving children who learn differently 405-525-5600 www.trinityschoolokc.org

SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS

Children’s Jungle Jam! (3-day Camp) July 5-7 • 10 am to 4 pm Ages 3-5

Intensive Reading/ Language Arts & Math • Intensive Reading Therapy • Summer Fun •

Rozz Grigsby, Director of Primary Education Nick Bartell, Director of Secondary Education

Enroll online at: www.cadenceequestrian.com

(405) 348-7469

1-Week Camps Include a Friday Performance in the Historic Plaza Theatre!

Private Instruction: Voice, Dance and Acting June 1-August 18 | Ages 5 to Adult 4-lesson blocks (30 min. lessons)

Beat Summer Learning Loss Pre-Enroll for Summer Today! Summer slide is the loss of knowledge over summer vacation.

Summer Learning Gap

Summer learning loss in elementary school has been linked to consequences in later academic life, affecting whether students drop out of high school and whether they attend college.* *Johns Hopkins University study about summer slide: education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/Journals/ spring2010/why-summer-learning/

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Central Oklahoma City: 405-225-1477 South OKC/Moore: 405-412-8758


SUMMER CAMPS

C H A L L E N G E YO U R I M AG I N AT I O N AT T H E

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Discover a summer of art classes, including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and more for ages 5 - 14. Call 405.329.4523 or visit the Firehouse to enroll today! N

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DAT E S Session I: June 5 - June 9 Session II: June 12 - June 23 Session III: June 26 - June 30 Session IV: July 10 - July 21 Session V: July 24 - August 4

The Goddard School's Summer Camp offers a broad range of programs and mini camps crafted to pique the interest and curiosity of every child; there is something for everybody! Call today to enroll!

POWERED BY STEAM. FUELED BY FUN.

normanfirehouse.com 405.329.4523 444 South Flood Avenue Norman, Oklahoma 73069

JUNE 2017 - AUGUST 2017 5 YEARS - 12 YEARS

ENROLL TODAY! EDMOND • 17440 N. Western Avenue 405-348-4442

GoddardSchool.com The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. © Goddard Systems, Inc. 2017. License #K830023294

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SUMMER CAMPS

Mommy and Me Classes

Dads, Grandparents & Nannies too! Award winning children’s program Experts in children’s development Ages 6 months 8 years Birthday Parties

Enroll Now!

www.mygym.com/edmond or call 405-324-9182 838 W Danforth/Edmond

2017 Musical Theatre Summer Camp Fun & Fit Metro Family Ad xxxxxx ol.indd 1

2/9/17 3:17 PM

Session 1: June 12-16 Session 2: July 10-14 Monday - Friday 10:00am-3:00pm Open to Ages 4-13 Registration Fee: $150 per week.

Cottonwood Creek Ranch 2017 Summer Horse Camp Ages 6-13

$15 Early Bird Discount if enrolled by April 30th upstagetheatreok.com

Session I Times Riding/Stable 1 pm - 4 pm June 5 – June 9 June 12 – June 16 June 19 – June 23 June 26 – June 30

844 W Danforth (located next to Star Steps)

Performances are Fridays at 3:30pm

Session II Times Riding/Stable 1 pm - 4 pm July 10 – July 14 July 17 – July 21 July 24 – July 28 July 31 – Aug 4

Stay and swim from 4-5pm

Western and English Horseback Riding Lessons - $225/wk Camp includes: Daily Horse Riding, Safety and Horse Care Lessons, Crafts, Horsemanship, Vaulting, Parent’s Day Riding and Vaulting Demonstration

Contact: Mandy Highsaw (405) 204.7625 mhighsaw@gmail.com 8025 S. Sooner Rd., Edmond/Guthrie 73044

www.cottonwoodcreekmorgans.com

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IT'S NIGHT & DAY

Open Play daily, no membership needed. For all children of all abilities, on and off the Autism spectrum

AFTER BRAIN BALANCE

Zip Line Suspended Swings Trampoline Rope Wall Pretend Play Area Classes Call us for more information 405.657.1108!

Visit us at

64 E. 33rd Street Edmond, OK 73013

www.werockthespectrumoklahomacity.com

“As we went through our first month, huge things started to happen. Focus and grades have improved. The results gave us light at the end of the tunnel.” - ANGIE and DAVID S., Brain Balance Parents

At Territorial Fun Day Camp, ages 6-11 will have fun exploring Oklahoma history through games, crafts and other activities.

Brain Balance is a non-medical approach combining physical and sensory exercises with academic skill training and healthy nutrition. We identify the issues, then create a plan that addresses your child’s specific needs.

SUMMER CAMPS

June 5-9, 9am to 3pm $175 (before/after care available for extra fee; siblings discount available)

Individual results may vary. Our advertising features actual parent testimonials.

ENROLL TODAY

FREE CONSULTATION

405-492-6800

405-235-4058 info@harnhomestead.com 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City www.harnhomestead.com

Brain Balance Center of OKC 3545 W. Memorial Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73134

LEARN MORE AT brainbalancecenters.com

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SPECIAL NEEDS

We are Oklahoma's only Sensory Safe Children's Gym!


PARTY GUIDE 421 NW 10th • 405.609.3302 dustbowlok.com MOONBOUNCES • SLIDES • OBSTACLE COURSES • WATER SLIDES

PICK-UP A MOONBOUNCE FOR ONLY $175 FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND!!

For more info, call or log on to

www.AllisonsFunInc.com (405) 447-1118

have fun, at the lake. Reserve a pavilion at Arcadia Lake for your next birthday celebration or family reunion. You deserve to enjoy the wonderful venues and activities that Edmond has to offer.

We have fun, you should too.

edmondparks.com

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PARTY GUIDE

Boy Scouts Of America 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., OKC 73105

For more information contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-0791

April Showers Mothers' Day Flowers Handprint Plate Special Salad Size - $22 Dinner Size - $28 All that is needed is a handprint and we do the rest! Allow 10 days.

Open Paint & Play All Day Indoor Playground Paint-n-Take Ceramics Clay Workshops Grown-ups paint nights

405-340-PLUG • www.unpluggits.com

Open Year Round, Groups & Walk-ons Welcome

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405-373-3745

New Low Impact Perfect For Players 6 Yrs & Up

Birthday Parties All-Weather Building

Fun event for the whole family! Saturday April 22nd 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

• Items

on display from The Oklahoma Century Chest • Tours of the church and preschool • Moonbounce • Snow cones • Face painting • Games • Food

First Lutheran Church and Preschool 1300 N Robinson Ave OKC firstlutheranokc.org Contact: Bree DeHerder 405-235-1013

OKCPaintball.com

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Picnic Area Brand New Course!

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TICKETS ON SALE 4/10 PEACELOVEGOODWILL.ORG

ONCE UPON A PRINCESS SHOWS

SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2017

FAMILY FUN

Earn Badges for Advancement


RESTAURANTS & SHOPPING

jump into spring with Peter and his friends

Family Favorites

7638 N. Western, OKC 405-848-1415

birth to teens

Here Comes The Fun Outfits to take them from school to play at prices way less than retail! 13801 N. PENNSYLVANIA AVE OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73134 405-286-3114 ONCEUPONACHILDOKCNORTH.COM

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Eagle Camp 2017

WE ARE...

Pre-K and Kindergarten • Grades One through Eight 600 NW 44 Street • OKC • 405.524.0631 • westminsterschool.org For more information, please call Director of Admission, Rebecca Skarky, at 405.524.0631, Ext. 123.

“Does anyone even care?” FOSTER CARE

The answer is a parent

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Seven Weeks of Summer Fun! • June 5 – 9 Summer Journey (explore the world) • June 12 – 16 Summer Journey II (explore the world) • June 21 – 24 Camp Funnybone (separate cost and sign up, go online to www.bricktownclowns.com) • June 26 – 30 “You Build It!” • July 10 – 14 “STEM” - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math • July 17 – 21 Physics and Chemistry • July 24 – 28 Theater Class

Come for one week or join us for all! (All camps are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday except the week of Camp Funnybone)

FOR INFORMATION ON PRICING AND AGES FOR EACH CLASS CONTACT US AT 405-943- 8583 OR EMAIL loverdorff@st-john.k12.ok.us

School and Child Development Program 5401 N. Brookline, OKC 73112

EDUCATION

The Fun This Summer is at…


Kid Review: Gaylord-Pickens Museum Address: 1400 Classen Dr. Kid reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 9

What made the experience stand out? This museum was different than other museums I’ve visited because it was all about people. Some museums have fossils or displays with animals or pieces of history from a long time ago, like clothing or pioneer wagons. Instead, there’s a Hall of Fame with bronze statues and portraits that have been painted of people who have done something for the state of Oklahoma. What made it stand out was that I learned about Oklahomans and what they’ve done that I could do too. I also found out the five characteristics that make up an Oklahoman: perseverance, optimism, pioneer spirit, individualism and generosity.

What was the best part? I met a poet! There was a live poetry session with a woman named Candace Liger. My Mom let me ask her questions after I heard her poetry about how to be the change that I want to see in the world. That sounds really fancy but what I mean is like how can I be a good person in our community. I’m reading the book “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio, which makes me think about how I treat other people. All of the men and women in the Hall of Fame treated others as they want to be treated, I think, and that’s what the poet talked about too. I watched videos that showed each of the five characteristics in people like Maria Tallchief and Wiley Post. I didn’t know about them before but now I do and I like to think that we share the same state. If they did amazing things here, I might be able to also.

What was the worst part? I didn’t want to leave. We visited the museum for more than three hours and I really wanted to stay and see all the videos, do a craft

and visit the gift shop. We have to go back because I did not have time to do those things. My Mom made us leave so we could go eat a late lunch but I wasn’t even feeling hungry because I was busy seeing everything.

Will other kids like this museum and why? Yes, I think other kids will like some parts even if they don’t love history. I really like history but the other areas are really good for all kids, like a giant Jenga game and art squares you can add to a community quilt. The best area I know other kids will like and that I loved too are the photo areas. There are three displays where you can press a button and the exhibit will turn on to take your photo. You can dress up and pretend as it’s taking your picture. The three photo areas that are there right now are a space shuttle, a rodeo horse and a News 9 weather forecast. Our tour guide said they will change later. I have to come back to see those too.

Would your siblings enjoy it? I’m not sure. My Mom and I went just by ourselves, which isn’t something we usually do. I think my brother, Isaac, could enjoy the craft and the photo areas. He’s 5 so I don’t know if he could have stayed still for the poet and all the videos; I think he would have just wanted to press all the buttons. It’s better for kids who are a little older, maybe past second grade, but there are still things to do for smaller children too. We would have had a good time playing Jenga together.

If you could do this again knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would go with more time to see all of the people in the Hall of Fame and find out what

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got them in there, like what they did during their lives. I really could have spent all day there.

Does what you saw match up with anything you're learning in school or have seen before in a book, on TV, etc.? Yes and no. My school has chapel and I have learned from our pastor about the Golden Rule. I heard the poet talk about that and some of the people in the museum definitely helped others a lot. There’s also some history that kind of matches up but this kind of learning is much better than just reading from a book. I read a lot about other kids but I don’t know that much about adults. Exhibits like this help me think about the person I can be when I grow up.

What do you think you'll remember most about the museum? I will remember the people it featured because they are how we should want to be. I’ll never forget the poet. She’s the first one I’ve ever met but I don’t think she will be the last. [Editor's Note: Sam recently received a Gold Award from the Parenting Media Association for his reviews. Find more of his reviews at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kidreviews.] The Gaylord-Pickens Museum offers free admission for families on the second Saturday of each month with themed crafts and activities, as well as story times the third Thursday of the month that also include admission without charge. April’s theme is Made in Oklahoma. Check MetroFamily’s calendar for museum events planned especially for children as well.


S U N DAY APRIL 9TH 12-5 PM Join us for multiple art-making activities, gallery experiences, and more! All ages welcome. No advance registration required.

FEATURING: FRE E ADMISS IO N including the exhibitions: The Unsettled Lens and After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints FAMILY FRIE NDLY PE RFO RMANCE S by a brass quintet from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, OKC Improv,

and Sugar Free Allstars

Visual Art and Performance

H ANDS -O N ART-MAK ING ACT IVIT IE S S K E TCH ING IN T H E G ALLE RIE S FAMILY G ALLE RY E XPE RIE NCE S PH OTOS with Mr. Cherry Limeade and Mr. Coney AND MO RE !


BEGINS MAY 9! May 9 – 28 | Civic Center Music Hall

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OKCBroadway.com | 405-297-2264 Groups (10+): 405-297-1586

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