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MetroFamily's May 2011 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.

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  • May 2011

    MaryFallinOklahomas fi rst femalegovernor on family, faith and politics

    Plan your summer fun now!100s of easy

    travel ideas in Exploring Oklahoma

    with Children

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    Family fun:Over 135 fairs & festivals to enjoy this year!

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    Whatsupatmetrofamilymagazine.com

    1WheredoOklahomaCityareaparentsclick for all the family news in the area? Its our NEW and IMPROVED website, your one source for all things important to your family! Check out the new look and all the convenient features, including a fully-searchable,customizablecalendar; comprehensivedirectoriesforfamilyresources such as private schools, summer camps and more; fun contests; valuable coupons; and helpful parenting content and resources. Check it out every day at metrofamilymagazine.com.

    2You love it and we love bringing it to you.... Our annual, award-winning ExploringOklahomawithChildrentravelguidehas been made a part of this issue as a pull and save publication to keep all year. This issues focuses on all things creative, helping you and your family have fun exploring the visual arts, music, festivals and hands-on fun at venues across the state. Plus, save hundreds of dollars by using KidsPasscoupons at the attractions and businesses you love to visit. More Exploring Oklahoma information can be on our online calendar and at metrofamilymagazine.com/exploring-oklahoma. Happy trails!

    3Nows the time to sign up for our soon-to-launch MotherLodedealsprogram. This project will offer subscribers the opportunity to buy the local family products and services you love or want to love at 50% discounts and more! Subscribe today and you wont miss a single deal! metrofamilymagazine.com/mother-lode.

    4Check out our exclusivewebcontent this month, including a list of Farmers Markets, an article Making Time for Family by Dr. Susan Bartell, a weekend trip itenerary to nearby Frisco, Texas and a timely series about youth and alchohol, written by a local drug and alcohol counselor. Youll also find thoughtful and informative posts by all of our bloggers, including new blogger, Courtenay Sobral of Norman, who posts about all things FREE (or almost FREE) in her blog appropriately titled FREEforOKCFamilies(metrofamilymagazine.com/free-for-okc-families).

    5Join the MetroFamily community by liking us on Facebook (facebook.com/metrofamily), following us on Twitter (twitter.com/metrofamily) and subscribing to our weeklyE-Update, your family weekend planner (metrofamilymagazine.com/subscribe-to-e-update).

    6MetroFamilyrecentlywonthreeawards at the Parenting Publications of America conference in Washington DC. Congratulations to Assistant Editor Brooke Barnett for winning a bronze award for her story Plugged In Families (August, 2010) and to Art Director Mitzi Massie for winning a bronze award for the design of our April, 2010 cover. And for the second year in a row, MetroFamily received the gold award for General Excellence for the Exploring Oklahoma with Children travel guide. The MetroFamily staff continues to strive for excellence in all the content and projects brought to our readers. We appreciate your support and welcome your comments about ways we can improve. Have ideas for us? Please send them to info@metrofamilymagazine.com.

    You could win big!

    Signuptobeeligibleforthesegreatprizesat

    metrofamilymagazine.com/contests One-year family membership at ScienceMuseumOklahoma plus an upgrade to membership to all five OklahomaMuseumNetworkmuseums and other products, valued at $215. Deadline May 20.

    Our monthly FSGiveaway, featuring helpful family products that youll read about in this issue, valued over $450. Deadline May 19.

    Be eligible to win oneofeightfamilyfour-packs to see all 10 summer fun movies shown weekdays (one each week) at Harkins Theatre Bricktown. Deadline May 21.

    In honor of Bike Safety Month and thanks to the generosity of Schwinn, were giving away a bikesafetypackage, valued at $100. Deadline May 31.

    You can win a 3MShootNSharecamera/projector, valued at $300! Have your child create a mosaic of your familys favorite Oklahoma travel destination (as described on page E7), then upload a photo of the project to enter. Deadline July 1.

    Be eligible to win oneofthreegreatfamilytrips (weekend trip to Tulsa or Oklahoma City or $500 in vouchers to an Oklahoma State Park lodge or cabin). Deadline July 1.

    You can save big!

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    Receive $5 off any ceramic or craft purchases totaling $20 or more at Unpluggits, 575 Enterprise Drive, Edmond.

  • May201121 Calendar

    Dozens of events and activities for family fun and enrichment.

    6 DearMetroFamilyEditors Note

    12 FamilyFinancesWomen and retirement savings: how to beat the odds.

    8 FamilyShortsCommunity news and parenting resources.

    20 FocusonEducationLearn how the Achieving Classroom Excellence legislation can impact your students.

    E16 OklahomaReads Book reviews for all ages and interests.

    31 PhotoGalleryOur readers share their mother/child photos in honor of Mothers Day.

    18 RealMomsoftheMetroMeet Kara-Kae James, mom and local blogger.

    E8 YourHealthyFamilyTicks, mosquitos and insect spray: protecting your family from these summertime bug-a-boos.

    May 2011 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 5

    14 OklahomaGovernorMaryFallin talks faith, family and her role as the rst female Governor of the state.

    On our cover: Governor Mary Fallin. See feature about Governor Fallin on page 14.Cover photography by Randall Green www.randallgreenimages.com

    Yourfamilyssummertravelplannerishere!

    Find it after page 16 and save it for

    use all year.

    Also included is the money-saving KidsPassincluding

    coupons to over 30 Oklahoma attractions.

    plannerishere!

    money-saving KidsPass

    Special 2011 Travel Guide

    Kids Pass:Save hundreds with

    valuable coupons to

    attractions around

    the state

    Over 100 Oklahoma

    festivals perfect for family fun

    The BEST places to get

    creativewith your kids in Oklahoma

    Visual arts

    Music history

    Hands-on FUN!

    Plus: Meet the wickedly talented

    Kristin Chenoweth

    A special

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    InfoandQuestions: 405-601-2081Tosubmiteventstoourcalendar calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    PublisherSarah L. Taylor

    sarah@metrofamilymagazine.com

    EditorMari M. Farthing

    editor@metrofamilymagazine.com

    artDirectorMitzi Massie

    mitzi@metrofamilymagazine.com

    advertisingSalesAthena Delce, Dana Price &

    Amy Lou Tuzickaads@metrofamilymagazine.com

    OfficeandDistributionManagerKathy Alberty

    kathy@metrofamilymagazine.com

    assistantEditorBrooke Barnett

    brooke@metrofamilymagazine.com

    BusinessDevelopmentKathryne Taylor

    kathryne@metrofamilymagazine.com

    CalendarEditorSara Riester

    calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    SpecialProjectsassistantTerri Fields

    ContributingWritersBrooke Barnett, Julie Dill, Shannon Fields,

    Karen Mitchell, Sue Lynn Sasser, Danielle Walker

    Circulation35,000 OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, YukonAlsoavailableasadigitaleditionat

    metrofamilymagazine.com.

    Articles and advertisements in MetroFamily do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine or I