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ecent events like the #MeToo movement and the Brett Kavanaugh hearing and appointment have brought topics like sexual assault and consent out of the shadows and into mainstream conversation. But for parents, stories on these topics are so much more than headlines or radio fodder. The stories represent tangible fears in the lives of their children. I’m pregnant with my second child and this month we found out we’re expecting a girl. My heart broke to hear my husband’s excitement tempered by fears for raising a girl in the current climate regarding the treatment of women. I understand there have been more difficult times in history to raise girls. I also understand girls are not the only victims of sexual assault. But there is something especially challenging about bringing a daughter into the world right now considering how much progress it seemed women had made just in my short lifetime.

And already the mom of a boy, recent events have made me more aware than ever of the importance of intentional conversations about privacy, affection and consent. So I was relieved to read writer Erin Page’s article on page six about local programs and resources that help teach kids about these issues. The articles reports some startling figures about local sexual assault, including the fact that one in three girls and one in five boys will be victims of sexual assault by age 18 in Oklahoma County. One in 11 Oklahoma public high school students have been forced to have sex in their lifetime. We don’t report these numbers to scare parents, but to remind them there are preventive measures that can be taken. I’d encourage you to read Erin’s article and start early conversations with your kids, even though it’s a difficult topic. My hope is that doing so will give my own children a little more peace of mind when it’s their time to raise kids of their own. Hannah Schmitt Editor

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In Oklahoma County, one in three girls and one in five boys will be victims of sexual assault by age 18, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. “We teach our kids how to call 911 if there is an emergency, how to safely get out of a home if there is a fire, but we do not teach our kids how to protect their bodies,” said Shelby Lynch, education manager for the Care Center in Oklahoma City, a nonprofit that provides child abuse response, evaluation and education. Ninety percent of child sexual assault victims are perpetrated upon by someone they know, love or trust. “I know a lot of parents think ‘my friends, relatives or people I know would never do that,’ but that is not something we can guarantee when we look at the statistics,” said Lynch, also citing examples like slumber parties or camp when parents don’t always know the adults around their children. Renee O’Leary, education program director for Norman-based Bethesda that offers services for victims of childhood abuse, advised that kids need to be prepared for


dangerous situations and they need to know it’s always okay to talk about it. Oklahoma’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, with participation by 90 percent of public high schools, reports 12 percent of students experienced sexual violence within the past year, and one in 11 students had been forced to have sex in their lifetime. According to Michelle Stansel, rape prevention coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the key to preventing sexual violence against children and teens is education, both through developmentally-appropriate, evidence-based curriculum offered by local organizations and ongoing communication at home. “Statistically speaking, education helps prevent sexual violence,” said Stansel. “If we are afraid and run the other direction, we’re doing a disservice to our children and their well-being.” It’s never too early to start talking with children about keeping their bodies safe with language and examples they can understand. Rather than a singular talk, parents should encourage continued conversation. “Whenever kids start to talk, that’s when to start having that conversation,” said Lynch. “For anyone who feels uncomfortable, a book is a great place to begin.”

Local organizations offer age-appropriate education Initiating body safety and sexual abuse prevention conversations with any age child can be daunting. Created in 2004, Stop, Go, Tell has reached more than 30,000 preschool through elementary-aged children in schools, libraries and YMCAs across the metro and provides participants a parent brochure to continue the conversation at home. Similarly, the Care Center offers ROAR for ages 4 to 8 in schools, churches, community organizations, foster care agencies, online and on location. Both programs are offered at no cost. Stop, Go, Tell and ROAR don’t name private parts, use the term “sexual abuse” or teach sex education, but rather reinforce that children are in charge of their bodies, empowering them to stand up to abuse. Both emphasize if a child’s boundaries are broken, it’s never the child’s fault. ROAR is presented by a life-sized cartoon lion named Rex who teaches children that private parts are private, it’s okay to say no to any kind of touch, it’s never okay to keep secrets from trusted adults and that if abused, they should tell. Rex helps children understand the difference between surprises

and secrets and shows off his swimsuit to illustrate that anything underneath belongs to him only. Though the general term “private parts” is used, it’s crucial for parents to teach children anatomically correct terms rather than using nicknames. “If we don’t give children the correct words, when it comes to a court case, a person could be found not guilty because the child couldn’t explain what happened to them,” said Stansel. Stop, Go, Tell teaches personal boundary rules, using a hula hoop for kids to practice saying yes or no to someone coming in to their personal space. Stansel says while the concept of consent is usually associated with sex, it goes far beyond that, from learning body autonomy at a young age and understanding how to communicate what touches are and aren’t okay, to respecting others’ boundaries and learning to deal with rejection. “We have to teach this from the very beginning,” said Brittney Criswell, program director for Thrive — Sexual Health Collective for Youth. “Even with things we might consider ‘cute’ when kids are little, like a child running around on the playground giving other kids kisses.”

Criswell teaches her 4-year-old son to ask before hugging or kissing friends, and that he has a responsibility to help if he sees a friend disrespecting another child’s boundaries. ROAR and Stop, Go, Tell teach children they can say no to any kind of touch, including hugs or kisses from family members. “Kids shouldn’t have to give their aunt or uncle a hug if that’s not their comfort level,” said Stansel. “They can give a high five instead.”

Care Center offers holistic, multi-disciplinary care at no cost to families. As kids outgrow programs like ROAR, the State Department of Health, Thrive and partner agencies offer evidence-based, comprehensive sex education in middle and high school schools. Experts deliver information about sexual health, teen pregnancy prevention, rape prevention and bystander intervention. “Kids report that they are thankful for the information,” said Stansel. “They have questions and they’re getting them answered in a very age-appropriate way.”

Lynch said when parents force kids to participate even in “harmless” touches, it sends the wrong message, teaching children they must say yes, even when they don’t want to. “Kids don’t disclose abuse because they don’t know it’s wrong, and we are teaching them that,” said Lynch. Only one in 10 children reports sexual abuse, according to the Care Center, which is why ROAR participants identify three trusted adults to whom they can talk about anything. Of the more than 12,000 children who’ve had ROAR training since its inception in 2016, 22 percent have disclosed abuse, for which the

Stansel said national studies indicate teens prefer to talk about sex with their parents, over friends and other trusted adults. Thrive recently debuted its new parent tool kit for discussing sex education and sexual violence with tweens and teens. The organization also offers parent workshops about how to talk with kids about sexual health. “As parents, we want to shield and protect our children,” said Stansel. “But providing them with this information is so important.”











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‘Tis the season for shopping. And the season for coupons, the sales and relentless advertisements. But for our readers trying to be more conscious of where and how they spend their dollars this season, we wanted to help guide you to some products worthy of your open wallet. When tackling your gift list this season, consider buying gifts made by other local moms. You’ll not only be supporting local businesses and families, your gift will have special meaning to the recipient.


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Bisby Candles If you’ve ever walked into Oklahoma City restaurant The Jones Assembly and wondered how to recreate the intoxicating scent in your own home, we’ve got good news. The scent is a combination of tobacco, black pepper and musk that burns from a candle concocted and poured by Bisby Candles, a local company owned by Oklahoma City mom Nicole Bisby. Stop by the hostess stand and you can purchase the candles. Bisby started making candles in her kitchen eight years ago and her hobby transformed into a full-blown business when a buyer from Whole Foods was given one of her candles. Bisby Candles are set apart by their unique scents and non-toxic properties. Bisby uses inspirations from travel to help come up with new scents. Purchasers can select fullsize candles, or purchase “flights” of three smaller candles meant to deliver the scents of different destinations across the globe.

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Bisby started the company doing every task herself from creating scents to shipping the final product. Although the candles are still hand-poured, she’s hired someone else to help with that part. She now has her hands full with her 2-year-old son Malik plus a full-time job in franchise development at the Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt headquarters. “He kind of flipped everything on its head for me,” she said of having her son in 2016. “Becoming a mom gave me more empathy. I have a different work ethic now. I don’t spend time on anything non-essential anymore and he really created a sense of urgency in my work. If I wasn’t organized, I wouldn’t be able to continue.”

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Steele purchased a bar and was amazed at what it did to reduce her son’s eczema. The family lives on a farm in Washington, a town 30 miles south of Oklahoma City. They already had goats, so Steele figured out how to milk them and make soap herself. In an effort to help other people, the family started Steele Family Farm in April 2014, making and selling the soap, plus a line of other natural goat milk cosmetics. Steele describes the business as “a complete family affair.” Her four sons, ages 16, 15, 10 and 8, all pitch in from the milking process all the way to the packaging and selling. “I’m busy all the time, we’re busy all the time. My husband and I have full-time jobs, our teenagers all play sports,” she said, “but we like to work together on the business.” The family doesn’t milk their goats yearround like many other dairy farmers. Although goat milk sells for about $8 per half gallon, Steele believes it’s more important to let the mother goats raise their babies than it is to sell their milk. She milks between April and early fall and takes just enough to make the goat milk products for that year. During milking season, the entire family wakes up together at 5 a.m. to do the


milking before starting their busy days. Once the soap-making starts, the work continues to be fast and furious. The soap takes four to six weeks to cure, so Steele said they work year-round to make sure there is a steady stock for their customers. And while many of their customers use the goat milk products for their natural healing properties, many others just buy from them because they’re looking for more natural products to put on their bodies. “Once they use a natural product over something mass-produced with a lot of preservatives,” she said, “they always come back. And we’ve worked really hard to price our products where regular people can buy them so it’s a win-win.” Steele’s products are available at Chris’ Express Drug, Scissortail Gifts and the gift shop inside the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. Bars of soap start at $7 each.

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Amber Flansburg is like any other mom of a 2-year-old, but when her son goes to Mother’s Day Out two days a week, she turns her attention to her workshop where she creates custom engraved heirloom gifts for clients across the country.


Everything about the business screams family, from the name and the product offerings to how she spends her time running the business day-to-day. The name of the business actually stems from an old wooden heart she found at her Grandma’s house several years ago. She describes her Grandma, who died recently at 96 years old, as her best friend. One item she got to keep of her Grandma’s was a wooden heart with “I love you” etched in the back by her Grandfather when the couple first got together. Amber’s husband has given her small wooden hearts to mark special occasions over the years, she said, like the first time he said “I love you” and at an ultrasound appointment when she was pregnant with her son, Konrad. Having her son was one of the big reasons she wanted to work for herself, she said, and he influences a lot about the way she works.

now a popular offering with their customers. She also creates personalized ornaments for baby’s first Christmas and can engrave a sonogram picture or a child’s silhouette on an ornament. As Konrad gets older, he will certainly continue to influence the products they offer. They offer ornaments engraved with your child’s Christmas list in his or her own handwriting.

“It’s definitely a slower pace since having Konrad,” Amber said of work. “It’s a process. Your mind is always just somewhere else no matter what you’re doing so I’ve had to work hard to get as much done as I can when I’m without him so I can really be present when we’re together. We’re figuring it out slowly.”

Amber is proud that working for herself and creating a life that allows her to spend time with Konrad also means giving people heirloom gifts they can cherish for generations. Personalized gifts can be purchased at www.woodenheartsboutique. com. Prices start at $20 for personalized ornaments.

Konrad has inspired a lot of the products Amber and her husband have created. Before Konrad was born, they created a massive wooden cutout of his name for the wall. It’s

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Twinkle Apothecary Stop by Twinkle Apothecary’s shop set up inside the trendy Siempre Viva boutique in Automobile Alley to shop locally-made perfumes, deodorant, body and bath oil for yourself or anyone on your Christmas list. If it’s after school, you may have a chance to meet Vladik, the 5-year-old son of Twinkle creator Stefanie Grant.

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“Being a single mom,” Grant said, “work and motherhood are so intertwined and a lot of times he may be here at the studio with me while I ship orders or take care of things.” Grant started the business about three years ago out of a twofold motivation: create a product she really needed while also creating a sustainable life to be able to spend time with her son. She was living in Los Angeles at the time. She quit her job as an actor after her son was born and started work in fashion production. It was a high-pressure job that came with a lot of stress, she said, which didn’t always vibe with her desire to use vegan products that were natural and cruelty-free. When no other deodorant worked, she started making her own. It was such a smashing success that she moved back home to Oklahoma and started selling it at farmers markets and pop-ups. She’s since built a website for online sales and added a lot of locally-made natural products to her lineup, including perfumes and hair products. She cleverly creates body and hair care products like dry shampoo and deodorant to match her fragrances.

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The Round House Bakery When Kayla Peters’ oldest two children were toddlers, she started looking for a job. Like many moms, she wanted something flexible that allowed her to be home a lot with her kids. Unlike most moms, she’d just left the Mennonite community she grew up in, a very conservative Christian group that didn’t exactly prepare her for the workforce. “Girls weren’t really allowed to work outside the home,” she said of growing up Mennonite, “so I had no resume. I tried finding a job locally and I didn’t even have a reference. It was so eye-opening to realize I wasn’t raised in the real world and it was a challenge just knowing what to do.” The one thing Peters knew she could do really well was bake. Girls in her community did a lot of cooking and baking growing up. In fact, she had run a very successful fundraiser selling baked goods to raise money for a home remodel. More lenient laws regarding how Oklahomans could sell home-baked goods passed in 2011, and Peters saw it as her perfect opportunity to generate income and spend time at home with her kids. So The Round House Bakery was born out of her geodesic dome house in Perkins, about an hour northeast of Oklahoma City.


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What makes the bakery unique to most is that Peters uses organic, unbleached ingredients without chemical flavorings, colors and preservatives. She admits it feels overwhelming at times running a business while being at home with three kids, but is working on delegating and adding help to keep things running smoothly. She specializes in cakes with confection garnishes, which means the cakes are usually decorated with other edible elements like macarons. Those macarons are available for sale, too, along with cupcakes. Her cakes make an excellent addition to a holiday spread and macarons make a terrific gift, especially for the impossible-to-shop-for person on your list. Another great gift idea Peters offers is a chance to bond with a friend or family member at a workshop. A Cakes & Sweet Breads Workshop is offered Dec. 8 at The Round House studio in Perkins. Attendees will get a crash course in baking cakes and



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Luke Peterson, 11, was recently selected as Oklahoma’s new Kid Governor. It’s a coveted position created by Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy to help give local kids a voice through an active community advocate to raise awareness about issues local children face. BY HANNAH SCHMITT PHOTOS PROVIDED

Peterson is Oklahoma’s third Kid Governor and he’s passionate about talking to local kids to help them realize they have a unique ability and even a responsibility to help their peers who are less fortunate. “Kids need a voice and someone to really talk about the kids and the problems they face,” he said. “We need someone to acknowledge the problems kids face and really do something about it.” Childhood hunger and education are two problems that rise to the top of Peterson’s list of important local issues. He’s spent a lot of time volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and he wants to encourage other young people to be more active advocates. “Any kid has the chance to make a difference, they just have to have the courage to stand up,” he said. “Get your friends involved too and it will be even better.” Although many local organizations may not have volunteer opportunities for very young children, Peterson said hosting a donation drive is a great way for kids of any age to get involved in helping others and spreading the word about local causes.

Peterson and his 15-year-old brother wanted a way to do more than just volunteer at the food bank, so the two of them organized a video game competition in their neighborhood. The cost to compete was $3 plus a canned food item. They had about 50 competitors show up to have fun and give back at the same time. Peterson’s Mom, Kari, said she and her oldest son are shy and sometimes have a hard time getting out of their comfort zones to serve the community. “He teaches us a lot,” she said of Luke. “He has a natural ability to help others and it really encourages us get out of our comfort zones and do what we can for others.” Jane Meeks, marketing and volunteer manager at Sunbeam Family Services, said that’s exactly what she hopes for the Kid Governor role. “We use the kid governor as a way to really be the voice for kids, and we love that Luke is excited to be that voice,” she said. “He really has a true passion for helping others and we want to see more kids like that.”


How to host a video game tournament for charity: 1. Pick your cause. Peterson is passionate about ending childhood hunger so he decided to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He collected a combination of canned food goods and cash so that both could be donated. 2. Select a venue. The Peterson family set up a large television screen in their driveway, which provided the perfect place to play the video games plus acted as an advertisement to passersby about the donation drive. 3. Get the word out. Luke distributed some paper invitations to local friends but also created an event on Facebook to let neighbors know about the event. 4. Host the event. Have parents and other adults help select and set up the video games and keep the competition fair.

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5. Award the winners. The winner of Peterson’s video game tournament got to take home a small cash prize out of the $3 per person entry fee, but the rest of the cash and all the canned goods went to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.



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From top-notch attractions like entertainment centers and bowling alleys that welcome big groups to impressive companies that will bring the party to you, a party in OKC is sure to be a memorable one for your kids with our handy Party Guide. Find a searchable digital version of our guide at www.

Also enter our ULTIMATE Party Giveaway by November 30 at contests, where you could win one of 17 great parties for your child! This guide is generously sponsored by Incredible Pizza Company OKC.

Incredible Pizza Company OKC 5833 Northwest Expressway 405-721-4227

Skate Galaxy OKC 5800 N.W. 36th St. 405-605-2758

Party packages at this “something for everyone” attraction include a private party room, a party host, decorations, game room cards and fun attractions for each of the guests, with many package options to choose from. The venue includes an amazing food buffet and rides/ attractions such as an indoor Spinning Roller Coaster, Go-karts, Laser Tag arena (the largest in OKC), 50’s era ‘Scrambler,’ Bounce Houses, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf and more than 100 ticket prize and video games. Book early to reserve your child’s party.

Customizable skate parties are available ranging from simple party packages starting at $119 to private parties where guests can rent out the entire rink. Parties available for ages 3 and up.

Frontier City 11501 N. I-35 Service Road Oklahoma City 405-478-2140

RIVERSPORT Adventures 800 RIVERSPORT Dr. 405-552-4040

Includes all-day admission ticket, private party area for two hours, hot dogs, chips, drinks and a birthday cake. Set up and clean up provided so hosts can enjoy the attractions with the kids. Frontier City parties are available April through October. Birthday Parties start at $350 for eight guests of all ages.

Activities range from high-flying adventures on the SandRidge Sky Trail to on-the-water activities like whitewater rafting or flatwater kayaking. Choose an indoor or outdoor space for cake and gifts. Exclusive birthday parties, either before or after normal operating hours, are available upon request. For ages 6 and up.

Tiger Safari 963 County Street 2930, Tuttle 405-381-9453

Forever After Parties 405-693-1937

Parties can either be held at their zoological park near Tuttle or at your own location through their Zoo To You program. Available for kids and adults, parties in pavilions at the park start at $175 for 15 guests and include use of the facilities for two hours. Prices are higher for larger groups and certain pavilions in the park. During the party, staff bring baby animals to interact with the group. Zoo To You programs start at $230.

Skilled entertainers offer a variety of services for ages 1-10 including face painting, princess makeovers, hero acrobatics, storytelling, magic, scavenger hunts and music. In addition, your character booking includes a personal party assistant, available to clean up, pose for photos and cut and serve cake.

SoccerCity OKC 4520 Old Farm Rd. 405-748-3888

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 421 N.W. 10th St., Oklahoma City 405-609-3302

Party packages include one hour of fun games or scrimmaging on the field with a coach, one hour in the party room eating pizza or snacks and a SoccerCity shirt for the birthday child. Packages start at $175 and parties are available for ages 18 months to 16 years.

Packages for children’s birthday parties include bowling, shoe rental, unlimited soft drinks, tater tot bar and more. Parties start at $14.99 per child. Call to customize the best package for your family. Available for all ages.



Velocity Dance Center 11122 N. Rockwell Ave. 405-818-6688

Metro Gymnastics 7420 Broadway Ext. Suite A 405-848-5308

Birthday packages are customizable with a variety of themes and include professional, trained staff who will setup and clean-up. There are three levels of party packages and add-ons to create the perfect dance party experience for 3-12. All-inclusive packages start at $250.

Parties feature 90 minutes of gymnastics instruction to ages 2-12 including obstacle courses, swinging on the bars and balancing on the beams. Emphasis on safety and excitement. Metro Gymnastics membership is not required to book a party. Guests bring the cake, drinks and paper goods.

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden 2000 Remington Pl. 405-425-0864

Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W. Reno 405-200-1547

Parties available for ages 1-12 and all food and drinks can be purchased through the on-site catering company. Package pricing includes a choice of one of the themed rooms, a birthday cake and a special visit from two of our animal ambassadors.

Parties are available in our outdoor children’s garden all year long or at the Devon Ice rink in the months of November through January. Several packages are available with options to add-on food, drinks, games or take-home favors. Parties begin at $125.

PINKITZEL Cupcakes & Candy 150 N. E.K. Gaylord Blvd. 405-235-7465

White Water Bay 3908 W. Reno 405-478-2140

Amazingly decorated private party room available for fullyhosted parties and high teas (groups of 2-20) with make your own cupcakes, unicorn and candy themes. Parties can come with cupcakes, macarons, sandwich trays, chocolate dipped strawberries, candy bar and drip cakes, fun games and crafts! Invitations included.

Includes all-day admission, covered area for the day, a locker, two tubes, meal and drinks. Area is set up with plates, cups and forks and clean-up is provided. Parties available mid-May through mid-September and start at $350 for eight guests of all ages.

UNPLUGGITS Paint & Play 575 Enterprise Dr. Ste.110, Edmond 405-340-7584

Artsy Rose Academy 7739 W. Hefner Rd. 405-603-8550

Party package includes two hours in a party room of your choice, a craft and access to the playground and games. Invitations and paper goods are included. Outside food and drinks allowed. Cost for 12 children is $225 with $50 deposit to reserve; additional guests are $15 each. Discount of $25 available for active duty military. Parties available for all ages. Extreme Animals Party Comes to You 405-413-3174; 405-413-3157 Animal party packages are $185/hour or $315/two hours. Additional hours are $100 each. VIP Package is available for $225/hour or $350/two hours and guarantees that you will get a visit from the kangaroo and one of the lemurs. Mileage fees may apply. Available for birthdays, school, church, corporate and community events. SPECIAL ADVERTISER SECTION

Boy and girl birthday parties complete with setup and clean-up, paper goods (plates, napkins, cups, forks/spoons, table cloths), special gift for birthday child and “Shimmers” snow cones. $210, includes 10 painters and lasts 1.75 hours. $15 each for additional painters.

Edmond Fine Arts Institute 27 E. Edwards, Edmond 405-340-4481 For memories that last a lifetime, there’s no better way to celebrate than with an Art Party at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond. Parties for all occasions including birthdays, date nights or girls night out. Each party includes the fun elements of art. You supply the food and beverages. Parties for age 4 and up are 1.5 hours and prices start at $200 for 10 attendees.



Chester’s Party Barn & Farm 5201 Cimarron Rd. N.W., Piedmont 405-373-1595 Twenty-five acres of fun for private and special events year-round. Packages can accommodate smaller birthday parties and events for up to 500 people. Activities include unlimited hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, giant slide, a 10-ton sandbox, karaoke, and corn maze. Activities available as add-ons include a bonfire, fishing, pumpkin bowling and Chester’s Old-Fashioned Candy Shop.

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd. 405-814-0006 Come celebrate your birthday or other special occasion with education and inspiration! Book SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology for an event filled with interesting specimens and hands on learning. Enjoy admission discounts, the STEM lab for a private indoor area plus outside food and drink are allowed.

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman 405-325-1008

Goldfish Swim School 10 N.W. 146th St., Edmond 405-696-7500

Ideal parties for kids crazy about dinosaurs, animals, exploring and more. All parties include museum admission, fun activities, party space and more. Book your child’s party before the end of the year to include a special Megalodon activity! Packages and pricing varies.

Party packages include a party coordinator, certified lifeguards and exclusive use of facility for two hours. Staff members greet children and take them to the decorated pool and viewing area. Guests from infants to age 12 will enjoy games, races and water fun complete with use of facility toys and rafts.

Sooner Bowling Center 550 24th N.W., Norman 405-360-3634

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City 14 locations in Oklahoma City, Moore, Edmond, Guthrie, Bethany, Chickasha, Midwest City 405-297-7777

Bowling birthday party packages offered for ages 2 and up feature traditional and glow bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, arcade game cards, party table place settings and personal party staff to ensure a fun and easy party. Party packages offer an affordable and hassle free birthday party for your children.

Each facility is different, but parties are available in the YMCA event centers, activity rooms, swimming pools, gymnasiums, aerobics rooms and game fields. Prices vary per branch and parties are available for all ages.

Project Princess 2005 N.W. 18th St. 405-434-5150

Tot Town 841 S.W. 119th St. 405-650-7560

Project Princess offers quality character entertainment. With more than 50+ characters to choose from like princesses, superheroes and mascots, your child will love meeting their hero in real life. And your character hosts the event and brings all the activities so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party.

An indoor play area specializing in ages 0-6, Tot Town has a multitude of birthday party options. Party for less during our open hours or book a private party. Choose our own party decorations that come with the cost or order themed party decorations for an additional $25. You can supply everything or Tot Town will do that. Prices range from $85-$250.

Cadence Equestrian 14150 S. Pine St. 405-348-7469

Andy Alligator’s Fun Park 3300 Market Pl., Norman 405-321-7275

Parties designed with horse lovers in mind. One hour of riding with three horses for 10 riders plus birthday rider with 30 minutes of grooming and pictures with the horses. Parties held Sundays 11-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. Party also includes two tables and 10 chairs for 30 minutes. Additional riders $10/each and additional horses $50/each.

Twelve acres of party activities include go-kart speedway, two-story laser tag, outdoor rock climbing, 10-story Skycoaster thrill ride, arcade, private party rooms and expanded menu. Water park birthday party packages also available from May 1st to Labor Day. $130+. Parties available for all ages.



Studio J School of Dance 420 S. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond 405-348-3377

Main Event Entertainment 1441 W. Memorial Rd. 405-751-4900

90-minute parties for ages 3-12 include a party planner, event room, a staff assistant and a 45-minute dance class with choreography for up to 18 kids in the style/theme of your choice with instructor. You provide decorations, refreshments and cake.

Main Event offers parties for ages 6-16 with state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag and more than 100 games topped with handcrafted food all under one roof. Main Event is the complete destination for birthdays, providing the food, fun, party host and more.

Arcadia Lake Office: 9000 E. 2nd Street, Arcadia 405-216-7470

Teddy Bear Mobile North OKC Party Comes to You 405-509-8830

Six pavilions located near the water, playground or a beach are available for rent. Each has electricity, lighting, fireplaces and grills. Birthday package includes a shirt for the birthday child and horseshoe or volleyball rental. Half-day and full-day rentals range from $50-$175.

Teddy Bear Mobile brings the create-your-own stuffed animal party to you. Book them for birthday parties, fundraisers, special events, charity events, school events and more. Even customize your animal’s t-shirt with your name or logo. Several party packages are available.

Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink 1501 W. Covell Rd., Edmond 405-923-8345

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10 See You Saturdays

12 Veterans Day Celebration

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OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series Sports and Music Concert at Civic Center Music Hall at 2 p.m.

Free First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Gypsy Glam Roadshow Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at the OKC Farmer’s Public Market from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free 45th Infantry Division Museum’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration at 10 a.m.



Discovery Time at Sam Noble Museum at 2:30 p.m.

Free Treefest opens at Red Earth Art Center, open week days 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



The Oklahoma Nutcracker & Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts at 1 p.m.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre at 11 a.m.

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Free Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center at 10:30 a.m.

Chemistry Day at Science Museum Oklahoma from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival at Yukon’s Dale Robertson Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.






Free Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Moore Library at 10 a.m.

Home School Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium from 10 a.m. – noon.

Free Let Freedom Ring! A Musical Salute to Veterans at Petree Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Devon Ice Rink opens at Myriad Gardens

Free See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.






Free Rubik’s Cube Competition at the Norman East Library from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Free Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walk the Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular in Midwest City from 6 – 8 p.m.

Free Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City Main Street at 6:30 p.m.

Free Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley from 4 – 8 p.m.






Annual Ceramics Sale at Thanksgiving Break Oklahoma Contemporary Day Skate at Skate from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Galaxy from 1 – 4 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving

Free Tree Lighting Festival in Bricktown from 5 – 7 p.m.

Free Opening Night of the Territorial Christmas Celebration in Guthrie from 6 – 10 p.m.





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

Free Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens at 10 a.m.

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Lyric Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Free UCO WinterGlow at Nigh University Center from 6 – 9 p.m.

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hands-on experiments and individual & team chemistry competitions. All ages are welcome. Free with admission. 9am-2pm. 602-6664,

Nov 1

FREE Origami Tsunami at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn some new folding techniques and meet some new friends. Preregister. For ages 9 & up. 4-5:30pm. 341-9282,

FREE Little Hands Art Camp at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features local artist Heather White. Heather will read stories and guide kids ages 2-5 through an art project. Preregister. Two sessions: 10 & 11am. 341-9282,

FREE Día de los muertos Celebration at UCO NUC Ballrooms (100 N Univeristy Dr, Edmond) features food, arts & crafts, a skull-decorating contest and live performances. 6-9pm. 974-3588,

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. 6-9pm. 525-2688,

Far As The Eye Can See at UCO Jazz Lab Chambers Library (100 E 5th St, Edmond) features professional storyteller Pippa White. Pippa’s onewoman show brings the prairie to life as she portrays a real cast of characters and actual events of the past. $40. 6:308:30pm. 974-2877,

Nov. 2 & 3

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a special preview performance of the beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family, before the

Nov. 2

Chemistry Day at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features

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

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brand new production begins a North American tour. $25-$45. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm. 682-7579,

Nov. 2 – 4

FREE Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show at Payne County Fairgrounds (4518 Expo Cr East, Stillwater) features vendors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. Concessions will be available for purchase. Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am5pm. 747-7206, Stillwater-Fall-Festival-150700538302349/

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr at 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. See website for show times. 3404481,

Nov. 3

FREE Fishing Days in Oklahoma City (various locations). No city permit is required; however, a state license is required for anyone 16 and older. Regular fishing regulations apply. 297-1426,

Junior Botball Challenge at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd). Students will battle their bots, created with a mixture of computer programming systems, reusable components and engineering skills. Free to attend. 8am3pm. 579-4609, FREE Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features more than 45 vendors from across the state selling candles, wood crafts, needle work, Christmas ornaments, handmade soaps, jewelry, home decor and more. Benefits Friends of the Park. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. 350-8937, Jingle Bell Bazaar at Lord of Life

Lutheran Church (15400 N Western Ave, Edmond) features a wide variety of unique, handmade items from local vendors. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. 3415113, Aquarium Family Field Trip at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features a special trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium to get a close-up look at sharks, sea turtles, aquatic animals of Oklahoma and more. For ages 5 & up with an adult. Preregister. Members, $90; non-members, $110. 9am-6pm. 325-4712, Tree for All at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Participants can buy trees and learn plant maintenance tips and tree care. Kids can enjoy fun activities about trees. The first 100 patrons in line on the day of the event will receive a free Eastern Redbud. Trees are available for $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers with a limit of two trees per household. Preregister. 9am-noon. 445-7080,

A Touch of Rust Reindeer Market at Grady County Fairgrounds (500 E Choctaw Ave, Chickasha) features handcrafted, vintage, retro items along with shabby-chic furniture, art, home decor, clothing, jewelry and more from local makers. $5 for general admission. Kids, (13 & under), free. 9am-4pm. 501-0790, 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, Ride OKC Cookie Tour in Downtown (various locations) features a leisurely guided bike tour through some of OKC’s most beloved districts to taste cookies at some notable attractions and sweet spots. Tours begin at Myriad Gardens. $60. 10am. 517-3395, www.


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the university. Preregister. 7pm.

FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Create and decorate bound journals to help you tell your story. After completing your journal, visit the galleries to sketch some of your favorite items or visit the Gardens to create leaf rubbings. For ages 4-12. 10am-noon. 4782250, Orr’s Gourd Wild: Pumpkin Fest at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave). Bring your old pumpkins out to the Farm to smash or use the unsold pumpkins for this pumpkin extravaganza. The event will also feature regular Farm activities and more. $15.95. 10am-9pm. 799-3276,

Founding Music Director Joel Levine’s Farewell Concert at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, Ravel’s Bolero, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 by the OKC Philharmonic. $19-$73. 8pm. 842-5387,

Nov. 4

OKC Philharmonic Discovery Series Sports and Music Concert at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a family friendly concert. Each one-hour concert is designed to entertain and educate youngsters ages 4 to 13 years. $9. Concert, 2pm; pre-concert fun, 1pm. 842-5387,

Little Red Heart 5K Run at Regatta Park (701 S Lincoln Blvd) features 5K and one-mile fun run. Benefits LifeShare Foundation. $20-$40. 10am. 488-3523,

FREE Lantern Walk at Pat Murphy Park (4500 W Hefner Rd). Attendees can sing traditional songs, light lanterns and enjoy an evening walk. Free to attend. 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.5:30-6:30pm. 837-4014,

FREE Apple Pie Time Program at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave). Kids practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. Best suited for kids ages 5-12. 10-11am. 755-0710, FREE Plant & Seed Exchange at the Norman Library (225 N Webster, Norman). Learn about fall and winter gardening and tips to facilitate garden success. Bring plants, bulbs, cuttings, seedlings or seeds for trade. Registration is requested but not required. 1-3pm. 7012600, FREE Dinovember Celebration at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a short film, arts & crafts and other fun dino-themed activities. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 606-3580,

Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball vs Ouachita Baptist University at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). Prices vary. 2pm. Also held: 11/14 vs UTSA, 11/18 vs Charleston. 877255-4678,

Nov. 5

FREE Day of the Dead Movie Night at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a screening of Coco and a themed craft. 4-6pm. 7012644, FREE Ghost Tour at University of Oklahoma (660 Parrington Oval, Norman) features tales and firsthand accounts of past and present students and staff about the mysterious side


FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am5pm. 325-4712, University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball vs Northeastern State University at the Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 11/09 vs Western Kentucky, 11/15 vs Northwestern State, 12/5 vs Central Arkansas. 325-2424,

Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans at Chesapeake Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 11/8 vs Houston, 11/12 vs Phoenix, 11/14 vs New York, 11/23 vs Charlotte, 11/24 vs Denver, 11/28 vs Cleveland, 11/30 vs Altanta. 208-4800,

Nov. 5 & 6

FREE Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore). Participants can drop off stuffed animals for a sleepover at the library and enjoy a special story time with a slide show. Preregister. Monday, 3-7pm; Tuesday, 10am. 7935100,

Nov. 7

Home School Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features a discount admission for homeschoolers and special activities in Great Hall. Students (3 & up), $7; adults, $10. 10am-noon. 2963474, 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. 10am-5pm. Also held 11/14. 478-2250,

Nov. 8

FREE Let Freedom Ring! A Musical Salute to Veterans at Petree Recital Hall (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a performance of a variety of patriotic music with guest artist, Rachel Barnard. Admission is free, however, donations are welcome. 7:309:30pm. 408-1248,

Straight No Chaser at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Trosper Pl, Midwest City) features their One Shot Tour. $37.50 - $57.50. 8pm. 594-8300,

Nov. 9

Dedication Ceremony for World War II–Era C-47 at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a ceremony to dedicate the aircraft at the Veterans Memorial. 9-10am.

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Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball vs Arkansas State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). Prices vary. 11am. Also held: 11/11 vs UC Riverside, 11/15 vs Praire View A&M, 11/21 vs Samford, 11/30 vs Texas State, 12/2 vs Tennessee. 877-255-4678, FREE Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a presentation by retired Major General Rita Aragon and Lieutenant Colonel Bill Schwertfeger, a color guard and music. Attendees will be free to tour the museum before or after the ceremony, including the special exhibit Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam. 11am-1pm. 522-0765, Devon Ice Rink opens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). The rink hosts daily public skating, private parties, and special events all winter long. $13, $8 without skates; members, $7. MondayThursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, Noon-7pm. 445-7080, FREE Upcycled Gifts for the Holidays at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Learn how to upcycle trash into treasure for holiday gifts. For ages 12 & up. 3:30-4:30pm. 789-8363, 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.

CARROTS - 1 large bag of baby carrots - 2 Tbsp. butter - 1/4 cup maple syrup - A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

- Dash of salt - Dash of pepper - 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves

MELT butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add carrots and cover, then braise, stirring occasionally, until carrots are fork-tender (about 20–30 minutes). INCREASE heat to medium and stir in syrup and a squeeze of lemon juice. Cook for 2 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Add thyme and mix well.



FREE Yukon’s Got Talent at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon). Community members can share their talent on stage. There will also be fun activities and a raffle for all ages. All ages welcome. Preregister. 7-9pm. 354-1895, Oklahoma City Blue vs South Bay Lakers at the Cox Convention Center (2 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 11/11 vs Texas, 11/15 vs Sioux Fall, 11/23 vs Iowa, 12/2 vs Agua Caliente. 602-8500,




- 2 cups of water - 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed - 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter

- 1 garlic clove, minced - 2 Tbsp. lemon juice - Dash of salt - Dash of black pepper

BOIL water in a large skillet. Add the beans, cover and simmer on low heat for about 8 minutes. Drain beans and pat dry. HEAT oil and butter in pan. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. ADD beans, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes (or until hot). Serve!

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Nov. 10

Holiday Bazaar at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (308 NW 164th St, Edmond) features crafters with paintings, quilts, jewelry, pottery and more. Attendees can also enjoy children’s story time at 10am & 1pm. Benefits the Regional Food Bank Backpack program & YWCA Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter. 9am-4pm. 348-3292, www.

FREE International Games Day Celebration at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a variety of tabletop games. Bring your own favorite game or learn a new one from the library’s collection. All ages welcome. 10am-4pm. 7012644, Bedlam Bash 5K at Wiley Post Park (2021 S Robinson Ave) features a timed and USATF-sanctioned 5K along the River Trails. Runners are encouraged to dress in your school’s favorite colors. Walkers and strollers are welcome. Benefits low cost youth athletic leagues, OKC Community Centers and park maintenance through the OKC Parks and Recreation department. $25-$35. 9am-noon. 2972279, FREE See You Saturdays at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features family-friendly activities including story time, a craft and movie and free admission to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. 10am5pm. 523-3231, FREE Apple Pie Time at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2-3pm. 789-8363, Lucas Ross Banjo Farm Live at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave). Lucas Ross performs original songs with puppetry that takes everyone on a journey to the Banjo Farm where baby banjos grow. Free with admission. Adults, $4; kids (under 16), free. 2-3pm. 6042793, University of Oklahoma Football vs Oklahoma State University at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium


(1185 Asp Ave, Norman). Prices vary. TBA. Also held: 11/17 vs Kansas. 325-2424,

Nov. 10 & 11

FREE Oklahoma Alpaca Blast Off at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (1700 W Independence St, Shawnee) features an alpaca halter and fleece show, educational exhibits, alpaca products and alpacarelated goods and services, Made in Oklahoma vendors and more. 9am-2pm. 990-8205,

Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a special stomp dance, patriotic films and free admission to the exhibit center for active military and veterans and a special discount in the Aaimpa Cafe. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-6227130,

Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks). Veterans and active military service personnel presenting valid military ID will receive complimentary admission into the aquarium. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $11.95; kids (2 & under), free. 10am-6pm. 918-296-3474, Gypsy Glam Roadshow Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at OKC Farmer’s Public Market (311 S Klein Ave) features food trucks, live music by Heartbreak Rodeo, holiday shopping with local Oklahoma businesses, wine tasting and more. A portion of each ticket sold will go to Homeless Alliance. $4-$18. 11am-5pm. 602-1851, Meet a Princess at We Rock the Spectrum (64 E 33rd St, Edmond) features a professional portrait with a princess, mini glam session, swag bag, gym playtime and light refreshments. One adult entry is included with each child ticket purchased. All proceeds from the event go to those in need in the Edmond community. $25. Noon5pm. 509-5164, Beyond Glory at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features the stories of eight veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, rendering firsthand accounts of the actions which

resulted in each of them receiving the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Rated PG-13 for adult topics and language. $35-$40. 2pm. War Requiem at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) performed by Canterbury Voices features Benjamin Britten’s 20th century masterwork War Requiem. The piece combines text from the traditional Latin requiem with the poetry of Wilfred Owens, a young soldier who died in combat one week prior to the armistice signing. $15-$62. 3pm. 297-2264,

Nov. 12

FREE Annual Veterans Day Celebration at 45th Infantry Division Museum (2145 NE 36th St) features a salute provided by a World War II antitank gun followed by a performance by the 145th Army Band, a guest speaker and a beautiful Massing of the Colors. 10am. 424-5313, FREE Veteran’s Day Parade at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features marching bands, military personnel and equipment, Shriner’s and more. 10am. 455-1818,

Nov. 13

FREE Rubik’s Cube Competition at the Norman East Library (3051 E Alameda, Norman) features a fast-paced problemsolving competition. Attendees will learn secrets to solve the 3-D combination puzzle and about the history and mathematics involved in the Rubik’s Cube. For kids in grades 6 & up. 4:30-5:30pm. 217-0770,

The Gift Goes On Christmas Shopping Event at The Cube at Council Road Baptist Church (7903 NW 30th St, Bethany) features local vendors, a silent auction, raffle and food trucks, benefiting the Karis Adoption Fund. $5 suggested donation. 6-9pm.

Nov. 15

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,

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. 7597295,

and animated displays. Attendees can also enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas carols. Adults, $5; kids under 12, free. 6-8pm. 739-1293,

FREE Turkey Shoot at Oklahoma City Community Centers (various locations). Kids can compete in a basketball free throw contest to win a frozen turkey. Age groups are: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17 & 18 & up. 4-6pm.

Mysteries of the Overholser Mansion Tour at the Henry Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features an afterhours tour of the mansion, the chance to examine archival materials and hear some amazing stories. Preregister. $20. 7-8:30pm. 525-5325, www.okhistory. org/sites/overholsermansion.php

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,

FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a variety of different games like Monopoly, card games, Ping Pong and more. All ages welcome. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-9:30pm. 793-5090,

Walk the Lights at the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (SE 15th & Century Dr, Midwest City) features walk the one-mile stretch of lights

Nov. 13 – 18

Love Never Dies at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to


The Phantom of the Opera. $27.16 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2 & 7pm. 297-2264,

Nov. 16

FREE Oklahoma Heritage Concert at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features stage performances by Rodeo Opry and an interactive program to teach Oklahoma history, music and culture, including Native American heritage, the Dust Bowl, state symbols and famous Oklahomans. Preregister, space is limited. 10:30am-1:30pm. 478-2250,

Edmond Outdoor Rink opens at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6; train rides, $3. Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-10pm; Saturday, noon10pm; Sunday, noon-9pm. 274-1638,



All runs begin and end at SandRidge Energy (123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.) where there will be free snacks, a photo booth, face painting and other kids activities. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers and medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each 5k age group. All runners are invited to dress up in their most festive holiday attire for cash prizes in a costume contest afterward!

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Trosper Pl, Midwest City) features the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and hand crafted sets and costumes. $28 & up. 7pm. 594-8300,

members, $25. 9-10:30am. Also held: 12/1. 445-7080,

of Oklahoma. Free to attend. Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm. 314-1033,

FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City Main Street (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with Christmas carolers, Santa, a magic elf, balloon art and more. 6:30pm. 235-7267,

Master Cat: A Retelling of Puss in Boots at Judd Theatre (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features a production of the tale by Bret Carter by the OC Theatre Company. Adults, $10; kids, $6. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 10am & 7pm. 425-6310

Nov. 17

Nov. 16 & 17

The Santa Market at the Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features over 100 vendors showcasing decor and fashion, handmade and unique items and the latest in direct sales. Attendees can also enjoy food truck, a silent auction, free photos with Santa and more. Proceeds from the show benefit the Alzheimer’s Association


FREE Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling handcrafted items. The fair is open to the public to attend. 9am-3pm. 378-0420, ymcaokc. org/locations/earlywine-park Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Dress warm and wear rubber-soled shoes. Equipment provided. Preregister. For ages 10 & up. Members, $20; non-

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FREE Autumn Garden Tour at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St) features a stroll through the Gardens to see what is growing, flowering, resting or holding onto its fruit late into November. For all ages. 9:30-11am. 297-1392, FREE Retro Video Game Tournament at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Compete for a grand prize in a fun and casual setting. All ages are welcome. Preregister. Younger children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or sibling. 1-3pm. 231-8650, FREE I-Naturalist Program at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn how to use I-Naturalist, the new naturalism app for smart phones and smart tablets. Best suited for ages 6 & up. Preregister. 2-4pm. 2971429,

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Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a 5K run that winds through the streets of Yukon and ends amid four million twinkling Christmas lights on display in the park. Activities also include train rides, pictures with Santa, refreshments, live Christmas music and games. $25 & up. 4:30-6pm. 350-8920,

FREE Apple Pie Time at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. All ages welcome. 2-3pm. FREE Learn to Pick a Tune with Lucas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave). Lucas Ross will teach those that have never played the banjo before. Banjos will be provided. Preregister. 2pm. 604-2793, FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave) features holiday window displays, children’s activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, live entertainment and more. 4-8pm. 235-4789,









Nov. 18

University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs Wofford College at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 1pm. Also held 11/27 vs North Texas. 3252424,

Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special holiday hours during the school break. $6, includes basic skate rental. 1-4pm. Also held Nov. 23. 605-2758,

A Night of Comedy with Elijah Tindall at Calvary Chapel of Norman (1401 W Boyd St, Norman) features his Laugh Anyway Comedy Tour. All ages are welcome. $10. 7-10pm. 310-2418,

Nov. 22

Edmond Turkey Trot at the Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features a scenic 5K run and one-mile Family Wobble in Downtown Edmond. Preregister. Proceeds from the Edmond Turkey Trot benefit Turning Point Ministries. 5K, $20-$26; 1-mile wobble, $0-$26. 8-10am. 5908665,

Oklahoma State University Football vs West Virginia University at Boone Pickens Stadium (700 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. Time to be announced. 877-ALL4-OSU,




















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Turkey Day 5K at Norman High School (911 W Main St, Norman) features a 5K and one-mile fun run benefiting ServeMore. $25. 8:30am-noon. 7930893, OKC Turkey Tracks 5K in Downtown OKC (5th & Harvey) features a 5K and one-mile fun run benefiting Toys for Tots. $20-$35. 8:30am. FREE Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Nigh University Center (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features food and fellowship for the Greater Edmond community. 9am-3pm.

Nov. 23

FREE Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features an appearance and photo opportunities with Santa, live music, food trucks, face painting and a tree lighting ceremony led by Mayor David Holt. 5-7pm. 2353500,

Nov. 23 & 24

Cleveland County Craft Show at Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decorating, handmade, seasonal and specialty items presented by over 90 crafters. Free to attend. 9am-4pm. 3604712,

Nov. 23 - 25

Chris Neal’s Rising Stars Calf Roping at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie) features a variety of roping competitions for ages 19 & under as well as a ladies’ breakaway and all-girl tie-down. Prices vary. See website for a schedule of events. 282-7433,

Nov. 24

Quail Creek Run at Quail Creek Park (Quail Creek Rd) features a 5K and one-mile fun run followed by a Party in the Park with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pop-up shops, food trucks, live music and kids’ activities. Proceeds benefit the Quail Creek Community Foundation. Adults, $20-$35; kids, $0$25. 9:30am-noon. Deluxe Winter Market at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) features unique makers, artists, vendors and


other creatives. The market also offers free activities for kids including a free photo booth and an Elf Market, where kids can shop for gifts at kid-sized prices. All of the proceeds from the Elf Market go to a local charity. Free to attend. 11am-5pm. FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a guided tour to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Each eagle watch is limited to 30 people, so reservations are required. 1-4pm. 321-4633

Nov. 24 & 25

The Oklahoma Nutcracker & Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (1809 Stubbeman, Norman) features a beloved holiday tradition that combines the history and beauty of Oklahoma with the artful expression of classical ballet for a fun and delightful holiday performance. $15-$25. Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 1pm. 633-2717,

FREE Thanksgiving Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial, Sulphur) features holiday sales, children’s Christmas ornament workshop, Native American miniature ornament class, stomp dancing and living village activities. Admission required for exhibit center. Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 580-622-7130,

Nov. 25

Critter Crunch at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Volunteer Joy will show participants what the animals eat and show how they are cared for. Preregister. Best suited for ages 8 & up. $5. 2-3pm. 2971426,

Nov. 29

FREE Harry Potter Celebration at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features table Quidditch and Polyjuice and other treats. 6:308pm. 721-2616,

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance of

fresh interpretations of holiday favorites, celebrated through music, song and dance for more than two decades. Come early and meet Santa and pose for pictures. $19 & up. Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm. 8425387,

Nov. 30

Merry Market (10 E Memorial Rd) features more than 35 vendor booths with jewelry, upcycled treasures, trendy clothing, health and beauty products, handmade items, unique gifts and more. Free to attend. 10am-3pm. 302-2449, www.

FREE Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony at Andrews Park (201 W Daws St, Norman) features a festive evening celebration for the family including free hot chocolate & cookies, moon bounces, musical entertainment and a chance to meet Santa. Bring your own camera for a free photo with Santa. 5:30-8pm. 366-5470, www. FREE UCO WinterGlow at the Nigh University Center (100 N Univeristy Dr, Edmond) features the Ceremonial Lighting of the Old North as well as a winter carnival. Attendees have the opportunity to meet Santa. Bring a toy to donate and receive a free photo with Santa. 6-9pm. 974-2363,

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1

Sassafras Shopping Event at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features furniture, vintage finds, home decor, art, jewelry, beauty products, clothing and accessories for both children and adults. Many items will be made by local artisans. Free to attend. Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 9am6pm. 973-4280,

Dec. 1

Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) features a stair climbing event. Racers will climb 138 floors in three buildings combined. Single and relay options available. Benefits Homeless Alliance. $45 & up. 8am. FREE Saturdays with Santa at Devon Energy (333 W Sheridan Ave). Children can meet Santa and other holiday

characters, make crafts, ride a train, listen to live music, as well as other activities. Visits with Santa are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should register upon arrival and bring their own camera. 8am-5pm. Also held: 12/8. OKC Toy Show at Crossroad Convention Center (7000 Crossroads Blvd) features tables of collectibles for sale or trade. $5; kids (12 & under), free. 9am-5pm. www. Christmas Bazaar at Mustang United Methodist Church (211 W State Hwy 152, Mustang) features arts, crafts, vendor booths, silent auction, bake sale, prizes, kids activities and more. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. 6409007, Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Dress warm and wear rubbersoled shoes. Equipment provided.

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Preregister. For ages 10 & up. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9-10:30am. 445-7080, FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew Ave) features a holiday parade with longhorn steers, authentic cowboys, antique cars, equestrian clubs and native dancers. Kids can meet Santa at the Centennial Rodeo Opry after the parade and pose for pictures. Food trucks and street performers round out this festive event. 10am-1pm. 235-7267, FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Celebrate the holidays in Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Make Western-inspired ornaments, pinecone bird feeders and decorations, meet historical Western figures, sample frontier food and mosey up to the sarsaparilla bar. Guests can meet Santa and Howe and Dee, the museum’s Cowboy Elves. For ages 4-12. Activities available while

FREE Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a morning of Christmas activities including crafts, games and more. The Mayor’s Essay Contest will be held at 9:30am. 10am-noon. 3508937, Christmas in Downtown Edmond (various locations) features festive activities, free carriage rides and more. 11am-3pm. Also held: 12/8, 15 & 22. 2499391, FREE Holiday Hop at the Victorian Rodkey House & 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse (410 S Litter & 124 E 2nd St, Edmond) features holiday activities, hot cocoa and music hosted at the Victorian Rodkey House and crafts at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse. 1-4pm. 340-0078,

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ONGOING EVENTS All exhibits are free with admission unless otherwise stated. Admission to the venues is listed.

Nov. 16 – Dec. 16

Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder). Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. Kids, $9; adults, $11. See website for show times. 606-7003,

Opening Nov. 5

Votes for Women at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) features a photographic exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Oklahoma. Votes for Women will feature 28 black-and-white photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s photograph archives and the Library of Congress highlighting some of the key moments and events, and the people who fearlessly led the way. Adults, $7; students, $4; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am5pm. 522-0765,

Opening Nov. 17

Coloring the West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features personal items from the archival collections of Bettina Steinke (1913-1999), Wilson Hurley (1924-2008) and Tom Ryan (1922-2011). Learn how these artists worked, and try your hand at “coloring the west” using their techniques for interpreting the colorful landscapes and people that make up the American West. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-18), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250,

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,

Horseplay at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of this Western icon. The rarely seen prep work reveals how Lovell developed ideas and practiced movement, anatomy, proportion and personality. Watch horses take shape across mediums and styles. Adults, $12.50; students, $9.75; kids (6-18), $5.75; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250,

Nov. 15 – Dec. 22

Annual Ceramics Sale at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features one-of-a-kind pieces made by artists in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios and restocked regularly. Proceeds benefit Oklahoma Contemporary’s Ceramics Program. Prices vary. Monday, 9am-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-5pm. 951-0000,

Through Dec. 16

National Geographic Photo Ark at the Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a total of 52 pieces by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Sartore has photographed 8,485 species, with another 4,000 remaining, in his attempt to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Adults, $11; kids (3-11), $8. 9am-5pm. 424-3344,

Opening Nov. 16

FREE ArtNow at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features the annual exhibition of Oklahoma-based contemporary artists. This year’s exhibition includes traditional media—such oil painting, photography, ceramics and weaving— as well as crafts appearing for the first time, such as (on paper) tattoo designs and handmade knives.

Through Dec 21


Factory Obscura: Beyond (1522 S Robinson Ave) journeys through the known, into the unknown on a

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,

mysterious journey into what lies beyond.

Through Dec. 30

FREE Daren Kendall: Threshold With Me at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) invites viewers to mark their passage through seven sculptural thresholds based on the seven terraces of Dante’s purgatory. Representing moments of both suffering and spiritual growth, Daren Kendall’s work explores universal themes of love and loss with an ultimate aim toward the attainment of Paradise as reconnection and reconciliation. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938,

Through Jan. 27

FREE Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features an archaeological exhibition that will enable visitors to discover the history of ancient Judah’s most famous king-prophet pairing—a story which illuminates how Jerusalem escaped annihilation at the hands of King Sennacherib’s Assyrian army. Monday-Thursday, 10am-7pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am-5pm. 285-1010,

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,

Through Jan 6

Through March 31

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, 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,

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,

Through May 2019

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,

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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, FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and craft activity. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come & go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 602-6664, FREE Preschool Story Time at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) for ages 3 to kindergarten. Tuesdays, 11:30am. 354-8232, 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, FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages 2 to 7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429, 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, FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages 2-7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429,


Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes basic skate rental. (Family package coupon available at coupons). $6. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758, 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. 3739018, FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, FREE Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a half-hour, all-ages story time. Saturdays, 10:30am. 534-4540,

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, FREE Learn to Skate Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. All ages welcome. Saturdays, noon. 6022758, FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features crafts for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 8588778, 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, 1010:30am. 650-7560,


FREE Storytime & Activities at the Norman Barnes & Noble (540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman) features a themed story time and related activity. Saturdays, 11-11:45am. 5798800,

FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books (1313 E Danforth, Edmond) features a story time and an activity to accompany the story. Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202,

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FREE Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 S 9th St, Chickasha) features drive-thru and walk-thru light displays, carriage rides and on select nights a live nativity, camel rides, photos with Santa, a gift shop and concessions. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10pm, FridaySaturday, 6-11pm through Dec. 31. 2249627,

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FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave) features a drive-thru display with more than one million holiday lights and an illuminated 118-foot Christmas tree. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 6-11pm through Dec. 30. 739-1293,

FREE Ardmore Festival of Lights at Regional Park (2704 N Rockford Rd, Ardmore) features more than 125 animated displays in a beautiful drive-thru winter wonderland. 6-10pm through Dec.30. 580-223-7765,

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FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Ave (NW 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Ave.) features more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draping the buildings along eight city blocks in the historic district. Open dusk to dawn, through Jan. 1.

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FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features drive-thru and walkthru light displays with more than 100 acres of twinkling lights. Open seven days a week from 6-10pm through Dec. 31. 354-8442,


FREE Rhema Christmas Lights at Rhema Bible Church (1025 W Kenosha St, Broken Arrow) features over two million lights and over 100,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to Christmas music. Visitors can drive through the lights in their own vehicle, get out of the car and walk around the park, or view the spectacular displays from a carriage. The lights shine every night from 5:30-11:30pm through Jan. 1. 918-2581588,


ILLUMINATIONS: Night Lights in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave) features high-tech displays designed by professionals designers. Members, $3-5; nonmembers, $5-7; kids (2 & under), free. TuesdayThursday, 6-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 6-10pm; Sunday, 6-9pm. 4457080,


Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville). Ride a wagon or stroll the grounds to enjoy more than 750,000 glistening lights, decorating the museum’s grounds and facilities, as well as live entertainment, refreshments and the chance to meet Santa. Adults, $6; kids (11 & under), $1. Friday-Sunday, 5-9pm through Dec. 23. 918-336-0307,

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FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE, Norman) is a light display set to music that features more than 18 miles of light strands. Bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Open through Jan. 2 FREE Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park (1400 Honor Heights Dr, Muskogee) features more than 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds. 5:30-10pm through Jan. 1. 918-682-2401,

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FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display lines the canal with twinkling lights. Enjoy free water taxi rides certain nights of the week. Open at dusk through Jan. 1. FREE Holiday Lights Display on Film Row (Sheridan Ave) showcases the historic district with twinkling lights. Open at dusk through Jan. 1.

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa ) features garden lights, art, a LEGO Village, live music, concessions, shopping and more. The museum stays open late on select nights during the holiday season. See website for a schedule of events. Through Dec. 28. Adults, $9; kids (17 & under), free. 918-749-7941,

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FREE A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (112 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie) features a Victorian Christmas celebration, historic home tours, theater performances of A Territorial Christmas Carol and a lighted parade at dusk on November 26. 412-4132, FREE Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a drive-thru holiday light display. 6-9pm nightly through Dec. 31. 580-622-7130,

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As experiences rise to the top of more families’ wish lists, holiday getaways offer a fun and meaningful way to make some lasting memories together. Branson, located just five hours from the Oklahoma City metro in the Ozark Mountains, is no longer a sleepy town once known mostly for country western performers. This destination is now home to a diverse selection of familyfriendly attractions and, beginning early each November, the city amps up the excitement as a holiday hot spot where cheerful celebrations mix with old-fashioned charm. There is certainly no shortage of festive activities to enjoy in Branson at Christmastime.

Experience An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City Silver Dollar City is best known for the park’s Wild West enchantments and high-speed rides. But the park has also received accolades for its annual holiday festival. The festival was named as the best theme park holiday event by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards in 2017. Silver Dollar City received another special honor when the park was named in the top five amusement parks in America this year, also by USA Today’s 10Best. In addition to their year-round rides and attractions, Silver Dollar City has welcomed guests around the Christmas season with twinkling


lights, festive shops and Broadway-style shows for more than two decades. The merriment has grown over the years, and today the park is aglow with more than six million colorful lights, lining walkways and buildings and adorning more than 1,000 Christmas trees including one show-stopping, special-effect laden five-story tree. Twice each evening, families can enjoy Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, featuring dozens of colorful costumed characters, including Rudolph as Grand Marshall. Joining in the parade is the iconic Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, towering moose and elf characters, 10-foot candy canes, penguins, marching wooden soldiers and more.

To top off the fun, festival-goers can take in a production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which is in its final year at the park. Other shows include Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop, a dramatic musical living Nativity and strolling carolers.


A variety of the rides remain open through the holidays as weather permits. More details can be found on the park’s website, including a complete list of weather guidelines for many of the park’s most popular rides. New this year, Silver Dollar City debuts the all-new Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular, filling more than an acre with 1.5 million LED lights illuminating walkways and the load station for their new coaster, Time Traveler, that opened earlier this year. An Old Time Christmas kicks off on Nov. 3 and continues until Dec. 30, with special celebrations planned for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Park hours are 1 to 9 p.m. most days, with extended hours on select days, including some Fridays, Saturdays and Thanksgiving weekend. Ticket are $65 for adults, $54 for kids ages 4–11 and kids 3 and under are free.





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Take in a live show Branson is well known for live entertainment and its famous strip is lined with theaters hosting a variety of productions including limited-engagement shows like Samson, touring performances like the Million Dollar Quartet and long-standing Branson staples like The Presleys. Whether your family is looking for something a cappella, high-energy acrobatics or a classic family production, Branson has a wide selection to choose from, many with special Christmas festivities. On the strip, Christmas comes early to the popular Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Beginning

Oct. 25, her annual Christmas extravaganza ushers in elaborate decorations, a live nativity complete with ascending angels, three kings atop camels, playful elves and even an indoor snowfall. And off the main drag, an 1800s-style showboat, the Branson Belle, welcomes pajama-clad families for Santa’s Pancakes & Pjs Cruise, starting Nov. 10 and continuing until Dec. 23. Cruise aboard the riverboat around Table Rock Lake and enjoy breakfast, kids’ activities and live entertainment. Show prices vary, and given the destination’s popularity, many of the most popular shows tend to sell out early. Early booking is recommended.



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Leave the city lights behind and enjoy Christmas at the Ranch For most of the year, Sycamore Creek Family Ranch acts as a rustic wedding venue. However, during the holidays, the ranch becomes a jolly holiday retreat. Families start off their evening at the ranch with a festive dinner and a special guest speaker. Afterward, there is a jingle bell hayride with a cup of hot chocolate to keep riders warm. While waiting for a turn on the hayride, attendees can roast s’mores or take part in a scavenger hunt. “The scavenger hunt ends at our 200-year-old sycamore tree,” shared Lisa Button, a representative for the ranch. “A nativity scene, painted by a local artist, will be set up beneath the branches of the tree.” At the end of the evening, guests gather around the bonfire again to sing Christmas carols. More details, including pricing, can be found on the ranch’s website,


Hop aboard the Polar Express at the Branson Scenic Railway Oklahomans now have to drive a little farther to board the Polar Express since the famous train ride won’t be making any stops in the Sooner State. Scripted out of the pages of the popular Christmas tale by the same name, the Polar Express departs from the Branson Scenic Railway in historic downtown Branson on an hour trip to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Along the way, guests hear pieces of the motion picture soundtrack and recount the story with hot chocolate, cookies and a special gift from Santa himself. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas, just like the characters in the story. Tickets are on sale now at

Explore an entire city of lights Just like many cities in our metro, organizations throughout the Branson area set up cheerful light displays for families to enjoy. Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, open Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, has more than 160 acres of lights, ending at Inspiration Tower where families can view the lights from 230-feet up.


Enjoy another bird’s eye view of Branson’s famed corridor and the Ozark Mountains on the Branson Ferris Wheel. The structure itself puts on a festive synchronized light show. Branson’s Gift of Lights is open to the public Nov. 1 through Jan. 1, with more than 300 all-LED light displays set along a drive-thru excursion. The Promised Land Zoo also hosts a unique two-mile, drive-thru Christmas light display with a Candyland Village, live reindeer and a living Nativity with live animals to pet and feed. Not traveling to Branson during the holidays? Here are five anytimeof-year Branson things to do:

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On its quest to be a family-fun destination of choice, Branson has added plenty of heart-pumping attractions. Fly high on the Ejection Seat at Branson Frontier Adventures, zip along the mountainside aboard the Branson Coaster, mimic skydiving in Fritz’s Adventure’s new Aerodium, ‘snow’ tube along Wolfe Mountain and more.

Explore the Strip Highway 76, better known as the Branson Strip, is the central hub of activity. When the sun goes down, the neon lights turn on! Travelers are sure to find plenty of sights to see and things to do on the strip.



Hunt for Bigfoot The Ozarks are abuzz with local lore about Bigfoot and Bigfoot on the Strip lets you join their Bigfoot Research Team for an exciting search for the world’s famed hide and seek champion. This off-road adventure takes want-to-be Sasquatch hunters to a rural farm that has had some mysterious happenings! The adventure is a lot of fun as well as quite suspenseful and may not be suitable for younger kids. After your adventure, continue the fun with a themed arcade, a Yeti Play Zone & Monkey Jump, an 8D action cinema and Bigfoot-themed adventure golf.

Punch your ticket at the Titanic Museum and other unique museums Branson offers a lengthy list of museums for families to enjoy. Whether you journey aboard the Titanic, chase your favorite stars at the Hollywood Wax Museum, witness the wacky at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium or find something unique at the World’s Largest Toy Museum, you won’t have to look hard to find something to match your family’s interests.

Take a trip down memory lane at Dick’s Old Time 5 and 10 Open since 1961, this authentic dime store is filled with quirky treasures, vintage toys and one-of-kind gifts. And bonus: It’s located in historic downtown Branson where you can enjoy the variety of restaurants, retails shops and entertainment including a water fountain show at Branson Landing.


A fun stop along the way If you have some time to stop to stretch your legs, the Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium in Springfield is a fun option. The massive museum attached to Bass Pro Shops houses exhibits from around the world, educating visitors of all ages about wildlife and conservation. See more than 35,000 live

fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, in addition to the numerous realistic, still-life habitat recreations. Admission is $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children ages 4–11. To experience the entire museum, you’ll need to set aside at least two hours to walk the more than one and a half mile trail. Learn more at



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When Daniel Moore’s children are asked how many siblings they have, they typically answer: “I’m not sure. I haven’t met them all and our family is still growing.” Moore, patriarch of what he calls a large, chosen family, has been a foster dad for 16 years as a traditional foster parent, in a group home setting, fostering on a campus and fostering older children in independent living. When we last spoke with Moore in 2015, he was the ranch foreman for Circle of Care Boys’ Ranch in Gore, and now he manages all of the foster and adoptive placement agency’s properties and foster homes across the state. He and wife Saysha, a school teacher, live at the Boys’ Ranch with their adopted and foster children, and open their home often to former foster children, now grown, some with families of their own. Moore, whose foster journey began when he was single, has personally fostered 167 children. “It’s not DHS or Circle of Care or a church or an after-school program that changes children’s lives,” said Moore. “It is a connection with another person. We are people who need other people. We give them an anchor to come home to.” The Moore family recently adopted a sibling set of four, has four previously adopted children and is fostering one child, all ranging in age from 4 to 21. Moore jokes that waking up with babies in the night and potty training

are not his forte, but he is passionate about fostering older children. Teens can experience more long-term trauma, having been in the foster care system longer, oftentimes separated from siblings and having been moved more times than they could count. Moore’s oldest son went through five failed adoptions before the age of 14; another son was moved 14 times in three years. Moore said those experiences haunt them. His greatest success as a foster parent comes in taking in older children who have no hope left, making a genuine connection with them and watching them blossom with the realization that one person finally cared enough to help them turn their lives around. “They need a parent just as much as the young ones, just in a different way,” said Moore.

Helping foster teens break the cycle While it can be true that older foster children’s behaviors or survival methods are more ingrained, and their desire to have some control over their lives or fend for themselves may be stronger. Moore said with any foster child, it’s imperative to look past behaviors to determine the root issue. “By the time they are 16, they may be going from one shelter to the next, just biding their time until their freedom [from the foster care system at age 18],” said Sarah Steffes, vice president of development for Circle of Care. “They don’t have a lot of trust, and socially and emotionally are no longer kids. They

often think they can do things better than other people or the state has done things for them. If the adults in their lives are [just] seeking compliance and discipline, this creates a constant power struggle.” Steffes said foster teens’ greatest need is adults who understand how to parent a child who’s experienced trauma and who will teach independent living skills in an environment where the child can rebuild trust without strings attached. “If we can teach them how to be healthy adults and parents, we can break the cycle so their own kids don’t end up in foster care,” said Keith Howard, CEO for Circle of Care. In addition to fostering children at the Boy’s Ranch, Moore has been heavily involved in Circle of Care’s Preparation for Adult Living Program (PAL) in Tahlequah, available to students age 16 to 24. When a foster child turns 18, they are, essentially, declared an adult and turned out of the foster care system. Moore said most kids who leave home have a place to call when they encounter a problem, like a car breaking down, a credit card they’re not sure they can pay off or a new baby they don’t know how to care for. The young adults served by PAL have no one, and, in most cases, no idea how to access resources to help themselves. According to Circle of Care, in Oklahoma 300 kids age out of the foster care system each year. By the time they turn 19, up to 30 percent will have experienced homelessness, only 69 percent will have completed their GED or earned a high school diploma and

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only half will be employed full or part time. Eight percent will have had a child and seven percent will have been incarcerated. Only three percent will attend college. “We fail these children,” said Moore. “They are not ready to step out and do it. They need someone to teach them to pay bills, get a job and keep it, get their car fixed and budget their money.” For teens in foster care, those who have aged out of the system, or even children not in foster care who don’t have parental stability, PAL teaches these tools, provides mentors, helps students secure housing and obtain their high school, college or vocational degrees. Many don’t have bank accounts or driver’s licenses, know how to get a credit card or grocery shop. “These kids don’t have family or adults supporting them,” said Howard. “We serve them at a critical time as they transition to adulthood.” Moore said the key to the PAL program is building students’ networks and teaching them how to access resources. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, PAL allows each student to determine his or her own goals, and the mentors guide them in reaching them. “We don’t write the roadmap for them; we let them lead,” said Moore. “We help them take their first flight out of the nest. We let them fail, dust them back off and then push them back out, helping them find the tools they need to be successful.” The young adults Moore has worked with

through PAL are now gainfully employed, some getting married or having children, all able to support themselves. If their families are hungry, they know how to find food banks in their community, how to seek out an extra job or how to budget their funds carefully. When their babies are sick or have a diaper rash, they have someone to call for help. “We know this works,” said Moore. “It increases their chances in life tenfold to have this program.”

Taking it to the next level PAL is entirely funded by donations and grants, and of those 300 kids who age out in Oklahoma each year, PAL only has the capacity and funding to serve 20. Realizing their funding and location limitations, as it can be challenging for youth to relocate to Tahlequah to join PAL, Circle of Care is looking at ways to engage potential foster parents in central Oklahoma to consider fostering teens. The organization will work with foster parents and community organizations to equip youth with the same independent living skills provided in PAL, helping them better transition into adulthood. Foster parents will be trained on trauma-informed care, provided transition planning services and supported by staff. Like all Circle of Care foster parents, they will receive financial and material support, like clothing, equipment, activity funds and welcome baskets.





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Steffes said they encourage foster parents of teens to view their roles more as mentor or coach, using the training provided to understand how trauma has affected the teens’ very biology and, consequently, behaviors and helping them prepare for and transition to the real world. “If we do this right, the foster youth we support will look back on their experience and believe that somebody valued and loved them enough to give them the space to make decisions and return when they make mistakes or need support,” said Steffes. “We make an investment in these youth with our time and unconditional love, and though the return may not come immediately, we frequently hear from past clients when their lives are more stable, ‘Thank you. You made a difference in my life.’” Moore sees that return every day, in his own home and in the lives of many of his former foster children. One of Moore’s former foster sons had a new baby seven years ago, and after a failed attempt to take his new son and wife to meet his biological family, he called Moore in tears with the wish of giving his son a grandpa to look up to. “I said, ‘bring him home,’” Moore recalls of his now grandson whom he enjoys keeping from time to time. “He calls me Papa.” Editor’s Note: For more information about supporting students in Circle of Care’s PAL program, as a mentor or financial supporter, visit For more information about fostering teens through Circle of Care, contact Sherri Johnson at 405-426-5070.


Partnership offers foster families discounts at local businesses While certified Oklahoma foster families do receive medical coverage and reimbursements for the foster children in their care, other typical childhood expenses like haircuts, furniture and visits to local events and attractions usually come out of their own budgets. Recognizing the ongoing expenses foster parents take on themselves, OKDHS and Oklahoma Fosters are offering all certified foster parents Exclusive Benefit cards entitling their households to membership discounts at businesses across the state. Foster parents receive the cards at the completion of certification and can use them to get discounts on clothing, haircuts, entertainment and other services as offered by participating businesses. For more information about the discounts offered, visit To become a business partner and offer a discount or service to foster families, visit partner-now/.




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Thanksgiving and Christmas for many families mean traveling. Making accommodations for pets beforehand can be a challenge, but not if you know your options and don’t wait until the last minute to make arrangements. “We always tell (pet) parents the sooner they know the dates the better,” said Vera Mahen, owner of Vera’s Posh Paws dog day care and boarding facilities in Moore and Oklahoma City. “We never know when we will book up and it is always good to get in ahead of time.” But before you jump to book the first boarding spot with availability, there are a few things to take into consideration. Mahen said it’s best for the pet owner and the pets to find a facility that’s open every day of the year, allows potential customers to tour

anytime during their open hours and ideally has cameras so pet owners can see their pets from anywhere so you always know they’re safe. Another benefit to booking a boarding option ahead of time, she mentioned, is that it gives pets that have never stayed away from home before an opportunity to get used to the new place. “If it has been awhile, or if it is the pup’s first time boarding,” she said, “bringing them by to visit and play with other dogs helps them adjust and feel more comfortable for their long stay.” If you know your pet would be more comfortable at home, another option is to hire a dog sitter to stay at your home. Carey Pet & Home Care is an Oklahoma Citybased pet sitting company with dozens of qualified caretakers on staff and available, even during the holidays. Cris Carey opened the business 14 years ago and feels proud to offer local pets the option to stay in their

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What made the experience stand out? There was so much to do all in one place! We played video games and tried out those claw machines where you get stuffed animals and rubber ducks. We did laser tag and bowling and I climbed the gravity ropes course, which is like an obstacle course that’s high up. There’s a really cool prize store where you can turn in all the points you get on your game cards. What was the best part? I had the most fun at laser tag but it was just an incredible night. It’s really hard to choose just one part because there was so much to do. Bowling was also really fun. There’s a screen that keeps track of everything and my brothers could bowl too because there are little dinosaur ramps to rest the balls on so they weren’t so heavy. I was entertained the whole time, though, which doesn’t usually happen when we go places where my brothers can go. I’m usually too old to like what they like. What was the worst part? It takes a lot of points to get prizes!

Kid Reviewer: Samuel Roldán, age 11

Will other kids like visiting Main Event? Yes, other kids would love it because the energy is so high in there. I played Plants vs. Zombies, Space Invaders, a Ghostbusters game and a lot of other video games like that. We don’t have a game console so that was new to me and it’s more fun than when I’ve played those at friends’ houses because it’s a setting with lots of different kinds of games. My favorite was a tsunami game that shakes where you lie back and steer a bobsled; it really feels like you’re in the game. I ran into my friend, Natalie, who was having a birthday party there too. Kids of all ages can do it and adults can play the tsunami game with kids or just on their own. I was actually one of the youngest kids there. Would this experience be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? Yes, they came and had a great time. It’s hard to find places where we all have fun because they are a lot younger than I am. Gabriel is 3 but he could work all of the games. Isaac is 6 but he got to do laser tag with me and all of us did bowling. Isaac was a little scared to do the laser tag but he did it and had fun running with everything that glows in the dark. Even my Mom had fun with some of the video games.

If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would be more excited to go! I’ve seen the building before from the highway when we go to the mall but I had no idea what was in there. Does anything you learned match up with what you’re doing in school or have done before? I’ve been to other places like this but it was cleaner and brighter with more things to do. I had never played laser tag before but I’ve seen it and wondered what that would be like. Now I know! What do you think you’ll remember most about visiting? The gravity ropes area is what I remember the most because it’s that feeling like you’re in a dream. I’m reading “Ready Player One” right now and it reminds me of that, like you have to keep going to challenge yourself. I guess you could say that about all areas there, especially the games. I’ll remember that we all had fun. We were there for more than three hours. I think we could have stayed three more and just kept the happiness going.



November 23 – December 23

Experience the magic of the holiday season, just a short drive away. Enjoy train rides, breakfast with Santa, endless Christmas lights, festive activities, and much more. Book your holiday stay package today, and start creating #AnatoleMemories.

2201 N Stemmons Fwy Dallas, TX 75207 • 214 748 1200 • Christmas At The Anatole is offered on select dates and weekends from November 23 to December 23, 2018, based on availability and weather, and event details are subject to change.

MetroFamily Magazine November 2018