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Inclusivity in Action

Helping kids make friends with people who are different

Downtown on a Dime

10 outings that will cost you next to nothing

Views Worth the Climb

Usher in fall with Oklahoma’s most picturesque views

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Features 10 More Alike Than Different Raising kids who are inclusive 16 Downtown on a Dime Bright ideas for a thrifty trip downtown 42 Smart Moms Learn how local STEAM industry experts share lessons with their own kids

In Every Issue 6 New: Ages & Stages Find the latest news and trends specifically for your child’s age group 14 Mom Humor Back-to-school shopping or not?


20 Calendar of Events 36 Real Kids of the Metro Discover a sibling bond made stronger through leukemia 38 Exploring Oklahoma with Children Family hikes featuring breathtaking views 54 Kid Review Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford



Sunday Funday at the Fair event & contest: Join MetroFamily from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at Oklahoma State Fair’s Adventure Road Entertainment Stage area for some hands-on fun including juggling, crafts, a petting zoo and a Sugar Free Allstars concert at 3 p.m. The event is free with fair admission. Bring a new or gently-used book for Citizens Caring for Children and your family will get a fun swag bag from MetroFamily. While there, enter the OKC Staycation Contest sponsored by the Oklahoma City Conventions and Visitors Bureau. Find more at sunday-funday.

Cover Kids Search: We’ve expanded our Cover Kids program to include community service opportunities for the winners. Enter your child(ren) ages 2-12 into the contest by the deadline of Sept. 29 then mark your calendar for the Cover Kids Search event on Oct. 8 at Myriad Gardens. From the entries, six Cover Kid Ambassadors will be chosen. Find all the details and enter at cover-kids.

Web Exclusives Expert Panel: Did you know we have a panel of local experts giving timely parenting advice to our readers? Find their tips at www. New Education Features: Backto-school season is an exciting time of year so we’re sharing great educational content like stellar field trip ideas, great tips for homeschoolers, local businesses offering teachers discounts and even a new monthly column written by a local teacher. Find it all at www.



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Inclusion is the new cool What is your ultimate hope for your child? I’d bet that being embraced and accepted by others is pretty high on the list, along with embracing others despite their differences. That’s why I’m so excited about our feature this month about helping kids foster friendships with people who are different from themselves. The article reveals the friendships that are possible when parents offer a little bit of help to kids who are curious about differences they see in others. The tips provided by local experts in the article are practical and you can start implementing them right away. So flip to page 10 to learn more about how you can help your kids adopt a more open mind toward those who are different.

Also in this issue, you’ll find a brand new feature starting on page six that highlights age-specific local news and events. I’m excited to offer this new monthly Ages & Stages content for parents who want to learn the latest local information catered to the ages of their own kids. For even more help with the ages you have at home, connect with other local parents in our Ages & Stages closed Facebook groups. Learn more at www. Hannah Schmitt Editor

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Babies and Preschoolers Train Event Perfect for Young Children

A favorite OKC toddler event is coming up so be sure to mark your calendars for A Day Out with Thomas. Families have an opportunity

to take a 25-minute ride on a train car pulled by a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine departing from the Oklahoma Railway Museum. In addition to the ride, the event will feature storytelling, music, a magician, ventriloquist, miniature golf and a playground. The train runs 10 times per day on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1, 6, 7 and 8. Tickets start at $16. Purchase them in advance at

If you’re looking for more ways to keep your toddler entertained, check out all our online resources. We’ve rounded up local story times, interactive activities, mommy and me events, library activities and even out-of-town destinations worth the drive all catered to preschoolers. Find it all at

Facebook Feedback As easy as it is to complain about needy newborns or terrible 2-year-olds, it seems our readers actually love the baby/toddler stage. We asked our Facebook fans about their favorite stage and the majority recalled the early years as being the favorite. Here are some of their responses. Leesa Carel: I have loved every phase so far, but I especially enjoyed watching all of the development and milestones reached during the toddler years! Rindi Ledo: Infant! When they look at you like you’re the most magical and inspiring person in the world...all because you’ve made your face disappear with your hands. Angie Davidson Harris: I have a preteen and an early elementary. I think age 4 and 5 are magical ages. They have so much energy and zest for life and learning is still fun.



Jennifer Dvorak: Babies before they can crawl because they can’t get into stuff or talk back to you. I have an 11 year old and a 5 month old. Jennifer Schmeidler Carsey: I have loved the terrible twos...the funny things they say as they are learning to put words together never fail to make me laugh! Tracy Nellett: Toddlers. Watching them learn something new every day is amazing. Kimberly Carpenter: Now that I have teens I would say having toddlers was more fun.


Mark your calendar for the Big Wheel Nationals in Moore Hundreds are expected to gather for Moore’s Big Wheel Nationals Sept. 23 at Central Park. This event invites area 4-8-year-olds to race other kids on Big Wheels sponsored and decked out by Moore businesses. Inflatables, games and activities will be available for the whole family. The event is free but you must register. Pre-register now through Sept. 22 at or register on-site the day of the race from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Races begin at 6 p.m.

Bill Expands Private School Scholarship Program to Oklahoma Foster Kids A new bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin this summer will allow foster children to receive state funds to attend private school. Senate Bill 301 expands eligibility to foster children, adopted foster children and children in custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs to be included in the Lindsey Nichole Henry Scholarship Program. The program helped 520 Oklahoma children with disabilities receive funds to pay for private school tuition in the 2016-2017 school year. Non-profit media organization Oklahoma Watch reported all foster children receive an “individualized services plan” within 30 days of being removed from home and that plan makes them eligible to receive the scholarship for private school. Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie) authored the bill, and told Oklahoma Watch the intent is to recognize that foster children often have mental health conditions that don’t necessarily result in a disability diagnosis. “Kids from care that have suffered significant trauma may do fine on a math test, but may have an emotional issue that prohibits


them from functioning in a traditional environment,” Griffin said. “It allows opportunities for those special children that may not meet the current definition of education special needs.” The bill went into effect Sept. 1.

Amusement Ride Safety Tips It’s fair season again and that means cotton candy, friendly competitions and of course, rides. But as you stroll hand-in-hand with your children through the Midway’s thrilling rides with spins, drops and twists, you might be wondering how safe the rides are for kids. Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Melissa McLawhorn Houston has two sons herself, ages 11 and 13, so we asked her what parents should be aware of concerning amusement ride safety. One of the Department of Labor’s three primary functions is regulating, licensing and inspecting a number of local industries, one of them being amusement rides. Houston said Oklahoma is one of 30 states that regulates amusement rides and the state actually has one of the highest levels of regulation in the country for amusement rides. Rides at the fair, for example, have three levels of inspection that begin as soon as the trucks roll into the parking lot to begin setting up, Houston said. Inspectors stay onsite throughout the fair to ensure operators are using the rides properly, as well. But even though the rides and the operators go through a strict inspection process, there are still two things parents can do to keep their children

safe at the fair, she said: 1. Look for a certificate of inspection issued by the Oklahoma Department of Labor and be sure the ride has been certified to operate in 2017. 2. Respect the height requirement on the ride. “We have very specific regulations on height that are there from the ride’s manufacturer. When you see a sign, it’s not about the maturity of the child, it’s an engineering schematic for the restraint system,” Houston said. “So don’t try to spike their hair or have them stand on their tippy toes or argue about how your child is mature enough to ride. It’s not about their maturity, it’s about the restraint system working properly. That’s one of the biggest issues we face.” The Oklahoma State Fair takes place Sept. 14-24 at State Fair Park. For a complete list of rides and their height requirements, visit MetroFamily’s hosting Sunday Funday from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Oklahoma State Fair with a special performance from Sugar Free Allstars.


Three Things from Edmond North High School’s New Principal Edmond North High School started the year last month with a brand new principal and she’s one of the youngest in the history of the district.




of the disease, which Dr. Brian Coleman, sports medicine program director for the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Family Medicine, said could impact the age at which parents allow their children to play the contact sport.

Debreon Davis, 31, is an Edmond native who graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2004. 1. What are your favorite memories from growing up in Edmond schools? Participating in the Land Run behind Charles Haskell Elementary, riding the bus to basketball games at Summit Middle School and discovering my love of writing at Santa Fe High School.

“I think it likely will adjust how much we let our kids be exposed to head hits,” Coleman said. Dr. Erica Faulconer, an Oklahoma City-based pediatrician, recommends youth wait until at least middle school to play tackle football but preferably until they’ve reached puberty.

2. What do you want parents of teens to keep in mind concerning school staff? Everyone’s on the same team. We want what’s best for your child and we want to prepare them for life outside of school, so keep open lines of communication and express your expectations. 3. What are you most looking forward to beginning a new school year in a new job? I’m so excited. I know I love kids, I love education and I know this is where I’m purposed and called to be.

Escape Rooms Offer Fun for Teens & Tweens Escape rooms have been popping up all over the metro over the past year. They combine competition and challenge in a social setting that makes it a perfect activity for teens. Next time your older kids are looking for a unique outing, point them to one of these escape rooms: The Escape OKC (912 N.W. 23rd St.) invites teams of up to seven players to follow clues to escape from a locked room within 60 minutes. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day and players under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Breakout Oklahoma City (Quail Springs Mall, 2501 W. Memorial Rd.) hosts teams of up to eight players (seven players in select rooms) to solve riddles and crack codes to escape before time runs out. There are five different experiences offered on a rotating basis daily. See schedule at www. Players under 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Trapped (111 Harrison Ave. Ste. 102) has three different escape rooms for groups of up to 10 people to work together to solve puzzles to discover a four-digit code to unlock the door. Games are recommended for ages 12 and up but all ages are welcome with an adult. An adult must remain in the room or in the lobby if players are under 16. Baker Street Escapes (1004 N. Hudson Ave. Ste. 104) welcomes groups of up to 10 players


“Football started after the Civil War for adult men to still feel like they were doing something competitive and physical,” said Faulconer. “Kids can get the same type of competitive spirit through flag football.”


to test their wits in one of three experience rooms. In addition to the regular 60-minute escapes, this business offers five-minute solo games giving players a unique opportunity to compete with friends without a major time commitment. Players must be 14 or older.

CTE & Youth Football: What OKC parents should know For parents of children who play or may someday play tackle football, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has raised serious concern about the long-term neurological damage that can be sustained from the sport. In 2016, the NFL acknowledged the connection between chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and football. The neurodegenerative disease is most commonly found in individuals who’ve experienced repeated head trauma, with symptoms including aggression, depression, memory loss, impulse control issues, anxiety and suicidal behavior. CTE is officially diagnosed by autopsy, and the study found 87 percent of 202 American football players, across all levels and the last several decades, had CTE. While CTE was most common for NFL players, 21 percent of the individuals who’d only competed at the high school level also had mild CTE. Locally, the Edmond YMCA reported a decrease in kids registered to play tackle football, mirroring the national trend of 14 percent lower participation since the sport’s peak in 2009. According to the study, the longer a player is exposed to football, the greater the risk

Coleman, a former football player himself, said playing the game safely requires appropriate teaching and practicing methods. The Edmond YMCA, offering tackle football starting in third grade, promotes safety by requiring supervised practices, reducing the number of players on the field and positions of direct contact, placing weight limits on ball carriers, teaching participants safe hitting and requiring coaches and staff be trained in concussion and return-to-play protocols. Faulconer encourages parents to get to know a potential football coach’s methodology and level of aggression in play before committing a child to a team and said although protective equipment continues to evolve, there is false confidence in its ability to prevent head trauma. “Helmets prevent fractures, but the brain is still hitting the side of the skull,” said Faulconer. Rugby, hockey, lacrosse and soccer players also are prone to head trauma and parents may mistake concussion symptoms for typical childhood behaviors. Vomiting, confusion and headaches are obvious signs, but some youth may simply feel more tired than usual, have difficulty paying attention or display emotional changes. The online concussion assessment tool SCAT3 and Child-SCAT3 can help medical professionals, coaching and training staff and parents determine whether a child sustained a concussion. After a concussion, Faulconer said complete cognitive rest is imperative. “Even with minor symptoms, you should wait 24 hours until you do anything and that includes things like video games, reading, taking a test or being in a loud environment,” said Faulconer.


Sunday Funday

SEPT. 24 1-5PM

featuring Sugar Free Allstars


Enjoy a rockin' good time with us: From 1-3 p.m. at the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage area, enjoy crafts with MetroFamily, juggling and more with Jeremy of Juggle Whatever, entertainment from Chester’s Party Barn and more. At 3 p.m., rock out with a family-friendly concert by OKC’s own Grammy award-winning “kindie” band Sugar Free Allstars!


GIVE BACK: Bring a new or gently-used book (or several) to be donated to Citizens Caring for Children* and your family will score a fun swag bag full of great discounts (while supplies last). ENTER TO WIN: Sign up for the fun-filled family staycation giveaway provided by Visit OKC and #SeeOKC.

See you at the Oklahoma State Fair 1-5 p.m. Sept. 24 for Sunday Funday at the Fair, presented by your friends at MetroFamily! * Citizens Caring for Children is a nonprofit that serves the needs of Oklahoma children living in foster care.


More Alike Than Different: Helping your kids make friends with people of all abilities BY ERIN PAGE


usten Harrison doesn’t like it when people call her friendship with Hudson Franks special or unique. In 6-year-old Austen’s words, Hudson is a cool kid she likes to be with, not a 5-year-old defined by Down syndrome.


“She was very taken to him from the beginning,” said Austen’s mom Jill Harrison, executive director of Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, where Austen and Hudson first met when Hudson was just a baby in a stroller. “She kept trying to bring him toys and talk to him. She’d been around lots of other kids, both typical and with Down syndrome, but there’s just something about Hudson.”

Years later, Austen seeks out Hudson when they’re attending an event at DSACO, makes video messages to send to him and invites him to her birthday parties. The fact that Hudson is nonverbal and doesn’t always reciprocate friendship doesn’t quell Austen’s desire to spend time with the spunky, adventurous boy who loves to go to school and play outside. Around age 5, Austen began to ask questions about Hudson’s behavior.

Harrison explained that Down syndrome is something Hudson was born with, just like Austen was born with red hair. Some of the things Austen learns easily, like walking or talking or learning to share, can take kids with Down syndrome longer to figure out. “We talk about how we’re more alike than different,” said Harrison. “When she asks about a certain kid, we point out the things that are the same.” Eilene Franks, Hudson’s mom, feared when he was born that he wouldn’t be accepted or wouldn’t get to experience things that typically-developing children do like birthday parties and sleepovers. Austen’s friendship with Hudson has reassured her that there will be people in Hudson’s life who will gladly made the extra effort to embrace him. Austen’s comfort level with Hudson means a lot to Franks. “She plays beside him, not trying to create something but just to be with him,” said Franks. At the DSACO Easter egg hunt, Austen was intent on collecting eggs for Hudson, who was more interested in throwing the eggs, one of his favorite activities. Franks appreciates that Austen doesn’t give up and walk away, but instead asks questions to better understand Hudson, like why he doesn’t respond to her questions or takes toys away from other children. “She’s been taught that it’s okay to ask questions,” said Franks. “The first time you get onto a kid, pull them away or say ‘Why did you ask that?,’ they won’t ask or try anymore.”

Curious questions can lead to compassionate relationships Though Franks occasionally hears questions from kids in public that sound offensive, like “Why does he look weird?” she knows they are innocent. Instead of reprimanding a child, Franks encourages parents to repeat a seemingly-derogatory remark back to the child with kinder language, like “Do you want to know why he looks different than you?” Local mom Malissa Cook often sees people staring at or parents rushing children away from her 5-year-old daughter, Alissa, who has Down syndrome. She said most parents are scared to let their kids ask questions. “They’re afraid it will hurt their feelings or they will say the wrong things,” said Cook. “As parents, we often shy away from things

we don’t know, but if you educate yourself, you can also educate your child.” Kristy Schneberger, speech language pathologist at Special Care in Oklahoma City, agrees that children’s natural curiosity is a good thing and adds that it’s important to explain differences in terms children understand, like someone needs glasses to see, hearing aids to hear or a wheelchair to get around. At Special Care, children who are typically-developing and those with special needs are integrated into classrooms from an early age, helping them all develop more fully physically, socially and emotionally.

“So even before words are available to explain their differences, this early exposure has helped them understand and be compassionate, accepting and forming friendships with their non-typically developing peers.” Kirsty Schneberger, speech language pathologist at Special Care in Oklahoma City “The youngest of little ones and toddlers will be seen being more gentle or even helping peers who are differently-abled,” said Schneberger. “So even before words are available to explain their differences, this early exposure has helped them understand and be compassionate, accepting and forming friendships with their non-typically developing peers.” Cook’s two older children are typicallydeveloping, ages 8 and 10 and still have relationships with friends from Special Care years after they attended the program. Although she greatly values the education Alissa receives at Special Care, it’s the lessons her boys learned about inclusivity and compassion that are most precious to her. “My boys are so in tune with the feelings of other people,” said Cook. “They are not scared of people with a disability.”



Cook remembers her younger son, Cooper, insisting on reading a friend a story before nap time each day because he knew it helped him rest better. One of his friends used a walker and Cooper would run behind him and push him to help him play tag. After her older son, Jay’s, first day at Special Care, she asked him what he thought about a new friend in a wheelchair and he rewarded her with a blank stare, as if it hadn’t even crossed his mind. He helped a friend with cerebral palsy learn to sweep the floor by explaining how to use her functional arm to sweep and her “helper” arm to steady the broom.

“Some people are very uncomfortable around people with special needs or can’t see past their disability, which is really a shame because they’re just another person like the rest of us.” Riley Eden, owner of The Super Scoop in Edmond While Scheberger said conversations about kids with special needs kids is important, it’s facilitating exposure to kids of different abilities, like Cook’s boys’ enjoyed, that is essential to shaping positive interactions and building friendships. Franks advises parents to be open to opportunities in the community, at church or on the playground for children to meet others who look and act differently. Though Franks warns that not all parents of children with special needs may be receptive, most are. “Use people first language,” said Franks of interacting with someone with special needs. “Don’t define them by their disability, but allow their personality and interests to define them.” Franks also appreciates when kids or adults speak directly to Hudson. Even though he can’t answer, she gives him a moment to respond and then answers for him, explaining that he doesn’t have a lot of words. Franks also encourages conversations about cookies, which she said is Hudson’s favorite topic. Harrison recommends parents seek opportunities for young, typically-developing


children to be around kids with special needs, especially if, like Austen, their elementary school doesn’t have a special education program. Schneberger encourages kids to participate in or volunteer with programs for kids with special needs, from camps and sports to social skills groups and sign language classes. Facilitating genuine interactions from an early age helps ensure that as children enter the uncertain years of middle and high school, they understand and can stand up for those who look or act differently. “It’s not cool sometimes to hang out with the kid who is different,” said Franks. “But if that’s just how you’ve always lived, it won’t be as big of a deal when you’re figuring out status and who your friends are.” Though Cook’s boys aren’t quite in middle school, she feels incredibly proud when she hears them educating their friends about Down syndrome or explaining why Alissa talks really loudly sometimes. They’ve continued to make their friendships from Special Care a priority, with Jay ensuring he attends camp the same week as a friend with Down syndrome, knowing it’s helpful to her to have him there. “Now more than ever, individuals with disabilities are in our communities,” said Schneberger, whose oldest child has Autism and is hearing impaired. “I applaud those parents who are consciously modeling these behaviors of acceptance and even facilitating interaction and friendships.”

Inclusivity in action Riley Eden, a 21-year-old University of Oklahoma student, wanted to facilitate relationships between the special needs community and the community at large, so he opened The Super Scoop in Edmond. The ice cream shop with a small-town feel, complete with indoor and outdoor games, opened in late May and employs 20 people, 15 of whom have special needs. Inclusivity and interaction between the typically-developing and employees with special needs and with the general public, all over homemade ice cream, was Eden’s vision. Though Eden said he feels fortunate to have attended a high school where fellow students with special needs weren’t totally segregated, it wasn’t until he began volunteering with WINGS in Edmond, offering social, vocational and residential programs to adults with special needs and attending a Sunday school class with adults with special needs that he fully understood and appreciated this community.

“Some people are very uncomfortable around people with special needs or can’t see past their disability,” said Eden, “which is really a shame because they’re just another person like the rest of us.” Eden’s eyes also were opened to the lack of safe workplaces and environments for relationship building for the special needs community. Eden hopes The Super Scoop will start a trend like he’s seen in St. Louis, Denver and Dallas when scouting similar businesses targeted to the special needs community. Eden’s parents, who were in the back of the store making ice cream practically around the clock the first few weeks The Super Scoop opened, are the first to attest that Eden’s dream is catching on quickly. “I was really surprised at how much the community has rallied around us,” said Eden. “I thought we’d have a steady stream of business but we had people taking off work and lines out the door every day during the first several weeks.” A sign on the front door explains the business model to customers, encouraging guests to slow down their hurried pace and open their minds, and hearts, to interact with the employees. “Some people walk in expecting a fast line and for us to serve them but what I really want is for my employees to get to have that interaction,” said Eden. Eden has seen customers’ eyes opened to the abilities of his employees with special needs. Typically-developing kids and their families leave better understanding and appreciating those with special needs and hopefully with the start of a new friendship with an employee or two. The sweetest realization for Eden has been watching children with special needs being served by someone who looks or acts just like they do, providing hope and encouragement to those families that their children, too, can one day find a supportive, fulfilling work environment. “This is a safe place for families to bring their kids who have special needs,” said Eden, who was overjoyed when an 8-yearold customer with special needs told him he wanted to work at The Super Scoop someday. When Franks is advocating for Hudson to spend the majority of his school time in a typical classroom, knowing the benefit both for him and the typical children around him, she envisions him one day holding a job in the same type of inclusive environment. “It means the world to me to know that there are people out there who are coming around

to the idea that people with disabilities don’t have to be secluded,” said Franks. “It’s encouraging to see kids being taught to pursue relationships with people who are different—whether it’s a disability, home background or religion.”

“I was really surprised at how much the community has rallied around us,” Riley Eden, owner of The Super Scoop in Edmond For Hudson, his mom and his best friend, Austen, there’s a bright future ahead. “Hudson’s differences are part of him, a small part of him, really,” said Franks. “It may affect a lot of areas of his life, but it doesn’t define him.”

Resources: Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma The organization is hosting the Down Syndrome Festival & 5K fundraiser on Sept. 23 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Festival is free and open to the public and includes a petting zoo, carnival games, moon bounces and face painting. Year-round programs and events at DSACO and in the community. Volunteer opportunities for those 16 years of age and older. Educational presentations are available for elementary schools and college students to foster understanding and prevent bullying. 600 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 206 Oklahoma City, OK 405-600-9981

Just Like You video This video is part of the school education program developed by DSACO. Three students with Down syndrome, and their

three typically developing friends, help students of all ages better understand the condition and why they wish to be treated just like everyone else. The 13-minute film explores the talents, strengths and challenges each students with Down syndrome faces and how others can handle and accommodate differences while celebrating the many similarities of their friends with Down syndrome. Visit to see the video.

Special Care Special Care offers arly childhood education for children who are typically-developing and those with special needs. There’s specialized care and on-site therapeutic services offered. Volunteer opportunities are available for high school students and adults. Tours are available by appointment. 12201 N. Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73114 405-752-5112




First or Thirty-First?



om, can we go back-to-school shopping?” This is the battle cry of my youngest daughter beginning the week after the Fourth of July.

My answer is always the same, “Nope.” Week after week, she’ll ask to go back-to-school shopping, and week after week, my answer doesn’t change: “No way.” I mean, c’mon now, I’m not that momma who sends her child to school empty-handed on the first day of school and hopes for the best. Our school is not completely paper-less yet. I do send the appropriate school supplies. But, my children go to school wearing clothes they have in their closet.




As their mantra is “Let’s go shopping!” my mantra is “No new clothes for you!” I wasn’t always the clothes Nazi. I used to buy them new clothes for the new school year and they looked completely adorable. But then … after years of heartbreak and contemplation, I didn’t. Let me explain: Until my children stop growing and someone (anyone!) develops an honest-to-goodness stain resistant material, I’m not sending my kids to school in new clothes on the first day … or the first week … or ever, at least until the weather changes. The first year I sent my precious firstborn to school, she had on the most precious looking short set. Her socks and shoe laces even matched. She had a headband that coordinated with her super cute outfit and she couldn’t have looked better if Gymboree designers had dressed her themselves.

Then I picked her up at the end of her day. There was ketchup on her top, her shorts had grass stains and her precious matching laces were knotted together with what appeared to be bodily fluids. I used scissors, tweezers and rubber gloves to unknot them. I’d like to tell you that the second day, third day, even the third and fourth weeks were better but I’d be lying. That was the year I discovered there was not enough spot remover in the world to survive my child’s first year of school. By the time my younger child went to school, I knew better. We bought back-to-school clothes, but for the fall—jeans, sweaters, jackets and boots. She started school in a stained and faded t-shirt from our beach vacation, but the minute the temps dipped below the level of “uncontrollable pit sweating” and she’d learned how to play without attracting stains, she was a stylish little scholar. I laid out her jeans with boots and long boot socks, a ruffled shirt and a cardigan sweater.

And, just to be cute, a petal bow for the side of her hair. I had an early meeting that particular morning, so I trusted my husband to get the girls dressed and to school on time. That afternoon, however, I was free, so I picked up my cute little cover girl in the making. Her jeans were shorter than her boot socks, her ruffles had been torn and pulled over her exposed belly and her boots had been replaced with a pair of used sneakers, whose laces had been knotted with what appeared to be bodily fluids. Good news is this: Her hair bloom still looked pretty as a picture. It seemed that in the matter of less than four weeks, my child had grown four inches and two and a half shoe sizes. Her hair had grown about three inches but that just made the petal bow that much cuter. That night I used scissors, tweezers and rubber gloves to get the school’s shoe laces unknotted so we could return them the next day, and I listed her entire fall wardrobe on Ebay so we could afford to purchase her some

new clothes to wear now that the temperature was dropping, her bones were growing and she was fresh out of clothing. For those of you who think it’s gotten better as they’ve gotten older, I have a couple of words for you as well: The first word is NO; the second is WAY. By the time we get outfits at the end of summer for the start of fall, those outfits are clearly out of style. (Gah, insert eye roll and a scoff here.) So, when the girls say, “Can we go back-toschool shopping?” the clear answer is “Uhuh, nope, not on your life, not now.” And that is why you won’t see first day of school pictures of my girls. They look the same as they did the day before. Instead, you’ll find the 31st day of school pictures. And they’ll be totally worth your time. Heather Davis is a momma, a writer and a well-educated shopper. You can contact her through her website at





Downtown on a Dime


School is back in swing with its slew of expenses. Clothes, supplies and activities can be a drain on your budget, and lest we forget, Christmas is coming. This time of year, it can be hard to balance financial priorities and still manage to keep kids active. This calls for a trip downtown, where families can spend a day exploring on a dime. Bass Pro Shops Just on the edge of downtown, Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown is the ideal spot to begin your adventure. The store has ample free parking and an incredible 15,000-gallon aquarium near the back of the store that kids love to watch. Daily boat shows are hosted in the Tractor Center and the store hosts free family activities throughout the year. During the holiday season, free pictures with Santa are available and the Easter Bunny makes an appearance in the spring. Find a list of upcoming events at www.stores.basspro. com/us/ok/oklahoma-city.

OKC Downtown Discovery Bus Once you’ve explored the store, board the Downtown Discovery, Embark’s bus route that highlights major attractions downtown, including the Metropolitan Library’s downtown location and Myriad Botanical Gardens. The bus costs 50 cents per ride (a day pass can be purcahsed for $1) and also makes a stop at the transit hub on Hudson where passengers can hop on a bus and head in any direction throughout the metro for a very nominal fee. Children 6 and under always ride free. Downtown Discovery picks up passengers in front of Bass Pro Shops every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on Saturdays. Strollers are welcome aboard.

Downtown Library The downtown branch of the Metropolitan Library System has something for everyone. A café is located on the ground floor and free wifi is available throughout the building. The library hosts a variety of weekly activities for elementary-aged kids and tweens at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. A TOP: METRO LIBRARY BOTTOM: MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS



preschool activity is hosted at 10 a.m. every Thursday. Noon Tunes brings live music to the library every Thursday, as well. Cardcarrying members of the MLS can check books out while they are downtown and are able to return them to any of the other 18 MLS libraries located around the metro area.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Make plans to join us at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame this October! FREE story time, craft and activity. FREE FUN starts at 10:30 a.m.!

At the heart of downtown lies the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Paved paths wind around an array of flowers, trees and seasonal plants. Within the park is the Children’s Garden, downtown Oklahoma City’s premiere playground for young nature enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy a packed lunch on the Grand Lawn and grab a budget-friendly sweet treat from onsite concessionaire Pitchfork in the Park. Purchasing an annual Family Membership for $65 grants patrons free access to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, an indoor natural haven boasting more than 750 types of plants and a waterfall. Membership also allows free admission into Pumpkinville, the annual fall festival in the Children’s Garden each October.

Devon Tower Tours

Spend Your Fall Break With Us! October 10 Wacky Weather Day 11 Under the Sea Day 12 Jungle Day 13 Favorite Famer Friday 14 Dinosaur Day 17 Space Day 18 Talk Like a Pirate Day 19 Super Hero Day 20 Hoops Day 21 Paint a Pumpkin Day Oklahoma Hall of Fame – Gaylord-Pickens Museum 1400 Classen Drive (N.W. 13th and Shartel) Oklahoma City, OK, 73106

Across from the Gardens is the tallest building in the city’s skyline, the Devon Energy Center. Free tours leading groups to the top of the tower are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursdays but preregistration is required. The tour lasts an hour and a half and is recommended for children 5 and older, though all ages are welcome. Registration details and waivers can be found at

Underground Tunnels Once you’ve experienced the top of the town, it’s time to go to the bottom. Devon Energy Center has a skywalk leading to one of downtown OKC’s best kept secrets. OKC’s Underground is a series of tunnels that run 20 square blocks underneath the city accessed by buildings scattered through downtown. The tunnels are open to the public Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can admire the themed galleries showcasing Oklahoma’s rich history, marvel at the multicolored lit-up hallways or just enjoy a nice walk during one of the metro’s extreme weather days. Find a map at underground.

Red Earth Art Center Near the light green and orange sections of The Underground is the Red Earth Art Center located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza. Admire a culturally-rich art collection from Native artists. The Center has created a scavenger hunt perfect for older children to help foster the dialogue between art and audience. Lesson plans and activity ideas also are available on their website for parents to use as a framework to make the art experience interactive for all ages. Red Earth is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and admission is free. For the scavenger hunt, visit

Bricktown Landing The Downtown Discovery Bus will also take passengers to Bricktown Landing. It is one of four stops along the Oklahoma River where patrons can board a ferry and enjoy a ride, admiring the downtown view. Children 6 and under ride free, ages 7-12 are $3 per stop and adults are $7 per stop. Seniors 60 and older, persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders are $3 per stop. The ferry runs June through November and schedules vary by day and season. Visit for specific date and time information.

OKC Trails in the Boathouse District The OKC Trails connect 10 trails across OKC providing more than 80 miles perfect for walking, jogging and biking. The Oklahoma River Trail runs alongside the Oklahoma River and passes by The Boathouse District, a favorite hotspot for Okies. Near the end of the trail at the south end of the Bricktown Canal is the Land Run Monument, a larger-than-life series of sculptures depicting the Land Run of 1889.

Skydance Bridge After a day of exploring Downtown OKC on a dime, parents can load up the kids, drive over to the Skydance Bridge and watch the city light up as the sun sets. The Skydance Bridge also lights up, making the experience a little more magical. Benches are set up on the bridge so that visitors can sit and watch cars zoom beneath them on the highway, quietly contemplate after a long day or simply enjoy the view before heading home. (405) 235-4458







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3 Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese in Norman from 9 – 11 a.m.




Labor Day

FREE Golden Grahams and Grandparents Story Time at the Moore Library at 10 a.m.




FREE Grandparent’s Day at Sam Noble Museum from 1 – 5 p.m.

FREE Annual “Art Gone Wild” Animal Art Show at Myriad Gardens from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m.




Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart at State Fair Park at 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

FREE Talk Like a Pirate Story Time at the Moore Library at 10 a.m.




MetroFamily’s Sunday Funday at the Oklahoma State Fair from 1 – 5 p.m.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale in Norman from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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FREE Annual Slide Outta Summer at Celebration of Life Art Mitch Park from 11 a.m. – Show at INTEGRIS Cancer 3 p.m. Institute from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.





MetroFamily’s Rock-a-Bye Baby Shower at Infant Crisis Services from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FREE Cupcake Wars at the Midwest City Library from 4 – 5 p.m.

FREE “Little Giants” Movie Night @ the Park in Edmond at dark

FREE Septemberfest at the Governor’s Mansion and Oklahoma History Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.





FREE Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma Shakespeare in Scotfest all weekend in Tulsa the Park presents “Hamlet” at Myriad Gardens at 8 p.m.

FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond from 6 – 10 p.m.




FREE Prince and Princess Storytime at the Belle Isle Library from 6:15 – 7 p.m.

FREE Ping Pong Mania FREE Asian Moon at The Station at Central Park Festival at UCO at 6 p.m. from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

FREE Big Wheel Nationals in Moore at 4:30 p.m.





National Cavalry Competition in El Reno from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Scrabble Showdown at the Castle Falls Event Center from 5 – 9 p.m.

A Day Out with Thomas at the Oklahoma Railway Museum from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and through the weekend

FREE Fiestas de las Americas in the Historic Capitol Hill from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.





Monarch Buterfly Watch September 16th

SEPT 2 • SATURDAY University of Oklahoma Football vs University of Texas at El Paso at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium (1185 Asp Ave, Norman). Prices vary. Also held: 9/16 vs Tulane. 2:30pm. 325-2424,

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Join us for special activities including hands-on outdoor classrooms, butterfly garden tours, films, take home crafts for children, and nectar plant and seed giveaways. experts will discuss the history and importance of


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Oktoberfest at Choctaw Creek Park (Harper Rd, Choctaw) features homemade German food & continuous live entertainment for all ages, plus German dance groups, crafts & activities for children. Adults, $5; kids (under 12), free. See website for schedule of events.

SEPT 5 • TUESDAY FREE Golden Grahams and Grandparents Story Time at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features stories, music and snacks. Grandparents or other caregivers welcome. 10-11am. 793-5100, FREE Sensory Sensitive Story Time at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features songs, stories, bubble time and family activities for children ages 4-10 who have trouble with big crowds, are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload. 4-4:30pm. 701-2600,

SEPT 5 & 6 FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the Lego Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a LEGO Dinosaur model build. Open to LEGO VIP members. Model must be built in store. Preregister; quantities limited. 5pm. 840-9993,

SEPT 5-10 Cleveland County Free Fair at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features carnival rides, tasty fair food, Celebrity Cow Milking Contest, 4H, FFA and OHCE exhibits. See website for a schedule of events. 360-4721, Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the tale of the beautiful young mermaid Ariel who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. All ages welcome. $27.09 - $102.12. TuesdayThursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday,

2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2 & 7pm. 877-737-2929,

SEPT 6 • WEDNESDAY MetroFamily’s Rock-a-Bye Baby Shower at Infant Crisis Services (4224 N Lincoln Blvd) features a fun giving back community party with family activities and food trucks. Benefits Infant Crisis Services. 11am-2pm. 601-2081, Full Moon Bike Ride and Run at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features timed runs and a leisurely hour ride. All ages welcome. Runs, 7pm; bike ride, 7:30pm. 445-7080,

SEPT 6-9 Pottawatomie County Free Fair at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features competitions, arts and crafts, commercial and educational booths, fair food, oldfashioned midway games, live entertainment and evening carnival rides. Free admission. See website for schedule of events. 273-6092,

SEPT 7 • THURSDAY FREE Cupcake Wars at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave). Compete in rounds to see who can create the most colorful, creative and captivating cupcakes. For ages 12-18. 4-5pm. 732-4828, FREE Origami Tsunami at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features an art-making class to learn folding techniques. For ages 9 & up. 4-5:30pm. 341-9282,

SEPT 7-9 Trading Treasures Home Consignment Sale at the Midwest City Community Center (200 N Midwest Blvd, Midwest City) features furniture, clothing, toys, kitchen, electronics and more at 50-90 percent off retail. Free to attend. 10am-7pm. 458-0979,

SEPT 8 • FRIDAY FREE Midwest Summer Fest at Charles Johnson Park (29th & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features live entertainment by Shawna Russle, an outdoor presentation of The Land Before Time, yard games, food trucks and more. 6-11:30pm. 739-1293,

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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 LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 7-11pm. FREE Movie Night @ the Park at the MAC Amphitheater at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features an outdoor screening of Little Giants. Concesssions available for purchase. Movie begins at dark. 359-4630,

September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Celebrate by filling half your plate with fruits and veggies!


SEPT 8 & 9 Pass It On Consignment Sale at Memorial Road Church of Christ (2221 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features quality, gently-used kids’ & maternity clothes, toys, furniture and baby items. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lilyfield Christian Adoption & Foster Care. Free to attend. Friday, 8am6pm; Saturday, 8am-3pm. 316-5240,


FREE Open House, Fly-In & Family Festival at the OU Westheimer Airport (1700 Lexington Ave, Norman) features aircraft fly-ins and displays and workshop on Friday. Saturday features tours of the control tower and children’s activities. See website for a complete schedule of events. 325-7231, events/festival.html Western Days Festival at Mustang Town Center & Wild Horse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features chili and chuck wagon cook-offs, a best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest, gospel music concert, Western Stampede Run, pancake breakfast, car show, carnival, pet show, parade, rodeo and more. Participation prices vary based on activity. Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 6:30am-10pm. 693-3086, Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn Sale in Jones (12699 E Britton Rd, Jones) features vintage furniture, decor, handmade treasures, repurposed possessions and more. Adults, $5, kids (13 & under), free. Friday, 10am-4pm & Saturday, 9am-4pm. 740-1414,



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SEPT 9 • SATURDAY Piedmont Founders Day in Olde Town Piedmont (Piedmont & Jackon, Piedmont) features a vintage, boutique & craft sale, parade, 5K, inflatables, kids’ obstacle course, train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Free to attend. 7:30am-4pm. 373-0072, FREE Catfish Round Up at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park Creek (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City). Boys and girls ages 6-15 can learn how to cast, knot tying, outdoor ethics and more. 8-11am. 739-1293, FREE Party in the Park at Lions Children’s Park (9350 Lake Hefner Pkwy) features free shaved ice for the first 400 guests, free hotdogs while supplies last, professional face painters, bouncy houses, kite flying and giveaways. Free to attend. 10am-2pm. 254-8816, Oklahoma City Fire Department Project Life Run at Regatta Plaza (701 S Lincoln Blvd) features a 5K, 1-mile fun run and virtual run to raise money for smoke alarms for Oklahoma City residents in need.

$30. 8am-noon. 297-3428, departments/fire/project-life-run

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FREE Fall Into the Holidays Craft Show at Payne County Expo Center (4518 Expo Cir E, Stillwater) features more than 120 booths with handmade items and various crafts on display from vendors from the tri-state area. 9am-5pm. 580-455-2273

FREE Septemberfest at the Governor’s Mansion & Oklahoma History Center (820 NE 23rd St & 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features more than 50 attractions including crafts, music, storytelling, historical re-enactments, agricultural exhibits, theater, face painting and more. Families are also encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy on the lawn and food vendors will be on site. 10am-3pm. 522-3602,

FREE Harrah Day at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church Ave, Harrah) features a parade, live music, a car show, hotdog eating contest, tractor pull, fishing derby, 5K walk/run, health fair, fireworks show and more. 9:30am-9:30pm. 454-2190, FREE Super Saturdays at Northwest Classen High School (2801 NW 27th St) features a district-wide professional development workshop for families who support the students in the Oklahoma City Public School district. Workshop includes: a resource fair, educational workshops and student performances. Free childcare for ages 3-12 and lunch for those who register. 13 & up are encouraged to attend the college prep workshops 10am-2pm. Also held Sept.

JUNKLAHOMA at The Old Store (100 Monroe NW, Piedmont) features a shopping experience with a wide variety of junk, vintage, antique, handmade and boutique style vendors. Free to attend. 10am-4pm. 373-2093, theoldstoresjunklahoma/ FREE Dads & Donuts Story Time at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features stories, craft activity and donuts. For ages 3-6 with a caregiver, but all ages welcome. 10-11am. 979-2200,










Free With Admission FREE See You Saturdays at GaylordPickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features new, themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10am-5pm. 235-4485, FREE Early Birds School Readiness Program at Cesar Chavez Elementary School (600 SE Grand Blvd) features a family-based, early childhood school readiness program for parents with children ages 5 & under, covering topics like child development, everyday learning opportunities, activities that promote school readiness, purposeful parenting techniques and health and safety. Preregister, space is limited. Spanish only. 10:30am-noon. Also held: Sept. 12 at Ridgeview, Sept. 16 at Linwood & Sept. 30 at Coolidge. 587-0422, FREE Family Day at OSU Museum of Art (720 S Husband St, Stillwater) features free, hands-on art activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. 11am-3pm. 744-2780,

SEPT 10 • SUNDAY Annual 5K Red Run at the Farmers Public Market (311 S Klein Ave) features a sanctioned 5K benefiting AIDS Walk OKC. $35-$40. 10am-1pm. red-run/ Grandparent’s Day at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) features complimentary admission for grandparents. Adults, $8; kids (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under), free. 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.

Fall Break Drop-In Activities October 16 – 20 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or while supplies last

FREE 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features refreshments, harp music by Jill Justice and crafts. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 721-2616, FREE Fairy and Gnome House Workshop at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave). Make a whimsical home for the magical creatures that live in your garden. Supplies provided. Preregister; all ages welcome. 2-:30pm. 843-9601,

FREE Escape Room at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features a challenging and fun escape room event for all ages. Younger children must come with a responsible adult or sibling. Preregister. 2-3:30pm. 231-8650, FREE Farewell Summer Celebration at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a variety of outdoor activities celebrating the end of the summer season. Best suited for ages 12 & under. 2-3pm. 732-4828, Banjo Fest at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features a diverse and entertaining matching of banjo’s best from around the world including the Kruger Brothers. $20 - $35. 7pm. 297-2264, Los Lonley Boys in Concert at the Hudson Peformance Hall (2820 N May Ave) features their Revelation Tour. $25-$35. 8pm. 8402146, FREE Public Pond & Garden Tour (various locations) features a variety of local water gardens and pond available for viewing including pondless waterfalls,

bubbling rock features, container water gardens and more. Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 1-6pm. 802-6200, pondtour.html

FREE Blessing of the Animals at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features ecumenical ceremony to bless pets, Extreme Animals petting zoo, OKC Animal Shelter pet adoptions and a remembrance tree. 3-5pm. 445-7080, OKC Energy vs Vancouver Whitecaps at Taft Stadium (2501 N May Ave). $16 & up. 5pm. Also held: 9/17 vs Tulsa, 10/1 vs Los Angeles. 235-5425, OU Soccer vs Illinois University at the OU Soccer Complex (500 Imhoff Rd, Norman) $8-$10. (For $5 tickets, visit soonersports. com/promocode and enter FAMILY). Noon. Also held: 9/29 vs Baylor & 10/1 vs Texas. 325-2424, FREE Cat Video Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a collection of the internet’s finest cat videos as well as food trucks, live music and more. Benefits local cat charities, animal welfare organizations and shelters. 6:30pm. 445-7080,



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FREE Early Birds School Readiness Program at Ridgeview Elementary School (10010 Ridgeview Dr) features a family-based, early childhood school readiness program for parents with children ages 5 & under, covering topics like child development, everyday learning opportunities, activities that promote school readiness, purposeful parenting techniques and health and safety. Preregister, space is limited. 6-7:30pm. Also held: Sept. 16 at Linwood Elementary & Sept. 30 at Coolidge Elementary. 587-0422,

Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale at Shawnee Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features gently used items for children, teens and moms-to-be. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. 580320-3605,

Tokyo’s OTONANA TRIO Live in Concert at The Root (3012 N Walker Ave) features crazy costumes and dance music. $5. 9-11:30pm. 655-5889, www.facebook. com/OtonanaTrio/ FREE Navigating Financial Aid Information Session at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). A representative from Oklahoma College Assistance Program will be available to talk about planning, preparing and paying for college. 7-8:30pm. 341-9282,

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SEPT 14 • THURSDAY The Annie Oakley Society Luncheon at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a luncheon honoring author Mary Higgins Clark. Benefits educational programming for children and families at the museum. Member, free; non-member, $100. 11:30am-1pm. 478-2250, FREE Teen Read the Movie Book Club at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave) features pizza and a discussion of the book and movie The Fault in Our Stars. Best suited for ages 12-18. 4-6pm. 732-4828, FREE Teen Back to School DIY at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St). Bring your own supplies to decorate notebooks, binders, locker accessories, pencil cases or other school supplies. Art supplies will be provided. Preregister; for students in grades 6-12. 6-7pm. 979-2200,

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Rodeo & The Firebird at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features the classic American ballet, Rodeo and Stravinsky’s acclaimed ballet, The Firebird. $31-$71. 7:30pm. 285-1010,


SEPT 14-19 Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart at Jim Norick Arena (333 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features Dory, Joy, Olaf and a host of other Disney characters in an onice performance. $15-$45. See website for a complete schedule. 948-6700,

SEPT 14-24 Oklahoma State Fair at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features delicious fair food, Midway games and rides, five exhibit halls, concerts, livestock competitions and more. Advanced discount tickets available July 8 through Sept. 13. Adults, $10; kids (6-11), $5; kids (5 & under), free. See website for a complete schedule of events. 948-6700, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a musical tribute to the music, life and times of Patsy Cline. $40. Thursday & Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 1:30 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30pm. 848-3761,

SEPT 14-30 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park present Hamlet at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). The richly complex tragedy unfolds as the young prince of Denmark swears to avenge the untimely death of his beloved father and pulls his country into a maelstrom of madness and murder. Adults, $20; students, $15. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700,

SEPT 15 • FRIDAY FIREFLY Rooftop Concert Series in Automobile Alley (1015 N Broadway Ave) features live music, free cookies from Insomnia Cookies, coffees & Italian sodas from Coffee Slingers and a cash bar on the rooftop patio. $5. 7-10pm. FREE Filmography: Oklahoma Film Series at 21c Museum Hotel (900 W Main St) features screenings of classic art house films. September’s film is Gregory


Crewdson: Brief Encounters. 8pm. 982-6900, blog/2017/filmography/ Reclaimed Teen Recovery Solutions Fundraising Luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club (7000 NW Grand Blvd) features a fundraising luncheon benefiting Teen Recovery Solutions. $150. 11:30-1pm. 843-2402,

(330 SW 24th St) features a musical journey through Oklahoma’s jazz history. 2-3pm. Also held: Sept. 23 at the Bethany Library. 634-6308,

children, butterfly garden tours, nectar plant and seed giveaways and special films about monarchs. Free to attend; film and exhibit hall admission applies. 10am-4pm. 580-6227130,

FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (Broadway between 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, unique shopping and live music, on the third Saturday each month. 6-10pm. www.

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, Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival in Midtown (NW 8th St & Harvey Ave) features gourmet food trucks, live entertainment and more. Free to attend. Noon-8pm. 234-7960,

SEPT 15-18 FREE The Compassion Experience at The Net Church (4301 NE 23rd St) features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Preregister. Friday, Saturday & Monday, 11am-5:40pm; Sunday, 10am-5:40pm.

SEPT 16 • SATURDAY Historic Tours Monarch Butterfly Watch at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features hands-on outdoor classrooms, take-home crafts for

FREE Tree Masks Hike & Art Making at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Explore the Martin Park woods to see the “personalities” of park trees, and then join a local artist in making masks that embrace the characteristics of each tree. Masks will be on display through October. Preregister. For ages 6 & up. 1-4pm. 297-1429, FREE Oklahoma is about...All That Jazz Performance at the Capitol Hill Library

Bread Baking for Kids at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a hands-on class teaching participants to make bread. Kids will also learn how to incorporate fresh herbs. Participants will take home dough for three loaves. Best suited for ages 7 & up. Preregister. Members, $12; nonmembers, $15. 10am-noon. 445-7080, 90s Prom at Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St) features music by My So Called Band, classic prom photo opportunities, Prom King & Queen contest and more. For ages 21 & up. $20. 8-11pm. 708-6937,

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SEPT 17 • SUNDAY Wiggle Out Loud! Music Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features Kindie Rock bands, food trucks and fun movement and creative activities. 11am-5pm. 834-3111, FREE Fiestas Patrias OKC at Plaza Mayor (7000 Crossroads Blvd) features a concert by internationally known recording artists and a special ceremony called El Grito de Independencia as well as food, drinks, a business expo, activities for the kids and more. 1-10pm. 360-1200, FREE Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Learn about the context and history of mariachi music and how it became one of the most universally identified forms of folk music throughout the world. 4-5pm. Also held: Sept. 23, 24 & 30 at other libraries. 231-8650,

SEPT 19 • TUESDAY Tiny Tuesdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a monthly


themed come-and-go, open-ended artmaking experiences geared toward children ages 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. Dress for a mess! No advance registration is required. Free with admission. 10am-noon. 236-3100, FREE Talk Like a Pirate Story Time at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features a pirate-themed story time complete with a plank, crafts and stories. Dress up encouraged. All ages welcome. 10-10:45am. 793-5100, FREE Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman) features themed crafts and games. Pirate clothes and gear are encouraged. All ages welcome. 4-5pm. 701-2600, FREE Summer Songwriters Series at SandRidge Commons (123 Robert S Kerr Ave) features a concert by local artists. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. 6-8pm. 2357700, FREE Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features a scavenger hunt, piratical


costume contest, crafts, games and more. All ages welcome. 6:30-8pm. 631-4468,

SEPT 20 • WEDNESDAY FREE TLC (Touch, Learn, Create) – Dinosaurs at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features sensory themed activity stations for children ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 979-2200, FREE Prince and Princess Storytime at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features a themed story time about princes and princesses with Miss Teen Oklahoma, a craft and photo opportunities with the reallife princess. Preregister; for ages 12 & under. 6:15-7pm. 843-9601, FREE Mark Twain Re-enactor Performances at Edwards Park Picnic Pavilion (1515 N Bryant Ave). Learn how characters from Mark Twain’s books explored the natural world and be inspired to find your own wild outdoor adventure. Programs are free with the ownership of a Metropolitan Library Card. 6:30-8pm. 297-1429,

OU Volleyball vs Kansas State University at the OU Field House (151 E Brooks St, Norman). Adults, $10-$15; youth & seniors, $8. (For $5 tickets, visit promocode and enter FAMILY). 7pm. Also held: 10/4 vs Texas Tech & 10/7 vs Kansas. 325-2425,

SEPT 21 • THURSDAY FREE Third Thursdays at GaylordPickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a themed story and craft time and FREE museum admission. 10am. 235-4458, FREE Geek Family Singalong at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave) features geeky songs that combine familiar tunes with fandoms and other fun fusions lead by Dustin Cooper. All ages welcome. 5-5:45pm. 732-4828, FREE Brit Fandom Party at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a classic British tea, an accent and costume contest and more. For ages 12 & up. 6-7pm. 606-3580,

FREE Upper Crust: Simple Recipes For Teens at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St). Sample a pre-made culinary delight, and then make a pizza to bake at home. Preregister. For ages 12 & up. 6:30-8pm. 721-2616,

Mysteries of the Mansion Tour at the Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features an after-hours tour to examine archival materials and hear some amazing stories. $20. 7-9pm. 525-5325,

FREE Writing for College Admissions Informational Session at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Representatives from the University of Oklahoma Writing Center will be available to provide guidance and advice to high school seniors writing for college admissions. 6:30-8pm. 341-9282,

FREE College Application Week at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave, The Village) features snacks and resources to help fill out college applications. 755-0710,

FREE Mark Twain Re-enactor Performances at Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang). Learn how characters from Mark Twain’s books explored the natural world and be inspired to find your own wild outdoor adventure. Programs are free with the ownership of a Metropolitan Library Card. 7:30-8:30pm. 297-1429,

FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a family friendly evening of ping pong. All experience levels welcome. Staff will be on hand offering tutorials of how to play. Best suited for ages 6 & up. 7:30-9:30pm. 793-5090,

SEPT 22 • FRIDAY World Rhino Day Celebration at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Learn why rhinos need protection and how you can help save them. Free with admission. 10am2pm. 424-3344,

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Randerson Romualdo Cordeiro (detail), 2008. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm). Private collection, Golden Beach, Florida, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton)







FREE Asian Moon Festival at UCO’s Plunkett Park (100 N University Dr) features cultural entertainment, food, games, arts and crafts, live DJs and more to showcase the Asian cultures. The evening will end with a traditional lion dance. 6pm. 974-3588, FREE Mark Twain Re-enactor Performances at Will Rogers Park Amphitheate (3400 NW 36th St). Learn how characters from Mark Twain’s books explored the natural world and be inspired to find your own wild outdoor adventure. Programs are free with the ownership of a Metropolitan Library Card. 6:30-8pm. 297-1429,

SEPT 22-24 FREE International Festival at Elmer Thomas Park (3rd & NW Ferris Ave, Lawton) features concerts, food, children’s activities, demonstration artists, a parade, vendors & multi-cultural entertainment. Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-581-3470,


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Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live (various locations). Over 1,000 participating museums across the country will open their doors for free. Tickets can be downloaded at museumday/tickets Monarch Madness 5K & Fun Run at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) benefits local monarch butterfly conservation. The officially timed course simulates the 4,000 migration monarchs make from Canada to Mexico for the winter with themed water stops along the trail. Adults, $35; kids $25. 8am. 424-3344, Down Syndrome Festival & 5K at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a 5K and an Awareness Walk as well as games, inflatables, a petting zoo, music and more. 5K, $35. 5K/walk, 9:30am; festival, 9:45am. 600-9981, FREE The Bella Foundation’s Annual Dog Walk, Peace, Love & Pups at Duffner Park (801 Victoria Pl, The Village) features a pet walk, vendor booths, pet adoptions, food trucks, live music, a kids’ corner, dog activity area and more. $10-$35. 8am3pm. 1-866-318-PETS, www.firstgiving. com/41138/belladogwalk2017

OKC St. Jude Walk/Run at Stars & Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features patient family speakers, a scenic 5K, family friendly activities and live entertainment. $10. 8-10am. 403-7762, FREE Oklahoma Wildlife Expo at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr) features handson interactive exhibits, seminars, clinics, workshops and demonstrations centered on wildlife and outdoor activities. Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-5pm. 522-6279, Color Mustang 5K at Wildhorse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a 5K and a one-mile fun run or walk as well as a pre-race dance party and color war. Preregister. $7.50-$15. 7:45am. 376-3411, Leaf and Flower Printing Class at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr). Participants will survey local plant species and make their own leaf or flower print on handmade cards or paper. All ages welcome. Supplies provided. $12. 1-4pm. 522-0785, Monarch Festival at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features craft stations, butterfly tagging and garden tours. Wear butterfly costumes or accessories and receive free admission to the 2pm sea lion presentation on the day of the event. 9am2pm. 434-3344, FREE Walk with Compassion Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Boathouse (725 S Lincoln Blvd). Participants will journey through a true story of hope and redemption, learning about the real-life obstacles children in poverty face. Fundraising encouraged. 9:30-11:30am. 800-336-7535, Hometown Heroes Day & Teacher Appreciation Day at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave). Military, first responders and teachers receive free admission and their families get a 20 percent discount on admission with valid ID. 10am9pm. 799-3276, Back to School Splash at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Celebrate the back-to-school season with the zoo’s wettest residents. For ages 4 and up. Members, $12; non-members, $15. 10-11am. 424-3344, FREE Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Capitol Hill Library (330 SW 24th St). Learn about the context and


history of mariachi music and how it became one of the most universally identified forms of folk music throughout the world. 2-3pm. Also held: Sept. 24 & 30. 231-8650, FREE Big Wheel Nationals at Moore’s Central Park (Broadway Ave, Moore). Kids ages 4 to 8 years old can test their pedal speeds and race on a sponsored Big Wheel. Spectators and racers can also enjoy inflatables, giveaways, food trucks and more. 4:30pm. 793-5090, Oklahoma State Football vs Texas Christian University at Boone Pickens Stadium (700 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. Time TBA. 877-255-4678,

SEPT 24 • SUNDAY FREE Mesta Festa 2017 at Perle Mesta Park (NW 18th & Shartel Ave) features a beer and wine garden, outdoor games like bocce ball and kubb, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances, sand volleyball, local artists, pop-up shopping booths

and food trucks. Benefits the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association. Noon-6pm. 4269698, FREE Open Streets Moore in Old Town Moore (101 N Main St, Moore) features a variety of healthy activities and community organizations. The street will be closed to motorized traffic providing a space to walk, bike, play and socialize with neighbors. 12:30-3:30pm. events/145715799342488/ MetroFamily’s Sunday Funday at the Oklahoma State Fair (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features family entertainment including a concert by the Grammy awardwinning duo Sugar Free Allstars. Bring a new or gently-used book and you’ll receive a fun swag bag. Free with fair admission. 1-5pm. Concert at 3pm. 601-2081, FREE Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at various Metropolitan Libraries (various locations). Learn about the context and history of mariachi music and

how it became one of the most universally identified forms of folk music throughout the world. See website for times and locations. Also held: Sept. 30. 231-8650,

SEPT 24-30 Just Between Friends Consignment Sale at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features new & gently-used children’s clothes, toys, furniture & accessories at discounted prices. Admission charged on select days. See website for hours.

SEPT 27-30 National Cavalry Competition at Historic Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne St, El Reno) features mounted saber, mounted pistol, military horsemanship and military field jumping demonstrations by re-enactors, active and reserve mounted color guards and mounted police. Adults, $8; kids, $5; seniors & military, $7. 9am-4pm. 262-3987,




SEPT 28 • THURSDAY We The People: Teaching Oklahoma Through Images Workshop at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a free K – 12 Teacher Professional Development opportunity. Inspired by the fall 2017 exhibition We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma. Preregister. 9am-3:30pm. 4782250, Scrabble Showdown at Castle Fall Event Center (820 N MacArthur Blvd) features a Scrabble tournament designed to raise awareness for the OKC Metro Literacy Coalition. Entry fee includes food and drinks. Spectators welcome; ticket required. $25. 5-9pm. 830-2790,

SEPT 29-OCT 8 A Day Out With Thomas at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features 25-minute ride on a train car pulled by a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series as well as storytelling, music, arts & crafts, miniature golf, model

train layouts, inflatables and more. Friday, $16; Saturday & Sunday, $18; children (2 & under), free. Friday-Sunday, 8am-6pm. 4248222,

SEPT 29 • FRIDAY FREE Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Purcell Library (919 N 9th St, Purcell) features games, door prizes, music and activities including a salsa making contest and bilingual story times. 6-9pm. 527-5546, ZOObrew at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) is a beer-tasting event featuring over 50 beers provided by local breweries and distributors. Attendees can sample beers, listen to live music, enjoy food and participate in a raffle. Must be 21 to attend. Members, $40; non-members, $50; designated drivers, $5. 7-10pm. 425-0618,

SEPT 30 • SATURDAY OK Kids Korral 5K and A Mile in Their Boots Walk at Chatenay Square (10600 S Penn Ave) features a 5K, one-mile walk

and kids’ dash as well as food trucks, bounce houses, music, train rides and more. $10-$35. 9am-2pm. 271-6552, Pioneer Library System Touch A Truck at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features community vehicles that children can explore. Driver and experts will be on hand to answer questions. $2 suggested donation. Quiet hour: 9-10am; engines on, 10am-noon. FREE Fiestas de las Americas in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St between Harvey & Robinson) features a family fun run, the colorful Parade of the Americas, food, games, music, art and more. 10am-8pm. 632-0133, FREE Safe Kids Outdoor Walk in the Woods at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn how to make hiking and camping a fun, rewarding and safe experience for your children. Preregister. 9:30am-1pm. 297-1429,


PUMPKIN PATCH & 3-Acre Mystery Maze

September 30th thru November 5th 2017 Mon~Sat 9am-6pm Sun 1-6pm Regular Gate Admission: $10 Kids age 1-10, $6 ages 11-64, Ages 0-12 months & 65 and older FREE! Full Concession Stand Available, Indoor & Outdoor Seating We accept ~ Cash, Checks, Visa, Mastered, Discover

Includes Unlimited: •Hayride •Giant Slide •Petting Zoo (zoo food sold separately) •Pony Rides (under 75lbs.)

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Silver Star Community Team Benefit Car Show in the Hemisphere’s parking lot (640 SW 19th St, Moore) benefits St. Judes, The Women’s Resource Center, Regional Food Bank, Moore Crime Stoppers and other nonprofits. $20-$25 per car; free to attend. 10am2pm. 793-1725, Free Shred Days at Allegiance Credit Union (12200 S Western Ave). Community members are invited to drop off up to five standard size boxes of paper, records, statements and files for destruction and recycling. 10am-1pm. 789-7900, FREE Mid-America Street Fest at Charles J Johnson Central Park (SE 29th St & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features carnival games and rides, children’s craft tent, mobile petting zoo, a Monkey Bridge, shopping and food vendors, live entertainment and more. 11am-6pm. 739-1293, FREE Plaza District Festival (1700 Block NW 16th St) features live music, food trucks, visual art exhibitions, children’s activities and fun to celebrate the spirit and diversity of the neighborhood. 11am-10pm. 367-9403, FREE Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St). Learn about the context and history of mariachi music and how it became one of the most universally identified forms of folk music throughout the world. 2-3pm. 721-2616, FREE DIY Felt Succulents at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Learn how to make realistic succulent plants from felt. All supplies provided. Best suited for ages 12 & up. Preregister. 2-5pm. 701-2644, Zombie Escape at Griffin Park Disc Golf Course (1001 E Robinson St, Norman) features a Zombie-filled, one-mile course. Participants attempt to “survive” the course with two flags still attached to their belts. For ages 8 & up. $15. 5:30-7pm. 366-5472, Miracles on 39th Street at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital (6800 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany) features a gala with a reception, dinner and awards program benefiting The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. 6:30-11pm. $500. 789-6711,

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WEEKLY EVENTS FREE Art Moves in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections and more. Weekdays, Noon-1pm. 2704848, 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,

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Down Syndrome Festival & 5K September 23, 2017 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark 5K starts at 8 a.m. $35 registration fee Festival is free and open to the public, and begins inside the ballpark at 9:45 a.m.

FREE Wheeler Criterium in the Wheeler District (1701 S Western Ave) features fast-pace flat track bike racing, live music and food trucks. Tuesdays, 5-8:30pm. Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic films on the big screen. $5. Tuesdays, 7pm. 231-4747, Storytime Science at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd St) features a story and corresponding hands-on science activity in various locations throughout the museum. Best suited for kids ages 6 & under. Free with admission. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. 602-6664, FREE Mother Goose Story Time at the Mustang Public Library (1201 N Mustang Rd) features singing, dancing, finger plays and more. For ages 2 & under with a parent or guardian. Wednesdays, 10-10:45am & 11-11:45am. 3762226, FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and craft activity. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come & go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 602-6664,

FREE Whole Kids Club Story Time at Whole Foods Café (6001 N Western Ave) features stories, music, rhymes, puppet plays, crafts and snacks. Best suited for ages 5 & under. Thursdays, 1011am. 879-3500, FREE Rhythm and Rhyme at Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features dancing and singing to develop literacy and motor and verbal skills. Best suited to ages 4 & under with a parent or guardian. Thursdays, 10:30am. 354-8442, Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes basic skate rental. (Family package coupon available at $6. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758, FREE Family Story Time at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5 years old. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm. 341-9282, 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 an extremely silly story time followed by a coloring activity. Saturdays, 11am. 579-8800. 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, FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books (1313 N Danforth). A staff member or published author will read to children and offer an activity to accompany the story. Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202,

FREE Wide-Open Wednesdays at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features complimentary admission to the public, courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Wednesdays, 10am-5pm. 478-2250,

Drop-In Art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr). A guest artist will guide families as they create works of art inspired by the museum’s collection and exhibitions. All ages welcome. Free with admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100,

FREE Western Movie Matinees at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a screening of titles recently recognized by the Museum with prestigious Western Heritage Awards including Cimarron and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Wednesdays, 1pm. 4782250,

FREE Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a weekly story time with pastries and juice. Saturdays, 10:30am. 551-1715,

Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise Dr Ste 110) features

All proceeds stay in Oklahoma and benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma

a short story time and age appropriate craft with lots of gluing and coloring. Free with admission. Wednesdsays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584,

All Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at Bronco Bowl (133 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) invites differently-abled individuals and their friends and families to bowl on Saturdays. 11am & 1pm. $3 per game. 256-5515,




THROUGH SEPT 10 Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features early paintings, portraitures, portrait busts and stained glass, highlighting the range of Wiley’s productions. Free with admission. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. TuesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100,


Great Balls of Fire at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) explores the threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet. Learn about answers to common questions and explore the solar system. Free with admission. Adults, $8; kids, (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712,

THROUGH SEPT 17 Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features panels from the original comic strip to highlight the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail and pay homage to the thousands of black cowboys who drove cattle along the trail. Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250,

Bodies Revealed at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd St) allows visitors to get an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other life-sustaining systems of the human body. Museum admission plus exhibit: adults, $25.95; kids (3-12), $18.95. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 6026664,

THROUGH NOV 25 Hidden Messages at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) investigates identity and place through ceramics and mixed media. Marilyn Artus’ work consists of things that were meant to only be enjoyed or used for a short time and then discarded. An avid maker of objects, Amy Sanders is dedicated to handmade, functional objects that have an ability to draw in a viewer and create a moment of connection. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. TuesdayFriday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 235-4458,


THROUGH SEPT 30 FREE Annual Art Gone Wild Animal Art Show at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features original pieces of art created by the zoo’s own talented animal artists. The exhibition gives the public an opportunity to view and purchase these unique works of art. Proceeds benefiting the Zoo’s local conservation initiatives. MondaySaturday, 9am-5pm; Sundays, 11am-5pm. 4250262,

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features the cartoonist’s original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion, Jr. in small drawings that provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, This is just a sampling of the current museum exhibits that can be found around town. Discover more at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/museums.

FREE The Power of Children Making a Difference at the Edmond Historical Society &



FREE Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory and Trauma at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman). Todd Stewart’s photoessay explores the otherworldly ghost town. TuesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Thursdays, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-3272,


THROUGH OCT 22 We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features diverse and vibrant communities of central Oklahoma through the photography studio of Henry M. Wantland. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under). Free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250,

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FREE Annual Celebration of Life Art Show at INTEGRIS Cancer Institute (5911 W Memorial Rd) features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but not limited to fiber, graphics, oil, watercolor, mixed media, photography, pottery, sculpture, writing or poetry. 8am-5pm. 773-6600,

Museum (4312 South Blvd, Edmond) shares the remarkable stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White. Companion exhibits, developed by museum staff, will highlight Edmond’s history as it connects to the historic events that impacted the lives of these young change-makers. TuesdayFriday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 1-4pm. 340-0078,


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Real Kids of the Metro Danielle Looper leads a busy life with a career, shuffling her teenage boys between activities and serving in the community. Time spent with her two boys means the world to her because it wasn’t very long ago that she was torn between one in a hospital bed and one at home. Camden is now a 13-year-old eighth grade student at Highland East Junior High in Moore, where his favorite subject is math. He loves to be outside with his friends and play football. His strength and happygo-lucky demeanor hide the struggles he still faces from his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, diagnosed when he was just 18 months old and now in remission.

Big brother Casey, a 15-year-old freshman at Moore High School, doesn’t remember much about Camden’s long stay in the hospital. Though Casey has occasionally wrestled with the family’s need to put Camden’s health first, he remains positive and has been by his brother’s side through his continued recovery. Danielle applauds Casey’s bravery and compassion throughout their journey. While Casey prefers basketball and science and the boys disagree about college football, the brothers’ bond is unshakable. The Looper family shares their story:

When did you suspect something was wrong with Camden? Danielle: He had no symptoms and wasn’t sick. At 18 months, he took a spill while playing with Casey and I noticed a bump on the back of his head. A week later, it was still there so I called the pediatrician. She felt it, said it wasn’t a head injury but an infected lymph node and that he likely had an infection. So she put him on antibiotics and did blood work to see what was going on. The next day she called and said she was absolutely certain he had leukemia. She told us we needed to pack our bags and get to Children’s Hospital. That was at the end of August.


What was the treatment process like? Danielle: They told us to expect to be there about two weeks, and then we’d be back and forth for about four years. Within two weeks, Camden didn’t respond to chemo. The cancer was too aggressive and had already spread to the spinal fluid and fluid around his brain. They changed protocol a few different times and by October we were still in the hospital. They said if we got Camden in remission we would need to go straight to a stem cell transplant because otherwise it would come back. He was put on the national registry, moved to the transplant floor and put in isolation. On Nov. 16, he had the transplant and then it was a waiting game. He had another month in isolation and got really sick. He was on morphine, didn’t get out of bed, didn’t walk, had sores all in his mouth. It tears you apart. In mid-December we got the great news that his donor cells were active in his body. On Dec. 20, we got to come home for the first time since August and have Christmas together.

What was it like to be caring for Camden but also missing Casey? Danielle: Casey was being bounced around from family to friends to neighbors because

I was at the hospital the entire time with Camden. People would bring Casey up to visit but it was so difficult because we were split up as a family. They tested Casey hoping he would be a match for the stem cell transplant and he got really scared when they did the blood work. He wasn’t a match. He got really nervous about coming to visit after that. When Camden was put in isolation was the first time when things slowed down enough for it to hit me personally. Those scary thoughts and depression and being alone and without Casey were hard.

How is Camden doing now? Danielle: He is in remission but 13 years later we are still treating a lot of the side effects from chemo and radiation. Two years ago he started having problems again and we found out that he has Type 1 Diabetes. He’s treated for diabetes regularly and we still visit the oncologist. Camden: The radiation affected my growth plates and damaged my pituitary gland, which makes me really short. I have to take growth hormones every night and take medicine for my migraines and allergies. Danielle: He also has chronic fatigue. He can go for days at a time feeling fine and then will be down for the count for days or weeks.

Have there been any positive experiences that have come out of this journey for you? Danielle: We have been connected to amazing people and families that have been such a support to us that we wouldn’t have met otherwise. We also have the opportunity to share our story and encourage others that are going through difficult times like we have. It’s also been eye-opening for the boys. They’ve grown up around the hospital and all kinds of people with disabilities and illnesses, and that doesn’t phase them. They know people come in all shapes and sizes, some are healthy and some aren’t, and they embrace that. Camden: Everyone has been so nice and there for us when we need it.

Casey, what has it been like for you to be the big brother in this scenario? Casey: It’s been hard for me because I didn’t really grow up with my parents all the time. But I knew if my Mom wasn’t there she was helping my brother. And knowing he’s okay is the most important.

How do you see Camden and Casey inspiring others? Danielle: Camden has taught me a lot about being strong and not giving up when that’s the easiest road at times. He’s an inspiration to others knowing all the problems and obstacles he has to face every day, and he always has a smile on his face and never complains. He plays football and does great in school. He could feel defeated, but he’s never once chosen that road. Casey has always been right there by Camden’s side. It’s been hard for Casey growing up, and you kind of feel like you failed as a mom even though I know logically I did what I had to do to care for Camden. Casey has had to do a lot of things without me, and he could be really angry but he chooses not to be. He knows we have to take care of Camden, and he does that with an open heart. When Camden goes to the doctor, I always give Casey the choice of going with us or staying home, and more often than not he goes with us. When Camden was diagnosed with diabetes, Casey wanted to be there, take the training and know how to help him. He looks out for Camden at school and he’s taken on a big leadership role in our family.

Cowboys or Sooners? Danielle: Well, we’re a house divided. Casey and I are OSU fans. Camden: Boomer!

So you had to put your differences behind you when Camden was honored at an OU game last season? Danielle: Camden was chosen to be a junior captain of the game, so he got to play on the field before the game, meet Boomer and the cheerleaders and then walk out with the captains and do the coin flip. I told him, “I’ll take you but I’m not wearing red!” And Casey was actually at an OSU game that day. Casey: If I was there, I would have trash talked all of them!

What one word best describes you? Camden: Determined Casey: Inspired [Editor’s Note: Casey and Camden are featured this month because September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. If you’d like to support the cause, the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be hosting their annual fundraising Light the Night Walk on Oct. 20. Sign up at oklahoma.]




Views From the Top Upon first glance at Oklahoma’s topography, the state might not seem like it would have many picturesque views to offer. But if you’ve ever seen the sunset reflecting off one of the state’s glistening lakes or watched prairie grass sway in the wind between towering red canyon walls, you realize Oklahoma is packed with some pretty spectacular scenes.


Natural Falls State Park Near West Siloam Springs, about two hours and 40 minutes northeast of the metro Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Fee: $5/Vehicle We’ve highlighted this park many times before because it’s so great for the entire family. The park boasts a 77-foot waterfall that plummets to the bottom of a small canyon. The hike to the bottom of the canyon is short but strenuous. For those who don’t want to hike, there’s still an incredible view of the falls from the overlook and bridge. The best time of year to visit is spring because the flow of water tends to slow as the summer heat hits.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Near Lawton, one hour and 40 minutes southwest of the metro Hours: Visitor’s Center open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Fee: None If your ideal Oklahoma view is one dotted with native bison, a trip to the top of Mt. Scott at the Wichita Mountains is a must.

The seed stock to rebuild the nation’s bison population comes from these mountains. This is the most visited wildlife refuge in the U.S. and Mt. Scott is the highest point in the refuge and affords beautiful vistas from huge granite rocks. Visitors can drive or hike all the way to the top. Mt. Scott is located on Hwy 46 on the east side of the refuge. Another beautiful area to explore is the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. This area is perfect if you are looking to climb, hike and just explore.

Gloss Mountain State Park North of Fairview, two hours northwest of the metro Hours: Dawn until dusk Fee: None The Gloss Mountains, sometimes called the Glass Mountains, are made up of a unique red granite that creates a stunning contrast against the blue sky and colorful wildflowers. The towering granite has a unique shiny feature that makes it glisten in the sun, which is how the park got its name. The hike to the top is short but demanding so it’s recommended for older kids and more experienced hikers. There is no visitor’s center here but there are restrooms.


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Red Rock Canyon State Park Near Hinton, one hour west of the metro Hours: Sunrise to sunset for day use; overnight camping available Fee: None for day use Red Rock Canyon is unique and known for its towering walls of red rock. These can be enjoyed with a drive through the canyon, with a hike or from the pool (open Memorial Day through Labor Day). This park also is known as one of the best areas in the state to repel, offering a unique view for visitors.

Roman Nose State Park Near Watonga, about an hour and a half northwest of the metro Hours: Sunrise to sunset for day use; overnight camping available Fee: None for day use When visiting Roman Nose, plan time for hiking. Any of the trails around the lake offers delightful views. If you prefer not to hike, there are views from the back patio just off of the Lodge restaurant. Roman Nose also has equestrian trails and a pool, offering plenty of ways to sit back and enjoy the view. METROFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2017


Black Mesa Stake Park Near Kenton, about six hours northwest of the metro Hours: Sunrise to sunset for day use; overnight camping available Fee: None for day use This state park is stunning as it offers both mesas and a canyon. It is a little bit of a drive from OKC but well worth it because it’s the highest point in the entire state! There are two areas to this park: Black Mesa Nature Preserve and Black Mesa State Park. Stop by the park office at the Black Mesa State Park for maps and information before you depart into the park. Black Mesa Nature Preserve is home to the highest point in Oklahoma. It is a 4.2-mile (one-way) hike to the highest point. Most of the hike is fairly easy but it is long. Plan for plenty of time and bring lots of water and snacks. Black Mesa State Park is home to Lake Carl Etling which is located at the bottom of a small canyon. Travel Tips: Many of these locations are rural and cell phone reception may be spotty or nonexistent. Check ahead of time and


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Three Engineer Moms Talk STEAM


STEAM has become the latest buzzword in education. The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Although these are subjects that studies show are important for kids to experience and understand from an early age, little practical information is available for how to get young children interested in the topics. We talked with three local moms working in STEAM fields about how they do this with their own kids.




her tools, (a screwdriver, small hammer, etc.) and give her a piece of wood to tinker around with while he worked. She would stay out in the garage with him for hours. They were working on body work and sanding last weekend. We like to let her help.

Alicia Little is a Sr. Project Engineer at Enable Midstream Partners where she runs projects in the midstream industry. Alicia’s husband, Adrian, is an engineer at Avara Pharmaceuticals. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter, Ava. MFM: Do you think it’s important for kids to learn about STEAM-related topics? Why? AL: Definitely! I was not a naturally “smart” kid in science and math but I loved the challenge of school and homework and the feeling of accomplishment when I completed tough homework assignments. I think kids, (and parents), get too caught up in “What am I good at?” or “What is my passion?” when picking a degree. I’ve told many curious kids that a degree in a STEAM field is a paper that gives you job security for life and it can be applied to any field.  MFM: Do you do anything special to encourage Ava’s interest in STEAM? AL: We just try to feed her natural curiosity. My husband and I are constantly working on projects around the house and she is always in the mix. We have horses, a dog and cats and she has helped me for the last two years with feed time. She helps me clean out the stall for her pony. She loves helping us with garden projects around the house and loves picking wild flowers. So maybe we have a future veterinarian or botanist? My husband has a project truck that he has been working on for the last couple of years. When she was smaller, he would give

MFM: What can parents who do not have an educational background in STEAM subjects do to encourage their kids to learn more about the subjects? AL: Honestly, I think it’s a process of showing kids how the real world works and what is required to go after what you want. I think it helps to figure out what makes your kids tick. My parents did not have an educational background in STEAM subjects. Neither of them went to college. But I was interested in cars and had fallen in love with my Dad’s 1979 Corvette. Instead of telling me “no way,” as I think most parents would have, my Dad encouraged my budding passion and let me make payments and earn the car. When the car needed maintenance, he would make a deal with me that I would be responsible for purchasing the parts and he would help me by providing the labor. I was clueless, but I think this gave me an appreciation for how things work mechanically, as well as a desire to learn more.  Also, I think a big part of STEAM subjects is the problem-solving aspect. You are not required to memorize a ton of formulas or calculations as an adult. An employer just wants to be able to give you a project, (i.e. problem), and have you start working on the solution. I think you can encourage this way of thinking with your kids by letting them have responsibilities around the house, as well as patiently letting them work through figuring out those day-to-day activities. 





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Michelle Rodriguez-Pico is a mechanical engineer in OG&E’s New Product Research and Development Department. She finds all the necessary information for innovative products and works to implement new ideas for the company. She was born in Norman, grew up in Venezuela then returned to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma. That’s where she met her husband, Efren Pico. The couple has four kids between the ages of 6 months and 13 years. MFM: What are your thoughts about being a woman in a STEAM field? MR: I really had no option because my mom is an industrial engineer, my dad is a computer science engineer, my grandpa is a petroleum engineer and my grand uncle is a chemical engineer. However, I love the technical and interpersonal challenge the STEAM field brings me.  MFM: Have your kids shown any interest in what you do for work? MR: Yes. I had the opportunity to work with wind turbines when I managed the OG&E

wind farm sites in Northwest Oklahoma. During that time, my oldest daughter developed a fascination with robots and the language utilized to operate mechanical equipment. From there, she got involved in the robotics team at school and other extracurricular activities that are STEAM-related.  MFM: Do you think it’s important for kids to learn about STEAM-related topics? MR: Yes. In general, kids should acquire knowledge on all STEAM topics, then they can find what they love to do and what they are good at, as well as what skill they would like to develop or what particular topic interests them to explore in detail. MFM: What can parents who do not have an educational background in STEAM subjects do to encourage their kids to learn more about the subjects?  MR: I encourage parents to do puzzles, Legos and painting with their kids. These activities increase kids’ problem-solving, innovation and creativity. As a parent we always want the best for our kids and most times, kids don’t know what is the best for them. We need to explore and help kids find their God-given talents, abilities and skills to see what options we can open for them as a career. Parents can always reach out to school organizations, public libraries resources or school counselors to obtain career options.


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CK: Yes, I believe it exercises and engages a different portion of the brain and helps develop critical thinking which is used in every area of your life. MFM: Do you do anything special to encourage their interest in STEAM? CK: We look for STEM toys and projects. We work to ensure the toys our children are playing with are educational and help engage them in science, technology and mathematics. We also work to balance our engagement with them in these projects so they can go through the process of working through the full scope of the project without feeling the need to ask us for help. This encourages them to think independently and creatively without boundaries.

MFM: What are your thoughts about being a woman in a STEAM field? CK: I enjoy working in a technical field. Specifically the innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving this field requires. MFM: Have your kids shown any interest in what you do for work? CK: They are still young to show preference but they definitely enjoy building and designing Lego projects, robots, circuits and they love solving Rubik’s cubes. MFM: Do you think it’s important for kids to learn about STEAM-related topics? Why?

MFM: What can parents who do not have an educational background in STEAM subjects do to encourage their kids to learn more about the subjects?

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Kid Review: Stafford Air & Space Museum Kid reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán Age: 10

What made the experience stand out? So many cool things are there! We brought a “National Geographic” guide to read in the car on the way to Weatherford and when we got to the museum, we matched up some of the photos with the objects in front of us, like the Titan II rocket, which is huge. It was like walking through the pages.

What was the best part? That’s a hard to question to answer because I loved the whole experience. Going with my whole family was really important because we all love space. We were allowed to climb into a real airplane and press all the buttons, see astronaut suits and use a flight simulator. I also loved the gift shop because it’s not every day you can find what they sell. We bought freeze dried ice cream like the astronauts ate in space for the drive home.

What was the worst part? There wasn’t really one. When my Mom told me we were going to see a museum in Weatherford and that it’s about 90 minutes from our house, I thought ‘Oh no, I’m going to be trapped in the car for a long time.’ I didn’t mind, though, because there was a lot to read on the way, in my space book, and I could look out the window at a lot of farms with animals and people. It’s not just cars or highways with nothing to see along the way. My Dad went to the Johnson Space Center when he was a kid but this is much shorter

than going to Houston and he said there was more to see up close in Weatherford.

Will other kids like this venue and why? For sure! Anyone who is interested in space should go see it. Even if you don’t love space, you could find something really cool and learn something new. It’s always good to get a new interest. Science doesn’t feel boring when you’re seeing it right in front of you. I like to read but if you gave me a book called “The Evolution of Flight,” I don’t think that sounds too interesting even though I love astronomy and aviation. Seeing an exhibition with the same name gives you another way to learn about it. Kids like to find out more about a topic in their own way. You can do that at the museum because there’s a place to watch short videos, some hands-on models for younger kids and displays with all the information written out.

Would this venue be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? Sure! There are sections for all ages. My brother, Gabriel, is 2 and he put together a moon rover with plastic sticks. My middle brother, Isaac, will go to kindergarten in the fall and he liked finding out about the effects of gravity, building with blocks and sitting in the little airplane cockpit with me.

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I would be more excited! Can we go back next week for fall break? I would have signed up for one of their summer camps and found a way to carpool with other people or something to go there every day for a week.

Does what you saw match up with anything you’re learning in school or have seen before in a book, on TV, etc.? Yes, so many things! We watched “Hidden Figures” for movie night and it reminded me of that, plus “Cosmos” with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil Armstrong was my third grade biography project and he visited that museum when he was alive. The day before we went, I saw in the news that the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart might be solved so visiting came at the perfect time because there’s information about her work too. Space is pretty much my favorite topic so it was very familiar but awesome for me.

What do you think you’ll remember most about the Stafford Air & Space Museum? The plane cockpit really made an impression on me. I want to be a geologist when I grow up but pilot is a good a choice too. Get more tips for exploring Oklahoma City with your kids at our Weekend Warrior blog, Weekend-Warrior.

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