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2021 Family Favorites

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Several years ago, the staff at MetroFamily Magazine set out to design an annual contest to point local families to the most family-friendly businesses and services in Oklahoma City. The result was Family Favorites, our annual “best of” award campaign that relies completely on nominations and votes from our readers to determine the best family-friendly businesses in the Oklahoma City metro. Just receiving a nomination for a Family Favorite award is great recognition and winning one means you’re really doing things right.

Below, find dozens of local businesses and organizations our readers voted to the top for 2021. These businesses, attractions, professionals and non-profits are the reason the Oklahoma City metro is a great place to raise a family. Congratulations!

Editor’s Note: For each category, the winner is listed at the top and finalists are listed in alphabetical order. 


After-School Activities


Art Studios/Art Lessons

Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

Alisa Nelson Studio

Unpluggits Paint & Play


Dance Studios

Studio J Performing Arts Center

Dance Unlimited

Star Steps


Gymnastics/Cheer Training Facilities

Metro Gymnastics

Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics

Twist & Shout Training Center


Martial Arts Studios

Christian Karate Academy

Grand Master Won’s Taekwondo

Vision Martial Arts Academy


Music Instruction

Musical Me in OKC

Rosenbalm Academy Of Music

Spotlight Acting Academy


Sports Leagues for Kids

SoccerCity of Oklahoma City

i9 Sports

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Swimming Lessons

Oklahoma Swim Academy

Goldfish Swim School – Edmond

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Tutoring/Learning Assistance Centers

Core of Knowledge, LLC

Encouraging Words

iCode School Edmond




At-home Camp or Virtual Camp Experience

Camp DaKaNi – Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, Inc.

Edmond Parks and Recreation

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center


Day Camps, Arts

AR Workshop Edmond

Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

Unpluggits Paint & Play

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center


Day Camps, Multi-Activity

Edmond Parks and Recreation

KaleidEscape, St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Keystone Adventure School


Day Camps, Sports

Metro Gymnastics

Christian Karate Academy

SoccerCity of Oklahoma City


Sleep-Away Camps

YMCA Camp Classen

Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center


Child Care


Child Care Centers

Spontaneity Kid Care

Primrose School



Mother’s/Children’s Day Out

New Covenant United Methodist Church

Church of the Servant – Starbright Children’s Day Out

First Presbyterian Church of Edmond


Community Support 


Churches for Families & Children

Crossings Community Church


New Covenant United Methodist Church


Online Church Experience


New Covenant United Methodist Church

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church




The Paseo Arts District

Plaza District



Quail Creek

 Cleveland Neighborhood

Sheffield Glen


Nonprofit Organizations that Serve Families and Children

Infant Crisis Services

Calm Waters

HOPE Center of Edmond




Charter Schools

John Rex Charter School

Dove Science Academy

Epic Charter Schools


Private Schools, Preschool

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Casady School

First Presbyterian Church Early Childhood Program (Western & NW 25th)


Private Schools, Elementary

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Casady School

Keystone Adventure School and Farm

Trinity School at Edgemere


Private Schools, Secondary

Trinity School at Edgemere

Casady School

Oklahoma Christian Academy


Public School Systems, Elementary

Edmond Public Schools

Moore Public Schools

Piedmont Public Schools


Public School Systems, Secondary

Edmond Public Schools

Moore Public Schools

Putnam City School District


Specialty Schools

Trinity School at Edgemere

Epic Charter Schools

Keystone Adventure School and Farm


Virtual Learning Assistance & Support

Niquey’s Nest

Core of Knowledge LLC

Revise Collective


Health & Fitness


Birthing Centers

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

Lakeside Women’s Hospital

Oklahoma City Birth & Wellness Center



Hackney Chiropractic

Radiant Life Chiropractic

Young Life Chiropractic


Dentists for Children/Family

Edmond Pediatric and Teen Dentistry

Dr. Bailey Schnebel Coleman, DDS

Dental Depot


Eye Care Providers

Parkside Eyecare Dr. Bradley Fielding & Dr. Julie Moore

Innovative Eyecare, Vision Source

Kid’s Eye Site


Family Counselors/Counseling Businesses

HALO Project

Christian Counseling, PLLC

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

Thai-An Truong, LPC, LADC


Family Fitness Centers

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Life Time Fitness

Phamily Fun & Fitness



Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center

OU Medical Center/Children’s Hospital

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City



Spirited Birth Midwifery

Community Midwifery Services

 Dawn Karlin: Bliss Midwifery Services



Dr. Michelle Brunnabend

Dr. Darren Goff

 Dr. Misty Wayman



Orthodontic Associates

Dental Depot

Orthodontic Specialists of Oklahoma


Pediatricians/Family Doctors

Dr. Doug Riddle, MD

Dr. Erica Faulconer, MD

Dr. Emily Marcy, MD


Urgent Care Clinics

Kids 1st Pediatric After Hours Clinic 

Edmond Urgent Care

Just Kids Pediatrics


Local Shopping


Baby Boutiques

Green Bambino

Cinnamon Bears

Keedo Clothes


Boutiques/Gifts/Book Stores

Commonplace Books

Best of Books

Nappy Roots Books


Car Dealerships

Bob Howard Toyota

Carter Chevrolet Agency, LLC

Kalidy Kia



Once Upon A Child

Consigning Sisters

Rhea Lana’s of Edmond


Elective Non-Medical Ultrasound

The Viewing Womb 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio and Boutique

The Nest OKC Mobile 4D Ultrasound – OKC


Grocery Stores to Find Healthy Food

Sprouts Farms Market

Crest Foods Inc

Natural Grocers


Place to Buy a Mask

The Black Scintilla

Nana’s Lil Kreations

Scrubs & Beyond


Toy Stores

Learning Tree Toys, Books & Games

Green Bambino

Thrive Mama Collective


Locally-owned Restaurants 



Neighborhood J.A.M.

Around the Corner Restaurant

Café Kacao


Cultural Experience

Café Kacao


Sheesh Mahal


Curbside Pickup

Health Nut Café




Date Night Restaurants

Cheever’s Cafe

Charleston’s Restaurant

Signature Grill


Family-Friendly Restaurants, Casual Dining

Edmond Railyard

The Garage Burgers & Beer

Green Chile Kitchen


Food Trucks

The Saucee Sicilian

Big O’s Pork & Dreams

Let’s Do Greek


Patio Dining

The Collective Kitchens and Cocktails

FRIDA Soutwest

Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina


Places to Eat Sweet Treats

Pie Junkie

Braum’s Ice Cream & Burger Restaurant

Cuppies & Joe


Restaurants for Pizza Night

Hideaway Pizza

Empire Slice House

The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen




Balloon Business

Party Pop OKC

Opulent Couture Balloons


Party Comes to You (Entertainment)

Character Connection Co. (formerly
Project Princess)

Pilar Designs Face Painting

Rumble (OKC Thunder)


Party Planner

Jessica Ganther — Party by Jess

Amanda Watson Photography


Party Venue to Enjoy Safely

Metro Gymnastics

Unpluggits Paint and Play

We Rock the Spectrum – Oklahoma City


Place to Buy Party Food & Party Supplies

Savor OKC

The Stuffed Olive

Uptown Grocery Co.


Yard-Sign Company

Sign Gypsies

Happy Yard Card

Simply Sign It




At-home Activity Packages/Virtual Experience

Metropolitan Library System

Oklahoma Hall of Fame | Gaylord-Pickens Museum

Unpluggits Paint & Play


Family Restrooms


Oklahoma City Zoo

Quail Springs Mall


Free/Low-Cost Attractions for Family Fun

Scissortail Park

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Oklahoma Hall of Fame | Gaylord-Pickens Museum


Indoor Fun/Amusement Venues

Science Museum Oklahoma

Main Event Oklahoma City

Surge Adventure Park


Local Places to Take Out-of-Town Visitors

Bricktown District

National Cowboy & Western
Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum


Museums for Children/Families

Science Museum Oklahoma

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma Hall of Fame | Gaylord Pickens Museum


Most-Missed Events during COVID

Festival of the Arts

Heard on Hurd

OKC Thunder Basketball Games


Outdoor Fun/Amusement Venues

Oklahoma City Zoo

Riversport Adventures

Scissortail Park



Scissortail Park

E.C. Hafer Park

Martin Park Nature Center

Myriad Botanical Gardens


Places for Fun with Toddlers

Oklahoma City Zoo

Metro Gymnastics

Myriad Botanical Gardens



Places for Teen/Tween Fun

Riversport Adventures

Main Event Oklahoma City

Metro Gymnastics


Places to Explore Nature in Oklahoma

Martin Park Nature Center

Arcadia Lake

Chickasaw National Recreation Area


Places to Swim

Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, Edmond

The Station in Moore

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Splash Pads

Scissortail Park

Little River Park

Myriad Botanical Gardens


Service Providers 


Animal Service Businesses (Grooming, Training, etc.)

405 Vet Animal Hospital

K9 University



Car Repair

Christian Brothers Automotive

RBR Mobile Auto Care LLC

RW Automotive


Family Law Attorney/Firm

The Schroeder Group

Lee & Kisner

Postic & Bates, P.C.


Family/Child Photographers

Brandon Burton Photography

Amy Rau Photography

Erin Guimaraes Photography LLC & Photo Booth Rental

Robyn Waggoner Photography


Foster Care/Adoption Agency

Sunbeam Family Services

Angels Foster Family Network, OKC

The Anna’s House Foundation


Heat and Air Service Companies

Airco Service

Aire Serv of Greater Oklahoma City

Prudhom Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC


Home Inspectors

Gabe Robertson

Abraham’s Home Inspection

OORAH Inspections, LLC


House Cleaning & Organization

King’s Green Cleaning

Home Maid Better

Merry Maids of North Oklahoma City


Insurance Agency

Scott Streller – Farmers Insurance

Ann Smith – State Farm

Dennis Chaumont – State Farm


Place for Pampering Moms (Spa, etc.)


Elements Massage

Velvet Monkey Salon



David Sterling

Duncan Gals

Sheryl Moser Wonder Woman exp Realty


Special Needs Therapy Service

Sensational Kids, Inc. – Edmond

Core of Knowledge LLC

Encouraging Words



Storm Shelter

Storm Safe Shelters

Tornado SAFE Shelters



405 Vet Animal Hospital

Britton Road Veterinary Clinic

Edmond East Animal Hospital




Pivot During COVID

Core of Knowledge LLC

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Unpluggits Paint and Play

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