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EDITORIAL

Sarah Taylor–Publisher Brooke Barnett–Editor/Social Media Sara Riester–Assistant Editor/Calendar Nicole Nuccio Calvert, Heather Davis, Jennifer Geary, Jennifer Sharpe & Stephanie Clinton–Contributing Writers

The Best in OKC

Find the winners and finalists of our 2014 Family Favorites Awards, honoring the best family-friendly businesses in the OKC metro.

GOT A STORY OR BIG EVENT? We are all about family activities and fun in the OKC metro. If you have a story to share, let us know! CONTACT THE TEAM AT (405) 601-2081 or email info@metrofamilymagazine.com.

DESIGN & SALES Kristi Dunkle–Art Direction Athena Delce, Dana Price–Sales Kathy Alberty–Office/Distribution

Articles and advertisements in MetroFamily do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine or Inprint Publishing, Inc. We do not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors.The acceptance of advertising by MetroFamily does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information.We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. MetroFamily Magazine is a monthly magazine published by Inprint Publishing, Inc.

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INDOOR PLAY PLACES The Smart Mom’s Guide to great places to find indoor fun.

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CLINTON’S WATER ZOO Five reasons your family will love this indoor water park. 7

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GET FIT WITH US! Join four local moms training to run the Redbud Classic 5K in April.

5 great story times in the OKC metro

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Support the arts & save with OKCityCard

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Mom humor: A grocery store score

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Meet our February Real Mom of the Metro

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Great restaurant suggestions from A Good Egg Dining Group

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Find the best birthday party venues, after-school activities and more in our specialty ad guides


Welcome FROM OUR EDITOR

This month, we celebrate the best that Oklahoma has to offer—recognizing the most family-friendly businesses, attractions and venues in the metro and beyond.

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s we all know, parenting is a juggling act like none other—and making the most of your time, money and energy is paramount. The first time I unknowingly took my toddler to a very fancy, quiet restaurant with no high chairs or children’s menu (where she proceeded to break a plate, spill water and scare at least two waiters), I gained a healthy appreciation of the importance of family-friendly businesses. After that, I learned to value recommendations from my family and friends as to which places are the best for families. This month, we bring you the most highly recommended businesses, venues and attractions in the OKC metro and beyond, as voted by our readers, for our readers. Find the winners and finalists of our 2014 Family Favorites awards beginning on p. 19. Also, contributing writer Jennifer Sharpe explores the best indoor play places on p. 10, helping you to find active fun for your kids no matter the weather. Columnist

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Jennifer Geary gives you five reasons to take your family to Clinton’s Water Zoo on p. 42 and, on p. 46, Stephanie Clinton introduces you to four incredible local moms who will be leading our team training for the Redbud Classic 5K in April. (It’s not too late to join us! Sign up at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/fitness). And lastly, thanks to our readers for helping us recognize the best that OKC has to offer—making it truly one of the best places to raise a family. Enjoy!

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• Family Fun Photo Contest—show us your favorite photo of your family having fun for a chance to win a romantic getaway for two to the Gaylord Texan Resort, tickets to Science Museum Oklahoma, a family getaway to Andy Alligator’s Water Park or an OKCityCard (see p. 6). Deadline is February 19. • Nominate an Awesome Mom—We’re looking for a special mom to be featured in our May “Real Moms of the Metro” column. Nominate the moms that inspire you by February 28. • Water-Zoo trip giveaway—win a trip for four to Clinton’s Water-Zoo (see p. 42), valued at $365, including overnight accommodations, meals & more! Deadline is February 28. • 2014 Monster Jam ticket giveaway— Five (5) lucky winners will win a family 5-pack of tickets to the performance of your choice. Deadline is February 6. • Beauty & the Beast ticket giveaway—enter to win one of two (2) family 4-packs of tickets. Deadline is February 8. • Sesame Street Live ticket giveaway—six (6) family 5-packs, plus special “meet & greet” for two Grand Prize winners. Deadline is February 21. (Plus, see p. 13 for a special discount exclusively for MetroFamily readers!)

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family buzz

This month, we’re buzzing about ways to make the most of your month—from getting fit, to enjoying special story times to saving money.

It’s all about family fun! RESOURCES TO ADD TOYOUR FAMILY FUN QUOTIENT

BY BROOKE BARNETT - METROFAMILY EDITOR

Join our team to get “Strong Together” in 2014

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till working on your New Years resolution to get in shape? Join with other MetroFamily readers and take the first steps towards being healthy, active and fit in 2014. Beginning on February 10, our Strong Together group will begin an eight-week “Sofa to Success” training program—and we’ll be with you every step of the way!

All participants will receive expert training from Runhers Women’s Club in Oklahoma City, including week-by-week instruction, tips, motivation and advice. At the end of our training program, our team will run in the 2014 Redbud Classic 5K, scheduled for Sunday, April 6 at 1:30pm. Plus, follow along with four local moms (meet them on p. 46) as they blog about their training experiences on our website each week.And, look for group runs and other opportunities to meet local moms. Ready to join our team? Sign up at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/fitness.

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Editor’s Picks: Best story times in the OKC metro

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hare the love of reading with your child at one of these great story time events in the OKC metro.

Full Circle Bookstore’s Saturday Story Time 1900 Northwest Expressway 405-842-2900 www.fullcirclebooks.com

Why we love it: With story times offered every Saturday at 10:15am, this independent bookstore offers a cozy area for young readers, complete with big pillows, red ladders and a great mix of classic and popular children’s books. Stories are appropriate for toddlers through age 10, so this free event appeals to a wide age range—plus, there is a cafe for Mom and Dad to enjoy.

Art Adventures at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 555 Elm Avenue, Norman 405-325-3272 www.ou.edu/fjjma

Why we love it: Held every Tuesday at 10:30am, this free program is designed for ages 3–5 and combines a different book each week (see website for a list of upcoming titles) with a themed art project. It’s a perfect way for budding artists to find new books to love while having hands-on creative fun. Then, take advantage of the museum’s free admission to keep the creative juices flowing as you explore permanent and special exhibitions.

Edmond Public Library 10 S. Boulevard, Edmond 405-341-9282 www.metrolibrary.org

Why we love it: Have a busy schedule? The busiest library in the Metropolitan Library System offers age-appropriate story times at different times throughout the week, so families can pick one that works best with their schedule. Starting with preschool story time on Monday mornings and continuing through family story times on

Thursday evenings, this library makes it easy to share free play, books, rhymes, music, finger play and crafts with your little one.

Bringing Books to Life at the Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 West Reno 405-445-7080 www.myriadgardens.org

Why we love it: Explore the natural world with nature-themed books and a craft in the most awe-inspiring natural setting around—the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Held in the lobby of the Crystal Bridge, the free program is held every Wednesday at 10:00am and is designed for ages 2–5. Once each month, the program features special guest readers, including local politicians and TV personalities (see website for upcoming guest readers).Afterwards, explore the Gardens’ 1,000+ plant species or play in the Children’s Garden for even more nature-based fun. (Please note: the program does not include admission into the Crystal Bridge.)

Norman Public Library 225 N.Webster 405-701-2600 www.pioneer.lib.ok.us

Why we love it: With one the largest children’s sections in the metro, the Norman Public Library offers story times and music programs six days a week.With programs ranging from babies to 5th grade and times ranging from 10:00am to 6:00pm, this newly-renovated, uber kid-friendly library makes it easy to find a story time that works for every family. Plus, the new Norman Public Library West (3000 Norman Center Court) offers a Tuesday morning story times designed just for children ages 2–Pre-K. So many options to explore!

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Save at 400+ OKC attractions!

Open House Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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ooking for a way to support local arts organizations and save money at the same time? Look no further than Allied Arts’ OKCityCard! “February had been proclaimed ‘Allied Arts’ month by the mayor, so this month is when we do our big push for awareness and contributions,” explains Caitlin Tarasi, OKCityCard Coordinator and Development Assistant at Allied Arts. In 2013, Allied Arts raised a record-breaking $3.36 million to support local arts organizations. The OKCityCard continues to be a powerful fundraising tool. “By supporting Allied Arts and using your OKCityCard, you are supporting local businesses and the arts organizations that thrive in our city. It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” Tasari says. OKCityCards are available with a contribution of $50 or more to Allied Arts. The card is valid for a full year from the time of your donation and can be used for savings at more than 400 locations across the Oklahoma City metro. Discounts are available in communities such as Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore, Norman,Yukon and Shawnee, and include percentage-off discounts and “two-for-one” offers at popular restaurants, attractions, events and more.

This is CASADY. 9500 North Pennsylvania Ave.

“We have added 32 new partners this year,” Tarasi adds. “Two of the new ones are especially exciting to families. Both Frontier City and White Water Bay are offering ‘buy one general admission and get one free’ discounts with the OKCityCard.” These venues join other popular family venues such as:

Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.749.3185 • www.casady.org

Casady School, an Episcopal day school, admits students of any race, color, creed and national or ethnic origin.

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Science Museum Oklahoma—buy one general admission, get one free.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History—buy one admission, get one free.

Arctic Edge Ice Arena—buy one admission, get one free

State Fair of Oklahoma— twofor-one outside gate admission

Myriad Gardens—$10 off a family membership

OKC Zoo—50% off a single adult admission

Sonic—Buy one, get one free cheeseburgers

Iguana Mexican Grill—free queso

Krispy Kreme—buy one dozen doughnuts, get a dozen free.

New discounts are often added throughout the year. To see all participating businesses or to make a contribution, visit www.okcitycard.com or call 405-278-8944. For more information on how Allied Arts supports the arts community in Oklahoma City, visit www.alliedartsokc.com.


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The smart mom’s guide to fun indoor play places BY JENNIFER SHARPE—CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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inter is winding down but spring’s warm weather has yet to arrive. What’s a smart mom to do to keep her kids entertained and let them burn off energy? The OKC metro offers a variety of places for indoor active play with young children—and here are the details you need to know. BOUNCIN CRAZE & ART-N-CRAZE Inflatable paradise awaits children in two locations! The original Bouncin Craze (14901 North Lincoln, Edmond; 405-6072020, www.bouncincraze.com) and Bouncin Craze II (9333 West Reno; 405-470-7000, www.bouncincrazeii.com) are family-oriented facilities that offer inflatable play structures. “Children love inflatables,” explains Mike Hyde, owner. “Our facilities are family-owned and operated and our own children play as much as any here.” Safety is a priority at these licensed and insured venues that undergo daily inspections and rigorous cleanings. Clearly posted rules, safety precautions and Floor Guards help parents keep children safe. Socks are required and can also be purchased on site if you happen to arrive without. Approximately 60 different inflatable structures including bounce houses, slides, basketball hoops and obstacle courses rotate between the locations on a regular basis. Open bounce fees are $7.50 for children ages 2 and up. Parents can expect clean, well-stocked restrooms with changing stations at both locations. An on-site snack bar, game room and free Wi-Fi round out the experience. Grownups can relax with ample seating—including massage chairs—as they observe the fun. The Edmond location also offers a climbing wall for older children and an area just for toddlers. Bouncin Craze II features Art-N-Craze, a space designed for families or groups to enjoy creativity together. The large room with tables and easels has a separate entry price of $7.50 per child over age 2, and allows children the use of markers, crayons, paint, chalk, play dough and other craft supplies. Paint-and-take ceramic and wood projects are available for an additional fee. Bundle Art-N-Craze and open bounce admissions for just $12.50 and

enjoy two different experiences in one site. Family Night is Tuesday from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Admission is $25 and includes admission for two adults and two children, four drinks and a large pizza. Frequent Bounce Passes ($60 for 10 visits) offer savings for multiple visits. Plus, children who purchase Bouncin Craze t-shirts receive a $1 discount on open play whenever they visit wearing their shirt. [Editor’s Note: Print MetroFamily’s Kids Pass at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass to receive one half-priced admission when you purchase a regular admission.] Both locations are popular party spots that receive rave reviews from patrons. “We have heard from parents that we offer the easiest, least stressful party that they have ever had,” Hyde remarks. SKATE GALAXY Find fast-paced, family-oriented fun and exceptional value at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th Street; 405-605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com). “Roller skating is an experience like no other,” says owner Brian Zortman. “Our environment is high-quality and we strive to offer the next level of entertainment through our state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting effects. Skaters love our popular blackout glow skate and limbo.” The entire family can learn to skate every Saturday by taking a free lesson offered at noon. No admission fee or additional purchase is required. Skate Galaxy also offers private lessons. For the more adventurous, speed skating is offered on Wednesday evenings. “The best part about roller skating is that it is a healthy activity,” explains Zortman, “Our participants are often having so much fun that they forget that they are also getting exercise. Our goal is for kids to learn roller skating at a young age so we can continuously promote values of being active and healthy.” Admission is $10 and includes regular skates. Participants can bring their own skates, or skate rentals are available from toddler size 8 through adults. For the smallest guests, adjustable skates that fit over shoes are available. Every pair of skates is routinely inspected and treated with an odor-control and sanitization product after each use. In-line skates are available to rent at an additional charge. There is also an on-site Pro Shop that sells a variety of skates and equipment. Looking for a great METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

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deal? Buy skates (priced at either $59 or $69) and receive free skating admissions up to the purchase price of the skates. Skaters who need help navigating can rent a skate trainer device to help them balance as they roll around the rink. The rink’s Floor Guards skate alongside patrons to ensure that rules are being adhered to and to assist with skaters that fall. “Every staff member wears a whistle to alert others to safety notices,” Zortman says. “We also have video and audio surveillance in place so we are constantly monitoring safety.” In addition to roller skating, patrons can enjoy arcade games, air hockey, a billiards table, skee ball, basketball shooting and foosball. Free WiFi and lockers are available. Relax on seating around the rink or at the snack bar, which will soon boast a full pizza kitchen. The facility upholds a rigorous cleaning and maintenance schedule and receives frequent praise about the cleanliness of restrooms. Expect impressive, friendly customer service even during busy times, when employees even direct traffic to available parking. Saturday afternoon is the most popular skate session, while Sunday afternoons usually offer a more relaxed, lower key atmosphere. Double

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your fun with a special promotion that offers free admission on Sunday to those who attended the Saturday session. In every skate session, adults skate free with a paying child. JUMP!ZONE PARTY & PLAY CENTER Jump!Zone Party and Play Center (10400 South Western, 405-200-1691, www. jumpzoneparty.com) offers inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses in the metro’s largest indoor inflatable play space. “What makes our facility special and fun is the value we offer families, plus all the healthy exercise kids get in a safe, fun environment,” comments Rachel Odom, owner. Open play admission to this spacious facility is $7 Monday through Friday and $10 on Sunday. Odom says the best time to visit with small children is Monday, Wednesday or Friday from


Unpluggits Playstudio

10:30am to 3pm. Family night is Thursday and offers admission for two children and adults, a large pizza and 2-liter of soda for $25. Ample seating is found throughout the play area, including a massage chair. An onsite snack bar offers variety and convenience. In addition to the inflatables, two climbing structures with rope ladders and slides are also available for active play. Air hockey, a television and an arcade space supplement the fun. “Moms appreciate having a space where little ones can be contained and play. No one can run off or get lost,” explains Odom. The inflatable structures are inspected daily and undergo rigorous cleanings. Disinfection at the entire facility occurs during the day as needed and a deep cleaning process occurs after close each night. A popular spot for parties, parents frequently comment on how they enjoy all the party assistance provided by Jump!Zone. Looking for special offers and savings? Join Club JZ to enjoy discounts by email or print a $2 off coupon at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons. UNPLUGGITS PLAYSTUDIO Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise Drive, Edmond; 405-340-7584, www.unpluggits.com) offers amix of both art fun and active play for the whole family. “Families enjoy coming to Unpluggits because there is something for everyone to do,” explains Jake Keyes, manager. Paint’n Play daily admission is $7 for ages 18 months to 10 years and re-entry is permitted for the same day. Paint’n Play includes access to easel painting, play dough, chalk tables, stamping, stenciling, cutting and pasting in the large, kid-friendly art area. For an additional fee, hands-on crafts are available, including paint-your-own pottery, paint-and-take projects, and garden stones. The art area is also a space for older children and adults to get

creative. Mom can paint a ceramic masterpiece or relax and enjoy free Wi-Fi while the kids burn off steam at the indoor playground area, which is clearly visible thanks to low walls and large windows. Ages 11 and up can enter the facility for free and just pay for crafts. The indoor playground includes a multi-level play structure, air hockey, foosball, sand table, train table and dress up. The playground is disinfected nightly and deep cleanings are performed weekly. Ample seating is available inside the playground for adults as well. Snacks and drinks can be purchased on site but you are also allowed to bring in your own food. The facility is a popular site for parties and offers flexible party scheduling. Planning a visit with little ones? “The best time to play with younger children is in the mornings when we first open at 10am,” Keyes suggests. Story time is offered on Wednesday mornings and features a story and craft for young children. A 10-visit pass is available for $55 and includes 10% discount off all crafts. You can also save by bundling a paint’n take project with your daily admission. Discounts are given if you bring in shoe boxes or paper bags for Unpluggits to reuse to package art projects. [Editor’s Note: Print MetroFamily’s Kids Pass at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass to receive $1 off admission.] Looking for more great indoor play places? Visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ indoor-play-places for more fun ideas.

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mom gets the last laugh

A grocery store score: a mom’s dilemma

ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY BALL, WWW.EMILYMGBALL.COM.

BY HEATHER DAVIS - METROFAMILY COLUMNIST

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happened to run into a small neighborhood grocery store and discovered that they were having an awesome sale on ketchup. I nabbed 25—no, I’m not kidding—bottles of ketchup. I just knew that my daughters would be giddy at my grocery store score. Even though I’m not a fan of the condiment—I rarely even eat it with fries—ketchup is a much-valued staple in our evening meal line-up. In fact, it’s kinda our favorite for everyone in our family except for me.

When I ask my daughters to set the table, they set out knives, forks, napkins and ketchup. Whereas some people dip chips into salsa or French onion dip, my children dip their corn chips and their ridged chips alike into the tomato-y goodness. That afternoon I lugged my overly-packed bags of ketchup into our kitchen and happily announced that I had hooked us up for the next three or four weeks, or, if we were very frugal, months! I pulled bottle after bottle of the sweet, red condiment from my grocery bag and set them on the table.

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“Look!” I said, “We are set, right?” I just knew that this was one grocery run that would be pleasing to all of us. My husband and I would be happy at the financial deal I had just scored, and our daughters would be thrilled at the prospect of not running out of ketchup any time soon. “Why’d you get that kind, Momma?” my younger child asked me as she turned a bottle over in her hand, carefully examining it as if looking for clues that would lead to infinite wisdom and beauty through the tomato-based paste. “This kind was on sale!” I bragged. With the savings, surely I could score a date night or that new handbag I’d seen last week at the mall, right? “I got 25 bottles for the same price as four bottles of our regular kind.” “Well,” proclaimed my older daughter with an air of precociousness and apathy that only a tween is capable of displaying in tandem. “We don’t eat this kind.”

Now, I’m no connoisseur...but as far as ketchup goes, as long as it’s red and thick, there is no difference in my mind at all. I was baffled and even a little distraught as to why my children wouldn’t eat this kind of ketchup, especially considering I had just brought home 25 bottles. “We’ve never seen this kind of ketchup before. It’s not real ketchup. They don’t even have commercials,” my ketchup aficionado explained. Sadly, she just proved what I always believed to be true: television was dictating our lives. The lack of television advertising was probably how I could afford to buy all those bottles without breaking a twenty dollar bill.

escape. Then, I did something really weird. I dipped another cracker and ate it. And then another and another, all the while, my daughters stood at my side watching me eat the ketchup-dipped crackers as if watching a royal tester consume the princesses’ meal to determine its safety. “It’s good?” my younger daughter asked skeptically. “It’s delish!” I said, shoveling another cracker into my ketchup hole. “Wanna try?” Both girls shook their heads. “Nah. But I will now eat this unknown ketchup,” my older daughter said.

If my purchase was to be of benefit and not in vain, this would call for drastic measures. I opened a box of cheese crackers and squirted some of the new, unadvertised ketchup onto a saucer. I dipped the little cheesy square and tossed that baby into my mouth.

Whew! I sighed with relief. The ketchup could stay, my family was set. Life was good. I dipped another cracker and took another bite. It was at that point that I realized I was alone in my kitchen, surrounded by bottles of ketchup, eating cheese crackers dipped in my least favorite condiment.

I faked a smile and chomped noisily, allowing a “yummm…” and an “ummm-hmmmm” to

The things a momma does…

Oklahoma’s premiere camp for kids with special needs is Camp ClapHans

☺ Overnight camp for boys & girls ages 8 to 16

☺ To register visit www.campclaphans.com Deadline is April 24, 2014. ☺ Camp runs Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon ☺ 1:1 Camper to Camp staff ratio ☺ For more information contact Camp Director Kyle Cottrell at 405.307.2814 or kcottrell@jdmc.org

Camp ClapHans 2002 East Robinson St. Norman, Oklahoma 73071 405.307.2814

A summer camp project of the J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities

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Deborah McAuliffe Senner, husband Scott, son Brevin (age 15) and daughter Sterling (age 12)

Real moms of the metro: Meet Deborah McAuliffe Senner HOW THIS CHAMPION OF THE ARTS HELPS MAKE OKLAHOMA CITY A VIBRANT COMMUNITY FOR ALL.

BY NICOLE NUCCIO CALVERT - METROFAMILY COLUMNIST

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEFFANIE HALLEY- WWW.STEFFANIEHALLEY.COM


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eborah McAuliffe Senner’s connection to the arts is personal. Growing up in a family of seven children, financial restrictions made her unable to take ballet or piano lessons or attend arts events. Now, as president and CEO of Oklahoma City’s Allied Arts, she spends her life ensuring arts opportunities are available to as many Oklahomans as possible. GROWING A VIBRANT CITY Allied Arts is a united arts fund that provides funding and awareness for over 26 arts and cultural organizations in central Oklahoma. Deborah and her staff help with critical funding, education, capacity-building funds, marketing and more. “Our city is not complete without arts and culture. People want things to do; they want a full offering. The arts are not the icing on the cake, they are the main ingredients,” Deborah explains. “When cities are ranked across the country, the ones at the top of the list are the ones who have a strong and vibrant cultural representation and offerings year round. It’s what makes a city strong.”

Record. Under her leadership, Allied Arts has earned the distinction as a finalist for the Center for Non Profits ONE Awards for best non-profit in the state, and was named as the best non-profit helping other non-profits in The Journal Record’s Beacon Awards. She has a national appointment with Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council and is a member of the Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Advisors, Leadership Oklahoma City, Junior League of Oklahoma City and more. “Professionally, I could not do what I do without a stellar staff, an incredible board of directors and the support of very generous donors,” Deborah adds. “And personally, I could not do what I do without the unwavering support of my husband and kids.” GROWING A STRONG FAMILY Deborah and husband Scott have two children, son Brevin, age 15, and daughter Sterling, age 12. As a family, they love game nights and being active together playing tennis, golf, or white water rafting—and of course, attending arts and cultural activities. “It makes me better at my job if I am there, experiencing it,” she notes. “I’m doing what I am speaking about.”

In the course of her job, Deborah meets oneon-one with over 100 board members and eight months of the year is spent raising money for Allied Arts’ annual campaign. Last year, the organization raised $3.36 million in support of arts organizations, the most successful campaign in the organization’s 43-year history.

“I have a really amazing supportive husband. We are a very strong team. I work a lot of hours and it’s crazy, but we want to be there for whatever the kids are doing. We just work our schedule around that. We divide and conquer every day.”

And Deborah’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has been recognized as the Top Fund Raising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Oklahoma Chapter and was named one of Oklahoma’s 50 Women Making a Difference by The Journal

Deborah is proud of her work to help others, both personally and professionally and her philanthropic efforts continue with her own children. “My kids will always know and be aware that there are people who need their help. Whether we have money or not, there is some way you can be helping somebody else.”

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Tickets Make Great Gifts!

Live On Stage!

Here’s more about how this 53-year-old mother combines her love of the arts with her love of family. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I am obsessed with my Fitbit®, which calculates my activity and my sleep.The goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps per day.When I am getting ready for bed, if I am only at 9,800 steps, I make myself get up and walk around the house until I hit the 10,000 steps. How has motherhood changed you? It makes me wonder every day how my parents were able to survive with seven kids! It is the greatest joy and has taught me how truly precious life is. What are you most proud of?   My family. My husband and I have a great marriage and our kids actually like hanging around with us. I think with two working parents you have to be very intentional about family time and we make it a priority. What motivates you?  Professionally, it’s the countless thank you notes that we receive from students across Oklahoma who have been introduced to the arts through a program that we funded with one of our arts organizations.

taught me that there was always someone who had less than we did and they need our help.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT DEBORAH: •

What are 5 words that describe you? Committed, driven, creative, enthusiastic, positive.

What’s on your playlist? Everything from Broadway show tunes to piano solos, Buble to Beyonce, from Carrie Underwood to Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks to James Taylor.

What’s your favorite meal to cook for dinner? Coconut shrimp, strawberry spinach salad and my husband’s favorite cheesecake for dessert

What’s always in your handbag? My phone, ID, keys, business cards, mints, credit card, lipstick and glasses.

What’s your guilty pleasure? An iced mocha frappuccino.

How do you find balance in your life?

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PLACES & EVENTS

FOOD

BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT (FAST FOOD) BEST BURGER PLACE FOR FAMILIES

THE GARAGE

FINALISTS: Five Guys, Red Robin and S&B’s Burger Joint BEST DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT

RED ROCK CANYON GRILL

CHICK-FIL-A FINALISTS: Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores, McDonalds and Sonic BEST PLACE FOR BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH

BEST ANNUAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL IN THE OKC AREA

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

JIMMY’S EGG

FINALISTS: Arts Festival Oklahoma, Norman’s Medieval Fair and the State Fair of Oklahoma

FINALISTS: Cracker Barrel, First Watch Cafe and IHOP

BEST ANNUAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL OUTSIDE THE OKC AREA

RUSH SPRINGS WATERMELON FESTIVAL

FINALISTS: Charlestons, Cheevers and The Melting Pot

BEST PLACE FOR PIZZA NIGHT

HIDEAWAY PIZZA BEST ETHNIC FOOD RESTAURANT

TED’S CAFE ESCONDIDO

FINALISTS: Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe, Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant and Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine and Bar

BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT (CASUAL DINING)

TEXAS ROADHOUSE FINALISTS: Chili’s, Interurban and Ted’s Cafe Escondido

FINALISTS: Cici’s Pizza, Jo’s Famous Pizza and The Wedge FINALIST: Watonga Cheese Festival BEST PLACE TO FIND SWEET TREATS

BRAUM’S ICE CREAM & DAIRY STORES

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

FINALISTS: Cuppies & Joe, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Orange Leaf

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BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPORTING EVENT

FEBRUARY 2014

FINALISTS: OKC Barons hockey, OKC Redhawks baseball, University of Oklahoma football


BEST HIKING/BIKING TRAIL FOR FAMILIES

BERT COOPER TRAILS AT LAKE HEFNER

Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

FINALISTS: Arcadia Lake, Martin Park Nature Center and Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton. BEST LOCAL PLACE TO TAKE OUTOF-TOWN VISITORS

BRICKTOWN FINALISTS: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Oklahoma City Zoo and POPs Arcadia

BEST INDOOR FUN/AMUSEMENT VENUE

ELEVATION TRAMPOLINE PARK FINALISTS: Andy Alligator’s Fun Park, Dave & Buster’s and GattiTown BEST FREE/LOW-COST ATTRACTION FOR FAMILY FUN

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO FINALISTS: Bricktown, Martin Park Nature Center and Myriad Gardens

BEST MOVIE THEATER FOR FAMILIES

MOORE WARREN THEATRE FINALISTS: AMC Quail Springs Mall, Cinemark Tinseltown and Harkins Bricktown BEST MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN/ FAMILIES OUTSIDE THE OKC AREA

OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM, JENKS FINALISTS: Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum and Leonardo’s Children’s Museum BEST MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN/ FAMILIES IN THE OKC AREA

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BEST PLACE TO EXPLORE NATURE IN THE OKC METRO

MARTIN PARK NATURE CENTER FINALISTS: Arcadia Lake, Lake Hefner Trails and Myriad Botanical Gardens BEST OUTDOOR FUN/AMUSEMENT VENUE

BEST PLACE TO HAVE FUN WITH KIDS OF VARIED AGES

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA

FINALISTS: Frontier City, OKC Riversport and White Water Bay

FINALISTS: Andy Alligator’s Fun Park/ Water Park, Frontier City and Oklahoma City Zoo

BEST PLACE FOR FUN WITH TODDLERS

BEST DAY CAMP, MULTI-ACTIVITY

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO FINALISTS: Camp Dakani, City of Norman Parks & Recreation Department and YMCA of Greater OKC BEST DAY CAMP, SPORTS

THUNDER BASKETBALL CAMP FINALISTS: Earlywine YMCA, Lighthouse Sports & Fitness and YMCA of Greater OKC

BEST SLEEP-AWAY CAMP, MORE THAN 100 MILES FROM OKC

NEW LIFE RANCH

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

FINALIST: Dry Gulch USA, Adair, OK

FINALISTS: Jump!Zone, Science Museum of Oklahoma and Unpluggits Playstudio

BEST PLACE TO SWIM

PELICAN BAY AQUATIC CENTER BEST PLACE FOR TEEN/TWEEN FUN

FRONTIER CITY FINALISTS: Andy Alligator’s Fun Park/ Water Park, Hey Day Family Fun Center and White Water Bay

BEST PLACE TO EXPLORE NATURE IN OKLAHOMA

WICHITA MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE REFUGE

FINALISTS: Andy Alligator’s Water Park, Earlywine YMCA and White Water Bay

BEST SLEEP-AWAY CAMP, WITHIN 100 MILES OF OKC

CAMPS

FINALISTS: Camp Dakani and YMCA Camp Classen

BEST DAY CAMP, ARTS

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY

FALLS CREEK PARTIES

FINALISTS: Edmond Fine Arts Institute, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and Oklahoma City Museum of Art

BEST “PARTY COMES TO YOU” ENTERTAINMENT/ENTERTAINER

FINALISTS: Beaver’s Bend State Park and Chickasaw National Recreation Area

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FINALISTS: Mad Science, My Princess Party and Spaghetti Eddie

BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

OLD NAVY FINALISTS: The Children’s Place, Once Upon A Child and Uptown Kids

FINALISTS: Jump!Zone, Laser Quest and Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics

BEST CONSIGNMENT/THRIFT STORE

ONCE UPON A CHILD BEST PLACE TO BUY BIRTHDAY CAKE/CUPCAKES/ICE CREAM

SAM’S CLUB FINALISTS: Cuppies & Joe, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Johnnie’s Sweet Creations

BEST PLACE TO BUY INVITATIONS/ THANK YOU CARDS

FINALISTS: Goodwill and Midwest City’s Uptown Thrift

BEST GROCERY STORE TO STRETCH YOUR FOOD BUDGET

CREST FINALISTS: Aldi, Sprouts and Walmart

TARGET FINALISTS: Dollar Tree, Hallmark and Party Galaxy

SHOPPING BEST JEWELRY STORE

BC CLARK FINALISTS: James Avery, Kay Jewelers and Zales BEST CHILDREN-FRIENDLY BOOK STORE

BARNES & NOBLE FINALISTS: Best of Books, Full Circle Bookstore and Half Price Books METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

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BEST MATERNITY STORE

MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY FINALISTS: Mimi Maternity, Pea in the Pod and Target BEST PLACE TO BUY A FAMILY CAR

BOB HOWARD FINALISTS: Bob Moore, Fowler Honda and Hudiburg

BEST PLACE TO BUY BABY CHILDREN’S FURNITURE

BABIES “R” US

FINALISTS: Burlington Coat Factory, Mathis Brothers Furniture and Storkland

BEST PLACE TO FIND HEALTHY FOOD

SPROUT’S FINALISTS: OSU-OKC Farmers Market, Uptown Grocery and Whole Foods

BEST SEASONAL CONSIGNMENT SALE

JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS OF OKC/ NORMAN FINALISTS: The Kids Consignment Sale, Pass It On Kids and Sweet Repeats Kids Consignment

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BEST SPECIALTY BABY STORE/ BOUTIQUE

GREEN BAMBINO FINALISTS: Cinnamon Bears, Peek-aBootique and Uptown Kids

BEST TOY STORE

TOYS “R” US FINALISTS: Copelin’s Kidoodles, Learning Tree and Walmart

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

BEST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION FESTIVITIES

EDMOND’S LIBERTYFEST FINALISTS: Bethany Freedom Festival, OKC Philharmonic’s Red White and Boom and Yukon’s Freedom Fest

BEST HOLIDAY LIGHTS EVENT

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CAMPUS FINALISTS: Chickasha Festival of Light, Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular and Yukon’s Christmas in the Park


BEST PLACE FOR PAMPERING MOMS

COTTONWOOD SALON & SPA FINALISTS: Bella Strada Spa, Elements Therapeutic Massage and Renaissance Salon & Spa

BEST PUMPKIN PATCH

ORR FAMILY FARM FINALISTS: Chester’s Party Barn, Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch and TG Farm

SERVICE PROVIDERS BEST CHILDCARE FACILITY IN A FITNESS CENTER

YMCA OF GREATER OKC FINALISTS: Earlywine YMCA, Mademoiselle Fitness Center and Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics

BEST SPA/MEDICAL PRACTICE FOR A “MOMMY MAKEOVER”

COTTONWOOD SALON & SPA FINALISTS: Bella Strada Salon & Spa, Elements Therapeutic Massage and Renaissance Salon & Spa,

MEDICAL CARE BEST ALTERNATIVE DOCTOR

EDMOND FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC FINALISTS: Live Well Family Chiropractic and Revolution Chiropractic

BEST FAMILY/CHILD PHOTOGRAPHER

PORTRAIT INNOVATIONS FINALISTS: J.C. Penney Portrait Studio, Jenny Hodges Photography and Uniquely U Photography

BEST FITNESS CENTER

YMCA OF GREATER OKC FINALISTS: Biff’s 24/7 Fitness and Gold’s Gym

BEST DENTIST FOR CHILDREN/ FAMILY

DENTAL DEPOT FINALISTS: Brent Moody, Christian H. Pilgrim DDS, Kool Smiles and Smile Galaxy

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THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT OU MEDICAL CENTER FINALISTS: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital

FINALISTS: Dr. Darren Goff (Mercy Health Center), Dr. Amanda Levine (Stonebridge Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Dr. Misty Wayman (Center for Women’s Health)

BEST ORTHODONTIST

ORTHODONTIC ASSOCIATES FINALISTS: Dental Depot, Dr. Mark Yonker (Orthodontic Center of America), Dr. Kelly Klontz, DDS

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DEAN A. MCGEE EYE INSTITUTE FINALISTS: Dr. Samuel Oliphant and Dr. Lucas Trigler

BEST HOSPITAL

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT OU MEDICAL CENTER FINALISTS: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Norman Regional Hospital

BEST PEDIATRICIAN/FAMILY DOCTOR

DR. KELLY STEPHENS MERCY CLINIC EDMOND MEMORIAL

FINALISTS: Dr. Timothy Krous (Edmond Pediatrics), Dr. Tammy Maschino (Village Center Pediatrics) and Dr. Victor Wilson (Caring Pediatrics)

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FINALISTS: INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Norman Regional Hospital

Poos Taekwondo and Pride Mixed Martial Arts

BEST URGENT CARE CLINIC

BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTION

MERCY URGENT CARE

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY

FINALISTS: Access Medical Centers, First Med Urgent Care and Kids 1st Pediatric After Hours

FINALISTS: Performing Arts Studio and Upstage Theatre

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITES

BEST SPORTS LEAGUE FOR KIDS

YMCA OF GREATER OKC FINALISTS: Earlywine YMCA, Edmond All Sports and SoccerCity OKC

EDUCATION BEST ART STUDIO/ART LESSONS

PAINT YOUR ART OUT

FINALISTS: Edmond Fine Arts Institute, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center BEST DANCE STUDIO

DANCE UNLIMITED FINALISTS: All That Dance, Tippi Toes and Velocity Dance

BEST TUTORING/LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER FINALIST: Kumon Learning Center

BEST GYMNASTICS/CHEER TRAINING FACILITY

BEST HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE ORGANIZATION

OKLAHOMA GOLD GYMNASTICS

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FINALISTS: Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy and Twist & Shout Training Center BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

MARTIAL ARTS MINISTRIES

FINALISTS: Evolution Martial Arts,

FINALISTS: Edmond Homeschool Coopand Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation

BEST PLACE TO FIND HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES

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BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL— PRESCHOOL

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL—SECONDARY

THE GODDARD SCHOOL

OKLAHOMA VIRTUAL CHARTER ACADEMY

FINALISTS: Christ the King, Creative Kids Learning Center and Heritage Hall

FINALISTS: Classen School of Advanced Studies, Deer Creek Public Schools and Edmond North High School

CHILD CARE BEST CHILD CARE CENTER

THE GODDARD SCHOOL BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL— ELEMENTARY

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

FINALISTS: Christ the King, Heritage Hall and Oklahoma Christian Academy

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL—SECONDARY

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FINALISTS: Bishop McGuinness High School, Casady School and Heritage Hall BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

FINALISTS: Deer Creek Public Schools, Moore Public Schools and Norman Public Schools

FINALISTS: La Petite Academy, Primrose Schools and YMCA of Greater OKC BEST CHILDREN’S DAY OUT/ MOTHER’S DAY OUT

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF EDMOND

FINALISTS: Earlywine YMCA, First Baptist Church of Moore, First Baptist Church of Norman Mother’s Day Out, First Learning Center and Southern Hills United Methodist Children’s Day Out

COMMUNITY SUPPORT BEST NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT SERVES FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

INFANT CRISIS SERVICES

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL— ELEMENTARY

FINALISTS: Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, United Way of Central Oklahoma and YMCA of Greater OKC

OKLAHOMA VIRTUAL CHARTER ACADEMY

BEST COMMUNITY HERO/FAMILY ADVOCATE WHO SERVES FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

FINALISTS: Angie Debo Elementary (Edmond), John Ross Elementary (Edmond) and Washington Irving (Edmond)

KEVIN DURANT FINALIST: Miki Farris, Infant Crisis Services

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OUR CALENDAR MAKES FINDING FAMILY FUN IN OKC EASY— PLUS FIND EVEN MORE AT METROFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM INDOOR URBAN PARK—SATURDAYS IN FEBRUARY Oklahoma City’s first indoor urban park is an immersive, interactive playground designed by local artists to encourage creative exploration for kids and families. The park includes LEGO® and sandbox play areas, ceiling kite flying, multi-media green screen, noodle forest, balloon animals and hula hoops. The park is constructed inside the IAO Gallery located at 706 West Sheridan near downtown Oklahoma City. The playground is designed to provide a safe, engaging atmosphere for kids and parents to enjoy, including guided play zones and activities to challenge creativity. The park is open every Saturday in February from noon-5:00pm. PHONE: 405-232-6060 Photo courtesy of Chris Nguyen, Quit Nguyen Photography

OKC PHILHARMONIC’S DISCOVERY CONCERT—FEB 23

Share the joy of music with the children in your life with these special one-hour concerts specially designed for young people ages 4 to 13 years old. Held at the Civic Center Music Hall on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00pm, February’s concert theme is “Sports and Music” and will feature fight songs, Olympic fanfares, theme music and more. Your kids will be surprised when they see all the ways that sports and music go together. Join the pre-concert fun in the lobby with the OKC Phil’s Instrument Playground, Conductor’s Corner, opportunities to meet performers and more. Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00pm and are free with ticket purchase. Tickets are $9 and seating is general admission. MORE INFORMATION: www.okcphilharmonic.org PHONE: 405-842-5387 Photo courtesy of the OKC Philharmonic METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

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THROUGH FEB 17

Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens hosts daily public skating, private parties & special events all winter long. $10 w/skates, $7 w/own skates. Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 11am11pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm. 297-3423, www.downtownindecember.com.

THROUGH FEB 27

FREE Nothing But Mercy: A Private Room Please! at the Metropolitan Library System Libraries celebrates Black History Month with a new play by Dwe Williams. Join Dwe & the cast of Rhythmically Speaking for a culturally enriching event. See website for schedule. www.metrolibrary.org.

FEB 4 • TUESDAY

FREE Meet in the Middle at Westminster School Middle Division Building (600 NW 44) for parents of prospective Fall 2014 6th graders. Preregister. 7pm. 524-0631, www. westminsterschool.org. FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at Penn Square Mall’s LEGO® Store. Children 6-14 can build a new model on the first Tuesday of every month. Quantities limited. 5pm. 840-9993, http:// stores.lego.com.

FEB 5 • WEDNESDAY OSU Women’s Basketball at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. See website for ticket information. 7pm. www. okstate.com. Other home games this month: 2/16, 26.

OKC Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena. 7pm. www.nba.com/thunder. Other home games this month: 2/9, 20, 23, 26, 28.

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FEB 6 • THURSDAY

Chocolate Decadence 2014 at the Hudson-Essex Loft Offices (825 N Broadway) features a variety of chocolate treats from premier local restaurants & caterers, smooth jazz & a Valentine auction. Proceeds benefit community projects in Automobile Alley. Ages 21+. $60. 6-8:30pm. 618-8820, www. automobilealley.org.

FREE Open House/Parent Workshop at Trinity School (321 NW 36). 6:30-8:30pm. 525-5600, http:// trinityschoolokc.org. FREE Primary Division Open House at Westminster School Primary Division (612 NW 44) for parents of prospective Fall 2014 Pre-K & Kindergarten students. 7pm. 524-0631, www.westminsterschool.org. Legends Tennis Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena features John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier & Michael Chang. $25+ plus fees. 7pm. www. chesapeakearena.com.

FEB 7 • FRIDAY

Wiggly, Wonderful Worms for the Garden at the Myriad Gardens Terrace Room (301 W Reno) for ages 5-11. Convert 2-liter bottles into “worm columns” then take them home & observe as these incredible creatures turn your kitchen scraps into rich organic matter. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. 10-11:30am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org. Kids’ Valentines Mailbox Decorating Party at Abrakadoodle (113 W Main, Moore). Supplies included. Ages 6-14. $20. 3:30-5:30pm. 759-7977, www.facebook.com/abrakadoodleokc. Bright Night of Boy Scouts at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52). Cub Scouts can enjoy a special night at


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the museum including experiments, Science Live & more. Preregister. $45 kids, $25 adults, $5/scout badge. 6pm7am. 602-3760, www. sciencemuseumok.org. Personalized Glass Etching & Flowers by A New Beginning Florist at April Rose Studios (113 W Main, Moore). Participants will personalize a glass vase with etchings. Supplies included. Ages 15+. $20. 6:30-7:30. 759-7977, www.facebook. com/AprilRoseStudios.

FEB 7–8

FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District features more than 60 artists in 17 galleries. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. 525-2688, www. thepaseo.com.

FEB 7–9

An Affair of the Heart at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds (3001 General Pershing) features arts, crafts & antiques. $7/person, good for all 3 days. FridaySaturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. www.aaoth.com. Carmen presented by the OKC Ballet at the Civic Center Music Hall features a ballet arranged from the Bizet opera of the same name. $25+. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 843-8637, www. okcballet.com.

FEB 7–28

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat presented by the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) is based on the classic children’s book. Recommended for children in grades PreK-2. $10 adults, $7

children 2-12. Wednesday & Friday, 11am; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. 951-0011, www. oklahomachildrenstheatre.org.

FEB 7–MARCH 1 As You Like It presented by the Reduxion Theatre Company (914 N Broadway) features one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 651-3191, www. reduxiontheatre.com.

FEB 8 • SATURDAY

Frigid Five Walk/Run at Mitch Park in Edmond features a 1-mile Fun Run & 5-mile run. Benefits local cross country teams, Edmond Parks & Recreation & Allied Arts. FREE 1-mile run for children 11 & younger. $30. 8:30am. www.signmeup.com/96862. FREE ACT Practice Test at College Tutors Learning Center (1333 N Santa Fe, Edmond). Preregister. 9am-noon. 5136060, www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/ edmondok. Norman Friends of the Library Romance Book Sale at the Norman Library (225 N Webster, Norman) features gently-used romance books & a selection of non-romance books suitable for Valentine’s Day gifts. FREE admission. 9am-5pm. 7012600, www.pls.lib.ok.us. Victorian Tea Party at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) teaches the history & importance of teatime in the 1800s. Includes authentic teatime foods, living history performers & favors. For girls in grades 2-12. Preregister. $8/child. 1011am & noon-1pm. 340-0078, www. edmondhistory.org. FREE Kids’ Meditation Class at Buddha Mind Monastery (5916 S Anderson)

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provides kids ages 3-12 with instruction about meditation and includes Dharma talks, Chan stories & fun activities. Wear comfortable, modest attire & socks. 10:30am-noon. 869-0501, www. ctbuddhamind.org/classes.php. Also held: 2/22. FREE Indoor Urban Park at the IAO Gallery (706 W Sheridan, OKC) features an interactive playground designed by local artist. Includes LEGO® & sandbox play areas, ceiling kite flying, multi-media green screen, noodle forest, balloon animals & hula hoops. Noon-5pm. 232-6060, Also held: 2/15, 22. Girl Scout Day at the Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane). Girl Scouts can come to the museum & earn a badge. Preregister. $10/scout includes badge class & museum admission. Brownie Home Scientist Badge, 11am-12:30pm; Junior Detective Badge, 1-2:30pm; Cadet Special Agent Badge, 3-4:30pm. 814-0006, www.museumofosteology.org. We Love Animals at the OKC Zoo (2000 Remington). Come help staff make special treats for the animals at the Zoo. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Possible allergens such as peanut butter, dairy, eggs, wheat, nuts & others may be used. Preregister. $15 member child, $18 nonmember child, parents FREE with paid child. 2-3pm. 425-0218, www. okczooed.com. Harlem Globetrotters “Fans Rule” at the Chesapeake Energy Arena is an entertaining basketball game with special rules chosen by fans. $24+, plus fees. 2pm & 7pm. www. chesapeakearena.com, www.harlemglobetrotters.com. Yukon Chocolate Festival at the Robertson Activity Center (1200 Lakeshore, Yukon) benefits Yukon Friends of the Park & the Ladies Library Club. Features over 20 booths, a silent auction & chocolate. $8 includes 6 tastes. 1-3pm.

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350-8937, www.cityofyukonok.gov. Norman Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Embassy Suites (2501 Conference, Norman) features dancing, refreshments & fun for dads & their daughters ages 4-14. $10/ticket. 2:30-4pm, 5-6:30pm & 7:309pm. 366-5470, www.normanfun.com. OU Men’s Basketball vs. Baylor at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. See website for ticket information. 6pm. www.soonersports.com. Other home games this month: 2/12, 22. Havana Nights Gala fundraiser presented by the Edmond Women’s Club at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park) features a night of dinner, dancing, casino tables, silent & live auctions. Proceeds go to local charities. $125. 6:30pm. www.ewc. org. Daddy/Daughter Mad Hatter Dance & Tea Party at MAC in Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams, Edmond) for dads & their daughters ages 4+. $20/couple, $5/additional girl. 7pm. 359-4630, www. edmondparks.com. Stories at the Stafford at the Stafford Air & Space Museum (3000 E Logan, Weatherford) features Dan Stroud presenting a talk on the B-17 Flying Fortress. $5. 7pm. 580-722-5871, www. staffordmuseum.com.

OPENING FEB 8

Ramp It Up! at the Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) features 20 skate decks including examples from Native American companies & contemporary artists, rare images & video of Native American skaters. 3254712, www.samnoblemuseum.org. Continues through 6/15.

FEB 8–9

Larger than Life Mixed Media Abstracts Workshop at the Paseo School of Art (3110A N Walker) helps


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Also held: 2/13, 14. students create a large, mixed media, abstract painting through textured medium, FREE Teen Iron Chef: Chocolate collage material & acrylic paint. Ages 16+. Challenge at the Belle Isle Library (5501 $195. 10am-4pm. 205-8990, N Villa). Teens will compete in the ultimate www.paseoschoolofart.com. snack competition. Materials provided. 4-5pm. 843-9601, www.metrolibrary.org. FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) in FREE Future Freshman celebration of the opening of Ramp It Up! Curriculum Information Night at exhibition. Saturday’s Opening Reception Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School features family-friendly activities, live (801 NW 50). 6:30pm. 842-6638, painting by three Native artists & a silent www.bmchs.org. auction from 10am-2pm. Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712, FEB 12 • www.samnoblemuseum.org. Consignor Drop-Off for the Original Children’s Consignment Sale at Market Plaza (6925 NW Expressway). Drop-off your items to consign for the sale which will be held March 7-15. See website for details. 721-6776, www.occsale.com.

Whether you’re single, married, single again, with or without children, young or old – no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done – we invite you to experience freedom, joy, and life with us at The Gate! We would love to meet you there. Come join us any Sunday at 10 AM and Wednesday 7 PM. We want you to come as a family to The Gate Church, We have a newly renovated Kids Area just for your children to have a blast while they are there. we cannot wait to meet you!

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Learn to Curl with the Oklahoma Curling Club at Arctic Edge Ice Arena (14613 N Kelly, Edmond) provides an introduction to the game. Wear loose fitting, warm, layered clothing & stable, non-slip shoes. Equipment provided. $25/ person. www.okcurling.com. Also held: 2/15, 16, 22, 23.

FREE Bringing Books to Life at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory Library (301 W Reno) for ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver features naturethemed books read by guest reader Chase Thomason from KFOR. Includes craft after the story. Held each Wednesday through March. 10-11am. 445-7080, www.myriadgardens.org.

Campus Tour at Veritas Classical Academy (12500 S Penn). 10am. http:// veritasclassical.com. Also held: 2/24 @ 1120 E Hefner.

FREE Admission Monday at the OKC Zoo (2000 Remington). 424-3344, www.okczoo. com. Also held: 2/17, 24.

FEB 11 • TUESDAY

FREE Kindermusik Intro Class at Green Bambino (5120 N Shartel) features the world’s number one music & movement class. All ages welcome. 10am. 848-2330, www.green-bambino.com.

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FREE Babywearing International: Active Babywearing at Green Bambino (5120 N Shartel) teaches participants how to stay active while babywearing. 10am. 848-2330, www.green-bambino.com.

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OU Women’s Basketball at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. See website for ticket information. 2pm. www.soonersports.com. Other home games this month: 2/19, 22.


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Valentine Cabaret at Oklahoma Christian University (2501 E Memorial, Edmond) features the 25th annual Valentine Cabaret dinner theater. See website for details. 7pm. www.oc.edu/music.

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events & activities at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ valentines-day-fun Homeschool Programs “Asia” at the OKC Zoo (2000 Remington) focuses on a geographical location with animal encounters, exhibit tours & more. For grades PreK-6. Preregister. $7/student, $3.50/additional students in same grade, One parent/teacher FREE per transaction. 10-11am. 425-0218, www.okczooed.com. FREE A Presidential Valentine’s Day Crafternoon at the Midwest City Library (8143 W Reno, Midwest City) for ages 5-10 offers a fun afternoon of craft activities. 4-5pm. 732-4828, www. metrolibrary.org. FREE Art a la Carte at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) includes live music, films & a family-friendly art activity. 6:30-8:30pm. 325-3272, www. ou.edu/fjjma. FREE Norman’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art is a monthly celebration of the arts connecting the downtown arts district with galleries, performance halls & Campus Corner. 6-10pm. 360-1162, www.2ndfridaynorman.com. Hugs & Fishes Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium, Jenks) features dinner, drinks & a romantic stroll through the Aquarium. Preregister. See website for full package information. $150+/ couple. 6:30pm. 918-296-FISH, www. okaquarium.org.

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (NW 16th between Classen & Penn) on the second Friday of each month includes art walk, local artists, live music & shopping. 7-11pm. www.plazadistrict.org. OKC Barons vs. Lake Erie Monsters at the Cox Convention Center. $16+. 7pm. 232-GOAL, www.okcbarons.com. Other home games this month: 2/15, 28. Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63) features a buffet dinner & dancing hosted by the museum’s Dining on Persimmon Hill restaurant in the Sam Noble Special Events Center. Museum galleries open. Preregister. $44.99/person. 6-10pm. 478-2250, www. nationalcowboymuseum.org.

FEB 14–15

A River Romance Cruise departs from Exchange Landing on the Oklahoma River & features dessert, fruits & cheeses, champagne & a cash bar. Ages 21+. Preregister. $30/person. 7:30-9pm. 7027755, www.okrivercruises.com.

FEB 14–16

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast presented by Celebrity Attractions at the Civic Center Music Hall is the awardwinning animated film adapted for stage. $20$65. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 10am, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. www. celebrityattractions.com.

FEB 14–23

Much Ado About Nothing presented by Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre & TheatreOCU at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. $30. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 1:30pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30pm. www.cityrep.com.

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$23+ adults, $8 children plus fees. Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. www. chesapeakearena.com.

Baby Bazaar at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang, Mustang). Buy or sell children’s clothing, toys & furniture from birth to 5T. $10/booth rental. 8am-noon. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org.

FEB 16 • SUNDAY

FREE Valentine’s Day at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (7000 Crossroads) features live entertainment. 631-4422, www.plazamayorok.com.

2014 OKC Polar Plunge at White Water Bay (3908 W Reno). Participants jump into a cold body of water to raise funds for Special Olympics. $75 minimum funds raised to participate. 10am. www. sook.org/polar-plunge-oklahoma-city.html. Tornado Alley Roller Girls Roller Derby at the Cox Convention Center. 5:30pm. $12 in advance, $15 at door, children 12 & under FREE. 6pm. www. okcrd.com. Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) for girls ages 4-14 & their dads. Advance ticket purchase required. A portion of proceeds benefit the Moore Public Schools PTA. $12.50/person. 4:30-6pm & 7-8:30pm. 7993276, www.orrfamilyfarm.com. OSU Men’s Basketball at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. See website for ticket information. 1pm. www.okstate.com. Other home games this month: 2/22.

Jenkins-Malone Piano Duo at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond) features Herbert W. Armstrong College music faculty in a two-piano concert. $20-$45. 3pm. 285-1010, www. armstrongauditorium.org.

Just Between Friends Consignment Event at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson, Norman) offers new & gently used children’s clothing, toys, furniture & accessories. Some items discounted Thursday-Saturday. Sunday, noon-9pm; Monday, 10am-9pm; Tuesday-Wednesday, 10am-4pm; Thursday, 10am-4pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-1pm. www. norman.jbfsale.com.

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The Odd Couple presented by Lyric Theatre at the Plaza Theatre (1725 NW 16) tells the story of two unlikely friends who find themselves as roommates. $40. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm. 524-9312, www. lyrictheatreokc.com.

FEB 15–16

Monster Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena features monster trucks including Grave Digger. Pre-show event on 2/16 from 11:30am1pm allows guests to get close & meet the drivers on the racetrack.

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School’s Out Safari Day Camp at the OKC Zoo (2000 Remington) for ages 4-12. Preregister. $30/day. 8am-3pm. 4250218, www.okczooed.com.

FEB 18 • TUESDAY

Tiny Tuesdays at the OKC Museum of Art (415 Couch) features a come-and-go, art-making activity geared towards ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver. FREE with paid admission. 10am-noon. 2363100, www.okcmoa.com.

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FEB 19 • WEDNESDAY FREE Krafty Kids at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard) features crafts for ages 5-10. Preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. 3419282, www.metrolibrary.org.

FEB 21 • FRIDAY

Murder at the Museum at the Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane) is an evening of danger & deceit as participants assume a new identity as they work together to solve a murder mystery. Includes museum admission & catered dinner. Preregister. Adults only. $50/person. 6-9pm. 814-0006, www.museumofosteology.org. FREE Premiere on Film Row on Sheridan between Dewey & Shartel features film screenings, live music, art exhibitions & food trucks. Held the third Friday of every month, 6-9pm. 235-3500, www.facebook. com/filmrowokc.  Friday Fun Night “How About That Cat in the Hat” at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) features games, crafts & dinner for kids ages 5-12 while parents enjoy time for themselves. Preregister. $25 first child, $15 siblings. 6-9pm. 606-7003, www. oklahomachildrenstheatre.org. FREE Movie Night at the MAC (2733 Marilyn Williams, Edmond) features a screening of Free Willy. Drinks & snacks available for purchase, no outside food. 6:30pm. 359-4630, www.edmondparks.com.

FEB 21–22

OKC Philharmonic Pops—The Music of Queen at the Civic Center Music Hall features the classic hits of the rock band Queen. $15+. 8-10pm. 842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org.

FEB 21–23

FREE Annual Friends of the Library Booksale at the State Fairgrounds Oklahoma Expo Hall features books, magazines, audio & videos, most for $1 or less. Cash or check only. Members only presale event on Friday, 5-9pm. SaturdaySunday, 9am-5:30pm. www.mlsfriends.org.

FEB 21–MARCH 16

Ragtime presented by Poteet Theatre (222 NW 15). Based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront what it means to live in America. Rated PG. $25. ThursdaySaturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. 609-1023, www. poteettheatre.com.

FEB 22 • SATURDAY

Art In Flight: Watercolor Painting for Families at the Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) allows families to explore the amazing watercolor paintings of the temporary exhibit, George M. Sutton: Exploring Art & Science, then use their experiences as inspiration for a family art project to take home. Supplies included. Preregister. Fee includes one child & one adult. $15 members/$8 additional person, $25 nonmembers/$12 additional person. 9am-noon. 325-4712, www. samnoblemuseum.org. FREE Bart & Nadia Sports Experience at the Cox Convention Center features sports, fitness & health activities for families. See website for details. 9am-5pm. www.bartandnadiafestival.com. Norman Polar Plunge at Campus Corner in Norman. Participants jump into a cold body of water to raise funds for Special Olympics. $75 minimum donation. 11am. www.sook.org/polar-plunge-norman.html. Runderground 5K at the Cox Convention Center features a run through downtown OKC’s underground tunnels. $25 adults, $15 kids 12 & under, $30 race day. 12:30pm. 552-4040, www.signmeup. com/96964. 5th Annual Tour de Santa Fe 5K & Mile Fun Run at Peppers Ranch (3200 S Western, Guthrie). Part of Edmond Santa Fe High School’s Double Wolf Dare Week benefiting Peppers Ranch & U R Special. Preregister online. $25/5K, $20/Fun Run. 9:30am. www.dwdw.org.

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Mustang Dad & Daughter Dance at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang, Mustang) is a memorable night for dads & their daughters. Photos available for additional fee. $15/couple, $5/ extra daughter. 7-9pm. 376-3411, www. cityofmustang.org.

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OKC Philharmonic Discovery Series—Sports & Music at the Civic Center Music Hall features fight songs, Olympic fanfares, theme music & more. Children’s activities available in the lobby 1-hour prior. $9. 2pm. 842-5387, www. okcphilharmonic.org.

FEB 25 • TUESDAY

25th Annual Invention Exposition at Rose State College is open to students in grades K-12 in public, private or parochial schools. Students compete with their own original inventions. 9am-1:40pm. 367-7385.

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Homeschool Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium, Jenks) provides classroom programs for homeschool guests with accompanying activities in the Aquarium. See website for details & reservation form. Preregister. $7/student ages 3+, $10/adult. 11am for younger students, 2pm for older students. 918-296FISH, www.okaquarium.org.

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FEB 28 • FRIDAY

Spring Concert—Ride for the Brand at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63) features live music against the backdrop of projected photographs by three popular contemporary western photographers & buffet dinner. Preregister. $75 members, $100 nonmembers. Dinner, 5pm; Concert, 7pm. 478-2250, www. nationalcowboymuseum.org. Color EGGsplosion 30th Annual Omelette Party at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (429 E California) features gourmet egg dishes, live music, an art raffle & more to benefit the OKC Museum of Art. Advance ticket required. Ages 21+. $85 members, $100 nonmembers. 7pm-midnight. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com.

FEB 28–MARCH 2

27th Annual Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo at the State Fairgrounds features an outdoor adventure for the entire family. $10 adults, FREE for children 12 & under. Friday, noon-8:30pm; Saturday, 9am-8:30pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. www. backwoodsshow.com. Little Shop of Horrors & Doo Wop Revue at the Sooner Theatre (101 E Main, Norman) features a cast of 7th12th grade students. $10. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org.

MARCH 1 • SATURDAY

Edmond Mothers of Multiples Kids Consignment Sale at Quail Springs United Methodist Church (14617 N Pennsylvania). $1 admission/family. 8am1pm. www.edmondmoms.com. FREE OKC Hot Wheels Association Show at The Crown Center (13300 S Western) features 40+ tables of collectables for sale or trade


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including Hot Wheels cars. Also includes raffles, pizza, downhill races & more. 9am. www.greaterokchotwheels.com. FREE Saturdays for Kids “Torn Paper Landscapes” at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63). Kids ages 4-12 will learn about background, middle ground & foreground by tearing, shredding & stripping colored paper to create a unique layered landscape. Preregister by 2/28. Includes museum admission for child & one accompanying parent. 10am-noon. 478-2250, www. nationalcowboymuseum.org. OSU Women’s Basketball vs. Kansas State at GallagherIba Arena in Stillwater. See website for ticket information. 2pm. www. okstate.com. OU Men’s Basketball vs. Texas at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. See website for ticket information. 3pm. www.soonersports.com. Other home games this month: 3/5. FREE 20th Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Norman is themed “Come Together!—Beatle Mania.” 7pm. www.normanmardigrasparade.com. OKC Barons vs. Rockford Ice Hogs at the Cox Convention Center. $16+. 7pm. 232-GOAL, www.okcbarons. com. Other home games this month: 3/2, 11, 14, 15, 25.

MARCH 2 • SUNDAY OKC Thunder vs. Charlotte Bobcats at Chesapeake Energy Arena. See website for ticket information. 6pm. www.nba.com/thunder. Other home games this month: 3/4, 11, 13, 16, 24, 28, 30.

MARCH 3 • MONDAY FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm. 325-4712, www.snomnh. ou.edu. FREE Seussville at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang, Mustang) features Dr. Seuss themed games, reading & birthday cake to celebrate his birthday. 6:30-8pm. 376-3411, www. cityofmustang.org. OU Women’s Basketball vs. Texas Tech at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. See website for ticket information. 7pm. www.soonersports.com.

MARCH 4 • TUESDAY FREE Open House at Casady School (9500 N Pennsylvania) for students entering the middle division grades 5-8. 6-8pm. 749-3185, www.casady.org.

OSU Men’s Basketball vs. Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. See website for ticket information. 8pm. www. okstate.com. Other home games this month: 3/3. OKC Philharmonic Classics— Mozart & Mahler at the Civic Center Music Hall. $15+. 8-10pm. 842-5387, www. okcphilharmonic.org

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FREE Discovery Room programs at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua, Norman). See website for details. 3254712, www.samnoblemuseum.org.

FREE Storytime with Mr. Steve at Barnes & Noble (540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman) features stories for all ages. Saturdays,11am. 579-8800, www. barnesandnoble.com.

FREE Art Moves weekdays (MondayFriday) in downtown OKC (various locations). Performances, demonstrations, short films & discussions. Noon1pm. 270-4892, www. artscouncilokc.com/artmoves.

FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books (1313 E Danforth, Edmond). Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 3409202, www.bestofbooksedmond.com.

FREE Art Adventures at Norman’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) includes hands-on art fun for children ages 3-5 with adult. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma. FREE Tuesday Noon Concerts at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (55 Elm, Norman) features free noontime concerts performed by OU students & faculty. Tuesdays at noon through April 15. 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma. Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise, Edmond) features a different story each week & a related craft time. FREE with paid admission. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com Cocktails on the Skyline at the OKC Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) with full bar, complimentary chips & salsa & live music on the Roof Terrace. See website for weather cancellations. FREE for members, $5 nonmembers. Thursdays, 5-9pm. 2363100, www.okcmoa.com. FREE Story Time at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23) features stories & a treat. Held the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month. 9am. 528-2122, www. cuppiesandjoe.com. FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, www. fullcirclebooks.com.

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FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) features a new craft each Saturday for ages 3+. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning. com. FREE Skating Lessons at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36) for all skill levels. Saturdays, noon-12:45pm. 6052758, www.skategalaxyokc.com. Drop in Art at the OKC Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features hands-on art activities for all ages. FREE with paid admission. See website for themes/ activities. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com. All-Star Bowling for DifferentlyAbled Individuals at AMF Yukon Lanes (500 E Main). $8/week includes 3 games & shoes. Saturdays, 1pm. Email dbrakefield@yahoo.com to verify schedule. 354-2516. FREE Green Earth Gang for ages 9-13 works on conservation projects at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial). Saturdays, 2-5pm. 755-0676, www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park. FREE Performing Arts at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (7000 Crossroads) features Mariachi bands, singing, dancing and celebrations of Hispanic culture. Sundays, 1-6pm. 6314422, www.plazamayorok.com.


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The Science of Rock n’ Roll at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd) illustrates the art of music composition and careers in the music industry with hands-on activities, musical interactions, instrument displays and more. Exhibit requires additional admission fees. 602-6664, www. sciencemuseumok.org.

THROUGH FEB 16

Chuck Close: Works on Paper at the OKC Museum of Art (415 Couch) features etchings, lithographs, screen prints, woodcuts & other works by contemporary artist Chuck Close. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com.

FREE 100th Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) highlights diverse works of art created by art & art history students from the University of Oklahoma. 325-4938, www.ou.edu/fjjma.

THROUGH MARCH 1

Untamed art exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52) features works by Jennifer Cocoma Hustis exploring the mustang’s plight & behavior through art. 6026664, www.sciencemuseumok.org.

THROUGH MARCH 15

Red Dirt Dinos exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52) features animatronic dinosaurs and interactive components exploring dinosaurs that once roamed Oklahoma. FREE with museum admission. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org.

THROUGH MARCH 16

FREE On Assignment: the Photojournalism of Horace Bristol at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) features photographs of the Great Depression, American West, World War II & more. 325-4938, www.ou.edu/ fjjma.

THROUGH APRIL 5

The Daily Artifact at the GaylordPickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum (1400 Classen) features an exhibit of the artist’s personal challenge to be creative every day for a year. 523-3231, www. oklahomaheritage.com.

THROUGH APRIL 13

Come on Down at the OKC Museum of Art (415 Couch) is a contemporary mural installation that incorporates an assortment of everyday materials that serve to challenge the irony of mass production in America. 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com.

THROUGH APRIL 20

George M. Sutton: Exploring Art & Science at the Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) features 75 watercolor paintings. 325-4712, www. samnoblemuseum.org.

THROUGH MAY 11

Allan Houser & His Students exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63) presents a look at Houser as teacher & mentor. 4782250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org. Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum includes 50 works by the famed American painter & works by his contemporaries. 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

THROUGH AUG 31

Oklahoma Society of Impressionists at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) depicts Oklahoma’s historic landmarks, landscapes & items from Oklahoma heritage. 522-0765, www.okhistory.org.

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THE SLIDES AT THE WATER-ZOO IN CLINTON

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Clinton’s Water-Zoo BY JENNIFER GEARY - METROFAMILY COLUMNIST

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re you looking for something a little out of the ordinary to entertain your family this winter? The Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park in Clinton (1900 Boulevard of Champions, Clinton; 580-323-9966, www. water-zoo.com) should be at the top of your list. Wondering what’s so great about the Water-Zoo? Here are five reasons to visit.


#1: THE SLIDES Remember when you were a kid and it was just so incredibly cool to go to a pool with a slide? The Water-Zoo has several water slides, and these are definitely not the water slides from your childhood— each is their own adventure! Visitors who are 42” or taller can take on the three tallest slides at the park which tower over the other attractions at a height of four stories. Of the three tallest slides, one is a body slide which mostly winds around the inside of the park. The other two slides extend outside the building and require riders to use a tube, or two people can ride together on a double tube. One slide also deposits riders into a tornado bowl where you swirl around and around before reaching the landing pool. These slides were fun for our entire family, all the way down to my four-year-old daughter! If your children are smaller or if the intensity of the big slides isn’t something they are ready for yet, there are several other

slides to enjoy. There is a large slide from the mezzanine level that is slower-paced and not enclosed for riders 36” or taller. The play area on the mezzanine level also has some small slides that your young children shouldn’t find too intimidating. Without a doubt, Water-Zoo slides are a huge hit! #2: THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE If your family has a wide range of ages or interests, you know that finding activities that appeal to everyone in the family can be difficult. The Water-Zoo offers a variety of attractions that every member of your family can enjoy, from grandparents to teens to your littlest toddler! For the youngest children, you’ll want to check out Cub’s Cove. This splash pad area is full of gentle sprayers and the water is only about 6” deep, so it’s great for sitting and splashing. If you’ve got a more active little one, be sure to try the kid-friendly Tiger Slide, too. Children who are at least 36” or taller will want to

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visit the play area on the mezzanine level. Climb, slide, splash and spray, but watch out for the 600-gallon tipping bucket! Older kids will enjoy the slides, of course, but there is also an activity pool they are sure to love. There are basketball goals for a friendly game and plenty of open space for Marco Polo or swimming. The Lazy River and the Wave Pool are attractions that will be a hit with everyone in the family. The Wave Pool has a zero-depth entry that makes it friendly for littles and a great place for adults to sit and let the waves splash over them. Of course, you can always take a tube out a little deeper and ride the waves if you’re feeling adventurous. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, grab a tube and take a ride around the Lazy River. #3: CONVENIENCE Sometimes you start planning a family outing and find that by the time you’ve finished planning and packing all of the extra things you need to do and bring,


Thank you for voting us one of the best "Sports Leagues for Kids"! you’re almost too tired to make the trip! The Water-Zoo has thought of everything to make your trip simple so you can spend time making memories with your family instead of dealing with details. Many of the things you need to remember to bring to most pools have been taken care of for you already by the Water-Zoo. Tubes and life jackets are provided at no extra cost and though they suggest you bring your own towels, they even have those if you forget them.

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March 17-20 / 9 am - Noon March 17-20 / 1 pm - 4 pm $95 per player, per camp Ages 4-16 years

When you arrive at the Water-Zoo, each family member will receive a wrist band. If you want to rent a locker (a $6 charge), this is tied in with your wrist band, so instead of trying to keep track of a key all day, all you have to do is scan your waterproof wristband at the locker bay and your unit will pop open for you.You don’t even have to remember your locker number! After the check-in area, the Water-Zoo is a cashless facility, so for the snack bar or souvenirs you can get Splash Cash put on your wristband. Any money left over at the end of your visit can be refunded or kept on a card for your next visit. The Water-Zoo has a snack bar on site for when you get hungry, but if you want to leave the premises to get something to eat elsewhere, you can do that, too. Outside food and drink are not permitted. The prices for the snack bar are very reasonable and there is a good variety of food from which to choose.

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#4: NOT YOUR EVERYDAY INSIDE ACTIVITY When winter weather hits, it can be hard to keep the kids active (in a good way) while they’re stuck inside. The Water-Zoo

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is the perfect solution to this problem! The temperature inside the park is around 80 degrees in the winter, so even though it may be frosty outside, you’ll be sure to stay toasty inside.Your kids will use up lots of that restless energy as they climb the four flights of stairs for the big slides--and it’s not a bad workout for mom and dad, either! With all of the fun they’ll have at the Water-Zoo you’re going to have worn out passengers for your trip home. #5: MAKING MEMORIES Perhaps the best reason to visit the Water-Zoo is for all the fun family memories you can make there! Family members can enjoy the attractions together and even though everyone will have different favorites, everyone is going to have great time together.You’re going to be hearing about your trip to the Water-Zoo for a long time to come! So what are you waiting for? Check out the Water-Zoo’s website (www.water-zoo. com) for information on pricing and local hotels. [Editor’s Note: Present MetroFamily’s Kids Pass coupon, available at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass, on Mondays or Tuesdays and admission for one child under 42” is only $5.] The Water-Zoo is just a short drive from the Oklahoma City metro. Just head west on I-40 for approximately 118 miles and take exit 65A. Turn right onto Neptune Drive and then look for the signs pointing toward the Boulevard of Champions on your right just after you go under the overpass. Follow the signs and you’ll see it almost immediately on your left. Happy splashing!


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FROM LEFT: CARRIE CHLEBANOWSKI, SERENA HANSON,ALICIA CURRIN-MOORE AND RACHEL JOHNSON

Moms becoming strong together

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sk any mom if her number one priority in her life is her kids, and she will likely say yes. Ask her if she’s able to make time for herself, and she will likely say no. This time of year, getting more physically fit seems to be on everyone’s “To Do” list. However, busy moms know how hard that task actually is. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

In order to help moms strengthen their commitment to getting fit and healthy in 2014, MetroFamily is partnering with the Redbud Classic, Runhers Women’s Club and Red Coyote Running and Fitness to form a health and wellness support group called Strong Together (see p. 6 for more information and how to join). As the first step towards becoming more healthy and active, the Strong Together group will begin an eightweek 5K training program this month. Upon completion of this training program, the team will run in the Redbud Classic 5K on April 6, 2014. The annual Redbud Classic has promoted fitness and family fun since 1983. With a 10k, 5k, 2-mile run/walk and a stroller walk, this race truly offers something for everyone—including biking events for cycling enthusiasts. Due to the wide variety of difficulty levels and emphasis on

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family fitness, the Redbud Classic is a perfect race for the beginning runner—making it the natural fit for the Strong Together group. “The Redbud Classic is thrilled to support the Strong Together group,” says Patty Anthony, Redbud Race Director. “The efforts of these ladies are right in line with the Redbud Classic mission of providing fitness, fun and philanthropy to our community. There is truly something for everyone during Redbud weekend, whether you are serious runner or just starting out. We applaud the Strong Together moms for taking such a positive step towards getting healthy, and we are excited they are making Redbud part of their journey.” Leading the charge will be four local moms who will complete the training program and blog about their experiences each week at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/strong-together. Here are the four moms who will share their training journey online, highlighting all the challenges and successes that come with making a commitment to getting healthy and active. Rachel Johnson is a former Realtor turned stay-at-home mom to three boys, ages 8, 4 and 21 months. “Fitness has always been something ‘I’m planning to do,’” Rachel explains. “But I’ve never made it a priority at all. I have the hectic schedule that comes with having three children and I have plenty of excuses to not exercise. One of my goals

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for 2014 is to make health and exercise a priority and to begin to structure my life to include those things.” Rachel is looking forward to the challenge that the eight-week program will bring and is excited about the chance to train with other moms. “I think anything in life that’s worth doing is so much better when friends are involved. The biggest selling point on doing this is being involved with a community of women who have the same goals regarding fitness as I do and who can encourage me to stay committed. Also, this idea scares me and usually that’s a good indicator that I need to take the leap!” Alicia Currin-Moore is mother to two boys, ages 4 and 6. At age 41, she knows the importance of staying healthy for her kids. As they grow, she wants to be able to keep up with their busy schedule and participate in their activities. Because she is both a full-time mom and a working pro-

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fessional, finding time for herself and exercise has taken the back burner to the other demands of life. “I think that I am a typical mom. I can stand to lose a few pounds, but I never seem to find the time in the day to exercise,” explains this Oklahoma City Public Schools administrator. “I have become comfortable with my size, but I know I could do better for myself and my family.” This will be her first 5k race and she is making it a family project. Her husband, mom and sister are supportive of her and may even participate in some of the training. Serena Hanson is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children ages 7, 10, 11 and 13. In addition to her duties as a mother, she is a Community Faculty Instructor in the School of Social Work at the University of Oklaho-

ma and a Training Director for the Oklahoma Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association. In the past, Serena says keeping motivated with dieting and exercise has been a struggle. “Diabetes and cancer run rampant through my family tree and I want to be an example of health and fitness for my children,” Serena explains. “Not exercising and food are my vice and I need to make a lifestyle change.” Knowing that other moms, like herself, are depending on her to participate and be held accountable is great motivation to make this training process successful. “The accountability and motivation that come from sharing my journey are just what I need to stick with it,” she adds. “For me, this 5K will be the beginning of a journey, not the whole journey.” Carrie Chlebanowski is a teaching assistant for a special needs program at an Edmond elementary school. Carrie has five children, including two that she adopted, ages 9, 11, 12, 13 and 16. Being a mom to two adopted children has been a blessing and also a challenge. “One of our sons has significant struggles because of

his past and parenting him is one of the biggest gifts God has ever given me. But, it isn’t without its toll,” Carrie says. “Many days are emotionally and even physically draining and it is becoming clear that for me to be the best mom I can be for all of my children, I have to focus on me sometimes.” In 2014, Carrie and her husband are striving to live healthier lives and she looks forward to the stress relief that running can bring. “I think there are a lot of moms out there who could use that encouragement—to not forsake themselves when times are difficult. If we aren’t strong, and if we aren’t focused on our own self care, then we run the risk of the whole ship sinking. We are worth the time and the attention. For our family, and for ourselves.”

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And getting fit isn’t the only benefit to running the Redbud Classic. Each year, the Redbud Classic selects a local non-profit organization to serve as the beneficiary organization. The 2014 beneficiary organization is the Anna’s House Foundation (www.annashousefoundation.org), which provides a network of support for families caring for children in foster care. The organization trains and certifies adults to become foster families to the approximately 2,500 children in foster care in Oklahoma county. The need for foster care is so great that Anna’s House is working to build a community of eight foster homes with the sole purpose of keeping children out of shelters and placing siblings together. The proceeds from the Redbud Classic will be used to build additional homes. To learn more about Redbud Classic, visit www.redbud.org. Sign up to join our team at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/fitness and follow along with our moms in their eight-week training process at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/strong-together.

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local shopping

Great Eating with A Good Egg Dining Group RED PRIMESTEAK HOUS E BY BROOKE BARNETT - METROFAMILY EDITOR

PHOTOS COURTESY OF A GOOD EGG DINING GROUP

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Great food and outstanding hospitality are a trademark. Keith Paul says that he and wife Heather always had dreams of owning a restaurant. “The restaurant business is full of excitement and making guests happy puts smiles on our faces,” he explains. Here’s Keith’s guide to great eating with the restaurants that make up A Good Egg Dining Group.

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he mission of A Good Egg Dining Group is to provide “extreme hospitality,” where that patrons “feel the love” in everything from the food to the people who serve it. “It is a part of our being,” Keith explains. “Everyone in our company lives it and breathes it. We genuinely care how we make people feel, from our guests, to each other, to our vendors and investors.”

BEING FOOD PEOPLE Fantastic food and outstanding hospitality are an integral part of the experience at any of Good Egg’s seven metro-area restaurants. And being “food people” who love sharing good food with others, Keith says his restaurants strive to provide an unforgettable meal to fit a variety of tastes and budgets. “Our goal is to continue to provide outstanding food, hospitality and restaurants we can all be proud of,” he says. Keith credits his staff as his greatest source of success. “Heather and I are most proud of our people,” he says. “Providing jobs for 400 people and watching them grow with our company is rewarding on a daily basis.” When asked what he hears most often in his restaurants, Keith’s reply is clear: “Without a doubt, it’s ‘you have the best people working with you,’ and I’ll take it!”

FOOD FOR EVERY TASTE When the Pauls set out on their first venture as restaurateurs, they had no idea that they would eventually own some of the most popular locally-owned restaurants in Oklahoma City. “Cheever’s was our first restaurant.,” Keith reminisces. “We had an opportunity to purchase the business and building 13 years ago. Really, it was a ‘right place at the right time’ kind of deal. We thought we had a few good ideas, so why couldn’t we make a living doing what we love to do?” Since opening Cheevers in 2001, the Pauls have gone on to open Iron Starr BBQ, Red Primesteak, Republic Gastopub, Kitchen No. 324 and two locations of Tucker’s Onion Burgers. In addition, they also offer custom wedding and special event catering through Cheever’s Catering. “We are also slated to open a seafood restaurant late spring of this year,” Keith adds, bringing even more variety to Good Egg Dining Group’s table.

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A GOOD EGG DINING GUIDE

Seeking locally-sourced, fresh ingredients? Kitchen No. 324 (324 N. Robinson) will be right up your alley. The seasonally-inspired menu features hand-crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner options. “Don’t miss hand-brewed coffee and bakery,” Keith adds.

Craving a burger that will knock your socks off? Look no further than the two locations of Tucker’s Onion Burgers (324 NW 23rd Street and 5740 N. Classen) for a truly “Oklahoma” spin on the onion burger, plus fresh-cut french fries and hand-spun shakes using local, premium ingredients.

Or just looking for a special meal out for the whole family? Keith says Iron Starr BBQ (3700 N. Shartel) offers a full range of traditional smoked meats, plus salads, appetizers and deserts sure to please every member of your family.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are Keith’s recommendations for the best Good Egg Dining Group restaurants to suit every taste. •

Seeking a romantic date night to reconnect with your significant other? Keith recommends the contemporary comfort food you’ll find at Cheever’s Café (2409 N Hudson). “The one-of-a-kind, intimate atmosphere is hard to beat,” he says. Looking for a great steak? He says the experience at Red PrimeSteak (504 N. Broadway) is different than any other steakhouse experience in the state. The key he says is the custom rubs and crusts. Want to catch the game over dinner? Head to Republic Gastropub (5830 N. Classen) for a new take on the traditional sports bar. “We feel like we’ve done a good job raising the bar on pub food with gourmet burgers and more,” he explains.

For more information, visit www. goodeggdining.com. Happy dining!

Functionality. Independence.

T. J. Turner OU Freshman Broadcast Journalism Major McCarty Center patient since he was 7-years old

The J. D. McCarty Center in Norman is Oklahoma’s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth age 21. Since 1946, we have been providing the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that our patients need to achieve their highest level of functionality and independence. With that comes the confidence and the self-esteem some of our patients need to pursue their dreams. T. J. Turner is one of those kids. His dream is to work in sports talk radio. Through his own hard work and help from the McCarty Center, T. J. is pursuing his dream.

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THE BEST FAMILY RESOURCES, SHOPPING IDEAS, RESTAURANTS AND MORE

Find what you need here in MetroFamily’s Specialty Guides—and find even more online at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/directories.

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