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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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