Autumn Adventures OCTOBER 2018
Hotspots for hayrides, trick-or-treating, pumpkin picking & more
All About Chloe Bales Get to know the Harrah star from “Little Big Shots”
Tulsa’s Top Six
Half a dozen reasons to head there for fall break
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Features 8 Halloween Fun for All Top OKC events for every age & stage 10 Autumn Adventures Incredible fall events prime for making family memories 18 Real Mom of the Metro Discover the surprising career path of Grace Jun
In Every Issue 6 New & Noteworthy Raising awareness about fire safety 14 Foster Families How one mom has provided a safe haven for 30 years
20 Calendar of Events 42 Where Are They Now? Revisiting our October 2011 cover model 44 Exploring Oklahoma Ideal fall break itinerary for Tulsa 52 Pet Pages Meet “Little Big Shots” star Chloe Bales 54 Kid Review Oklahoma Aquarium
5-pack of tickets to Frontier City; 5-pack of tickets to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 5-pack of tickets to Skate Galaxy OKC; and 5-pack of tickets to Oklahoma Hall of Fame/Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Total value of these prizes is over $400. Deadline Oct. 26.
Pet Photo Contest: We want to feature your pup on one of our 2019 covers! Register and upload a photo of your dog (with or without other family members in the image) and you could win a coveted spot on our cover plus a prize package from K9 University and Vera’s Posh Paws valued at over $650. Enter between Oct. 16 and Nov. 15.
Contests Fall Fun Giveaway: Enter to win sets of tickets to fun fall events, including the Wizarding World of Tiger Safari, Chester’s Pumpkin Patch and more! Hurry! Deadline is Oct. 9 at 5pm. OKC Philharmonic & Friends Contest: The OKC Philharmonic’s Discover Family Concert Series is a fun way to introduce your kids to music. Enter to win four season tickets to the concerts held Nov. 4, Feb. 17 and Apr. 7 PLUS these other great gifts: 5-pack of tickets to SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology;
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Fire Prevention Giveaway: October is National Fire Prevention Month. We’re giving away a fire and carbon monoxide safety prevention kit from First Alert that’s valued at $120. Deadline Oct. 30.
Find details and enter at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.
“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring — quite often the hard way.” 8
Managing Editor Hannah Schmitt
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here’s nothing quite like having a sibling. I grew up with a younger brother and older sister and I feel like my childhood was a constant series of fighting, making up and getting into trouble with them. As adults, we still don’t always get along but we understand each other better than anyone and their relationships are so important to me. As I prepare to have my second child early next year, I can’t wait to see a similar relationship develop for my own kids. I know there will be bickering along the way, but I hope they always remember how sacred it is to have an automatic best friend just born right into your family. For all the benefits of having multiple children, one drawback we hear from parents is that it’s difficult to keep kids of varying ages happy at local events and attractions.
HANNAH (RIGHT) WITH HER BROTHER AND SISTER IN 1992.
I have some good news if that’s a challenge for your family. Our Family Fun directory has a category just for you. Simply visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/family-fun, select the category “places to take kids of varying ages” and the list will filter down to the best local attractions for you. We’d love to hear more about how you keep the whole family satisfied on outings. Let us know about your favorite places to spend time together at Facebook.com/MetroFamily. Hannah Schmitt Editor
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Nicolas & Sofia Nicolas (10) and Sofia (6) are Cover Kids Search winners in our sibling category. They live in Edmond. Nicolas plays electric guitar at School of Rock and does Tae Kwon Do at Dragon Kim’s. Sofia likes arts & crafts, playing with her American Girl dolls and swimming. Get to know all our 2018 Cover Kids at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ 2018-cover-kids-winners/
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New & Noteworthy
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Fire Safety BY HANNAH SCHMITT
In 2018, there have been 19 fire fatalities in Oklahoma City. Just one of those fires that claimed lives was detected by a working smoke alarm, proving their effectiveness. Oct. 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week and Oklahoma City Fire Department Captain Chad Wilds is marking the occasion by spreading the word about the programs the department has implemented to help prevent fire deaths in the city. Fighting fires every day, Wilds has seen firsthand how important smoke detectors can be in saving lives. Most fatal fires occur at night and smoke is the killer in most fires. A sounding alarm can alert residents while there’s still time to escape. “Whenever we have a fire alarm in a residence that was alerted by the smoke alarm to get out,” he said, “if we can find the smoke alarm we’ll get it and pull it out as a trophy. We’re growing quite a collection of those.”
The department has a free program called Project Life that allows Oklahoma City residents who cannot get smoke detectors for any reason to get free ones installed by local firefighters. One smoke detector should be installed inside each bedroom, outside each bedroom and at least one on every floor, even if there are no bedrooms on the floor. Whenever local firefighters install smoke detectors, Wilds said they date them and write the name of the engine or ladder doing the install. He recalled a fire that occurred last year where when they pulled the smoke detector out of the house, they noticed it had been installed just two weeks earlier. In addition to installing and maintaining smoke detectors, another great way to help prevent fire catastrophes is for families to have a plan for exiting the home in case of an emergency, Wilds said.
It’s not enough to just install smoke detectors. Make sure to maintain them by following these steps: • Replace batteries according to the manufacturer’s recommendations – or at least once a year. • A chirping noise also indicates a need to change batteries. • Purchase a 10 year (long-life) alarm with a lithium battery that never needs to be replaced. • Test your smoke alarm once per month using the test button. • Dust can damage your alarm’s sensitivity. Most units need to be cleaned once a year by dusting or vacuuming. • Smoke alarms should last 7-10 years (varies by manufacturer) if properly maintained. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, we’re giving away a fire and carbon monoxide safety kit valued at $120. See details at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.
Find tips for creating your exit plan at www.nfpa.org and request free smoke detectors from the Oklahoma City Fire Department at www.smokealarmsokc.com, www.gratisalarmasokc.com or by calling 405-316-BEEP.
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Halloween Fun for Everyone BY HANNAH SCHMITT
Toddlers Halloween Train
Oct. 27 & 28 Trains departing every hour and a half from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday As if costumes, a moon bounce and goodie bags weren’t enough to entice toddlers to a Halloween event, the Halloween Train event at the Oklahoma Railway Museum includes a festive 40-minute costumed ride on a real train. Have your toddlers don their costumes and climb aboard for a memorable twist on trick-ortreating. Tickets are free for kids under 3, $5 for ages 3-12 and $12 for ages 13 and up. Learn more at www. oklahomarailwaymuseum.org. HALLOWEEN TRAIN
As much fun as Halloween is, there may not be a more difficult holiday to please kids of all ages. While teens might be begging to try a haunted house, littlest trick-or-treaters may need to be in bed before the real revelry can even begin. Here are some ideas catered specifically to each age and stage (and bedtime!). Find more ageappropriate fun by searching our online calendar full of hundreds of October events at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar.
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Elementary aged Magic Lantern Celebration Oct. 28 from 3-6:15 p.m.
In what they promise to be a “night of light instead of fright,” the Paseo Arts District hosts a unique annual event perfect for school-aged trick-or-treaters. Come as you are and transform yourself with the help of local artists before taking to the street for a costume parade. Kids can find free supplies at galleries to create their own costumes. Learn more at www.thepaseo.org.
Teens Trail of Fears
Oct. 26 from 8-11 p.m. For older kids who are ready to embrace the scary side of Halloween, the Trail of Fears in Moore is an ideal destination. A wooded walking trail through Little River Park is transformed into a terrifying haunted trail ideal for kids 12 and older. Kids 11 and under will have to be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $7.50 per person and need to be purchased in advance at www. cityofmoore.com/fun. Find more haunted houses and activities on our guide at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/haunted-fun.
Special Needs Sensory Night at Pumpkinville
Oct. 5 from 6-8 p.m. Halloween can pose some challenges to kids with sensory processing disorders. Myriad
PUMPKINVILLE AT MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS. PHOTO BY CARL SHORTT, JR.
Botanical Gardens is hoping to eliminate some of the challenges at their special Sensory Night at Pumpkinville. Attendees can enjoy festive booths, fall-themed crafts and activities all in a welcoming environment with no loud music and smaller crowds. A limited number of spaces are available so preregistration is recommended. Members are $10, non-members are $12 and accompanying adults are free. Register at www.myriadgardens.org.
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Fall Fun Guide
The online polling website YouGov reports fall is the favorite season for most Americans, so it’s no surprise fall brings tons of new activities and events to the Oklahoma City metro. Pumpkin patches, hayrides, festivals and trick-or-treating events are just a few of the many exciting things happening throughout the metro this month. See these options from our advertisers and be sure to check out all our fall guides at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/fall.
ONGOING EVENTS: Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 21 Wings, 13700 N. Eastern Ave, Edmond 405-242-4646
Through Oct. 28 Silver Wind Farm, 16315 N. MacArthur Blvd. 405-834-0411
Hayrides, pumpkin train rides, corn maze, hay slide, bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival games and much more. Pumpkins are available for purchase. All proceeds go to Wings, a special needs community that exists to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs guided by Biblical principals. Touch-a-truck hosted on Oct. 13 and 20. $5 per person for ages 3 and older; ages 2 and under are free. Open Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 1 - 6 p.m.
Pick out a pumpkin, ride a pony and participate in contests for amazing prizes. The fairytale-themed barnyard features a petting zoo with adorable animals, informational demonstrations and story time. Food trucks, pop-up shops and inflatables are just a few of the activities available. Open Fridays 4 - 7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sundays 2 - 6 p.m. and available for private events. $10 for 3 & up, adults free with youth ticket purchase. Most activities inside are free, but additional activities range from $1-$10.
Wizarding World of Tiger Safari
Chester’s Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31 Tiger Safari, 963-S Frisco Rd., Tuttle 405-381-9453
Through Oct. 31 Chester’s Party Barn & Farm, 5201 Cimarron Rd., Piedmont 405-373-1595
Tiger Safari Zoological Park comes alive for fall with close animal encounters, pumpkins, hayrides and more. Check out their Harry Potter themed photo opportunity with authentic costumes and their live owl, Hedwig (extra fee required). Guests are encouraged to come in costume. $15 per person. Daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Celebrate fall at Chester’s Party Barn with unlimited pony rides, hayrides, a three-acre mystery maze, games, free pumpkin with admission and more. Annual memberships are available. Admission is $10 for children ages 1-10, $6 for ages 11-64. Infants 11 months & younger and seniors ages 65 & older are free. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 6 p.m.
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Pumpkin Patch Through Nov. 4 Rustic Roots, 105340 Greer Rd., Lamont 580-713-3608 Rustic Roots Pumpkin Patch features pumpkins and fall decor as well as a corn maze, petting zoo, corn cannon, hay maze, jump pad, hay fort, concessions and more. The corn maze is haunted after dark. Admission is $7-$12. Open Tuesday & Wednesday by appointment only; Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 6 p.m.
Pumpkinville Oct. 5-21 Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno 405-445-7080 Pumpkinville is a celebration of pumpkins, harvest and all things fall. Thousands of pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with crafts, games, imaginative displays and more. Visitors can ride the Pumpkinville Express Train on Saturdays and Sundays, PaintA-Pumpkin, enjoy harvest themed vendors and other activities that are held onsite as part of the festivities. Admission includes rides on the new Mo’s Carousel. Members & kids 2 & under are free; nonmembers, $8.
Fall Y’all Oct. 9 - 13 & 16 - 20, 10:30 a.m. Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 1400 Classen Dr. 405-235-4458 Welcome fall with the whole family at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Fall Y’all celebration. Enjoy activities like story times, crafts, movies and special activities with community partners. Daily themes include Bedlam Day, Candy Land Day, Throwback Thursday and more. Admission is free.
Storybook Forest Oct. 23-30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Arcadia Lake, 7200 E. 15th St., Edmond 405-216-7470 Fairytales come to life on a fun, not-scary trail filled with roaming characters at Spring Creek Park. Additional activities include hayrides, games and a campfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. A $2 discount is available for tickets purchased before Oct. 23. Weekdays, $8; weekends, $10.
Special Exhibit “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement” Oct. 13 - Jan. 6 Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr. 405-236-3100 Take a break from the typical fall events to enjoy a beautiful and educational art exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The exhibit explores the art of young, rebellious artists and designers who in the second half of the nineteenth century revolutionized the visual arts in Britain by engaging and challenging the new industrial world around them. These artists deeply influenced visual culture in Britain and beyond. The exhibit is free with admission to the museum. $12 adults and $10 for children over 5 (under age 5 are free). Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, noon-5pm.
DAY EVENTS: Ft. Reno Historical Spirit Tours Oct. 13 & 27, 7 - 10 p.m. Historic Fort El Reno, 7107 W Cheyenne St., El Reno 405-262-3987 By lantern’s light, hear the stories of the restless spirits of the old military post and how they align with some of the unsolved mysteries that have occurred at Fort Reno. Walk the same hallowed grounds as U.S. Army soldiers dating back as far as 1874. Dinner will be served before the tour begins so reservations are required. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for kids. Families can also enjoy Downtown El Reno’s free Spooktacular on Oct. 27 from 9 – 11 a.m. Take part in a costume contest, trick-or-treating and more!
Tenttober Oct. 20, 4 p.m. Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Rd., Edmond 405-359-4630 Pitch your tent at Mitch Park for an event benefiting The Pine Pantry Food Bank. Enjoy fishing, outdoor games, story time, s’mores, a hot dog dinner and an outdoor movie. Monetary donations, canned goods and household items will be accepted during the event. $25 per campsite; tent rental, $35. Preregister, space is limited.
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Spook N’ Roll Halloween Party
Oct. 26, 5 - 7 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel Ave. 405-524-2224
Oct. 27, 7 p.m. - midnight Skate Galaxy OKC, 5800 NW 36th St 405-605-2758
Enjoy trunk-or-treating, games, a half-mile costume walk and festive fall foods. In the event of rain, Fall Fest will be held in the basement of the church. Free to attend; costume walk is $5.
Enjoy a fun party complete with festive decorations, music and a costume contest with prizes. Costumes are encouraged and admission is $12. Skate Galaxy will also be open additional hours during Fall Break. Lace up your skates and roll around the rink from 1 – 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 & 19.
Fall Festival Oct. 26, 6 - 8 p.m. Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur 405-721-4141 Enjoy a celebration of all things fall including carnival games, trunkor-treating, a costume contest, face painting, inflatables, balloon animals and more. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. Admission is free but a hot dog dinner, cotton candy and popcorn will be available for minimal cost. Children should bring treat bags to collect candy and prizes. Non-scary costumes are welcome. Bring donations of diapers or wipes for Infant Crisis Services. In case of rain, all activities will move indoors.
Turn the Town Upside Down! Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd St. 405-478-2250 Fun and fantasy abound when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma Children’s Theatre welcome friends to the transformed Prosperity Junction western town. Begin Halloween with imaginative, kid-friendly activities. Families can sample sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, create a lantern, decorate pumpkins, make and name a wand, sample peppermint sticks and salt water taffy, take home an autograph journal and more. Costumes encouraged. $5 per person; free to adult members of either the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre or National Cowboy Museum. No reservations required. This program is supported in part by Allied Arts.
Fall Festival Oct. 28, 5 - 7 p.m. Nichols Hills United Methodist Church, 1212 Bedford Dr. 405-842-1486 Enjoy all your favorite things about fall in a single event. This Fall Festival features a chili cook-off, hayrides, games, s’mores and more. Admission is free.
Trunk or Treat Oct. 28, 6 - 8 p.m. New Covenant UMC, 2700 S. Boulevard, Edmond 405-562-3200 Decorated trunks, tons of candy, games, inflatables, music and free food await at New Covenant United Methodist Church’s annual Trunk or Treat. Non-scary costumes are encouraged and admission is free.
Halloween Shindig Oct. 31, 6 - 9 p.m. SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd. 405-814-0006
Enjoy a spooky, but not too spooky celebration with scavenger hunts, an owl pellet dissection station, Halloween-themed crafts and trick-or-treating stations. The Oklahoma City Zoo will bring some of their animals to join in on the party from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and admission is $6. Owl dissection kits will be available for $5. Looking for a spooky date night idea? SKELETONS will host a Halloween Forensic Night on Oct. 26 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Oct. 29, 4 - 7 p.m. Bricktown, S. Mickey Mantle Dr. 405-235-3500
Yukon’s Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival
Parents and guardians are invited to bring their children to Bricktown to trick-or-treat at participating businesses. The central hub of the event will take place at the Mickey Mantle Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark where attendees can pick up an event map. There will also be a free pumpkin-painting station, free photos from The SNL Booth, mascots from local teams and lots of great costumes. This event is free and open to the public, and trick-or-treaters must be under the age of 14 and be in costume to receive free gifts or candy.
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Nov. 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore Dr., Yukon 405-350-8937 Yukon’s Dale Robertson Center comes alive with fall spirit featuring more than 45 booths from across Oklahoma selling candles, wood crafts, needle work, Christmas ornaments, handmade soaps, jewelry, home decor and more. There will also be Indian Tacos for sale along with a bake sale with proceeds going towards Friends of the Park. Admission is free.
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Brenda Brown: What she’s learned from almost three decades of helping foster children BY ERIN PAGE PHOTOS BY KIMERA BASORE
Brenda Brown’s calm demeanor, compassionate heart and can-do attitude have served her well as she’s proudly worn the title of foster mom for 26 years and counting. In addition to her four grown children, Brown has mothered 15 foster children, many of whom come back to visit, drawn by her nurturing spirit and belief in them.
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“If they don’t have any family, they still come on holidays and participate in Christmas or Thanksgiving,” said Brown. If they need gas money, she’s quick to give it. When former foster kids have been in college, she visited regularly to provide encouragement and a meal. Those in the military come by on breaks. One recently knocked on Brown’s door because she craved the comfort and security of sleeping in her old bed. “I told her, ‘you are 26 years old!’ but she said she didn’t care,” laughs Brown. “She slept for four hours and then said she’d come back to see me next year.” Those lifelong relationships are a testament to the environment Brown cultivates in
her home, with her priority being children feeling safe and understood. “They have this wall built up,” said Brown. “They come from hard places and they don’t want to trust you.” Her focus on open communication, clarity about expectations and spending time discerning and enhancing each child’s strengths slowly opens that door. “I just talk with them,” said Brown, “figure out what they like and don’t like. I try to show them that all I want is for them to develop and grow.” Watching her foster children achieve milestones is a highlight for Brown, who now mentors other foster parents. “She is what all our kids want,” said Misty McGaugh, field manager for Therapeutic Foster Care and Shelters for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare. “They want to feel safe, secure, loved and attached to people who care. Brenda does that beautifully.”
What is therapeutic foster care? Brown worked as a case manager for the Department of Human Services for 27 years, and her initial foray into foster care was by happenstance. An experienced babysitter, Brown agreed to take in a young foster child in an emergency situation. She eventually adopted him, and she found her niche in therapeutic foster care. “We work with children who require more intensive care, who have psychological, social and emotional needs,” said Brown. Children in therapeutic foster care have been diagnosed with a mental or behavioral health condition, like ADHD, anxiety, OCD or PTSD, and have needs beyond what a traditional foster home provides. Children in TFC homes receive the benefits of a family environment and more intensive therapeutic interventions with licensed professionals. McGaugh said some misunderstand TFC as care for children with extensive special needs or overwhelming medical conditions, but in reality they are dealing with fairly typical childhood diagnoses. But those mental health or behavioral diagnoses are compounded by the trauma they’ve undergone in their biological home or simply by being removed from the only home they’ve ever known.
“I had a girl in TFC tell me she feels like there is a black cloud that follows her around and dumps on her,” said Cheryl Ibrahim, TFC recruiter for OKDHS. “TFC helps a child like that learn to dance in her rain.” Unlike traditional foster care in Oklahoma, managed by both DHS and foster and adoptive placement agencies, TFC is managed by six specific agencies. Currently in Oklahoma, there are, on average, 180 to 200 children in TFC care, with 25 children on a waiting list for placement. The numbers have improved considerably since MetroFamily first reported on TFC homes in January 2016, when there were more than 500 children in TFC care and 150 on the waiting list. According to McGaugh, in addition to a decrease in the total number of children in foster care in Oklahoma, OKDHS has improved its collaborative effort with TFC agencies to better assess children who need this level of care. But, she said those numbers don’t account for children who haven’t yet received a behavioral or mental health diagnosis that would qualify them for TFC, and they have no way of predicting how that number could grow in the future. “We don’t know what tomorrow or next year will bring, and we need to have fully trained foster parents who will support kids in their darkest times,” said McGaugh. “We want to have homes waiting for our kids so teams can place them in a home that would best suit their specific needs.” Each child in TFC is supported by a team, including their foster parents, therapists, DHS case worker and a representative from their placement agency, who work together to assess needs and develop a treatment plan. Based on a child’s behavior and diagnoses, his or her team defines goals to track the child’s progress. “These behavioral or mental health diagnoses are lifelong circumstances; they aren’t just going to go away,” said McGaugh, “We want to help them better manage those needs in everyday settings.” TFC parents must have more hours of upfront and ongoing training than traditional foster parents, and they receive specialized training around each child’s individual health and behavioral needs. Ibrahim said families learn that children’s behavior is an attempt to meet some type of need and then how to help them work though those triggers. In the 26 years Brown has been fostering, she said the training offered has improved greatly.
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“There is a lot of knowledge and material out there now,” said Brown. “If I knew then what I know now, I could have helped [my first] children faster than I did.”
Celebrating healing When a child is placed in TFC, the goal is not for them to stay there, but to learn to cope with both their trauma and diagnosis so they can be moved to less intensive care.
Brown said her support team is critical to her success as a foster parent. Her church provides school supplies and Wednesday night programming. TFC agencies offer 24/7 crisis response for foster parents, as well as consistent respite care options so families can take a break as needed. Brown takes regular vacations and goes to the gym while her foster children are at school.
“We try within six months to give them enough training and build their skills so they can go home,” said Brown. When home isn’t an option, a child may move to a traditional foster home, a kinship placement with siblings or to an adoptive home. While saying goodbye isn’t easy, Brown delights in her foster children whose accomplishments in therapy allow them to transition out of her home, to a less restrictive level of care.
“I have to make sure I take care of myself so I can take care of them,” said Brown. TFC parents are responsible for teaching basic living and social skills and turning in weekly reports documenting foster children’s daily activities and progress in living, clinical and therapeutic skills. Brown provides her children structure and focus, savoring both bestowing knowledge and watching it come to fruition.
“We need more therapeutic foster parents like Brenda who want to celebrate a child’s achievements and all the things they are overcoming,” said McGaugh. Brown displays that same attitude about reunification with biological families. Like in traditional foster care, bridging with foster children’s biological families is a critical piece of TFC, when deemed appropriate by the judge in each case. McGaugh said the more connections a child has to their family of origin, the more success they see from that child behaviorally, at school and even with their physical health.
“We teach money management, we work on job skills, manners, nutrition and diet, we help with homework and help them learn how to cope,” said Brown. Along with her biological and adopted children and grandsons, Brown enjoys taking her foster children out to dinner once a month to practice manners and appropriate behavior in public.
“Visitation is a key predictor of whether families are able to reunify,” said McGaugh
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Brown invites her foster children’s biological parents into her home and communicates with them frequently. “I try to be positive, asking them a lot of questions and letting them know they can ask me anything,” said Brown. “I haven’t had a difficult parent yet.” Brown said for most biological parents, the shock of having their children taken away spurs them to complete their required treatment plans to be reunited with their children. Often a lack of resources or education leads to the poor choices that instigate their child’s removal. “It may be something they did wrong that they didn’t even mean to do,” said Brown. “Some have problems [with their treatment plan] but most want to complete it.” Brown calls reunification the most beautiful part of the foster care journey. “You meet a child’s needs, help them grow and develop, and then they get to return home to their parents,” said Brown. “It makes me feel like I have helped someone and accomplished something.” Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of 12 features on foster families in the area. Find more info about fostering at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/foster-care. METROFAMILY’S FOSTER CARE SERIES IS GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY
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GRACE JUN WITH HER HUSBAND PHIL AND SON SAMUEL (16) AND DAUGHTER PHOEBE (14) BY HANNAH SCHMITT PHOTOS BY KIMERA BASORE
You could say Grace Jun has lived many lives. Her lives as an immigrant, a dancer and a stayat-home mom all led her to the one she’s living now as a local dentist.
After high school, she moved from Lawton to Norman on a dance scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with a psychology degree and thought she’d follow her passion for dance to New York but ended up getting a position as a research assistant in epidemiology that sparked an interest in the medical field.
Many moms can probably relate to Jun. At 33 years old with two kids starting school, she was back to navigating what she wanted the rest of her life to look like.
“During that time I fell in love with this guy, got married, had kids and put career aspirations on the side,” she said. “I was busy raising a family.”
Her journey to Oklahoma City started back in the 1980s when her family immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea. Both her parents were ministers and after working some time in Wisconsin, they relocated to Lawton. Her upbringing was challenging, she said, because her family wasn’t fluent in English.
On top of the challenges of her early years of motherhood, Jun had a unique challenge of providing emotional support to her husband as he went through a drastic career change. After years working as an engineer, her husband felt the pull to pursue dentistry and Jun said she encouraged him to go back to school and become a dentist. Meanwhile, she did her best to tackle the job of a homemaker, one she’d romanticized before having kids.
“When my kids are complaining about homework, I just laugh,” she said. “I never had anyone to help me because nobody else in my house spoke English. I don’t know how I did it, but I did.”
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“I never realized how hard it was to be a stayat-home mom,” she said. “I thought it would
be so cool to stay home, watch Rachael Ray, do yoga, drop the kids at Mother’s Day Out. It wasn’t like that. It’s really, really hard.” Jun made it through that difficult time and before she knew it, Samuel was headed to first grade and Phoebe to preschool, so she started thinking about what she might like to do as a career. She wanted to pursue something that would help her contribute to the family financially. She never considered following her husband’s career path until he came back from a mission trip raving about how good it felt to help people. “He went to the Amazon with several other doctors to help provide medical care and he was just so excited,” she said. “He said, ‘Grace, there are all these doctors there but the dentist is the one who can do something immediately to help relieve someone’s pain.’” That sealed the deal for Jun. She went back to school and finished her prerequisites, took the Dental Admission Test and got into dental school. Being a mom gave her a new perspective on school.
“Other people thought it was so hard,” she said. “But for me, it was so cool to be there and have conversations with adults. My real job started when I got back home.” But dental school wasn’t without its challenges. She struggled to stay on top of the coursework, she said, and fought a constant internal battle to be a good enough student, mom and wife. That battle didn’t go away when she finished school, either. She said she continues to struggle at times with guilt about having a career as a mom. “But I see how my kids are influenced by how hard I work and the struggles I’ve been through,” she said. “We came from living off student loans with nothing to them getting to go to private school.” Samuel is now 16 and Phoebe is 13. Looking
back on her experience, she said she wouldn’t have it any other way. She said although the experience of raising kids feels different for everyone, she hopes she can be an example to other moms who might feel guilty to pursue their passions. When she was a stay-at-home mom, she admits she felt sorry for herself and she feels like she’s able to be a better mom when she makes time to pursue her own passions.
The one thing she would do differently if she had a do-over? “I wouldn’t have beat myself up so much,” she said. “I’d give myself a break. I was just too hard on myself, but everything worked out great. The kids never thought of me the way I thought of myself. Women need to cut themselves a little slack.”
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“We really wanted to create more jobs,” Jun said, “and more jobs for people who need a new start. A lot of our students are single moms or people who have failed a lot in their life and this is their final hope for themselves. We want people to find careers, not just jobs, and we want to be encouraging and develop their skills. More than anything we really believe we need to tell people they are not their past.” To learn more about the MIO program, visit www.miodentalcareers.com.
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7 Cover Kids Search
27 Turn The Town Upside Down
28 Day of the Dead Festival
MetroFamily’s 2019 Cover Kids Search at Park House Event Center from 1 – 5 p.m.
Kids Consignment Sale opens in Yukon
Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Wings Special Needs Community from 1 – 6 p.m.
Fall Break Drop-In Activities at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monster Dash 5K and Fun Run at Reaves Park from 2 – 5 p.m.
The General Kilgen Organ Performance at Oklahoma History Center from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District from 1 – 7 p.m.
Free Brick-orTreat in Bricktown from 4 – 7 p.m.
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great for teens
worth the drive
date night idea
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Harkins Bricktown at 7 p.m.
Free Art in the Park at Shannon Miller Park from 10 – 11 a.m.
Free Cook with Me! Activity at the Northwest Library at 2 & 4:30 p.m.
Pumpkinville opens at Myriad Gardens (continues through Oct. 21)
Monarch Madness 5K & Festival at the Oklahoma City Zoo from 8 a.m – 2 p.m.
Free Fall Y’All Family Fun at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame begins at 10:30 a.m.
Free Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale opens at Events at 10 West Main in Yukon
Free Hocus Pocus Movie Night @ the Park at Mitch Park at dusk
Free Annual Aviation Festival at Max Westheimer Airport from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free Art Adventures at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman at 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Story & Craft time at Unpluggits Paint & Play at 11 a.m.
Third Thursdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art from 5 – 10 p.m.
Moore Mummy & Son Dance at The Station at Central Park from 7 – 9 p.m.
Pioneer Library System Touch A Truck at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman from 9 a.m. – noon
Storybook Forest opens at Arcadia Lake from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Free Mall-O-Ween at Penn Square Mall from 6 – 8 p.m.
Free Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival at Sam Noble Museum from 4 – 7 p.m.
Free Fall Festival in Downtown Norman from 6 – 9 p.m.
Turn the Town Upside Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free Halloween Story Time at the Moore Library from 10 – 11 a.m.
Free Haunt the Hill in the Historic Capitol Hill District from 5 – 7 p.m.
Find these events and hundreds more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar
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Through Oct 7
Pumpkin Drive at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Bring a pumpkin larger than your head and receive free same-day admission to the Zoo. Purchase your pumpkins at the zoo’s patch and support conservation. 9am-5pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 10/9 vs Milwaukee, 10/21 vs Sacramento, 10/25 vs Boston, 10/28 vs Phoenix, 10/30 vs LA Clippers & 11/5 vs New Orleans. 602-8500, www.nba.com/thunder
FREE Story Time at Higher Ground Coffee Shoppe & Bakery (5814 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features songs, stories, crafts and snacks. Best suited for ages 6 & under. 10:30-11:30am. 6036999, www.highergroundsokc.com FREE Cook with Me! at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Learn how to make a different family friendly treat each month. All supplies provided. Preregister. Best suited for ages 5-12. Two sessions: 2 & 4:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
Oct 4 – 6
Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale at the Shawnee Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features items for children, teens and moms-to-be. Many items half-price Saturday. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. 580-320-3605, www.monkeybusinessok.com
FREE Theremin Jam at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a performance by members of the Oklahoma Theremin Society. Attendees will also have the opportunity to play a unique musical instrument. 6-7:30pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Sensory Night at Pumpkinville at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a welcoming environment to experience the fall festival with no loud
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music and smaller crowds. Attendees can enjoy festive booths, crafts and activities. Preregister; there are a limited number of spaces available for this event. Siblings are welcome. Members, $10; non-members, $12; adults, free. 6-8pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th St, Walker and Hudson Ave) features local artists, special themed exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. 6-10pm. 525-2688, www.thepaseo.org Oklahoma State University Women’s Soccer vs Texas Tech University at Cowgirl Soccer Complex (398 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). $5. 6pm. Also held: 10/19 vs West Virginia, 10/21 vs Iowa State & 10/25 vs Texas Christian. 325-2424, www.okstate.com University of Oklahoma Women’s Soccer vs Texas Christian University at the OU Soccer Complex (500 Imhoff Rd, Norman). $8-$10, kids (5 & under), free. 8pm. Also held: 10/19 vs Iowa State & 10/21 vs West Virginia. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com
Oct 5 & 6
Babies at the Museum at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features gallery tours, children’s songs, stories & play time. For 24 months & under. Members, $5; non-members, $12. 10am-noon. Also held: 11/2 & 11/3. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com FREE Halloween Costume Swap at Norman Library East (3051 E Alameda St, Norman). Drop off your clean, gently-used, complete costumes and receive vouchers good for an equal number of costumes at the costume swap shop. Costumes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Preregister. Drop off: Friday, 3-6 p.m.; shop: Saturday, 10am-2pm. 217-0770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
Oct 5 – 7
A Day Out with Thomas at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd). Take a ride with Thomas, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, see
authentic engines and more. Advanced purchase is recommended. Friday, $16; Saturday & Sunday, $18; Children (2 & under), free. 8am-6pm. 424-8222, www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org Antique Agriculture Festival at Hunter’s Home (19479 E Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill) features nineteenthcentury agriculture and heritage farming on a historic 1850s farm. Enjoy demonstrations, entertainment, food, shopping and more. Adults, $7; students, $4; kids (5 & under), free. Friday & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm. 918-456-2751, www. okhistory.org/sites/huntershome
SIMPLE STEPS TO SIMPLE STEPS TO
GET GET ACTIVE ACTIVE Ready to make moves for your health? Adults need 30 minutes of activity each day, and kids need 60! Get motivated and get moving with these simple steps below.
FREE Fishing Days in Oklahoma City (various locations). No city permit is required; however, a state license is needed for anyone 16 and older. Regular fishing regulations apply. 297-1426, www.okc.gov
Be Positive. Even if it feels tough at first,
remember every little bit adds up. A positive outlook gives you the energy and motivation you need to keep moving.
Oklahoma Czech Festival at Czech Hall (205 N Czech Hall Rd, Yukon) features polka music, dancing, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a craft show and more. Free to attend; participation prices vary. 8am-5pm, parade, 10am. 206-8142, www.czechfestivaloklahoma.com
Stay Hydrated. Drinking water keeps your
body and mind hydrated and your energy levels up. So choose H2O over sugary soda and sports drinks.
Oklahoma State University Football vs Iowa State University at Boone Pickens Stadium (700 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. 2:30pm. Also held: 10/27 vs Texas. 877-ALL-4-OSU, www.okstate.com
No Gym? No Problem. Get active at home with everyday items – like laundry jugs as dumbbells or towels as resistance bands.
FREE Planes, Trains & Automobiles at the Pottawatomie County Oklahoma Museum & Historical Society and Shawnee Airport (614 E Main St, Shawnee) features mini train rides, historical illustrations and enactments, live music, classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and more. 11am7pm. 275-8412, www.ptanda.net Monarch Madness 5K & Festival at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a 5K & one-mile fun run benefiting local monarch butterfly conservation and a festival with craft stations, butterfly tagging and garden tours. Festival: free with admission; Run: adults, $40; kids (3-12), $30. 8am2pm. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org
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Get Your Kids Involved. Make getting
active a family activity! Hike, bike, play ball… the options are endless!
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this simple day-by-day Busy week? Try and it in order, or mix workout plan. Do fit your schedule. match days to better
TURN ‘N BURN WORKOUT Turn physical activity up a notch.
3 sets of 10 on each
3 sets of 20
3 sets of 10
Find a buddy and move your body.
REACH & TOUCH
5 sets, 20 sec. each
5 sets, 20 sec. each
5 sets, 30 sec. each
In a rush? No sweat. (Well, maybe a little sweat.)
TRASH CAN TOE 3 sets of 30, twice
TOUCH a day
2 sets of 10, twice
KICKS SEATED FLUTTER day of 30, twice a 3 sets
Relax and get your “om” on.
CRESCENT LUNGE 3 sets, 30 sec. each
3 sets, 30 sec. each
Want even more inspiration? Try our 5-day Workout Plan!
3 sets, 30 sec. each
3 sets, 30 sec. each
KID CIRCUIT WORKOUT
Moving with your kids is fun. No kiddin’.
JUMPING JACKS 3 sets of 10
LEAP FROG 3 sets of 10
HIGH 5 PUSH-UPS 2 sets of 10
ShapeYourFuture with exercises from make your own day. Try this plan, or for 30 minutes every Just plan on moving
2 sets, 30 sec. each
Find it — and tons of other great ways to get active — at
Sugar Skull Making Workshop at Will Rogers Event Center (3401 N Independence Ave). Learn the recipes for the skulls and icing as well as how to mold them. No experience needed. All ages welcome. $15. 8amnoon. 297-1392, www.okc.gov Market in the Park at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church, Harrah) features a craft show, Pig in the Park BBQ cook off, bluegrass festival, pumpkin patch, kids’ area and more. Free to attend. 9am6pm. 454-2951, www.cityofharrah.com Industry Flea in Midtown (10th & Hudson Ave) features an open-air market with food trucks, live music and a variety of artisans and shops offering vintage clothing, furniture, art, locallymade food and more. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. www.industryflea.com Tunnels to Towers 5K at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a 5K benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. $25. 9am. www.t2trun.org OKC River Run at Wiley Post Park (2021 S Robinson Ave) features a chiptimed, USATF certified 5K/10K course along the picturesque Oklahoma River. Benefits Rett Syndrome research. $25-$35. 9:30-11am. 918-633-8097, www.RunSignUp.com/OKCRiverRun FREE Yoga in the Park at Earlywine Park (3101 SW 119th St) features an outdoor session of yoga open to the community. All ages welcome. 9am. www. facebook.com/groups/yogaintheparkmoore Grandparents Day at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features free admission for one grandparent with every child’s admission. Prices vary. 10am-9pm. 799-FARM, www.orrfamilyfarm.com OKC Philharmonic Classics Wild Individualism Concert at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features Holst’s iconic work The Planets and Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 for Violin in D major with violinist Simone Porter. $19 & up. 8pm. 8425387, www.okcphilharmonic.org
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FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. Also held: 10/20. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com FREE Dads & Donuts Story Time at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features stories, a craft and donuts. For ages 3-6 with a caregiver but all ages welcome. 10-11am. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Learn to create leatherwork and ropes, an essential tool for the cowboy. Available while supplies last. Best suited for ages 4-12. 10am-noon. 4782250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
Oct 6 & 7
Repticon Oklahoma City Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at State Fair Park (3100 General Pershing Blvd) features reptile pet vendors offering supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and raffles. Adults, $12; kids (5-12), $5; kids (4 and under), free. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. 863-268-4273, www. repticon.com/oklahoma/oklahoma-city/
Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese (2201 Interstate Dr, Norman) features less crowds, dimmed lighting, the music and show turned down or off and limited appearances from Chuck E. Prices vary. 9-11am. 366-8200, www.chuckecheese.com/birthdayevents/sensory-sensitive-sundays MetroFamily’s 2019 Cover Kids Search at Myriad Gardens Park House Event Center (301 W Reno Ave). MetroFamily is searching for local kids with big smiles and bright personalities to grace our 2019 covers. $35 per entry, not to exceed $70 per family. 1-5pm. www.metrofamilymagazine. com/coverkidssearch/
FREE Open Streets OKC in South Oklahoma City (S Robinson Ave from 15th to 29th St) features a local health and wellness project with food trucks and wellness ideas and activities. 1-5pm. 425-4315, www.openstreetsokc.com
Oct 8 – 13
Kids Consignment Sale at Yukon Shopping Hills (1093 S Cornwell, Yukon) features gently-used items for babies and children. Free to attend. MondayFriday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm. www.kidsconsignmentsale.com
Bella Voce in Concert: In Flanders Fields at the Mayflower UCC (3901 NW 63rd St) features a commemorative concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, known as the ‘War to End All Wars’. 7:30-8:30pm. 365-6350, www.bellavoceokc.org
Oct 9 – 13 & 16 – 20
FREE Fall Y’All Family Fun at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features fun activities for the whole family including story time, crafts, movies, Oklahoma Hall of Famers and special activities with community partners. 10:30am. 2354458, www.oklahomahof.com
FREE Wild Weather Camp at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a fun and interactive weather safety program developed by David Payne and the News 9 Weather Team for elementary students. Preregister. Also held: 10/31. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
University of Oklahoma Women’s Volleyball vs Texas Tech University at the McCasland Field House (151 E Brooks St, Norman). $8-$15; kids (5 & under), free. 7pm. Also held: 10/13 vs Texas; 10/20 vs West Virgina, 11/3 vs Baylor. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com
Oct 10 – 13
Mistletoe Market at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a holiday shopping extravaganza with merchandise from more than 100 vendors from Oklahoma and across the country. Wednesday preview, $50-$75; 6-9pm. Sale: adults, $10; seniors (65+), $5; kids (12 and under), free; Thursday & Friday, 9am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm. 843-5668, www.mistletoemarket.org
FREE Day of the Girl at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a girls’ yoga class taught by a local fitness professional, crafts and giveaways. Families are welcome. 11am-noon. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
Danny Gokey in Concert at Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Trosper Pl, Midwest City) features GRAMMY nominee, Dove Award winner and Capitol recording artist Danny Gokey as well as Grammy nominee Tauren Wells and breakout artist Riley Clemmons. $30 & up. 7pm. 594-8300, www.okcciviccenter.com
Oct 11 – 13
Sweet Repeats Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale at Events at 10 West Main (10 West Main, Yukon) features children’s, maternity & junior clothes, along with toys, shoes, books, bedding and baby gear. Free to attend. Thursday
& Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. 532-4053, www.sweetrepeatsok.com
FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) is a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6-9pm. www.2ndfridaynorman.com Pink Ribbon Bagel Day at Panera Bread (various locations). 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels will be donated to the Central and Western Oklahoma affiliate of Susan G. Komen. www.panerabread.com FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 6-10pm. www.plazadistrict.org/live/
EVERY WEEK IS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
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FREE Planter Pumpkins Craft at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Learn how to turn pumpkins into fall planters. Each participant will be able to prep a pumpkin, fill it with soil and plant a flower inside. Preregister. All supplies provided. All ages welcome. 6-7pm. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org EdFest at Edmond’s Festival Marketplace Pavilion (25 W 3rd St, Edmond) features local beer and food, live music, kids activities and more. A special Kidzone will feature a jump house, face painting, games and character photos. Benefits Edmond Mobile Meals. Free to attend; Kidzone wristbands, $5 each. 6-10pm. 341-3411, www.edfestokc.com FREE Gracias Christmas Cantata at Yukon Fine Arts Center (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features cherished music, magical sets and passionate performances. For ages 5 & up. Tickets are free but must be reserved. 7-9:30pm. www.eventbrite.com
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Mustang Mummy and Son Masquerade Ball at Mustang Town Center (1501 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a costume-themed dance for mothers and sons, ages 4 and up, including crafts, games and refreshments. Preregister, space is limited. $7. 7-9pm. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org
Join us at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame this October! FREE story time, craft, movie, and hay maze! FREE FAMILY FUN starts at 10:30 a.m. daily!
Thomas Rhett in Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features the Life Changes Tour with special guests Brett Young and Midland. $29 & up. 7:30pm. 6028700, www.chesapeakearena.com FREE Movie Night @ the Park at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features an outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus. Admission is free and concessions are $1. 7:30pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
Oct 12 & 13
Pass It On Kids Consignment Sale at Memorial Road Church (2221 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features gentlyused kids’ & maternity clothes, toys, furniture and baby items. Items will be half price on Saturday. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lilyfield Christian Adoption & Foster Care. Free to attend. Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 8am-3pm. 216-5240, www.passitonkids.com
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OCTOBER Broadway Day Storytellers Day Great Outdoors Day Jazz Day Candy Land Day Gone to the Movies Day Bedlam Day Throwback Thursday Friendly Friday Paint A Pumpkin Day
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum 1400 Classen Drive (N.W. 13th and Shartel) Oklahoma City, OK, 73106
OklahomaHoF.com (405) 235-4458
Extra Life at Game HQ (9118 S Western Ave). Play board games, card games, RPGs, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator and other tabletop games over 24 hours while raising money for the Oklahoma City Children’s Hospital. Most gaming is free. Proceeds from tournaments, raffles and food benefits the Children’s Hospital Foundation. 8pm-8pm. 580-743-1494, www. extra-life.org/participant/gamehq Waterfall Festival at Garden Ponds Unlimited (310 SW 1st St, Moore) features a Hawaiian themed event to benefit the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Enjoy wine tastings from local vineyards, fine cigars, pond side mini massages and food trucks as you stroll through the decorative gardens taking in the soothing sound of ten different waterfall displays. Free to attend. Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-9pm. 7997663, www.gardenpondsunlimited.com
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Museum Playdate at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features gallery tours, children’s songs, stories & play time. For ages 2-4. Members, $5; non-members, $12. 10am-noon. Also held: 11/9 & 11/10. 278-8213, www.okcmoa.com Melinda Doolittle & the OKC Philharmonic at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the powerhouse vocals of the Oklahoma raised star of American Idol and music of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. $19 & up. 8pm. 842-5387, www.okcphil.org
Oct 12 – 14
Greek Festival at St George Greek Orthodox Church (2101 NW 145th St) features authentic Greek food such as gyros and baklava and live entertainment including dancing and music. $16, meal included. Friday & Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 11am3pm. 820-2942, www.greekfestokc.com
OKC Fall RV Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features motor homes, travel trailers and more. $6; kids (12 & under), free. Friday, 10am7pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 10am5pm. 787-0787, www.okcfallrvshow.com
Faith, Family, Friends 5K at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a fun run, 10K & 5K benefits the Big A Charitable Fund. $25 & up. 9-11am. www. facebook.com/faithfamilyfriendsrace/
FREE The 4x4 Show at Crossroads Event Center (7000 Crossroads Blvd) features a 4x4 car show, shopping, activities and a raffle, benefiting The Jaxon Kade Foundation. 10am. www.jaxonkadefoundation.org Fall Craft Fair at Quail Springs United Methodist Church (14617 N Penn Ave) features vendors, a bake sale and gift boutique. Food will be available for purchase. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. 755-9477, www.qsumc.org FREE Moore Arts & Crafts Marketplace at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features local arts & crafts vendors. 9am-3pm. 793-4332, centralpark.cityofmoore.com
FREE Max Westheimer Airport Annual Aviation Festival at Max Westheimer Airport (1700 Lexington Ave, Norman) features hands-on learning experiences with Sooner Flight Academy, aviation aircraft displays, the opportunity to talk with pilots from all areas of aviation including the military and more. 9am-2pm. 325-7233, www.ou.edu/airport/events/festival
FREE Dogapalooza at Bob Moore Subaru (13010 N Kelley Ave) features micro chipping, dog treats, free bandannas, pet adoptions, pet professionals, a visit from the OKC Thunder girls, food trucks, a photo booth and more. Donations of dog food and gently used collars and leashes are encouraged and proceeds go to Bella SPCA. 10am-3pm. 749-9049, www.facebook.com/bobmooresubaru/
Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features a family-friendly walk benefiting Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 9-10:30am. 279-9068, www.alz.org
OK Kids Korral 5K and A Mile in Their Boots Walk at Andy Alligator’s (3300 Market Pl, Norman) features a USATF sanctioned and timed race and kids’ boot dash. Dress up is encouraged. $25-$35. 7:30am-noon. 271-6552, okkidskorral5k.eventbrite.com
FREE See You Saturdays at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10am-5pm. 235-4485, www.oklahomahof.com
shop, kids’ craft, outdoor games and live entertainment. Benefits local ministries. 9am-4pm. 732-6831, www.stmatthew.org FREE Rock the Block Touch-a-Truck Community Event at Dolese Bros. Co. (14th & Broadway Ave) features a variety of construction vehicles for attendees to explore. There will be a quiet hour from 9-10am. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Lunch proceeds will benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 9am-1pm. 2352311, www.facebook.com/dolesebrosco/ FREE Paranormal Fest at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Learn about the paranormal with guest experts and fun activities including an all-ages haunted escape room, paranormal story time, face painting and creepy crawlies from the OKC Zoo. Noon4pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org
The Pumpkin Festival at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (300 N Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City) features a bake shop, country kitchen, book nook, crafters, a silent auction, Christmas decor
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Juice and Palette at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Guided by a visiting artist, adults and children will leave with a masterpiece. All materials, juice and a light snack are included. Best suited for children 5 and up with an adult. Members, $20; non-members, $30 (prices include adult/child pair). 10am-noon. 3254712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel (701 W Sheridan Ave) features vendors, food trucks and more. Free to attend. 10am-6pm. 8106977, www.revolve-productions.com Main Street Pumpkin Festival in Prague (Jim Thorpe Blvd) features pumpkin decorating, local entertainment, pie eating contest, a kids’ craft area, clowns, a health fair, games, inflatables and more. Free to attend. 10am-2pm. 567-3932, www.facebook.com/mainstreetpragueok/ FREE Superhero School at New World Comics (6219 N Meridian Ave) features a different amazing superhero each week and on occasion a villain or two as well. Also held 10/27. 10:30-noon. 721-7634, www.facebook.com/newworldcomicsokc/ 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. Free to attend; some fees apply for games and rides. 11am-6pm. 7391297, www.midwestcityok.org
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DogFest Walk n’ Roll OKC at Earlywine Park (3033 SW 119th St) features a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk and festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Activities include vendors, music and a short walk with your pooch. Free to attend; fundraising encouraged. Noon-3pm. www.cci.org Oklahoma Wine Walk & Brew Fest at Brookhaven Village (36th Ave NW & Robinson, Norman) features wineries and breweries from across the state and live music from local entertainers. Tasting tickets, $25 & up. 1:30-7pm. www.oklahomawinewalk.com
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Cool Autumn Nights Car Show at Incredible Pizza (5833 NW Expressway) features automobiles and food. 3-8pm. 413-9501, www.okmustangclub.com FREE Mix on Main Street Festival at Carriage Plaza (Main St between 24th Ave NW & Mercedes, Norman) features live music, food trucks and outdoor family fun activities including glow golf, bouncy house, henna tattoos, the PLS Mobile Maker and more. 4-7pm. www.facebook.com/themaindistrict Mummy & Son Costume Party at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a night of dancing, games, snack food and a costume contest. For ages 4-12. Preregister by Oct. 6. $30 per couple, $10 each additional boy. 5-8pm. 3594630, www.edmondparks.com
Oct 13 & 14
FREE St. James Fall Festival at St. James Catholic Church (4201 S McKinley Ave) features a multicultural festival with live music, food, carnival games, inflatables, raffle prizes and more. Free to attend, food and games require ticket purchases. Saturday, 5-9pm; Sunday, 9am-7pm. All ages welcome. 657-9527, www.stjames-catholic.org
FREE Harvest Hustle 5K at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a non-competitive 5K run & walk for all fitness levels and an interactive wellness expo before the race. Expo begins at 1pm; run, 3pm. www.facebook.com/MWCmoving/
FREE Dentistry Day at Casady Dental Care (9405 N Penn Ave) features free dental services including one free cleaning, filling or extraction per patient. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 8am-3pm. 753-9090, www.FreeDentistryDay.org
Oct 15 – 19
Fall Break Drop-In Activities at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features themed make-and-take activities using a variety of mediums while
supplies last. See website for a list of each day’s activities. Free with admission. 10am-2pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
FREE Touch, Learn, Create – Circus at Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features sensory-themed activity stations for children ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE Ruff Ruffman’s Sensational Science Camp at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122rd St) explores science inquiry and engineering design processes using fun, hands-on activities with Ruff Ruffman and his friends. Preregister. For ages 12 & under. 2 & 4:30pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
Fall Break Paint Away Class at The MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a basic painting class. October’s project theme is black cat. For ages 6 - 12. Preregister. $12. 3-4pm. 3594630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Story Time at The Boxcar (2100 N Eastern Ave, Moore) features story time, songs and a little bit of dancing hosted by representatives of the Moore Library for kids ages 12 & under. 4-4:30pm. 759-7295, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Third Thursdays at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, art activities, a special menu at the Museum Cafe, full bar on the Roof Terrace and access to the Museum’s galleries, including special exhibitions. $5. 5-10pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com FREE Upper Crust: Simple Recipes for Teens at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres). Sample a pre-made culinary delight, and then make a pizza to bake at home. For ages 12 & up. 6:30-8pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org The Patriot Tour at Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Trosper Pl, Midwest City) features retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of ‘Lone Survivor’; Taya Kyle, author of ‘American Wife’;
retired U.S. Army Capt. Chad Fleming and ultra-marathon runner David Goggins. $45 & up. 7:30pm. 2972264, www.okcciviccenter.com Time for Three at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Ed, Edmond) features a musical trio that blends classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms. $23-$48. 7:30pm. 2851010, www.armstrongauditorium.org
Oct 18 & 19
Fall Break Day Skate Sessions at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission $6 includes basic skate rental. 1-4pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com
Oct 18 – 20
Spook-A-Rama at Kiddie Park (201 S Cherokee Ave, Bartlesville) features a costume parade, live Mad Scientist Show, rides and a haunted house. Prices vary. 6-10pm. 918-336-5337, kiddiepark.net/spookarama.htm
Oct 18 – 21
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa at River West Festival Park (2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa) features nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and crafters, carnival and fun activities for the entire family. Adults, $7-$10; kids (12 & under), free. 5pm-1am. 918596-2007, www.tulsaoktoberfest.org
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Oct 18 – 28
Hairspray at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. $25-$30. Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org
Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features Halloween-themed animal enrichment for the animals to enjoy. Free with admission. 10am2pm. 425-0262, www.okczoo.org
FREE Game On! Gaming Event at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features games for all ages with a mix of retro and modern games including video games and board games. This come-&-go event, 5-7pm. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
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FREE Mystery Night at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave, The Village) features pizza, a spooky scavenger hunt, science activities and a haunted gingerbread house competition. For kids in grades 6-8. Preregister. 5:309pm. 755-0710, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Teen Spooky Houses at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St). Teens will use engineering, art and creativity to make their own spooky village. All supplies provided. Preregister. Best suited for students in grades 6-12. 6-7pm. 979-2200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Seasons of Awareness Concert at Victory Church OKC (4300 N MacArthur Blvd) features Christian rock bands Disciple & Decyfer Down. Get free tickets by preregistering. All ages welcome. Doors open, 5:30pm; concert, 7-11pm. 5136615, www.seasonsofawareness.com Moore Mummy & Son Dance at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a Halloween-themed dance for mothers & sons ages 4-14. Costumes encouraged. $10 per person, $15 at the door per person. 7-9pm. 7935090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com/events Meet Me at Main at 10 West Main Shopping Center (10 W Main St, Yukon) features live music, shopping, vendors, food trucks, face painting and children’s activities. 6-10pm. 823-2429, www. facebook.com/meetmeatmain/ ARTonTAP at Oklahoma City Museum of Art Rooftop (415 Couch Dr) features over 80 varieties of beer, food from local restaurants and live music. Members, $50; nonmembers, $65. 7-10pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com
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A Night in the Life: 1940s Flyboys and Riveting Gals at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a USO Show complete with dancing and live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the time period, a dress-up station, dance lessons and more. $40-$80. 7-10pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org
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Oct 19 & 20
ZZZs in the Seas at Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features a self-guided scavenger hunt, flashlight tour and movie, during an overnight stay at the aquarium. Attendees can also enjoy a light snack, drinks and breakfast. Members, $35; nonmembers. $45. 7pm8am. 918-528-1532, www.okaquarium.org
Boo on Bell in Downtown Shawnee (Main St & Bell Ave, Shawnee) features trick-or-treating, live music, costume contests, family activities, entertainment, vendors and food. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm. 777-6505, www.seffshawnee.org
Oct 19 – 21
An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a three-day shopping event with art, clothing, antiques, collectibles, gourmet food and more. Three day pass, $10. Friday & Saturday, 9am6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 632-2652, www.aaoth.com/heartofoklahomacity/
Pioneer Library System Touch-A-Truck at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features a selection of community vehicles and their drivers. Children are free to climb aboard their favorites and ask questions. $2 suggested donation per child. Quiet hour: 9-10am; engines on, 10am-noon. www. pioneerlibrarysystem.org/touch-a-truck
FREE National Weather Festival at the National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman) features local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, weather-themed superheroes and other weather-related information and products. 10am-2pm. 325-3095, nwf.nwc.ou.edu FREE Fall Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features cultural demonstrations, traditional games, storytelling, a pumpkin patch, archery tag, food arbors, stomp dance demonstrations and more. Admission required for the exhibit center. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
FREE Oklahoma Book Festival in the Boathouse District (732 Riversport Dr) features award-winning authors from Oklahoma and across the country as well as panel discussions, storytelling, crafts, chef demonstrations and more. This is a dog-friendly event. 10am-5pm. www.okbookfest.org FREE When Sousa Plays … America Sings Concert at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Dr, Norman) features an outdoor concert by the Norman Philharmonic with special guests Boyd Street Brass Band. 6pm. 9284161, www.normanphil.com Stockyards Stampede at Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew) features a parade, chuck wagons, blacksmiths, gunfighters, carriage rides, food trucks and a children’s educational area. Free to attend. 10am-4pm. 2357267, www.stockyardscity.org Bethany Fall Classic 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Bethany’s 23rd Street District (7600 NW 23rd St, Bethany) features an all-ages race through the area. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital’s campaign for a new therapy pool. $25. 8-11am. 603-3521, www.signmeup.com/126568 FREE Family Flu Clinic at Norman Regional Moore Conference Center (700 S Telephone Rd, Moore) features free flu shots for children ages 6 months & up and adults, while supplies last. 9am-noon. www.normanregional.com FREE Scorpions with Dr. Gaffin at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn about these ancient arachnids—the scary and the fun—and find out how these secretive and mysterious animals make their way through the environment. For ages 6 & up. Preregister. 10-11am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup All Night Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features an all night stay at the rink. $20. 8pm-8am. 6052758, www.skategalaxyokc.com Curiosity Fest at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features engaging programming with Oklahoma’s top
humanities scholars including historical characters, discussions on race and social issues, comics, religion and more. $20 & up. Noon-9:30pm. 235-0280, www.okhumanities.org/curiosityfest FREE Midtown Walkabout in Oklahoma City (various locations) features specials, discounts, in-store activities and promotions and giveaways as well as a free photo booth, tailgate parties, live art demonstrations, free face painting and more. 2-6pm. downtownokc.com/midtown-walkabout/ FREE Duct Tape Halloween Bags at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Learn how to create treat bags using Duct tape. All materials provided. Preregister. For ages 8-14. 2-4pm. 701-2644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Sugar Skull Craft at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Embellish a sugar skull with glitter, feathers, a hat and more. Preregister. All supplies provided. For ages 12 & up. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org FREE History Never Dies Halloween Carnival at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum (406 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie) features a family-friendly Halloween carnival with games, treats and food. This year’s theme will be “The Wizard of Oz.” All ages welcome. Costumes encouraged. 5-8pm. 2821889, www.okterritorialmuseum.org FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (Broadway between 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, unique shopping and live music. 6-10pm. www. citizensedmond.com/heardonhurd.htm
Oct 20 & 21
Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features photo opportunities, fantasy-themed booths to trick-or-treat, live DJ and a ghost train. Zoo admission is required, as trick-or-treaters can also explore the zoo. Costumes encouraged, but nothing too scary. Trick or Treat bags: $7; members, $6 if purchase in advance. 9am-4pm. Also held: 10/27 & 28. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org
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Tenttober at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a park camping event benefiting The Pine Pantry Food Bank. Enjoy fishing, outdoor games, story time, s’mores, a hot dog dinner and an outdoor movie. Monetary, canned goods and household items will be accepted during the event. Preregister, space is limited. $25 per campsite; tent rental, $35. 4pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
Fall Break Paint Away Class at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a basic painting class. October’s project theme is Glittery Beautiful You. For ages 13-17. Preregister. $12. 1-3pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com
Monster Dash 5K and Fun Run at Reaves Parl (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features a 5K, fun run and costume contest, hosted by Junior League of Norman. Benefits community projects. Races, $10-$30; children’s activities, free. 2-5pm. 795-7056, www. facebook.com/JuniorLeagueNorman/
Spooky Pooch Parade at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an OKC Disc Dogs performance, spooky music, pet booths and a parade of pooches. Preregister. Members, $10 per dog;
games and a campfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. Weekdays, $8; weekends, $10. 5:30-8:30pm. 2167470, www.visitarcadialake.com
nonmembers, $12 per dog. 2-3:30pm. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org
FREE Mall-O-Ween at Penn Square Mall (1900 NW Expressway) features indoor trick-or-treating at participating retailers. Festive fall scenes will also be set up on the lower level in center court for families to take photos. Costumes welcome during event hours. 841-2696, www.simon.com/mall/Penn-Square-Mall
Kilgen Organ Performance at Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a screening of the silent horror film, The General (1926) with musical accompaniment by Organist Walt Strony. Members, $10; nonmembers, $20. 7-8:30pm. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org
FREE Fall Bash at SpringHill Suites (3201 W Memorial Rd) features trunk-or-treating and activities for kids as well as an art show. 5:307:30pm. 749-1595, www.facebook.com/ springhillsuitesokcquailsprings/
Oct 23 – 30
Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake (7200 E 15th St, Edmond) features a fun, notscary trail filled with roaming characters. Additional activities include hayrides,
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Midwest City). Discover clues, solve puzzles and open the lock to escape Dracula’s castle. For ages 12-18. 4-5pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features prizes, photo opportunities, face painting, games and more. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. 4-7pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu FREE Crow’s Corral Fall Festival at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda St, Norman) features face painting, games and prizes, popcorn, cotton candy and other treats. 5:30-7pm. 360-3572 Haunt the Harn at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features old-fashioned Halloween fun including trick or treating, face painting, pumpkin bowling, a cupcake walk, hayride and more. Best suited for ages 5-10. Those accompanying trick-or-treaters do not have to pay. $5 in advance, $7 at the event. 6-8:30pm. 235-4058, www.harnhomestead.com FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway, Moore) features a family friendly evening of ping pong. All experience levels welcome. Best suited for ages 6 & up. 7:30-9:30pm. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com
FREE Family Fright Night at the Norman East Library (3051 E Alameda St, Norman) features a family-friendly, frightening film to celebrate Halloween. Movie is rated PG. 5-7:30pm. 2170770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
FREE Fall Fest at Westminster Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel Ave) features trunk-or-treat, games, half-mile costume walk and food. In the event of rain, the event will be hosted in the basement of the church. Free to attend; costume walk, $5. 5-7pm. 524-2224, www.wpcokc.com FREE Fall Festival in Downtown Norman (Main & Jones St, Norman) features trick-or-treating, games, activities, costume contest &
prizes. 6-9pm. 366-8095, www. facebook.com/FallFestNorman/ Halloween Forensic Night at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features handson activities to learn to “read” the features of a human skull to determine: age, sex, physical trauma and/or illness. Detective costumes encouraged. All Forensic activities involve replica human skulls cast from real trauma cases. For a mature audience; personal discretion is advised. $35. 6-9pm. 814-0006, www. facebook.com/MuseumofOsteology/ FREE Fall Festival at Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur) features trunk-or-treating, games, a costume contest, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, a cake walk, Bingo and therapy dogs. A hot dog dinner, popcorn, cotton candy and a bake sale are available for small fees. In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. Donations of diapers or wipes for Infant Crisis Services are appreciated but not required. 7214141, www.churchoftheservant.com FREE Halloween Movie Screening at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman) features a screening of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist, written by Steven Spielberg. Movie is rated PG. 6-8pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Haunt the Zoo for Adults at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a party at the Zoo with drinks, dancing, games and trick-ortreating for surprises. For ages 21 & up. $24. 7pm-midnight. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org/haunt-the-zoo Trails of Fears at Little River Park (700 SW 4th St, Moore). Zombies have taken over Little River Park in the 1/3 of a mile Haunted Trail where they will be lurking from every corner and behind every tree. Best suited for kids 12 and up. Children 11 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $7.50. 8-11pm. 793-5090, www.cityofmoore.com/fun
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Oct 26 & 27
Edmond Historic Ghost Tours in downtown Edmond (19 N Broadway, Edmond). Learn about the history of Edmond and take a tour of the Downtown area where many founding fathers of the city lived and worked. Tour guides dressed in late 1800s and early 1900s period costumes will play the parts of historical figures to bring them back to life. Tickets available for purchase at Silver Leaf Gems, 15 W Campbell St. $7. 6-8pm. 285-9700, www.facebook.com/edmondhistory/
Oct 26 – 28
Alice (in Wonderland) at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Fall down the rabbit hole into the fantasy world first imagined by Lewis Carroll 150 years ago with Alice. $15 & up. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 843-9898, www.okcballet.org Macabret: A Spooktacular Halloween Revue at UCO Jazz Lab (100 E 5th St, Edmond) features a spooky musical revue. Reservations strongly recommended. $22. Friday & Saturday, 6:30 & 9pm; Sunday, 5 & 8pm. 359-7989, www.ucojazzlab.com
FREE Spooktacular in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features a costume contest, trick-or-treating, prizes and more. 9 – 11 a.m. 2628888, www.elrenomainstreet.com
Halloween on the Green at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Take a walk down a trick-or-treat trail with fun characters handing out candy. After the trail, attendees can decorate sugar skulls, get their face painted and more. No registration required. All ages welcome. $5. 10am-2pm. 297-1392, www.okc.gov/active Fall Festival at OSU-OKC Farmers Market (400 N Portland Ave) features a pie-baking contest, Thanksgiving basket giveaway, live music, food trucks, craft vendors, a scavenger hunt for children and a water well demonstration by the nonprofit, Water4. Free to attend. 8am1pm. 945-9196, osuokc.edu/farmersmarket FREE Movin’ Monsters Active Story Time at the Norman East Library (3051
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E Alameda St, Norman) features an active, Halloween-themed story time. Costumes welcome. 10-11am. 2170770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Trick ORR Treat at the Farm at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features trick or treating, a screening of an outdoor movie and bonfires in addition to the farm’s attractions. Costumes encouraged. Free with admission. 10am9pm. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com FREE Bethany Boo Bash at Bethany City Hall (6700 NW 36th St, Bethany) features live music, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, trick or treating, and more. 11am-2pm. 603-3521, www.facebook.com/CityBethanyOK/
Theatre members. 10am-2pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Gypsy Glam Roadshow Fall Festival at Tony’s Tree Plantation (3801 S Post Rd) features trick-or-treating for your children and dogs, a pooch parade with prizes, make and take art, cake walk, clowns, balloons, face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes, animal rescues, food trucks and shopping with local Oklahoma businesses. Costumes encouraged, for pets and people. Free to attend. 11am-3pm. 6021851, www.oklahomagypsyglam.com
FREE Spooktacular in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features a costume contest, trick or treating, prizes and more. 9-11am. 262-8888, www.elrenomainstreet.com
FREE Trick or Treat City at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a Candy Village, a fantasy land where children can collect candy from famous characters, and a carnival with crafts, games, inflatables and more. Costumes encouraged. Free to attend; carnival, $1 for 4 tickets. 2-4:30pm. 739-1293, www.midwestcityok.org
FREE Hall-o-ween Extravaganza at Central Presbyterian Church (5101 N May Ave) features a night of indoor trick-or-treating, Halloween games, and a free chili dinner, while supplies last. Non-scary costumes only. 6-8pm. 473-5989, www.cpcokc.org
FREE Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a make-your-own, hand decorated ceramic skull. All materials will be provided. Preregister. 2-4pm. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
Pet Angels Rescue A Cause for Paw at the Smith Residence (6501 Oak Heritage Trail, Edmond) features live music from Country Singer, Steve Moakler. Cocktails, dinner, silent auction, yard games and more. $60. 6-9pm. www.petangelsrescue.org
FREE Snakes in the Library at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany) features a presentation by a representative of the Oklahoma Herpetological Society. Learn snake anatomy, how to recognize venomous snakes, how to care for a pet snake and why snakes are our friends. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org
Spook N’ Roll Halloween Party at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a festive party with skating and a costume contest. $12. 7pm-midnight. 605-5728, www.skategalaxyokc.com Turn the Town Upside Down cosponsored by the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features imaginative, kidfriendly activities in the Museum’s Prosperity Junction. Costumes encouraged. Most suitable for kids aged 3-10. $5, free to Museum & Oklahoma Children’s
Spooksville at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features a dog costume contest, kids’ costume contest, carnival area with games, clowns, magicians and lots of treats. Costumes encouraged. Kids, $3; adults, free. 2-6pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov University of Oklahoma Football vs Kansas State University at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (1185 Asp Ave, Norman). Prices vary. Game time TBA. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com
FREE Haunt the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features crafts, photo booth, games and more. All ages welcome; costumes encouraged. 4-7pm. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Haunt Old Town Moore (Broadway Ave, Moore) features family fun activities including trickor-treating, food trucks, inflatables, games, music & candy. 4-7pm. 7935000, www.cityofmoore.com FREE Truck or Treat in the Park at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features decorated vehicles and candy for kids in a safe & fun environment. Costumes encouraged. 5-8pm. 3594630, www.edmondparks.com Historic Spirit Tour at Fort El Reno (7107 W Cheyenne St, El Reno). By lantern light, hear the stories of the restless spirits of the old military post and how they align with some of the unsolved mysteries that
have occurred at Fort Reno. Dinner will be served before tour begins. Reservations required. Adults, $15; seniors, $14; kids, $7. 6-10pm. 262-3987, www.fortreno.org
Oct 27 & 28
Halloween Train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a 40-minute Halloween train ride, moon bounce and miniature golf. Smiley O’Riley from Dental Depot will be handing out goodie bags to all of the children. $13-$15. 9am-5pm. 424-8222, www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org
Oct 27 – 31
HallowMarine at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features an indoor trick-or-treat trail. Have some kid-friendly fun with mermaids and pirates, candy, a costume contest, a pirate bouncy house and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Kids, $7; adults $10; 2 & under, free. 6:30-9pm. 918-296-3474, www.okaquarium.org
Sept. 29th -Oct. 28th
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Buy child admission ticket, • Storytime in the farmyard get adult ticket for free! • Real Tortoise and Hare Races • Pop-Up Shops and Food Trucks • Costume contests for people and pets • Pumpkin painting and carving contests • Family Farm Games
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Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run at Stars & Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features a pet-friendly course benefiting the Heartland Weimaraner Rescue. Kids can enjoy face painting and fall crafts. Costumes are encouraged. $15. Noon-3pm. 227-8525, www.ghostrunners5k.com Girl Fest at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features an exclusive first look at the farm’s brand new Conestoga Wagons for Girl Scouts and their families. Throughout the event, girls will have the opportunity to explore badges and meet some leading women in our community. $12. 12:30-6pm. www.gswestok.org FREE Fall Festival at Winners Church (16000 N Western Ave, Edmond) features games for all ages, decorated trunks full of candy, costume contest, classic car show, music and giveaways. 4-6pm. 323-0790, www.winners-church.com
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FREE Trunk or Treat at Crown Heights Christian Church (4020 N Western Ave) features trunk or treating, candy, cake walk, bounce house and more. 5-6:30pm. 528-5568, crownheights.church FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (10600 N Council Rd) features moon bounces, cupcake walk, police cars and fire trucks as well as trunks filled with treats. 5-7pm. 721-0590, www.stpaulsokc.com FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (300 N Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City) features trick-or-treating, story time in the pumpkin patch and more. 6-8pm. 732-6831, www.stmatthew.org
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Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District (NW 16th St between Indiana & Blackwelder Ave) features folkloric traditional dancing, a procession, music, food trucks, art vendors, ofrendas, interactive activities for kids and adults, hotrods, live music, Mexican monster movies and more. Free to attend. 1-7pm. 496-9424, www.plazadistrict.org FREE Magic Lantern Celebration in the Paseo District (Paseo Ave between 27th St & N Walker and 30th St & N Dewey) features a fun and unique twist to an old tradition, a night of light instead of fright. Children of all ages are invited to “come as they are” and transform themselves with the help of local artists and then join in on a costume parade on the labyrinth painted on the street. 3-6:15pm; parade, 5:45pm. 525-2688, www.thepaseo.org Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Party at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond) features regular Unpluggits activities plus face painting, Halloween games, prizes and crafts. Costumes encouraged. $5 at the door; current passholders, free. 4-7pm. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com FREE Fall Festival at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features a Chili Cook-off, hayrides, games, s’mores and more. 5-7pm. 8421486, www.nicholshillsumc.org
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FREE Tractors & Treats at First Southern Baptist Church (6400 S Sooner Rd) features a treat trail for the whole family with candy, games, prizes and more. Costumes encouraged. Activities with take place indoors. 5-7pm. 7321300, www.firstsouthern.tv FREE Trunk or Treat at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a family friendly evening with plenty of candy, decorated trunks, games, inflatables, music and free food. Non-scary costumes welcome. 6-8pm. 562-3200, www.newcov.tv
FREE Halloween Story Time at the Southern Oaks (6900 S Walker Ave) features slightly spooky stories and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Costumes are welcome. Best suited for ages 5 & under. Preregister. 10:3011:15am. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Brick or Treat in Bricktown (Reno Ave & Mickey Mantle Dr) features trick-or-treating, a free pumpkinpainting station, free photos from the The SNL Booth, mascots from local teams and more. Trick-or-treaters must be under 14 years old and in costume to receive candy. 4-7pm. 236-8666, downtownokc.com/brick-or-treat/ Yukon’s Mummy & Son Masquerade at Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon) features a fun evening of carnival games, costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4-12 & their mummy. $4 in advance, $5 day of. 6-8pm. 3508937, www.cityofyukonok.gov
FREE Halloween Story Time at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features themed songs, stories, crafts, music and more. Costumes welcome. 10-11am. 7935100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Halloween Crafts at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features crafts and family-friendly activities for all ages. 6:30-8pm. 6314468, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE Norman North Spooktacular at Norman North High School (1809 Stubbeman, Norman) features 50+ decorated rooms and free candy for kids up to 10 years old. Costumes welcome. 6:30-8pm. 366-5954
Halloween-themed art making time including drawing, painting, candy and treats. Costumes encouraged. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30-7:30pm. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com
party with scavenger hunts, owl pellet dissection station, Halloween-themed crafts, live animals and trick-or-treating stations. Costumes encouraged. $6 & up; dissection kits, $5. 6-9pm. 8140006, www.skeletonmuseum.com
FREE Dress Up Party at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Toddlers can play dress up. Play dress up with one of the library’s costumes or wear your own. Best suited for ages 5 & under. 1011am. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE Spooktacular Story Time and Parade at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features story time and a costume parade. Preregister. Best suited for age 5 & under. 10-11am. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE Trick or Treat at Northpark Mall (122nd & N May Ave). Select stores will be handing out candy from 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween. Costumes welcome. 3-5pm. www.northparkokc.com
FREE Preschool Dress Up Party at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Toddlers can play dress up. Wear your own costume or try on one of the library’s. Best suited for ages 3 & under. 11-11:30am 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org
FREE Wild Weather Camp at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a fun and interactive weather safety program developed by David Payne and the News 9 Weather Team for elementary students. Preregister. 10:30am. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
FREE Halloween Arts Spectacular at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a
FREE Haunt the Hill in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St) features safe trick-or treating including business booths offering free games and goodies. 5-7pm. 6320133, www.historiccapitolhill.com FREE Trunk or Treat at Western Hills Fellowship Church of God, Int’l (11501 N Western Ave) features games, a cake walk, candy and first responders. Costumes welcome. 6-8pm. 7491100, www.westernhillscogi.com
Halloween Shindig at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features a spooky, but not too spooky
El Reno for
October 12-14 - Town Wide Garage Sale Come put our junk in your trunk!
October 13 & October 27 - Ghost tours!
Ft. Reno Historical Spirit Tours - By lantern light, you will tour this historic landmark that holds over 100 years of rich history & visit with paranormal research teams who have done investigations at the Fort. Book today: (405) 262-3987 October tour dates fill up quickly.
October 27th 9am – 11am - Spooktacular Downtown El Reno
Costume Contest, Trick or Treat, Prizes and More! For more information, visit www.elrenomainstreet.com or call 405-262-8888.
Also in October enjoy downtown Boutique Shopping, Funky Junk, Wine Bar and Restaurants, Coffee House, Museum and more!
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Oct 31 – Nov 4
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features synchronized skating, freestyles figures and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. $43-$160. Wednesday Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 4 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30 & 5pm. 602-8500, www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal
Nov 2 & 3
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features the national tour preview performances of this classic show. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm. $24-45. 682-7579, tickets.occcc.edu
FREE Multi-Tribal Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features language demonstrations, native hymns, social stickball games and cultural demonstrations from the Chickasaw and other Native tribes. 10am-5pm. 580-6227130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com
FREE Lantern Walk at Pat Murphy Park (4500 W Hefner Rd) features traditional songs, lighted lanterns and an evening walk. Attendees are invited to make a lantern at home or bring a camping lantern, flashlight, or other portable light source. Best suited for ages 2-8, but family members of all ages are welcome to attend. Preregister. 5:306:30pm. 837-4014, www.tinkergarten.com
Nov 2 – 4
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) features a community theater production performed by kids in grades 2-12 with classic songs like Toot Sweets, Me Ol Bamboo, Truly Scrumptious, Hushabye Mountain and the title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. $10. 340-4481, www.edmondfinearts.com
Aquarium Family Field Trip at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features a trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium to get a close-up look at sharks, sea turtles, aquatic animals of Oklahoma and more. Participants will be transported in museum vans. Aquarium admission is included. For ages 5 & up with an adult. Preregister. Members, $90; non-members, $110. 9am-6pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu FREE Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features vendors from across the state selling candles, wood crafts, needlework, Christmas ornaments, handmade soaps, jewelry, home decor and more. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. 3508937, www.cityofyukonok.gov
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Don’t miss the magical pumpkin patches throughout Oklahoma City and surrounding towns this month. Find a comprehensive guide at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/pumpkin-patches!
Festivals and Events Worth the Drive Through Oct 7
Tulsa State Fair at Expo Square (4145 E 21st St, Tulsa) features family entertainment including carnival rides, attractions, concerts, creative arts, food, livestock competitions & more. Adults, $8-$10; military & seniors (62+), $6; kids (5-12), $6; kids (under 5), free. Open most days at 10 a.m. See website for hours of operation. 918744-1113, www.tulsastatefair.com
Oct. 5 & 6
Tombstone Tales in Enid (201 W Owen K. Garriott, Enid) features a tractor-drawn hayride tour through the Enid Cemetery, where unusual characters who once lived in Oklahoma will appear to share the tales of their historical journeys. $15. 6:308:30pm. 580-233-3643, www.visitenid.org
Oct. 5 – 7
Antique Agriculture Festival at Hunter’s Home (19479 E Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill) features 19th-century agriculture and heritage farming on a historic 1850s farm. Enjoy demonstrations, entertainment, food, shopping and more. Adults, $7; students, $4; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am3pm. 918-456-2751, www.okhistory.org
Oct 12 & 13
Cheese & Wine Festival in Watonga (Main St, Watonga) features the annual Great Rat Race, a parade, live entertainment, crafts, an art show, a quilt show, food and beverage options, wine tastings and a wide-range of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests. Participation prices vary. 9am-6pm. thewatongacheesefestival.wordpress.com
FREE Family Day at the Ranch at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (9501 E 380 Rd, Oologah) features hands-on activities and demonstrations about everyday life on the ranch during Will Rogers’ childhood. 1-3pm. 800324-9455, www.willrogers.com
Oct. 18 – 20
Spook-A-Rama at Kiddie Park (201 S Cherokee Ave, Bartlesville) features a costume parade, live Mad Scientist Show, rides and a haunted house. Prices vary. 6-10pm. 918-336-5337, kiddiepark.net/spookarama.htm
Oct 18 – 21
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa at River West Festival Park (2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa) features nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and crafters MarktHaus, carnival and fun activities for the entire family. Adults, $7-$10; kids (12 & under), free. 5pm-1am. 918-596-2007, www.tulsaoktoberfest.org
Oct 19 & 20
Stillwater Balloon Festival (6411 N Perkins Rd, Stillwater) features balloon rides, dusk glow shows, skydiving presentations, car show, inflatables and more. Adults, $10; kids (16 & under), $5. Parking, $10. Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 7am-10pm. 3854040, www.stillwaterballoonfest.com
Oct 19 – 21
Fall Festival at Robbers Cave State Park (4575 NW 1024th Ave, Wilburton) features arts & crafts, classic car show, food, carnival rides, entertainment & activities. 9am-5pm. 918-465-3400, www.robberscavefallfestival.com
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WEEKLY EVENTS FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma FREE Halloween Horrorfest at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a screening of a different horror film each week. Refreshments available. Tuesdays, 6:308:30pm. 732-4820, www.metrolibrary.org 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, www.myriadgardens.org 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. 6026664, www.sciencemuseumok.org FREE Preschool Story Time at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) for ages 3 to kindergarten. Tuesdays, 11:30am. 354-8232, www.yukonok.gov/citydepartments/mabel-c-fry-public-library/
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FREE Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) offers free admission to guests of all ages, courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Wednesdays, 10am-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr Ste 110) features a short story time and age appropriate craft. Free with admission. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com FREE Mom Core at St. Luke’s Edmond (900 N Sooner Rd, Edmond) features fellowship and encouragement in parenting, marriage and spiritual topics. Free to attend; optional breakfast, $5. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am. 285-2002, www.stlukesokc.org/campus-hub/edmond/ FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages
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2-7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes basic skate rental. (Family package coupon available at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons). $6. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com FREE Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout St NW, Piedmont) features a variety of activities such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. For ages birth to 3. Fridays, 10am. 373-9018, www.piedmont.okpls.org FREE Frightful Fridays at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany) features some classic frightening movies and complimentary popcorn. Fridays, 4-6pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org RIVERSCREAM at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr). In addition to the regular activities with a spooky twist, enjoy a Pirate Zone for guest 7 & under. Prices vary. Fridays & Saturdays, 5-11pm. 552-4040, www.riversportokc.org/riverscream/ FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com FREE Story Time at Barnes and Noble (13800 N May Ave) features a special story time with games and occasionally costumed characters. Saturdays, 11am. 755-1155, stores.barnesandnoble.com FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features crafts for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com Mommy & Me Yoga at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St) features a kid and parent friendly yoga session with a certified instructor. Kids can try poses or play during the workout. Best suited for ages 0-6 and pre- & postnatal moms are welcome too. $5. Saturdays, 10-10:30am. 650-7560, www.tottownokc.com
Therapeutic screenings are still free at the McCarty Center
ONGOING EVENTS All exhibits are free with admission unless otherwise stated. Admission to the venues is listed. Through Oct 14
When We’re Gone at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) follows Todd, an angstridden teen, in plague-ridden, 14th century London and his desire to make great art in a time of great need. This musical contains adult language and adolescent themes. $25 & up. See website for show times. 524-9310, www.lyrictheatreokc.com
Through Nov 11
In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) takes visitors into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “general illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles of art as he did. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
Through Jan 6
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived at Sam Noble Museum (2401 S Chautauqua Ave, Norman) showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models from several collections. Visitors enter a full-size sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution and extinction. Adults, $8; kids (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
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American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1400 NE 63rd St) explores early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita Peña, Harrison Begay and the institutions that influenced them — particularly the University of Oklahoma and the Santa Fe Indian School. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-12), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
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Cowboy Crossings at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding as well as fine art from members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing and sculpture. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-18), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
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FREE Ticket to Ride at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features paintings, studies, posters, and graphics that emerged from the parallel relationships between artists and commercial designers with Western rail companies between the late 1880s and early 1930s. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938, www.ou.edu/fjjma
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FREE Erwin Redl: Whiteout at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Campbell Art Park (NW 11th and Broadway) is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The sequence of light is an incandescent treatment across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org
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Victorian Radicals: From the PreRaphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features three generations of young, rebellious artists and designers that revolutionized the visual arts in Britain by engaging with and challenging the new industrial world around them. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com Discover more museum exhibits at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/museums.
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Brynn Pressley BY ERIN PAGE PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Brynn Pressley was a sweet snaggletoothed kindergartener when she graced our October 2011 cover, next to a festive jack-o-lantern whose smile mirrored hers. At the time, Brynn, mom Kristina, dad Bryan and new baby sister Lydia lived in Moore as both parents served in the Air Force. Just a few months after Brynnâ€™s cover photo appeared, the family moved to a suburb of Seattle as her parents retired from the military and began new careers. Brynn, 12, is now in seventh grade, and sister Lydia is 7. Since being a cover kid, Kristina laughingly reports that Brynnâ€™s teeth have come in straight and beautiful, and the mother-daughter duo share what else has changed in their lives:
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How was Brynn selected to be on the cover? Kristina: I used to be a writer for MetroFamily, and I wrote blogs and articles about getting back to FAB (Fit After Baby). My friend Mari Farthing was the editor at the time and was occasionally looking for cover kids. Mari actually carved the pumpkin that has the same configuration of teeth as Brynn at the time—she’d lost a tooth on top and a couple on the bottom.
What’s your favorite thing about school? Brynn: PE. I also have played volleyball for two years. I like passing best and playing in games. Kristina: She is also working toward joining the Junior Honor Society, so she’s been getting community service hours. Brynn: I’ve served at the food bank and helped at my mom’s office [a nonprofit organization].
What do you like to do for fun? Brynn: I love to listen to music, hang out with my friends and play with my dog, a Yorkie Shitzu mix. And annoy my mom!
Do you know what you want to do when you grow up? Brynn: I want to become psychologist or a therapist. I have a really big interest in listening to people’s problems and I like giving people advice.
What do you miss most about Oklahoma? Kristina: Our friends and neighbors. We have good neighbors now but we really loved all the folks we lived around there.
Have you been back to Oklahoma since you moved? What do you think is the biggest change?
moved, and though Bryan used to travel back for work, he doesn’t anymore. We left not too long before the big [May 2013] tornado. Brynn had been at the PreK at the school where the children were lost. The tornado took the hospital where my youngest was born; it was about a mile from where our house was in Moore. There have been a lot of changes where we used to live since that tornado.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a family? Kristina: We’re lucky here because there’s so much to do. We’ve been playing tourist for the last few years. We like to explore all the outdoor stuff, going camping and hiking quite a bit. We now have family that lives out near the ocean as well.
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What’s your advice on achieving work/school and family balance? Kristina: With the amount of activities kids can be involved in, it’s easy to become overbooked. I am lucky that the girls are choosy in what they want to do. Having some boundaries as to how much stuff you’re able to fit in to a schedule allows you to keep some balance. For us, being overbooked is not something any of us like.
What has been Brynn’s biggest accomplishment since she was on the cover? Kristina: What I’m most proud of is that she’s a really good student and a good kid. As she entered into middle school, there’s all that social stuff that started to happen, and there are times I’ve had to remind her of the priority that should be placed on school, but she’s such a good person that it’s made all the growing pains of coming into middle school a little bit easier. This column is a look back at MetroFamily’s former cover models in celebration of our 20th anniversary this year.
Kristina: We haven’t been back much because the family we had in the area have
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Less than two hours from Oklahoma City sits an oasis for families brimming with kid-friendly attractions. Tulsa is a beautiful city with a complex history and an exciting future, as current Mayor G.T. Bynum and others work to turn Tulsa into a “world-class city.” It’s the ideal spot for a weekend getaway for Oklahoma City families, as long as you can narrow down the massive list of attractions down to two days of fun. BY TARA RITTLER, WEB EDITOR AND WRITER FOR TULSA KIDS MAGAZINE
One of Tulsa’s newest attractions is Gathering Place, a nearly-100-acre park adjacent to the Arkansas River. Of all the Gathering Place elements, one of the most enticing is the five-acre Chapman Adventure Playground, which has elements designed to entertain children of all ages. For example, in Fairyland Forest, younger children can climb through a giant wooden snake, speed down a banana-shaped slide or enjoy imaginative play in different fairytale-inspired playhouses. In Volcanoville, toddlers can take a turn on a mini climbing wall. Elsewhere, older children can explore giant towers using rope ladders, staircases
and crawl spaces to ascend to the top; they also can play pirate in a life-sized ship, slide down a wooden elephant’s trunk, take a turn riding the zip-line and more. Gathering Place is also home to bike and skate parks, two restaurants with fresh food available in various price ranges, sports courts, picnic areas and a boathouse where park guests can rent paddleboats, kayaks and canoes. Go to gatheringplace.org for more information about various park elements and to gatheringplace.org/events for a list of upcoming concerts and other activities, all of which are free to the public.
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Philbrook Museum is a perfect example of Tulsa’s past and present working together to produce a bright future for the city. When Scott Stulen took over as Philbrook’s director in late 2016, he began focusing on how to make Philbrook a vital part of the Tulsa community. Under Stulen’s leadership, Philbrook has acquired a wall-sized Kehinde Wiley painting, revamped its restaurant (which now offers weekly burger nights); updated its programing to include extended hours every Friday; curated exciting exhibits like Museum: Confidential, which featured previously unseen pieces of the museum’s extensive collection and hosted a naturalization ceremony. Of course, Philbrook has been an important part of Tulsa ever since Waite Phillips
According to its website, The John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, completed in December 2009, “memorializes the Tulsa Race Riot, called the worst civic disturbance in American history. The Park also tells the story of African Americans’ role in building Oklahoma and thus begins the long-delayed rendering of the full account of Oklahoma’s history.”
donated the mansion to the city in 1938. The formal gardens are inviting both to children who need a place to run and to those who want to just sit and enjoy natural beauty. For those skeptical about bringing their children to a museum, Philbrook is as family-friendly as they come, offering free admission to children 17 and under. Furthermore, they have conversation cards available near the entrance of their collection that offer parents prompts for how to discuss art with their children in an engaging way. If your visit falls on the second Saturday of the month, all family members receive free admission and the opportunity to engage in creative activities. Learn more about current and upcoming events and exhibits at philbrook.org.
response to ongoing disparities precipitated by the events of 1921. The John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park offers docent-led tours on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sign up at www.jhfcenter.org.
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While the Tulsa Race Riot (or Massacre) is not a proud part of Tulsa’s history, it is an important element in understanding the city. A visit to The John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park can help foster conversations between parents and children about kindness, reconciliation, diversity and how to learn and grow from traumatic events. Under Mayor Bynum’s leadership, the city has established Resilient Tulsa, a group of 2,000 individuals working to bring justice and equity to Tulsa to underserved and vulnerable people. This is largely in
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Following a visit to The John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, Tulsa tourists may want to explore the surrounding Tulsa Arts District, a vibrant area of the city that houses restaurants, art galleries, Guthrie Green (a small park that frequently offers free events) and nonprofit bookstore Magic City Books. Some favorite Tulsa Arts District establishments include Ida Red General Store and Soda Fountain, where one can purchase Oklahoma-themed merchandise, oldfashioned candy and soda-fountain beverages; Antoinette Baking Co., whose Pie Nights every Friday and Saturday are a fun and delicious tradition; and the Woody Guthrie Center, where one can learn more about this Tulsa legend and experience the Dust Bowl in a virtual reality setting. Find a complete list of Tulsa Arts District businesses at www.thetulsaartsdistrict.org BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: DISCOVERY LAB. TOP RIGHT: IDA RED GENERAL STORE
Discovery Lab, formerly known as the Tulsa Children’s Museum, is located in Owen Park, Tulsa’s oldest city park. North of Discovery Lab, you can visit a small cabin built in 1885—the oldest home in Tulsa. Discovery Lab offers visitors with young children an affordable indoor escape.
Through Spring 2019, Discovery Lab’s featured exhibit is Backyard Bugs: An Oklahoma Insect Adventure, which teaches viewers about Oklahoma’s insect life through observation of real insects as well as larger-than-life animatronic bugs, including a nine-foot praying mantis.
Discovery Lab also has a toddler area, rotating exhibits and regularly scheduled events like Science Demonstrations. Plus, no visit to Discovery Lab is complete without a trip down its 30-foot slide made entirely out of packing tape! Learn more at www.discoverylab.org.
Finally, if a city offers the chance to walk through a 500,000-gallon tank filled with bull sharks, you don’t want to miss that opportunity! The Oklahoma Aquarium, located in Jenks, a suburb just south of Tulsa, offers this experience in addition to other fascinating exhibits, such as the new Polynesian Reef, home to some of the Aquarium’s most colorful aquatic life. Another newer Aquarium space is Sea Turtle Island, whose residents include two 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles, a giant puffer fish, hammerhead sharks and more. Guests will enjoy getting a sea-level view in a “submarine”-style viewing station.
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Editor’s Note: Learn more about the Oklahoma Aquarium at www.okaquarium.org and find our Kid Review on Oklahoma Aquarium on page 54.
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• Dilly Diner, 402 E. 2nd St. Dilly Diner, located in downtown Tulsa, is one of the city’s most kid-friendly restaurants, assuming the weather is conducive to eating on the patio. Dilly Diner’s fencedin outdoor eating area features several play houses, meaning the kids are free to expend some energy while you enjoy your meal. Get the menu at www.dillydiner. com/menu.
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• Andolini’s, multiple locations. Andolini’s is one of Tulsa’s most popular pizza restaurants—plus, they give out balls of dough to kids who need a distraction while waiting for their meal. Sign up for their mailing list at www.andopizza.com to get a free order of garlic knots with your meal. If you visit their Cherry Street location, walk across the street after your meal to grab authentic, Italian-style gelato at their sister store, STG Gelateria. • Fair Fellow Coffee, 1 N. Lewis Ave. A visit to Fair Fellow Coffee will not only correct your caffeine deficiency, it will also give you a chance to explore the Kendall Whittier district, including Pancho Anaya Mexican Bakery, Whitty Books, Ziegler Art & Frame and other fun shops. Find Fair Fellow on Facebook at www.facebook. com/fairfellowcoffee.
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Chloe Bales has been attending dog shows and dog agility training classes since she was in the womb. Mom Stephanie has been training dogs since she was 9 years old and has competed in dog agility shows for 15 years. At the family’s dog training and breeding business, Rock Creek Agility in Harrah, Chloe started “teaching” classes with her mom around age 1. At first, Chloe’s methods primarily included giving the dogs treats, giving simple commands, going through the dogs’ agility tunnels herself and playing on the equipment. At age 5 she began showing dogs for fun with her mom’s dog Millie, the pair practicing regularly and memorizing the rules alongside the other students in Stephanie’s classes. Now an 8-year-old third grader at Clara Reynolds Elementary School, Chloe shows four dogs throughout the state, her youth a rarity and her skill impressive in the world of dog agility. Chloe’s recent performance at a Tulsa dog show garnered the attention of a local news station, and that story prompted a call from the national show “Little Big Shots.” Chloe and her dog Primrose got to show off their skills to host Steve Harvey and a national audience in June. Chloe and Stephanie give us a glimpse into the world of the young dog training phenom.
How rare is it for someone Chloe’s age to be training and showing dogs in agility? Stephanie: Agility is really difficult, even if a dog is trained, and people don’t realize there is so much to it. There are usually 20 obstacles in an upper level course, and you have to do the obstacles a specific way. Remembering the course is difficult, especially for a young kid her age. People get lost in the courses a lot. You can’t have any mistakes in the master level, where Chloe competes, and you place based on your time. When she competes at the novice level, which means with a younger dog, you get more attempts and more leniency. The dog Chloe runs at novice levels is her dog that she trained herself. The youngest kids I’ve seen running agility are 13 or 14 years old; for a long time, I was the youngest. Most trainers are over 40.
How did you find out Little Big Shots wanted Chloe on the show? Stephanie: She was on the news in Tulsa in about March, and “Little Big Shots” contacted me in August because they saw her on the news and wanted to put her on the show. We had to do an application and video and send it in to get approved, which happened pretty quickly. She had to have good grades and send in her report cards, and while we were there she had to have a
private teacher so she could keep up with school. We were so excited but my husband thought it was a scam until we got on the airplane!
Besides training dogs, what do you like to do in your free time?
How did you decide Primrose was the right dog to take to “Little Big Shots?”
Stephanie: We kind of have a zoo.
Chloe: Running and playing outside. I like to ride horses and play with our animals. Stephanie and Chloe: We have seven dogs. We have foxes, a bearded dragon, two big snakes, two little snakes, horses, chickens, rabbits, rats, mice and fish.
Chloe: She’s my mom’s dog, but I’ve shown her for about a year. Stephanie: We share her. She’s 3 1/2, where Millie is 9 and had never been on an airplane. Prim was the better option of dogs to take.
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What was the best part of being on the show?
What’s next for Chloe?
Chloe: Running the obstacle course, and also the joking part. Steve Harvey is funny!
What’s the most fun part of agility? Chloe: Whenever we’re done and the dog jumps up and kisses you on the face!
What are the most important qualities to look for a in a dog to compete in agility? Stephanie: They have to have drive, be smart, be healthy and be toy or food motivated. And they have to want to do it.
Chloe: Spelling and math
Stephanie: The junior world team wants her to try out this year, and I think we’re going to. If she qualifies and makes the team, they go to Switzerland [to compete]. It’s kind of like the Olympics of dog sports for kids, 18 and under. Chloe would be one of the youngest worldwide.
What makes you proudest of Chloe? Stephanie: She’s not afraid to try new things. She’s really smart, does well in school, gets along with other kids … She’s just a good all-around kid.
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Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks Kid Reviewer: Isaac Roldán, age 6 What made the experience stand out? There were sharks, anemones, piranhas, stingrays and lionfish, which are extremely rare. I’ve never been that close to a shark or even a stingray really. I love animals but we don’t live near the ocean, so I don’t always see creatures like that. It was a really long drive in the car (1.5 hours) but when we got there, I ran to see fish that glow in the dark, an otter and a giant sea turtle. What was the best part? You can go sit in the yellow submarine and watch all of the sea animals go by. I also really liked the gift shop. We bought a puzzle with whales on it and I bought a geode I cracked open with a hammer on our patio to see how it looks inside. What was the worst part? I thought I would want to see the bull sharks but I was afraid to go in the shark tunnel because it was dark. I was sure the sharks were going to come through the glass and eat me because they’re really strong. Will other kids like visiting Oklahoma Aquarium? Yes, other kids will like seeing cute baby sea animals, regular sea animals and land animals that live in rainforests. If you’ve watched “Wild Kratts” or a documentary on Netflix, you might have seen some of these animals before but it’s amazing to see them and touch starfish. Other kids might also be scared of the sharks but nothing will happen. Would this experience be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? Yes, my brothers really liked seeing jellyfish and feeding the stingrays. My younger brother, Gabriel, is 3 and
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he liked crawling through a tunnel to get to the yellow submarine, where you can watch fish and other sea creatures go by all around you. My oldest brother, Sam, is 11 and he liked learning about the jungle best. If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would look out the window more instead of my shark book because I started to feel kind of sick on the trip there. Does anything you learned match up with what you’re doing in school or have done before? The zoo is kind of similar but there are more animals that live in water and a lot of sharks. I really love science so it’s also like that. People who work there learn how to help animals so they can teach kids about that and just about the animals themselves. I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up but for regular pets, like dogs and cats, maybe cows, but not sharks. I have been to the beach before but these are the animals under the sea that we can’t see while we’re there because they’re deep in the ocean. What do you think you’ll remember most about visiting? I will remember visiting with my family and seeing the sea animals I’ve only watched on TV. When I go to bed at night, sometimes I think about how the fish float in the water and I feel more relaxed and sleepy. I think I’ll remember seeing them forever. Editor’s note: The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks houses North America’s largest collection of bull sharks, as well as more than 100 marine life exhibitions and specially designated hands-on areas.
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• 2 million twinkling lights along with lavish holiday displays • Gingerbread Decorating Corner • Ice Skating and Snow Tubing • Build-A-Bear Workshop® • Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions, Photos with Santa and much more!
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