NORMAN — Norman kids and their parents slurped down frozen yogurt and gobbled up pizza while running around, playing games and flipping through KIDS magazine at Andy Alligators on Thursday night.
Perhaps not your typical uptight, swanky magazine launch party, but the perfect fit for The Norman Transcript’s newest publication “KIDS,” a bi-annual magazine focused on Norman kids that’s brimming with creative ideas for the whole family, as well as informational articles for parents. Besides free food, dessert and games, launch party attendees also enjoyed a photo booth with masks, hats and more as props.
Rebekah Collins, Norman Transcript senior advertising account manager and the force behind the new magazine, said she is happy to finally have her dreams realized.
A parent of two boys, Collins said she hoped the magazine would be read by both parents and children.
“My vision was an interactive magazine using social media so that parents can be part of the dialogue, such as submitting jokes their children have told or asking doctors questions,” she said. “I really believe there is something for both parents and kids in the magazine and that everyone will find it entertaining. I wanted a parent to be able to sit down at a park or the doctor’s office and read with their child.”
The first issue of KIDS features a variety of the best Norman has to offer families in the community and includes everything from an article about new Norman Public Schools Board of Education member Chad Vice to a calendar of upcoming events to teacher Q&A and features on fatherhood and a local child care service.
Darren and Becca Wyatt, parents of a 7-month-old and a 7-year-old, said they were excited about the magazine because of the calendar of events.
“You can find out about things you might never know about that you want your kid to be involved (in), anything from something free and fun to a martial arts class,” Darren Wyatt said. “I think I could read this with our 7-year-old, especially if he saw his teacher featured. He’d love that.”