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MetroFamily's March 2012 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.

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  • March 2012

    metrofamilymagazine.com

    Family

    Fun It's serious

    businessDozens of practical

    tips to increase your family's fun factor

    Spring Break Camps & Activities

    +181 events to enjoy in our

    calendar

    AttendMetroFamily's

    held March 24!See page 31 for details.

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    Clickwhats new at metrofamilymagazine.com

    Join the MetroFamily community of active local parents at

    You could WIN big!Sign up to be eligible for these great prizes at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.Winoneoftwofamilyfour-packsofticketstoSesame Street Live: Elmo Makes MusicscheduledfortheCoxCenterfromMarch16-18.DeadlineisMarch8.

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    OurFebruary Giveaway featuresmanyfantasticfamily-andkid-friendlyproducts.Valueisover$250.DeadlineisMarch22.

    TheFamily Game Night Giveaway #2($121value)continuesthroughMarch15.

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    PLUS,saveatover30OklahomaattractionswithKids Pass, downloadableatwww.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass!

    CALENDAR DIRECTORIES BLOGS CONTESTS MOTHER LODE

    We're now on Pinterest! Top picks on our website this month

    SpringBreakCampGuide

    SpringBreakActivitiesGuide

    EasterFunGuide

    NEWSimpleSciencecolumnprovideshands-onexperimentstomakesciencefun!

    ANDMORE!Therearehundredsofreasonstovisitoursitedaily!

    Followusatpinterest.com/metrofamilyandyoulllearnaboutthebestOKCfamilyfunideas,easyExploringOklahomatrips,andfamily-friendlyrecipesandcrafts.

    Whatafunwaytouseandshareourrelevant,localcontentwithyourPinterestfriends.

    Mark your calendar now for MetroFamilys Kids Fest scheduled for Saturday, March 24th from 10am-4pm. WhatafabulouswaytocelebratetheendofSpringBreak!Findallthedetailsonpages31-38andfindacouponandmoreinfoonwww.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-fest.Wellseeyouthere!

    Getyourhighlightersready,parents....OurpopularguidetosummercampsandactivitiesguideprintsinourAprilissue.

    Andifyourbusiness,churchornonprofithostsasummercampforanyage,besureyouareincludedbyinquiringbyMarch16th.Contactourofficeviainfo@metrofamilymagazine.comor405-601-2081.

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    6 Dear MetroFamilyEditorsNote.

    8 Family ShortsCommunitynews,resources&otherfamily-friendlyinformation.

    18 Real Moms of the MetroMeetMorganHarris:momandentrepreneur.

    20 Oklahoma ReadsGreatreadsforall.

    22 Exploring Oklahoma FamilyfunontheOklahomaRiver.

    24 Ask the Expert Howtohandlealyingchild.

    28 Question of the MonthWhatdoesyourfamilydoforfun?

    30 Problem Solving Products39 Character Corner

    Encouragingorderliness.

    40 Focus on EducationHavingfunwithlearning.

    48 Your Healthy FamilyGettingfitasafamily.

    51 CalendarFunevents,activitiesandclasses.

    62 Photo Gallery Ourreaderssharetheirfavoritefamilyfunphotos.

    Springbreakisrightaroundthecorner.Didyoumakeplans?FindourSpringBreakGuidehere!

    ON OUR COVER: On the cover: Leacie, age 7, is the daughter of Jason and Christa Pratt of Tuttle. She is a homeschool student in the second grade. PHOTO BY: Kathryne Taylor

    ContentsMarch 2012

    LearnaboutCitizensCaringforChildrenlocalcharityand2012RedbudClassicbeneficiary.

    26

    4246

    Why its important to boost your family's fun quotient.

    FindthedetailsaboutKidsFest(March24th),includingwhatyoucando,seeandexperience!31

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    Info And Questions:405-601-2081To submit events to our calendarcalendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Publisher SarahL.Taylor

    sarah@metrofamilymagazine.com

    EditorMariM.Farthing

    editor@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Art DirectorKathryneTaylor

    kathryne@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Advertising SalesAthenaDelceDanaPrice

    ads@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Office and Distribution ManagerKathyAlberty

    kathy@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Assistant Editor & Online Content ManagerBrookeBarnett

    brooke@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Calendar EditorSaraRiester

    calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Special Projects AssistantTerriFields

    InternsJanettaBridges,RoxanneNguyen,AlexandraBryan

    Contributing WritersBrookeBarnett,LanceEvans,ShannonFields,SarahHolmes,KristenHoyt,MaliaJacobson,

    KarenMitchell,T.DarleneThompson

    Circulation35,000OKC,Edmond,NicholsHills,Norman,Moore,MidwestCity,YukonAlso available as a digital edition at

    MetroFamilyMagazine.com.ArticlesandadvertisementsinMetroFamilydonot

    necessarilyreflecttheopinionsofthemagazineorInprintPublishing,Inc.Wedonotassumeresponsibilityfor

    statementsmadebyadvertisersoreditorialcontributors.TheacceptanceofadvertisingbyMetroFamilydoesnotconstituteanendorsementoftheproducts,services,orinformation.Wedonotknowinglypresentanyproductorservicewhichis

    fraudulentormisleadinginnature.

    MetroFamily Magazine is published monthly byInprintPublishing,Inc.

    725NW11th,Suite204OklahomaCity,OK73103Fax:405-445-7509

    E-mail:info@metrofamilymagazine.com

    InprintPublishing,Inc.2012,AllRightsReserved.Volume15,Number3

    Photos, from top: TonyandIarerockingitlikeitwas1992!Anditwas.SpencerandLaurentookadvantageoftheunseasonablywarmweatherbyplayingatAndrewsParkinNorman.FindmoregreatlocalparksonthismonthsTop10list(page12).

    DearMetroFamily,

    Lifepassessoquickly,doesntit?Itsbeen20yearssinceImetmyhusbandourfirstdatewasonLeapDay(February29)in1992,andweweremarriedafewshortmonthslater.Itseemsalifetimeago!And,really,itwas;thelifeofouryoungerselves,beforewewereparents.Thismilestoneismakingmethinkbackabouttheeventsandlessonsthathavebeenapartofmylife.

    Whatthesepast20yearshavetaughtmeistheimportanceofspendingtimetogetherasafamilyandmakingthemostofthattimethatwedohavetogether,whichseemstobeevermorerare.Havingfuninthesmallest,mostordinarymomentshelpstodrawustogetherandkeepusclose.Andthismonth,youllfindafeatureabouttheimportanceoffamilyfun.Theexpertsagreehavingfuntogetherasafamilyresultsinhealthydevelopmentandcreatesaclose-knitbond.

    Mychallengeforyouthismonthistofindawaytohavefuninallthatyoudo,whetheryoureworkingorplaying.Thereisnoshortageoffamilyfuninourissuethismonthandalsoonourwebsite(www.metrofamilymagazine.com).AnddontforgetthefamilyfunavailableatourownKidsFestonMarch24!

    Cheers,

    P.S. Visit metrofamilymagazine.com/mari to read my blog, Keeping it Real, about my personal adventures in the ups and downs of parenting.

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    Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Mari Farthing

    Food Pantry to Benefit Moore TeensBy T. Darlene Thompson

    Thereareanestimated100studentsatMooreHighSchoolwhoareeitherchronicallyhungryordonotgetenoughfoodtomeetnutritionalneeds.TheMooreHighSchoolAlumniAssociationhasjoinedforceswithMooreHighSchooltolaunchafoodpantrycalledTheLionsDentohelpmeetthisneed.

    Thisnon-profitfoodpantrybeganprovidingfoodforjuniorhighandhighschoolstudentsinneedinJanuary2012.Ourgoalistoreachouttokidsincrisis,saidJudyBradley,presidentoftheAlumniAssociation.Everystudentwhoisreferredtothefoodpantryreceiveshelp.

    TheLionsDenisoperatedbyagroupofvolunteerhighschoolseniors,whogatheronceperweektopre-packagesacksoffoodaccordingtothenutritionalguidelinesofferedbytheRegionalFoodBank.EachFriday,studentsinneedcancomebytheLionsDenandreceiveasackoffoodtotakehome.

    TheLionsDenhasreceivedgrantfundingthrough2012.Familiesandinterestedindividualscanhelpthisprojecttocontinueintofutureschoolyearsbydonatingfood,cashorbyvolunteeringtheirtime.Youcandonatefundsatwww.moorealumni.comordropoffnon-perishablefooditemsatMooreHighSchool.

    Formoreinformation,visitwww.moorealumni.comorwww.facebook.com/MooreAlumni.

    Child Abuse Prevention Month Seeks Community InvolvementSmall,positiveactionscanmakeadifferenceinthelifeofachild.AprilisChildAbusePreventionMonthandtheOklahomaStateDepartmentofHealth(OSDH)encouragesustotakeactiontoraisesafe,healthy,resilientchildren.

    TheOSDHsFamilySupportandPreventionServiceofficeoffersthefollowingtips:

    Helpyourchildrenfeellovedandsecure,evenwhentheydosomethingwrong.

    Encourageyourchildrenbypraisingtheirachievements,talentsandefforts.Recognizetheskillstheyarelearning.

    Spendtimewithyourchildrendoingthingsthatyoubothenjoy.

    Learnhowtousenonphysicaloptionsfordisciplinethatareappropriateforyourchildsageanddevelopment,and/orredirectyourchildsattentionbyofferingpositivechoices,andusetimeoutasanageappropriatedisciplinemethod.

    Seekhelpifyouneedit.Sometimesspecialcircumstanceslikeunemploymentorachildwithspecialneeds,canaddstresstothefamily.

    TheOSDHalsoencouragesyoutogetinvolvedinpreventingchildabuseinthecommunityby:

    AttendingChildAbusePreventionDayattheOklahomaStateCapitolonTuesday,April3.

    ParticipatingintheBuildaBlueRibbonTreeforKidscampaign.Theblueribbonistheinternationalsignforchildabusepreventionandservesasareminderofourresponsibilitytoprotectchildren.Findahighlyvisiblespottoplaceablueribbontreeandaddablueribbontoshowsupport.

    Gettinginvo