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Features 6 Cultural Home Run Treat your family to a new experience at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark 7 Children’s Business Fair Learn how your kids can be an entrepreneur for a day 8 Holt House Three questions with dad & OKC Mayor David Holt 10 5 Iconic Summer Experiences Add these to your summer must-do list 12 All About Au Pairs Discover an exciting alternative to traditional child care

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We’ve partnered again with the Girl Scouts to bring a really fun and educational event to the metro. Acton’s Children’s Business Fair provides the backdrop for kid entrepreneurs to sell their products

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s my Mom was dusting a bookshelf at her house a few weeks ago, a note fell out of one of the books. It was a list of “10 Things I Love About Hannah” that my Dad had written. My best guess looking at the list is that he wrote it when I was about 15. He obviously forgot to give the list to me since it was stuck inside one of his books, but reading the list as an adult was like going back in time. I distinctly remember many occasions that my Dad spoke those life-giving words over me. His affirmations over the years made me who I am today. Oddly enough, I might have needed to see that list more as a 31-yearold than as a teenager. Like I imagine is the case for most of our readers, I spent much more time with my Mom growing up than I did with my Dad. My parents followed pretty traditional gender

roles and my Dad always worked outside the home. The same is true for my own husband, now, and I see the challenges he faces to build a relationship with our two kids considering the amount of time he has to spend away from them. But I want to encourage our male readers this month in the same way I encourage my husband. If my Dad could make an impact on me today with a simple list he jotted down 15 years ago, I promise you can do the same. Take advantage of every moment to affirm your kids and let them know you love them, even if your time with them seems limited. Chances are they’ll remember the positive things you spoke over them for many years to come. Hannah Schmitt Editor

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OKC Dodgers set to become Cielo Azul for special game days, cultural celebration

Los OKC Dodgers se convertirán en Cielo Azul Oklahoma City para partidos narrados en español y se llevará a cabo una celebración cultural

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Oklahoma City’s own OKC Dodgers will take on a different identity for a few days this summer to welcome a more diverse crowd to the ballpark. Instead of the familiar look and feel fans are used to, the OKC Dodgers will become Cielo Azul (Spanish for “Blue Sky”) with a bilingual/bicultural approach to fandom for two games happening in June and July. Players will wear rebranded uniforms for the games against the Música de Memphis and the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio teams. Festivities that celebrate Latino culture will be part of Celebración Cielo Azul (Blue Sky Celebration) and will include activities like folkloric dance, themed decorations and featured foods. The games’ announcer will narrate both games in Spanish and the customer service staff on-hand for game days will be bilingual to better accommodate Spanish and English-speaking households. There will even be dual-language printed programs. A portion of ticket sales also benefits the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA). Last year was the team’s first Celebración Cielo Azul event, which also served as a fundraiser and resulted in a donation of more than $5,500 to LCDA and the primarily Hispanic population it serves in Oklahoma City. The OKC Dodgers were one of 33 teams that participated in Minor League Baseball’s “It’s Fun to be a Fan/Es Divertido Ser Un Fan” campaign and were named one of five national finalists for the Fun Cup/Copa de la Diversión. This year’s games will be hosted on June 21 and July 19. For more information, visit cieloazulokc.com or call 218-2190.

El equipo de béisbol de los OKC Dodgers adoptará una nueva identidad temporal este verano para dar la bienvenida a más fanáticos hispanohablantes en el estadio local. Durante dos eventos especiales, el equipo se convertirá en “Cielo Azul Oklahoma City.” En vez de sus habituales uniformes y gorras, se vestirán uniformes diferentes con un logo representativo del cambio, junto con un enfoque bilingüe/bicultural para dos partidos programados para junio y julio. Los partidos son contra los Música de Memphis and los Flying Chanclas de San Antonio. Festividades para reconocer y gozar de la cultura latina incluirán baile folklórico, comidas típicas y adornos culturales. El locutor deportivo narrará ambos partidos en español y personal bilingüe estará presente para brindar mejor servicio al cliente, con materiales impresos en los dos idiomas. Se donará parte de los fondos recaudados por la venta de entradas para beneficio del Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA por sus siglas en inglés). El año pasado se observó el primer evento de este tipo que también sirvió para recaudar fondos para LCDA y resultó en una donación de más de $5,500 para la organización, que mayormente brinda apoyo a la población hispana de Oklahoma City. Los OKC Dodgers fueron uno de los 33 equipos que participaron en la campaña de Minor League Baseball “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan.” Fueron nombrados uno de los cinco finalistas a nivel nacional para la Copa de la Diversión. Los partidos tomarán lugar el 21 de junio y el 19 de julio. Para más información, visite cieloazulokc.com o llame al 218-2190.

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Apply Now for Children’s Business Fair Could your child be the next Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates? Do they always seem to be coming up with business ideas? Encourage them to participate with us in our next fun event, Acton’s Children’s Business Fair.

• The event will be held at Oklahoma Hall of Fame/Gaylord Pickens Museum in Midtown from 1-4:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 8.

In partnership with the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, MetroFamily is hosting a fair that showcases 40 young entrepreneurs and their products or services. And we’ll invite the public to attend this fun event and purchase from these young, industrious entrepreneurs.

Encourage your child to learn firsthand about business, sales and money management in a fun and hands-on way. Check it out and find an application at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/cbf.

• The young entrepreneurs will not only be able to earn money through their booth, they’ll be competing in age groups for cash prizes for being original and having the best presentation.

Here’s how it will work: • Kids ages 6-14 will need to apply between June 14 and July 19 to be a part of the fair. • From those applications, 40 will be chosen that represent a variety of business ideas and ages. • There will be an informative workshop held about three week prior to the fair to help the participants learn more about presenting and selling their product, handling money and more.

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OKC MAYOR DAVID HOLT, WIFE RACHEL AND CHILDREN, GEORGE AND MARGARET.


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Born and raised in Oklahoma, Holt went to Washington D.C. for college, where he met his wife. They married in 2003 and Holt began working for the White House under President George W. Bush. In 2004, they moved back to Oklahoma for his wife to start law school at the University of Oklahoma. The couple stayed in Oklahoma City, with Holt eventually serving as Mayor Cornett’s chief of staff for five years. His son, George, is 9 and his daughter, Margaret, is 7. Holt has clearly become a strong advocate for improving Oklahoma City and cares deeply about his community, but the husband and father of two also has big shoes to fill at home. We sat down with him to hear how he’s juggling everything.

Has being mayor impacted you as a father at all? It certainly has. I’m not sure my next door neighbor even knew I was a state senator back when I was one because that’s not the kind of job that changes how you live. But being mayor changes everything in your life. People tend to care who their mayor is so the total loss of anonymity extends to my family in some ways. But it’s been really positive. They’re at an age where they think it’s cool because we get some great opportunities. They were on stage with me at Opening Night to count down to midnight and they were the first kids to ride the Streetcar. But it’s also really important to us that no one ever treats them differently because of my role. Our worst nightmare would be someone saying they treated them worse or better because they are the mayor’s kids.

Has being a father impacted you as mayor? Fatherhood has definitely changed the way I serve the city. Any time you’re in public service and you’re also a parent it gives you a different perspective. You’re simply more conscious of the issues that face families and kids. I’m not saying that people without kids can’t be conscious of those issues but it’s unavoidable when you have kids. It influences the things I’m passionate about. It gives me an added empathy for the challenges families face. We live in Quail Creek and my kids go to Quail Creek Elementary so I am very aware of the issues facing Oklahoma City Public Schools right now. The mayor doesn’t get to run the schools, but I have kids in school and so do my peers. I’m the first mayor in a while who is really close with that generation of people who are choosing where to live based on schools so that’s a unique perspective I bring to the office.

Your wife is the chief operating officer of the Office of Juvenile Affairs for the state of Oklahoma. How do you find balance at home with you both having such demanding roles? Rachel has a big job being the number two person of the 700-employee state agency that deals with juvenile delinquents. She was an assistant district attorney when George was born. She left the workforce then and stayed home until Maggie was 2 or 3. I’m just really proud of her that she was able to have it all. She was able to spend that time with our kids but it hasn’t held her back in her professional career and she’s able to achieve at such a high level. And despite the professional demands, we’re pretty active and we’re a really tight-knit family. People think I’m out every night but I say no to most things in the evenings because we cherish that family time.

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Visit a splash pad Pools are great but splash pads are notorious for pulling the whole family into the fun. From infants to grandparents and everything in between, splash pads offer an ideal opportunity for all ages to cool off and have some water fun. One of our favorite Oklahoma City hot spots for splashing is just outside the Children’s Garden area at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno). Thunder Fountain lures kids in with everything from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. Fitting the nature theme of the gardens, this splash pad simulates a real rainforest thunderstorm by going through storm cycles to the delight of everyone under the shaded fountain canopy. To check out an entire guide to splash pads in the OKC metro, visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ Splash-Pads-Pools-Lakes.

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See a movie under the stars It’s just not summer without seeing a blockbuster at an OKC park. Several nights a week throughout the summer you’ll find movies playing at outdoor venues in the metro. Air-conditioned movie theaters are great, but there’s just something magical about seeing a movie from your spot on the picnic blanket with your family. One of our favorite places to catch a flick is Lions Park (450 S. Flood St., Norman), where film screenings are accompanied by fun activities like inflatables and sometimes face painting. Find several other outdoor movie showings at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ Summer-Outdoor-Movies-&-Concerts.

Catch an outdoor concert No matter how hot summer gets in Oklahoma City, locals are willing to sweat it out to enjoy a fun outdoor experience. Live music has a way of drowning out thoughts of heat, making family-friendly outdoor concerts a must for the season. Neighborhoods throughout the Oklahoma City metro buzz with live music throughout the summer. A favorite is the Sunday Twilight Concert Series presented by Arts Council Oklahoma City. Bands take the stage at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno) every Sunday night through the summer to entertain audiences with live music. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and settle in near the stage to enjoy the tunes in a laid-back atmosphere. Find several other concert events at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/SummerOutdoor-Movies-&-Concerts.


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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” buzzes in our ears all summer and there’s nowhere we’d rather belt it out than at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S. Mickey Mantle Dr.). The stadium is home to Oklahoma City’s Minor League baseball team, the Dodgers. Tickets to these thrilling games are more affordable than a major league game, leaving some extra cash for snow cones and hot dogs. The ball field is conveniently located in Bricktown so catching a game affords you a chance to see the scenic Bricktown Canal and views of downtown. Search our calendar to find when the Dodgers are playing throughout the summer and flip to page 6 to read about a can’t-miss cultural experience happening at the ballpark this summer.

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Go fishing Parents who grew up fishing during the summer understand just how much fun this seasonal pastime is, but it can be difficult for city dwellers to go to all the trouble to have their kids take up this summertime hobby. Between purchasing a pole and bait and taking the time to get a fishing license and scope out a good spot to drop your line, it may not seem worth the effort. We have good news! Oklahoma City offers opportunities for kids to learn to fish without purchasing equipment or getting licensed. Weekly lessons are available at various Oklahoma City parks throughout the summer so there’s no excuse not to give your little ones a taste of this iconic summer experience. Find six kid-friendly fishing spots at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/fishing.

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Cultural Childcare

Is hosting an au pair right for your family? As a working mom of four, Laura Eldridge is no stranger to the strain of childcare costs. After Eldridge and husband Sean’s 2-year-old twins were born, Sean left his teaching job to be a stayat-home dad for 18 months while Laura returned to her career as a nurse practitioner. When Sean was ready to launch his new fulltime career as an independent contractor, the family struggled to find affordable childcare for their youngest three. Hiring au pairs is popular in Eldridge’s hometown of Chicago, but Eldridge assumed the program, where a young adult travels from a foreign country to provide live-in childcare, would be cost-prohibitive. Further research revealed the opposite. “You pay one salary to the au pair regardless of the number of kids, whereas with daycare you’d have to pay per child,” said Eldridge. Eldridge was intrigued with the idea of essentially gaining another family member and with her children learning about the culture and customs of another part of the world. After working with an au pair placement agency to interview several candidates, the Eldridges hired an au pair from Colombia, and Nancy Castillo arrived in January 2018.

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The experience has been so worthwhile for all parties that the family extended Castillo’s one-year contract for a subsequent year. Though Eldridge admits there was a learning curve, like Castillo adjusting to constantly hearing and speaking English, learning to use American appliances and realizing her driver’s license wasn’t valid in America, the au pair program has been a great fit for their family. But Eldridge encourages those whose interest is piqued to research how the program works, concerning expectations of au pairs and host families. “These aren’t professional caregivers,” said Eldridge. “They are young people from another country and culture and they come wanting to learn more English and have a cultural experience in addition to providing childcare.”

What is an au pair?

Au pairs travel from a foreign country to live with and provide childcare to a host family for up to one year. Visa specifications require au pairs to be between 18 and 26 years old, understand and speak basic English, be unmarried without children, have a driver’s license and driving experience, have at least 200 hours of childcare experience and pass a background check. Au pairs can provide no more than 45 hours of childcare per week and have specific time-off schedules to be followed by the host family. In addition to providing child care, au pairs typically participate in household chores like other

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members of the family. Families pay au pairs a weekly stipend of $195, regardless of the number of children in the home, two weeks of paid vacation and up to $500 for au pairs to take two required college courses per year. Host families are encouraged to hire au pairs through a credible agency, like Au Pair in America, for which Edmondite Jessica Mullins works as a community counselor. Mullins provides support for host families, from the interview process through hosting an au pair in their home. She also provides monthly educational and social meetings for au pairs, presenting child development and safety topics, and exploring culture by taking a tour of Bricktown or sampling various Thanksgiving pies. “The nice part about an agency is we have vetted the au pairs for you,” said Mullins. “They have been through an interview process in their home country, background checks, references and education verified. We also provide au pairs with insurance.” The extensive interviews Eldridge conducted with Castillo before her arrival and now living in close proximity means Eldridge trusts Castillo implicitly with her children. “The number one benefit is that this person becomes a member of your family,” said Mullins. Norman native Kaitie Holland, who au paired for a family in the Netherlands from 2017 to 2018, says hosting an au pair offers flexibility. When there were days one parent


PHOTOS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: AU PAIR IN AMERICA CLIENT MARSHALRIA VAUGHNS AND THE FAMILY’S AU PAIR CARLA DA SILVA. VAUGHANS FAMILY WITH AU PAIR CARLA DA SILVA. JOANNA (2), NAOMI (4), ASHER (11), ELISABETH (2) AND NANCY CASTILLO (AU PAIR) CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS EVE IN THE ELDRIDGE HOME. ELISABETH (2), JOANNA (2), NANCY AND NAOMI (4) ON HALLOWEEN.

had to travel, Holland could rearrange her schedule to care for the kids as needed. For families with hectic schedules, live-in childcare means not bundling kids up in cold weather to transport to childcare or worrying about a nanny’s car breaking down. Perhaps the biggest difference between hiring a nanny or babysitter and hosting an au pair is that it’s truly a cultural experience. The au pair learns about the host country and family’s cuisine, traditions and holidays, and shares his or her culture, too. Eldridge’s children have loved experiencing Colombian holidays, including El Dia del Amor y La Amistad (similar to Valentine’s Day) in the fall where Castillo prepared gifts, Colombian food and explained the traditions surrounding the holiday. Eldridge appreciates the opportunity her children have to learn Spanish as well. Mark Otto came to Oklahoma City as an au pair from South Africa in 2012, primarily intrigued by the cultural experience of living in America and sharing his country’s traditions. But he also adored his host family’s children, who became like his little brothers. “The main commitment for an au pair is to be with the family and children and influence them in your cultural way,” said Otto. “Because au pairs are living with the family, they are willing to do and take on more than someone else might want to commit.” Holland’s host family aspired to treat her

like a niece, including her in the family, expecting her to contribute to the household, but also connecting her with new friends and encouraging her to explore the region. “Most [au pairs] are doing it for the international experience,” said Holland. “My hosts really understood that, stuck to our schedule and gave me time off for travel.”

Choosing an au pair

Using an au pair placement agency ensures all parties have been vetted and receive support throughout the process. Holland jokes that au pair web sites can feel like dating sites, with both the au pairs and families creating profiles detailing their interests, the au pairs’ experience and the families’ needs. “If you want someone to tutor your child in science, you can find an au pair with a science background,” said Mullins. “If you want a strong swimmer who can teach safety and training during the summer, or someone who is athletic, experience with certain age kids, you want your kids to learn a specific language, we can guide families through that selection process.” Eldridge interviewed multiple candidates, and then conducted several interviews with the au pairs she was seriously considering. Via Skype, Eldridge showed Castillo around the house, walked her through their daily routine and had her speak with the children. Eldridge advocates preparing interview questions based off the family’s

key requirements for the au pair, considering things like whether the au pair will need to drive your children to school. “Instead of asking ‘can you drive?’ ask specific questions like ‘How far do you drive?, Do you drive on the highway?, How did you get your license?,’” said Eldridge. When it comes to childcare experience, ask what activities the au pair participated in with children, how many children they were responsible for, what ages they have worked with and whether they cared for children alone or with other caregivers. “Make sure your needs are something they can handle and are willing to do,” said Eldridge. Otto said parties should talk upwards of 20 times during the selection process to ensure the family is getting a consistent picture of the au pair’s personality and abilities. On both sides, maintaining open communication and setting clear expectations from the beginning help the relationship get off on the right foot. Holland’s host family even offered to FaceTime her parents to give them peace of mind as their daughter traveled across the world to live. “I knew Belinda [host mom] would respect boundaries and give me time off, I knew the chores and hours she needed from me,” said Holland. Eldridge found her initial misgivings about a virtual stranger traveling around the world to live in her home unwarranted.

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“I worried about if we didn’t get along or she didn’t like us,” said Eldridge. “But it hasn’t been an issue at all. She loves to hang out with us, but she’s very independent, too.”

Making the best of the experience

Otto cautions that culture and language shock can be overwhelming for au pairs initially. When the Eldridge family was Skyping or emailing with Castillo prior to her arrival, she could take more time to reply and translate. “Even though she had been studying English, it was a shock to only hear English, and we were talking so fast,” said Eldridge. “You have to speak slowly and give them time to think through what you’ve said.” Many au pair agencies offer free English classes to help them adjust and continue to improve their skills, and meet new friends. Otto’s first few months in Oklahoma City felt fun and adventurous, but then homesickness set in. His host family’s understanding and prompting to get to know the city made all the difference for him, and Eldridge has

taken the same approach, ensuring Castillo is communicating regularly with her family back home and suggesting activities. “Homesickness is very real and I have told her from the beginning she’s so brave to come all the way here by herself,” said Eldridge. “Having commitments like the gym or church have helped.” Holland’s host family encouraged her to travel and make new friends. “For everyone to be happy, the au pair needs to have free time and get whatever they are expecting out of experience,” said Holland. Holland and Otto know au pairs and families who had negative experiences, but both believe it often boiled down to poor communication. Because au pairs live with the family, it can be easy to take advantage of their time, even unintentionally. “I have friends who worked for families that agreed to 30 hours [a week] that turned into 40 and 50 hours,” said Holland. “I think families often don’t even realize what they’re asking, but a lot of people that happened to don’t ever speak up.”

Mullins helps families and au pairs communicate with each other, which can be awkward in a shared living space, conversing a minimum of once a month but available every day for support and to answer questions. Mullins often witnesses relationships continue long after the au pair experience is complete. “We have au pairs who fly back to America for host children’s weddings 10 years later, or host families who go to Germany to visit their au pair and stay in the family home,” said Mullins. “It’s a continued connection you don’t get elsewhere. For Otto, his time in Oklahoma City as an au pair became permanent when his host family sponsored him for a student visa and then paid for his college education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Through friendships encouraged by his host family, he met his future wife while volunteering at the City Rescue Mission, and they were married in December 2017. Though he hasn’t lived with his host family in over 18 months, he still sees them regularly. “I’ve become part of their lives and their kids’ story,” said Otto.

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Children’s Garden Festival at Myrad Botanical Gardens

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Kids All-American Fishing Derby at Arcadia Lake

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Geekapalooza: A STEAM Festival for Kids at Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics

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FREE Adam & Kizzie Performance at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations) features a dance and sing-along celebrating this great wild universe. See website for times & locations. www.metrolibrary.org

June 4

FREE Instrument Playground at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features musical instruments and local musicians. All ages welcome; space is limited to the first 300 attendees. 2-3pm. Also held June 17. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

FREE Monster Bots at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Engineer a friendly (or scary) monster of your own that is limited only by your imagination. Preregister. For ages 12 & under. 2-3pm. Also held at other libraries. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Mad Science: Destination Moon at the Norman East Library (3051 E Alameda St, Norman) features handson, interactive science experiences for kids ages 4-12 to explore space vacuums, flight and astronaut training. 2-3pm. 2170770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Extreme Animals at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres). See curious creatures up close. All ages welcome. Preregister. 4:30 & 6pm. Also held at other libraries. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org

June 4 & 5

FREE Junior Golf Clinic at the 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. 292-9700, www.normanok.gov

June 4 - 6

OKC Dodgers vs Sacramento River Cats at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr). $8 & up. Tuesday & Thursday, 7:05pm; Wednesday, 11:05am. Also held: 6/7-10 vs Fresno, 6/20-24 vs Memphis, 6/25-28 vs New Orleans, 7/4-7 vs Round Rock, 7/19-21 vs San Antonio, 7/26-28 vs Memphis. 218-1000, www.okcdodgers.com

June 5

FREE Snap Circuits Activity at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Create something fun and unique with snap circuits and learn about electricity and conductivity. Preregister.

2-3pm. Also held at other libraries. 341-9582, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Mad Science Appearance at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features experiments inspired by the imagination of author Maurice Sendak. Space is limited; first come, first serve. 2-3pm. Also held at other libraries. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Aliens Among Us with the Oklahoma City Zoo at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City). Learn about the bizarre bodies of animals on our planet. Space is limited. First come, first served. All ages welcome. 3-4pm. Also held at other libraries. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org

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June 6

FREE Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a crime labbased program by by SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology focusing on the forensic investigation of the human skull. Preregister. For kids ages 12-18. 2-3pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Little Astronomers Academy at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features hands-on activities to learn about outer space, presented by Science Museum Oklahoma. For ages 1-6 years. Preregister. 2-3pm. Also held: 6/27 at the Southwest OKC Library. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysytem.org

FREE Wild About Science at the Choctaw Library (2525 Muzzy St, Choctaw) features an experiment themed party with hands-on activities presented by Science Museum Oklahoma. Preregister. For ages 12 & up. 4-5pm. Also held at other libraries. 390-8418, www.metrolibrary.org METROFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM / JUNE 2019

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FREE Geeks in the Wild at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features a hands-on fandom program for teens with activities based on pop culture obsessions, presented by Science Museum Oklahoma. Preregister. 4-5pm. Also held at other libraries. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org

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FREE The Great Space Adventure at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St) features experiments and hands-on activities presented by Science Museum Oklahoma. For ages 3-12 years old. Preregister. Space is limited. 4:30-5:30pm. Also held at other libraries. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

FREE Family Fridays: Rhythm and Flicks at Charles Johnson Park (29th & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features live entertainment, a movie in the park, yard games, bounce houses, food trucks and more. June’s movie is Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse. 7-11:30pm. 7391293, www.midwestcityok.org

FREE Space Activities with the Lunar Sooners at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Learn about the solar system and a make-your-own pocket solar system craft. All ages welcome. 7-8:30pm. 7012600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

June 6 - 9

FREE Endeavor Games at the University of Central Oklahoma (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a multisport event for athletes with physical disabilities including archery, cycling, para-triathlon, power lifting, wheelchair basketball and more. Free to attend. See website for competition schedule. 9743160, www.endeavorgames.com/edmond/ deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City (various locations) features short films, documentaries, comedies, scary movies and more independent films from around the world. Individual movie tickets, $12. Tickets sold 15 minutes prior to screening. See website for a full list of films and show times. www.deadcenterfilm.org

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FREE Fire Building at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond). Learn how to build a fire and some cooking tips. All supplies provided. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8 & up. 5:307pm. Also held: 6/28, 7/12 & 26. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

FREE Tooth & Eye “Dentification” at Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Learn how to identify skulls as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Preregister. 11am-noon. Also held at other libraries. 7898363, www.metrolibrary.org

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June 7 & 8

Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival at the Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church (700 SW 134th St) features storytelling, story swaps, concerts and ghost tales from nationally known, regional and local tellers. Prices vary. See website for a complete schedule. 826-8946, www.territorytellers.com FREE deadCENTER Film Festival kidsFEST at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features a series of kid-friendly short films. 11amnoon. www.deadcenterfilm.org

June 7 - 9

An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features art, clothing, antiques, collectibles, gourmet food and more. 3-day pass, $10. Friday & Saturday, 9am6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 948-6700, www.aaoth.com/heartofoklahomacity/ Red Earth Festival at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a parade, dance competitions with dancers from throughout North America, children’s activities and American Indian artists. Adults, $15; kids (18 & under), free. Friday & Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am5pm. 427-5228, www.redearth.org


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SoonerCon at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center (2501 Conference Dr, Norman) features an art show, special guests, workshops, performances, gaming, costume contest, films and panels with creative and STEM industry professionals. $30-$100. See website for a complete schedule of events. www.soonercon.com

June 7 - 16

Children’s Garden Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features crafts, activities and imaginative displays inspired by the popular children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.” See website for a complete schedule of activities. Nonmembers, $8, members & kids (2 & under), free. 10am-5pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

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June 8

FREE Kids All-American Fishing Derby at Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park (SE 15th St, Edmond). Kids ages 5-15 can compete for prizes. Bring bait, fishing equipment, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a lawn chair. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30am-noon. 2167471, www.arcadialakeok.com

Walk for Kids at the Dell Oklahoma City Campus (3501 SW 15th St) features a family-friendly walk, music, inflatables, arts & crafts, yard games, story time, face painting and more. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City. Fundraising encouraged. 8-11am. 424-6873, secure.rmhc-okc.org/walk-for-kids/ Kids’ Day at the Edmond Farmer’s Market (24 W 1st St, Edmond) features shopping, cooking demos and other farm-friendly activities for kids. Free to attend. 8am-1pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com Dutch Oven Cooking Class at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr). Learn a variety of historic recipes and how to use a Dutch oven. For teens and adults. Supplies provided. Preregister. Members, $20; nonmembers, $30. 9am1pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race at Remington Park (1 Remington Pl) features a 5K course with a variety of extreme obstacles as well as a daylong festival with mechanical bulls, bounce houses, music and more. $69 & up. 9am-4pm. ruggedmaniac.com

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Donuts with Dads at the Norman Fire Department Station #7 (2207 East Goddard, Norman) features inflatables, a donut truck, cornhole, photo booth and more. There will also be fire trucks to explore and a chance to meet Sparky the fire dog mascot. $15 per family. 10amnoon. donuts-with-dad.eventcreate.com FREE See You Saturdays at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together. 10am-5pm. Also held 7/13. 235-4485, www.oklahomahof.com World Oceans Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Learn ways to help keep our planet’s water sources healthy. The day’s activities are free with paid Zoo admission. 10am2pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org FREE Chandler Ice Cream Festival at Tilghman Park (417 Park Rd, Chandler) features free ice cream, carnival rides, live music and more. Noon-5pm. 258-0673, chandlerareachamberok. com/events/ice-cream-festival/ FREE Super SONIC Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Showroom (NW 11th & Broadway) features collaborative art-making activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Supplies provided. 1-4pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org FREE Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Powwow at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features Native American traditional dance, singing, art, jewelry and food. 1pm. 734-1345, www.facebook. com/TinkerInterTribalCouncil/ FREE Superheroes in Space at Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a hands-on program with Science Museum Oklahoma. Preregister. For ages 12-18. 2-3pm. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Beats & Bites Festival at Riverwind Casino (1544 W State Hwy 9, Norman) features local food trucks, a beer garden, live entertainment, local vendors and inflatables. 6-11pm. Also held 7/6. 322-6000, www.riverwind. com/entertain/beats-bites-stage/

June 8 - 10

USA Softball All-American Games at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex


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(2801 NE 50th St). Watch teams from across the country compete for top honors. Prices vary. See website for schedule. 425-3422, www.teamusa.org

June 9

Chaparral Family Sundays at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features mascot meet & greets, autograph sessions, inflatables, face painting, photo stations and more. Kids also get to run the bases following the game. $8 & up. 5:30pm. Also held: 6/23, 7/7, 21 & 28. 218-1000, www.okcdodgers.com

June 10

FREE Spaghetti Eddie Concert at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features the musical duo, Brendan Parker and Erick Alexander. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. Also held: 6/11 at Moore & 6-13 at Norman West. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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June 11

FREE Disco with Dad at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features art and music to celebrate your dad or favorite grown up. All ages welcome. 10-10:45am. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

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FREE Escape the Wild Things at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave). Discover clues, solve puzzles and open the lock to help Max make it home in time for supper. For ages 12-18. 3-4pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org

June 12

FREE I’ve Made A Monster Cultural Performance at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features costume drama, demonstrations and audience participants to share stories of creatures from around the world. Preregister. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Off-road Mountain Biking at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond). Ride the trails of Mitch Park with the Oklahoma Fliers. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8 & up. 4:30-6pm. Also held: 7/17. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com 3D Archery at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Learn how to shoot a compound safely at 3D targets from varying heights and distances. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8 & up. $4. 5:30-7pm. Also held: 7/10 & 31. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

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FREE Raspberry Pi at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany) features a program to learn about computer programming and coding. For ages 12 & up. 2-3pm. 7898363, www.metrolibrary.org

FREE Extreme Animals—Out of this World at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St). Meet the animals that are the heroes of the constellations. Preregister. Space is limited. 4:305:30pm. Also held at other libraries. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

June 14

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features local artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more. 6-10pm. Also held 7/12. www.plazadistrict.org/live/

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FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts including dance, painting, photography, music and more. 6-9pm. Also held 7/12. www.2ndfridaynorman.com KIDZ BOP World Tour at the BOK Center (200 S Denver, Tulsa) features a kid-friendly concert experience, sung by kids for kids. $26.50 - $62.50. 7pm. 918-894-4200, www.bokcenter.com

June 14 - 16

Just Between Friends Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at Market Plaza Shopping Center (6925 NW Expressway, Edmond) features gently-used children’s and maternity items. Admission, $2 on opening day. See website for sale hours and discounts. Also held: 7/12-14. 7947804, www.edmond.jbfsale.com

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Land Run 5K & Fun Run at Stars & Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features a family-friendly run benefiting the Oklahoma Housing Foundation. $35. 7:30am. 848-9944, www.oklahomahousingfoundation. com/landrun5k/ FREE Children’s Fishing Derby at Ten Acre Lake (15600 NE 10th St, Choctaw) features an age-divided fishing derby for kids ages 3-16. Bait provided and food trucks will be on site. 8-11am. 390-8198, www.mychoctaw.org

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Wags to Riches Craft Show at Cole Community Center (4400 NW Expressway) features vendors, food trucks, raffle prizes and more benefiting 1 Day Ranch, a dog and horse rescue and rehab in Bethel Acres. Free to attend. 9am-5pm. 514-1512, wagstorichescs. wixsite.com/wagstoriches Father’s Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features make&-take crafts and other family-friendly activities. Prices vary; fathers receive free admission to the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com FREE Cosplay 101 at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman). Learn how to make a costume and what materials to use. 11am-12:30pm. 7012600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Gypsy Glam Roadshow Music and Wine Festival at Will Rogers Amphitheater (3430 N Portland Ave) features Oklahoma wineries, live music, variety of food trucks, shopping and more. Headliner band is Black Water Bridge. Adults, $10; under 21, free. 5-10pm. 4557700, www.oklahomagypsyglam.com FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (Broadway Ave, 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, unique shopping and live music. 6-10pm. Also held 7/20. www. citizensedmond.com/heardonhurd.htm Asian District Night Market Festival at Military Park (2520 N Classen Blvd) features Asian food trucks, merchants and vendors as well as live entertainment, inflatables, cultural performances and more. Free to attend. 6pm-midnight. www.facebook.com/asiandistrictok/ Daddy Daughter Dance & Dive at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features dancing, refreshments and more for dads and their daughters ages 4-14. Attendees can end the evening with swimming in the aquatic center. $10, in advance; $15, at the door. Dance, 6:30-8pm; pool, 8-9:30pm. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com OKC Energy vs San Antonio FC at Taft Stadium (2501 N May Ave). $11 & up. 8pm. Also held: 6/22 vs Phoenix, 7/6 vs El Paso & 7/17 vs Reno. 235-5425, www.energyfc.com


June 16

Father’s Day Cruise at Regatta Park Landing (701 S Lincoln Blvd) features a fun river cruise and a cash bar on board. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $30. 1:30-3pm. 702-7755, okrivercruises.com/specialty-cruises

FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lions Park (400 S Flood Ave, Norman) features live music provided by top artists. Also held: 6/30, 7/14 & 28. 301-9320, www.pasnorman.org

June 17

FREE Rhythmically Speaking Performance at the Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St) features storytelling, drama, songs and audience participation as they tell the tale of the very first Cinderella story from China. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 10-11am. Also held at other libraries. 424-1437, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Stories Under the Night Sky at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features internationally-known

storyteller Fran Stallings as she tells myths, legends and night stories from all over the world accompanied by planetarium projected constellations. For teens. 2-3pm. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrary.org Basic Kayaking at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond). Learn the basic of kayaking. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8 & up. 5:30-7pm. Also held: 7/15 & 8/5. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Alien Art Contest at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Create extraterrestrial art for the chance to win a prize. There will be a grand prize for the winner, as well as runner up prizes. Preregister. For ages 10-18. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

July 17 - 28

FREE Mister Puppet Show at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations) features an original, good-oldfashioned puppet show from professional puppeteer Chandler Jackson. All ages

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June 17 - 28

FREE The Michael Corley Show at the Metropolitan Library System (various locations) features a kidfriendly magic show. Best suited for ages 12 & under. See website for times and locations. www.metrolibrary.org

June 18

FREE Solar System Science Tour at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Learn about our solar system’s planets, moons, asteroids, comets and other objects with a representative from Science Museum Oklahoma. 2-3pm. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Gross Science at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Make fake snot, poo Emojis, stalker slime, fart foam, ectoplasm and more. Preregister. For ages 12 & up. 3-4pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org

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June 19

FREE Fortnite Loot Llama Craft at Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St). Supplies provided. Preregister. For ages 12 & up. 2-3:30pm. 6063575, www.metrolibrary.org FREE World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Pelican Bay (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond) features activities designed to help swimmers expand their skills in the water. 6:45-7:15pm. 216-7649, www.pelicanbayaquatics.com

June 19 - 23

Treasure Island at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre Burg Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a family-friendly performance of the classic adventure by Robert Louis Stevenson. Adults, $11; kids (2-12), $9. See website for show times. 6067003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

June 20

Third Thursdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features art activities, live music, refreshments and more. Enjoy indoor

and outdoor activities including on the Roof Terrace, weather permitting. $12; members, free. 5-9pm. Also held 7/18. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com Mysteries of the Overholser Mansion Tour at the Henry Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features an after-hours tour of the mansion to examine archival materials and hear some amazing stories. Preregister. 7-8:30pm. Also held 7/18. 525-5325, www.okhistory.org 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, Ping Pong and more. No registration required. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-9:30pm. Also held 7/25. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com

June 20 - 22

FREE Jazz in June at Brookhaven Village & Andrews Park (3700 W Robinson St & 201 W Daws St, Norman) features three-day music festival with a long list of jazz musicians. See website for the full schedule. www.jazzinjune.org

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June 21

FREE Extreme Animals at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Travel the world and learn about different creatures and their habitats. All ages welcome. 11am-noon. Also held at other libraries. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org Meet Me at Main at the 10 West Main Shopping Center Parking Lot (10 W Main St, Yukon) features live music, shopping, vendors, food trucks, face painting and children’s activities. Lawn chairs welcome. 6-10pm. Also held 7/19. 823-2429, www.facebook.com/meetmeatmain/

FREE Wheeler Summer Music Series at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel (1701 S Western Ave) features live music, food trucks and pop up shops. 7-11pm. Also held 7/19. 655-8455, www.facebook.com/wheelerwheelokc Weird Al Yankovic in Concert at the Hudson Performance Hall (2820 N May Ave) features his Strings Attached Tour, a high-energy rock and comedy production. $35 & up. 8pm. 721-8066, www.dcfconcerts.com

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FREE Friday Rides on the OKC Streetcars in Oklahoma City (various locations) features complimentary fares rides. Also held 7/19. 2357433, www.okcstreetcar.com

June 21 & 22

Farming Heritage Festival at the Shawnee Feed Center (40006 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee) features antique tractors and farming equipment, demonstrations, a tractor parade and more. Free to attend. Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm. 623-2834, www.oktractorclub.com

June 22

Geekapalooza: A STEAM Festival for Kids at Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics (1141 N Lincoln Blvd) features hands-on expo booths, demonstrations, robotics and short workshops, all focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. “Geek” costumes are encouraged for a contest. $12 per family (up to four people) before June 20; $15 per family after. 9am-noon & 1-4pm. www. metrofamilymagazine.com/geekapalooza/

FREE Foods4Life Festival at Tom Terry Park (Broadway & Main St, Shawnee) features a celebration of the plant-based food environment, highlighting the growing and evolving local food environment. Connect with experts and community resources while enjoying food trucks, live music and street vendors. 11am-10pm. 253-5332, pottawatomie.bluezonesproject.com FREE Finding Bigfoot at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Local volunteer investigators will share information about Bigfoot sightings in Oklahoma, descriptions of these cryptid creatures and possible physical field evidence. Preregister. For ages 6 & up. 11amnoon. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org Americana Fest at the American Banjo Museum (29 E Sheridan Ave) features live performances, kid’s crafts, ukulele workshops and more. Adults, $10; kids (15 & under), free with paid adult. 11am-5pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com

FREE Paseo Arts Fairy Ball at the Crown Jewel Amphitheater (3700 N Walker Ave) features an enchanted evening of make believe, costumes and dancing. Children are encouraged to create a fanciful costume that captures their feelings of wonder. Originality is encouraged. 7-9:15pm. 525-2688, www.thepaseo.org

June 23

Studio Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr). Create extraordinary works of art as a family, inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. All ages welcome, no registration required. 1-4pm. Also held July 21. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

June 24

4th of July Tie Dye Shirt at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Kids can create their own festive apparel. Best suited for ages 6-12. Preregister. 3-4pm. 3594630, www.edmondparks.com

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JUNE 7-16, 2019 | 10AM-5PM DAILY Journey into the wonderful land of imagination and mischief at the Myriad Gardens’ annual Children’s Garden Festival. Enjoy crafts, activities and imaginative displays that will capture the essence of all things Wild. MEMBERS GET IN FREE! $8 per person includes free carousel rides 2 & Under Free

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CALENDAR #OKCFAMILYFUN FREE Van Gogh, Monet, Degas for Kids with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn about the summer exhibition and create your own watercolor painting to take home. Preregister. 3-4pm. Also held at other libraries. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Monster Bots at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St). Engineer a friendly (or scary) monster of your own. Preregister. For ages 12 & under. 6-7pm. Also held at other libraries. 606-3575, www.metrolibrary.org

June 25 - 30

Singin’ in the Rain at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a romantic, musical comedy with a full orchestra. $42 & up. TuesdayThursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 2972264, www.lyrictheatreokc.com

June 27

FREE LibertyFest Concert in the Park at University of Central Oklahoma (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features

an hour-long concert of classics and patriotic music. Following the concert, attendees can enjoy free watermelon and ice cream. 7:30pm. www.libertyfest.org

June 28

FREE Fiesta Friday in Historic Capitol Hill (SW 25th between Harvey & Robinson Ave) features a familyfriendly block party with food trucks, and entertainment under the stars. 7-10pm. Also held 7/26. 623-0133, historiccapitolhill.com/fiesta-Friday Mommy Son Luau at Reno Swim & Slide (101 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features an after-hours pool party with swimming, limbo and big splash contests. Ticket includes a hot dog, chips and a drink. For ages 3-14. $8. 7:30-9:30pm. 739-0066, www.midwestcityok.org

June 28 & 29

LibertyFest Rodeo at Carl Benne Arena (300 N Kelly, 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. www.libertyfest.org

To A New Children’s Consignment Sale at the Edmond Downtown Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features gently-used and like-new maternity, baby and children’s items ranging from clothing, toys, furniture and accessories. Free to attend. Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. 514-2363, www.toanew.com

June 29

FREE LibertyFest Car Show at Hafer Park (1034 S Byrant, Edmond) features classic and specialty cars from a variety of decades. 8am-2pm. www.libertyfest.org

FREE Bricktown Canal 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Bricktown Canal (various locations) features family-friendly activities, live music, art sales, outdoor vendors and more, to commemorate the canal and “party like it’s 1999” District businesses will also offer promotions. 9am9pm. 235-3500, www.downtownokc.com Sensory Morning at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features a quiet visit at the museum with sensory tables and museum educators and specialists from the Autism in Motion

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Clinic. 9-11am. Also held 7/27. 8140006, www.skeletonsmuseum.com FREE Stars & Stripes River Festival at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features food trucks, RIVERSPORT Adventures, whitewater rafting and racing throughout the day. Festivities end with a fireworks show on the banks of the river. 10am-10pm. 552-4040, www.riversportokc.org FREE Freedom Festival at Elder Thomas Park (3rd & NW Ferris Ave, Lawton) features live music, bounce houses, car show and more. 10am-11pm. 580-581-3470, www.cityoflawton.ok.us

June 29 & 30

LibertyFest KiteFest at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features demonstrations by experienced kiters, Kite Candy drops, a night kite fly, silent auction and more. Free to attend. Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday, 9:30am-4pm. www.libertyfest.org

Kidsfest at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville) features arts and crafts,

games, live music, inflatables and more. Adults, $12; kids (11 & under), free. 10am5pm. 918-336-0307, www.woolaroc.org

June 30

LibertyFest Road Rally at Earl’s Rib Palace (2121 S Broadway, Edmond) features a scavenger hunt on wheels. Trophies are awarded to the top finishers and for last place. $10 per vehicle. 10am-5:30pm. www.libertyfest.org LibertyFest A Taste of Edmond at Festival Market Place (30 W 1st St, Edmond) features area restaurants serving up delicious delicacies and comfort foods. Proceeds benefit LibertyFest. $12 in advance; $17 day of; kids (10 & under), free. 6:30-8:30pm. www.libertyfest.org

4th of July Find 4th of July fun and the entire July calendar online at

www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar

July 1

FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), free. 10am-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

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Weekly EVENTS CALENDAR

Summer is a great time for kids and pets to bond‌.. But if your unruly dog is a problem, consider dog training classes as a family (ages 4 & up) or boarding school, perfect for while you’re on vacation. Pick the training that works best for your family!

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FREE Hike & Brew around Edmond Parks (various locations) features an hour-long hike and a coffee of the week from a local artesian. For ages 10 & up. See website for locations. Mondays, 8-9:30am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma FREE Wheeler Criterium at Wheeler Park (1701 S Western Ave) features biking racing, live music and food trucks. Tuesdays, 5-8pm. www.wheelerdistrict.com FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and craft activity. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Okietales at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time about Oklahoma history, designed for five to nine year olds. Admission includes museum admission following the program. Members, $2; nonmembers, $4. Wednesday, 10:3011:30am. 522-3602, www.okhistory.org Summer Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission $6 includes basic skate rental. Wednesday-Friday, 11am2pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Ste 110, Edmond) features a short story time and age appropriate craft. Free with admission. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com Red Dirt Roots at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Explore local history with field trips to museums, homesteads and historical sites. Lunch will be included for some of the trips. Transportation is included as well. Preregister. For ages 10-17. Thursdays, 9am. Prices vary. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Summer Thursdays at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features story time, a movie, crafts and as well as special themed activities. Thursdays, 10:30am. 523-3230, www.oklahomahof.com FREE Concerts in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon)

features a series of FREE concerts of a variety of musical genres including country, classic rock, patriotic, classical and pop. Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. 3508937, www.cityofyukonok.gov FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond) features outdoor performances by popular local bands. Bring lawn chair and blankets. Concessions sold during event. Thursdays, 6:15-8:45pm. 3594630, www.edmondok.com/concerts FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages 2 to 7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays & Saturdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup

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FREE Play in the Park at Moore Park (various locations) features fun games and activities at a different park every Friday throughout the summer. Best suited for ages 6-14. Parent must be with children at all times. Fridays, 10-11am. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com FREE Hooked on Fishing Lessons at Oklahoma City Ponds & Lakes (various locations). Young anglers learn fishing basics including knot-tying, casting, fish identification, angler ethics and fishing regulations. Preregister. Saturdays, 8-10:15am. 297-1426, www.okc.gov FREE Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a half-hour, all-ages story time. Saturdays, 10:30am. 534-4540, www.commonplacebooksokc.com

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Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features more than 70 works by French and European masters. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm; Third Thursdays, until 9pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com Van Gogh exhibition at OKCMOA. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Pensive (La Songeuse) or Day Dreaming, 1875. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Katherine Wetzel. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


All exhibits are free with admission unless otherwise stated. Admission to the venues is listed. Through June 30

Will Work For... A Mike Wimmer Project at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zudhi) features portraits of models holding the iconic cardboard sign that completes the phrase “Will Work For …” Wimmer asked people of every social group what they would work for and what inspires them as individuals. Free with admission. Adults, $7, kids (6-18); kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. 521-2491, www.okhistory.org

Through July 14

Horseplay at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of this Western icon. The rarely seen prep work reveals how Lovell, known as America’s preeminent horse trainer, developed ideas and practiced movement, anatomy, proportion and personality. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-18), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

June 6 - 29

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents The Comedy of Errors at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands, and sons forget their fathers. Adults, $20; students, $15; kids (12 & under), $10. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700, www.okshakes.org

Through Aug 29

Patrick Riley: A Retrospective at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features the work of G. Patrick Riley. Although mask making is where his true passion lies, Riley has practiced many mediums throughout his career. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 2354458, www.oklahomahof.com

Through Sept 2

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Step into the shoes of a climate science researcher and solve engineering challenges

posed by the changing global climate. The immersive exhibit experience highlights the sights and smells of the Western Hemisphere’s only permafrost research tunnel. Adults, $8; kids (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under) free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features interactive, lifelike robotic dinosaurs and a variety of hands-on components that explore to better the giant creatures that once called Oklahoma’s red dirt landscape home. Free with admission. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95. Monday Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

Through Oct. 30

Unsolved History: Forensic Science, Cold Cases, and Art Therapy at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) features 11 artistic creations by Oklahoma-based artists and art therapists who work with the families of victims in cold case crimes. Each piece reflects the collaboration between the artist and the family. Free with admission. Adults, $7, kids (6-18); kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. 521-2491, www.okhistory.org

Through Dec 2019

FREE Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features the work of artist Pete Froslie. The gallery transforms into an experimental extension of his art studio using the media of experimental electromechanics and game engine-based digital projection. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4939, www.ou.edu/fjjma

Through Jan 2020

FREE 1920s Edmond: Ain’t We Got Fun? At the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a look back at what Edmond was like in the Roarin’ Twenties. TuesdayFriday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays, 1-4pm. 340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org

Find more information about these exhibits and other current museum exhibits at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/museums.

Therapeutic screenings are still free at the McCarty Center

The J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities conducts FREE therapeutic screenings of children who have unique challenges or a disability, or for parents who have concerns about their child’s development. Our screening team is composed of a pediatrician, nurse, social worker and psychology clinician. When the team has completed their screening process they will sit down with you to review what services are available for your child here at the McCarty Center as well as through other community, state and federal programs. Today, more than ever before, we are an important resource for Oklahoma parents. We have been working with children for 72-years to help them achieve their highest level of function and independence. The screening is absolutely free-ofcharge. Call 405.307.2800 and ask to speak to a social worker for more information and to make your appointment.

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2002 E. Robinson Norman, Oklahoma 73071 405.307.2800 or 1.800.777.1272 www.jdmc.org


Where will STEAM take your child? Spark their interests in STEAM at Geekapalooza on June 22 and who knows what worlds of opportunity will be opened to them! Hands-on fun designed to engage kids ages 3 to 14 in STEAM subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and math AND help families learn about STEAM programs in the metro area.

Choose one of these sessions to attend: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Advanced tickets are just $12 per family (up to 4 people; additional family members are $5 each; advanced tickets available until June 20 at midnight). Tickets purchased at the door will be higher.

Hosted at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (1141 N. Lincoln Blvd., near 10th and Broadway, OKC).

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HANDS-ON FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES CAN BE FOUND AT GEEKAPALOOZA ON JUNE 22.

Check out these STEAM Programs in the OKC Area Extreme Animals

405-413-3157 extreme.animals@yahoo.com www.extremeanimals.org; www.facebook.com/ExtremeAnimals/ The exotic animal ambassadors and professional handlers at Extreme Animals bring the jungle to you, offering entertaining and educational programs using live animals to encourage learning for ages pre-K through adults. Participants learn about the animals’ personalities, habitats and more while feeling how soft (or rough) their fur or scales are. With the largest selection of exotic and farm animals in Oklahoma, their programs are perfect for classrooms, VBS, scout groups, birthday parties, corporate events, and more.

K12, Inc.

855-482-3769 www.k12.com/ok K12, Inc. provides an individualized, online education tailored to each student’s specific needs. The rigorous curriculum includes subjects such as art, music, world languages, and AP® courses. High school students can earn college credits with concurrent enrollment courses at local colleges and universities. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and lessons are integrated in all content areas at every grade level.

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma 405-528-4475 www.gswestok.org

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma currently offers more than 36 STEM curriculum subjects such as Cyber Security, Think Like an Engineer, Think Like a Programmer, Citizen Scientists, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering and more. They also partner with Devon Energy to provide geoscience kits for troops and offer GoldieBlox kits for more girl-oriented enrichment materials. Girl Scouts has provided girls with nearly two million distinct STEM activities nationwide, giving girls a unique STEM experience that piques their interest and inspires them to pursue STEM careers.

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Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) 405-521-6436 1141 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC www.ossm.edu

This nationally-recognized public school for Oklahoma juniors and seniors provides quality education with an emphasis on science and mathematics. About half of the students have research internships that augment their instruction.

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd., OKC 405-814-0006 www.skeletonmuseum.com

This unique attraction features 800 actual specimens in natural poses and dioramas demonstrating how animals move and interact with their environments. The museum experience includes touch tables, scavenger hunts, flesh-eating beetles, videos and ample signage for a fascinating look at nature’s internal structure. Visitors of all ages gain a deeper appreciation for vertebrate life while viewing skeletons in this one-of-a-kind adventure. The museum is field trip friendly. Students are engaged in a hands-on classroom setting with many programs offered. Find more details on their website. The museum is wheelchair accessible, suitable for all ages and open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for ages 3-12; free for under 3. (Find coupon on page 44 of this issue.)

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Stafford Air and Space Museum 580-772-5871 3000 Logan Road, Weatherford www.staffordmuseum.org

Named for Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford, a famed test pilot astronaut who grew up in Weatherford, this museum explores the world of aerospace through over 3500 artifacts. The extensive exhibits showcase the evolution of aviation and spaceflight. Families can tour the museum and schools can book field trips and other hands-on programs through the museum. The museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 plus tax for adults; $3 plus tax for children.

Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile & Maker Kits 405-801-4570 300 Norman Center Court, Norman www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Pioneer Library System’s state-of-the-art mobile technology center delivers STEAM programs to libraries, information stations, schools and community events throughout Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. This amazing workshop on wheels features 3D printers, laser cutters and a CNC router. Maker Kits are available for free for schools and community groups in the PLS service area. With 29 subjects such as KEVA Planks, Sewing Machines and DJ Board available, there is something for every interest and age. Each kit comes with a library expert to help guide the project.


Hands-on science fun!

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Designed to spark your kid’s interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)! • Hands-on fun with robotics, wind energy, 3-D printers, aerospace, science experiments and much more • Petting zoo • Food trucks

Saturday, June 22 Choose a session, either 9am-noon or 1-4pm Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) 1141 N. Lincoln Blvd. (near NW 10th and Broadway) Just $12/family (up to 4 people; $5 per additional person) Get your tickets TODAY! Tickets are transferrable.

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Love to Give The Robinson family BY ERIN PAGE. PHOTOS BY KIMERA GONZALEZ

MOM KAY ROBINSON, HER SON REX (4) AND FOSTER BABY.

Kay Robinson has always felt a tug at her heartstrings to foster or adopt. Between a fulfilling but sometimes demanding career, becoming mom to Rex four years ago and community volunteer work, that dream had fallen by the wayside. Then Robinson began reading this MetroFamily series celebrating foster families in the metro. Last fall, Editor Hannah Schmitt’s article about single foster dad Peter Habyarimana resonated deeply with Robinson, a single mom herself. For the next several weeks, it seemed every social media post, event invitation received and commercial on TV were related to foster care. “I said, ‘I hear you, God,’” said Robinson. “I knew I needed to do it.” Soon after, Robinson met with Angels Foster Family Network, through which she knew several people fostering, to learn more about the process to become a foster parent. But after a subsequent long weekend traveling with Rex, doubts crept in about her ability. “I thought there is no way I could this,” said Robinson. “I can barely keep up with my one child.” Upon returning to work at University of Central Oklahoma where she is director of student affairs, Robinson had a division meeting to attend but decided directly after she would call the team at Angels and explain she just wasn’t ready.

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“But the final presentation at the meeting ended up being with two women starting an initiative at UCO to help foster care students,” said Robinson. She started the process to become a foster mom immediately after. “I felt at peace, knowing it wouldn’t be easy but also knowing it was the path God wanted me on,” said Robinson.

Taking the first step Robinson and Rex received their first foster care placement in February, a 5-month-old boy. Prior to that, she completed OKDHS’s online training for foster parents, pleasantly surprised by the professionalism, ease of maneuverability and reinforcement of important principles. “You hear terrible things about DHS, what a mess it is,” said Robinson. “But this is excellent. Anybody who is going to be a parent should take this training. There were so many things I hadn’t even thought about for my own child, and now I am able to identify and call back on my [foster] training.” Because Robinson requested placements younger than Rex, the training on babies’ development and how they are affected by experiences in the womb was especially helpful. Even though her first placement is so young, she was readily able to identify signs of trauma, which she said many people don’t realize babies so young can and do experience. In this case, the infant’s trauma stemmed from several moves in his first few months of life. He was delayed developmentally and he’s just now learning to cry to get Robinson’s attention. “He was on a schedule and came with some clothes,” said Robinson. “Though it’s been a relatively easy first placement, I am not naive enough to know placements won’t be like this every time, and there have been hard elements to this.” Because the biological mom signed over parental rights at the hospital, Robinson hasn’t needed to navigate visitations with biological family. But she looks forward to that opportunity with future placements. “Most of the time, parents love their kids, even if they don’t know how to execute that love,” said Robinson. “They are victims of the cycles of poverty or foster care. But they want their kids to be safe.” Robinson knows future biological parents may be angry or hostile with her because they associate her with the agency that removed their children, and that’s okay with her. She tries to put herself in the biological parents’ shoes, imagining how excruciating it would be to be separated from Rex but knowing his safety and happiness would be of utmost priority. “I just hope deep down they will know their kids are safe with me,” said Robinson. “I want to be a safe, soft place for kids to land for a little bit.” Robinson is focused solely on fostering, not adopting. As she cares for her first placement until an adoptive home can be vetted, she’s had time to ponder the statement she most often hears about why others don’t foster: ‘I could never foster because I’d get too attached.’ “But that’s the point, to get attached,” said Robinson, who sees her role as a bridge to children’s permanent homes. “If you are going to be sad when a kid leaves you, then you understand how this works.”

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Robinson’s personal village has been instrumental in her success as a foster parent. Friends encouraged her to put together a registry of baby items she could use for current and potential placements, and within hours all items were purchased. Overwhelmed with emotion by the response, Robinson said she shouldn’t have been so surprised because the support mirrors what she received after giving birth to Rex. She calls herself a single mom by choice, bringing her dreams of becoming a mom to fruition through artificial insemination. Knowing her friends, family and colleagues would support her gave her the courage to have Rex and then to become a foster mom. “It reminds me that people want to help,” Robinson said. “I may be a single mom, but I’m not raising kids by myself.”

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Robinson hopes she serves as an encouragement to other potential foster parents, particularly single parents who feel led to foster. But her biggest reason for fostering is her son. She is hopeful the experience will help them both appreciate the privileges they enjoy and open their eyes to the challenges others in the community face. “I want to put a seed in his heart that will make him a little kinder, more understanding, more empathetic,” said Robinson. “I hope it gives him an edge to be one of the good guys.”

This is the last of a year-long series highlighting foster families in the Oklahoma City metro. For more, visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/foster.

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Robinson’s foster son laughs loudest for Rex, who eagerly accepted a sibling and has been a willing helper. But she admits she has struggled with the disruption of their everyday lives. Morning activities are limited because of baby’s nap time, and she and Rex can’t spontaneously go on a vacation or a local excursion. “I miss spending time with my baby,” Robinson said. “Anybody with multiple kids can relate.” Robinson has become even more intentional about one-on-one time with Rex, reading, cuddling and talking with him after the baby goes to bed each night. She’s made use of her alternate caregivers a few times to take Rex to their favorite local spot for dinner. Reminding herself of the greater purpose and that, just like she experienced with Rex, as baby grows things will change, has given her needed perspective. So has hearing Rex explain to family and friends why they are fostering: “We have love to give!” the wise 4-year-old declares. The most rewarding part of Robinson’s foster journey has been watching a baby who has struggled begin to flourish in her home. The sight of his face each morning, even after the hard, sleepless nights, uplifts her, reminding her she is keeping him safe, nourishing his mind and body and loving him in this transitional stage. “I have lost nothing, well other than sleep,” joked Robinson. “But I have gained everything.”

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EXPLORING BEYOND OKLAHOMA WITH CHILDREN

OKC Dad Khari Manuel Talks Mission Trips BY ERIN PAGE. PHOTOS PROVIDED.

About 12 years ago, Khari Manuel developed his personal vision statement, and he recommits to it first thing every morning: Be a man after God’s heart, put my wife before everything under the sun, teach my kids to love others, add value to other people. It’s that vision statement that fuels everything he does as a husband and dad, area sales director for Ascensia Diabetes Care and spin instructor for the YMCA. Manuel met his wife, Jennifer, at Oklahoma State University. Jennifer is a professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and homeschools their three kids, Bryce, 15, Kinley, 13 and Drake, 11. The husband and wife duo has led 14 mission trips to Africa and Haiti, their kids each joining them multiple times. The Manuels live by the philosophy of swimming upstream in a mainstream world, relying heavily on their faith and serving others together.

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Tell me about your decision to go on your first mission trip overseas. My testimony is really one of ‘never.’ I was never going to leave the country, never going to lead a small group, never going to attend church with my wife. I had found my purpose and asked God to challenge me. We were in Atlanta and right before the church service there was information on an Africa trip that popped up. I wanted to go and thought maybe this was what God was telling me to do. I signed Jennifer and I up that day because I was feeling motivated. I came home and told her, our kids were like 1, 3 and 5, and she asked what we were going to do with our kids. I said I didn’t know but that we needed to go to Africa. She said ‘okay, that sounds great,” but later she told me she went to our room and cried, wondering who would keep our kids for 10 days! We started fundraising, our parents came to watch the kids and that trip rocked our world in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We have been to Africa nine times, to Haiti six times and after our first trip with 410 Bridge [a nonprofit organization helping communities in

poverty-stricken nations develop and restore themselves], we have led all our other trips there.

What has been most impactful for you about your mission trips? You go over there to help, but you come back helped. The first time we arrived in a community, think mud huts and open fires, they prepared a meal for us. Fresh corn and chicken just slaughtered. They didn’t know if they would have a meal the next week, but they shared what they had with strangers. I’ve realized I need to be a better steward of what God has blessed me with.

When did you and Jennifer start talking about taking your kids on mission trips? When we were on our first mission trip in Kenya our prayer was that one day we could take our whole family. We didn’t know how we could pay for it, so we decided to take them each individually so they would have time to process it just with us. This past year,


the community we first visited is closing out [to mission trips] because they are thriving on their own. We teach how to fish instead of fishing for them, the community working alongside you, so that they can sustain. The cool thing is we got to take our whole family back to that community on one of [410 Bridge’s] last trips there.

What parts of their experiences resonated most with your kids? Bryce was 12 when we went to Kenya. When you pull up in the van, there are hundreds of kids running up to you, singing praises. She felt like a rockstar and she loved loving on those kids. Kinley was 10 when we went to an orphanage in Uganda and she talks all the time about going back to hold those kids. In fact, she’s going back by herself [with 410

Bridge] this year. We are nervous but this is what we’ve raised our kids to do. Drake was 8 when we went to Haiti, and it’s mass chaos, much tougher than Kenya. I don’t think he talked for the first three days until we got back to our hotel room and he would process with us. By day four he came out of his shell, and he liked playing soccer with the kids. Being uncomfortable like that is important because that’s when we get the most growth. We are so blessed, and our kids have everything they want. We want to give them perspective and to know that balance. We’re not just going to talk about serving, we’re going to actually do it. [Editor’s Note: Read more of MetroFamily’s interview with Manuel at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/manuel.]

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Exploring Beyond Oklahoma: Family mission trip opportunities To learn more about trips available with 410 Bridge, visit www.410bridge.org. If you’re interested in more family mission trips like the ones that have impacted the Manuel family, check out these resources: e3Partners offers multi-generational mission opportunities internationally. They help families raise the financial support they need to travel and then take care of the details with families in mind. They currently have upcoming trips to Nepal and Panama. Learn more at www.e3partners.org.

World Servants takes a holistic approach to healing communities (domestic and international) by addressing health, education, faith and economy with an emphasis on children and families. They organize trips for families and aim to help even the youngest family members find skills and talents to serve others. Learn more at www.worldservants.info. Epic Missions aims to help the whole family serve others and make memories together. They welcome families with children of any age to pursue missions within the U.S. and focuses on equipping parents to show their kids the value of missions while they’re still young. Learn more at www.epicmissions.org.

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POPS and the Round Barn at Arcadia on Route 66 Kid Reviewer: Isaac Roldán, age 7 TOP TO BOTTOM: SAM, JACOB PETER, ISAAC AND GABRIEL ROLDAN AT THE ROUND BARN IN ARCADIA.

What made the experience stand out?

What was the worst part?

I love to go to POPS for birthday celebrations. It’s where I always choose for a meal out when it’s my birthday and my brother just went in April for his birthday too. He turned 12 and although we aren’t allowed to drink soda, I still like going to see all the glass soda bottles. And there’s a huge light-up soda bottle I like to see too, which is what really stands out, especially at night. My class did a Flat Stanley tour over Spring Break and I took Stanley there too. He’s just a drawing that you take places but I liked doing that because we gave him a tour of the city. After POPS, we went to the Round Barn.

The wind was very strong when we got down at POPS and I ran across the parking lot to get to the tall bottle for a picture with Flat Stanley but his arm blew off! I put it in my Mom’s purse but it couldn’t be reattached with tape or with glue. We almost lost Flat Stanley. It was a close call, so if you go, know that it might be windy.

What was the best part?

Would this experience be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not?

It was a really fun day. I like that POPS and the Round Barn are so close to our house but they feel far away because they’re so different from our neighborhood. There are no stores nearby and I always see horses and donkeys and cows on our way there. The best part about POPS is the fried okra and that you can run outside. I like visiting the barn because it’s old-fashioned.

Will other kids like visiting the area? Of course they will. Kids like food and the countryside. There’s a farmer’s market at the Round Barn if you go on a Saturday in summertime.

Yes, my brothers and I all like to go because it’s like a break from our regular life. There’s candy at POPS. The Round Barn feels like a field trip. If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would order an Arnold Palmer at POPS. That’s iced tea and lemonade, neither of

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which are soda, so you can still get that without breaking the no-soda rule. I wouldn’t run in the parking lot either. And at the Round Barn, I would skip looking in the outhouse. It’s not as interesting as it sounds. Does anything you learned match up with what you’re doing in school or have done before? Not really. Both of the places we like to visit in Arcadia are special, which is why I like to see them. They feel different than almost anywhere else. What do you think you’ll remember most about visiting? I’ll remember all the soda bottles and the light-up bottle with Flat Stanley’s lost arm. The Round Barn has a ceiling that looks like the inside of a basket, like how those are woven. I think about that pattern and I wonder how it was made. Same with the big bottle at POPS. How did humans make those things? I want to know, so I’ll keep coming back. Find more Kid Reviews at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kid-reviews.


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