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2022 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

Oklahoma Contemporary

Alisa Nelson Studio

Edmond Fine Arts Institute


Dance Studios

Studio J Performing Arts Center

Apex Dance Studio

Tippi Toes Dance

Velocity Dance Center


Gymnastics/Cheer Training Facilities

Metro Gymnastics

Dynamo Gymnastics

Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics

Twist & Shout Training


Martial Arts

Christian Karate and Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Integrity Martial Arts

Premier Martial Arts


Music Instruction

Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy

ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts

Canterbury Youth Voices


Sports Instruction

SoccerCity OKC

Arctic Edge Ice Arena, Learn to Skate Program

The Daily Shredd


Sports Leagues

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

i9 Sports

SoccerCity OKC


STEM Classes

Science Museum Oklahoma

Core of Knowledge Literacy and Learning Center

iCode Edmond


Swimming Lessons

Oklahoma Swim Academy

Goldfish Swim School, Edmond

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Tutoring/Learning Centers

Mrs. Taylor’s Tutoring

Core of Knowledge Literacy and Learning Center

The Study Hub




Day Camps, Arts

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

Camp Contemporary, Oklahoma Contemporary

Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy


Day Camps, Multi-Activity

Oklahoma City Zoo

Camp DaKaNi, Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, Inc.

Science Museum Oklahoma


Day Camps, Sports

SoccerCity OKC

Cadence Equestrian Horse Camps

Shiloh Camp & Adventure Course

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Sleep-Away Camps

YMCA Camp Classen

Camp DaKaNi, Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, Inc.

Camp Trivera, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma


Specialty Camps

Hearts for Hearing

Camp CANOE, Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, Inc.

Core of Knowledge Literacy and Learning Center


Child Care


Child Care Centers

Little Leaf Playgarden

Special Care, Inc.

TLC Child Care Center South


Mother’s/Children’s Day Out

Quail Springs United Methodist Church Early Childhood Program

First Baptist Church of Midwest City Mother’s Day Out

New Covenant UMC Children’s Day Out


Community Support 


Churches for Families & Children

Quail Springs United Methodist Church

Crossings Community Church


New Covenant UMC, Edmond


Online Church Experiences


Crossings Community Church

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church



Plaza District




Family Volunteering Opportunities

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Restore OKC

Sisu Youth Services


Nonprofit Organizations that Serve Families/Children

Infant Crisis Services

Sunbeam Family Services

Thrive OKC




Charter Schools

Harding Fine Arts Academy

ASTEC Charter Middle School/High School

John Rex Charter Elementary School


Private Schools, Preschool

The Academy of Classical Christian Studies

Little Leaf Playgarden

Special Care, Inc.


Private Schools, Elementary

Trinity School at Edgemere

The Academy of Classical Christian Studies

Casady School

Westminster School


Private Schools, Secondary

Trinity School at Edgemere

The Academy of Classical Christian Studies

Heritage Hall


Public School Systems, Elementary

Edmond Public Schools

Deer Creek Public Schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools


Public School Systems, Secondary

Edmond Public Schools 

Deer Creek Public Schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools


Specialty Schools

Trinity School at Edgemere

The Academy of Classical Christian Studies

Classen SAS High School at Northeast




Places for Moms to Work

Hearts for Hearing

405 Vet Animal Hospital

Home Maid Better


Places for Teens to Work

Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores

405 Vet Animal Hospital

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Health & Fitness


Birthing Centers

Mercy Health

INTEGRIS Women’s Health Edmond

Lakeside Women’s Hospital


Boutique Fitness Businesses


One Greatness Fitness

This Land Yoga



Hackney Chiropractic

Doyle Chiropractic

Elledge Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Morgan Chiropractic Clinic


Dentists for Children/Family

Dr. Brent Moody, Pediatric Dental Specialists of Central Oklahoma

Dental Depot

Dr. Amanda Ward, Norman Pediatric Dentistry


Elective Non-Medical Ultrasounds

The Viewing Womb

Anticipation Ultrasound Studio OKC


Eye Care Providers

Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma Health Center

Children’s Eye Care

Kid’s Eye Site


Family Counselors/Counseling Businesses

Sunbeam Family Services

Calm Waters Center for Children & Families

Integrated Therapy Solutions of Oklahoma, LLC


Family Fitness Centers

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Life Time

Mercy Fitness Center



Mercy Hospital

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center

OU Children’s Hospital


Medical Spas/Estheticians

Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center

Highwater Aesthetics & Confidence Co.

Omni Lux Med Spa



Dr. Michelle Brunnabend, Aspen Women’s Center

Center for Women’s Health

Dr. Elisa Diana Sparkes, INTEGRIS Women’s Health Edmond



Orthodontic Specialists of Oklahoma

Dental Depot

Heim Orthodontics


Pediatricians/Family Doctors, East

Dr. Noor Jihan Abdul-Haqq, Peace of Mind Pediatrics

Dr. Taylor Craft

Dr. Seana Dean


Pediatricians/Family Doctors, North

Edmond Pediatrics

Dr Timothy Fricker, Edmond Pediatrics

Dr. Mike Vincent, Northwest Pediatrics


Pediatricians/Family Doctors, South

Norman Pediatrics Associates

Dr. Misty Hsieh, Mercy Clinic Primary Care


Pediatricians/Family Doctors, West

Dr. Melanie Marshall, INTEGRIS Family Care Council Crossing

Dr. Darin K. Brannan, Bethany Children’s Health Center

Dr. Shawn Clinton Schlinke, Mercy Clinic Primary Care


Urgent Care Clinics

Just Kids Pediatrics

Edmond Urgent Care

Mercy Convenient Care


Local Shopping


Baby Boutiques

Green Bambino

Cinnamon Bears

Thrive Mama Collective


Book Stores

Full Circle Bookstore

Best of Books

Commonplace Books (Midtown & Edmond)


Car Dealerships

Bob Moore Subaru

City Auto Sales

Edmond Hyundai


Consignment/Resale Shops or Events

Once Upon a Child

Just Between Friends

Uptown Cheapskate


Farmers Markets

Edmond Farmers Market

Farmers Market at Scissortail Park

Paseo Farmers Market


Gift Boutiques

Plenty Mercantile

The Black Scintilla

Shop Contemporary at Oklahoma Contemporary


Healthy Grocery Stores

Trader Joe’s

Sprouts Farmers Market

Uptown Grocery


Toy Stores

Learning Tree Toys, Games & Books

Green Bambino

Kidoodles Toy Zone


Locally-owned Restaurants 



Neighborhood JAM

Cafe Kacoa

HunnyBunny Biscuit Co.


Coffee Shops

Stella Nova

Cafe Evoke

Not Your Average Joe


Cultural Experiences

Thai Thai Asian Bistro

The Big Easy

Juan del Fuego


Date Night Restaurants

Redrock Canyon Grill

Paseo Grill

Sushi Neko Robata and Sushi Bar


Family-Friendly/Casual Dining

Charleston’s Restaurant

Green Chile Kitchen

Musashi’s Japanese Steakhouse


Food Trucks

Taste of Soul Giant Egg Roll

Let’s Do Greek

Oak City Pizza Co.


Patio Dining

Redrock Canyon Grill

Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes

The Collective Kitchens and Cocktails

The Mont


Places to Eat Sweet Treats

Pie Junkie

Dolci Paradiso, Edmond



Pizza Night

Hideaway Pizza

Empire Slice House

The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen




Balloon Businesses

Balloon Masters

Marisa Made

OKC Balloon Bar


Party Entertainment

Blossoms Play Co.

Inflatable Adventures

Pilar Designs Face Painting


Party Planners

Unveiled Events & Design

Balandra Events

Chelsey Flint Events


Party Venues

Breakaway Indoor Playground

Science Museum Oklahoma

SoccerCity OKC

Unpluggits Paint & Play


Places to Buy Party Food/Supplies

The Salami Mami

9oh6 Baking Co.

Uptown Grocery Bakery


Yard Sign Companies

Simply Sign It OK

Card My Yard, Yukon and Edmond

Happy Yard Card




Animal Experiences

Oklahoma City Zoo

Chester’s Party Barn and Farm

Extreme Animals


Family Restrooms

On Cue

The Copley

Science Museum Oklahoma


Free/Low-Cost Attractions

Scissortail Park

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Oklahoma Contemporary

Oklahoma Hall of Fame


Indoor Fun/Amusement Venues

Science Museum Oklahoma

Incredible Pizza

Kidz Funtown


Museums for Children/Families

Science Museum Oklahoma

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum

Oklahoma Contemporary



Scissortail Park

Martin Park Nature Center

Mitch Park, Edmond


Places to Take Out-of-Town Visitors

Scissortail Park

First Americans Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum


Places for a Family Picnic

Scissortail Park

Hafer Park, Edmond

Myriad Botanical Gardens


Places for Fun with Toddlers

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Breakaway Indoor Playground

We Rock The Spectrum


Places for Tween/Teen Fun

Factory Obscura

ShowBiz Cinemas Edmond

Wheeler District


Places to Explore Nature in Oklahoma

Martin Park Nature Center

Arcadia Lake

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge


Places to Swim

Pelican Bay Aquatic Center

The Station Aquatic Center

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


Splash Pads

Scissortail Park

Barnett Field Splash Pad, Edmond

Myriad Botanical Gardens


Service Providers 


Animal Rescue Organizations

Oklahoma Humane Society Adoption Center

Pets & People Humane Society

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary


Animal Service Businesses

405 Vet Animal Hospital

K9 University

Puppy Paws Hotel & Spa



405 Vet Animal Hospital

Edmond East Animal Hospital

Yukon Pet Care Clinic


Car Repair

Brotherhood Garage

Dwain’s Automotive

Jay’s Automotive Repair


Family/Child Photographers

Robyn Waggoner Photography

Laura Eckel Photography

Uniquely U Photography


Family Law Attorneys/Firms

Hopkins Law & Associates, Robyn Hopkins

Echols & Associates

Henry + Dow


Foster Care/Adoption Agencies

Sunbeam Family Services

Angels Foster Family Network

Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services


Heat & Air Service Companies

Redus Heating & Air Conditioning

Airco Service

Martell Heating & Air LLC


House Cleaning & Organization

Home Maid Better

King’s Green Cleaning

Pixie Dust Cleaning Co.

SORT Organization Services


Insurance Agents/Agencies

Michell Dallal, State Farm Insurance

Kent Gering, State Farm Insurance

MTJT Agency


Outdoor Living Companies

Nelson Landscaping

Edmond Landscaping by T&S Lawn and Landscaping


Places for Pampering Moms

The Float Spa at Classen Curve

Purity Day Spa




David L. Sterling, Metro First Realty

Wendy Foreman, The Foreman Group

Ieasha Larkpor, Thunder Team Realty


Special Needs Therapy Services

Sensational Kids, Inc

Core of Knowledge Literacy and Learning Center

Encouraging Words


Storm Shelter Installation

Ground Zero Shelters, Co.

Biggs Storm Shelters

Flatsafe Tornado Shelters

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