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  • See our calendar for 231 SPOOKtacular events!

    OCTOBER 2015

    OLD-FASHIONEDFALL FUN

    7 superb autumn experiences

    LABOR OFLOVE

    The work of child welfare workers

    HAPPY CAMPERS

    Great spots to camp with kids

    LASTING LEGACY

    Oklahomas first infant

    organ donor

    on page 48

    PartyGuide

    Find 39in our annualGreat Ideas

  • Trunk Treatsaturday october 24th

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  • 16LABOR OF LOVEDiscover the people who are working to improve child welfare in Oklahoma.

    guide...goThe ultimate OKC family fun

    52REAL MOM Get to know the mom who pioneered infant organ donation in Oklahoma.

    42COOL CAMPOUTSPlan a fall family camping trip at one of these prime spots to pitch your tent.

    Hay rides, campfires and pumpkin patches,

    oh my! Top spots for old-fashioned fall fun.

    10

    6 Family Favorites Nominations 8 Editors Picks: Top Spots for Watching Football 22 Mom Humor: Cleaning House 24 Calendar of Events 48 Party Guide

    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 405-818-5025 or email sarah@metrofamilymagazine.com.

    EDITORIALSarah TaylorPublisher

    Hannah SchmittManaging EditorLindsay CuomoCalendar Editor

    Heather Davis, Jennifer Sharpe, Mae Kiggins, Lindsay Cuomo and

    Erin PageContributing Writers Emily Hart and Mark Doescher

    Contributing Photographers

    DESIGN & SALESStacy NoakesArt Director

    Callie CollinsMarketing Director Athena Delce, Dana Price &

    Jessica MisunSales Kathy AlbertyOffice/Distribution

    Shelly SandersonBusiness Development

    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. New Address: 318 NW 13th St Ste 101

    OKC OK 73103

    Phone: 405-818-5025 Fax: 405-445-7509

    info@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Inprint Publishing, Inc. 2015, All Rights Reserved.

    METROFAMILY MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2015

    Volume 18, Number 10

  • THIS MONTH, WERE GIVING AWAY TONS OF BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES FROM INCREDIBLE LOCAL VENUES!

    October brings so much to celebrate! This issue reveals endless ways to have fall fun and celebrate the season with top spots for old-fashioned autumn activities (page 10), great places for camping (page 42) and dozens of Halloween events (page 25).

    But this month also marks a serious occasion that hits home with many Oklahoma families. October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

    Every day, 13 babies in the U.S. will be lost to SIDS and other unexpected infant deaths. Oklahoma has the seventh highest infant mortality rate in the country and two central Oklahoma families experience the loss of an infant every day.

    This awareness month offers an opportunity for families to become more aware of safe sleep practices that could prevent infant death and show sensitivity and understanding to families that have lost children through miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.

    We have a special feature on page 38 to mark the

    awareness month. A brave local mom shares her story of loss and hope that we know will encourage other parents whether youve experienced loss or not.

    We also have a special online-only feature about safe sleep practices you can find at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/safe-sleep.

    So as you fill your calendar with fall celebrations and trick-or-treat events, take a moment this month to read about ways to keep your own baby safe and reach out to someone whos experienced infant loss.

    Hannah SchmittEditor

    WOW!

    WelcomeFROM OUR EDITORThis month, we send you on old-fashioned fall adventures, give you tips for a family campout and guide you to the best party destinations in OKC.

    Enter our contests to win big!

    Birthday Party Giveaway: Were giving away eighteen birthday party packages! See page 58 for details. Enter by Nov. 1.

    OKC Philharmonic Kids Club Giveaway: Win OKC Philharmonic Kids Club memberships for kids. Enter by Oct. 30.

    Museum of Osteology Giveaway: Enter to win a family membership for four and a $50 museum gift certificate. Enter by Oct. 22.

    Elevation Trampoline Park: Win a two-hour jump session and pizza and drinks for winner and three friends. For kids 7 and up. Enter by Oct. 15.

    Find more and enter at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.

    CELEBRATE

    FALL WITH

    HUNDREDS OF

    METRO EVENTS

    Calendar starts on page

    24 PHOTO TAKEN BY EMILY HART WWW.NINAANDBPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

    THIS MONTHS COVER:OKC metro kids Maggie M. and Brooks G. modeled for our cover shoot in DIY costumes. Turn the page to learn more about making the costumes yourself for Halloween.

    Cover shoot styled by Natalie Ann Spencer, owner of Freckles Creative Studio. Find her at www.natalieannspencer.com

  • BY HANNAH SCHMITTMANAGING EDITOR

    METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 6 OCTOBER 2015

    family buzz

    Were buzzing aboutFamily Favorites

    I f anyones ever known the truth behind the saying laugh to keep from crying, its parents. Somewhere between trying to figure out infants and struggling through raising teenagers, parents have to find humor in the challenge.

    Oklahoma City dad Ben Flint knows two things well: parenting and comedy. He combines the best of both in his upcoming comedy show, Sick and Tired: Stand-up Comedy by Parents for Parents. The goal of the event is to provide an affordable date night thats truly worth the babysitters fare.

    Every time I asked parents about what they wanted in a comedy show, I heard the same three things: they want it smoke-free, they dont want to be out too late and they dont want to hear the f-bomb every 10 seconds, he said. So this is what Ive come up with.

    Fellow comedians Brett James, Bradchad Porter, Steve Wampus Reynolds, Jenny

    Godwin and Brian Stephens will join Flint on this show, which is the third one hes produced.

    Flint is a 40-year-old father of three and was featured in our 2015 Awesome Dads of the Metro article in June.

    When he moved to Oklahoma City in 2003, Flint got married and tossed his comedy material. Nine years later, his wife encouraged him to get back on stage with all the material he naturally accumulated over his time as a family man. Hes since performed weekly in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and traveled to Las Vegas recently to participate in the World Series of Comedy.

    The show will be hosted at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) on Oct. 17 at Bistro 46 (2501 N.E. 23rd St.). The 90-minute show is smoke-free and features a full bar. Must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets are available in advance for $14 or two for $25 at Ticketstorm.com. Purchase them at the door for $18. For more details, email Ben at realBenFlint@gmail.com.

    Enter to win tickets to the show by Oct. 8 by visiting www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.

    NO KIDS ALLOWED Comedy for Parents by Parents in OKC

    Were thrilled to announce nominations open this month for our 2016 Family Favorites awards! We take pride in providing this annual opportunity to reward local businesses for their service to Oklahoma City families. Each fall, our readers nominate their favorite area shops, physicians, services and facilities. In November, well open voting for the top-nominated finalists to

    determine the winners.

    FAMILYFAVORITES

    The nomination period starts Oct. 15. Head to www.metrofamilymagazine.com/family-favorites-contest to let us know about your favorite local businesses. There are more than 80 categories including gyms, salons, attractions, retail shops, restaurants, car dealerships and more.

  • METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 7 OCTOBER 2015

    Make the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    costume on our cover!Local mom Ashley Greene made the adorable costume on our cover. The easy-to-create costume requires just a handful of supplies and is great for girls, boys and even two siblings. Weve provided her step-by-step instructions at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/costume.

    COVER SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHED BY EMILY HART OF NINA & B PHOTOGRAPHY (WWW.NINAANDBPHOTOGRAPHY.COM) AND STYLED BY NATALIE ANN SPENCER,

    OWNER OF FRECKLES CREATIVE STUDIO (WWW.NATALIEANNSPENCER.COM).

  • METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 8 OCTOBER 2015

    Editors Picks: Best Places to Watch FootballFor many, its just not fall without football. Whether youre the worlds biggest sports fan or you like the season just for the concessions and the marching band, there are tons of opportunities for you to soak up some Friday night lights or weekend college and pro ball games in the Oklahoma City metro. Weve rounded up our best local venues for watching live football and some family-friendly places where you can watch televised games on the big screen.

    Jelsma Stadium200 E. Harrison, Guthrie

    Upcoming home games: 7 p.m. Oct. 9, 23 and Nov. 6.

    Why We Love It: Perhaps one of the greatest local football experiences happens at Guth