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FATHERLY FUN Great ways to spend time with dad for Father's Day CAROUSEL CRAZE Where to catch a ride in Oklahoma ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS Come face-to-face with wildlife

See our calendar for 235 June events!

A free dog wash?

Bow wow. Bob Moore Subaru’s 4th Annual Dogapalooza. The largest FREE dog wash in Oklahoma. • Free dog washes

• Pet vendors and vet information

• Food trucks and music

• Micro-chipping station

• Pet adoptions

• Photo booth and more!

Saturday, June 11 th 10 AM – 3 PM 13010 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73131

Donations are accepted and will benefit:

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary

Join us.

Everybody and their dog is coming. For more info, contact Morgan Stewart at (405) 595-3264.

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The ultimate OKC family fun

Volume 19, Number 6




Sarah Taylor–Publisher Hannah Schmitt–Managing Editor Lindsay Cuomo–Assistant Editor Heather Davis, Erin Page, Joe Zentner and Mae Kiggins– Contributing Writers Emily Hart–Contributing Photographers Brittany Viklund–Contributing Illustrator

One family's adoption story

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CAROUSEL CRAZE Learn the history of carousels then set off to ride one of the few left in Oklahoma.







WHERE TO GO + WHAT TO DO GUIDE The hottest attractions to visit SOUTH TO this summer. DALLAS, TX



ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS Top destinations throughout the state to get face-to-face with wildlife.

Editor's Picks: Best Biking Trails & Events

20 Mom Humor: Of Husbands, Garbage Men & the Word Yes 22 Real Dads of the Metro 70 Kid Review: Café Kacao


This month we celebrate dads, highlight top summer attractions and reveal exciting animal encounters throughout the state. When I was 6, my Dad revealed to me he could ride a bike with no hands. I thought it was one of the coolest things I'd ever seen in my short life, so when he assured me I was ready to try it for myself, I was all in. I had already clocked countless hours following behind him on my bike and felt pretty confident I could master the new trick. But when I tested it out in the culde-sac, my eyes were so locked in on the wobbly handlebars I didn't see the dumpster in front of me until it was too late. I flew over the front of my bike and landed face first on the asphalt. I'd failed miserably and had the injury to prove it. The entire length of my nose was bloody and raw. Oddly enough, this is one of the greatest early memories I have with my Dad. Looking back, I see he had a ridiculous amount of confidence in my abilities that in turn gave me the confidence I needed to achieve so many things throughout my life. And although I briefly lamented my battered face, he taught me to wear that injury with pride because I had attempted something daring and brave. I have tried and failed many things since that day and I have the scars to prove it. But because of my Dad's influence in my life, I wear them proudly. Putting together our Dad Issue, I was reminded of all the sacrifices dads make. Although their contributions to their families often look so different than those of mothers, dads play such a unique and vital role.

For our dad feature on page 22, we chatted with eight local fathers about how they're influencing their children. The men in the feature come from very different backgrounds but it's incredible to see how their experiences as fathers make them so similar. It's so inspiring to get a glimpse into how strongly these men feel about their families. The greatest gift you can give a dad this month is time. Our calendar, which starts on page 32, is packed with family-friendly events perfect for celebrating dads this month. And if my biking experience has inspired you to take up cycling with your kids, we've rounded up some excellent local biking trails and events on page six. This is the perfect time to start up a hobby like cycling the entire family can do together all summer and for years to come. Hannah Schmitt Editor



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We have hundreds of ideas to keep your kids entertained all summer long! Check out these exciting features on our website: • 100 Days of Summer Fun • Independence Day Event Guide • Outdoor Concerts & Movies • Vacation Bible Schools • Farmers Markets • Summer Camps & Activities • Summer Reading Programs • Top Splash Pads & Pools • Oklahoma's Family-Friendly Festivals Find them all at summer.

THIS MONTH’S COVER: Cover Kid Search winners Duncan, Aidan and Matthew are adopted siblings we feature in our article on page 14. They live between Arcadia and Luther with thier parents, Amy and Mark.

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Here at MetroFamily, we're passionate about helping all Oklahoma City families be successful. That's why we love guiding families to experiences that will enrich their relationships with each other. While it's impossible to cover every issue facing every local family, we tackled a special needs issue this year to help parents in the metro with children who have disabilities or developmental delays. MetroFamily Champions is a web-only digital magazine that is accompanied by a special needs directory. The issue can also easily be accessed via a free app (search for MetroFamily in the App Store for iOS, in Google Play for Android and on Amazon). The special publication includes:

• Financial planning tools for families of children with special needs. • Feature on a special needs community for postgraduation. • How to advocate for your child with special needs at school. • Highlight on a local film project for young adults with autism. • Feature on a local support network offering help to special needs families. We're certain the issue will help parents of children with special needs feel more confident than ever as they navigate the unique challenges they face. If you have children with special needs, be sure


to check out all the new resources we have available at special-needs.

ummer break can be a bittersweet time for parents. Of course families look forward to longer days and extra time spent together, but parents understand it's a challenge to find fun and exciting ways to keep kids engaged all summer long.

• Road trip ideas

That's why we create our annual 100 Days of Summer Fun list. We outline daily activities and ideas from Memorial Day all the way through Labor Day to help you make the most of your summer break. Special features in this years' 100 Days campaign include:

• Field guides to Oklahoma City's surrounding suburbs



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• Reviews of area attractions by a local kid • Recipes incorporating local, seasonal produce • Mom-approved outdoor fun • An inside look at unique summer fun destinations • Coupons and contests to save you money

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DOGAPALOOZA The largest free dog wash in Oklahoma is set for June 11 at Bob Moore Subaru and you won't want to miss it! Bob Moore Subaru's 4th Annual Dogapalooza welcomes countless pets and their owners each year for tons of family fun for a good cause. The event is free but donations are accepted to benefit Second Chance Animal Sanctuary.

The event will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 at Bob Moore Subaru (13010 N. Kelley Ave.).

Second Chance is a local no-kill shelter that houses nearly 100 dogs and cats and finds homes for more than 600 pets annually. Their goal this year is to place more than 700 animals with adoptive families. The shelter runs strictly on donations and attending Bob Moore Subaru's annual event can help in a big way. Dogapalooza is a true celebration of all things dog featuring pet vendors, a micro-chipping station, a photo booth and, of course, their iconic free dog wash. Food trucks and live music will keep the humans and their furry companions alike entertained. If you're looking for a new family member, pet adoptions will be available on-site as well.



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editor’s picks


Father's Day is just around the corner. As dads look for special activities they can do with their kids, biking comes to mind as a classic pastime. Whether you're already an avid rider or you don't even have a bike, we've rounded up some great trails and events to spark your interest in cycling and hopefully start up a hobby dads and their kids can do together for years to come. Schlegel Bicycles Pick #1

Full Moon Bike Ride & Run

Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Why We Love It: This monthly event embraces riders of all ages and skill levels with a fun and leisurely one-hour bike ride through downtown at sunset led by Ultramax Sports Oklahoma. Celebrate the full moon all summer long with a ride along a route specially planned by the biking experts at Schlegel Bicycles. Upcoming rides are scheduled for June 20, July 19 and Aug. 18. A donation of $5 is requested of riders. Those who make a $5 donation for the ride will be entered in a drawing for a prize from Schlegel Bicycles. If you don't have a bike, Spokies are available to rent downtown.

Oklahoma City Boathouse District 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Why We Love It: The Oklahoma River has become one of the most scenic areas of the city over the past few years. With more than 13 miles of paved trails for cycling, the beautiful views can be enjoyed from your bicycle seat. Even if you don't have a bike of

your own, the Boathouse District can provide a daily bike rental for $19, helmet included. If you'd like to explore the area with a group of biking enthusiasts, check out RIVERSPORT Ride, a weekly novice ride that departs from the Chesapeake Boathouse at about 8:45 a.m. every Saturday. Helmets are required for this all-inclusive ride.

Lake Overholser Parking lot for Lake Overholser East Trail is located on the east side of the lake just south of the Lake Overholser Dam Why We Love It: This 2.5-mile trail follows the east side of the lake for a leisurely ride that connects to Lake Hefner's trail system. Lake Overholser riders can stop to enjoy Overholser Park and Route 66 park, making it an ideal trip for families. Other attractions along the lake include kayaking, fishing, tennis and picnic tables to stop for a snack. If you're up for a longer and more challenging ride, the Hefner-Overholser Trail is a 5.3-mile path that takes riders all the way to Hefner Lake's Bert Cooper Trails. If you don't have your own bike, The RIVERSPORT Adventure Park at Lake Overholser rents bikes daily for $19 including helmet.



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Hefner Lake Parking areas are abundant around the lake to start your ride Why We Love It: No matter where you start your journey along Lake Hefner's Bert Cooper Trails, you're in for a fun ride full of sweeping lake views. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions scattered along this 9.8-mile trail that circles the lake, including Stars & Stripes Park, Lions' Children's Park, fishing docks, picnic areas and several restaurants along the east side of the lake.

Wheeler Criterium Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western Ave. Why We Love It: This weekly event is a great way to experience cycling in a brand new way and get your kids motivated to take an interest in biking. Hosted every Tuesday night through Aug. 30, Wheeler Criterium features an exciting race of Oklahoma's top cyclists and the public is invited to watch. Food trucks are on-site weekly so plan to enjoy dinner while you're there. Fowler Toyota sponsors a special Kids Club where yard games, hula hoops and chalkboards are set up for young fans to stay entertained.

Dewey Hotel Museum The Grand Ole Lady of the Prairie Owned by Washington County Historical Society

West Mexico: Ritual and Identity

June 26 – Nov. 6, 2016

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

July 10 – Sept. 11, 2016

Join us and celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions. July 16 Lecture and book signing, Robert Pickering, Ph.D., West Mexico exhibition curator, 2 p.m.

Constructed in 1899 Original Jake Bartles Water Well Home and Hotel to entrepreneur Jacob Bartles and Nannie Journeycake Bartles

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One of the first examples of Victorian architecture in Indian Territory

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Tom Mix Jail - Replica of the original structure containing original metal and hardware Visit the Dewey Hotel Museum and imagine life in the Old West. Apr – Nov, 10am – 4pm - Tue-Sat 3 floors to tour, staircase access only. *Wheelchair accessible to first floor only

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Carousel Craze: Art & Science in Motion



here can you find lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, panthers, camels, rabbits, pigs, horses, hyenas and an occasional sea monster all in the same place? Not alive, of course, but many of these animals exist in harmony under a carousel’s ornately-carved circus tent. Carousels have long been a cornerstone of Oklahoma parks and there are still places to ride them today. They offer the opportunity for kids of all ages to climb aboard magical animals for an old-fashioned spin. While the terms are often used interchangeably, an authentic carousel features horses only; a merry-go-round includes all sorts of animals, and has bench seats as well. “Carousel” is the name most often used in North America, while in Europe the term “merry-go-round” is more common. Before you visit a carousel with your family, take some time to learn the history of these unique attractions. • The earliest known carousel is depicted in a Byzantine bas-relief sculpture showing figures projecting from the background, dated at around 500 AD. This depiction features riders in baskets suspended from a central pole. The word “carousel” itself originates from the Italian garosello and Spanish carosella (translated as “little war”), used by Christian crusaders to describe a cavalry combat exercise engaged in by horsemen. Crusaders brought the idea of combat preparation back with them from the Holy Land to their native countries.  Eventually carousel-related activities were installed to

entertain royal patrons in private gardens. • Accompanying the development of European craft guilds in the early 19th century, carousels were built and operated at social gatherings in central Europe and England. For example, by 1745, wagon maker Michael Dentzel had succeeded in converting his wagon-making business in what is today southern Germany into a carousel-making enterprise. Animal figures were crafted during the winter months and the family then went touring in a wagon train throughout the region, operating their menagerie carousel at various venues. • In this country, the first carousels were put together by farmers who wanted to create interesting playthings for their children.  These farmers attached carved horses to a simple carousel that was powered by a mule. In the 1870s, the spinning playthings became more like the carousels we know today, accompanied by music and turned by steam engines that lifted the animals as they spun around. • By the turn of the century, towns began placing picnic groves at the end of trolley lines to attract riders and eventually turned those groves into amusement parks. Such facilities sometimes featured a carousel.  • During the Great Depression, many amusement parks closed. Carousels were dismantled and the carved horses discarded, except for the ones that were retired to the homes of park employees and others who came under their spell. Some 50 years ago, as carousels began approaching endangered species status, people began collecting them in earnest. • Between 1885 and 1930, American craftsmen created more than 3,000 handcarved wooden carousels. Today, only about 200 still operate in the United States.



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• Woodworkers spent most of their time carving the horses that rode the outside of the carousel rather than the inside. That’s because these horses are larger (there’s more room on the outside of a carousel) and because these were the ones that people watching from the fairgrounds would most often notice.  The horse that is on the outside directly behind the chariot is referred to as the ‘lead’ horse. These are usually the fanciest on the ride. Benches for people who do not want to hold the ‘reins’ of a horse are called ‘chariots.’ • Craftsmen carved their horses in three styles: Country Fair Style animals were produced for rural fairs and traveling carnivals and were made to be durable. The horse’s ears, for example, were carved flat against the horse’s head to protect them from bangs and bumps received during transport.  The Allan Herschell Co. in North Tonawanda, New York was once the largest manufacturer of carousels in the world.  The Herschell firm produced some unique menagerie figures, including a carousel frog. The company also carved sea monsters. 

• Coney Island Horses are known for their flowing manes and rose bouquet features. The name derives from the place where these horses once frolicked: the Coney Island, New York amusement park. These are large, passionate-appearing animals that have their ears pinned back, nostrils flaring, eyes wide and tongues hanging out.  • Carved horses done in the Philadelphia Style are the most realistic appearing of all carousel creatures. These are horses so lifelike, some look like they could enter an actual race and compete against live horses. See if you can determine which style is represented when you take your next carousel ride!

Where to See and Ride Carousels in Oklahoma: Orr Family Farm (14400 S. Western Ave.) is home to a carousel. The farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays only March 26 through June 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays June 3-24. The carousel at the Oklahoma City Zoo

(2000 Remington Pl.) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if the weather is 55 degrees or higher. Frontier City (11501 N. I-35 Service Rd.) operates its Grand Carousel when the park is operating. Hours vary by day, mid-April through October. Meadowlake Park (1200 W. Rupe, Enid) has a carousel open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday Memorial Day through Labor Day and some weekends after Labor Day when the weather cooperates. Johnstone Park Kiddie Playground (200 S. Cherokee, Bartlesville) houses a carousel and is open 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. TuesdayThursday and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday May through August. Ackley Park ( 300 N. Pioneer, Elk City) features a carousel. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  Joe Zentner is a freelance writer, photographer and long-time carousel enthusiast. He has published articles in both regional and national magazines.

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A providential journey to adoption




my and Mark Pemberton have always had a heart for fostering. But for many years in their marriage and parenting journey, the timing just wasn’t right. “We had always wanted to foster, but we never had the room,” said Amy, who has two biological daughters. “We barely had room for the two girls we had.” In 2006, the couple bought a house on 17 acres of land and their eldest daughter was off to college. It was time. By October of that year, they had undergone the required application, background check, home study and training and had signed a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to be foster parents. Within 24 hours, Amy got a phone call about a potential placement. In fact, there were three placements.

“The most challenging part of my job is the recruitment of adoptive and foster families that can meet the needs of the children in DHS care.” Carlene Harpe, OKDHS Region 3 adoption field manager

Hard beginnings Now a loving 11-year-old boy whose proud mom calls a whiz at math, Duncan’s life with the Pembertons began tumultuously. Because he wasn’t used to being held and had spent most of his young life in a playpen, he had an especially hard time attaching to his foster parents. “He would cry and have fits of rage for hours,” Amy said. “Your instinct is to grab him up and love him, but that wasn’t his thing.” Far different from the parenting methods they’d used with their biological girls, Amy and Mark resorted to placing Duncan in a soft bean bag chair when his rage grew out of control, both keeping him from hurting himself and offering him the only comfort he knew how to accept. After five months of this repeated behavior, something clicked. “He was having a meltdown, I put him in the chair,” Amy said. “But then he walked to me and held his hands out to be picked up. Since that moment, he’s never had another fit of rage. He had figured out he was okay here.” Shortly after Duncan’s major breakthrough with his foster parents, Amy got a call that the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) was going to move him to another home. Duncan’s case plan had changed from reunification with his biological family to becoming legally free and available for adoption. Because the Pembertons were strictly certified as foster parents, OKDHS wanted to move Duncan to a potential forever home. The Pembertons had begun their fostering journey with no intention of adopting, but Duncan changed their hearts. “We knew he wouldn’t survive another move,” Amy said.

“We just want one; we’re so new to this,” Amy said of her reaction to the call. “I asked which child needed the placement the worst, and they told me the baby because babies don’t do well in shelters.”

Duncan’s fate was sealed as Amy and Mark began the process of becoming his adoptive parents.

Within a few hours, the baby boy was brought to the Pemberton’s home. It was his eighth placement in his short 20 months of life.

Last year saw more than 2,100 adoptions finalized through OKDHS in Oklahoma. As of April 1, there were nearly 2,000 children in trial adoption, in various stages of the adoption process or available for adoption. More than 400 of those children do not yet have an adoptive home identified. Carlene Harpe, region 3 adoption field manager for OKDHS, is responsible for supervising staff as they prepare children to move into permanent placements through adoption.

“He was in terrible shape,” Amy said of the tiny boy whose only possession was the 3-month-size onesie he had on. “His tummy was distended. He didn't talk, walk or eat solid food.” Still, Amy felt an unexpected instant connection with her first foster child. “The moment I laid eyes on him I knew he was supposed to be mine,” she said.

Achieving permanency

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“When the moment was there, I knew I was called to do it.” Amy Pemberton, foster/adoptive parent recruitment of adoptive and foster families that can meet the needs of the children in DHS care,” said Harpe. Like the Pembertons, Harpe said it’s very common for foster parents to decide they want to also be adoptive parents once a child becomes legally free. Ninety percent of the children who are placed for adoption are placed with foster families, which can be traditional, kinship or relative foster care. “The agency converts the home to be an adoptive resource and the adoption specialist works with the family to finalize the adoption,” Harpe said. “In Oklahoma, we have only one study for both foster care and adoption, so families only go through the process one time.” An addendum must be made to the original home study, and the foster care and adoption

departments work together to make sure all paperwork is completed and current. While it sounds simple enough, Amy quickly determined that she had to be the primary advocate to keep the case moving. She never assumed the various departments were updating or speaking with each other, and instead took matters into her own hands to ensure everyone was apprised of the latest details and had what they needed to proceed. “It’s such an overworked system, and communication can break down relatively easily,” said Amy of DHS. “You follow up everything with emails.” Amy never missed a court hearing, and when confusion in the courtroom overran one such appearance, she requested a guardian ad litem to guarantee an informed legal mind was working directly for them. “It was an extra set of eyes on the case,” said Amy.

Unexpected blessings Duncan’s adoption became more complicated for reasons outside of the Pemberton’s or DHS’s control. To the surprise of the Pembertons and the judge, at a court appearance during their son’s case, they discovered Duncan’s biological mother was pregnant.

“We said we might as well add two children to our family,” Amy said. Duncan’s adoption was extended as the couple waited for their new son to be born. The baby’s birth wasn’t quite what the Pembertons expected either. “The birth parents ran with him for several weeks,” Amy said. “He was found in a homeless shelter in Detroit. He had a rough start, too.” The same day Amy dropped her younger biological daughter at the airport for college visits, she waited expectantly for the plane that brought her son to her. Matthew was four weeks old.

“It is a priceless moment to see children have a sense of belonging and love that they so much deserve.” Carlene Harpe, OKDHS Region 3 adoption field manager

“He remembers being hungry.” Amy Pemberton, foster/adoptive parent A subsequent court visit on behalf of both boys found their biological mother pregnant again. A baby girl would be born just one year and 20 days after Matthew. “I said, ‘of course we’ll take the baby,’” Amy said. “And then I cried for two weeks. I couldn’t fathom having two babies so close together.” Despite their shock and uncertainty, the Pembertons set up their nursery for two babies and bought a double stroller. Daughter Aidan’s birth was attended by a sheriff so the birth parents wouldn’t try to escape a second time. Aidan was born on the youngest Pemberton daughter’s birthday and joined her new family at one day old. “It’s funny how naturally it comes back to you,” Amy said of parenting a second time around. “When I was younger the things I thought were so important or such a big deal, now I know those things aren’t a big deal at all.”

Parenting trauma Two years after the Pembertons began the process of adopting Duncan, they officially adopted all three siblings in February 2009. After several years of paperwork, court proceedings, intense emotions and worry, Amy described the actual adoption as anticlimactic.

“...I cried for two weeks. I couldn't fathom having two babies so close together.” Amy Pemberton, foster/adoptive parent “It’s done in a matter of minutes,” Amy said. “But with the signed adoption decree, I felt instant relief. It was finally, really done.” Amy described her family’s overall experience with OKDHS as lucky, in particular that all three children had the

same social worker throughout their journey. “On more than one occasion she considered changing positions but she wanted to wait until they were finalized,” Amy said of the worker. “She was so invested in what was best for them.” Now 11, 9 and 8 years old, Duncan, Matthew and Aidan are happy kids who attend a Catholic school where many of their friends are also adopted, which has been an incredibly supportive environment for their family. A school psychologist by trade, Amy was keenly aware of the support her kids would need as they got older. Duncan suffered much trauma early in his life, and Amy recalled he almost missed the language learning window. He’s undergone occupational, physical and speech therapy and Amy credits his speech therapist with helping Duncan find his voice. While his early trauma means he often learns differently from other kids, Duncan is very successful in school.


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“She grew up in foster care. She wanted to do better, she just didn't know how.” Amy Pemberton, foster/adoptive parent “He is the hardest working and most loving boy,” Amy said. All her children deal with the trauma they experienced differently, and Amy describes it as a constant in their lives. As they reach various developmental stages, she anticipates readdressing their fears and questions. “The scary things that happened to [Duncan] aren’t really solid memories,” Amy said of her child who spent the most time in state custody. “He remembers being hungry.” Matthew asks the most questions about their birth mother, sometimes declaring that he misses her. “He’s asked me ‘couldn’t you have helped her, too?’” said Amy. “We explain that we did try to help. One day they will get to know the whole story, when they’re old enough.”




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Aidan is the most matter-of-fact about being adopted. She and Amy often talk about how she grew in a different mom’s tummy. Above all, the Pembertons foster an openness with their adopted children about where they came from and how they came to be a part of their family. Their focus on honesty and not overreacting to their kids’ questions or how they process trauma has kept them all grounded.

Observing their past From the beginning of their fostering journey, Amy has kept a spiral notebook detailing all contact her kids have had with their biological mother so one day they can see the effort that was made on both sides. Throughout the foster and adoption processes, Amy developed a bond with the biological mom as she learned her story and provided her kids the safety and stability she couldn’t. “She grew up in foster care,” Amy said. “She wanted to do better, she just didn’t know how.” Like many parents whose children end up in foster care, this biological mother had no family, no other relationships to rely upon and no examples of good parenting to emulate. Coupled with drug usage, a lack of resources

and no social support, Amy says she never stood a fighting chance.

without her,” said Amy. “You can’t love them without loving her at some level.”

“There’s always been a part of me that wants to ‘mama’ her, too,” she said.

Choosing joy

After the kids were adopted, Amy was intentional about keeping both biological parents apprised of their lives. They scheduled visitations and she emailed photos. About six months later, the biological father said the communication was too painful for him and he didn’t want to continue.

Amy and Mark’s lives look nothing like they might have planned. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. Their grandchildren and adopted children are all close in age. Amy calls them the best of friends.

While the first few visits with the biological mother went well, eventually her drug usage appeared again. The Pembertons drew a line in the sand: If she’s not healthy, she can’t have contact with the kids. Amy has always been straightforward with her kids about their biological mom’s past, framing it in a way their young minds can understand. “They know she had a hard time making healthy choices for her and for them,” Amy said. Amy knows one day her kids will likely want to see their biological mom and possibly develop new relationships. She worries that it will hurt them to see her and that they might feel guilty they got a chance she didn’t. But she would support them. “The bottom line is we wouldn’t have them

“My granddaughter loves to call my son ‘Uncle Matthew,’” laughs Amy. “He’s only five months older than she is.” In a family so full of joy, it can be easy for outsiders to overlook the work that is still necessary to help the Pemberton kids deal with their past trauma. As Amy continues to advocate for her kids at school and in the community and as she mentors other foster and adoptive parents, she has developed a mantra that she’s found makes a tremendous difference: Don’t treat them like they’re broken, or you’ll break them. While the work is ongoing and challenges arise, the Pembertons have never had any doubt they made the right decision in adopting the three kids who have blessed their family beyond measure. “When the moment was there, I knew I was called to do it,” said Amy.

Becoming an adoptive family through OKDHS


otential adoptive parents must complete an application, have a home assessment, undergo criminal and child welfare background checks and complete 27 hours of training, all very similar to the process potential foster parents go through.

Approved families are eligible to apply for adoption assistance through DHS, which

includes financial support and medical coverage for children who qualify. OKDHS also assists with some of the legal fees involved in the adoption process. Once an adoption is finalized, the organization’s Post Adoption Services Unit is available to assist families with ongoing needs. Harpe stresses that DHS provides childfocused adoption services, which means they are seeking families that can meet the specific needs of the children in state custody. When permanency can be achieved



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through adoption, Harpe says it’s a wonderful experience to witness. “It is a priceless moment to see children have a sense of belonging and love that they so much deserve,” said Harpe. For more information about becoming an adoptive or foster parent, call the OKDHS Foster/Adoption Support Center at 1-800376-9729. [This feature is part of a year-long series on foster care. Find the rest of the series at]




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mom gets the last laugh

Of Husbands, Garbage Men & the Word Yes



wo years ago, when my mom suffered a debilitating stroke that left her unable to live by herself anymore, my husband suggested she move in with us. Knowing that my mom would be requiring a lot of my time, he willingly took on the lion’s share of the activities for our two daughters.

Our older daughter, now in her first year of high school, is not driving yet. This is unfortunate because her social life is revving up like the motor of a rebuilt ’66 Ford Mustang. If she’s not meeting friends for a movie or dinner, then she’s meeting them to study or she’s running to church or she’s delivering birthday cupcakes to her BFF. Hint: They are all her BFFs. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


Our younger daughter, now in her first year of middle school, is a competitive softball player. For those of you not in the world of competitive sports, this not only eats up every last minute you have as a parent, it also drains your bank account dry and leaves you wondering how you put more than 7,400 miles on your vehicle in one month. Hint: Tournaments. They don’t call it travel ball for nothing, friends. Since my mom is mostly independent, but not quite totally independent, there are times when I get to play the part of chauffeur. Sometimes this is out of a desire to spend quality time with my daughters on the way to the mall and sometimes out of necessity because even though my husband is an incredible man, he has not yet mastered the super power of being in two places (or, in this instance, driving two cars) at once. Nonetheless, thanks to technology, my


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husband is the original Uber driver, taking texts from our daughters with requests to be transported from the mall to school and back home again. On rare occasions, we find that both of the girls have an engagement the same night that doesn’t require our supervision or presence and we’ll steal away to dinner before racing in different directions hoping that when bedtime rolls around both of our girls are home with us as we fall into bed, sleeping soundly through the night only to wake up and do it all over again. The rest of the household chores and shenanigans, we share. If I do the laundry, he puts it away. If I cook dinner, he loads the dishwasher. We take turns cleaning the bathrooms, mowing the yard and yelling at the girls to do their chores already. He sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t he? Well, I am partial because I’ve spent almost 18 years of my life with him. And because I’ve spent 18 years of my life with him, I can tell you this with all honesty: he’s not. He’s not perfect and there’s one flaw that keeps him from being so: the trash.

Let me play this out for you. I’m cooking or cleaning or helping mom or one of our daughters and discover that the main household trash container is full. Usually, it’s overflowing. I look into the living room and see my blessed husband sitting in his recliner, one hand on the remote and one hand on the mouse pad of his Chrome Book. As I make my way back to whatever task, chore or job I’m in the middle of, I say, lovingly, “Honey? Will you take out the trash?” And he will respond, “Yes.” This conversation has not changed one single bit since we began making a life together. I say as I busily scurry back to the task at hand, “Honey? Will you take out the trash?” And he will respond, “Yes.” Eighteen years and it’s still the exact same conversation. This is where it gets tricky, though. In this instance, when he says yes, it means something different. If I ask if he can change out the laundry and he says yes, the laundry gets changed. If I ask if he can pick up a child and he says yes, the child gets picked up. If I ask if he can take out the trash and he says yes, the trash will stay in the container for at



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least three more days or until the trash men themselves come and collect it as it spills from our doorway into the garage and down the driveway. Just last week, he took the girls to an outof-state softball tournament. As he walked out, after kissing me goodbye, his hands completely empty, I asked, “Be careful! Oh! And, honey, will you take out the trash?” He said, “Yes.” And then he walked past the empty Little Debbie and Life Cereal boxes that had fallen from their perch atop the ice cream container, which was set on top of the empty peanut butter jar and drove our children four hours away. The garbage men like the new bags I got. They say they’ll hold up to a week’s worth of trash without tearing. Heather Davis is a momma, a writer and loves her husband dearly even though she’s yet to learn the secret to actually communicating with him. She and her family live in Oklahoma. You can find out more via her website


I recently read "A father is someone who carried pictures where his money used to be." It makes you laugh but it's a true testament to the sacrifices dads make. Beyond giving up what's in their wallets, good dads are challenged with a constant balance of protection, provision and planning (often while trying to prove themselves as the more fun parent). To celebrate fatherhood this month, we've interviewed 10 cool local dads to get a glimpse at how they view family.

Craig Groeschel is the senior pastor of Life. Church. He and his wife have six children and one son-in-law: Catie and Andrew, 22, Mandy, 20, Anna, 17, Sam, 15, Stephen, 13 and Joy, 11.

Duane Howell and his wife, Danielle, have four children. He’s currently stay-at-home dad to 14-year-old triplets Jacob, Keegan and Harrison and 10-year-old daughter Libby.

Jim Priest is the CEO of Sunbeam Family Services. He and his wife of 38 years, Diane, have two adult children: Amanda Howell, 34, and Spencer Priest, 30.

Oscar Briones and his high school sweetheart, Tracy Martinez, have four children together. His nephew, Ezeqieo, is 11 years old but the couple has raised him since he was 2 and consider him a son. His other children are Fabion, 5, Aniyah, 3 and Oscar Jr., 1.

Taylor Hanna is the owner of local menswear company The Clad Stache. He has three children: two older daughters from a previous marriage and a 16-month-old son with his wife, Jennifer.

Jon Welsh is the Bob Moore Chopper 4 pilot for NewsChannel 4 and is married to Alison. He’s a father of two daughters: Morgan Hughes, 14 and Madeline Welsh, 6.



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Chris Brewster is the superintendent of Santa Fe South Schools. He and his wife of 25 years, Christi, have seven children: Anna, 19, Ben, 16, Deliasha, 15, Jesse, 13, Sharia, 12, Lydia and Maria, 10.

Danny S. and his wife, Kelly, have four adopted children, a sibling group ranging from infant to preteen. Danny asked their names be omitted for their privacy.

Adam Zodrow works as a content strategist with Traction Marketing and national teacher consultant with Catapult Learning. He and his wife, Lindsay, are parents to Noah, 3, and Finn, 5 months.

Mike Knopp is on the board of directors for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. He and his wife, Tempe, have three children: Keaton, 12, Cameron, 10 and Carson, 5.

What is your favorite thing about being a dad?

Craig: Being a dad is simultaneously the

greatest responsibility and biggest joy of my life. More than anything else, I love helping my family discover their personal gifts and passions.

Duane: I would have to say my favorite thing is always having a fun and full house. As wild as life gets, there is always something brewing within the minds of our primitive assemblage of offspring. I have found a new level of happy.

Jim: I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of

being a dad, especially trying to have fun during routine things like chores. I enjoyed the “round the kitchen table” updates every night at dinner and hearing what had happened in everyone’s day. I enjoyed coaching my children on sports teams and attending their events and concerts. 

Oscar: My favorite thing about being a

dad is all the love I get from my kids and wife, watching my kids grow up happy and healthy and enjoying activities with them.

Taylor: Molding a human! Seriously,

watching a kid be a kid, teaching them to love themselves, how to enjoy the small things in life and to learn from the mistakes they make.



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Adam: Right now everything is so new for all of us. Even the simplest of things is mind blowing for Noah, our 3-year-old. Every little task is a teachable moment. There’s a little lesson in all of it. A lot of times, the bigger lesson is for me. Slow down, enjoy the moment and don’t be in too big of a hurry. And with Finn, our 5-month-old, I just enjoy how much he lights up when I (or anyone for that matter) walks into the room. He is easily the most joyful baby I have ever met. Jon: Coming home and having my girls

scream “daddy” and run to grab me when I walk in the door. It’s amazing how fast your kids grow up so I try and never waste a moment. It doesn’t matter how bad of a day I have had because for just that moment everything was worth it. Having the opportunity to impact your kid’s life and be their biggest hero and somebody they look up to is an awesome responsibility. 

Chris: I absolutely love being a dad. My kids are funny, smart and creative and they make every day an adventure. Dinnertimes are hilarious and there is simply no way to know what they are going to say or do.

Mike: I cherish the time I get to spend

with my kids, seeing the world through their eyes and going on our adventures together. The development of the Boathouse District has been extra special as it has coincided with the growth of my sons. They have helped influence the vision for our programming and family attractions and I love to see their smiles when they enjoy what we have created at the river.

Danny: My favorite thing about being

a dad is exactly that, being a dad! I get to come home from work and have a family just waiting to give me lots of hugs.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received about fatherhood?

Craig: Years ago, one of my mentors told

me to “always parent with the relationship in mind.” In other words, we shouldn’t make our parenting decisions based on what other people thought we should do, but on what we thought would strengthen our relationship with our children. Oddly enough, most people think being “friends” with your kids is the best way to strengthen the relationship. But that’s generally not true. Showing true

love strengthens the relationship. Kids need boundaries, consequences, love and sometimes loving equals disciplining.

Duane: I believe the most meaningful advice I have ever received is to stop and enjoy every moment. As I get older, I can hear the voice of my grandfather talking about how fast time flies by and that our visits, regardless of their actual time, seem shorter and shorter. I find myself perusing through our photo albums, remembering how tiny they all used to be. Jim: My wife and I tried to be thoughtful

about discipline and ensure any rule violation was met with consistent and logical consequences. Since my children are now adults, I have graduated to “advisory dad,” meaning I am occasionally consulted for advice but am out of the day-to-day dad business which dads of younger children enjoy. Jay Kesler, former president of Taylor University, said, “You can hardly do enough dumb stuff to mess up your kids if you love them and you tell them you love them.” That’s brought me comfort when I’ve messed up as a dad. The other best advice came from my dad, who said “the greatest thing you can do for your kids is love their mother.”

Oscar: The best advice I've received is to have patience and enjoy every minute you can with them.

Taylor: Let your kids fail. We learn some of life’s most important lessons through failure.

Adam: Everything I do, say or

demonstrate will be viewed as normal and acceptable to my boys. That is both empowering and terrifying.

Jon: The best piece of advice I have

been given would have to be from my dad who often reminds me to be patient and to remember that I did the same things they’re doing. He also brings up the point that these times won’t last forever and you will miss them when they’re gone. So I try and look on the bright side.

Chris: I guess the best advice I have

received regarding fatherhood is that you don't have to be perfect. Be present and do your best. In addition, the best thing I can do for my kids is to take good care of their momma.

Mike: Slow down and cherish the

moments. It happens so fast. I continually have to remind myself as I get immersed in projects. Taking the time to enjoy the simple moments is important to my kids and very special to me.



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Danny: Time. Kids need quality time from their father. Whether it's taking the time to push them on the swing or just watching your 5-year old little girl dance in the kitchen, kids just want to feel like someone cares about them and the amazing twirls they can do. The old saying that kids grow up too fast is very true, there is no time better than right now to give some love and attention.

Did you learn anything from your own parents that helped you be a better dad?

Craig: Both my mom and dad taught me

the value of investing quality time with my kids. Some say that kids spell love, t-i-m-e. My mom always was involved in everything we did as kids. My dad probably never missed any of my games. I’m convinced the time my parents spent with me strengthened my confidence and character. With six children, we have to get creative if we want to spend one-on-one time with them. We’ve found that time with the whole family is equally and possibly even more valuable in many ways.

Jim: Absolutely. My dad was the most

influential person in my life and gave up a promising career so he could devote the appropriate time it took to being a dad. That impressed me greatly and led to one of my personal mottos: “If I fail at work but succeed at home I will have been a success, but if I succeed at work and fail at home I will have been a failure.” I told the first law firm I worked for, “I’ll work hard for you but my job won’t be the most important thing in my life. My commitment to God comes first followed closely by my commitment to my family and my job will be third.” They accepted that and I owe that prioritization to my dad’s example.

Oscar: I learned from my parents how to always have respect for your elders. I try to teach that to my kids and to create lifetime memories.

Taylor: I learned a lot from my parents.

I can look back at the things my parents believed in that made an impact on who I am today. Things like enjoying the outdoors and sports and the importance of following through with the things you start. I’ve

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Adam: They raised me well, taught me

right from wrong, instilled good character in me. And when it was time for me to begin stepping out and testing the world for myself, they never crammed any of it down my throat. They simply trusted me to be the young man that they raised me to be. That spoke volumes to me, and so I went out of my way to not betray that trust. I hope and pray that I can be that strong for my own boys.

them for a great marriage. One of the best ways I can love my kids is to love my wife. A strong marriage helps kids become stronger.

Duane: I learned by doing, touching and

building my way through childhood. Today’s child is so much more equipped to conquer boredom by the gadgets placed in their hands. It’s tough to compete but it is fun to go retro and watch them learn something new. When you engage in something that involves creativity and conversation, you learn so much more about your child.

Jim: Upon the birth of our first child my

a dad from my parents is to just be honest and upfront with your kids and that it’s okay to say “no.” Sometimes it a hard word to say but can make a big difference if you do. 

mother-in-law told my wife, “Make her a daddy’s girl.” The idea was that our children would feel as comfortable looking to dad for help or comfort or support as their mom. My daughter is a daddy’s girl (still) and my son and I have a very strong relationship so both of our children knew they could equally approach either mom or dad for help.

Mike: My parents were my greatest

Oscar: I have embraced my role as a dad

Jon: The thing I learned most about being

cheerleaders giving me confidence to tackle the adversities of growing up. My parents encouraged me to pursue my dreams and encouraged me unconditionally, even when risks seemed high like when I left my law career. I want my boys to feel the same support from their parents as they proceed through life.

Danny: I learned that kids need discipline, even if it just means losing a toy for a day or two. Kids need someone who cares enough to tell them right from wrong. Obviously they don't always like it, but I definitely appreciated how my parents raised me.

The role of a father has changed over the years and a modern dad is more hands-on in many aspects. How have you embraced your role as a dad?

Craig: Honestly, I feel like a loving coach.

by spending quality time with them since I work full time five days out of the week. So my days off are spent with my family outdoors.

Taylor: I never felt like my father was

around very much. He was constantly working at the office and even when he got home from the office he seemed to be working. But he did make sure to carve out some time for me when it came to things he thought were important, like sports and Boy Scouts. So for me I always knew I wanted to be involved more.

Adam: Honestly, I’m not sure how you parent any other way. I’m not fishing for some type of compliment when I say that I can’t imagine not partnering with my wife on the day-to-day “messy stuff.” I see how hard she works, how amazing she is with our boys. To sit by and not change a diaper, or cook a meal, or help out at bath time, just doesn’t make sense. Mike: I have to give my wife, Tempe, tremendous credit for pulling way more than her share of the parenting role as I have led the many endeavors along the Oklahoma River. Despite how encompassing my career has been, I do want to be involved with their school and extra-curricular activities and not miss in the special moments of their childhood.

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What's your best advice for working with your partner to be an effective parenting team?

Craig: My best advice is to always stand

together. Kids are smart. They will try to play one parent against the other. In marriage, we always stand together. Even if we might disagree on what to do, we will never show that to our children. We always try to keep a united front.

Duane: I hit the jackpot. With the closeness we share, we have always done what we could to make all things into a learning experience and to keep it fun. Jim: Don’t let the kids work you against

each other. Jay Kesler once remarked “Babies are born with this little voice in their mind: ‘divide and conquer, divide and conquer.’” You and your spouse may disagree about many things related to your kids, from discipline to eating habits, but you must present a united front when dealing with your children and work out your differences in private.

Oscar: My best advice for being

an effective team with your partner is communication. You have to be on the same page to receive the same outcome you want for your kids. The second most important thing is respect. You have to give to receive and your kids will see that in one another and will do the same.

Taylor: Since my kids have a very

different parenting team than your average kid, we have had to work a lot as parents to learn to respect one another and to value each other’s opinions and learn that no one is trying to step on anyone’s toes. We are all in this together and even when we aren’t on the same page we know that we all have our children in mind and want the best for them.

Adam: There will inevitably be conflict when it comes to how to discipline your kids, or their education, or the hobbies and interests you want them to be a part of. My biggest piece of advice is to always give your spouse the benefit of the doubt. Always. My goal (and I fail often) is to always remember that we are a team and that we are both so new at this. We are figuring it all out together. Jon: Communication. I think you have to be able to tell your partner the truth even

though it’s not what they want to hear. And you have to have thick enough skin to hear what you don’t like. I think the most important and sometimes overlooked part of parenting is how you treat each other. If you genuinely love each other and want what’s best, it shows and your kids pick up on that. 

Chris: Be back-to-back at all times. She

takes care of me, I take care of her, and we can focus on the kids because our needs have been met. God has given us the desires of our heart.  

Mike: Being patient as well as communicative with one another is very important, especially as the kids get older and multiple activities set in. It is important for the kids to see their parents behaving in ways with each other that model how they will interact with others in their lives. Most importantly, we want to let our kids dream, imagine, create and explore. Failure leads to personal growth and we want them to not be afraid to try new things and work outside their comfort zone. Danny: We have a very strong relationship and I think the biggest key is communication. Also if one parent tells the kids no to something our kids know that asking the other parent is not an option. We also discuss big decisions together.

Parenting isn't usually how we pictured before having kids (it's somehow even better!). How is fatherhood different than what you expected in your pre-children days?

Craig: Parenting young children was way

more physically exhausting than I imagined and parenting teens and young adults is way more emotionally exhausting than I expected. At the same time, the rewards are also exponentially greater. Last summer when I gave my first daughter away to be married, during the dance she whispered to me, “I’ve been dreaming of this moment with you for my whole life.” Of course, I lost it right there in front of everyone on the dance floor.



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Duane: I have always thought of the day I would be a father. I had many an idea as to the life we would have, the dreams they would achieve and the adventures within it. As all three of our triplets were diagnosed with autism, we thought all our hopes and dreams were gone. As we watch our boys scratch and claw through therapy we quickly realized that all we had to do was make a new list of dreams. Jim: Actually it was pretty much as

advertised. I was told it would be “the longest days and the shortest years” and that was spot on. Maybe the surprise was the level of demand and commitment it took, day in and day out, to be consistent, presentin-the-moment and loving but firm when necessary. Toughest job I ever loved.

Taylor: Honestly I’m not sure I thought

about that much. I was 21 when my first daughter was born. But I’m pretty sure I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it has turned out to be. I’m not sure I understood the amount of love I would have for my children and how wonderful and amazing each one of them truly is. I’m not sure I understood the most important thing I could teach them was to respect people and to show them love and compassion. If they can learn those things it will get them way further in life than any degree, job or amount of money.

Adam: I wasn’t expecting enjoying the little things so much. Watching my boys light up at the simplest of things is so cool. I realize daily how much there is for us to discover, and I am getting to rediscover a lot of it through their eyes. Second, I was not prepared for how much parenting would cause me to fall in love with my wife in a whole new way. I thought my wife was amazing before we had kids. But watching her as a mother has removed all doubt. Any successes that I’ve had as a father come from watching her with our boys. Jon: Fatherhood is the best and hardest job

I have ever had. Before I had kids, I didn’t have to worry about anybody but me. Now I am always thinking about everything I do because there are little eyes watching and you want to set the best example you can. The hardest part about being a father for me is disciplining my girls. I love them so much and never want them to be upset but at the same time you have to hold them accountable and teach them right from wrong. The rewarding part is when they do what’s right without having to tell them anymore. The best advice I could give anybody about being a dad is to not take one second for granted. Time is one thing that you can’t get back.

Chris: Parenting isn't for sissies. It is both much harder and much more fun than I ever imagined. Kids bring more joy and more challenge than I ever saw coming.

Mike: I am continually amazed by how

fast time goes by and how deep the love for your children really is. The smiling face greeting me at the door after a stressful day is the most amazing and uplifting thing.

Danny: I have learned that tiny humans can go to the bathroom way more than the average adult. We have two in diapers and I think they somehow talk in code on when the most inopportune time to go should be. But it is all worth it, I get to watch these tiny humans grow into something amazing.

How do you achieve balance in your personal life and life at home?

Craig: Someone told me that balance is

impossible, and I agree. As a pastor, I never feel like I give as much as I want to the people of my church. As a dad, I never feel like I give as much as I want to my kids. So the only thing I can do is create boundaries. I will work hard and be efficient when I’m at the office, but I force myself to leave at a certain time each day. When I’m home, I try hard to be engaged. Wherever I am, I try to be all there. I remind myself, at the end of my life, I won’t regret that I didn’t work more. I will only regret it if I don’t spend time with those who matter most!

Duane: With 14-year-old triplets on the autism spectrum and a 10-year-old typical daughter, we have no balance. My wife and I just make it a point to put our children first. Jim: Rule one was “I’m always coming

home for supper if I can get there.” We had supper as a family virtually every night. We didn’t answer the phone or watch TV. Dinner time was for conversation (or for fun). Rule two was “Work first, then play, but be sure to play.” We always tried to build in fun and relaxation even in the midst of the to-do lists. We also limited the number of activities any of us were engaged in so none of us were running hot all the time. Rule three was “Know your priorities.” We tried to follow the principle of family first. Our home was based, above all else, on God’s love and forgiveness and we always made sure to honor the Sabbath and build in time for devotions and church related events without feeling driven by them. 

Taylor: My wife does a great job of

making sure we all have some balance by taking care of us and providing us with a home and place to come and be able to relax. We both try to be as active as possible with the kids school events and the activities that they are involved in. So keeping up with dance, sports, music performances and a toddler gives us plenty of breaks from any sort of daily routine. Since we are both selfemployed we end up working some pretty crazy hours sometimes to make sure we can spend time together.

Adam: Simple. Turn it off. It drives my boss crazy, but it’s worth it. We all take our work too seriously. A large majority of us are in jobs that we are convinced are the most important endeavor in the world. And some of us may be. But I write radio and TV ads. Problems at my job can wait until tomorrow. No one is going to die if I put it off. It’s that simple for me. Jon: Achieving a balance between

personal life and home can sometimes be very difficult especially in the spring when I am on-call a lot. I try and turn work off especially when I walk through the door and on weekends, making that time about family. The biggest thing I try to do is hear about their day and make the time we are together about us. 

Chris: Balance? What is that? Seriously,

sometimes it is a day-by-day proposition, but mostly it is being attentive to the needs of the family, never letting things get too out of whack. We work really hard and play just as hard. We really like being around each other so spending time together is not a burden, but a blessing. We eat together several times a week and Christi is diligent not only to prepare great meals, but to make sure we sit down together frequently. The best time of my day is when we are home late at night, and all of my kids are tucked in, safe in bed and my bride is close to me on the couch as we unwind and catch up with each other.

Mike: This is admittedly a continuous

struggle for me. It is difficult to put down the phone or close the computer amidst all of the daily challenges surrounding development at the river, but I try to engage in their lives in active ways. I am also blessed to have a wife who has been instrumental in the development of the river with me, who has helped me with this balance and I cherish the joy that we have together.

Danny: We have friends and family who

love watching them to give Kelly and I a date night here and there.



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Animal Encounters


hen your kids want to see animals, the first place you probably think of is the zoo. Local parents are fortunate to have Oklahoma City’s beautiful zoo nearby but there are so many other places in the metro and surrounding areas to have some fun animal experiences.

From an incredible aquarium boasting sharks and jellyfish to a wildlife range that’s home to impressive bison, Oklahoma is home to many attractions prime for animal encounters. Here are a a few of our favorites. BY MAE KIGGINS PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY MAE KIGGINS AND BRADT'S MENAGERIE

Oklahoma Aquarium

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

300 Aquarium Dr. in Jenks, 918-296-3474

The Visitor’s Center is at the intersection of HWY 115 and 49 in Indiahoma, 580-429-2197

Did you know 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water? It’s true and the Oklahoma Aquarium is working to help us understand this precious resource a little better. The Aquarium opened in 2003 and currently boasts six exhibits with two more under construction. The aquarium is completely indoors and full of interactive exhibits the whole family will enjoy.

Orr Family Farm

Trip Tip: I-44 between Oklahoma City and Tulsa is a toll road that will cost $4 each way. Be prepared.

14400 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City, 799-3276 This Oklahoma City adventure is truly a family affair and has been entertaining all ages for 13 years. The real animal encounter happens in the animal barn but the fun doesn’t stop there. There are train and carousel rides, giant jumping pillows, super slides, pedal cars and plenty of old-fashioned games. Plan to spend at least two hours at the farm. Trip Tip: When you first arrive, take time for a train ride to get a feel for the farm and discover where the activities are located. It is easier to plan the rest of your visit with a clear idea of what the activities are and how long it will take to walk between them.

Less than two hours southwest of Oklahoma City, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place for wildlife viewing. But there is so much more to this refuge than seeing amazing animals. The property serves as the seed stock for all bison in North America. The refuge was initially set aside as a forest preserve in 1901 and in 1907, Congress authorized using the land to bring the bison back from near extinction. The Bronx Zoo originally sent 15 animals to the refuge and within 10 years, there were enough to start shipping them throughout the country. The bison has long been Oklahoma's state mammal, but with the animal recently being named the national mammal, you have even more reason to visit. In addition to bison, longhorns and prairie dogs abound. These animals may be small but they have no small impact on their prairie ecosystem. They are the keystone species for the North American prairie. Many of the plants and animals on the prairie rely on prairie dogs for one reason or another. Also, prairie dogs do not hibernate in Oklahoma so you can see them year-round.

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Bull Sharks – The Oklahoma Aquarium has the largest collection of captive bull sharks in the country.

As with many of Oklahoma’s parks and recreation areas, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built all the dams and the fire tower on the property. These dams allow small lakes to form and make fishing possible. A few of the lakes are motor boat free if you want a quiet place to fish.

Extreme Amazon – An underground tunnel with connecting tubes and ladders provides a unique view of the facility. Feedings – Pick up a feeding schedule at the information booth so you can watch Aquarium employees feed the larger fish or pay $3 for sting ray food. Petting Tanks – There are several scattered throughout the aquarium and they are free of charge.

Pony Rides – These cost $5 in addition to admission but the ride is a fun way to introduce kids to the original mode of transportation in Oklahoma.

The facility is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (62+) and military and $11.95 for children age 3–12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Hours vary by season, so see website before planning your visit. Admission in spring and summer is $11.50 per person.

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Bison and longhorn roam free at this refuge, so it’s important to stay aware to keep your family and the animals safe. There are fences but animals roam free within them.

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Speed limits are strictly enforced for your safety and for the animals' safety. Do not get close to animals and do not feed them. Hiking trails abound at the refuge and it’s not uncommon to see wild animals while hiking. Keep a safe distance while hiking near wildlife. Trip Tip: Because this is such an amazing place, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge receives more than 1.5 million visitors every year. That makes it the busiest wildlife refuge in America. Keep that in mind as you plan your adventures. If the weather is beautiful, there will most likely be a large crowd.

prominent peaks in the area and visitors can drive all the way up to the top for sweeping views of the Oklahoma plains. The refuge is open to the public at no cost. Trails are open from dawn until dusk daily and the visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge 21844 South 250 Rd. in Okmulgee, 918-652-0456 This refuge is set in the forested hills about an hour and a half east of Oklahoma City. Deep Fork is fairly young (established in 1992) and acreage is still being added. The main purpose of this refuge is to protect the wetlands and wildlife habitat associated with the Deep Fork River. This area is perfect for peaceful, easy hikes, scenic river views and birdwatching. Hiking Trails:

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Prairie Dog Town – Kids love this “town” of prairie dogs where it’s always easy to see at least one poking its head out of its burrow and “barking.” If you are patient, you will see more.

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Charons Garden Wilderness Area – These rocky hills are unique for Oklahoma and are worth at least a drive through. If you are more adventurous, get out and explore. But be prepared if you set out on foot. Carry plenty of water and wear proper shoes because there is little shade and the rocks can get very warm. Mount Scott – This is one of the most



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Cussetah Bottoms Trails – These trails are located next to the refuge headquarters and offer a board walk that overlooks a lake, a half-mile of trails and a bird blind. There are restrooms and picnic tables here as well. It’s a great trail to introduce your kids to some birds they may not have seen before. Railroad Trails and River Overlook – These trails are only about a mile round-trip and offer an over-the-water view of the river. The roads leading to this trail are unpaved and may be difficult for small cars to navigate. There are no restrooms at this trail. Bird Watching Tips • As a general rule, wildlife is more active at dawn and at dusk. • Be still. If you can sit still long enough, hidden animals are more willing to make an appearance.

interaction you want with the animals. During the fall, the farm opens one of Oklahoma’s largest round hay bale mazes. If that isn’t enough, they also have an impressive playground.

• Listen before you look. Help your kids notice the differences between birds’ songs. Even if you can’t see the birds, their songs are beautiful. • When you hear birds singing, help your children learn to identify where the sound is coming from and try to locate the bird.

Trip Tip - Being a farm, the Bradts recommend wearing closed-toes shoes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

• Bring binoculars to get a better look at nearby birds.

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The refuge is open to visitors at no cost. Trails are open from dawn until dusk daily and the headquarters office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Menagerie: Bradt’s Mammals & More Three miles west of Alva on HWY 64, 582-430-1269 What started as a way for the Bradt family to get their sons to spend less time playing video games and more time outside has turned into a beautiful farm that’s open to the public. The family-owned farm offers a unique

Camel Rides - You don’t realize how tall camels are until you are sitting on one. The $10 cost of the ride is well worth the memories made.

opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse of some unique wildlife. The Menagerie is open for visitors to pet the family’s unique collection of animals and even take a ride on a camel or a longhorn.

Open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6 per person and includes one cup of food for the animals.

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One of the most lovable animals on the farm is a huge Scottish Highland bull. Other animals on-site include a zebra, llamas, alpacas, sheep and donkeys. Plan to spend at least an hour, but it can be more or less depending on how much

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Chaparral Family Sundays at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 5:30 p.m.

Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris at the Oklahoma City Zoo at 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

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FREE First Mondays for FREE Minions Movie in Kids at Sam Noble Museum the Park at Mustang Town from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Center. Music from 7-9 p.m. & movie at dusk.

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Dreamgirls at Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.


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NCAA Women’s College World Series at OGE Energy Field through June 8

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Edmond Electric Touch-aTruck at UCO from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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FREE SONIC Summer Movies Series presents The Little Rascals at Myriad Botanical Gardens at 8 p.m.



Tuttle Ice Cream Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



FREE JamzNJune Concert FREE Survive N’ Thrive Oklahoma Bicycle Series at Charles J. Johnson Society’s Donut Ride at Single Moms Conference Central Park in Midwest City Will Rogers Park at 9 a.m. at Crossings Community from 7-9 p.m. Church (Friday & Saturday)

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events this MAY 31-JUNE 4 Oklahoma City Jazz Festival in Bricktown & Deep Duece (various locations) features some of the best jazz musicians in Oklahoma and beyond at both indoor and outdoor venues. Color Me Badd will perform Thursday at the Criterion. Visit website for schedule of performances. Prices vary. 630-7668,

JUNE 2 • THURSDAY FREE First Thursdays On the Lawn on Western Avenue (6233 N Western Ave) is a monthly, family-friendly evening offering food trucks, live music and yard games. 5-8pm.

JUNE 2-5 Route 66 Triathlon at Lake El Reno (801 Babcock Dr, El Reno) features a full series of events for all ages and experience levels including a free social Splash-n-Dash, open water swimming clinics for adults and kids, the Oklahoma State Olympic Distance Triathlon Championship, a sprint distance triathlon as well as a stage of the SMW Regional Youth Triathlon series. $30 & up. See website for schedule. 230-8151, Charlie Christian International Music Festival in Deep Deuce (various locations) features jazz, blues, contemporary, Western and old-school gospel music along with a battle of the bands, food, arts and craft vendors and more. $10-$50. Thursday & Friday, 7-11pm; Saturday, 11ammidnight; Sunday, 4-10pm. 524-3800,

JUNE 2-8 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. Ticket prices vary. See website for game times. 424-5266,

JUNE 3 • FRIDAY Northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country

Hunter Hayes in Concert at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd). Free with admission. 478-2140, FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th St, Walker & Hudson Ave) features special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists, a variety of entertainment and food trucks. 6-10pm.



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FREE H&8th Night Market in Midtown (815 Hudson Ave) is now a yearly, family- and petfriendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music in conjunction with a front row seat to the ProAm Classic. Free to attend. 7-11pm. OKC Relay for Life at OSU-OKC Fitness Track (900 N Portland) features a walk, family entertainment, silent auction, food trucks and special ceremonies all to honor lives touched by cancer. Free to attend. 7pm-midnight. 841-5819, Saintoberfest at St. Anthony Hospital (NW 9th & Walker Ave) features samples of beers from local breweries and distributors, snacks, live music, outdoor games and more. Must be 21 or older to attend and proceeds benefit the St. Anthony Foundation. $35; $10 designated driver ticket. 6:30-9pm. 272-7070, FREE Dancing in the Gardens: Swing Night at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features a Swing dance demonstration and instruction as well as a DJ. All ages are welcome. 7-10pm. 445-7080,

JUNE 3-5 Small Town Weekend at El Reno’s Adams Park (2001 Park Dr, El Reno) celebrates Route 66 with a car show, Hot Wheels races, drag races, antique car cruise and more. Free to attend, activity prices vary. See website for schedule of events. Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic in downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features three full days of racing for amateur and elite cyclists. Kids can take part in the Children's Challenge or the Kids Race for free on Saturday. Preregister. Free to watch, particpation prices vary.

JUNE 4 • SATURDAY 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. 9am-6pm. 350-8937, FREE Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round-Up at Hafer Park (Bryant Ave & 9th St) is a family friendly car show with food vendors, music, door prizes and a silent auction. 9am. 721-5616,

Trucks for Tots on the lawn behind Whole Foods (62nd & Grand Blvd). Meet and interact with community's heroes and take a peek inside their exciting machines. Benefiting Infant Crisis Services. $2 suggested donation. 9am-1pm. 528-3663, InfantCrisisServices/events Made in Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City) features a "Made In Oklahoma" vendor area, culinary presentations, the classic open car, truck and motorcycle show, a grilled cheese cooking competition, food trucks, live music and more. Admission, free; 10 tastings, $20. 10am-6pm. 739-1297, Wines of the West at Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew Ave). Sample some of Oklahoma’s finest wines as you shop at various Stockyards City businesses. $15. 11am-4pm. 235-7267, First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.) features a variety of crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks all centered on a monthly theme. June’s focus is School’s Out! Free with admission. 1-4pm. 521-2491, World’s Environment Day at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Celebrate the diverse and fascinating ecosystems across the globe during World Environment Day. Best suited for ages 6 & up. $5. Preregister. 2-4pm. 297-1429, NAMIWalks Oklahoma at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features a 5K and one-mile run benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Prices vary. 9am. FREE Father’s Day Trophy Smart Phone Holder Workshop at Home Depot Stores (various locations) features a hands-on workshop to build a trophy-shaped cell phone holder for Dad. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Preregister. 9am-noon. Rayo OKC vs Minnesota United FC at Miller Stadium (1777 S Yukon Parkway, Yukon). $12$40. 8pm. 232-RAYO, FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. Also held: 6/18. 528-2122, Edible Portraits at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno). Make and eat goofy portraits all out of fruits and veggies and learn interesting facts about produce. Best suited for ages 6-10. Preregister. Members, $8; non-members, $10. 10am-noon. 445-7080,



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Juliana Johnson Phil Smith & The Blend Project Country/Jazz Accoustic Rock/Jazz Thursday, June 9 Out of the Box and Squeeze Box Jazz/Pop Country Classic/ Modern Rock Thursday, June 16 Gotcha Covered Band and Mike Black and the Stingrays 50’s, 60’s & 70’s Rock Old Rock-n-Roll Thursday, June 23

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What Knot to Know About Climbing Trees Workshop at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St) features an adventure-filled workshop all about safe arbor exploration. The class will even hang around in a few trees. Best suited for ages 7-17. Preregister. $15. 10am-12:30pm. 297-1392, Edmond Electric Touch-a-Truck at UCO (Main & Hurd on Bauman, Edmond) features life-size vehicles and community support leaders like police officers, firemen and construction workers. Proceeds benefit the Edmond Hope Center. $2 suggested donation. 10am-1pm. 216-7729, FREE Red Brick Nights Street Festival in downtown Guthrie (Oklahoma & Wentz Ave, Guthrie) features rotating pop-up shops, food trucks and live music on the first Saturday each the month. 5pm. 282-1947, www.guthriechamber. com/red-brick-nights/ FREE Flexercise Extravaganza with Adam & Kizzie at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a musical and comedy performance about the real life events of some of the greatest and innovative sports and fitness icons and the obstacles they had to overcome. All ages welcome. 10-11am. 701-2644, FREE Summer Reading Kickoff 2016 at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout Dr NW, Piedmont) features scores of business booths, art, music, animal exhibits, train rides, food trucks and more. 5-8pm. 373-9018, Blaze 5K & Hero Homecoming in the Boathouse District (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features a 5K starting and ending at the Chesapeake Boathouse, benefiting Limbs for Life. $25-$35. 6-9pm. 286-5027, FREE Teen Laser Tag at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave) features an afterhours round of Laser Tag for teens in 7th-12th grade. Preregister, space is limited. 7:30-9:30pm. 701-2600,

JUNE 4 & 5 FREE National Fishing Days at OKC Ponds & Lakes (various locations) offers fishing fun around Oklahoma City ponds and lakes. No permits required. 16 & older. 297-1426,



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JUNE 5 • SUNDAY FREE Industry Flea in Midtown Oklahoma City (10th & Hudson) is an open-air market featuring food trucks, live music and a variety of artisans and shops offering vintage clothing, furniture, art and locally-made food. 9am-3pm. FREE Uptown 23rd Farmer’s Market in Uptown Oklahoma City (Walker Ave between 23rd & 24th St) features vendors and artisans selling goods along with activities, live music, workshops and other fun activities. 10am-2pm. Also held: 6/19. Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features music, food, kids activities and shopping to benefit the youth programs of Goodwill. 10am-9pm. Free to attend. FREE Y Without Walls Community Event at the Oklahoma City Foundation (1000 N Broadway Ave) allows families to learn, play and experience physical activities that will inspire healthy habits. Families can take part in interactive activities including a bicycle safety course for kids, cycling demos and old-fashioned lawn games. 11am-4:30pm. events/496961910488224/ FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lion’s Park (400 S Flood Ave, Norman) features live music provided by Orquestra D’Calle. Bring seating and refreshments. 7:30pm. Also held: 6/19 & 26. 301-9320,

JUNE 6 • MONDAY FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) feature free admission for kids 17 years old and under. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am-5pm. 325-4712, FREE barre3 Community Workout on The Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) is a free class taught by barre3 experts. 6-7pm. 445-7080,

JUNE 6-10 FREE The Michael Corley Show at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations) features master magician and storyteller Michael Corley as he shares about Greek competitions. See website for times and locations.

JUNE 6-12 FREE Praise Beyond The Walls Community Event at Bethlehem Star Baptist Church (2704 NE 24th St) features a week of activities for the family including live music, bounce houses, vacation bible school and job and professional development opportunities. See website for a complete schedule of events. 424-2410,

JUNE 7 • TUESDAY FREE Movie in the Park at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features an outdoor screening of Minions. Music begins at 7pm, movie begins at dusk. 376-3411, FREE Minecraft Redstone Challenge at the Capitol Hill Library (330 SW 24t St). Kids can build a real-world piece of the Minecraft universe using conductive building materials, electricity and their own ingenuity. Best suited for ages 5-12. 2-3pm. 634-6308,

JUNE 7 & 8 FREE Junior Golf Clinic at Westwood Park Golf Course (2400 Westport Dr, Norman). Kids ages 8-17 can try out the game of golf with supervised instruction on the putting green and driving range. No registration required. 9-10am. 292-9700,

FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a LEGO Sea Plane build for kids ages 6 -14 who are LEGO VIP members. Membership is free. Preregister, quantities are limited. 5pm. 8409993,

JUNE 7-10 Mamma Mia! at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found. New love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled. $20-$65. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm. 800-869-1451,

JUNE 8 • WEDNESDAY FREE Touch-a-Truck at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a variety of vehicles families can explore including a mini excavator, backhoe, sheriff vehicles and a school bus. Best suited for ages 5-11. 10am. 350-8937, World’s Oceans Day Celebration at Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Ave, Jenks). Dive into an undersea world with special activities and learn what role water plays in the health of our planet. Free with admission. Adults, $15.95; seniors & military, $13.95; kids (3-12), $11.95. 10am-6pm. 918-296-3474,

JUNE 8-12 deadCENTER Film Festival at Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) offers the chance to see new short films, documentaries, comedies, scary monster movies and some of the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. All Access Pass, $150; individual tickets, $10. See website for a full list of films and show times. 246-9233,

JUNE 9 • THURSDAY Stories at the Stafford: Pancho Barnes at Stafford Air and Space Museum (3000 E Logan Rd, Weatherford). Noted historian Barbara Schultz will reflect on the life of aviatrix Pancho Barnes. Pancho was one of aviation's most colorful members, capturing the women's speed record in 1930. Refreshments will be served. Members, free; non-members, $5. 7pm. 580-772-5871, FREE You Sunk My Battleship! Live Action Game at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a combination of strategy, ping pong and classic board games creating a live action game of Battleship for kids ages 12 & up. 3-4pm. 732-4828.

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events this JUNE 9-12 Endeavor Games at UCO (100 N University Dr, Edmond) feature a variety of sporting competitions for athletes of all ages and abilities. Free admission. See website for complete schedule. 974-3160, Oklahoma City Dodgers vs Nashville Sounds at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S. Mickey Mantle Dr) $8-$24. Thursday, 4:35pm; Friday & Saturday, 7:05pm; Sunday, 6:05pm. Also held: 6/13-16 vs Omaha, 6/21-24 vs Round Rock, 6/25-28 vs Iowa. 218-1000,

JUNE 10 • FRIDAY FREE Red Earth Parade in Downtown Oklahoma City (Sheridan, Reno, Robinson & Hudson Ave) circles Myriad Gardens featuring representatives of more than 100 tribes, in full tribal regalia. 10am. 427-5228, World’s Oceans Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features activities highlighting diverse ocean creatures and habitats, how our actions affect them and how we can protect our oceans. Free with admission. 10am-2pm. 424-3344, FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6-9pm. FREE Movie Night in the Park at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an outdoor screening of Pan. Concessions available for purchase. Movies begins at dusk. 359-4630, LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events and local shopping on the second Friday of the month. 7-11pm. FREE Outdoor Screening of E.T. the ExtraTerrestrial at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) hosted by deadCENTER Film Festival. 9:30-11:30pm. FREE South OKC Treat Food Truck Fest at Oakcrest Church of Christ (1111 SW 89th St) features an evening of family-friendly fun including food trucks, live music and family games on the second Friday each month from May to October. Proceeds from soda and water benefit Sky Ranch Elementary. 6-10pm.



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FREE Laser Tag at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features a game of laser tag for kids ages 12 & up in the library. Preregister. 6:30-8pm. 606-3575,

JUNE 10 & 11 Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival in Guthrie (various locations) 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 full schedule.

JUNE 10-12 Red Earth Festival at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities provided by tribal museums and other Native organizations. Adults, $11, kids (18 & under), free with paid adult. 427-5228,

JUNE 10-JULY 2 Green Day’s American Idiot at Pollard Theater (120 W Harrison, Guthrie) is a rock musical that relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s album telling a coming of age story. $15-$30. See website for complete schedule. 282-2800,

JUNE 11 • SATURDAY FREE Kids All-American Fishing Derby at Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake (SE 15th St, Edmond). Young anglers ages 5-15 may enter the derby and compete for prizes. Bring bait, fishing equipment, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a lawn chair. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-noon. 216-7470, Tails on the Trails at Wheeler Park (1120 S Western Ave) features a timed 5K run and a onemile walk. Proceeds help low-income pet owners spay or neuter their pets. Dogs are welcome. Preregister. $25. 9am-noon. 418-8511, FREE kidsFEST at the deadCENTER Film Festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features a series of short films, yoga with the Kidz Yoga Fairy and gardening activities with SixTwelve. 10am-noon. FREE Dogapalooza at Bob Moore Subaru (13010 N Kelley Ave) features free dog washes, food trucks, music, pet adoptions, pet vendors, a reduced cost micro-chipping station and photo booth. 10am-3pm. 261-5886

for families on every second Saturday each month. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-4pm. 951-0000,

FREE Hula Hoops Fitness Class at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Learn hoop moves, play hoop games and learn to dance while hula hooping. Best suited for ages 5-12. Preregister. 3-4pm. 631-4468,

The PreTend Friends Show at District House (1755 NW 16th St) features a 40-minute puppet show acting out some classic tales, silly riddles and nursery mysteries to introduce kids to the art of live theater. $5; kids (2 & under), free. 11am. 242-3564,

FREE Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Powwow at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) honors veteran warriors from Oklahoma Native American tribes. Activities include Native American traditional dance, singing, art, jewelry and food. 1-11pm. 734-1345,


FREE Chandler Ice Cream Festival at Tilghman Park (811 Park Rd, Chandler) features free ice cream, free carnival rides, live music by local talent and plenty of food vendors. Kids can enjoy face painting, clowns and balloon animals. Noon-5 pm. 258-0673,

FREE Beats & Bites at Riverwind Casino (1544 W State Hwy 9, Norman) is a monthly, familyfriendly outdoor music and food truck festival featuring live entertainment, local food trucks and an assortment of vendors. 6-10pm. www.facebook. com/RiverwindCasino

FREE deadCENTER Cleats for Kids Summer Kick Off Party at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features bounce houses to volleyball tournaments and more activities geared for kids ages 10 & up. Donations of lightly used athletic shoes and equipment accepted. Noon-3pm.

Plain White T’s in Concert at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd). Free with admission. Concerts begin after 7pm. 478-2140,

Historic Route 66 Wine & Food Festival in downtown Stroud (Historic Route 66, Stroud) features wineries from across Oklahoma, gourmet foods, a wide selection of Made in Oklahoma products, original jewelry and artwork, car show and live music. Free admission. 10am-5pm. 918605-9981,

FREE Family Make + Take Art Project at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Persing Blvd) features a new art-making project

FREE ZOOmba with the Oklahoma City Zoo at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave). Learn the move it and groove it secret the animals use to stay healthy in this fun, music-filled workout. Preregister. 2-2:45pm. 732-4828,

Chaparral Family Sundays at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features family fun activities including inflatables, crafts and autograph sessions during the game against the Nashville Sound. $8 & up. Activites, 5:30pm; game, 6:05pm. Also held: 6/26 vs. Iowa. 218-1000,

JUNE 13-17 FREE Chasing James Music Program at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations). Sing and dance with Laura and Lisa of Chasing James about letters, libraries and more. Best suited for ages 12 & under. See website for times and locations.

JUNE 13-18 FREE Dino O’Dell Blast off to Health Show at the Pioneer Library System (various locations) features interactive songs and tall tales. All ages welcome. See website for times and locations.

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FREE One-Man Circus at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features Michael King in his One-Man Circus as he showcases his agility in juggling, unicycling and more. Best suited for kids 12 and under. 1-2pm. 231-8650,

FREE Fridays, Food Trucks & Tunes in Downtown Stillwater (E 7th St Ave & S Main St, Stillwater) features family-friendly fun, inflatables, live music and food trucks. 6-10pm. 533-8585,

FREE Father’s Day Card Making Event at Chick-fil-a (1210 E 2nd St, Edmond). Create a tastefully handsome scrapbook card for Dad. One card per family, while supplies last. 5-8pm.

JUNE 16 • THURSDAY FREE Shop Hop on Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave. between NW 4th and 10th St) features shopping, live music, street artists and performers and activities for kids. 5-8pm. FREE Milk and Cookies Story Time at Panera Bread (6410 SW 3rd St) features a story time hosted by the Downtown Library and Panera cookies. All ages welome. 3:30pm. 627-1417 FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a variety of different games like Monopoly, card games and ping pong. No registration required. All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 7:309:30pm. 793-5090, cityofmoore.cmo/centralpark

JUNE 16-18 FREE Jazz in June Music Festival at Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park (3700 W Robinson St & 201 W Daws St, Norman) features a long list of jazz musicians including Grammy award winner Jon Clearly & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen and Shelly Phelps & the Scarlet Street Players. Thursday Friday, 7-10:30pm; Saturday, 6-10:30pm.

JUNE 16-JULY 2 Upstage Theatre presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Mitch Park Amphitheater (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an outdoor community theater production of the popular tale. Adults, $18; students, $12; kids (4 & under), free. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 8pm. 285-5803,



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FREE Exchange on Film Row (Sheridan & Lee Ave) is a street festival featuring an array of local pop-up shops as well as live music and food trucks as well as a children's activity area and opportunities to enjoy the art spaces, restaurants and businesses that populate the historic district. 6-10pm. Mommy Son Luau at Reno Swim & Slide (101 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features an afterhours pool party for moms and their sons. $5. 7:30-9:30pm. 739-0066, FREE Minecraft Redstone Challenge at the Edmond & Ralph Ellison Libraries (10 S Boulevard St, Edmond & 2000 NE 23rd St). Kids can build a real-world piece of the Minecraft universe using conductive building materials, electricity and their own ingenuity. Best suited for ages 5-12. Preregister. Edmond, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm; Ralph Ellision, 3-4pm. 634-6308, FREE Insight School of Oklahoma Discovery Day at Boucin Craze (9333 W Reno) features a fun night for kids while parent learn more about the school and its programs. Preregister. 6:158:15pm. 918-407-0240,

JUNE 17 & 18 FREE Shawnee Trail Days in Downtown Shawnee (various locations) features a variety of pioneer and Native American events including branding demonstrations, working chuck wagons, gunfighters, square dancers and wood carvers. Friday, 5pm; Saturday, 8am-10pm. 432-4131,

JUNE 17-20 FREE The Compassion Experience at Sooner Mall (3301 W Main St, Norman) features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries. Visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools, without getting on a plane. Preregister. Friday, Saturday & Monday, 11am-6:40pm; Sunday, 10am-5:40pm.

JUNE 18 • SATURDAY Smart Start on the Silver Screen at Cinemark Tinseltown Theater (6001 N Martin Luther King) features fun Dory-themed activities, live pre-movie entertainment, a screening of Finding Dory as well as a voucher for a drink and popcorn. Benefits Smart Start of Central Oklahoma. 2 & older require a ticket. $25. Activities begin at 9am; movie, 10am. Tuttle Ice Cream Festival in Downtown Tuttle (3rd & Main St, Tuttle) features live music and performances, a classic car show, an antique tractor show, an Ice Cream Princess Pageant, kid's games, food and vendor booths, crafts and more. Free admission. 9am-6pm. 381-3775, FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. 528-2122, FREE MUED OUtreach Music Clinic for Kids at The Depot (200 S Jones Ave, Norman) offers children ages 4-10 a hands-on approach to music and music-making. Preregister. 11am-noon. 307-9320, Americana Fest at the American Banjo Museum (29 E Sheridan Ave) features live music by local favorites including Willow Way and Bread & Butter Band along with Memphis’ own Side Street Steppers and KAUT-TV’s Lucas Ross as well as crafts and hands-on musical activities for kids and more. Adults, $10; kids (15 & under), free with paid adult. 11am-5pm. 604-2793, Father’s Day Fiesta at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave). Take dad for a ride on the zip line, ride the train, pet the animals and mine for gemstones. All dads receive free admission. $11.50 & up. 10am-6pm. 799-3276, Pups, Yups and Food Trucks at the Edmond Chamber of Commerce (825 E 2nd St #100, Edmond). Edmond Animal Welfare and other business will be at the Edmond Chamber of Commerce promoting pet adoptions. Free to attend, food and adoptions offered at a cost. 11:30am-1pm. 341-2808, OKC Mile at Remington Park (1 Remington Pl) features AMA Pro Flat track motorcycle races, food trucks and a fun zone in the infield for the kids. Adults, $35-$42; kids (6-15), $10-$12; kids (5 & under), free. Gates open, 1pm; practice and qualifying races, 3pm; opening ceremonies, 6:30pm. 580-320-3550, Daddy Daughter Dance at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features dancing, cookies, punch and door prizes for dads and their daughters ages 4-14. $10, in advance; $15, at the door. 6-8pm. 793-5090,

FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Downtown Edmond (Broadway between 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, unique shopping and live music. 6-10pm. Taste of Oklahoma at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno). Local chefs will teach how to make appetizers from locally-grown foods and then treat the class to a farm-to-table dinner made from their urban farm, Guilford Gardens. Must be 21 or older to attend. Preregister. Members, $65; nonmembers, $70. 7-9pm. 445-7080,

JUNE 18 & 19 Father’s Day River Cruise on the Oklahoma River (all landings). Fathers ride free with their kids. Adults, $6; kids, $3, kids (6 & under), free. 702-7755,

JUNE 19 • SUNDAY Father’s Day 5K at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a timed 5K and fun run. Awards will be given to the best Father/ Son Duo, Father/Daughter Duo and the Biggest Support Group for your Father. $20 & up. 7-9pm. 445-7080, Arcadia Lake Splash N Dash at Spring Creek Park (7200 E. 15th St, Edmond) features a USATsanctioned aquathlon with a 500-yard swim and 3K run. There will also be a kids course as well as a hotdog social lunch. $15 & up. 8-11am. Father’s Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Dads get in free on Father’s Day with any paid admission. Adults, $8; kids (3-11), $5; kids (2 & under), free. 9am-5pm. 425-0262, FREE Uptown 23rd Farmer’s Market in Uptown Oklahoma City (Walker Ave between 23rd & 24th St) features vendors and artisans selling goods, live music, workshops and other fun activities. 10am-2pm. farmers-market/ Father’s Day at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission for Dads. Adults, $8; kids (4-17) & seniors (65 & up), $5; kids (3 & under), free. 1-5pm. 325-4712,

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FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lion’s Park (400 S Flood Ave, Norman) features live music provided by We Dream Dawn. Bring seating and refreshments. 7:30pm. 301-9320,

JUNE 20 • MONDAY FREE First Day of Summer Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features make & take craft activities, special films and a native music concert. Exhibit center admission applies. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130,




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Full Moon Bike Ride & Run at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a leisurely hour’s ride through Downtown, as well as free timed runs. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation. Runs begin at 7pm bike ride at 8pm. 445-7080,

JUNE 22 • WEDNESDAY FREE SONIC Summer Movies at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an outdoor screening of The Little Rascals and pre-movies activities including story time, crafts, characters and more. Activites, 8:15pm; movie, 9pm. Also held: 6/29. 445-7080, FREE LEGO Brick Olympics at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). OSU extension help master tinkerers and engineers create LEGO Brick champions for the Robotic Olympics. Preregister. 2-3:15pm. 606-3580,

JUNE 24 • FRIDAY Beautiful Butterflies Class at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about butterflies and their important role in nature with an up-close look at the insect itself, fun games and crafts. Best suited for ages 6-10. Preregister. Members, $8; non-members, $10. 1:30-3pm. 4457080, FREE ZOOmba with the Oklahoma City Zoo at the Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St). Learn the move it and groove it secret the animals use to stay healthy in this fun, musicfilled workout. 3-3:45pm. 424-1437, Eats on 8th & Harvey Food Truck Festival & Night Market in Midtown (NW 8th & Harvey Ave) features unique pop-up shops, live music, live entertainment, community resources, a Kidz Zone, informational booths and more. Free to

attend. 6-11pm.

JUNE 24 & 25 Survive N’ Thrive Single Moms Conference at Crossings Community Church (14600 N Portland Ave) features breakout session topics, including self-defense techniques, learning about finances, effective parenting skills, protecting children in cyberspace and more. Keynote speakers are Antoinette Tuff and Pam Kanaly. $30. Friday, 6:30-9pm; Saturday, 8:45am-3:30pm. 812-5137,

JUNE 25 • SATURDAY FREE LibertyFest Car Show at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond) features classic and specialty cars from a variety of decades. 8am-2pm.

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FREE LibertyFest KiteFest at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features demonstrations by experienced kiters, kite candy drops, a night kite fly and silent auction. All are welcome to fly a kite. All proceeds support KiteFest. Festivities begin each day at 9:30am. FREE Children’s Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features storytelling, arts and crafts, traditional games, horticulture exhibits and stomp dance demonstrations. Admission applies for the exhibit hall. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, Oklahoma City Energy FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps 2 FC at Taft Stadium ( NW 27th St ). $10-$48. 7pm. Also held: 6/28 vs Chivas Guadalajara, 7/2 vs Rio Grande Valley. 235-KICK, FREE Sand Ridge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival in the Boathouse District (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features the RIVERSPORT Challenge, a regional regatta competition, dragon boat racing, Paddle for the Cure, OG&E NightSprints, live music and fireworks. RIVERSPORT passes available for purchase. 10am-10pm. 552-4040, FREE Library Day at Sam Noble Museum (2401 S Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features

complimentary admission with a valid Pioneer Library Systems library card. Library staff will be on hand for those interested in signing up for a card. 10am-5pm. 325-4712, FREE Faerie Discovery Tour at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Search for magical sprites and, along the way, learn about trees and plants that would grow well in your own garden. Preregister. 11am-noon. 943-0827, Mother & Son Luau at Earlywine Family Aquatic Center (3101 SW 119th St) features games, refreshment and a dive-in movie. Preregister. $15. 7-11pm. 297-3882, Brunch with Belle at The MAC at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell, Edmond) features brunch, story time, pictures with Belle and a ticket to Upstage Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast. Adults, $15; kids, $30. Brunch, 9:30, 10, 10:30 or 11 a.m.; show, 8 p.m. Dive-in Movies at The Station Aquatic Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a family friendly movie screened on the water. Free with admission. Time to be determined. 793-5090, The Ultimate Elvis Experience at Rose State Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St,





JUNE 25 & 26 LibertyFest Rodeo at Carl Benne Arena (300 N Kelly Ave, Edmond) features bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. Adults, $10; kids (11 & under), $5. 8pm.

JUNE 26 • SUNDAY 4th Annual Equality Run at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an USATF sanctioning and certified 5K and 10K runs, as well as a family friendly fun run for all ages and a post race brunch. $25 & up. Benefits Freedom Oklahoma. 7:30-11am. LibertyFest Road Rally at Earl’s Rib Palace (2121 S Broadway Ave, Edmond) is a scavenger hunt on wheels. The car with the most correct answers and having the closest time and mileage to the ideal time and mileage is declared the winner. Trophies are awarded to the Top Ten finishers and Last Place. $10 per vehicle. 10am5pm.


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FREE Family Film Sunday at District House (1755 NW 16th St) features a G or PG-rated, family friendly film. June's feature film is The Neverending Story. 1pm. 308-2930, FREE Family Day at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman). Explore art in the museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities for the entire family. 1-4pm. 325-3272, LibertyFest A Taste of Edmond at Festival Market Place (30 W 1st St, Edmond) features 40-plus restaurants from around the area serving up delicious delicacies and comfort foods. Proceeds benefit LibertyFest. 6:30-8:30pm. $10; kids (10 & under), free. taste-of-edmond/ FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lion’s Park (400 S Flood Ave, Norman) features live music provided by Brandy Zdan. Bring seating and refreshments. 7:30pm. Also held: 6/19 & 26. 301-9320,

JUNE 27 • MONDAY FREE LEGO Club at the Mustang Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a new family building challenge each month. Preregister. 6:307:30pm. 376-2226. FREE Teen Live Action Pac-Man Tournament at the South Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St). Play as Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man or a ghost and compete against your friends to see who will be crowned the Pac-Man Champion. Best suited for students in 6th-12th grade. Preregister. 2-3:30pm. 979-2200,

JUNE 28-JULY 2 Dreamgirls at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) follows a Supremes-inspired girl group as they make their way from the Apollo Theatre to the top of the pop and R&B charts. $36 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday 2 & 8pm. 297-2264,

JUNE 29 • WEDNESDAY International Mud Day at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a variety of mud-filled activities including pinch pots, mud medallions, seed bombs and more. Come prepared to get dirty! A rinse station and public restrooms will be available. All ages are welcome. Preregister. $3-$10. 10am-noon. 445-7080,

FREE SONIC Summer Movies at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an outdoor screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 and pre-movies activities including story time, crafts, characters and more. Activities, 8:15pm; movie, 9pm. 445-7080, FREE Minecraft Redstone Challenge at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St). Kids can build a real-world piece of the Minecraft universe using conductive building materials, electricity and their own ingenuity. Best suited for ages 5-12. 6-7pm. 606-3575,

JUNE 30 • THURSDAY FREE Nature Play OKC at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a morning of outdoor fun for the whole family, rain or shine. Best suited for ages 1-7, all ages welcome. 10:3011:30am. FREE Teen Game Night at the Mustang Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a variety of games in the Teen Zone. Teens may bring games of their own, as well. 6-8pm. 376-2226, FREE LibertyFest Concert in the Park (location TBD, check website before going) features an hour-long concert of light classics, marches and patriotic music performed by an 88-member band from area high schools, college students and community members as well as free watermelon & ice cream. 7:30pm.

JULY 1 • FRIDAY FREE Food Truck Triple Play at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Joe Carter Parking Lot (Reno & Joe Carter Ave) is a family-and pet-friendly event featuring live music, over 35 food trucks and cold drinks. 6-11pm. FREE Independence Celebration in Blanchard (NE 10th & N Council, Blanchard) features fireworks, food, live music and special activities just for kids including a petting zoo, pony rides and inflatables. Begins at 6pm; fireworks, 10pm. 485-9392, FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th St, Walker & Hudson Ave) features special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists, a variety of entertainment and food trucks. 6-10pm.

JULY 2 • SATURDAY Cajun Festival at the Grove Civic Center (1702 S Main St, Grove) features Cajun music, food, dancing and vendors. Free admission. 10am. 918786-8896,



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FREE Freedom Festival at Elmer Thomas Park (501 NW Ferris Ave, Lawton) features live music, bounce houses, car show, fireworks and more. 10am-11pm. 580-357-8386, FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. 528-2122, First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.) features a variety of crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks all centered on a monthly theme. July’s focus is Ice Cream and Patriotic Fun. Free with admission. 1-4pm. 521-2491, FREE Red Brick Nights Street Festival in Downtown Guthrie (Oklahoma & Wentz Ave, Guthrie) features rotating pop-up shops, food trucks and live music, on the first Saturday each the month. 5pm. 282-1947, www.guthriechamber. com/red-brick-nights/ FREE Gospel Concert Series at Inspiration Hill (880669 S. 3330 Rd, Wellston) features a variety of gospel music artists on the first Saturday of each month from May to October. Donations accepted. 7pm. 356-4051.

JULY 3 • SUNDAY FREE Sunset Cinemas at Charles J. Johnson Central Park Town Center (7209 SE 29th St, Midwest City) features free, family-friendly movies on Sundays in July. Movies begin at dusk. Lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments welcome. 8pm. FREE Red, White & Boom! Independence Day Concert at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a free concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Entry & parking are free. Concert begins at 8:30pm; fireworks, 10pm. 842-5387,

JULY 3 & 4 Freedom Fest 2016 at Chisholm Trail Park (2200 S. Holly Ave & 500 W. Vandament Dr, Yukon) features a veteran's tribute, live music, kids craft area, parade, free ice cream & watermelon, sand volleyball tournament and fireworks. Activities, 5pm; fireworks, 10pm. 350-8937,

Happy Independence Day from MetroFamily! www.metrofamilymagazine. com/july4 JULY 4 • MONDAY FREE Blue Star Museums provides free admission for active military members and their families to more than 2000 participating museums across the country from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Available to military ID holder and immediate family members. See for details and full list of participating locations. LibertyFest in Downtown Edmond (various locations) features a parade, carnival rides, food, music, free watermelon and fireworks synchronized to music. Most activities are free. 9am-10pm. FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) feature free admission for kids 17 years old and under. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am5pm. 325-4712,

A Celebration in the Heartland at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12th St, Moore) features live entertainment, vendors, food, inflatables, children's activities, music, car show and more. Free admission. 10am-10pm; fireworks, dusk. 793-5090,

FREE 4th of July Festival at Magnolia Park in Seminole is a day of family fun including food, games, inflatables, entertainment and fireworks. Fireworks start at 4pm. Check website for complete schedule. 382-3640,

Bethany Freedom Festival at Eldon Lyon Park (7400 NW 36th, Bethany) celebrates our nation's independence with a parade, pony rides, inflatables, carnival rides, games, festival food, car show, shopping, live music and fireworks. Free admission. 10am-11pm. 789-5005,

FREE 4th of July Celebration & World Champion Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest at Wacker Park (Park Rd & N Ash St, Pauls Valley) features food, live entertainment, watermelon seed spitting contest and fireworks. See website for complete schedule of events. 238-3308,

FREE Norman Day Celebration at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features fun activities like a doggie parade, inflatables, food vendors, live music, fireworks and more. Activities, noon; fireworks, 9:45pm. 366-5406,

FREE Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Red Bud Park (Main St, Marlow) features a parade and all-day festival with fireworks. 9am-10:30pm. 580-658-2212,

FREE 4th of July Stars & Stripes Funfest Celebration at the Expo Event Center (4500 US-270, McAlester) features live entertainment, games, fireworks and more. 5:30-10pm. Fireworks at dusk. 918-420-3976, FREE Tribute to Liberty at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) is an annual family-centered patriotic celebration featuring musical concerts, food trucks and a fireworks display. Activities, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

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JUNE 6-14 FREE Sugar Free Allstars Family Funk Dance Party at the Pioneer Library System (various locations) features a musical blend of soul, rhythm & blues, disco, gospel and New Orleans street parade music. All ages welcome. See website for times and locations.

JUNE 6-17 FREE Classics for Kids by Reduxion Theatre at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations) features Professor Spillsby and The Juggling Friends as they travel back in time to meet one of English literature’s most famous novelists, Jane Austen. See website for times and locations.

THROUGH JUNE 12 David Steele Overholt: In One Ear at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Showroom (1146 N Broadway Dr) is a kaleidoscopic study of broadcast media’s influence with a generative loop of appropriated videos beat-matched to music playing on a locally transmitted radio station, creating a nostalgic spectacle of color at night and a socially interactive environment during the day. 604-0042, Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous at the Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) features video game stations that explore what a day in the life of a dinosaur might have been like. Exhibit requires an additional ticket, museum admission is also required. Ages 4 & up, $5; 3 & under, free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712,

THROUGH JUNE 25 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Much Ado about Nothing at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage (301 W Reno) features Shakespeare’s tangled tale of accusations and tempestuous love, under the stars. $20. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700, Two Gentlemen of Verona The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) is a rock musical based on Shakespeare’s original story of lifelong friends Proteus and Valentine. Adults, $35; students, $25. 8pm. 297-2264,

THROUGH JULY 1 FREE Safety Town Classes at Sooner Mall (3301 W Main St, Norman) teach children ages 5 & 6 the importance of bicycle, fire and personal safety. 50-minute classes are conducted



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by the Norman Police Department and include guest instructors from the fire department and EMSTAT. Preregister. See website for times and dates. 360-0360,

THROUGH JULY 30 O. Gail Poole: Rediscovered Oklahoma Master at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) celebrates a fourth-generation Oklahoma and an American master who influenced generations of artists with his shifts in style from Impressionism to Modernism and all points in between. Free with admission. Tuesday- Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday,10am-5pm. 235-4458,

THROUGH AUG 12 Summer Wheat: Pry the Lid Off at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) explores the portrayal of what Oklahoma-born artist Summer Wheat imagines behind the wall in Vermeer’s The Milk Maid. Monday-Thursday, 9am-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-5pm. 951-0000,

THROUGH AUG 21 A Tribute to America’s Combat Artists and Fighting Forces: Art from the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard at the MabeeGerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur Dr, Shawnee) features artwork from 26 artists depicting wartime and peacetime military activities. Free with admission. TuesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm. Sunday 1-4pm. 878-5300,

THROUGH AUG 28 Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) tells the story of the museum’s history as it explores the rich permanent collection and some of the world’s most significant artists. Free with admission. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100,

THROUGH SEPT 11 FREE IKBI Build Brick Art Exhibit at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features art created entirely out of toy bricks including Chickasaw designs alongside adaptions of famous characters as well as many hands-on activities. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-622-7130,


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Summer Movie Fun Series at Harkins Bricktown 16 (150 E Reno Ave) features popular kid-friendly films like Home and Minions, every weekday all summer long. Season tickets, $5; individual tickets, $2. 9:45am.

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,

Weekly Walk-Ups at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features fun, themed activities that explore and celebrate the plant world. $2 suggested donation. Every weekday, 10am-noon. 445-7080,

FREE Wacky Wednesdays at Yukon Parks (various locations) feature fun activities for kids ages 5-11 including Touch a Truck, kickball, soccer skills challenges and hot shot contests every Wednesday all summer long. 10am. 350-8937,

FREE Art Moves at various locations in Downtown Oklahoma City offers a free hour-long lunchtime art experience every weekday. Events run every weekday, noon-1pm (unless otherwise noted), and are free and open to the public. 2704848,

Nature Play Group at Martin Park (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,

FREE Story Time at Parmele Park (1308 N Janeway Ave, Moore) features an outdoor story time hosted by the Moore library children’s staff. All ages welcome. The park has a splash pad, bring water play gear if you wish. Mondays, 10am. 793-5100,

FREE Bringing Books to Life Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features a weekly nature-themed story time and coordinating craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080,

FREE Story Time at Green Bambino (5120 N Shartel Ave) features readings of favorite books in the Green room. Participants get 10% off all books during story time. Mondays, 11:30am; Wednesdays, 4pm & Thursdays, 10am. 848-2330,

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 $29. Thursdays, 6-9pm. 602-2758,

FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman), for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, FREE Tunes & Trucks at Mustang Town enter (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a variety of outdoor fun in June, including live music and food trucks. Tuesdays, 7pm. 376-3411, Summer Kids Series at Warren Theatres (1000 S Telephone Rd, Moore) features kid-friendly screening of fun movies including Space Jam and Shrek 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Season passes, $15; individual tickets, $2. 10am. 735-9676, Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno) features special presentations of classic films on the big screen every Tuesday. $5. 7pm. 231-4747, FREE Wheeler Criterium in the Wheeler District (1701 S Western Ave) features some of Oklahoma’s top riders in fast-paced, flat track races, live music & food trucks. Tuesdays, 5-8:30pm.

FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S Byrant St) features local bands performing in the park every Thursday in June, July & August. See website for a schedule of bands. 6:15-8:45pm. 359-4630, www.edmondok. com/concertsinthepark FREE Connie & the Cow Story Time at Chick-fil-a (1210 E 2nd St, Edmond) features a reading time every Thursday as part of the Chick-fil-a Kids Club. Thursdays, 10-11am. FREE Afternoon Movie at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features a screening of sports-themed movies every Thursday in June including The Blind Side and Gracie. 2-4:30pm. 793-4349, FREE JamzNJune Concert Series at Charles J. Johnson Central Park (Mid-America Blvd & SE 29th St, Midwest City) features musical entertainment by local and regional performers on Thursdays in June. 7-9pm. 739-1293,



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events this WEEKLY EVENTS

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, 6:307:15pm. 341-9282, FREE Play in the Park in Moore (various locations) features fun games and activities at a different Moore park every Friday throughout the summer, except July 1. Best suited for ages 6-14. Parents must accompany children. Fridays, 9:3010:30am. 793-5090, FREE Friday Fun Days in Yukon Parks (various locations) features fun activities for kids including a turtle race, art in the park and a magic show. Fridays, 10am. 350-8937, FREE Summer Nights Concert Series at Central Park Amphitheater (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features live music from local artists including Nicnos & Riders Ford. Fridays, 7-10pm. 793-5100, FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, FREE Storytime with Mr. Steve at Barnes and Noble (540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman) features a 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. Dollar Days at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 N Classen Dr). Enjoy $1 admission to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame every Saturday in June, July and August. 10am-5pm. 235-4458, 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, Roller Skating Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) offered each Saturday. Noon-12:45pm. $2 skate rental. 605-2758, 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. $8. Noon-1pm. 942-5545. Drop in Art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features hands-on art activities for all ages. Free with paid admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100, METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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where to

what to

Ready to hit the road this summer? With so many incredible destinations across the state, it can be tough to decide which one to explore first! This handy guide can help you pinpoint the attractions and venues that your family will most enjoy and help you find other great activities to enjoy along the way.

DEWEY ENID Where to Go + What to Do Guide is sponsored by







SULPHUR Statewide

Agritourism (Jelly Trail)


Oklahoma City Metro Area

Andy Alligator’s Fun & Water Park (Norman) American Banjo Museum Arcadia Lake (Edmond) City of Oklahoma City Edmond Parks & Recreation (Edmond) Frontier City Harn Homestead HeyDay Entertainment (Norman) Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum (Seminole) National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma Contemporary Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma History Center RIVERSPORT Adventures Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman)

Skate Galaxy OKC Skeletons Museum of Osteology Sooner Bowling (Norman) White Water Bay Northeast Region

Dewey Hotel/Washington History Museum (Dewey) Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa) Oklahoma Aquarium (Jenks) Northwest Region

Leonardo’s Children’s Museum (Enid) Oklahoma WONDERtorium (Stillwater)

SOUTH TO DALLAS, TX Southwest Region

Stafford Air & Space Museum (Weatherford) Water Zoo Indoor Water Park (Clinton) Southeast Region

Chickasaw Cultural Center (Sulphur) Heartland Flyer (OKC to TX) Dallas, TX

Hilton Anatole Hotel

Find information on these and other great Oklahoma destinations at METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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go do MetroFamily’s 2016 guide


1700 N.E. 63rd St. 405-478-2250

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum preserves and embodies the cultures and peoples of the American West. Here, you can explore the vast, diverse history and artistry of the American West through fine art and artifacts, educational classes and demonstrations and a variety of special events.

725 S. Lincoln Blvd. 405-552-4040

Oklahoma City’s $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center is open! The center is a stateof-the-art aquatic adventure facility – one of only a few in the world. Geared for both family fun & elite athlete training, the 11-acre whitewater center is located in the Boathouse District near downtown Oklahoma City. Purchase your All Access Day or Annual Pass to enjoy adventures in the Boathouse District and at Lake Overholser!

800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. 405-522-5248

The Oklahoma History Center brings our state’s exciting history and adventurous past to life through exhibits that include engaging audio/ visual activities. There are even outdoor exhibits that help families understand Oklahoma's oil industry. OHC offers classes and camps made especially for kids. Learn how to identify historic artifacts and build your own exhibit at the Junior Curators Camp to be held July 18-22.

3201 Market Place, Norman 405-310-3500

9 E. Sheridan Ave. 405-604-2793

HeyDay Entertainment is an innovative, family-friendly entertainment center that offers first-class fun for everyone! At HeyDay you’ll find exciting attractions including laser tag, bowling, mini golf, ropes course, laser maze & arcade games as well dining options to please everyone’s palate. Stop by today for some fun or to book your next birthday party with the entertainment experts. At the American Banjo Museum, the artistry that goes into crafting highly ornate instruments and the skill and talent that goes into playing them is on full display. The American Banjo Museum brings history and art together in a song hundreds of years in the making. Come enjoy our family music event, Americana Fest, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 18. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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10301 S. Sunnylane 405-814-0006

SKELETONS: A Museum of Osteology has been designed with learning in mind. Displaying more than 350 skeletons from all corners of the world, the museum provides visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast rare species. Each Saturday this summer the museum will host free, hands-on activities for all ages (with paid admission).

2733 Marilyn Williams Dr. 405-359-4630

Spend your summer outside with Edmond Parks and Recreation, offering an award-winning golf course at KickingBird Golf Club, camping and boating at Arcadia Lake and the Edmond Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8am-1pm. Enjoy classes, camps and special events at the MAC building in Mitch Park.

9000 E. Second, Arcadia 405-216-7470

Arcadia Lake provides a natural setting for picnics, hiking, biking, camping, swimming, boating, disk golf and more. Fishing year-round at the heated, covered dock is a popular activity. Special swimming areas with sandy beaches are available (swimmers 12 & under must wear life jackets). Pavilions can be rented for family gatherings, reunions and parties.

Various locations throughout the metro 405-297-2211

Everything from youth leagues, aquatics, fishing and nature exploration are available at the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department. The department boasts more than 150 parks, 10 recreation centers, two family aquatic centers, 17 spraygrounds, two gymnasiums, plus Martin Park Nature Center and the Will Rogers Gardens. Learn more on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram: @okcparks METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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415 Couch Dr. 405-236-3100

Located in downtown Oklahoma City’s Arts District, this museum presents a range of art & is home to a spectacular collection of Dale Chihuly glass. Drop-In Art is every Saturday from 1-4 p.m., featuring a hands-on art activity free with admission. Museum School offers pre-registration classes for adults and kids as young as15 months old. Plus, look for DropIn Yoga, art camps, free family days & more.


2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman 405-325-4712

Take a journey through four billion years of natural history at the Sam Noble Museum! Home to Oklahoma’s state fossil, the world’s largest skull, a detailed, 10,000-year history of Oklahoma’s Native people and a re-creation of the sweeping landscapes of Oklahoma, there’s something for everyone to discover. Photo courtesy of Welch Creative.

3300 Market Place Dr., Norman 405-321-7275

3000 General Pershing Blvd. 405-951-0000

Get more summer at Andy Alligator’s Fun & Water Park. These family-owned parks are perfect for the whole family! Challenge friends down the Riptide Mat Racer, float Paradise River and relax in a private cabana with full bar service. The Fun Park offers both indoor and outdoor fun with two-story Laser Tag, MiniGolf, Go-Karts and the 10-story Skycoaster thrill ride. Visit their website for daily specials. Create & celebrate art with Oklahoma Contemporary. Tour always-free exhibitions highlighting artists across all mediums. Each exhibit features a hands-on area for all ages. Families are invited to create art of their own at free Make + Take workshops on second Saturdays. Plus, foster creativity, learn new tech and embrace artistic skills in schoolbreak camps for ages 5 to 16.

300 Aquarium Dr. Jenks, OK 74037 918-296-3474

The Oklahoma Aquarium offers behind-thescenes tours, craft activities and special events throughout the summer. Exhibits include the Ray and Robin Siegfried Families Shark Adventure, EcoZone & Coral Reef and Aquatic Oklahoma, which highlights species native to the state. The aquarium is available for birthday parties and other events.

550 24th Ave. N.W., Norman 405-360-3634

Sooner Bowling Center is a family-friendly establishment catering to adult and youth bowling leagues, as well as open play and kid-friendly bowling with bumper lanes and glow bowling options. Enjoy the game room and our Spare Time Sports Grill that serves a delicious menu, unique desserts and refreshing beverages. Sooner Bowling also is a great place to host an event or birthday party! METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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1714 W. Wrangler Blvd., Seminole 800-259-KIDS (5437)

Jasmine Moran Children's Museum is part imaginary town where children can roleplay in a variety of career opportunities and part self-discovery in the world of healthcare and science exhibitions. See the surgical suite, complete with actual footage of surgery. The outside play area boasts a 12,000 square foot Castle Maze and a 1/2 mile train ride on the SuperSONIC Express!

200 E Maple, Enid, OK, 73701 580-233-2787

Dewey Hotel Museum 801 Delaware, Dewey 918-534-0215

308 W. Franklin Ln., Stillwater 405-533-3333

You won’t recognize the newly-renovated Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid.They cut a huge hole in the second floor and children can now climb and play inside the two-story Power Tower.The Critter Clubhouse is now its own unique space, there’s a giant Lite-Brite, a Tinkering area for creativity and a three-story castle called Adventure Quest for outdoor play.

Known as the Grand Ole Lady of the Prairie, the Dewey Hotel Museum was built in1889 and stands as one of the first examples of Victorian architecture in Indian Territory. Once a popular rest stop for cowboys, oilmen and outlaws, this exciting museum helps families to learn more about Oklahoma's storied past.

Discover the fun factor of creative, developmental play at Stillwater’s awardwinning children’s museum. Just an hour from Oklahoma City and Tulsa, a visit to Oklahoma WONDERtorium is the perfect day trip with little ones. Featuring 14 exhibits designed to engage and enrich children from birth to age 12.Visit their website for event listings, exhibit descriptions and extended summer hours. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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Pawnee Bill Road 1400 N. 1141 Gilcrease Museum Rd., Tulsa Pawnee, OK 74058 918-596-2752 918-762-2513

Museum provides educational ThisGilcrease historic site is known for its annual recreation opportunities forOriginal all ages.Wild Art West courses, summer of Pawnee Bill’s Show. This art camps, demonstrations, lectures, programs year’s show will be held June 12 & 13 and advance for toddlers andformusical performances are tickets are $12 adults, $8 for children age offered throughout Many programs 10 and under (ages 3the andyear. under are free). The are designed to complement exhibitions on ranch also has covered picnic shelters, covered display. This summer visit our special exhibits picnic tables, fishing ponds and a playground. "West Mexico: andcan Identity" "Frida The building andRitual grounds also be and rented for Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray." weddings, reunions, meetings and more.


1900 Boulevard of Champions, Clinton 580-323-9966

Oklahoma’s only indoor water park is just 85 miles west of Oklahoma City and is 83° year round. Enjoy the Lazy-Crazy river, wave pool or activity pool, the Kids Splash Zone, Cubs Cove or the 4-story high slides. Full service snack bar on site. The Water-Zoo has great birthday party packages. Hotel or RV/Water-Zoo packages available.

3000 Logan Rd., Weatherford 580-772-5871

Explore every era of flight from the Wright Brothers to the Space Shuttle! Named a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2011, the museum houses over an acre of exhibits. Featured artifacts include a ten-story Titan II rocket, actual space suits, a full-scale Apollo Command & Service Module, numerous aircraft & one of the most impressive collections of rocket engines in the world.

867 Cooper Memorial Dr., Sulphur 580-622-7130

Nestled on 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams near Sulphur, the Chickasaw Cultural Center utilizes the latest technology, live demonstrations, ancient artifacts and natural outdoor spaces to share the Chickasaw story. Features of the sprawling campus include a traditional village, ampitheatre, state-of-the-art exhibit buildings, indoor theater and honor garden.

100 South E.K. Gaylord 800-USA-RAIL

1721 N. Lincoln Blvd. 405-235-4058

Your Passenger Rail Connection offers daily round-trip routes between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas with stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and Gainesville. There are thrills and attractions for everyone. Senior discounts and Kids Club available. E-ticketing now available.

This historic homestead helps kids and parents understand about life at the turn of the 20th century and OKC's early years. Visitors to this museum can tour the Harn home, a one-room schoolhouse and a barn, all typical structures you would have found early in OKC’s history. Also inquire about special group tours.



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11501 N. I-35 Service Rd. 405-478-2140

3908 W. Reno 405-943-9687

2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas 214-748-1200

Looking for ways to get your family outside in the sunshine and fresh air? Oklahoma Agritourism helps you find great back-to-thefarm experiences. From horseback riding to picking berries or petting animals at a farm, your family can find ideas for fun in every area of the state. Check out their new “Jelly Trail” for dozens of options to pick fresh fruit at Oklahoma farms. Located in far northeast Oklahoma City off of I-35 north of Hefner Road, Frontier City is Oklahoma City’s biggest amusement park. With over 50 rides and attractions and numerous shows and concerts, this attraction is fun for all ages. Families will find pint-sized attractions for toddlers and preschoolers as well as fun areas to enjoy water play when the temperature gets hot.

Oklahoma City families find cool fun at White Water Bay, the area’s biggest water fun park. With daring slides such as the Mega Wedgie, winding slides, Castaway Creek, the Big Kahuna where up to four people can go down the water slide together, Barefootin’ Bay just for the little ones and much more, White Water Bay has something for everyone.

The historic and luxurious Hilton Anatole includes a spa, recreational areas and most important to the kids, the all-new Jadewaters resort pool and park complex which includes a 7,000 sq. ft. activity pool and splash deck, two 180-ft. water slides, kids activities and more! The facility is located near downtown Dallas and an array of museums and other attractions. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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5800 N.W. 36th St. 405-605-2758

Skate Galaxy provides a safe, clean, fun environment for all ages to roller skate. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday- Friday & extended hours each weekend, Skate Galaxy is a perfect place for families or for groups such as day cares, parties and schools who want to enjoy a special party just for them. Ask about their free “learn to skate” lessons provided every Saturday at noon.



GOT CHILDREN? THEN YOU NEED LOTS OF RESOURCES! INTRODUCING THE “YELLOW PAGES” FOR OKC AREA PARENTS. From pediatricians to special needs therapy, birthday party ideas and private schools, our resource directories—both here and online—provide local parents with the information they need to help their families and children thrive. Check out these businesses and those you find at www. and be sure to tell them you found their business via MetroFamily Magazine.

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Summer Camps (pages 57-60) Abrakadoodle Camp Fire USA Camp Dakani Childcare Network Club Z In-Home Tutoring The Dance Department ECC Camp Create Fine Arts Institute Forever After Parties Kumon Math & Reading Centers North Penn Creative Kids Learning Center Oklahoma City Boat Club Sailing Camp Rose State College Soccer City OKC The Studio of the Sooner Theatre Studio J Dance School of Dance TechJOYnT Topgolf Twist & Shout UCO Wellness Center Camps Velocity Dance Center Child Care (page 61) Primrose of Edmond Spontaneity Kid Care After School Activities (page 61) Aalim Bellydance Party Guide (pages 62-63) Allison’s Fun Inc. Frontier City & White Water Bay Jump!Zone Mad Science of Central Oklahoma Mobile Laser Forces Paint 'N Station

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Paint Your Art Out Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Skate Galaxy Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park Education (page 63) ABLE Charter School Family Fun (page 64-65) Arcadia Lake Dodge City Paintball & Outdoor Laser Tag of OKC Henderson Hills Baptist Church, VBS Oklahoma WONDERtorium Stafford Air and Space Museum Unpluggits Playstudio Westminster Presbyterian Church, VBS Foster Care (page 65) Bair Foundation Circle of Care SAFY Retail/Restaurant (page 66) Jimmy’s Egg learning tree toys, books & games Once Upon a Child Family & Home Services (page 67) Avenge Pest Control Oklahoma Institute of Allergy & Asthma Prince Chiropractic Wellness Center Talasaz & Finkbeiner PLLC Special Needs (page 68) Brain Balance Center of OKC Sensational Kids Skills for Living TOTAL POSS-ABILITIES



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Non-audition summer camps now enrolling!

One, two and three-week camps for PreK-12th grade in Musical Theatre. Acting, Dance and more

May 31 - July 29, 2016

(405) 321-9600

The Dance Department FREE TRIAL CLASS Tap Jazz Ballet Modern HipHop Tumbling Creative Movement Register online at thedancedepartmentokc starting July 18 th for Fall Classes. Fall Classes start August 15th.

Classes for all ages.

Please call for more information.


180 W. 15th Street, Ste. 100, Edmond


Summer Break Camps

Robotics! Game Design! Fun! ENROLL NOW! Buy one course, get one ½ off!! METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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Performing Arts Summer Camps


STAY COOL THIS SUMMER in the world of science, technology, art, engineering and math (STEAM).

These camps foster valuable 21st century life skills including problemsolving, creativity and collaboration while providing opportunities to create positive change and innovate a better world. There has never been a more important time to learn code, game design, app development, robotics, 3D printing and more for our industry leading instructors.

¨ CSI: OKC ¨ Coding and Robotics ¨ Grossology and Sticky Science ¨ 3D Printing and Design Lab ¨ Make your Own App Lab




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It’s SU M M E R CAMP time!

Plan your child’s summer using the metro area’s

NUMBER ONE GUIDE to day and overnight CAMPS summer-camps

For preschoolers (age 3) through 6th graders

Campers can select a schedule of classes • visual, music, and performing arts • crafts and food crafts • sewing • more

Call the Abrakadoodle Art Studio to book your field trip or ask about having a field trip come to YOU. Prices range from $8.50 - $12.50 per student with a non-refundable $50 deposit. (All supplies included! 10 student minimum.)

*Projects are displayed and performances enjoyed during the Camp Create Arts Festival on Sunday, July 17.

(405) 818-5417

10- 25 per class selected for the week. 405-348-1252 $


Abrakadoodle Art Studio, 103 N Broadway, Moore Enroll them in Kumon and add a little brain food to their summer and beyond!

Contact your local Kumon Math & Reading Center to learn more! ©2016 Kumon North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.



245 South Santa Fe Ave. Edmond, OK 73003

9494 North May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73120


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775 West Covell Rd, Ste #150 Edmond, OK 73003

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And An Academic Advantage All Year



*Offer valid at participating Kumon Centers only when you enroll between 6/1/16 – 6/30/16. Most Kumon Centers are independently owned and operated. Additional fees may apply.


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

Check our website for details and enrollment! Four different weekly camps for ages 4-16 4520 Old Farm Road, OKC held from June through August. (west of Meridian, south of 122nd) $95/camp; half-day sessions held from 9-12 & 1-4.

Also enroll for Lil Kickers Summer Session (6/20-8/27)! METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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July 11-15, 2016

Field Trips


Find out how much fun sailing can be!

You could win


Sailing Camp 2016

at the Oklahoma City Boat Club

• • • •

New and experienced sailors, ages 8-18 A safe, fun place to develop sailing skills Experienced, certified sailing instructors Weekly sessions June 6-August 7, 9 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Enroll today!

To learn more, go to or visit us at More questions? Call Charlie Shafer, Head Sailing Instructor, at 405-388-2563.

Enter all of our contests at:

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Child Care with a

Creative Twist!

Infants - School age

Now Enrolling for Summer Program K - 5th grade


North Penn Creative Kids Learning Center, 150th & Penn



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Try a class for F R EE !

girls ages 5-9 & 10-13 BELLYDANCE ACADEMY

Mommy and Me

(405) 844-0304


Introduce your child to creative movement!

Open 8am - Midnight Monday - Saturday

BETTER THAN BABYSITTERS OKC's only drop-in kid care center. Located in Chase Plaza at Portland and Memorial 405-541-9072 Anyone know a plumber who can work within my budget?

A painter for my new nursery?

A gymnastics class appropriate for my special needs child?

Go to and try it today! METROFAMILY MAGAZINE


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Ask for any home or family service via our new OKC Marketplace and you’ll get back bids from local businesses who want to help! How easy is that? And it’s FREE!




For more info, call or log on to (405) 447-1118

June 8th BEST


Bring a friend- both get $3 off June 17th


Wear yours and let us post on FB get $2 off June 19th


Bring Dad- FREE studio fee for Dad Paint your own pottery studio 7906 N. May, OKC • 842-7770



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Is your child’s school...

Birthday Parties for the Young at

Flex-ABLE? Afford-ABLE? Love-ABLE?

405-513-5333 10 S Broadway, Downtown Edmond, OK

Check out CHARTER SCHOOL Tuition free!


• Grades 6-12 • Online curriculum with in-person access to teachers • Experienced and certified teachers • Caring, supportive staff • Special education support available • Time and flexibility to pursue personal interests

Contact us today! (405) 990-2282

We come to you! Call us for your child’s next birthday party!




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Oklahoma's Original Art Entertainment Studio


16425 NW 150th, Piedmont

Beat the Heat in our Indoor Playground! Create a special plate for Father's Day June 19th!


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 6TH - 9TH 9 AM - NOON Westminster Presbyterian Church 4400 North Shartel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Register at or call 405-524-2224

Have more

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

Birthday Parties Toddler Time Every Wednesday Grownups Paint Nights Summer Workshops Walk-ins Welcome

We have fun, you should too.

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Do You Have a Heart for Children? Call our local staff today to learn more! 405-463-6626 1501 NW 24th Street, Suite 214, OKC, OK 73106



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Kid Review: Cafe Kacao Venue name: Café Kacao 3325 N. Classen

What made the experience stand out?

Will other kids like the restaurant and why?

It’s not similar to other restaurants we visit here in Oklahoma. I wasn’t sure about this place at first because the menu isn’t really what I’m used to; my Dad is from Costa Rica, so I know about that food but I don’t know about Guatemalan food. I thought it would be like Mexican food, with cheese sauce on the table and chips, but it isn’t that way at all. My Mom traveled to Peru a lot before I was born and she takes me to eat food that’s from there, like Inca Trail or La Brasa. What they serve isn’t any of those exactly but it is very close to Costa Rican food: rice, beans, eggs, fried plantains and tropical fruit drinks. You could eat lunch there but I haven’t done that yet. The cool thing, though, is that there’s brunch, which means omelets and potatoes or waffles served with the fruits I love from my other country, like pineapple, mango, papaya and passion fruit. It’s such a happy place to eat!

Definitely! I don’t like the same thing over and over again on kids menus. It’s always macaroni and cheese, corn dogs or sandwiches, the foods people think kids want to eat. This menu is much more colorful and interesting. Kids will like it because there’s a lot of fruit. I would recommend the mosh, which is oatmeal served with milk and passion fruit sauce (ED: Mosh is oatmeal slow-cooked in whole milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk). Every plate comes with more than one food. A lot of kids might think the food will be spicy but it isn’t. My advice is to try everything. The food might not be familiar to other kids but that’s okay. How will you know what you like if you don’t try it?

What was the best part? Everyone orders a different plate and shares. The air smells like coffee and powdered sugar and the food looks pretty on the plate. My parents smile the whole time we’re there because the food reminds them of when they lived in Costa Rica. The fruit drinks are my favorite. They’re like what my grandparents make in their blender.

What was the worst part? The restaurant is very busy and we always have to wait for a table. Waiting isn’t fun when you’re a kid because you get to the restaurant hungry already.

Would this restaurant be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? I almost always share a waffle with blackberries or the French toast with my brother, Isaac (age 4). We try a different fruit drink each time or horchata. My baby brother, Gabriel (age 1), surprised everyone at our table with how much he ate the last time we were there. That’s a lot to say, because he doesn’t always like to eat, but he ate so much of my Mom’s scrambled eggs with mushroom and tomato that she had to order something else for herself. I really think he ate more than I did.



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Kid reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 9

If you could do this again knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would try something new from the menu that wasn’t familiar to me already. I visit my grandparents once or twice a year in Costa Rica and the food is delicious; I miss it a lot and I always try to order something similar. I would also go with a bigger appetite. I haven’t tried any desserts there yet because I’m always too full from the meal.

, What do you think you ll remember most about having done this activity?

I’ll remember that I didn’t have to get in a plane and travel all day to eat some of the foods I love. The food tastes like love and happiness because I know that the people who made it for me when I first tried it as a little kid wanted to be with them and to share the foods my Dad ate when he was small too. [Note from Sam's mom: Café Kacao has a nostalgic kind of appeal to my family. Ours is a bilingual/dual-nationality household and although the food does remind us of happy times, it’s delicious on its own. The coffee menu is what I look forward to most at each visit. I would recommend sharing a plate between your children, as the entrée portions are generally large. Call ahead to verify hours, as the restaurant is often at capacity and closes early.]


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