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Volume 20, Number 5
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This month, we honor some local moms, reveal some great natural springs to visit with kids and start a new series about mental health. Isn't it so true that you never really appreciate your parents until you become a parent yourself? I always heard this and last September it became my reality. I had my first child and the experience of delivery alone totally transformed the way I viewed my mom. I've always been close to my mom but when I took that first deep breath after a few hours of unmedicated labor and pushing I think I actually exclaimed "my mom is so brave for doing that three times!" The truth is, all moms are brave (although I'll always believe mine is exceptionally so). Just in the first few months of motherhood, I have realized some of the things my mom gave up when she decided to have children: hot coffee, sleep, sanity, just to name a few. It takes a lot of courage to let someone call you "mom." Motherhood is surrender and sadness and fulfillment and joy all at the same time. We had 120 moms nominated in our annual Awesome Moms contest. I wish there was a way to introduce every single one of them to you because they're all so deserving of the honor. The staff painfully narrowed it down to a winner and two finalists and
you can read about them starting on page 18. It was so inspiring to read about the mothers who were nominated and just as inspiring to realize that behind every nomination was a person who recognized the hard work and sacrifice that goes into motherhood. This month, I hope you'll give a little extra love to moms you know. It doesn't have to be a grand gesture like entering them into a contest. The great things about moms (or so I hear from my own) is that even though they pour everything they have and more into their role as mothers, they're usually absolutely tickled just to get a kind word, a hug or a hot cup of coffee in return. Hannah Schmitt Editor
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Youth Mental Health in Oklahoma
When we discovered more than 40,000 kids in Oklahoma have a mental health disorder but less than a quarter of them have received services for their disorder, we were startled. Oklahoma is in the midst of a mental health crisis and the state's youngest residents are some of the most at risk. We're addressing the issue of youth mental health with a three-part series running through the summer. The first article in the series is all about identifying mental health issues in kids. Find it on page 10.
Suicide is 9 worst the second leading cause of 40,269 death in Oklahoma 23.7% youth Oklahoma has the
Between 2009 and 2013,
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of Oklahoma youth (12-17) with a major depressive episode received
based on prevalence and access to care
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youth report having attempted suicide
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of youth in Oklahoma
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of Oklahoma children age 4 months to 5 years are at moderate to high risk
of developmental or behavioral problems
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Dana Price Home town: I grew up in Ashland, KS but have lived in Edmond for the last 20 years.
Family: Mother of two sons, Chase and Chad Smith, and one daughter, Lauren Smith as well as a stepson, Joel Price; two grandchildren, Kali & Bryna, and two daughters-in law, Daisy Smith and Shea Price. My husband is Mike Price.
Best parenting advice I've ever received: "Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God's wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], even when he is old he will not depart from it." -Proverbs 22:6
One surprising fact about me: I used to barrel race in rodeos when I was a young girl.
Dana Price is a mom and long-time Edmond resident who has worked as an account executive at MetroFamily for 10 years. When she's not working, Dana can probably be found gardening or singing with her church's worship group.
Favorite book to read with my child: â€œThe Velveteen Rabbitâ€? by Margery Williams
Proudest day as a parent: When my first child was born!
My passion is: Music and growing flowers.
When I'm not working, you'll find me: Planning the music for the next worship service at our church, probably!
Three things I couldn't live without: Make-up, comfortable bed, ice.
If I could tell the public just one fact about my family, it'd be: If I could have picked them out, I would have chosen them! I love them more than anything else! Learn more about our entire staff at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/staff
Top Picks for New Moms Mother's Day is here and it's time to honor the moms you know! Motherhood at any stage is a challenge but seasoned moms have experience on their side. To help the newbies, we've rounded up some local services and events that provide support specifically to new mothers. COBA Baby Cafes www.okbreastfeeding.org
If you plan to nurse, have just started nursing or want to know more about breastfeeding, the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) has two local Baby Cafes where moms are offered encouragement and professional guidance. Women meet from noon to 2 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month for lunch at the Oklahoma City location (901 N. Lincoln Blvd.) and from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday for snacks at the Edmond location (4801 Integris Pkwy., second floor guest lounge). It's a great way to meet other area moms and get your breastfeeding questions answered.
www.green-bambino.com This mom-owned store specializes in eco-friendly products, but the biggest draw for new parents has to be their schedule of special events. The events are geared toward all types of parents but cover a lot of topics concerning new moms like breastfeeding, car seat safety and cloth diapering.
Bump to Baby & Beyond: Maternity Coaching and Education www.oucaremanagement.com
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has a new program to support women through birth and all the transitions that follow. New moms can purchase services that include one-on-one help from a team of maternity health nurses provided face-toface and/or via telephone, or email coaching sessions where qualified nurses discuss anything from pregnancy nutrition to how to successfully pump when you return to work. Services are offered as bundled packages or a la carte.
FIT4MOM North Oklahoma City and Edmond www.nokcedmond.fit4mom.com A great way to connect with other new moms and take some time for self-care is found at FIT4MOM classes, offered at different locations throughout Oklahoma City and Edmond. The exercises are specifically
tailored to a post-pregnancy body and babies are welcome. Classes range from simple bodyweight exercises to programs that incorporate ballet and pilates. There's even a run club for moms who want to train for a race.
Thrive Mama Collective www.thrivemamacollective.com
This Plaza District business features a collection of services aiming to help new moms from the moment they find out they are pregnant all the way through baby's first year. The Collective can help connect moms with all types of professionals they might need leading up to delivery and beyond including midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, professional counselors, birth and newborn photographers and prenatal massage therapists. A unique service is the postpartum concierge which can be tailored to match specific needs ranging from errands and meal prep to housework and baby care.
Local families to learn about STEAM at a new event hosted June 24
Allergies Asthma The annual Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival will take place 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno). The event is designed to promote the best local and regional music, food and shops while also informing the community about the mission of Goodwill.
A don’t-miss, fun-filled family event is coming to OKC in June. Geekapalooza: A STEAM Festival for Kids is being hosted by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and MetroFamily Magazine at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) campus (1141 N. Lincoln Blvd., near 10th and Broadway). Two sessions will be hosted from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, with families choosing which they will attend. Admission will be $10 per family (up to six people; additional people in the group will be charged $5 each). The event will encourage kids to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) topics through hands-on expo booths hosted by local organizations and short, kid-friendly workshops about subjects such as robotics, coding and geoscience, taught by trained leaders. In addition, there will be a stage with robotics demonstrations, musical performers and a “Geek” costume contest. Families will go home with information regarding local STEAM programs for their kids.
The festival will feature music by Oklahoma artists on three stages, 31 local food trucks, 40 pop-up shops and many children’s activities. Some of the children’s activities are free while others require a $10 wristband. “Once Upon a Princess” parties also are hosted and for a cost of $35-$60 per person, guests can meet and interact with their favorite princesses, princes and pirates. These parties sell out quickly so be sure to get your reservations early. Find more info and purchase tickets to the princess parties at www.peacelovegoodwill.org.
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Overcoming stigma: Recognizing the signs of mental health conditions in kids BY ERIN PAGE
hen Sara Schultheis was in third grade, she suddenly dreaded going to the school cafeteria. The typically extroverted, hard-working student became scared of public places, lost weight and avoided favorite activities. “It didn’t make sense,” said mom Shannon Schultheis. Shannon and her husband Todd couldn’t figure out their daughter’s sudden behavior change. She previously enjoyed and excelled in school. Sara’s teacher, school nurse and school counselor recognized the abrupt changes in Sara’s once-happy demeanor and urged her parents to seek help. “If I don't help her, it’s neglectful,” said Schultheis of her realization that intervention was necessary. “I have to help her, the same way I’d help her if she had a cold.”
Sara was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. While anxiety or depression may sound like grown-up problems, Sara is proof that mental health conditions do impact children and youth and don’t discriminate based on zip code or socio-economic status. They’re not reserved for children who’ve experienced a significant traumatic event. In Sara’s case, the internal pressure of receiving her first letter grades may have been a trigger for the student, whose personality tends toward perfectionism. And mental health conditions are much more common than parents realize. As many as one in five children and youth have a mental health condition, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s four students in an average Oklahoma elementary school classroom. Sara was placed on a small dose of antianxiety medication to help calm her brain and body’s physiological fear responses. With the help of a counselor, she learned to manage her behavior. Sara’s support team at school communicated regularly with her parents, who were grateful
they didn’t normalize or dismiss Sara’s behavior, but rather embraced her for who she was in a difficult time. After a year, Sara was able to quit taking the medication. She’s now a well-adjusted high school senior and her parents credit early intervention for helping her accept and overcome the challenges of anxiety. As the director of Oklahoma City private school Warm World for the past 15 years, Shannon Schultheis occasionally and empathetically helps other parents walk a similar journey. Half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14, and even among the school’s preschool through kindergarten population, symptoms surface as young brains develop. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports 26 percent of Oklahoma children age 4 months to 5 years are at moderate to high risk of developmental or behavioral problems. “When I started, the incidents were few and far between,” said Schultheis. “Now every year we have multiple children whose needs vary off the typical developmental path.”
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Though Schultheis has been on the receiving end of a similar conversation, talking with parents about developmental and mental health concerns doesn’t get easier. But she and her teachers value their partnerships with parents, and though they aren’t diagnosticians, they are well-versed in what typical development looks like. “Part of our ministry to parents is to share feedback,” said Schultheis. “If we don’t have those conversations with parents, no one is. And then there’s no opportunity for early intervention.”
The epidemic According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSA), Oklahoma has some of the highest rates for mental illness, ranking third in the country. In fiscal year 2015, between 700,000 and 950,000 adult Oklahomans needed services like those provided by ODMHSA. Less than 200,000 received them. The state’s most recent
budget failure equates to another $2.1 million in lost funding for the department, which means fewer Oklahomans receiving critical treatment. The lack of support for mental health impacts children, too. In 2015 more than 40,000 youth in Oklahoma County alone had a mental health condition, but not even a fourth of them received services. Almost nine percent of Oklahoma children had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, but between 2009 and 2013, only 38 percent of Oklahoma youth ages 12 to 17 received treatment. Oklahoma has the ninth worst mental health system for youth, based on prevalence and access to care and is dead last in providing mental health coverage to children. Sadly, the average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8 to 10 years. “Mental health is similar to a lot of other health conditions in the sense [that] there are some that could go away spontaneously, but most problems get worse if ignored,” said Dr. Naveena Boindala, child and adolescent
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psychiatrist for INTEGRIS Mental Health, Spencer. “The tricky part of mental health is that it affects the very core of who you are as a person if you are affected by it at an early age.” Without early and effective identification and intervention, childhood mental health conditions can lead to failure in school, poor employment opportunities, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, incarceration and suicide. “The benefits of seeking help at an early stage are you can actually change the direction your child is headed and take action when you have the power to,” said Boindola. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nationwide half of students age 14 or older with a mental health condition drop
out of high school. That’s the highest dropout rate of any disability group. More than half of the adults in the country with a substance use disorder also have a mental health condition. Seventy percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental health condition. More than one fourth of homeless adults staying in shelters live with a serious mental illness. As kids with serious untreated mental health conditions grow to adulthood, they die on average 25 years earlier than their peers, often due to treatable medical conditions. Perhaps most frightening, suicide is the second-leading cause of death in Oklahoma for youth ages 10 to 24, with one in 15 Oklahoma youth reporting attempted suicide. That’s as many as two students in an average
middle school classroom. Nationally, 90 percent of youth who committed suicide had an underlying mental health condition. For many, the words “mental health condition” connote violent behaviors, desire for attention, an inability to regulate emotions or mental weakness. The resulting stigma can be nearly impossible to live with. In actuality, mental health conditions are diseases that require treatment, just like diabetes or asthma. “No more than a person with a physical illness is to blame for their problem, neither is the person to blame for their mental health disorder,” said Dr. Wana Ellison, chief operating officer-outpatient offices of Red Rock Behavioral Health Sciences.
Recognizing the signs According to the Centers for Disease Control, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is the most prevalent mental health diagnosis among children age 3 to 17 years, followed by behavioral or conduct problems, anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lisa Marotta, an Edmond psychologist, most commonly sees children with anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. She also treats children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and autism spectrum disorder.
feel unmotivated. Anxious and depressed children don’t always seem overly nervous or sad. Instead, they may consistently be irritable or complain of physical maladies, like headaches or stomachaches.
“Most children who are referred for mental health services are experiencing a combination of mood and behavior symptoms,” said Marotta.
When her daughter (who asked to remain unnamed) would say she hated her life, Wharton was quick to remind her of all their blessings. Now she realizes she was dismissing her daughter’s intense feelings.
Every child goes through periods of worry, moodiness, trouble concentrating and the like, especially when faced with significant changes like moving, a new sibling, a divorce or the death of a loved one. It’s often difficult for parents to differentiate between developmentally-appropriate behaviors and cause for greater concern. “Most of the time children are able to get back to their normal state a few days or weeks after the stressful event, in which case intervention may not be necessary,” said Boindola. “If behavior or mood changes persist or start to significantly cause your child distress in their academics, social activities or relationships, it could be time to intervene.” Marotta says the key differences between a developmental fluctuation and symptoms of a mental health condition are how long the change lasts and how much it impacts the child’s social and academic life. “Every child is going to have 'a no good, very bad day' occasionally, but when bad days are more the norm, more support is indicated,” said Marotta. “Two weeks of consistently sad, anxious or angry mood is a long time for a child.” Key indicators of a mental health condition don’t always look the same in children as they might in adults. Children may sleep significantly more or less, gain or lose weight, withdraw from friends and family, experience intense worry or fear, avoid places or activities they once enjoyed, or
Lori Wharton’s daughter complained often of physical aches and pains at age 12. On one occasion she was in so much pain that Wharton took her to the doctor, certain she had a broken arm. She didn’t. “Children can become very irritable, complain a lot, say they’re bored or express a lot of negativity,” said Wharton.
“It’s the same thing as telling someone experiencing chest pain ‘oh you’re fine; your chest doesn’t hurt,’” said Wharton. Wharton combatted her daughter’s boredom by seeking new activities she thought she’d enjoy, none of which struck a chord. Her daughter experienced separation anxiety, often worrying about her parents dying. Her symptoms escalated to two suicide attempts. “I didn’t think it could happen to families like us,” said Wharton, who now educates parents about the signs of depressed and suicidal children and youth through Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s board of directors and suicide prevention program. “If I had had that training, I would have been comfortable enough to ask her if she was thinking of hurting herself. I could have prevented our daughter’s suicide attempts.” Wharton describes her daughter, now in college, as successful, well-adjusted and extremely empathetic to her friends’ feelings. She’s an advocate for other youth getting mental health support. Though their journey has a positive ending, it was tumultuous. Finding the best combination of medications, the right therapist and the right therapy took nearly two years. As Wharton navigated Oklahoma’s mental health system, she often felt isolated and overwhelmed. “No one talks about any of this,” said Wharton. “I didn’t have anyone say ‘this is okay; this is going to get better.’”
Fighting back When a child shows signs of a mental health condition, Wharton and experts alike urge parents to simply listen, without dismissing feelings. “Put aside all of the judgment, opinions and your past experiences,” said Ellison. “Focus on what they are trying to communicate and really listen to the person in pain.” Social rejection or pressure to perform academically or athletically can initiate or exacerbate mental health conditions. Wharton’s daughter was bullied and she says she made the mistake of comparing their childhoods. “I got through being bullied and she will, too,” Wharton says of her initial reaction. “You have to recognize the difference between having a hard time and something chronically going on. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re living it every day.”
That’s why it’s critical to seek the help of experts. When symptoms arise, the first step for parents is to talk with the child’s pediatrician about their concerns and get a referral to a mental health specialist. “It is important to choose the right therapist and doctor,” said Boindola. “Ask a lot of questions at your visit: ask about diagnosis, course of the disorder, treatment options and non-medication alternatives,” said Boindola. Most mental health conditions are treated with a combination of therapy and medication, and parents should seek specific information about what type of therapy is recommended, potential side effects of any medication and whether the therapist or doctor has experience treating the child’s condition. Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s Teen Screen program is another avenue for parents seeking an objective, professional assessment of their child’s mental health. The free youth wellness screening program identifies general
health and mental health concerns in students in grades 6 through 12. The screenings are conducted individually by appointment and in some Oklahoma schools. If a screener identifies a mental health concern, parents are notified and supported in getting the child treatment. Though it’s emotional for Wharton to look back on her daughter’s suicide attempts and subsequent family journey, she chooses to channel those emotions into helping others. She hopes that by sharing their experience she gives other families the freedom to break free of stigma and seek support. “You’re going to feel guilt, but it’s a useless emotion,” said Wharton. “You love your kid and do the best that you can and look forward.” [Editor's Note: This is part one of a threepart series on mental health. Next month we will highlight treatments for mental health conditions in kids.]
Symptoms Half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14, and about 40 percent of kids with one mental health condition also have another. They are more likely to have other chronic health conditions, like asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. The signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in children can look much different than in adults. The longer the symptoms are untreated, the higher risk that a child will develop habits of behaving and thinking that affect their social identity, behavior and learning, and the more likely a child is to turn to drugs or alcohol, drop out of school or entertain suicidal thoughts. Common signs include: • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks, which might include crying regularly, feeling fatigued or feeling unmotivated • Isolation from friends and family • Out-of-control or risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others • Significant weight gain or loss • Severe mood swings that cause relational problems • Drastic changes in behavior or personality • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of everyday activities • Separation anxiety or worry about parents or caregivers dying • Sleeping significantly more or less • Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still in the classroom • Drug or alcohol use Mental health conditions can be genetic. Other risk factors include bullying, academic or athletic pressure, family conflict, trauma and surviving a natural disaster. While early intervention is best, it’s never too late to seek treatment. If you are concerned your child could have a mental health condition, it’s vital to discuss your concerns with your child’s pediatrician, seek out a mental health specialist, communicate regularly with your child’s school, and connect with other families in similar situations to receive support and encouragement.
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pril showers bring May flowers. Once I got over the fact that this saying was talking about tulips and irises and lilies and not the ship that bore Pilgrims, I began to adore spring storm season. Sure, I was scared of those really scary, gray-green storm clouds that indicated we were in for a doozy. And when any cloud appeared in the sky, we listened extra closely for the tornado sirens. But, destructive storms aside, I love a good ol’ spring storm. In fact, the very first CD I ever bought was “The Sounds of Soothing Spring Rains.” I listened
to it during storms that were piddly and didn’t amount to much. But, alas! The thunder and lightning and the soothing sound of the rain that I find so enlightening and wonderful were absolutely despised by my children. Like an in-tune forest animal who seeks shelter in a cave once their senses indicate a storm is approaching, my children, too, sought shelter smooshed up against my body. If I were cooking dinner in the kitchen, they’d be smooshed up against me. If I were sitting on the couch, they were sitting, smooshed on me. If I were in bed fast asleep, they’d smoosh themselves between their daddy and me and hold tight for dear life. We’d try to convince them that as long as Momma and Daddy weren’t worried, they shouldn’t be either. Nonetheless, there were many,
many spring storms—even if they were just sprinkles ushering in a rainbow—wherein our daughters would don their bicycle helmets, carry around pillows and not venture too far from our master bathroom, conveniently located in the center of our home with no outside windows or walls. For the longest time, they’d report back from a play date that a friend’s home wasn’t safe because their bathroom had no flashlight in it. If a storm was approaching, the girls would bring in the dogs and put them in our laundry room, hunt down the cats and lock them in a closet, secure their bike helmets, their flashlights and their pillows and anxiously tune in to the weather station of our choice, asking if we needed to take cover just yet. The answer was usually, “Not yet.” Sometimes the answer was “Let’s wait until we see some clouds, first, mmm’kay?” Eventually, the girls grew out of it. Sorta. They still get anxious when a storm approaches, and they still ask, “What’s that?” when the wind howls through the windows, often imitating a storm siren. But, they don’t immediately dress for combat at the sight of a billowy white cloud on the horizon. They
have learned that flashlights can be stored anywhere. And they are not both taller than I am and even with our king sized bed, it’s not very comfy or fun to smoosh into bed with mom and dad anymore.
I punched Brian again. “Someone’s in the house,” I whispered. The cats, hearing my whisper, woke from their slumber at the foot of the bed and arched their backs, their growling low and almost inaudible.
But, that doesn’t mean that our house is cool, calm and collected during storm season. Far from it.
Brian continued to snooze. I punched him harder. “Wake up!” I hissed.
Case in point. Just last week, at 2:38 in the morning, I heard someone open our back door. Neither of our daughters is driving and, for all intents and purposes, don’t know that as teenagers they are supposed to push their limits yet. (Thank goodness.) I punched at my husband to tell him I thought I heard the door open. He mumbled that my butt didn’t look big and then he went back to sleep. I lay in bed, wide awake, listening for another noise to indicate that our house had been broken into. Surely, I thought, I’d hear more noise if someone really were in our house. And I let the rain lull me back into a light sleep. I had just closed my eyes when I heard the sound of something dumping over. The trash can, possibly?
On our hallway tile, I could hear the slightest and lightest of foot steps. My heart was racing and not even the middle-of-the-night, real-life, thunderstorm sounds could calm me. I punched Brian yet again. “GET UP!” I said with as much urgency as I could whisper. And that’s when we were attacked. While lying with my husband in bed, during a lovely night storm, our dogs, Bo and JJ, had let themselves into the house and sought shelter in our bed. Much to the cats’ dismay. I’m pretty sure that Noah and his wife didn’t have to collect any animals for the ark. I’m confident that they just opened the doors and let them come on in. Heather Davis is a momma, a writer and a very light sleeper during storm season. You can contact her through her website at www. Heather-Davis.net.
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arlier this spring, we asked our readers to nominate the impressive moms they know in our annual Awesome Moms contest. We had 120 nominations. Although all were more than deserving of the honor, the MetroFamily staff worked to narrow down the list to these three incredible women. Thanks to everyone who nominated and congratulations to all the inspiring women working hard to be the best moms they can be.
Winner: LaSonya Young LaSonya Young's daughter Amber Glinton nominated her:
She's a superhero. A mother to six children and grandmother to three, she works hard for the Hope Community Center helping to provide housing for homeless individuals but even more than that, she builds relationships with them and inspires them to reach any dream they could imagine. That's what she's been for me and my siblings our entire life, a motivator. She serves in her church and is always empowering women of every age to remember their worth and their beauty and to stand up for what they believe in even if they're standing alone. At the age of 51, she was determined to go back to college to get her bachelor's degree and she did! My son was born the day she was supposed to walk across the stage and she left the ceremony to be by my side and to meet her first grandson! It was the most special moment of my life. She's been married to our father for more than 30 years and is an example of love that survives even the toughest of times. For 10 LASONYA YOUNG. PHOTO BY KIMERA BASORE, WWW.KIMERABASOREPHOTO.COM METROFAMILY MAGAZINE
NEW FOR 2017! years, she was a stay-at-home mom with us while we were young and those are the fondest memories of my life. She sacrificed a lot to pour into our lives and she truly is the most awesome mom. Her heart is pure gold and she sprinkles a little magic and lots of love on everyone she meets. I am so honored to be her daughter and I'd love to be able to show her how honored I am.
had been induced and would deliver her first grandchild soon.
LaSonya Young believes she was born to be a mother.
Although she didn't participate in the graduation ceremony, LaSonya has put her degree in marriage and family life education from University of Central Oklahoma to good use. She currently works as the coordinator for a housing program for homeless people and she loved school so much she sees more degrees in her future.
"I know it might sound crazy but I really believe I was born to do this," she said. "I have loved everything about it. That first baby, that first time you smell that breath and it smells like heaven. Then I was hooked. I never felt a difference even as I had more and more. It was never too much. I just adored every stage." LaSonya and her husband of 32 years, Rick, have six kids ranging from 21 to 31 years old. Her fourth child, Amber, is the one who nominated her in the contest. "I think all moms are great but what might separate me from a lot of others is the emphasis I put on relationship," LaSonya said. "I really focused a lot of their upbringing on making sure they knew I was always there for them. I put in that investment."
LaSonya’s advice to moms: “Don't make it a job, make it a joy. Create really good memories for yourself and your kids and enjoy every minute of it.”
Motherhood for LaSonya meant putting herself second. Although she taught all of her kids the importance of a college education, LaSonya didn't get to finish getting her own degree until her kids were grown. Aside from having children, LaSonya said she considers her education one of the biggest sources of pride in her life. She worked hard for her degree and said she was thrilled to finally walk across the stage at graduation Decked out in her cap and gown, standing in a line of graduates waiting to cross the stage, LaSonya learned her daughter Amber
"I was so proud to graduate but there was no way I could just stay there," she said. She left the school and drove straight to the hospital. "I never got to walk across the stage," she said, "but I wouldn't trade it for the world."
"Trust me, I'll be called Dr. Young one day," she said. "I'll keep going until then." As important as her education was to her, she said she feels proud that she got to spend most of her adult life staying home raising her kids. She beamed talking about the joy that came from having a big family and getting the opportunity to make great memories with six kids. But she admits there were tough times, too. She recalled one Thanksgiving in particular that was a difficult season financially. The Thanksgiving meal was bare bones and she couldn't afford anything for dessert. All she had on-hand was a can of store-bought icing and a jar of nuts so in an act of desperation she individually dipped the nuts into the frosting and called it dessert. "I don't think the kids even realized I was trying to make something out of nothing," she said. "They liked it!" That, she said, was just one of many little ways she worked to make good memories for her kids. She believes the effort she put in when they were small has led to a strong bond with all her children now that they're grown. “Being their mom has meant everything. The laughing, the crying, the late nights, the fears you can’t speak to anyone else, the immeasurable joy and the unconditional love you can’t even explain," she said. "It’s all just been the greatest experience of my entire life.”
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Jennifer Putnam's husband Brian Putnam nominated her: My wife, I have no idea how she does it all. We have three kids- ages 7, 7 and 8. She works full-time as a physician assistant. She loves taking care of other people. She is also an officer in the Army National Guard. She is an Iraq war veteran and actually had to leave her babies when they were 1, 1 and 2. She never misses a baseball game or practice, cheer practice or school function if she can help it. On top of that, she is an online/local wellness coach. She has spent countless hours supporting, motivating and educating other moms on how to get their health and fitness back after having children. She works with stay-at-home moms, other moms of multiples and working moms. She has implemented these changes in our own home as well. She has done everything in her power to teach our children to make healthy choices while still allowing them to have treats. Overall, she is everywhere and everything. Oh, and by the way, she is 45 years old! Yes! She is an over40 mom of multiples who spends her "free" time helping other moms (most of them much younger than her) get their health, energy and glow back. It is truly remarkable to watch her I will never understand where she gets the energy from or how she manages to juggle it all. If you ever look up the definition for Supermom, I'm pretty sure it is her picture you will see. It's a little ironic that Jennifer Putnam even ended up in the pool of Awesome Moms nominees considering she spent much of her adult life thinking she'd probably never be a mother. "I wasn't even sure being a mom was in the cards for me," Putnam said, stunned that she was a finalist in a contest honoring impressive mothers. Putnam was 36 when she and her husband Brian got married, she said, and they'd decided they would be fine with or without kids. But a couple years later the couple happily welcomed a daughter. What happened nine months later probably has a lot to do with why Brian nominated his wife for the contest. They were both in the military and living in Washington D.C. far from family, Jennifer said, when she discovered she was pregnant with twins. "I literally laid in bed and cried for a couple days," she said. "I was 39 years old and still getting used to having one. I was exhausted all the time and just didn't at all feel like I could do it all over again."
Not only did she "do it all over again" with her twins, but Jennifer faced many challenges in the next few years of motherhood. Five weeks after the twins were born, Brian was deployed and didn't return until right before their first birthday. "The whole first year was just a blur," she said. "I just survived. I'm certain now I had postpartum depression; I was just too busy to even realize it at the time." Four months after Brian returned, Jennifer had to deploy to Iraq, an experience she said was "traumatizing" with young kids at home. After being deployed for six months, she returned to her family and discovered she had thyroid cancer. Just after getting her thyroid removed, Brian deployed for another nine months. "I have compassion for any military family," she said. "But three deployments in four years with the kids so young was just so hard. But we survived." Now that she's on the other side of a difficult beginning as a mother, Jennifer feels passionate about helping other moms, specifically mothers of multiples. She's an active member of the Edmond Mothers of Multiples group, which she refers to as her "family" and credits them with saving her sanity during her husband's second deployment.
Jennifer’s advice to moms: “Just do what works for you. Everyone has an opinion and it's easy to get caught up in what other people think but just do what's best for you.” JENNIFER PUTNAM. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ROBERTS.
Jennifer works as a brain and spine surgery physician assistant at Community Hospital and is an officer in the Army National Guard. A big chunk of her time, she said, is spent shuffling her kids around to different activities and cheering for them on the sidelines as they play sports. When she gets free time, Jennifer helps counsel other moms on postpartum health and wellness. She said she feels a special duty to give back to local moms, especially those in the Edmond Mothers of Multiples group, because of how much support and encouragement she's received from others. She admits motherhood has been a wild ride but one she is so glad she's gotten to experience. "Your heart opens up and you can't believe how much you can love someone," she said of first becoming a mom. "And when I found out I was pregnant again I felt like I could never fall in love with anyone else the way I fell in love with Avery. I sound like such a dork but your love just multiplies." ASHLEE TERRY. PHOTO BY KIMERA BASORE.
Ashlee's friend Cindy Boecking nominated her: Ashlee Terry is the picture of selflessness. Over the past several years, Ashlee and her husband Matt have adopted four little girls from the foster system and are getting ready to adopt a sibling set of five more for a total of nine children! Not very many families will consider adopting large sibling sets but they feel strongly that children that lose their biological family should not have to lose their siblings as well. As a former DHS employee, she has spent most of her adult life working for/caring for children in the foster system. Her heart is truly inspiring. She is an amazing mom to nine children, an inspiring advocate for children in state custody and she's someone who would never expect anything in return. She is more than deserving of this honor! In a lot of ways, Ashlee Terry is just like most stay-at-home moms. Her days are filled with getting the kids ready for the school bus, making lunches, taking them to baseball practice and going to school for parent-teacher conferences. But unlike most parents, these things take a lot of time considering she has nine children. "Five of them see a counselor once a week and six of them are in glasses so that alone keeps us pretty busy," she said.
Ashlee’s advice to moms: “I used to be really strict and I still am but a great lesson is just to remember that sometimes you have to forget the way you thought you should do it and meet a kid's specific need.” Ashlee and her husband Matt knew foster care was in their future when they met in 2005 as Oklahoma Department of Human Services employees. Little did they know that by opening their house to foster kids they would end up adopting two large sibling groups. But Ashlee said she wouldn't have it any other way. "You have to be a little bit crazy to do this," she smiled. But I'm pretty sure my family is complete now." Their kids Evie, Piper, Bella, Desie, Blair, Jose, Aurelia, Beckett and Brooks range in age from 4 to 14. Ashlee said she and Matt knew from early on in their relationship
that they wanted to be foster parents. She just didn't know until recently how big their family would get. They started adopting in 2012 and just adopted a group of five siblings last month. "I've always liked taking care of people," she said. "I've loved doing things for other people and now I just have a lot of kids to do things for." It was that drive to take care of others that first pushed Ashlee to foster care. Siblings Evie (9), Piper (8) and Bella (7) joined the family in 2011 but then the Terry family temporarily closed their home.
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"We were living in The Village and we had one bathroom," she said. "I said when God provided more bathrooms we would take in more children." In 2015, the family moved out to Peppers Ranch, a community of foster and adoptive families in Guthrie. They now have four and a half bathrooms, Ashlee noted, which is just enough for their family of 11. Ashlee said she has no idea why Cindy nominated her for the honor of being called an Awesome Mom. But it's clear in meeting the mom of nine that she goes above and beyond to make sure her kids have a better family life than they had before they came to her. "I try really hard," she said. "I don't always meet expectations but over the past couple years I have tried to adopt a new way of parenting. I try to fully understand what they've been through and think about that in my tone and everything I do." For example, she said, the older kids see her rock and tuck in the little kids and suddenly realize they never got that when they were that age. "So it might be odd to other parents to have an older kid say, 'Hey can you tuck me in?'" she said. "But I try to think about their background and just meet their needs wherever they are." The family has been through a lot, Ashlee said, and she knows there will be hard times. But she said she also wouldn't trade any of it for the feeling she gets when they're all together and she sees that her hard work has made a difference. "Just seeing your kids being happy and showing kindness to others makes me very proud," she said. "I just love it. There's always excitement and love everywhere."
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MAY 1 • MONDAY FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) offers complimentary admission for kids 17 & under. General admission does apply to guests 18 & older. Adults, $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am- 5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
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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
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MAY 5 • FRIDAY Space Day Celebration at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) celebrates space with special hands-on activities and live demonstrations at the museum, in addition to the permanent exhibits including Destination Space with real NASA artifacts, interactive exhibits and the Mercury Capsule Simulator. Free with admission. 9am-2pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org FREE Mini Piñatas Crafts at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Learn how to make your own piñata, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Preregister, best suited for ages 9 & up. 4-5pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Cinco de Mayo en Calle Dos Cinco Celebration in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St between Harvey & Robinson) features live entertainment, food trucks, a salsa picante contest, a traditional Mexican dress show and more. 5-8pm. 632-0133, www.HistoricCapitolHill.com 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
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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 Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features craft projects such as ledger art and paisley pop art to learn about different aspects of Western history and culture. Upon completion, each child earns his or her very own badge. Preregister; for ages 4-12. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
FREE Comic Book Day at participating retailers (various locations). Participating retailers across the country offer a free comic book to all customers to introduce new readers to the comic book medium. www.freecomicbookday.com FREE Build A Flower Pot Workshop at Home Depot (various locations). Kids can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to mom. Preregister. 9am-noon. www.homedepot.com/workshops 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. One lucky rider will win a new bike from Al's Bicycles of Edmond. 9am-noon. 359-4796, www.cosseycycling.com FREE Prague Kolache Festival in Downtown Prague (1107 N Broadway Ave, Prague) celebrates the Czech culture with dance, song, food, crafts, a parade, carnival rides, royalty, fireworks and more. Fees apply to food and some activities. 9am-10pm. 567-4866, www.praguekolachefestival.com FREE Cruzin’ Clear Bay Parade and Car Show at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features a parade of vintage cars, food trucks and a free movie in the park at dusk, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Oklahoma State Parks. 9:45am-10pm. 360-3572, www.travelok.com
Festival of the Child in Yukon City Park (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features over 50 areas of fun activities including kayaking, moon bounces, crafts, pony rides, storytelling and more. All activities are geared for children 12 and under. $5, in advance, $7 day of; adults, free. 10am-4pm. 354-8442, www.cityofyukonok.gov El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day in Downtown El Reno features a car & motorcycle show, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, an evening concert, the annual Bun Run and more. Free to attend. 10am-5pm. www.elrenoburgerday.wordpress.com FREE Pop Up on Paramount at The Paramount Room (701 W Sheridan Ave) features 30 different vendors showcasing their unique products including handmade jewelry, organic soaps lotions and bath bombs, vintage clothing and more. 11am-4pm. 586-8155 FREE Oklahoma Lawyers for Children’s Annual Picnic for Foster Families in Chandler (see website for location) features a day of fun with food, horseback riding, face painting, fishing, and other recreation activities. Preregister. Volunteers needed. 11:30-4pm. 232-4456, www.olfc.org/picnic
2017 Power of the Purse Purse Auction at The Credit Union House of Oklahoma (631 E Hill St) features a silent auction, a fastpaced live auction as well as refreshments and light lunch items. Benefits Open Arms Clinic. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Noon-2pm. 546-7416, www.openarmsokc.org First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi Dr) features a variety of activities throughout the museum including crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 521-2491, www.okhistory.org Roots of Wisdom Basket Weaving at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman). Explore the art of weaving and create your own Cherokee round reed basket while learning about the history, the materials and the basket basics. Preregister; best suited for kids 5 & up with an adult. Members, $35; non-members, $40. 1-4pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
Spring Fling Dog Party at Sauced on Paseo (2912 Paseo Dr) features raffle prizes, board games and more. All friendly, well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to attend on the outdoor patio. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Central OK Humane Society. $12-$15. 1-3pm. www.OKCSpringFling.eventbrite.com/ FREE Mother’s Day Craft at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features a special craft making time where kids can make something special for their mom. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 2-3pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Red Brick Nights Street Festival in Downtown Guthrie (2nd & Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features rotating pop-up shops, food trucks and live music, on the first Saturday each the month. 5pm; music, 7pm. Also held: June 3. 282-1947, www.facebook.com/RedBrickNights FREE ‘RADIO’ Handbell Concert at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church (419 S University Blvd, Norman)
features a public concert that brings radio music to life including selections Viva la Vida, Don’t Stop Believing and more. Also held: May 4, 5, 6 & 8 at other locations. 7:30-8:30pm. 757-4643, www.okcbells.com
MAY 6 & 7 FREE May Fair Arts Festival at Andrews Park (201 W Daws, Norman) is a two-day, outdoor art show featuring artists and quality craftsmen, top area performers, artists demonstrations, children's art activities, a student art show, food and more. Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 321-9400, www.assistanceleaguenorman.org
MAY 7 • SUNDAY Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center (7777 S May Ave) features Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. $15. 6pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu
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FREE Spaghetti Eddie Live at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (222 NW 15th St) features a concert and lunch. 11:30-1pm. Lunch will be available for $5 and kids eat free. 232-1371, www.stlukesokc.org FREE ‘RADIO’ Handbell Concert at Piedmont First United Methodist Church (2525 Piedmont Rd N, Piedmont) features a public concert that brings radio music to life including selections Viva la Vida, Don’t Stop Believing and more. 7:30-8:30pm. 757-4643, www.okcbells.com
MAY 8-28 Disney’s The Lion King at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features awe-inspiring visual artistry, unforgettable music and the theatrical storytelling of the popular tale of hope and adventure. $35$105. See website for a complete list of show times. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com
MAY 9 • TUESDAY FREE Muffins with Mom Story Time at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore). Enjoy muffins with mom (or another special person) during story time with books, music and a special craft. 10-11am. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Mother’s Day LED Card Craft at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Make a light-up LED card to give to your mom, grandma, siblings or another special someone. Supplies provided. Best suited for ages 9&up. 6-7:15pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
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Full Moon Bike Ride and Run at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a leisurely hour ride through downtown and time training runs. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 8-9:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
MAY 11 • THURSDAY 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, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is better than the movie. Best suited for ages 12-18. 4-6pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org LMAO Comedy Show at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features Lil Duval, Luanell and other national comedians. $35-$65. 7:30pm. 297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com FREE A Mother’s Day Gift Craft Time at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard St, Edmond). Create a Mother's Day gift for the mom, grandmother or special caretaker who is always there for you. Preregister, best suited for ages 5&up. 4-5:30pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Potted Plants and Paint Craft at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Paint a flower pot to show your mother or special person in your life just how much you love her. All supplies provided. Preregister, best suited for ages 12&up. 6-7:30pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org
MAY 12 • FRIDAY National Public Gardens Day at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features 2-for-1 admission to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Adults, $8; students, (13-19), $7; kids (4-12), $5, kids (4 & under); free. 9am-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Be Smart – Don’t Start AntiTobacco Day at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features hands-on educational activities, trivia and prizes teaching school-aged kids the dangers of tobacco use. Visitors will receive free admission, courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. 9am-3pm. www.bcbsok. com/company-info/community-involvement/ be-smart-dont-start FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (Downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6-9pm. www.2ndfridaynorman.com
FREE Movie Night @ the Park at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a screening of The Secret Life of Pets. Concessions available for purchase. Movies begin at dark. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 7-11pm. www.plazadistrict.org/live
MAY 12-15 FREE The Compassion Experience at Crosspointe Church (2601 24th Ave SE, Norman) features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools, without getting on a plane. Preregister. Friday, 11am-6:40pm; Saturday, 11am-6:40pm; Sunday, 10am-5:40pm; Monday, 11am-6:40pm. 888-503-4590, cts.compassion.com/events/
MAY 13 • SATURDAY FREE Hooked on Fishing Lessons at Metro Tech Springlake (1900 Springlake Dr). Young anglers ages 5-15 can learn fishing basics including knot-tying, casting, fish identification, angler ethics and fishing regulations. Preregister. 8-10:30am. 297-1426, www.okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/ lakes-and-fishing/fishing-classes Dead Woods 5K “To Dye For” Run at Dead Woods Haunted Forest (20100 NE 178th St, Luther). Participants are welcome to run, walk or skip their way as they are color-blasted in safe, eco-friendly, plantbased cornstarch dye throughout the run. Runners should be at least 12 years of age. Preregister. $35-$60. 8am-noon. 330-9932, www.facebook.com/To-Dye-For-ColorRun-631807087009240/ Drop-in Seed Bomb Making at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn how to make your very own seed bombs to take home. Best suited for 5-9, all ages
welcome. $2. 11am–1pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Okie Sampler at Chester’s Party Barn (5201 Cimmaron Rd NW, Piedmont) features a full day of shopping, food & fun including a kids festival, food trucks, a monster truck show, live music, entertainment, pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo and more. $5; kids (1 & under), free. 10am-6pm. 373-1595, www.okiesampler.com Mother’s Day Hand Bouquet Painting at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Kids can turn their handprints into painted bouquets to use as gifts for Mother’s Day. 9am-2pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org OKC Garden Fest at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features more than 40 vendors with herbs, perennials, roses, produce, pottery, jewelry, wineries, food products, food trucks and children’s activities. 9am-4pm. 255-1707, www.facebook.com/okcgardenfest/
BEN HARJO-ABSENTEE SHAWNEE
MUSIC & DANCING
NATIVE AMERICAN ART MARKET Featuring premier Native artists from across the country.
It’s free, open to the public and offers activities for all ages!
S AT U R DAY • M AY 27 • 1 0 AM - 6 PM W E S T M U S KO G E E A V E N U E , S U L P H U R , O K L A H O M A • 5 8 0 - 2 7 2 - 5 5 2 0
A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT
BILL ANOATUBBY GOVERNOR
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FREE Oklahoma City Literary Festival at Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features two days of poetry, fiction and storytelling. Programs include performances, workshops, a book fair and more. Preregister. 8:30am5pm. www.okc-litfest.org FREE BikeMoore Group Ride at Plaza Towers Elementary School (852 SW 11th St, Moore) features a community bike ride for all experience levels. 9:30am. 793-5054, www.cityofmoore.com Pop Up Shops in the Park at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant St, Edmond) features local vendors, live music, food trucks, inflatables, face painting, giveaways and more. Benefits Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community. 10am-5pm. 999-6049, www.facebook.com/ Popupshopsok/ FREE Mama’s Day at Wheeler Ferris Wheel (1701 S Western Ave) features an interactive story time puppet show followed by a ReFuseOKC, all-ages make & create Mother’s Day craft. All supplies provided. Story time, 10am, noon and 2pm. 727-0977, www.roundaboutokc.org/events/ Mother’s Day Celebration at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave). Moms, free; family members, $11.50. 10am-5pm. 7993276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com Artful Tours for Fours & Fives at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features movement, drawing and other activities to explore Native American stories and art. For ages 4 & 5; siblings are welcome. 10-11am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org 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 Mother’s Day Flower Arranging Class at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St).
Make mom a beautiful bouquet using unique containers and a bounty of beautiful blooms from the gardens. Materials provided. All ages welcome. $12. 10:30am-noon. 297-1392, www.okc.gov Indian Taco Sale and Indie Market at the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance (5320 S Youngs Blvd) features traditional Indian tacos and other native dishes as well as native vendors selling crafts and handmade goods. Proceeds benefit the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance. 11am-2:30pm. 681-0869, www.facebook.com/okchoctawtribalalliance FREE OSU Museum of Art Family Day at Oklahoma State University of Museum of Art (720 S Husband St, Stillwater) features free, hands-on art activities that are tied to the exhibitions on view for visitors of all ages and abilities. 11am-3pm. 744-2780, www.museum.okstate.edu Fancy Dance Celebration at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Watch dancers with diverse intertribal backgrounds, including Sac and Fox, Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Nations and learn about the history of dances and the regalia worn. Free with admission. 2-3:30pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE Dr. Who Day at My Chic Geek (4413 N Meridian Ave) features costumers, games and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. 2-6pm. 367-7955, www.mychicgeek.com FREE Beats & Bites Festival at Riverwind Casino (1544 W State Hwy 9, Norman). Dine on some of the best cuisine from local food trucks while enjoying live entertainment by the Swon Brothers. 6-11pm. 322-6000, www.facebook.com/ RiverwindCasino Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features the Soul2Soul World Tour. $22 & up. 7:30pm. 602-8500, www.chesapeakearena.com
MAY 13 & 14 Mother’s Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur). Mothers receive free admission to the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center and free cookies and tea in the Aaimpa' Café. Adults, $6; moms & kids under 12, free. Saturday, 10am- 5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-6227130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com FREE Oklahoma Orchid Society’s Mother’s Day Orchid Show and Sale at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center (3400 NW 36th St) features orchids from all over the world on exhibit as well as orchid care items and orchid art and jewelry. 10am4pm. 209-7657, www.oosorchids.org
MAY 16 • TUESDAY Tiny Tuesdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a Earth Day collage art-making experiences, geared towards children ages 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. No registration required. Free with admission. 10am-noon. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com
Happy Mother's Day Free or discounted admission for moms: Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Charles F Cooper Memorial Dr., Sulphur Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, 620 N. Harvey Ave.
Oklahoma River Cruises, Regatta Park Landing- 701 S. Lincoln Blvd., Meridian Landing4345 SW 15th St., Exchange Landing- 1503 Exchange Ave., Bricktown Landing- 334 Centennial Dr. Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, 1900 West MacArthur Dr., Shawnee Skate Galaxy, 5800 N.W. 36th St. Crystal Bridge Conservatory, 301 W. Reno
Feed the giraffes...
...ride the Centennial Choo Choo Train...
...watch the sea lion show...
...ride the Conservation Carousel...
...feed the stingrays...
...feed the lorikeets, and much more!
Do it all with the Buy your Zoo It All passes at the Zoo or on OKCZOO.ORG
FREE Duckling Birthday Story Time at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features a birthday party with stories, games and crafts, in celebration of the library’s hatchlings. 10-11am. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Exploring Oklahoma’s Connections to the Historic Chisholm Trail at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St). Learn fun facts about some of the key characters and some local landmarks in the Wild West and about the Chisholm Trail. 6-7pm. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Adult Nature Night: Ask the Archaeologist at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Spend the evening with an Oklahoma archaeologist. Participants may bring an item that they have uncovered for the archaeologist to examine. Light snacks provided. For ages 18+. $12. 6:30-8pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov
MAY 18 • 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
MAY 19 • FRIDAY
Cooked-to-order steakburgers, crispy shoestring fries and creamy frozen custard...
FREE Filmography: Oklahoma Film Series at 21c Museum Hotel (900 W Main St) features screenings of classic art house films. May’s film is Born to Fly. 8pm. 982-6900, www.21cmuseumhotels.com/ oklahomacity/blog/2017/filmography/
MAY 19 & 20 May Daze Festival in Downtown Blanchard (Main St, Blanchard) features live entertainment, a carnival, food, shopping, games, a turtle race, diaper derby and more. Free admission. 10am-8pm. 485-8787, blanchardchamber.publishpath.com/events
MAY 20 • SATURDAY
Historic Tours in Downtown Edmond (various locations). Learn about the structures and residents throughout downtown on guided, educational
walking tour. Photos will be shown on the tours, revealing changes through the decades. Preregister, scheduled by appointment only. $5. 715-1889, www.edmondhistoricpreservationtrust.com FREE Foster Fair at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Speak with DHS and agency representatives about support and resources, talk to local foster families to have real-world questions answered and find out what it takes to become a foster or adoptive family. 2-4pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Movie in the Park at the Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features an outdoor screening of Rogue One, live music and food trucks. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions available for purchase. Music, 7:30 p.m.; movie, at dusk. 7:30pm. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org FREE Hooked on Fishing Lessons at South Lakes East Pond (4302 SW 119th St). Young anglers ages 5-15 can learn fishing basics including knot-tying, casting, fish identification, angler ethics and fishing regulations. Preregister. 8-10:30am. 297-1426, www.okc.gov/departments/parksrecreation/lakes-and-fishing/fishing-classes FREE Kids’ Day with a Scanning Electron Microscope at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman). Families can operate an actual scanning electron microscope to image the ugliest bug they can find. For kids 5 & up with an adult. Space is limited; advance registration is required. 9am-noon & 1-4pm. 325-1008, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu Armed Forces Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a special event honoring soldiers, past and present. Active military and veterans will receive free admission into the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center, and special discounts in the gift shops. Free to attend, admission applies to the theater and exhibit halls. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival in Midtown (NW 8th St & Harvey Ave) features gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, kids' activities and more. Free to attend. Noon-8pm. 234-7960, www.facebook.com/EatsonEighth/ Oklahoma Craft Beer Week Block Party at 9th Street Automobile Alley (20 NW 9th St) features local breweries, shops, music and food & drink specials. Free to attend. 2-6pm. 810-6977, www.revolve-productions.com Reel Classics at The Paramount (701 W Sheridan Ave) features screening of classic films. $5. 4 & 7pm. 631-9389, www.theparamountokc.com/#paramountokc FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (Broadway between 1st & Hurd) features local food, unique shopping and live music, on the third Saturday each month. 6-10pm. www.citizensedmond.com/ heardonhurd.htm FREE OutdoorFest at Will Rogers Park Amphitheater (3400 NW 36th St) features over 20 organizations sharing information about how to enjoy the outdoors as well as live music, food trucks, face painting, crafts and family activities. Benefits Friends of Martin Park Nature Center. 5-9pm. www.facebook.com/martinparkokc/
MAY 20 & 21 FREE Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival at RIVERSPORT Rapids (800 Riversport Dr) features a four-day whitewater celebration including the R4 Rafting National Championship and USA Canoe/Kayak Canoe Slalom trials, plus downriver and freestyle kayaking competition. See website for complete schedule. www.riversportokc.org FREE Star Spangled Salute Air Show at Tinker Air Force Base (3001 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features the USAF Thunderbirds, an array of other flying acts, static displays, live entertainment and kids activities. Saturday & Sunday 8am-5pm; flying acts, 11:30am-3:30pm. www.tinker.af.mil/Home/ StarSpangledSaluteAirShow.aspx
MAY 21 • SUNDAY FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lions Park (400 S Flood Ave, Norman) features outdoor concert by Jabee. Bring seating and refreshments. 7:30pm. 301-9320, www.pasnorman.org
Secret Life of Pets May 12 | MAC Amphitheater | 7 pm City of Edmond Animal Welfare will bring some of their furry friends. Free Admission | Concessions $1 ea. | Don’t forget your chairs and blanket Proceeds will go to a local non-profit organization. EdmondParks.com | 405.359.4630 Follow us on
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MILKWEED Monarch butterflies cannot survive without Milkweed.
WELCOME to our GARDENS A CHICKASAW ADVENTURE
MAY 22 • MONDAY
MAY 27 • SATURDAY
FREE Summer Camp Preview at Ginger’s Music OKC (6008 NW 120th Ct). Explore the musical adventures of summer camp. For families with kids ages 8 & under. Preregister. 10am. 722-2379, www.GingersMusic.com/register.asp
Artesian Arts Festival at the Artesian Plaza (West Muskogee Ave, Sulphur) features Native American art, children’s activities and live music throughout the day. Free to attend. 10am-6pm. 580-272-5520, www.chickasawcountry.com
Bethany 66 Festival in Downtown Bethany (Ashbury & College Ave, Bethany) features food, downtown sidewalk sales, antiques, commercial exhibits, a car show, live entertainment and children's activities. Free to attend. 10am-4pm. 312-0155, www.facebook.com/ BethanyImprovementFoundation
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features eight teams competing in a single elimination tournament for the right to be crowned Big 12 Baseball Tournament Champion. $69 & up. See website for game schedule. www.okcallsports.org/big12bsb
MAY 25 • THURSDAY FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant St, Edmond) features country/acoustic/light rock band City Moon and John the Franklin. 6:15-8:45pm. 359-4630, www.edmondok.com/concerts
Help us fight declining numbers of Monarchs.
Discover many garden adventures!
Join us for a celebration of the role gardens play in our lives. In working gardens, landscapes and demonstrations, we share the tools and traditions that have shaped our culture.
FREE Summer Reading Kickoff at the Mustang Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features indoor & outdoor games, prizes, food trucks and bouncy houses. No registration required. For kids ages 12 & under. 5:30-8pm. 376-2226, www.mustanglibrary.org
MAY 26 • FRIDAY FREE Movie in the Park at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a screening of Rogue One. Star Wars characters will be present for photo opportunities. Concessions available for purchase. 7-10pm. 793-5090, www.cityofmoore.com/centralpark
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Chris Neal’s Future Stars Calf Roping at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie) features numbered roping competitions, and, in partnership with the WPRA, an Open Ladies Breakaway and All-Girl Tie-down. Prices vary. See website for a schedule of events. 282-7433, www.risingstarscalfroping.com
FREE Rock the Park at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a family-friend concert by Superfreak and food trucks. All ages welcome. 6-10pm. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com
MAY 27 & 28 Chuck Wagon Festival at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a two-day fun-filled, family weekend showcasing a variety of Western activities including rope making, historic Western re-enactors, artisan demonstrations and more. One day pass, $15; Members & Kids 12 & under, free. 10am-4pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE Memorial Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features special festivities, cultural demonstrations, traditional games and a family films in the Anoli' Theater. Fees apply for films and admission to the exhibit halls. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-6227130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
MAY 27-29 FREE Paseo Arts Festival in the Paseo Arts District (3022 Paseo St) features a wide variety of original artwork, live entertainment, festival food and children’s activities. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm & music, until 10pm; Monday, 10am-5pm. 525-2688, www.thepaseo.org
MAY 29 • MONDAY
JUNE 1 • THURSDAY
FREE OKC Hot Wheels Association Show at Crossroads Convention Center (7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd) features 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade, raffles, pizza and more. 9am. www.greaterokchotwheels.com
FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant St, Edmond) features classic rock/blues band Zero @ Sixty and High Speed. 6:15-8:45pm. 359-4630, www.edmondok.com/concerts
FREE Memorial Day Celebration at the 45th Infantry Division Museum (2145 NE 36th St) honors the men and women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces with a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors, patriotic music and distinguished guest speakers. 10am. 424-5313, www.45thdivisionmuseum.com Scout Day at Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Ave, Jenks) features discounted admission and special activities for youth organizations and their members including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, 4-H, FFA and more. Adults, $10; Scouts (3 & older), $7. Activities, 11am-1pm. 918-2963474, www.okaquarium.org
MAY 29-JUNE 2 Summer Movie Fun Series at Harkins Bricktown 16 (150 E Reno Ave) features screening of popular kids’ film opening with Mr. Popper's Penguins. $2; season pass, $5. 9:45am. www.harkinstheatres.com/smf
MAY 30 • TUESDAY FREE Grow a Better World! Summer Reading Kickoff at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Kids can plant marigolds and beans to take home. The OSU-Cleveland County Extension Office will be on hand to show kids how to plant and care for their marigolds and bean sprouts. Kids also can sign up in the children's department for the summer reading program. 2-4pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
MAY 31 • WEDNESDAY FREE Maternal Health: What Families Need to Know at OU College of Nursing (1100 N Stonewall Ave) features a public discussion by faculty and maternity nurses with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. 5:30-6:30pm. oucaremanagement.com/ maternitycoachingeducation.aspx
FREE Captain Underpants Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Celebrate all morning Captain Underpantsstyle. Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, win movie tickets, play games, make crafts and more. 10-11:30am. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Summer Reading Kickoff Parade at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features a parade from Moore City Hall to the Library followed by snow cones, games, crafts and summer reading signups for all ages. Parade, 10am; festivities, 10:30am-noon. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St) features food and fun in celebration of summer reading. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 1-3pm. 424-1437, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Readers' Extravaganza for Adults & Teens at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Find out what's new, what's popular, and what's getting the latest buzz. Browse decorated tables of books, CDs and DVDs and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, sweets and door prizes. Local author, William Bernhardt, will be on hand to discuss his work and librarians will share some of their favorite reads from the past year. 6:30-8:30pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Summer Reading Kickoff at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features the Mobile Maker, crafts, mascots and more. All ages welcome. 4:30-6pm. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
JUNE 1-7 NCAA Women’s College World Series at ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum (2801 NE 50th St). College teams will compete for the National Championship title. Single game and all session tickets available. $20-$25. See website for tournament schedule. 866-208-0048, www.okcallsports.org
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events this Great Balls of Fire
May 20 – Sept. 10
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Taming of the Shrew at Myriad Garden Water Stage (301 W Reno Ave). In Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, sweet tempered daddy’s girl, Bianca, can have her pick of suitors but not until her sister, the acid-tongued Kate can be married off. Adults, $20; students, $15. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. www.oklahomashakespeare.com
Small Town Weekend at Adams Park (2001 Park Dr, El Reno) features a car show, Hot Wheels races, drag races, burnouts, antique car cruise, kids’ games and more. Free to attend, participation prices vary. See website for a complete schedule. 350-3048, www.ercruisers.com
JUNE 2 • FRIDAY
June and July 2017
FREE H&8th Night Market in Midtown (815 N Hudson) features a family- and petfriendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music in conjunction with the Pro-Am Classic bike race. 6-11pm. www.h8thokc.com Summer Reading Kick Off Party at Peter Piper Pizza (2460 S I-35 Service Rd, Moore). Receive free game tokens and prizes when you sign up for the Summer Reading Program at this event. A portion of these proceeds will go to the Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City Library Children's Departments. Prices vary. 5-7pm. www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Midwest Summer Fest at Charles Johnson Park (29th St & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features live entertainment, a movie in the park, yard games, food trucks and more. 6:30-11:30pm. 739-1293, www.midwestcityok.org
JUNE 2 & 3
Blue Star Museums
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FREE Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round-up at Hafer Park (Bryant Ave & 9th St, Edmond) features a family friendly Corvette car show, food vendors, music, door prizes and a silent auction. 10:30am-2pm. 721-5616, www.centralokcorvetteclub.org Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival at Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church (700 SW 134th St) features prairie stories, American Indian stories, story swaps, concerts and ghost tales, from nationally known, regional and local tellers. Prices vary. See website for a detailed schedule. 826-8946, www.territorytellers.com
Special exhibits sponsored by The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. ou.edu/eoo For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4712.
Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classics in Midtown, Film Row and Automobile Alley (various locations) features three full days of racing for both the amateur and elite cyclist. Free to watch, participation prices vary. www.okcpac.com
JUNE 3 • SATURDAY TourdeCure at Hillcrest Hospital South (8801 S 101st E Ave, Tulsa) features a 3.5 mile fun run and walk, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Volunteers needed. $20-$35. 5-6pm. 918-492-3839, www.diabetes.org/oklahomatour The Creek Run at the Quail Creek Park (Quail Creek Rd) features a 5k and onemile fun run through the Quail Creek neighborhood and a party in the park with local food trucks. Benefits the Quail Creek Beautification Project. $20-$40. 8:30-11am. www.quailcreek.org Trucks for Tots at Whole Foods (62nd & Grand Ave). Meet and interact with community's heroes and take a peek inside their exciting machines they drive every day to save lives and change our community. Benefiting Infant Crisis Services. Infant Crisis Services will also be accepting new or gently used clothing in sizes newborn to 4T. Free to attend, donations encouraged. 9am-1pm. 528-3663, www.facebook.com/ InfantCrisisServices/ NAMIWalks Oklahoma at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a 5K and one mile run benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness and a DJ, photo booth, poster making station, therapy dogs, resource tables, face painting, glitter tattoos and the splash pad will be open for the kids. Prices vary. 9am. www.namioklahoma.org
Edmond Electric Touch-a-Truck at UCO Park Lot #11 (Main and Hurd on Baumann, Edmond). Kids of all ages can experience life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, construction workers and many more. Proceeds benefit the Edmond Hope Center. 9am-noon. 216-7729, www.edmondok.com Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival at Kirkpatrick Family Farm (1001 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon) features a Wild West Show, Kid's Kreative Korral, living history reenactments, crawfish races, a goat grab, live Cajun music, pony rides, gunfights and more. Free to attend. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov Junk Utopia OKC at State Fair Park Centennial Building (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a wide variety of vendors specializing in all types of high quality vintage and antique items and handmade items including reclaimed wood, metal and architectural salvage and more. Free to attend. 9am-5pm. 810-6977, www.revolve-productions.com Foster Walk 17 at the Oklahoma State Capitol (2300 N Lincoln Blvd) features an awareness walk in celebration of Foster Parent Month in May. Activities include face painting, a balloon release, live music, tribal activities, caricature drawings and bouncy houses. Preregister. 10am-2pm. www.fcao.org Wines of the West in Stockyards City (1305 S Agnew Ave). A different Oklahoma wine will be available for sampling at
various Stockyards City businesses, which will also be offering discounts on their merchandise. $15. 11am-4pm. 235-7267, www.stockyardscity.org First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi Dr) features a variety of activities throughout the museum including crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 521-2491, www.okhistory.org FREE Red Brick Nights Street Festival in Downtown Guthrie (2nd & Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features rotating pop-up shops, food trucks and live music, on the first Saturday each the month. 5pm; music, 7pm. 282-1947, www.guthriechamber.com/red-brick-nights/ Oklahoma Songwriters Festival at ACM@ UCO Performance Lab (329 E Sheridan Ave) features a showcase of the finest local musicians and songwriters as well as special guest pros from musical hubs like Nashville, Los Angeles and Austin. $25-$40. 7pm. www.oklahomasongwritersfestival.com FREE Family Fun Fest at Wildhorse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features food grown by local farmers, handmade items from local vendors, live music from Justin Joslin & Laredo, face painting by C.A.T.'s Illusions, food trucks and more. 8am-2pm. 990-5590, www.mustangparksfoundation.com
JUNE 3 & 4 Repticon Oklahoma City Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo at State Fair Park Hobbies, Arts & Crafts Building (3100 General Pershing Blvd) features vendors offering reptile pets,
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supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Adults, $10; kids (5-12), $5; kids (under 5), free. 10am-4pm. 863-268-4273, www.repticon.com/oklahoma Route 66 Triathlon at Lake El Reno (801 Babcock Dr, El Reno) features the Olympic Distance Traithlon, a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10k run, and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5k run. $30 & up. See website for schedule of events. 230-8151, www.triokc.org
JUNE 3-11 Children’s Garden Book Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). The Children’s Garden will transform into a colorful and magical place inspired by Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Enjoy crafts, activities and imaginative displays that will capture the essence of one of the most beloved children’s stories. Non-members, $6, members & kids (3 & under), free. 10am5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
JUNE 4 • SUNDAY Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno) features a day of family-friendly fun for a good cause. Enjoy food trucks, children's activities and live music in a festival atmosphere. Admission for festival is free but Once Upon a Princess shows (presented at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm) cost $35 per person; VIP tickets $60 per person. Purchase those tickets in advance. Festival, 10am-9pm. www.peacelovegoodwill.org.
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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 bike 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 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 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
FREE Family Story Time at the
Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5 years old. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE 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 Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com 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
Steamboat Heroine at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) exhibit offers a glimpse of one of the earliest examples of Western steamboats ever discovered. Although the majority of the superstructure of the heroine had long since disintegrated, the surviving components were used to create a representation of the original vessel, as well as a look into the lives of the people of that era. Among the artifacts found in the wreckage were personal items belonging to the crew and passengers. Adults, $7; student, $4; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.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
THROUGH MAY 14
OPENING MAY 20
Great Balls of Fire at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman). The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. Learn the answers to common questions and explore the science of the solar system. This exhibit was created by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA. Adults, $8; kids (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
THROUGH JUNE 11
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
THROUGH JUNE 19
National Weather Center Biennale at National Weather Center (120 David L Boren Blvd, Norman) focuses on weather in contemporary art. The Biennale art exhibit features the prize winning art pieces and other selected works and is free and open to the public. Photo ID needed for check in. 7am-7pm daily. 325-3095, www.ou.edu/ content/nwcbiennale.html
THROUGH AUG 20
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
Cowboys & Indians by Harold T. "H" Holden and Mike Larsen at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features drawings, paintings and sculptures by the prolific Oklahoma artists and Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members Harold T. “H” Holden and Mike Larsen. The exhibition captures history and heritage. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. 235-4458, www.oklahomahof.com
FREE Cloudscapes at Crystal Bridge
THROUGH OCT 29
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
Bodies Revealed at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd St) allows visitors get an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other life-sustaining systems of the human body. Museum admission plus exhibit: adults, $25.95; kids (3-12), $18.95. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.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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Natural Springs to Visit With Kids BY MAE KIGGINS
NATURAL FALLS STATE PARK COURTESY OF OKLAHOMA TOURISM & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
lthough Oklahoma has been fortunate to experience mild weather the past few months, everyone knows those 100-plus degree days are just around the corner. Pools and water parks are great but don’t forget Oklahoma has a diverse and beautiful landscape with natural water features that offer a unique kind of excitement including several crystal clear natural springs. With summer break approaching, make plans to visit one (or all) of these natural springs. What to bring: The best suggestion for visiting springs is to pack a lunch and be prepared to explore. The springs themselves are pretty but the parks in which they are found are some of the oldest and best in the state. Plan time for multiple activities like a short hike and exploring the history of the area in addition to enjoying the water. Natural spring water comes out of the ground cold. The crisp water actually cools the area surrounding the springs making outdoor play a little more comfortable in the heat of the summer. The majority of the
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springs in Oklahoma are accessible from the parking lot and don’t require any hiking. A couple of the springs, at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Natural Falls State Park, require light hiking. Swimming is allowed in some areas at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and swimming pools can be found at Boiling Springs State Park and Roman Nose State Park. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Roman Nose State Park have lakes that allow canoeing or kayaking, which is another fun way to enjoy the water.
Annual Chuck Wagon Festival May 27 – 28
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a free attraction about an hour and a half south of Oklahoma City. The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is unique in that it allows swimming in the springfed creek just below the Travertine Nature Center, around Little Niagara and down Travertine Creek. The varied landscape provides thrills for little swimmers but you might want to pack some water shoes for sensitive feet. During the hottest part of the year, expect Little Niagara and Travertine Creek to be fairly crowded. Visit the Travertine Nature Center in the summer for daily programs like night hikes and nature-themed talks.
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BOILING SPRINGS STATE PARK
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The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Oklahoma. There are hills for hiking, lakes for boating, bison for viewing and a spring-fed creek for cooling off. While in the area, visit two other family attractions, the Chickasaw Cultural Center near Sulphur and Turner Falls near Davis. Restrooms and water are available at Travertine Nature Center. To access the springs, drive up to Pavilion, Hillside and Black Sulphur Springs off HWY 177 then take a short hike behind the Travertine Nature Center.
Boiling Springs State Park
This park, which is about two and a half hours northwest of Oklahoma City, gets its name from a spring that literally looks like it is boiling. It is one of the original seven state parks created in Oklahoma. In addition to the spring and lush landscape surrounding it, Boiling Springs is home to fascinating history. They have multiple Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) buildings and a pool for hot summer days. Although the natural spring at this park is only for viewing and not for swimming, the on-site pool is a great reason to make the trek this summer. The newly-renovated pool features a water slide and climbing wall. Additionally, a hike around the spring provides views of a creek, hills and forests. Woodward is the nearest town to this park
and is worth a stop. The city’s Crystal Beach Park has some unique play structures: a train (open on weekends), mini-golf, paddle boats and a water park. Entry to Boiling Springs State Park is free but swimming pool admission is $4 per person. Park office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but the park is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset and the pool is open during the summer from 1 to 7 p.m. Restrooms and water are available at the park office and the swimming pool.
Roman Nose State Park
The springs are just one of the amazing things to see at Roman Nose State Park, which is located about an hour and a half northwest of Oklahoma City. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and the views around the park’s lake are hard to beat in Oklahoma. Highlights for kids include onsite teepees (which can be rented for $25/ night) and many special programs for young visitors. The natural springs are located off Hwy 8A near the springs pavilion. Depending on recent rainfall, visitors can sometimes see small waterfalls near the spring. For more water fun, there’s an on-site swimming pool and canoes, paddleboats and kayaks are available for rent at the lake. Admission to the park is free but there is a fee for the
ROMAN NOSE STATE PARK BY MAE KIGGINS
swimming pool: $5 for ages 4-12, $6 for age 13 and older, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for disabled guests. Restrooms and water are available at the park office.
Natural Falls State Park
Natural Falls State Park, located about three hours northeast of Oklahoma City, boasts one of the highest waterfalls in the state. Although it’s a bit of a trek from the metro, the scenery alone is worth the trip. Scenes from the 1974 film “Where the Red Fern Grows” were filmed at this park, so make the trip extra special by watching the movie before your visit. The springs are located at the top of the falls and are a very short hike from the park’s parking lot. There’s no swimming allowed at the springs, but the views are worth the trip. The trail to the falls overlook is paved and handicap accessible, making it perfect for all ages. There’s a more strenuous hike available down from the springs to the bottom of the falls. Restrooms and water are available at the
NATURAL FALLS STATE PARK COURTESY OF OKLAHOMA TOURISM & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
park office. Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle. For a one-of-a-kind getaway, plan a weekend of camping at Natural Falls State Park. The park is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for day visitors but campers have 24-hour access to the scenic surroundings.
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Courtney Chandler One of the most important aspects of childhood is the development of healthy and positive friendships. Through friendships, children begin to build emotional connections with others. By actively nurturing your child’s developing interests, you can help them to identify their friends with similar interests and how to begin conversations with other peers. Remember that each child is different, so it is important to know your child’s boundaries for what makes them feel comfortable. Coach your child through new situations and encourage your child to try new activities, such as “unplugging” from electronics and arranging play dates to help your child prioritize the importance of their existing friendships, and to facilitate new ones. It is important for you to model how to treat and speak to others. Children are like sponges in that they absorb everything they see and hear, and they will imitate the ways you participate in different types of relationships. It is also important to teach your children about different emotions, which will help them learn how to process feelings and how to empathize with peers. This will also aid them with problem solving skills should conflict arise. Keep in mind: friendships do not always come naturally and often require support and guidance from parents. Encouraging your child with support will build confidence and helps to model for children how to be supportive for others. Courtney Chandler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy and play therapist working for Sunbeam Family Services, a non-profit organization in Oklahoma City. Courtney is passionate about the power of play therapy and enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families.
experiences more manageable. The company of one single friendship can improve a child’s stress resilience.
Many children learn friendship skills through observation and practice. The shy or anxious child is doing a great deal of observing but might need additional assistance from adults to begin their practice. Here’s how to help: 1. Make the playground smaller. Identify potential friendships with the help of your child’s teacher, then invite them one at a time for a play date at your house. Your house is the comfort zone for your child. On familiar turf, your child will feel more at ease to practice the skills he or she has been observing at school. 2. Pre-playdate practice. Before the new friend comes over, take some time to teach your child how to be a good hostess. Practice welcoming at the door, offering activities and how to tell when it is time to suggest a different activity. 3. Reinforce good habits. After the playdate, compliment your child on how she treated her friend. Emphasize the positives without bringing up any problem areas and ask questions to find out how your child evaluated the play date. This is a great time to help your child develop her own definition of what makes a good friend as she is learning how to be a good friend to others. 4. Correct skill deficits slowly. Resolving conflict, coping with different interests or dealing with boredom are some examples of social exchanges that might need additional coaching and practice outside of the play date. Choose one skill at a time and be diplomatic in sharing your concern. Role play with your child to help develop more complicated social skills. The shy child and the anxious child look very similar from the outside, but on the inside the anxious child is on alarm in social situations. Anxiety in childhood is isolating and interferes with social learning. A counselor trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can work with you and your child to learn relaxation techniques and plan practice in a way that makes social
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Anne K. Jacobs Helping children develop healthy friendships begins early as we teach our kids how to communicate respectfully with others, view things from another's perspective and practice delayed gratification. When they are very young, these lessons may revolve around encouraging children to take turn on the playground swings and to stop to recognize another child's feelings. During these stages, it is easy for parents to be near their children to intervene and prompt as needed. As kids grow, the playground becomes more complicated. Communication skills now need to include how to negotiate with others, handle conflict in respectful ways and how to speak up for themselves. We may not jump into the fray as often, but children still need their parents to provide some supervision. During hang-outs at the house, keep an ear out for how kids interact. Remember, you are the architect of your children's time and developing friendships takes time. Make sure your children are not so over-scheduled with formal activities that they miss out on crucial unstructured play time. As your youngsters cruise into the preteen and teen years, help them think critically about whether certain friendships are healthy, how to set good personal boundaries and provide support if they need to break off a friendship. Checking in on interactions over social media can provide good fodder for conversation. Often times, teens may not want to talk directly about their own friendships, but they may still be open to discussing peers' relationships or analyzing friendships portrayed in movies or books. Finally, examine what you value in friendships yourself. Are you modeling
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consequences of those types of friends could be dangerous.
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.
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.
In addition to valuing themselves, it is important that children value other people just as much. Creating a humble child is not easy, but continually asking how they think other people feel helps. For example, if your daughter walks over to your son and takes his toy, ask her how she thinks that makes him feel. Teach your children to apologize and to forgive from the beginning. Knowing how to share, express emotion and apologize are all key skills when it comes to healthy relationships. As your children get older, make your house the place where everyone hangs out, not because you have all of the cool stuff, but because you have all the love. Care about your kids’ friends. Talk to your kids about their friends and be informed about what they do and how they talk to each other. Encourage them to be kind to each other. When sticky situations come up, be the voice of reason for your child. Help them see the problem objectively. There will be times your child caused the problem and will have to apologize. Don’t let them give up on friendships because of one silly argument. Lastly, if you are well-informed about your kids’ lives, it will be easier to spot trouble. When your child has a manipulative friend, without trash talking the friend, help them see that this friendship may not be beneficial and show them how to remove the friend from the inner circle of close friends. Learning how to dump a toxic friend early will make it so much easier later when the
Friendships are an essential part of living a happy, healthy life. As parents, we can help our kids develop and cultivate healthy friendships. Starting at a very young age, provide social opportunities and talk with them about what being a good friend means. Children with special needs or disabilities are no different when it comes to the importance of having friends. Here are some ideas to consider when helping foster those relationships: • Find activities they enjoy and get them involved so they can meet other kids who have similar interests.
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• Invite friends over to your home or meet at the park for play dates. • Play games at home to help develop social skills and role play. • Be a good role model. If your child is on an Individualized Education Program, you can include social skills goals as a part of the school day. Through these activities and ideas, social skills such as taking turns, being a good listener, learning good sportsmanship and cooperation will lead to lasting friendships. We probably all grew up hearing the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated” and when it comes to being a friend, there is some very simple wisdom in this. Healthy friendships should boost selfesteem, give a sense of belonging, support each other through good and bad times, but most of all friendships should be fun! Heather Pike is the administrative director of the Oklahoma Family Network, a statewide non-profit organization connecting families who have children with special health care needs to other families and supports in their community.
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Healthy friendships start at home. Your child starts learning how to be a friend from the moment he or she sees you. Your child’s relationships with the other members of your family will greatly influence her relationships with people outside of your family. If your child is learning to value herself because the environment of your family communicates that they are valued, they will, most likely, not look for validation in relationships.
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Summer fun! There are about 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day and parents know that’s 100 opportunities to make great memories with their kids. Here are some ideas for family fun in the metro all summer long. Find an interactive version of this list at metrofamilymagazine.com/100-days. How many of these fun activities will your family check off this summer?
Take in some tunes at an outdoor concert Travel south for a kid-friendly Dallas adventure Dust off your bike and enjoy a family ride Catch a show at Winchester Drive-In Attend a summer camp Enjoy White Water Bay then settle in for a divein movie at sunset Learn outside the classroom at a nearby educational attraction Head to a story time at a local coffee shop Visit one of Oklahoma City's many free museums Discover a new piece of art at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee*
Challenge the family to a new game at a board game cafe Enjoy dinner al fresco Volunteer together as a family Discover something new at a historic one-room schoolhouse Discover something new at a museum exhibit in town Jump off the diving board at City Splash in Yukon Shelter from the sun at an indoor pool Have a family movie night at home Travel back in time with a carousel ride Cool off under an Oklahoma waterfall Enjoy food trucks and live music at a neighborhood festival
Explore the Oklahoma panhandle Beat the heat at an indoor play place Take a road trip to all the children's museums in the state
Go on a family picnic Pitch a tent for a summer camp-out
Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden
Explore a local lake
Pick summer produce at a local farm
Ride the lazy river around The Station at Central Park Aquatic Center in Moore
Go on a nature hike Browse the Oklahoma City Museum of Art exhibits then head to the rooftop for live music Watch the sunset at the Lake Hefner lighthouse Take photos in front of OKC's iconic public art pieces
Set up the tent inside for a festive camp-in Enjoy a round of mini-golf and a drive-in movie at the Chief in Chickasha Shop at an area farmers market Explore on two wheels at a nearby bike trail
Get your kicks on Route 66
Savor a snow cone
Take a road trip to Eischen's for fried chicken
Thank you to our 100 Days of Summer Sponsor: Oklahoma Institute of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Explore new terrain at an Oklahoma state park Go down the double plunge slide at Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center
Identify new plant species at Martin Park Nature Center Go bowling
Take a family trip to the skating rink
Head to Tuttle to tour Braum's Family Farm
Make homemade jelly with locally-picked produce
Take a twilight cruise on the Oklahoma River
Watch a movie under the stars Set up a playdate with a friend at a new park Cool off at a splash pad Zipline across the Oklahoma River at Riversport Adventures Make a trek to Guthrie for a drive-in movie at the Beacon
Drop a line at an Oklahoma City lake Have a water balloon fight Try indoor skydiving Wake up early and pick up donuts for breakfast Go to an OKC Dodgers game Ride a water taxi on the Bricktown Canal Climb to the top of Sandridge Sky Trail
Find a Vacation Bible School to attend
Run a 5K together as a family
Dip your toe in an Oklahoma swimming hole
Discover an underwater world at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks
Explore Native American cultures at a museum or pow wow Catch a flick during a summer movie program at an OKC theater Hear a story at The Oklahoma History Center's Okietales Enjoy an activity at the Myriad Gardens' Weekly Walk-Ups Pick up a Discovery Pack at OKCMOA and sketch your favorite piece of art* Refresh your kids' wardrobes at a consignment sale Go on a scavenger hunt at Skeletons: Museum of Osteology* Learn something new at Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Explore an Oklahoma summer festival Milk a cow and challenge the Gravity Wall at Oklahoma WONDERtorium Children’s Museum in Stillwater* See the fish and ducks at Myriad Botanical Gardens Visit a local library and sign up for the summer reading program Have a Sundae Funday at Freddy's Frozen Custard*
Splash around at Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park in Clinton Jump around at a trampoline park Ride the Ferris wheel at the Wheeler District
June, July & August events Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in Yukon on June 3
Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival in OKC June 4 deadCENTER Film Festival in OKC June 8-11 Red Earth in OKC from June 9-11 Tinker Inter-tribal Pow Wow in OKC June 10 Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day benefitting OKC Zoo June 22* Geekapalooza in OKC June 24 Stars & Stripes River Festival in OKC June 24 LibertyFest in Edmond June 24-July 4 Porter Peach Festival in Porter July 14-16 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival in Rush Springs Aug. 10
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Oklahoma City Zoo Kid reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 10
What made the experience stand out? The Zoo is really different now than when I was younger. There are more things to see and the Children’s Zoo is really fun. There are wallabies that can walk right up to you. They’re just loose and one might come near you! That doesn’t happen every day in just your regular life.
What was the best part? I saw a condor! I also loved seeing the flamingos and peacocks. I know other people would probably say like the lions are the best or the giraffes are impressive but I like the birds I’ve seen on TV but not seen in person. The flamingos were fighting and all squawking at each other. I wonder if they were fighting over shrimp. I also liked the camp class we went to in the morning because there was information about animals and then we really got to see that same thing when we went out into the Zoo.
What was the worst part? It was really hot! We walked for five hours. I like to take walks but that was one super walk. We just kept going and going and it
I would get a map from the very beginning and figure out where I want to go first.
was like 90 degrees out. The sun makes you tired and my brother and I both fell asleep on the way home. That doesn’t usually happen anymore.
Will other kids like this venue and why? They will, especially if you let them ride in a stroller or wagon. Older kids like me will have to walk but that’s good for them. The reason they’ll like it is that most kids watch “Wild Kratts” or read “Ranger Rick” so visiting a zoo is a way to see the real animals we only know from those.
Would your siblings enjoy it? Why or why not? My brother, Isaac, went with me to the Zoo. He’s 5 and he loved seeing everything with me since we both like animals. He liked seeing the diagrams of different animals that showed their skeletons because he likes archaeology a lot. His favorite animal was the bats. I really like watching him be excited. We didn’t take our baby, Gabriel, because he’s 2 and that would have been a long day for him but I wish he could have seen the chimpanzees with us.
If you could do this again knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
Does what you saw match up with anything you're learning in school or have seen before in a book, on TV, etc.? Definitely. I’ve seen a lot about animals in magazines and books and on PBS but not really the animals themselves.
What do you think you'll remember most about the Oklahoma City Zoo? The camp experience was cool. I would recommend that for summer because kids need to stay active and keep challenging themselves to see something new. There’s always something new there. I’ll also remember just spending time with my Mom and my brother. [Editor's Note: Get more tips for exploring Oklahoma City with your kids at our Weekend Warrior blog, www. metrofamilymagazine.com/weekend-warrior]
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