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May 20, 2013: Celebrating Life, Grieving Loss

The EF-5 tornado that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013 claimed 24 lives and left many more injured. As the community was grieving lives lost, some Oklahoma moms were celebrating the birth of their babies.

Local Foster Kid Camp Needs Your Help

Here at MetroFamily, we believe every kid should have the opportunity to attend summer camp. For youth with special needs or circumstances, Oklahoma City has several non-profit organizations that help provide summer camp experiences at little or no cost. One of these is Church of the Harvest's Harvest Foster Camp.

Explore Outdoors: Q&A with mom & nature expert

Mae Kiggins has worked as a park ranger, research assistant, forest policy intern and environmental sciences academic adviser. Now a mom of two (her son Macen is 5 and her daughter Sydney is 2), Mae blogs about her outdoor experiences with her kids. There’s no one better to shed a little light on the joys of outside adventures. Read her thoughts on the importance of outdoor play then plan to explore an Oklahoma state park.

Texting and Driving Laws Changing in Oklahoma

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 11 teens die every day from texting while driving, but a new Oklahoma law aims to keep drivers of all ages safer on the road. Come November, Oklahoma will join almost every other state in the country in making it illegal to text and drive.

Local Recovery High School Awarded by Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Oklahoma's only nonprofit recovery high school recently received a top honor at the annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits hosts its annual award ceremony to recognize outstanding area nonprofits. Teen Recovery Solutions received a $7,500 gift for winning the youth services category at the award ceremony.

Rainy Day Round Up

Wet weather have you stuck inside? Our website offers endless inspiration for Oklahoma City families looking to have fun inside. Inclement weather offers the perfect opportunity to try a new indoor activity. The Oklahoma City metro is full of great places to play indoors. Here are a few of our top resources for indoor play in the metro area:

Earth Day Facts

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a day to inspire awareness about our natural environment. To celebrate the occasion, the U.S. Census Bureau has put together some facts and figures about our amazing planet. We've listed some insightful household figures below so you can see how you compare to the rest of the nation is terms of sustainability.

Celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is holding free community events to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations and arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

New App Helps Families in Severe Weather

Severe weather season is here and the American Red Cross is urging Oklahoma residents to take steps now to stay safer when severe weather hits. A great way to prepare for bad weather is to download the free Red Cross Tornado app to your phone.

Reader Tips for Preparing for Summer Camp

Rebecca’s mom, Kristen Hatton, has been sending her daughter away to camp since she was just 9 years old. While it wasn’t easy at first to watch her daughter go experience things without her, she said the benefits have been worth it. Kristen and Rebecca answered some questions for MetroFamily readers to help their kids get the most out of the summer camp experience.
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