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Experiences as fantastical as your kids imagination.
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Bizarre creatures. Unique aquatic
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Inspiring Kids to Learn and Explore.Special thanks to Kyle (12 years old) from Moore, Oklahoma whose whimsical drawing of two knights with sawfish sharks as swords was the inspiration for the artwork featured above.
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10PASSPORT TO FUNA new state park program is sure to get your kids excited about exploring nature
guide...goThe ultimate OKC family fun
DIGGING INEverything you need to know to start your own home garden this spring
KIDS PASSDiscounts and coupons exclusively for our readers to top Oklahoma attractions
We reveal the winner and two finalists
in our annual Awesome Mom
6 Motherhood inspiration and advice from our Real Moms archives
8 Editors Picks: Ultimate Outdoor Experiences 22 Mom Humor: By Any Other Name 24 Local Shopping: Green Goodies by Tiffany 30 Calendar of Events
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!
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Hannah SchmittManaging EditorLindsay CuomoCalendar Editor
Heather Davis, Jennifer Sharpe, Heide Brandes and Lindsay Cuomo
Contributing Writers Emily Hart
DESIGN & SALESStacy NoakesArt Director
Callie CollinsMarketing Director Athena Delce, Dana Price &
Jessica MisunSales Kathy AlbertyOffice/Distribution
Shelly SandersonBusiness Development
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METROFAMILY MAGAZINE | MAY 2015
Volume 18, Number 5
MAY REAL MOM CONTESSA BASS WITH HER SONS TITUS AND TOBIAS
WIN A VACATION TO THE GAYLORD TEXAN RESORT ON LAKE GRAPEVINE! ENTER AT
M ay always serves as a reminder of growing up. As the end of the school year nears, kids begin to look forward to graduating to their next grade level and parents are reminded of how quickly their little ones are growing up.
Whether your family is celebrating a big graduation or not, the feeling of change and growth is in the air this month, which offers the perfect reason to slow down and spend time together. Our mission at MetroFamily is to strengthen local families. One way we do that is by guiding families to events and activities where they can spend quality time together.
This month, we deliver serious family fun with our annual Kids Pass. On page 28, youll find coupons to top family attractions in the state. In addition to giving you a calendar chock-full of events and highlighting the new and tried-and-true local attractions every month, were proud to provide families a way to save some money on having fun together.
We hope youll take this months special occasionsgraduations, Mothers Day and Memorial Dayas opportunities to use our Kids Pass to do something fun together. Another great thing about this issue is that it has a heavy focus on exploring the great outdoors, meaning most of the magazine features activities that are completely free!
Whether your kids are graduating kindergarten or college, this issue has something for every age to enjoy. So mark the end of an era this month by celebrating change and looking forward to the future together as a family.
WelcomeFROM OUR EDITORThis month, we guide you to top outdoor experiences, introduce you to some amazing local moms and provide expert tips to start a family garden.
Enter our contests to win big!
Our New Contests: Want to win a summer getaway to the family-
friendly Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas? Were giving away a vacation valued at $740! Enter by June 1.
Were giving two lucky families a chance to see Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure on us. Enter by June 2.
Online Exclusive: Angels Foster Family NetworkLearn about a new local daycare option thats a game-changer for families with foster kids at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/angelsokc.
DOZENS OF OKC
Calendar starts on page
THIS MONTHS COVER:Oklahoman Marlow R. appears on our May cover in a photo by Edmond photographer Emily Hart of Nina & B Photography.
My daughter has an ability to look at life, take whats given to her (good and bad) and really make lemonade out of lemons. As I watch her, it really helps me move past my insecurities and tackle more.
-Tamara Prater, former News9 reporter and April 2013 Real Mom
METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 6 MAY 2015
Were buzzing aboutinspiring moms
BY HANNAH SCHMITTMANAGING EDITOR
We live in such a narcissistic world where we believe the world revolves around us. Motherhood has taught me patience, love and compassion.
-Estela Hernandez, Oklahoma City political advocate andJanuary 2014 Real Mom
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates about four million women give birth annually in the U.S. Whether youre a new mom or seasoned veteran of motherhood, all moms know you can never get enough good advice about parenting. Each month, we highlight outstanding mothers in the Oklahoma City area in our Real Moms of the Metro column. This month, we celebrate Mothers Day by looking back at some of the best advice from our featured moms over the years.
Motherhood is a choice you make every day. To put someone elses happiness ahead of your own, to teach hard lessons, to do the right thing even when youre not sure what the right thing is and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.
-Amy Paulson, adoptive mom from Mustang and March 2014 Real Mom
My advice for other moms is to develop a family vision and mission statement. Live by the guiding principles that you have set for your family and develop relationships with your children. It is not about the stuff, it is about the relationships.
-Rhonda Thomas, founder of Single Parents Support Network and June 2011 Real Mom
It (motherhood) has made me a selfless person and has taught me patience.
-Regina Harris, the winner of our 2014 Awesome Mom Contest
No matter how busy life gets, remember that to little people, your kisses stop pain, your voice defeats monsters and your hugs make the world right again. Parenting is difficult. Take it seriously and have fun! You know all those things youve always wanted to do? Go do them!
-Melesa Eckstein, founder of Artsy Learning Center in Norman and August 2014 Real Mom
Say I love you as often as you can. It will never be enough. Make time, even when it feels like you have so little of it.
-KJ Kindler, University of Oklahoma gymnastics coach and July 2014 Real Mom
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Tickets go on sale May 1 for a cant-miss live show perfect for ages 2-8. CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure will be presented one day only at Oklahoma Citys Civic Center Music Hall. The musical is presented in front of an impressive LED video wall to combine live stage performance with scenes from the