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  • Celebratewith us!(See p. 44)

    Come

    Family Favorites

    2015Meet Your

    See our calendar for 134 fabulous events!

    FEBRUARY 2015

    TEAM ROBERTS:The touching story

    of an Edmondstudents tragedy

    overcome by familyand football

    STRIKE UPTHE BAND:

    Find great music programs for

    your kids

    FIND UNIQUE DATE SPOTS

    FOR A SPECIAL VALENTINES DAY

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  • 16SARAH ROBERTSYouve seen this Real Mom on television but now you can get her take on her unique family.

    20 38

    guide...goThe ultimate OKC family fun

    NEXT STOP SALLISAW Discover the perfect winter road trip combining the best history and wildlife in the state.

    LOCAL SHOPPINGEnjoy the ultimate Okie shopping experience at Blue Seven.

    See how music education is enriching

    the lives of local youth and find out how to get your own kids involved.

    10

    7 Editors Picks: Off-the-beaten-path date night ideas

    8 Learn more about our Strong Together team 24 Calendar of Events 42 Mom Humor: Snow Days 44 Meet your Family Favorites: Introducing the

    winners and finalists you chose to be named the best in the metro

    52 The state of OKCs after-school activities

    PLUS... DONT MISS ALL THIS

    HAVE A STORYOR 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.

    EDITORIALSarah TaylorPublisher

    Hannah SchmittManaging EditorLindsay CuomoCalendar Editor

    Mark Smith, Heather Davis, Jen-nifer Geary, Jennifer Sharpe and

    Lindsay CuomoContributing Writers Steffanie Halley and Emily Hart

    Contributing Photographers

    DESIGN & SALESStacy NoakesArt Director

    Callie CollinsMarketing Director Athena Delce & Dana PriceSales Kathy AlbertyOffice/Distribution

    Circulation - 35,000 Also available as a digital edition at

    www.metrofamilymagazine.com

    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. 725 NW 11th, Suite 204

    OKC, OK 73103 Office: 405-601-2081

    Fax: 405-445-7509 info@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Inprint Publishing, Inc. 2015, All Rights Reserved.

    METROFAMILY MAGAZINE | FEBRUARY 2015

    Volume 18, Number 2

    YOUTH ORCHESTRA

  • NOMINATOR TIFFANY WHITEFIELD AND HER AUNT, REGINA HARRIS, WHO WON OUR 2014 AWESOME MOM CONTEST. OUR 2015 CONTEST RUNS THIS MONTH.

    A publication is only as good as its readers and I believe MetroFamily has the best ones. You are smart and inquisitive and you certainly care deeply about making OKC an even better place to raise your family.

    You share your stories with us on Facebook, you let us know when were wrong about something and you celebrate the best parts of Oklahoma City right along with us.

    I cant thank you enough for walking alongside us, but this month I will try. Our annual Family Favorites contest is our way of giving back to you. In our effort to highlight top family establishments, the list of Family Favorites points parents to the top businesses and services available in the metro. If a business is named a Family Favorite, that means its been used and approved by local families.

    To launch the contest, we asked our readers to tell us the OKC businesses and services they believe are top notch. We received 40,859 votes for everything from nail salons and fitness centers to birthday party venues and family doctors.

    The businesses cant pay to be on the list. They earn the

    recognition because they work tirelessly to serve locals. MetroFamilys staff has worked tirelessly to tally the votes and are proud to now announce who YOU, our readers, chose as the best businesses and services in the metro area. We hope youll use the list all year long to make decisions about where to spend your time and money.

    Beyond our Family Favorites contest, we get behind the scenes of top local shops with our Local Shopping column. Businesses cant pay to be highlighted there, either. The featured shops and restaurants are carefully selected for their service to families. See this months feature about Blue Seven on page 36 and find more at bit.ly/Local_Shopping.

    Hannah Schmitt Editor

    WOW!

    WelcomeFROM OUR EDITORThis month, we highlight the best businesses in OKC, introduce you to an Edmond mom making headlines and uncover the benefits of music lessons for kids.

    Enter our contests to win big!

    Enter our February giveaways at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contestsNominate an Awesome MomWere giving you a chance to nominate a local mom to be featured in our Real Moms of the Metro column in May! Nominate someone special and the winning mom and nominator will both be awarded weekend trips to The Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa in Sulphur. Enter by Feb. 28.

    Online Exclusives: Oklahoma City University Elementary Education ProgramLearn about the new OCU program that can get anyone with a bachelors degree certified to be an elementary school teacher in just 30 hours of coursework. Visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ocu-education/ to learn more.

    Q&A with Dr. SchiermeyerINTEGRIS OB/GYN Robert Schiermeyer, D.O., answers tough questions from readers about pregnancy and delivery. Find his Q&A and other tips for women revealed later this month at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/integris.

    CELEBRATE

    FAMILY LOVE THIS

    FEBRUARY AT

    AN OKC EVENT

    CALENDAR ON PAGE 2

    4

    THIS MONTHS COVER:

    Photo: Emily Hart,www.ninaandbphotography.com

    Kadence W., age 5, is one of our 2015 Cover Kids winners. She is the daughter of Crystal and Jeremy W. Her favorite activities are swimming and dancing.

    Kadence is wearing an outfit provided by Macys Quail Springs. Special thanks to the local department store for providing outfits to our Cover Kids winners.

  • METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 6 FEBRUARY 2015

    family buzz

    RESOURCES TO ADD TO YOUR FAMILY FUN QUOTIENT

    Its all about family fun!

    This month, were buzzing about after-school

    activities in OKC, some unique date destinations

    for February and our upcoming Strong Together

    fitness initiative.

    A recent study about after-school programs found that while Oklahoma City is home to many quality programs for children, there arent nearly enough after-school options for the number of kids who need them.

    On page 52, writer Lindsay Cuomo dives into the study, chats with local experts and discov-ers how metro businesses are looking to fill the after-school gaps. We asked our Facebook fans how their kids spend the time between 3 and 6 p.m. Here are some responses:

    Desiree S.: Depends on the day. My daugh-ter has rowing on Mondays and Tuesdays and dance on Wednesdays and Fridays. My son has swim Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are busy, busy.

    Joy S.: My kids go to a wonderful after-school program at the Tinker School Age Pro-gram on Tinker Air Force Base. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. It features a Choice System that allows youth to pick which classrooms they want to play in. Great staff and programming!

    Leesa C.: Snack is their priority! We also do tutoring, homework, Zumba at the Y, play, read, walk the dog, chores and/or occasionally nap or have some tv time.

    Dan R.: The kids go to the after-school program at their school. However, the word program is one I use loosely. Its just them sitting around the cafeteria, having a snack and/or playground until we pick them up. Both of mine are at the same place so it works for us, but I wish it was more enriching.

    Judy H.: Three days of the week he goes to grandmas house and eats a snack and does homework. The other two days he attends an after-care program.

    Tara W.: I work from home, but would love my daughter to participate in an after-school program thats not too expensive where she can have and enjoy fun activities as well.

    BY HANNAH SCHMITT - MANAGING EDITOR

    What are your kids doing after school?

  • ROCKTOWN CLIMBING GYM

    METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 7 FEBRUARY 2015

    Editors Picks: Off-the-Beat-en-Path Date Night Ideas

    I t might be tough to swing a date on Valentines Day, when restaurants are packed and babysitters are hard to come by. But dont rule out a February date just yet. Here are some unique ways to spend quality time with your love this month.

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