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Ideas for Experiences Instead of Stuff


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Features 6 Holiday Self-Care for Moms Be kind to yourself this season 8 Experiences as Gifts Ideas for more family time and skill-building fun (with the bonus of less “stuff”) 14 2019 Cover Kids Meet the winners of our annual search

In Every Issue 10 Local Family Fun Discover new & improved Christmas experiences in OKC 12 Where Are They Now? Catch up with our cover kid from January 2013

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Contests Enter MetroFamily’s Ultimate Christmas Giveaway ‘Tis the season to win big with MetroFamily! We’re giving away toys, books and gifts that are sure to make your holiday brighter. A subscription to online candy surprise box retailer Sugarwish, action figures and Marvel-themed merchandise from Megalapolis and a Casio keyboard will go to one lucky winner, along with board games from local retailer, learning tree toys, books & games. Tickets to local venues such as SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma Hall of Fame (Gaylord-Pickens Museum), Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink, Illuminations at Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Devon Ice Rink will keep several families on the go this winter break, as we’ll have multiple ticket package winners too. Enter to win by Saturday, Dec. 15 at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.

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otherhood doesn’t just teach you to be selfless, it at times forces you to be selfless. For example, even though my to-do list is a mile long, I’m laying on the floor next to my son’s train table. See, he asked me to lay here so he could run a toy car down a ramp and off the side of the table and have it land on my face and continue “off road” down the back of my head. I said no. But then he said “please” in his precious little toddler voice so here I am. This is one tiny example of how countless moms give of themselves and make themselves uncomfortable for their kids.

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And while it is totally worthwhile and just a normal part of parenthood, let us not forget the value in taking care of ourselves. Especially in the midst of a busy holiday season when it seems everyone needs something from you, it’s more important than ever to be kind to yourself. We’ve outlined a few ways to do that in this issue.

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For starters, we have some great features that focus on giving your family experiences instead of physical gifts. This frees you up from the hectic shopping and also gives you an opportunity to connect and make memories with your kids. Find some holiday experience ideas on page 8 and some ideas for family trips you can take together in exchange for gift-giving on page 40. Getting more specific about self-care this season, we have some practical ideas from local experts on page 6. However you choose to do it this season, we encourage you to remember that in addition to being Mom/wife/employee/Santa Claus, you’re an individual. We see you, we applaud your hard work and we give you permission to give yourself a break. Hannah Schmitt Editor

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Moms The case for practicing self-care this holiday season BY HANNAH SCHMITT

The term “self-care” seems to be getting more and more popular among moms, but a true definition for it is as elusive as the time many mothers feel they have to practice it. The New York Times humorously defines self-care as “The practice of taking action to ‘preserve or improve one’s own health,’ according to Oxford Dictionaries. Self-care is for anyone who wants it. It can be as easy— and as free— as taking a walk, or as complex as learning a trade. Self-care can include, but is not limited to: saying no; buying things; refusing to buy things; taking a long walk; helping others; exercising; crafting; stockpiling and organizing things like coins and arranging them meticulously into Ziploc bags; stretching; listening to disco; spending time alone; singing karaoke (sometimes, alone); intending to one day start meditating.” Thai-An Truong, a local therapist and mother, said a great way to take care of yourself is to stop trying to stay on top of the parenting game. That’s especially true at the holidays. “There’s no competition and you will burn out continuing to try to stay on top,” she said. “Let go of external comparison with other moms. Look inward on your inner joy and sense of connection with the kids to gauge parenting health.” She suggested moms who feel spread thin should give themselves grace, stop chasing perfection and simplify their lives a little. Mindful moments with no distractions or technology can be very restorative, she said, even if that means saying “no” to some extracurriculars or other activities. In some cases, it may be necessary to even see a therapist to discuss how to take care of yourself, she said.

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If you’re not quite to the point of needing a therapist but you know you need to take better care of yourself in order to pour into others, practicing some simple routines and rituals can help. Angela Hodgkinson is a local mom of two and the co-owner of Solare, a Plaza District shop focused on natural beauty. She’s learned first-hand that although women are often taught to take care of everyone but themselves, spending a little time focused on herself goes a long way. “I think mothers have a really hard time in general taking care of themselves,” she said. “I’m learning myself that I have to take care of myself to have something to give to work, to my family and my other relationships.” Being in the beauty industry, Hodgkinson has realized the connection between looking good on the outside and feeling good on the inside, so she has a handful of simple beauty routines she recommends for moms who are short on time. With 4-year-old Nico and 1-year-old Cy getting ready with her every morning, she makes time to do just a few beauty rituals that help her feel cared for, including using a body brush and oil on her skin and a copper tongue scraper. Women are often conditioned not to tell others exactly what they want or need, but adding beauty or self-care items to your Christmas list or even buying them for yourself is a great first step toward self-care this season. Find specific items Hodgkinson recommends at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/selfcare. Editor’s Note: To learn more about selfcare tips from local experts, visit our Ask the Experts panel on the topic at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/Ask-the-ExpertsMom-Care.


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Experiences as Gifts

Do your kids need more toys? If you’re asking yourself that question, maybe it’s time to consider gifting experiences instead. With the help of our advertising partners, we’ve rounded up 31 “out of the box” ideas that would provide gifts of family fun, skill building and more. We hope the gifting of these experiences provides your family with wonderful memories in the upcoming year.

Membership, Admission & Tickets Sam Noble Museum Give a gift of natural wonder this holiday season with a membership to this family favorite museum. Family memberships start at $45 and provide unlimited admission and numerous other perks. This gift gives back all year! Find more and purchase at www. samnoblemuseum.ou.edu under the “Get Involved” tab. Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink Enjoy the colder weather this season by skating at this fun ice rink, open through Jan. 6 at Mitch Park. Tickets for the family to enjoy the day skating are only $12 each for adults, $8 each for children ages 5 & under (includes skate rental). Details at www.edmondoutdooricerink.com.

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My Gym Edmond Classes and birthday parties at this fun indoor gym are perfect for your active little one. Give the gift of fun this holiday! Contact them at 405-324-9182 or www.mygym.com/Edmond Oklahoma City Museum of Art Encourage your child’s interest in art, including hands-on activities and projects with a membership to this downtown museum. Free admission, discounts on workshops and camps and more are included. Family Memberships start at $85. Learn more at www. okcmoa.com under the “Join & Give” tab. Chickasaw Cultural Center This center located in Sulphur allows visitors to explore and learn about the unique history and vibrant culture of the Chickasaw people. With their exhibits, films, demonstrations, storytelling and special events, this cultural center is perfect to visit as a family. Consider a gift of a family membership (starting at $50) or admission tickets. Find more at www.chickasawculturalcenter.com under the “Rates” tab. Harn Homestead For a perfect stocking stuffer, purchase a Family Four Pass to this fun historical center near the Capitol for just $10 (half off). Purchase by calling 405-235-4058. Chester’s Party Barn & Farm Join Club Chester and enjoy free admission to monthly private events all year, unlimited

visits to Chester’s Pumpkin Patch in the fall and other perks. Private events include themes such as Princess Party and Summer Movie Night. Membership offered at a discount of $99 plus tax for a family of four (typically $125). Call 405-373-1595 to take advantage of this great gift idea. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Free admission, discounts, exclusive access, special family activities & learning opportunities...for the entire year? Your family will love this gift! Family memberships start at $75 and can be purchased online at the “Join” tab of www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or by calling 405-478-2250, ext. 251. Myriad Botanical Gardens Memberships at this uber-popular urban park come with many perks. The Family PLUS membership at $100 provides free admission to certain events like Pumpkinville, discounts at other events and unlimited rides on the new Mo’s Carousel. Find details and purchase on their website under the “Support” tab. www.myriadgardens.com SkateGalaxy OKC Roller skating is a great way to get physical exercise while bonding over family fun. Purchase a holiday gift certificate at a savings (just $20 for $25 value) and use it towards open skate times, Family Skate Nights and more. To purchase your certificates, call 405-605-2758.

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Oklahoma History Center Family Membership to the Oklahoma Historical Society is only $50 and includes free admission to the Oklahoma History Center and many other perks. Purchase at the “Support OHS” tab on their website. www.okhistory.org

Goldfish Swim School This holiday, skip the usual presents and gift the joy of swimming via lessons at this stateof-the-art facility. Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons. Call them today at 405-347-8383.

Dust Bowl Lanes Located in Midtown, this bowling alley takes it retro with a fun vibe for bowling and food, making it a perfect spot for family fun. Stuff a gift card in your child’s stocking and make a date of it! Purchase at www. dustbowllounge.com.

Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center Classes, workshops and camps are taught by local teaching artists and arts professionals and are offered year-round in their studios. Help your child explore painting, drawing, ceramics, performance, poetry, filmmaking, robotics and animation by purchasing a gift certificate. Or consider one of their popular adult classes as the ultimate gift of creativity, with upcoming winter classes in ceramics, drawing, painting and fiber arts. 405-951-0000.

Tot Town This fun attraction in South OKC caters to families with young children (6 and under). Give the gift of family fun with their Play Passes or monthly memberships. Find more at www.tottownokc.com. The Sooner Theatre Give the gift of live theatre! Gift certificates from The Sooner Theatre can be purchased in any amount, used for any of the theatre’s concerts, productions or classes (based on availability). And they don’t expire. Purchase by calling 405-321-9600.

Classes & Sports Leagues Artsy Rose Academy Offering art lessons in a wide variety of mediums for all ages plus social painting events parties and more, Artsy Rose believes everyone—young and old—should celebrate their creativity, originality and imagination through the wonderful world of art. A gift certificate can be purchased by calling 405-603-8550. Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Give the girl in your life an experience that will build her leadership, develop her entrepreneurial spirit and expand her passion for S.T.E.M. To purchase a membership call them at 405-528-GIRL or email info@gswestok.org. Velocity Dance Center Give the gift of confidence with classes at this award-winning dance studio. Classes start at $60. Contact them today at 405-7218807 or admin@oklahomcitydancestudio. com to purchase classes or a gift certificate. Edmond Fine Arts Institute Give the gift of art by enrolling your child in a class or camp at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute. Enroll online at www.edmondfinearts.com or contact them at 405-340-4481 to purchase a gift certificate.

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Artsy Learning Center A gift certificate to this fun art center in Norman could provide art classes for any age or be used towards other parties and product offerings. Contact them at 405-343-4064 or artsylearningcenter@yahoo.com. Cadence Equestrian Give the gift of horsemanship with a certificate for a 30-minute introductory lesson for $40 or a five-lesson package for $195. Offered for ages 4 and older and for all levels of expertise, including beginners, the lessons are taught by professionals using only safe lesson horses. The program is a USHJA certified riding school. Call 405-348-7469 or find more at www.cadenceequestrian.com. SoccerCity OKC Enroll your child (ages 18 months to 9 years) in Soccer City’s Lil’ Kickers program, an age-appropriate soccer development program. Sessions last 10 weeks and cost about $165 which includes a jersey. Sign your child up at 405-748-3888 or by email at hayden@ soccercityokc.com. Mention MetroFamily and get 2 free lessons. Central Oklahoma Youth Lacrosse Encourage your child to try the sport of lacrosse through this non-profit youth organization for girls and boys in kindergarten to 8th grade. Find more at www.centraloklacrosse.com or email info@centraloklacrosse.com.

Donate/Volunteer Oklahoma Hall of Fame Support the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board’s effort to provide free Field Trips to students statewide. Donate $50 and you will

receive a copy of “Will Rogers: Our American Legend,” autographed by author, Governor Frank Keating. In addition, Sonic, America’s Drive-in, will donate a book to an Oklahoma educational institution on your behalf. Pet Angels Rescue Make a difference in the life of a homeless animal. Families can visit Pet Angels Rescue or their adoption events and choose their new family member together based on the specific needs of the family and animal. Family not ready to adopt? Consider volunteering together as a family, picking items from the wish list or fostering a rescue animal. www.petangelsrescue.org

Other Experience Ideas Unpluggits Paint & Play This fun venue in Edmond provides ceramic making among other fun offerings. Bring the whole family in to paint a cookie jar for Grandma then fill it with her favorite treats! She’ll treasure her special gift. Find more at www.unpluggits.com or by calling 405-340-7584. Project Princess Book a visit with your child’s favorite hero and create memories that will last a lifetime. During the month of December, their Holiday Home Visit is just $100 for 30 minutes. Choose from over 50+ characters including favorites such as Elsa, Anna, Belle, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Spiderman, Batman and Superman. Call 405-777-2411 or visit www.projectprincessok.com to book today. K9 University, LLC Fido’s manners need a brush-up? Give the gift of dog training and get your pup in shape before the family arrives for the holidays. Or give a certificate to your favorite dog owner. Six weeks of obedience classes are only $175. Find more at www.myk9u.com or by calling 405-231-4335. learning tree toys, books & games The experts at this beloved locally-owned store in Nichols Hills can help you pick out special games, some old favorites, some new challengers, that will take your “Family Nights” to the next level. Find them at 7638 North Western. www.learningtreeokc.com. Hilton Anatole Dallas Consider the gift of a family trip to Dallas to stay at the beautiful Hilton Anatole. Check out their Christmas at the Anatole special, available through Dec. 23, or schedule a fun weekend for later to enjoy their Jadewaters water park. Make reservation at www.hiltonanatolehotel.com.

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New & Improved Holiday Events Find a new tradition at one of these fresh holiday events happening across the metro. BY LINDSAY CUOMO

Frontier City’s Inaugural Holiday in the Park Though Jan. 6

Frontier City’s western town has transformed into a winter wonderland with more than one million lights, cheery culinary items including s’mores roasted over real fire pits, festive shows and Santa, Mrs. Claus and other roaming characters straight from the North Pole. Many of the park’s rides, including the coasters, Kiddieland rides and more, have been all decked out for the holidays. Festivities are included with regular admission or with a season pass.

Edmond Electric’s Luminance Through Dec. 31

Luminance is a new walk-thru holiday light display, open to the public at Mitch Park during the month of December. Families can stroll through 20 interactive 3D LED displays including a 25-foot walk-thru light tunnel and lighted trees and pavilions. Make it a full evening of fun with a spin around the Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink or hop aboard The Christmas Express.

All Aboard! Family Night at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Dec. 13

Trains are taking over the museum! In conjunction with the Ticket to Ride art exhibition, families can enjoy a night of cheer including the lighting of a commissioned model train recreation of Route 66, banjo players, art activities, a hot cocoa and cookie bar and the chance to meet Santa. This familyfriendly event starts at 6 p.m., and the train lighting ceremony starts at 7 p.m. The train display will remain at the museum through Dec. 30.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Thursday - Sunday through Dec. 23

Step back in time with the Pollard Theatre and a small ensemble cast as they bring the beloved

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Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” to the stage as a 1940s-style radio broadcast. Follow along as actors trace the story of George Bailey’s fateful Christmas Eve. Best suited for ages 8 and up.

Holly Jolly Shops at the Brick Dec. 8 & 9

This brand new event features 50 pop-up shops with handcrafted items and unique gifts from local and regional vendors. The ballpark will feature festive decorations and concessions will be open for holiday shoppers. There will even be reindeer on-site part of Saturday and all day Sunday. Shops will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Illuminations inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory Tuesday through Sunday until Jan. 10

Oklahomans are accustomed to the warmth and beauty inside the city’s iconic Crystal Bridge. For many decades, the holidays usher in bustling festivities at the Gardens. But this year, with the help of professional designers and the latest lighting technology, a brand new indoor holiday light display aims to go beyond strings of lights to create an experience not typically seen in the Sooner state, the captivating Northern Lights.

Devon’s Saturdays with Santa Dec. 1 & 8

The annual family favorite is changing things up a little this year. Instead of the typical three-week schedule, Devon’s Saturdays with Santa will be hosted on the first two Saturdays in December. Organizers have extended the event’s hours. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., families can enjoy all their favorite activities including crafts, train rides and more. All activities are free and open to the public and visits with Santa are available on a first-come, firstserved basis.


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Luminance in Edmond

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Saturdays with Santa

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Family Night at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

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Where are they now?

Tripp Wohl BY ERIN PAGE PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

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featured in our 2018 “where are they now” series, and what this outgoing basketball and dance star lacks in years, he makes up for in big personality and big heart. Charming, spunky and adventurous, Tripp lives in Edmond with mom Lori and dad Kenneth. The family shares what Tripp has been up to since we saw him last:

What do you remember about Tripp being on the cover of the magazine? Lori: Sarah Taylor [publisher] is our neighbor. Tripp has been in glasses since he was 13 months, and for the educational series Sarah thought he would be so cute on the cover. We got him that little vest, and the photographer was phenomenal at getting him to smile.

How did you know Tripp needed glasses? Lori: He had an eye that would shake. The doctor told us he would grow out of it at 9 to 10 months but that when he got mobile we needed to come back to have his vision tested. It’s crazy how early they can tell. When they told us he would need [glasses], I worried, but he’s always just rocked them. He had plastic ones in the picture, but now he wears little Ray-Bans.

What’s your favorite subject in school? Tripp: I like math. I like the Wii Center but it’s not open very much! Also Home Center where you play grocery store. I like computers, too.

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What has been the best part about going to a new school? Tripp: I like all the [high school sports] trophies and the library. Lori: When we toured, he was mostly concerned if they had a mascot!

What are your favorite activities? Tripp: I play basketball, and I like music and art and dancing. Lori: He’s a great hip hop dancer; he took a class last year.

What do you like to do for fun? Tripp: Thunder games! Lori: We travel a lot. We like to go see new places. We love Colorado, and we just went to Iceland. Tripp is very intrigued by other countries and flags, and he loved the Iceland map in the apartment we rented. Tripp: I was excited about the blue lagoon and waterfalls.

Do you know what you want to do when you grow up? Tripp: I’m torn between being a WWE wrestler or NBA player. Also I want to be a train conductor.

What has been the best change you’ve seen in the metro since Tripp was on the cover? Lori: There has been so much growth in our city, especially new businesses and new family-friendly weekend activities like H & 8th and Heard on Hurd.

What’s your family’s place to visit or thing to do in OKC? Lori: We like to run in 5K races or onemilers with Tripp.

What do you like to do as a family when you’re at home? Tripp: Cuddle and watch TV Lori: We are big “American Idol” watchers.

What makes you most proud of Tripp? Lori: He is so sweet, caring and he’s hilarious. He’s got the biggest personality. He’s so smart and loves to learn. This column is a look back at MetroFamily’s former cover models in celebration of our 20th anniversary this year.


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Thank you to all of the amazing kids who took part in our Cover Kids Search 2019! We have so many really cute, smart and funny kids in the Oklahoma City area. Dozens of them joined us at our Cover Kids Search event at the Myriad Gardens on Oct. 7. We had so much fun getting to know these kids and their families at the event. It was a tough decision selecting the kids to grace our covers. We’re excited to announce the 2019 Cover Kids Search winners: Ages 2-3: Carver Kenney

Ages 4-5: Gabe Waters

Ages 6-7: Eden Williams

CARVER IS EXCITED TO TURN 3 THIS JANUARY. LIKE MANY OF HIS PEERS, HIS TOP INTERESTS INCLUDE TRAINS AND CARS.

GABE LOVES NATURE AND EVEN ATTENDS RIVERS AND ROADS NATURE SCHOOL.

EDEN’S FAVORITE SEASON IS SPRING AND SHE LOVES TO DANCE AND DRAW.

Ages 8-9: Ariana Moreno

Ages 10-12: Abby Schmitz

Siblings: Kash & Jhett Henderson

ARIANA HAS BEEN DANCING SINCE SHE WAS 3 YEARS OLD AND IS VERY ACTIVE IN COMPETITIVE DANCE.

ABBY LOVES SPORTS, PARTICULARLY SOFTBALL AND BASKETBALL.

KASH AND JHETT ARE BROTHERS WHO LOVE ATHLETICS. JHETT WAS EVEN NAMED TOP THREE IN STATE FOR BASEBALL.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Civic Center Music Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park from 3 - 9 p.m.

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Free Storyland Christmas in Midwest City from 1 - 8 p.m.

Free Winter Wonderland of Family Fun at the Norman East Library from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

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Free Santa’s Last Day at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s

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Opening Night at Bicentennial Park from 7 p.m. - midnight

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Free Christmas with Bella Voce Concert at the Mayflower United Church of Christ at 7:30 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Free Holiday Happening at Sam Noble Museum from 4 - 7 p.m.

Santa Delivers at the Oklahoma City Zoo at 10:30 a.m.

Free Saturdays with Santa at Devon Energy from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Holiday Wine-Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 6 - 9 p.m.

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

Free All Aboard Family Night at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art from 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Itty-Bitty Dance Party at the Edmond Library from 10 - 11 a.m.

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National Lampoon’s Free Winter Christmas Vacation at Wonderland Storytime Harkins Theatre at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Library from 10 a.m. - noon

Victorian Yuletide at Oklahoma City Museum of Art from 5 - 9 p.m.

Winter Solstice Walk at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets at Civic Center Meinder’s Hall of Mirrors from 4 - 6 p.m.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Hertiage Museum from 10 a.m - 2 p.m.

ILLUMINATIONS: Night Lights in the Crystal Bridge from 6 - 9 p.m.

Holiday in the Park at Frontier City Theme Park from 5 - 9 p.m.

Free Library Luau at the Warr Acres Library from 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Find these events and hundreds more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar

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Holiday Hustle at Oklahoma Christian University (2501 E Memorial Rd) features a festive 5K and kids’ run, followed by a pancake breakfast with live Christmas music. $10-$35. 8:45-10:30am. 4251854, teamoc.oc.edu/holidayhustle/ OKC Toy Show at the Crossroads Convention Center (7000 Crossroads Blvd) features 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade. $3; kids (12 & under), free. 9am-5pm. www. buchananeventco.com/toy-show.html El Reno Polar Express at the Canadian County Historical Museum (300 S Grand, El Reno) features holiday activities, hot chocolate and a screening of The Polar Express. Attendees can meet Santa, build a toy in his workshop, ride a trolley to Centre Theatre and more. Benefits Sacred Heart Catholic School. Kids (3 & older), $25; adults, $15; kids (2 & under), free. 9am-5pm. 2622284, www.elrenopolarexpress.com

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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. All other equipment will be provided. For ages 10 & up. Preregister. Members, $20; non-members, $25. 9-10:30am. Also held: 12/15 & 1/5. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

FREE Autism-Friendly Santa Event at the ACI Learning Center (401 E Memorial Rd, Ste 700) features a community event for families of children with autism spectrum disorders, challenging behaviors or other developmental disabilities. Drinks, cookies, crafts and the center’s play area will keep children entertained until it is time for their optional photo with Santa. Preregister. 10am-1pm. 800-345-0448, acilearningcenters.com/ free-autism-friendly-santa-events/ Snow Globe Worlds at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn how animals and plants handle the cold winter weather with games and stories. Then create a snowy world in mason jars using natural materials. Class will include a nature walk if the weather allows. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6-9. Members, $8; non-members, $10. 10-11am. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Holidays at the Museum 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, making Western-inspired ornaments, pinecone birdfeeders and decorations while meeting historical Western figures and sampling frontier food and sarsaparilla. For ages 4-12. Free for children and accompanying adults. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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. 640-9007, www.mustangumc.org

Breakfast with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features a pancake breakfast, story time, a Christmas craft and carols with Santa as well as a train and carousel ride. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Preregister. $17.50. 10am-noon. Also held: 12/8 & 12/15. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com

FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew Ave) features a holiday parade with longhorn steers,

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antique cars and tractors. Event also includes food trucks, street performers, community groups, equestrian clubs and the famous Cowboy Santa. Kids can meet Santa at the Centennial Rodeo Opry after the parade. 10am-1pm. 235-7267, www.stockyardscity.org

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with local crafters, artisans, direct sales representatives and more. Benefits Ridgecrest Elementary PTA. Free to attend. 10am-3pm. ridgecrestptacraftfair@gmail.com 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. 10am-noon. 350-8967, www.cityofyukonok.gov Deck the Hall Celebration at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features holiday music played on the Oklahoma History Center’s Kilgen Organ, arts and crafts for children and holiday photo opportunities. Free with admission: adults, $7; students, $4; kids (5 & under), free. 10amnoon. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org FREE Red Earth Treefest Open House at the Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to showcase the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Donations welcome. 10am3pm. 427-5228, www.redearth.org The Nutcracker at the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Trosper Pl, Midwest City) features a holiday performance by the Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts with a cast of nearly 100 dancers. $20-$22. 1 & 7pm. 594-8300, www.okcciviccenter.com FREE Holiday Hop at the Victorian Rodkey House & 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse (410 S Littler & 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, www.edmondhistory.org FREE All About Plants for Kids at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Learn all about plants from the OU Botany Club, make crafts and see exotic plants like the carnivorous pitcher plant. Best suited for ages 8-12. 2-2:45pm. 701-2600, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Holiday High Tea at the Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features teas and an array of sandwiches, scones, crumpets and

other bite-sized treats. Reservations are required. Adults, $29.95; kids, $19.95. 2:30-4pm. Also held: 12/8 & 12/15. 7028444, www.downtownindecember.com FREE Will’s Country Christmas at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (9501 E 380 Rd, Oologah) features storytelling, hayrides, Wild West shootouts, the chance to meet with Santa, crafts, 19thcentury games, carriage rides, music, vendors and food trucks. Admission and children’s activities, including photos with Santa, are free. 5-9pm. 918-341-0719, www.willrogers.com FREE Parade of Lights in Old Town Moore (Main & Broadway, Moore) features a parade, chance to meet Santa and other holiday characters, as well as holiday goodies for kids and horse and buggy rides. 6-8pm. 799-9898, www.facebook.com/OldTownMoore/ FREE Luminance Grand Opening at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a lighting ceremony, holiday music by the Edmond Fine Arts Youth Choir and some very special guests that children won’t want to miss. Luminance is the new walkthru holiday light display that will be open to the public at the park during the month of December. 6pm. 359-4630, www.edmondok.com/1460/Luminance FREE Winter Handbell Concert at Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance highlighting the beauty of the handbells and handchimes. 6:307:30pm. 757-4643, www.okcbells.com Lindsey Stirling in Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features Lindsey Stirling and her Wanderland Tour. $29.50 & up. 8pm. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com The Christmas Show by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance of fresh interpretations of favorites, celebrated through music, song and dance, with Broadway star Nikki Renee Daniels, The Philharmonic Pops Chorale, the Mistletoes, the OKC Philharmonic and Santa. $19 & up. 2 & 8pm. 8425387, www.okcphilharmonic.org

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Oklahoma City Train Show at the State Fair Park Pavilion (3212 Wichita Walk) features operating model train displays, workshops and clinics, vendors, exhibitors and manufacturers from more than a dozen states. Adults, $12; kids (12 & under), free. Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. 4248222, www.okctrainshow.com

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Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball vs University of Tennessee at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). Prices vary. 3pm. Also held: 12/8 Houston Baptist, 12/21 Oral Roberts, 12/30 vs Grambling State. 877-255-4678, www.okstate.com

A Christmas Carol at OU’s Elsie C. Brackett Theatre (563 Elm Ave, Norman) features a holiday production of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. $10$35. Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. Also held: 12/6-8. 325-4101, theatre.ou.edu

Christmas on Covell at Crossings Edmond (1500 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features dinner, Christmas crafting and time to sing worship songs and carols together. $25. 5-7pm. 242-5464, crossings.church/event/christmas-covell/

Dec 2

Macbeth at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 South May Ave) features a broadcasted production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in partnership with National Theatre Live. $15. 6pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

Sensory Santa Morning at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features the chance to meet Santa in a welcoming environment for families with children with special needs, festive booths with activities for kids and a light snack. Preregister. Members, $8; nonmembers, $12; adults, free. 9-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Sleigh Bells Market at OKC Farmers Public Market (311 S Klein Ave) features vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods. Holiday drinks will be served by the Farmers Market Bar. Free to attend. Noon-5:30pm. 810-6977, www.revolve-productions.com

Canterbury Christmas Concert at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance with a full orchestra, including performances from Oklahoma City University Faculty Brass Quintet, talented students from Canterbury Youth Voices and a Christmas carol sing-along. $15-$62. 7pm. 2327464, www.canterburyokc.com

Dec 3

FREE Family Day at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features free admission including the special exhibition Victorian Radicals, hands-on art projects, films, performances and in-gallery experiences throughout the museum. Noon-5pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com FREE Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features a scavenger hunt with the Gingerbread Man to explore the library’s shelves full of interesting characters and a tasty gingerbread craft. Preregister. Best suited for ages 3 & up. 2-3:30pm. 606-3575, www.metrolibrary.org Oklahoma City Blue vs Agua Caliente Clippers at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 2pm. Also held: 12/14 vs Memphis, 12/15

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Christmas Tree Finger Painting at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a preschool-friendly painting class. For ages 2-5. Preregister. $10. 10-11am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chatauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am5pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a special on-stage performance by everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang–Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led


by the lovable Charlie Brown–as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. $28 & up. 6:30pm. 5948300, www.okcciviccenter.com

Dec 4

FREE LED Holiday Cards at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Make a holiday card for someone and give it that extra “oomph” with an LED light. All supplies provided. Preregister. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 6-7:15pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

Bach Collegium Japan at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 s Bryant Rd, Edmond) features interpretations of the Baroque repertoire with internationally renowned conductor Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan. $23-$48. 7:30pm. 2851010, www.armstrongauditorium.org

Dec 5

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball vs the University of Central Arkansas at the Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices

vary. 7pm. Also held: 12/9 vs DePaul, 12/19 vs UConn, 1/2 vs Texas Tech. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com

techniques and meet some new friends. Preregister. For ages 9 & up. 4-5:30pm. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features their 2018 Winter Tour, The Ghost of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More. $41 & up. 7:30pm. 602-8700, www.chesapeakearena.com

FREE Christmas on the Western Frontier in Downtown El Reno (Main Street, El Reno) features an old-fashioned Christmas parade with more than 50 floats, along with evening festivities that include trolley rides, storytelling, Santa’s workshop, strolling carolers, children’s craft projects and the lighting of the city Christmas tree. 5-9pm. 262-8888, www.elrenomainstreet.com

Dec 6

FREE Night of the Ninja Challenge at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St) features an afternoon of challenges to test your ninja skills. For ages 9 & up. 4-5pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Holiday Happening at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features family-friendly activities, festive entertainment, seasonal stories and discounts at the museum store. 4-7pm. 325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu FREE Origami Tsunami at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn some new folding

FREE Christmas in the Heartland Parade in Purcell (Main St, Purcell) features bands, dancing groups, tractors, horses and decorated floats. 6-7pm. 527-3093, www.theheartofok.com FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Shawnee (Main St, Shawnee) features Santa, his team of eight reindeer, lively dancers and more. This year’s theme is It’s a 50s Christmas and the grand marshal will be Boom-ARang. 7pm. www.seffshawnee.org

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Heavenly Holidays at UCO Jazz Lab (100 E 5th St, Edmond) features over a dozen actors from the musical theatre department and includes a holiday revue of Christmas classics. ThursdaySunday, 7:30pm. Also held: 12/15. 359-7989, www.ucojazzlab.com/events/

A Christmas Carol at OU’s Elsie C. Brackett Theatre (563 Elm Ave, Norman) features a holiday production of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. $10-$35. Thursday & Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 3pm. 325-4101, theatre.ou.edu

Dec 7

Christmas in the Village Opening Night at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (507 S 4th St, Enid) features children’s choirs, ornament decorating and children’s crafts and more. The Village will remain decorated Tuesdays through Saturdays in December. $10-$25. 10am-5pm. 580-237-1907, www.okhistory.org/sites/csrhc

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 age 2-5 through an art project. Preregister. Two sessions: 10 & 11am. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org

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FREE A Dog Day in December at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (407 W Park Pl) features a pet-friendly holiday celebration with photos with Santa and goodies. Proceeds benefit the Midtown Association. Free to attend. 6-8pm. www.downtownindecember.com

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FREE Winter Handbell Concert at Choctaw United Methodist Church (1200 N Choctaw Rd, Choctaw) features a holiday performance highlighting the beauty of the handbells and handchimes. 7:30pm. 757-4643, www.okcbells.com

Dec 7 & 8

Holiday Home Tour in Norman (various locations) features five stunning homes to the public. These homes will feature holiday decorations from traditional to trendy. Benefits the Assistance League of Norman’s programs. $25. 10am-4pm. 3219400, www.assistanceleague.org/norman/

Dec 7-9

FREE Boys Ranch Town Drivethru Christmas Pageant (5100 SE 33rd St, Edmond) features a living nativity performed by the Boys Ranch Town residents, staff children and live animals from the ranch. 7-9pm. 3413606, www.obhc.org/BoysRanchTown

Dec 8

Santa Delivers at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Santa will be stopping by the zoo to deliver treats to animals at the zoo. After Santa makes his deliveries, he will be available in the Lotus Pavilion for photos. 10:3011:30am. 425-0262, www.okczoo.org

Breakfast with Santa at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features breakfast, holiday crafts, a candy cane hunt and the chance to meet Santa. Professional photographer available but you may also bring your own camera. $10, kids (under 2), free. 8-10am. 793-5090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com

FREE Winterfest at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Dr, Norman) features musical performances, activities for kids, a gift wrapping contest, hot drinks, the chance to meet Santa and more. City officials will also light a live Christmas tree, courtesy of Wells Family Christmas Tree Farm. 5:30-8:30pm. 366-5472, www.facebook.com/normanokparks/

FREE Saturdays with Santa at Devon Energy (333 W Sheridan Ave) features Santa and other holiday characters, crafts, train rides, live music and more. Visits with Santa are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should register upon arrival and bring their own camera. 8am-5pm. www.downtownindecember.com

FREE Holiday Gala at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features music, refreshments, a chance to meet Santa, crafts, the Maker Mobile and activities for the whole family. No registration required, all ages welcome. 5:30-7:30pm. 793-4349, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Christmas Bazaar at Central Presbyterian Church (5101 N May Ave) features more than 25 local vendors, the chance to meet Santa, crafts and face painting. Free to attend, but donations accepted. 9am-3pm. 473-5989, www. facebook.com/events/283025395755159/

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Sandridge Santa Run at Sandridge Energy (123 Robert S Kerr Ave) features a 5K race and a one-mile Fun Run. 5K, $35; fun run, $20. 9-10:30am. 235-4789, www.downtownindecember. com/sandridge-santa-run/

weather station. Finish by creating an icicle ornament and a snow gauge to take home. Best suited for ages 7-11. Members, $5; non-members, $6. Preregister. 1011am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

Christmas Train at Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a holiday train ride with carols and the reading of Christmas stories. Enjoy cookie and hot chocolate reception after the ride. $15, kids (under 3), free. 9am4pm. Also held: 12/15 & 12/22. 424-8222, www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decorating, handmade, seasonal and specialty items presented by more than 90 crafters. 9am-4pm. 3604712, www.clevelandcountyfair.org Very Merry Workshop at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards St, Edmond). Kids rotate through special holiday experiences including art projects, cookies & hot cocoa, and the chance to meet with Santa himself. Preregister. For kids in grades K-5. Pizza lunch provided. $55. 9:30am-2pm. 340-4481, www.edmondfinearts.com Winter Weather Wonderland at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Take a closer look at how blizzards and ice storms are formed by observing science experiments and visiting the Children’s Garden

FREE See You Saturdays at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10am-5pm. 235-4485, www.oklahomahof.com The Heart of Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair at the Events at 10 West Main (10 W Main St, Yukon) more than 70 vendors and a silent auction at the ALS Research Foundation. 10am-4pm. 924-9315, www.facebook. com/events/167176827542704/ Christmas Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur). Watch Christmas films, meet Santa and enjoy activities in the traditional village and Native American Christmas ornament workshops. Admission required for some activities. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com Indie Trunk Show at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Pavilion (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features over 200 local artists, crafters, makers, and boutiques, all from Oklahoma. $6. 10am-5pm. 6403964, www.indietrunkshowokc.com

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A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (112 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie) features Victorian Christmas celebrations with live entertainment, carriage rides, historic home tours and more. Free to attend; tours, $15. 10am9pm. Also held: 12/15, 5-9pm. 412-4132, www.guthriesterritorialchristmas.com FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress for cold weather. Each eagle watch is limited to 30 people, so reservations are required. 1pm. 321-4633

Edmond Ugly Sweater Run at Mitch Park (27330 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a Christmas sweater themed 5K and one-mile fun run benefiting the holiday light display in the park. Runners can also participate in a sweater contest for the most creative, prettiest or ugliest sweater. $20. 5-8pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com

FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features an art-making project inspired by works of art on view at the museum. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. 1-4pm. 9510000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org

Dinner & Movie at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features a special holiday dinner and movie at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. A gourmet meal will be served, followed by a showing of a Christmas classic. Seating is limited and reservations are required. $25. 5pm. 580-622-7130, www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

FREE DIY Crafts: Family Holiday Cards at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a crafting time for families to make holiday cards together. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features a variety of Christmas characters, this annual holiday parade will also feature an appearance by the man of the month, Santa Claus. 6pm. 366-8905, www.normanchristmasparade.com

FREE Gingerbread Man in a Jar Activity at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St). Learn how to make a craft in a jar filled with the ingredients to make gingerbread cookies. Preregister. Best suited for ages 9 & up. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-a-long at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features an interactive screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Costumes welcome. 2-4pm. 732-4828, www.metrolibrary.org

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Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball vs University of Houston at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). Prices vary. 3pm. Also held: 12/21 vs Central Arkansas, 12/29 vs TAMU-Corpus Christi, 1/2 vs Iowa State. 877-255-4678, www.okstate.com

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Second Saturday Squeaky Clean Comedy Show at OKC Improv (1757 NW 16th St) features a family-friendly improv comedy show. Shows are made up on the spot from your suggestions, so every show is something new. $5; kids (2 & under), free. 6-7pm. 4569858, www.okcimprov.com FREE Christmas Spectacular at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features inflatables, Polar Express barrel train, carolers and holiday fireworks. Kids can meet Santa and pose for a photo. 7-8:30pm. 7935090, centralpark.cityofmoore.com FREE Winter Handbell Concert at Piedmont United Methodist Church (2525 N Piedmont Rd, Piedmont) features a holiday performance highlighting the beauty of the handbells and handchimes. 7:30pm. 757-4643, www.okcbells.com


All-College Classic at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a men’s basketball match-up between Oklahoma University and Wichita State. $16 & up. 11am. 235-5000, www.okcallsports.org/allcollegeclassic/

Dec 8 & 9

Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage make their own magic. $25 & up. Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 3pm. 602-8505, www.sesamestreetlive.com

Holly Jolly Shops at the Brick at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a festive, open-air market with retailers, food, activities for kids and more. Attendees can also enjoy Christmas movies. Free to attend. Saturday, noon-7pm; Sunday, noon5:30pm. www.downtownindecember.com

Dec 9

Polar Express PJ and Pancake Party at Myriad Gardens Park House Event Center (301 W Reno Ave) features ice skating, pancakes, hot cocoa, themed crafts, story time and a chance to meet Santa. Santa will read The Polar Express and each child will receive a bell from Santa’s Sleigh. PJs welcome. Members, $25; non-members, $30. 9:30-11:30am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

Candy Cane Christmas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features a sing-a-long banjo performance of holiday favorites, the chance to meet Santa and more. Admission is free when you bring a new unwrapped toy to support the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner. 2-4pm. 6042793, www.AmericanBanjoMuseum.com FREE St. Stephen’s Handbell Choirs at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance by the children’s and adult handbell choirs. 2-3pm. 7012644, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at the Historic Fort Reno (7107 W. Cheyenne St, El Reno) features a timeless celebration from German and American folklore. Enjoy story-telling, historians in period clothing and chance to meet an OldWorld Santa Claus. Refreshments will be served in Chapel basement following celebration. Attendees can also visit the historical museums on Fort Reno for a small admission fee. 2-4pm. 262-3987, www.fortreno.org/calendar-of-events/ FREE Sandi Patty Christmas Concert at Crossings Community Church (14600 N Portland Ave) features a concert with Sandi Patty, her family and the Voices of Crossings Choir and Orchestra. 6-7pm. 302-1258, crossings.church Pet Photo Night at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway). Pets can meet Santa and pose for a photo. Photo prices vary. 7-8:30pm. 841-2696, www.simon.com/mall/penn-square-mall

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Dec 10

FREE Holiday Create & Take at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Use the Maker Mobile’s Laser Cutter & Engraver or the CNC Router to create and take a unique holiday gift. No supplies provided. Preregister. 9am-4pm. 793-5100, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Hunter’s Home Christmas Open House at the Murrell House (19479 E Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill near Tahlequah) features an old-fashioned Christmas with Victorian Christmas decorations, special exhibits, costumed re-enactors, refreshments and a visit from Father Christmas. 1-4pm. 918-4562751, www.okhistory.org/huntershome

Dec 12

FREE Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park Ave) features a complimentary reception and ceremony. 5-7pm. 272-3040, www.downtownindecember.com

Dec 13

FREE All Aboard Family Night at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features model trains, art activities, banjo lessons, a cookie and hot cocoa bar and performances from the OU School of Dance. Guests can also meet Santa and pose for pictures. 6-8pm. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma

Dec 14

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 12/15 vs Los Angeles, 12/17 vs Chicago, 12/23 vs Minnesota, 12/31 vs Dallas. 208-4800, www.nba.com/thunder

WEATHER IN THE WEST January 6 10:00 a.m. – Noon Make a tornado in a bottle and participate in other weather-related activities.

COMIC BOOK ART February 3 10:00 a.m. – Noon Discover the first black cowboy comic hero and create your own comic.

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Dec 11

A Date with the Duke Holiday Edition at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a cash bar, a buffet served by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City and a special film screening of El Dorado. Members, $35; nonmembers, $40. 5-8pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Holiday Wine-Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a onenight painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. Preregister. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Members, $40; non-members, $45. 6-9pm. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org FREE STEAM at The MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features hands-on experiments and scientific demonstrations. Best suited for ages 6-12. Preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a holiday performance in Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style. $17.50 & up. 7:30pm. 682-7579, tickets.occc.edu

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FREE Holiday Create & Take at the Southwest Library (2201 SW 134th St). Use the Maker Mobile’s Laser Cutter & Engraver or the CNC Router to create and take a unique holiday gift. No supplies provided. Preregister. 9am-4pm. 9792200, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Handprint Christmas Ornaments at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features a preschool-friendly crafting class. For ages 2-5. Preregister. $10. 10-11am. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com FREE Itty-Bitty Dance Party at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a dance party for ages 1-5. 10-11am. 341-9282, www.metrolibrary.org Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family with a dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years. Kids in attendance can meet Santa. Preregister. Members, $70; non-members, $85; kids, $25. 7-9:30pm. 478-2250, www. nationalcowboymuseum.org 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. 6-10pm. 578-5718, www.plazadistrict.org/live/ Late Nite Labs: Science of Magic at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020


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FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features an evening of artistic expression with a variety of art galleries and community groups as well as food and fun. 6-9pm. www.2ndfridaynorman.com

Dec 14 & 15

Retro Wonderland at VZD’s (4200 N Western Ave) features a 1950s holiday performance, backed by The City Cabaret band. $25. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 3 & 8pm. 928-0690, www.thecitycabaretokc.com

Dec 14-16

The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance of the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $15-$60. Also held: 12/21-23. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2 & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. 848-8637, www.okcballet.com

Dec 15

Christmas Train at Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a holiday train ride with carols and the reading of Christmas stories. Enjoy cookie and hot chocolate reception after the ride. $15, kids (under 3), free. 9am-4pm. Also held: 12/22. 424-8222, www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org

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. All other equipment will be provided. For ages 10 & up. Preregister. Members, $20; non-members, $25. Also held: 1/5. 9-10:30am. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy

coffee and conversation. 10-11am. 528-2122, www.cuppiesandjoe.com Breakfast with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features a pancake breakfast, story time, a Christmas craft and carols with Santa as well as a train and carousel ride. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Preregister. $17.50. 10am-noon. 799-3276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com Kids Mini Wreath Workshop at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Create a mini wreath with a collection of greens and berries collected from the arboretum. Preregister. All ages welcome. $5 per wreath. 10amnoon. 297-1392, www.okc.gov Gingerbread House Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about the flavorful ginger root — where it comes from, how it grows — and then go on a hunt in the conservatory to find it. The class will finish by decorating our fragrant masterpieces. All supplies provided. Preregister. Kids under 8 will need chaperone help. Members, $35; non-members, $40. 10am-noon. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org FREE Cocoa, Crafts and Holiday Movies at Norman East Library (3051 E Alameda, Norman) features cocoa, holiday crafts, and holiday-themed movies. Registration is encouraged, but not required. 10am-3pm. 217-0770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features a buffet breakfast, live entertainment and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Reservations required. Adults, $29.95; kids (3-10), $19.95. 9:30-11:30am. 7028542, www.downtownindecember.com FREE Merry Grinchmas Party at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave) features themed games, crafts and snacks for all ages. 2-3:30pm. 755-0710, www.metrolibrary.org FREE I-Naturalist Program at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn how to use I -Naturalist, the new naturalism app for your smart phone or tablet. Best suited for ages 6 & up. Preregister. 2-4pm. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup

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Remington Pl). Craft chemistry concoctions, cast spells with computer programming and insta-freeze some tasty treats at this after-hours family event. Attendees can also explore Science Live and Kirkpatrick Planetarium shows and all of the museum’s permanent exhibits. Members, $18; non-members, $20. 6-10pm. 6026664, www.sciencemuseumok.org

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FREE Winter Handbell Concert at Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St, Bethany) features a holiday performance highlighting the beauty of the handbells and handchimes. 2-3pm. 789-8363, www.okcbells.com

Dec 17

FREE Kids’ Holiday Shoppe at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Kids ages 12 & under can choose two small gifts for family members with the help of library staff and volunteers. Preregister. 3-5pm. 631-4468, www.metrolibrary.org

FREE Winter Wonderland of Family Fun at the Norman East Library (2201 SW 134th St, Norman), Decorate cookies, drink hot cocoa and enjoy winter-themed crafts and games. Participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas. 4:30-6pm. 2170770, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Holiday Make and Take: Snow Globes at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Make your own winter

themed snow globe. Preregister. For ages 5-12. All supplies provided. 4:305:45pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org

Dec 17-31

Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of family-friendly activities including Museum Quests, makeand-take crafts and more. Free with admission, while supplies last. 10am2pm. Closed Christmas Day. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Dec 18

Winter Break Natural Card Making at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Create festive greeting cards using inspiration and items from nature to give as gifts to family and friends this holiday season. Best suited for ages 6-11. Preregister. Members, $12; non-members, $13. 10amnoon. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs Creighton University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave,

Norman). Prices vary. 8pm. Also held: 1/5 vs OSU. 325-2424, www.soonersports.com

Dec 19

FREE Winter Wonderland Storytime at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features winter stories, sensory play, crafts and more. For kids ages 5 & under. 10am-noon. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas at the Jones Assembly (901 W Sheridan Ave) features a festive humorous concert by Robert Earl Keen. $35 & up. 7pm. 2122378, www.thejonesassembly.com

Dec 19-21

December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features story times every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or gift making and interactive educational activities. Every day has a different theme. Best suited for ages 6-10. Members, $4; non-members, $5. 10am-noon. 4457080, www.myriadgardens.org

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Dec 20

FREE Pop & Palette for Kids at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features local artist, Reagan Kloiber, who will lead families in designing a holiday gift. Drinks provided. Best suited for ages 12 & under and parents, too. Preregister. 2-3pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org

FREE Gingerbread House Building at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St). Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Preregister. All materials provided. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 4:30-5:30pm. 7898363, ww.metrolibrary.org Victorian Yuletide Third Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, holiday card and ornament making, story time and more. $5. 5-9pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com FREE Gingerbread Challenge at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd

St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionery creation. Best suited for ages 9 & up. Preregister. 6-7pm. 606-3580, www.metrolibrary.org Sounds of the Season Concert at Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30-9pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov

Dec 21

Winter Solstice Walk at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center (18154 1st St, Spiro) features guided tours with Archaeologist Dennis Peterson to learn about the powerful Caddoans who created the mounds between 900-1450 A.D., how they became a very important leadership group and why some of the 12 mounds line up to solstice and equinox sunsets. Adults, $5; kids, $3. Tours are held at 11am, 2pm & 7pm. 918-962-2062, www. okhistory.org/sites/spiromounds.php

Dec 22

Christmas Train at Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a holiday train ride with carols and the reading of Christmas stories. Enjoy cookie and hot chocolate reception after the ride. $15, kids (under 3), free. 9am-4pm. 4248222, www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org

FREE Learn to Pick a Tune with Lucas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave). Lucas Ross will teach those who have never played the banjo before. Banjos will be provided. Preregister. 2pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress for cold weather. Each eagle watch is limited to 30 people, so reservations are required. 321-4633

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Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features a festive 5K for runners of all ages. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. Neon, glitter, capes and costumes are welcome as the most festively dressed wins an original piece of art. $30. 3pm. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com

Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features treats and favorite characters from The Nutcracker. $30. 4-6pm. 843-9898, www.okcballet.org

Dec 29

High Performance Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features race cars, hot rods, tools, motorcycles or ATVs. Adults, $12; seniors & kids (12 & under), $5. 8am9pm. 940-733-8937, www.raceshow.net

FREE Library Luau at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St) features a Hawaiian-themed party with food and fun. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 2:304pm. 721-2616, www.metrolibrary.org

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

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Dec 30

Opening Night at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. Children can create festive art projects in the Children’s Area located inside the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors. $8 in advance, $10 at the event; kids (5 & under), free. 7pm-midnight. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com

Jan 4

FREE Free Throw Contest at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon) features an open contest for boys and girls ages 6-13. Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category. Winners of the semi finals will advance to the finals of the Yukon/ Mustang Free Throw Challenge. 1-2pm. 350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov

Studio Sunday: Radical Tile Designs at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features art activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. All ages welcome, no registration required. 1-4pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com

Dec 31

Noon Year’s Eve at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium (308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater) features special activities including a countdown to noon, complete with a ball drop and a special bubble stomp. 10am-1pm. 533-3333, www.okwondertorium.org FREE Happy Noon Year’s Activities at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, crafts and a noon-time countdown. 11am-noon. 606-3575, www.metrolibrary.org

Jan 4 & 5

OKC Philharmonic Pops Series: The Beatles Symphonic Experience at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a new tribute to the Fab Four, accompanied by rare and unseen photos from the historic London based Abbey Roads archives. $19 & up. 8pm. 842-5387, www.okcphil.org

Jan 4-6

Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake (9000 E 2nd St, Edmond). See majestic eagles in their natural habitat. Begin at the Arcadia Lake Park office for information about where the eagles can be spotted and check out the raptor wingspan display, videos and more. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. $3 per vehicle. 8am4pm. 216-7470, www.arcadialakeok.com

FREE Happy Noon Year’s Bash at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a dance party with crafts and a noon-time countdown. Preregister. 11am-12:15pm. 3419282, www.metrolibrary.org FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features a craft, music, dancing and a balloon drop at noon. 11am-noon. 793-4347, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org

Jan 5

FREE New Year Crafts at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features crafts and games to celebrate the new year, including a practice countdown. 1-4pm. 231-8650, www.metrolibrary.org

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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. All other equipment will be provided. For ages 10 & up. Preregister. Members, $20; non-members, $25. 9-10:30am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org


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Winter Break Camps & Activities

Week-long Winter Break Theatre Camps at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) offers kids a look into theater and musical theater. For kids ages 5-7 and 8-13. $160. 9am-4pm. Day camps also held Jan. 2, 3 & 4. 606-7003, www. oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

December means tons of holiday fun, but it also means altered classroom schedules for students. When children are out of school for Christmas and winter holiday breaks, it’s important to keep them busy. Oklahoma City features an assortment of winter break activities and mini camps to keep kids occupied. Take your pick from any of these activities based on the current interests of your child, or let them choose a brand new hobby!

Kids Art Camps at Artsy Rose Academy (7739 W Hefner Rd) features all kinds of art fun, such as painting with watercolors & oil pastels, working with air dry clay and creating recycled art projects. For ages 4-15. Please bring a sack lunch, snack and refillable water bottle. Before and after care provided for an additional cost. $45 per day. 9am-4pm. Also held: Dec. 26-28 & Jan. 2-4 & 7. 603-8550, www.artsyrose.com/camps/

Dec 17

FREE Kids’ Holiday Shoppe at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Kids ages 12 & under can choose two small gifts for family members with the help of library staff and volunteers. Registration is required to sign up for a specific time slot. 3-5pm. www.metrolibrary.org FREE Winter Wonderland of Family Fun at the Norman East Library (2201 SW 134th St, Norman). Decorate cookies, drink hot cocoa and enjoy winter-themed crafts and games. Participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas. 4:306pm. www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org FREE Holiday Make and Take: Snow Globes at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Make your own winter themed snow globe. Preregister. For ages 5-12. All supplies provided. 4:30-5:45pm. www.metrolibrary.org

Dec 17-31

Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of family-friendly activities Museum quests, crafts and more. Free with admission. 10am- 2pm. www.ncwhm.org

Dec 18

Winter Break Natural Card Making at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Create festive greeting cards using inspiration and items from nature to give as gifts to family and friends this holiday season. Best suited for ages 6-11. Preregister. Members, $12; non-members, $13. 10am-noon. www.myriadgardens.org

Dec 19

FREE Winter Wonderland Story Time at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features winter stories, sensory play, crafts and more. For kids ages 5 & under. 10am- noon. www.metrolibrary.org

Dec 17-21

Holiday Magic 2018 Winter Break Camp at NW Optimist Performing Arts Center & Taylor Park (3301 NW Grand Blvd & 1113 SW 70th St). Camper spend the week preparing for two shows for family and friends with humorous skits, songs and dance. For ages 6-17. $100. 8am-5pm. 297-2591, parks.okc.gov

Dec 19-21

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December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a story time every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or


gift making and interactive educational activities. Best suited for ages 2-5. 10:3011:30am. www.myriadgardens.org

Dec 22

FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. Each eagle watch is limited to 30 people, so reservations are required. 1pm. 360-3572.

Dec 20

FREE Pop & Palette for Kids at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features local artist, Reagan Kloiber, who will lead families in designing a holiday gift. Drinks provided. Best suited for ages 12 & under and parents, too. Preregister. 2-3pm. www.metrolibrary.org

Dec 26-28

FREE Gingerbread House Building at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St). Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Preregister. All materials provided. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 4:30-5:30pm. www.metrolibrary.org Victorian Yuletide Third Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, holiday card and ornament making, story time and more. $5. 5-9pm. www.okcmoa.com

Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a two-day camp exploring a variety of scientific principles. For age 4-6th grade. Members, $45-$135; non-members, $50 - $150. 9am-noon & 9am-4pm. www.sciencemuseumok.org

Winter Break Camp at Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features games, activities and more. For kids in grades K-4th. 7:30am5:45pm. $90. Also held: Jan. 2-4. 3763411, www.cityofmustang.org/parksrec

Dec 29

Schools Out Day Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) welcomes ages 4-11 to learn more about nature and their favorite animals. Snacks provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. Members, $40 per day; nonmembers, $45. 8:30am-5:15pm. Also held: Dec. 27 & 28. www.okczoo.org

Dec 21-22 & 27-29

Dec 26-28 & 31

Holly Jolly Horse Camp at Cadence Equestrian (14150 S Pine St, Edmond) includes daily horse lessons, horsey crafting and a holiday photo. 9amnoon daily. Beginner-intermediate riders welcome. $150/camper. www.cadenceequestrian.com

FREE Gingerbread Challenge at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. Best suited for ages 9 & up. Preregister. 6-7pm. www.metrolibrary.org

Dec 20 & 21

Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4-15 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $75. 9am- noon or 1-4pm. 7483888, www.soccercityokcity.com

Thunder Youth Basketball Hustle Camp at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Garden) is designed for athletes ages 9-14 years old at all skill levels. Campers will have the opportunity to play on the court of the pros, grow in the fundamentals of the game and engage in a hands-on, team-centric environment. Campers will receive two OKC Blue vs. Canton Charge tickets, two hours of instruction, a Thunder Youth Basketball reversible camp jersey and water bottle. For ages 6-14. $65. Noon-2pm. www. okcthunder.com/youthbasketball Find more winter break camps at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/winter-break-camps

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Festive Holiday Productions

Dec 7-16

A Christmas Story at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a musical set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana. Follow 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Adults, $28-$33; kids (12 & under), $15. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org

Dec 14-16

The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance of the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $15-$60. Also held: 12/21-23. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2 & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. 848-8637, www.okcballet.com

Through Dec 16

Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N. Blackwelder). In Junie B. Jones’ world things are very clear- Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome and May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going so well, until she pulls May as her secret Santa. With Santa watching her like a hawk what will Junie B. do? Kids, $9; adults, $11. See website for a full schedule of performances. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

Through Dec 23

It’s A Wonderful Life at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features beloved American holiday classic as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Best suited for ages 8 and up. $24-$30. Thursday Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 282-2800, www.thepollard.org

Through Dec 24

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features the magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. $25 & up. See website for a full schedule of performances. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com

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WEEKLY EVENTS FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and craft activity. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come & go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. No registration required. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org FREE Preschool Story Time at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) for ages 3 to kindergarten. Tuesdays, 11:30am. 354-8232, www.yukonok.gov/citydepartments/mabel-c-fry-public-library/ Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Ste 110) features a short story time and age appropriate craft. Free with admission. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com FREE 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, www.okc.gov/parksignup

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FREE Mom Core at St. Luke’s Edmond (900 N Sooner Rd, Edmond) features fellowship and encouragement in parenting, marriage and spiritual topics. Free to attend; optional breakfast, $5. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am. 285-2002, www.stlukesokc.org/campus-hub/edmond/ FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an activity time for kids ages 2-7 with a nature-themed story time. Preregister. Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am. 297-1429, www.okc.gov/parksignup Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes basic skate rental. (Family package coupon available at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ coupons). $6. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com FREE Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout St NW, Piedmont) features a variety of activities such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. For ages birth to 3. Fridays, 10am. 3739018, www.piedmont.okpls.org FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com

FREE Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a half-hour, all-ages story time. Saturdays, 10:30am. 534-4540, www.commonplacebooksokc.com FREE Story Time at Barnes and Noble (13800 N May Ave) features a special story time with games and occasionally costumed characters. Saturdays, 11am. 755-1155, stores.barnesandnoble.com FREE 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, www.skategalaxyokc.com FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features crafts for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 8588778, www.lakeshorelearning.com Mommy & Me Yoga at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St) features a kid and parent friendly yoga session with a certified instructor. Kids can try poses or play during the workout. Best suited for ages 0-6 and pre- & postnatal moms are welcome too. $5. Saturdays, 1010:30am. 650-7560, www.tottownokc.com 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. 579-8800, stores.barnesandnoble.com


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ONGOING EVENTS

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All exhibits are free with admission unless otherwise stated. Admission to the venues is listed. Through Dec 16

FREE Storyland Christmas at Charles J Johnson Central Park (SE 29th St & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features hand-painted murals depicting scenes from classic Christmas stories and fully adorned, animated Christmas trees as well as crafts, live entertainment, costumed characters and a chance to meet Santa, on select days throughout the season. See website for a complete schedule of events. 739-1293, www.midwestcityok.org

Through 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. Proceeds benefit Oklahoma Contemporary’s Ceramics Program. Prices vary. Monday-Thursday, 9am-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-5pm. 951-0000, www.oklahomacontemporary.org A Classic Christmas at the Artesian Hotel Casino and Spa (1001 W 1st St, Sulphur) features lavish decorations, carriage rides and a variety of family friendly activities including breakfast with Santa, carolers, live reindeer and more. Prices vary. See website for a complete schedule of events. 855-455-5255, www. artesianhotel.com/classicchristmas/

Through Dec 23

PAMBE Ghana Global Market at The Sieber Apartments (1301 N Hudson Ave) features a seasonal fair trade shop offering unique gifts, including a wide selection of folk art from around the world and more. All proceeds benefit PAMBE

Ghana’s La’Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana. Free to attend. TuesdaySaturday, noon- 6pm; Thursdays, noon7pm. 249-2314, www.pambeghana.org Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features rotating, local vendors with gifts for everyone on your shopping list and a Christmas tree lot. Free to attend. ThursdaysSaturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am6pm. 514-5205, www.okcpopups.com

Through Dec 24

FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop & Cabela’s (200 Bass Pro Dr & 1200 W Memorial Rd) features a Christmas village with free family holiday activities including giveaways, crafts, activities and the chance to meet Santa. See website for a complete schedule of events. www. basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland

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North Pole Adventure at Walnut Square Center (2215 W I-240 Service Rd) features an interactive Christmas attraction with a life-sized replica of the North Pole. Kids, $15, one adult, free; additional adults, $6. See website for hours of operation. 626-8998, www.northpoleadventure.org

Through Dec 30

FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides at the Bricktown Canal (111 S. Mickey Mantle Dr) features a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. Thursdays-Sundays, 6-9pm. 234-8294, www.downtownindecember.com

Dec 26 Through Jan 6

Holiday in the Park at Frontier City Theme Park (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows and more every weekend during the holiday season. $47.99, online, $37.99. Fridays & Saturdays, 5-10pm; Sundays, 5-9pm. 478-2140, www.frontiercity.com/christmas

Through Jan 4

FREE Red Earth Treefest at the Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza)

features 25 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to showcase the diverse Native cultures. Donations welcome. Weekdays, 10am5pm. 427-5228, www.redearth.org

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Through Jan 6

Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink 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. MondayThursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-10pm; Saturday, noon-10pm; Sunday, noon-9pm. See website for holiday hours around Christmas and New Year’s. 274-1638, www.edmondoutdooricerink.com

Through Jan 27

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an outdoor ice skating rink with daily public skating, private parties and special events all winter long. $13, $8 without skates; members, $7. Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, noon-7pm. See website for holiday hours around Christmas and New Year’s. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org

The Museum Store at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has unique gifts for all on your holiday shopping list. We carry the largest collection of handmade Native American Jewelry in Oklahoma! Looking for Pendleton, Tasha Polizzi, Reba Boots or unique home goods? Visit us first! No admission to museum required to shop at The Museum Store. Close parking, personal service and free gift wrapping. We offer shipping to anywhere in the US.

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EXPLORING BEYOND OKLAHOMA WITH CHILDREN

Direct Flight to FUN 5 Fun Family Destinations with Direct Flights from OKC Traveling to new locations is always an adventure, but traveling with kids in tow is even more of an adventure (for better or for worse). Airports can be tricky for families, especially with layovers and changing flights. Most people would rather the option of boarding just one flight and landing in their final destination without having to worry about layovers or catching a connecting plane. With that in mind, we’ve found five locations that are perfect for family fun and activities that have direct flights out of Oklahoma City. The regional airport is growing and so is the list of airlines that offer direct flights. A trip with your immediate or extended family can make an excellent holiday gift and the memories will be ones you cherish long after the batteries have died on anything you could put under the tree. BY HEIDE BRANDES PHOTOS PROVIDED

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Seattle 4.5 hour flight

Thanks to Alaskan Airlines, families can hop a plane in Oklahoma City and fly direct into Seattle, skipping connecting flights in places like Salt Lake City or Denver. One-way flights typically start at $189, depending on time of booking.

What To Do In Seattle

Seattle’s reputation for rain and gray skies is known, but this city has tons of familyfriendly activities. You’ll have a hard time picking from the many activities that are perfect for kids of all ages. • Pike’s Place Market: This place is famous for being one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the country. The city recently added a new section, Marketfront, which includes connections to the waterfront, but still offers the fresh produce, seafood, treats, crafts and entertainment that has made Pike’s Place a “must-see” for any traveler. • Volunteer Park: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, this park is also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Conservatory. It has one of the largest wading pools in the city and a great playground. • The Artists at Play Playground: This music-themed playground has unique equipment, a 35-foot climbing tower and a super-long tube slide. It’s an ideal stop for kids of all ages.

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Las Vegas 2 hour flight Las Vegas may have a wild reputation of casinos, gambling and parties, but it’s also a fun place for families. There’s plenty to do besides hanging around casinos and both Allegiant and Southwest Airlines offer direct flights that start as low as $125 depending on time of booking.

What To Do In Las Vegas

• Shows: Many of the stunning shows at the Las Vegas casinos—like Cirque du Soleil and the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at Planet Hollywood—are family-friendly.

• Resort Attractions: But don’t be limited by shows. Many resorts have great attractions for kids. Mandalay Bay, for instance, has the incredible Shark Reef Aquarium while the Mirage Hotel has white tigers and dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden, a jungle-like habitat complete with waterfalls. Another top stop for kids into superheroes is the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island. • Fremont Street: For older kids, a great activity is a stop on this historic downtown street that boasts a zip line that rushes visitors above the crowds all the way down the length of the street. The street is also home to the Neon Museum, which houses retired neon signs from gone-but-notforgotten downtown casinos.

LEFT: HIKING OUTSIDE LAS VEGAS. RIGHT: NEON MUSEUM

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Chicago 1.5 hour flight

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United all have direct flights from Oklahoma City to Chicago, and the short jaunt lands in the heart of Illinois. Flights can be as low as $125 one-way.

Things To Do In Chicago

• Indoor Fun: Chicago is a great destination city for families with world class attractions that would be hard to narrow down. Shedd Aquarium is wildly popular with kids and a great destination for seeing all kinds of underwater life. Next door is The Field Museum, a natural history haven with interactive exhibits on dinosaurs, mummies and more. • Museums: The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. There kids can see

LEFT: CHICAGO’S AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM. RIGHT: NAVY PIER.

real-life U-boats and planes, experience spinning tornadoes and explore the mysteries of science. Off the beaten path, enjoy the Negaunee Foundation Children’s Literature Gallery at the American Writers Museum. The gallery aims to “get the kids all fired up about reading and the power of fictional worlds.” • Outdoor Adventure: Find outdoor fun at Chicago’s first and only outdoor climbing park and Chicago’s newest downtown green space, Maggie Daley Park, is certainly worth a visit. The three-acre Play Garden, a first of its kind in Chicago, was designed to look like “Alice in Wonderland” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Another great stop for outdoor fun is the 150-foot Ferris wheel at Navy Pier.

Nashville 2 hour flight

Southwest Airlines began offering non-stop seasonal Sunday flights to Nashville in October, and this music city is a delight for the senses. Flights start at around $154.

What To Do In Nashville

• Museums: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Grand Ole Opry are no-brainers because of the city’s rich music heritage. But kids also love the Adventure Science Center. The center includes exhibits geared to engage children ages 3 to 11, but teens and adults will enjoy the nearly 200 hands-on exhibits. • Outdoor Adventures: Nashville is an outdoor playground with The Nashville Zoo, The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, the pick-your-own working Gentry’s Farm and the 385-acre Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort’s Nashville Shores Waterpark and Treetop Adventure Park. All would make excellent outdoor adventures.

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GRAND OLE OPRY IN NASHVILLE

• Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: This activity turns Nashville into your family’s very own Amazing Race with a threehour city tour. Using a smartphone, your kids can learn local history by searching for well-known and mysterious city landmarks while completing challenges and solving clues.


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2 hour flight

Atlanta is a popular hub and normally one of the usual stops for a layover if traveling east. The good news is that this direct trip from Oklahoma City can be a fantastic destination for adults and children too. Delta flies non-stop daily to Atlanta, so even a weekend getaway is easy and affordable. Different airlines have different prices, so shop around.

Things To Do In Atlanta

• Outdoor Adventures: While home to a bustling international airport, Atlanta is famous for being a “city in a forest.” Plenty of outdoor adventure awaits kids from biking to hiking. Don’t miss a visit to the Chattahoochee Nature Center with its miles of trails and themed gardens or try kayaking and rafting the Chattahoochee River with companies like Shoot The Hooch. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens and

the Fernbank Museum of Natural History add a little learning to the fun with giant dinosaur exhibits and hands-on science exhibits as well. • Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta: This is a hot spot for kids for obvious reasons. The park includes two different rides, a LEGO Racers build and test zone, a Duplo village for the younger children and a 4D cinema. • The Center for Puppetry Arts: This center with its on-site Worlds of Puppetry Museum is a great way to introduce children to the wonder and art of puppetry, something unique to find at a museum. Don’t miss the Jim Henson Collection Gallery which houses 500 puppets and costumes and gives an inside peek into favorite childhood characters like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

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Be the change

BY ERIN PAGE. PHOTOS BY KIMERA BASORE

The Hopkins Family Robyn and Courtney Hopkins live by the mantra “be the change,” both in their journey as foster parents and as they blaze a trail for gay couples in Oklahoma. Motivated by their faith and a memorable sermon on the topic, Robyn and Courtney aspire to let their actions, rather than words, do the talking. “Sometimes we have to be silent and show we’re just like any other family,” Robyn said. They are the first gay couple to work with their foster and adoption agency of choice, Lilyfield, which they chose because of its alignment with their Christian values. Lilyfield’s current board of directors doesn’t allow gay couples to adopt through its private adoption services, though the Hopkins could

potentially adopt through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In May 2018, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill allowing private adoption agencies to opt not to place children in homes that would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convocations or policies. While the law does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care, critics argue it allows private agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ couples. The Hopkins, moms to two young sons and also the first gay family at their children’s Christian school, remain hopeful as they see their everyday actions and faith changing others’ minds about what they thought they believed. “If we speak too loud or say too much it can be used against us,” Courtney said. “Whatever is supposed to be, will be. We hope we can change someone’s view, or change someone.” While varied opinions about their family are a reality the Hopkins live with, they don’t let it squelch their desire to provide a loving

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home for children who need one. Robyn, an attorney, vividly remembers her firsthand look at foster care while working at the district attorney’s office, next door to DHS. At the time, shelters were still an option for foster children, but only for ages 5 and older. Robyn remembers younger children waiting for placement, needing to feel safe in someone’s arms. “When they’d have babies, we’d all be holding them all day, taking them to court with us,” said Robyn. “I held a little girl and knew I wanted to foster and be a mom someday.” Though the couple has always known they wanted to foster, they had been waiting for the right time. Before making the decision to foster, they each had a son with the help of an anonymous sperm donor. “I thought let’s wait until our kids are older and understand that these kids might need more attention,” said Courtney. “But then we also thought ‘we’re not getting any younger!’”


Everyday challenges The Hopkins family accepted their first foster placement in March of this year, two weeks after their certification was complete. After fostering a set of brothers for three weeks, they now have three foster children, plus their two sons, all age 3 and under. The exhausting physical demands of parenting are an everyday challenge. Robyn and Courtney worry about balancing attention between all their children, ensuring their boys are getting as much attention as they were before the family fostered. They worry about the emotional and developmental toll neglect takes on foster children.

their professions that some parents just can’t meet their children’s needs, oftentimes because of the cyclical nature of poverty, lack of resources or because they were in foster care themselves, without positive role models to teach them how to parent. Courtney’s reaction is bittersweet when her foster children refer to her as “Mama.”

at such a rewarding age, but I always think about their parents, that they are missing all of this.” The Hopkins believe bridging with biological families and being active in the court process are imperative. While helping their foster children work through their trauma and feel safe and loved are their top priorities, they also hope to have opportunities to become mentors and resources for biological families.

“I just think, does that hurt their Mom’s heart?” wonders Courtney. “We have them

While many assume most children in the foster care system were removed from their homes because of abuse, more often than not, neglect is the culprit. In Oklahoma during fiscal year 2017, the Department of Human Service’s Child Welfare Services reports neglect accounted for 87.61 percent of the 30,698 substantiated abuse and neglect cases in the state. The same report lists various categories of neglect, including exposure to domestic violence, failure to protect, inadequate shelter, lack of supervision, failure to provide adequate nutrition and failure to obtain medical attention. In their foster parent training through Lilyfield, the Hopkins learned how trauma affects a child’s brain. As a nurse, Courtney was familiar with the ramifications, but seeing the effects of trauma displayed in their own home in such young children has been eye-opening. “When a child is deprived of food at a young age, their body is wired to horde and gorge food,” said Courtney. In their experience as foster parents, the Hopkins have witnessed neglect manifest in developmental delays, eating habits, like drinking an entire cupful of water in one gulp or eating until throwing up, fear of being left alone in the car and awe at the couples’ tears when it was time to say goodbye. Their foster children have come to their home with nothing of their own, or just an extra set of pajamas. These everyday heartbreaks are assuaged slightly by watching their foster children grow and flourish. “It’s amazing how fast they can learn,” Robyn said. “They are now meeting milestones, and they are going to be very smart.” Though it’s hard for Robyn and Courtney to understand the neglect that prompted their foster children coming to their home, they have realized in their training and through

COURTNEY & ROBYN’S BIOLOGICAL SON, LENNOX

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Lessons learned In their professions, as moms and as a gay couple, Robyn and Courtney have learned how to advocate for themselves and the people they love. Communication with their agency, with DHS, with biological families and each other has been key to their journey as foster parents. Always in a state of learning themselves, they are also open about lessons learned with other foster families. Their journey has allowed them to hone in on the children and situations they are best suited for, and their greatest advice for potential foster parents is to know themselves and not to be afraid to voice those specifications.

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“You have to know your limits as far as ages [to foster] and what you can handle as far as their history,” said Courtney. For the Hopkins, that means they have realized their oldest son should remain the oldest child in the home. They’ve declined a few calls for placement because they know where their gifts and limitations lie. As the Hopkins family hopes to inspire change, they are changing, too, learning to let others in. Both very independent from a young age, Robyn going to college at 16 and Courtney on her own since 18, the two realized they needed a support system to be a successful foster family. When it was just Robyn and Courtney, or even just them and their two sons, they didn’t feel a need to ask others for help. But they have realized the beauty in reaching out. “People want in out of the kindness of their hearts,” said Robyn, recalling their recent trip to Disneyworld as a shining example. “I had a conference at Disney and I didn’t think we could go. Who would we leave our foster kids with for three days?” Friends from church, also a foster family, eagerly stepped in, adding the Hopkins’ foster children to their two foster kids and biological daughter so the Hopkins could experience the once-in-a-lifetime trip with their sons. Another church member mobilized volunteers to provide meals for the foster family providing respite care. “It does take a village, and you have to be willing to utilize it,” said Robyn.

ROBYN & COURTNEY’S FOSTER CHILDREN PLAY OUTSIDE

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

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In his more than 40 years as an Oklahoma City veterinarian, Dr. Bob Marshall has witnessed the pet market explode, with Americans projected to spend more than $72 billion on their furry friends this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. The plethora of pet products can be overwhelming, so Dr. Marshall and local retailers share tips to ensure your pets enjoy a healthy, happy holiday. Just like people, pets tend to overindulge in holiday treats, with their people generally the culprits. Moderation is key, and pet parents should evaluate both calories and ingredients. Dr. Marshall’s research led him to Charlie Bear brand, approved by his 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Pistol Pete, which only have two calories each, compared to upwards of 100 in an average MilkBone. Fresh fruits and vegetables safe for dogs, like carrots, green beans, cucumbers and sweet potatoes, make a tasty alternative to processed treats. Dr. Marshall advocates purchasing freshbaked treats from local retailers well-versed in pet diets. Three Dog Bakery in Edmond makes all-natural, human-grade dog treats without salt or sugar. Barking Dog Bakery in Oklahoma City offers hormone- and antibodyfree chews, and serves up more than 20 flavors of clean, limited-ingredient cookies, cupcakes and cakes, with Snickerpoodle their

most popular. Barking Dog will even make treats exactly to your veterinarian’s ingredient specifications, perfect for health-conscious owners and pets with special diets. Unless specifically discussed with your veterinarian, Dr. Marshall advises dog owners to be wary of grain-free pet food, and to understand that higher priced food doesn’t always mean better quality. “Dogs are omnivores, not carnivores like some assume, and they need some grain in their diet,” said Dr. Marshall. “Without it, they can develop digestive issues.” This summer, the FDA issued a notification of an increase in dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs, associated with eating grain-free pet food. Dr. Marshall says while this condition isn’t unusual, the sudden rise is. Cats, on the other hand, are carnivores and require specific amino acids in their diet, so look for food and treats specially formulated for them. Barking Dog makes seafood flavored cat granola and cat candy canes with dehydrated fish. “Always consult your veterinarian or the American Veterinary Medical Association website to determine which pet and people foods and ingredients are safe and best formulated for your pet,” said Dr. Marshall. Cat toys can keep curious kitties from playing with things they shouldn’t, like your Christmas tree or the ornament hooks. When purchasing dog toys, owners should heed their ability to swallow just about anything. Marshall has, most memorably, removed a steak knife and 3-foot-long tug-of-war rope from dogs’ stomachs.


“Know your dog’s chew habits and buy toys or treats accordingly,” said Dr. Marshall. “There is no chew toy that’s indestructible, so never leave your dog alone with a chew toy.” Pete, for example, doesn’t get rope or cloth toys, and Dr. Marshall looks for toys labeled for vigorous chewers. His favorite chew toys is the classic Kong, which Pete prefers filled with natural peanut butter, and chewing antlers, though pet owners should seek those sourced sustainably. Pete’s antlers get tossed when he’s whittled them down small enough that he could swallow them. Dr. Marshall advises against rawhide bones with knotted ends because he’s seen dogs swallow them whole and warns against rawhide manufactured in China, known to cause health problems. Shop safely at Three Dog Bakery, only carrying rawhide sourced in the United States, and

A1 Pet Emporium, ensuring no products are sourced from China. Dr. Marshall’s all-time favorite pet invention is the microchip, the pet recovery system that can reunite pets who run away in the holiday hubbub. For both safety and style, Pete also sports a black-and-orange collar with his name and Dr. Marshall’s phone number embroidered in large letters from www.orvis.com. For the fashionistas, Barking Dog Bakery carries locally-made collars, and Plenty Mercantile’s Oklahoma City and Edmond stores offer durable, up-cycled leashes made from used climbing rope, as well as dog jerky made from local bakers. For the four-legged friend who has everything (or the animal lover on your list), a donation to a local rescue group or nonprofit makes a thoughtful gift. OKCbased Pet Food Pantry delivers free pet food and supplies to low-income senior, veteran,

homeless and domestic violence victim pet owners. A $25 donation provides a pet with a month of food, supplies and flea and tick prevention, allowing the pet parent to afford their own food and medical supplies. Donations of pet food or supplies can be dropped off at numerous local sites. As with any member of your family, the best gift you can give your pet this holiday season is time spent enjoying each other, whether at home, visiting the pet-friendly local retailers mentioned here, or in a training or agility session. Dr. Marshall is a proponent of K9 University’s courses that use praise rather than treats or clickers. “Dogs want to please and obey, but you have to help them understand what you want them to do,” said Dr. Marshall, who values his time spent training and serving in the community with Pete, a registered therapy dog. “It’s just as rewarding to me as it is Pete.”

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BEYOND at Factory Obscura Kid Reviewer: Isaac Roldán, age 6 What made the experience stand out? This kind of art isn’t like a museum at all. It’s almost like a house, a place you can walk through and touch everything. Nothing is normal there so you’ll be surprised at everything there is to see and find. You’re allowed to touch the furniture and what’s on the walls. There are four doors and something crazy is behind each one, like four separate worlds that are very strange. What was the best part? I liked being able to climb into all the different areas to see art that’s not like just looking behind glass or in a case where you cannot touch it. This way of seeing art takes up your whole body because you walk around and see amazing colors, touch it all, open drawers on dressers and just keep being surprised. You have to go up some stairs, climb a ladder, go behind all the doors and find what you want to see. The best part is that you never know what to expect, kind of like in a dream except every room is different with lots of colors and there’s even a big cake hanging upside-down from the ceiling and cookies that come out of a toilet and a giant llama and dried flowers in the walls. Plants and nature are my favorite things so that area was the best one to me. What was the worst part? I kept getting confused about which doors we had already gone through. And it was kind of dark. I wasn’t scared but it reminded me of the movie “Coraline.” Will other kids like visiting this art exhibition? Yes, because you don’t have to be the same kind of quiet as at a museum. Also, it’s good for kids to see that art can be weird and not be wrong. I also felt a lot of peace in different areas and being up high looking down in the dark made me feel sleepy. Other kids will also be happy to see art that doesn’t take all day. You can go back home quickly but with all these images in your mind. It’s kind of like visiting another planet, then you go back to Earth and your regular house, but you

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can’t forget what you saw. If an alien came out, it would be surprising but also normal for in there. Would this experience be enjoyed by your siblings? Why or why not? Yes, my oldest brother, Sam, is 11 and he liked seeing all the different areas. He’s old so he takes more time doing things and he helped me read some of the letters hidden in the dressers and other words that were around. My younger brother, Gabriel, is 3 and he liked seeing all the shiny lights and being able to move through the different areas. If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would watch “Coraline” again before going to see the art because it reminded me so much of that. I would also wear something weird to help celebrate the feeling in there, which is very strange. Does anything you learned match up with what you’re doing in school or have done before? Yes, we visited a different art exhibit made by these same artists last year and it was strange but this was stranger. I loved both but this one was my favorite. It’s like the one we saw last year but there’s more to see. I can’t believe that place used to just be full of tires. There are no tires in there now and it’s nothing like a tire shop because the art took over. What do you think you’ll remember most about visiting? All the weirdness is art and the colors are so bright in the dark, kind of like a maze of strange things followed by more strange things. I think everyone should visit so they can take in what’s different from their regular life at school and at home. When you lay down to go to sleep, you’re going to see what’s behind the doors on your eyelids. BEYOND is Factory Obscura’s latest temporary art exhibition hosted at 1522 S. Robinson through Dec. 21. Individual day passes are $20 for adults. Kids ages 5 and under are admitted without charge.

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