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G N I H T Y R E EV guidE Our annual guide to resources every OKC area parent needs.


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Features 6 Can’t-Miss Oklahoma Festivals Learn something new & indulge in Oklahoma’s bounty 12 Best Metro Area Shopping Districts Support local makers or just enjoy exploring a new area

16 After-School Activities

22 Camps

24 Community Support

29 Special Needs

32 Education

36 Family Fun

43 Service Providers

46 Parties

50 Free Fun for Families in OKC Ideas for making family memories without spending a dime 52 OKC’s Top Outdoor Destinations Ideal destinations to soak up the Oklahoma sunshine 56 Oklahoma’s Hidden Gems Off-the-beaten path road trip ideas to delight your kids 60 Pet Pages Important tips for choosing a pet for your family (and where to find a rescue dog) 62 Kid Review Our kid reviewers explain why they think kids who are new to OKC will love it here

Everything Guide Listings 16 After-School Activities 22 Camps 24 Community Support 26 Health & Fitness 29 Special Needs 30 Local Shopping 32 Education 34 Locally-Owned Restaurants 36 Family Fun 42 Child Care 43 Service Providers 46 Parties 49 Pregnancy/Baby Resources

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Sarah Taylor

Managing Editor Hannah Schmitt

Assistant Editor Lindsay Cuomo

Art Director Stacy Noakes

Marketing Director Callie Collins

Sales

Athena Delce Dana Price

Project Manager

Welcome to our first ever Everything Guide! With the help of our advertising partners and you, our readers through voting in our Family Favorites program, we’ve compiled the best resources and tools in one handy issue, one that you’ll want to keep all year. But just because this guide is packed with resources for every season, don’t think we forgot it’s July. As we do for every season, we’ve rounded up more guides than you can count on our website (and we’re always adding more!). These guides outline the best splash pads and pools in the metro (www. metrofamilymagazine.com/swim), more than 40 science experiments you can try at home (www.metrofamilymagazine.com/science) and that’s just the start. There’s no shortage of local fun and we make it easy to find exactly the activity or event

to please the whole family no matter the time of year or your stage of life. Find the seasonal guides that are the best “jumping off” places for all things family fun at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/Seasonal-Fun-inOKC or discover easy access to the latest on our website by downloading the MetroFamily app (www.metrofamilymagazine.com/app). In addition to family fun resources, you’ll also find dozens of other important local child and family resources with this guide. You can find a new school or preschool, a counselor for ADHD children or adults, a party venue or entertainer for your next celebration and so much more. Enjoy “everything” and let us know what you think! Sarah Taylor Publisher

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Since we’ve been printing this magazine for more than 20 years, our readers have come to rely on these pages to tell them everything they need to know about local family fun and resources. But if you’re only picking us up on newsstands, you’re missing out on lots of other ways to stay informed and connect with other local parents.

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Festivals

Oklahoma’s location in the center of the country makes it a hub for international influence and that’s never more evident than at an Oklahoma festival. Cultural celebrations are hosted in every corner of the state year-round. Agriculture also heavily influences the festival schedule with small towns offering annual celebrations of their season’s harvests. Learn something new and indulge in Oklahoma’s bounty at one or all of these Oklahoma festivals. BY HANNAH SCHMITT, PHOTOS PROVIDED


AZALEA FESTIVAL Held throughout the month of April with special city-wide festivities such as a parade and barbecue cookoff, the Azalea Festival in Muskogee celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods and wisteria.

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‘89ER CELEBRATION FESTIVAL OF THE CHILD Yukon’s Festival of the Child is celebrated each spring, usually in May, with more than 50 activities especially for kids 12 and under. Kids enjoy unique activities like kayaking, pony rides, painting and storytelling.

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ITALIAN FESTIVAL PEACH FESTIVAL At the height of peach season every year (usually mid-July), the towns of Stratford and Porter each put on impressive peach festivals. The celebrations are similar with arts and crafts, live music, familyfriendly games and full menus of peachy foods, but Oklahoma natives are usually opinionated about which festival is better. Try both and decide for yourself!

Each May for almost 50 years, the town of McAlester has invited visitors to experience the Italian culture of many of the immigrants who settled in the area during the coal mining era. Family-friendly activities are offered at the Italian Festival, but the big draw is the authentic Italian food served by vendors.

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RUSH SPRINGS WATERMELON FESTIVAL More than 20,000 people gather each year in Rush Springs to celebrate summer’s favorite fruit (and collectively eat 50,000 pounds of it!) the second Saturday of August. The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival has been hosted continuously since 1948 with old-fashioned fun like watermelon seed-spitting contests, a beauty pageant and parade.

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SEPTEMBERFEST Each September, the Oklahoma History Center and Governor Mary Fallin open the museum and Governor’s Mansion for a celebration of Oklahoma heritage called Septemberfest. Kids enjoy clowns, chuck wagon cooking, local musicians and performers, pony rides, square dancing and tours of the mansion. Be sure to stick around for a special story time with Gov. Fallin.

Get a taste of Czech culture the first Saturday of October when the town of Yukon comes alive for the annual Czech Festival. Featuring one of the largest parades in the state, the event also showcases dancing demonstrations, carnival rides, a petting zoo and plenty of Czech food.

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WILL ROGERS’ DAYS Coinciding with Will Rogers’ birthday, Will Rogers’ Days takes place annually around Nov. 4 and features a parade with festive floats, show horses and fair foods at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore.

10. POTEAU BALLOON FEST Toward the end of October, head to Poteau and look up to see dozens of hot air balloons decorating the sky at the annual Poteau Balloon Fest. Traditional festival activities accompany unique offerings like a hot air balloon glow, ATV races, mud pit races and monster truck rides.

TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Guthrie residents go back in time to give visitors a taste of a Victorian-era holiday. The Territorial Christmas Celebration kicks off with a festive parade and features candlelit trolley rides and storefronts and carolers decked out in early 1900s garb. Don’t miss the snacks and hot wassail from oldfashioned street vendors and the Journey to Bethlehem with live animals.

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UPSCALE SHOPPING alongside fast-casual dining awaits at Spring Creek Plaza in Edmond. The open-air shopping square features national women’s clothing chains like Talbots and Chico’s and homegrown favorites like Plenty Mercantile.

Malls are great but sometimes you want a shopping experience that feels a little special. The Oklahoma City metro is full of unique shopping districts that offer prime opportunities to window shop, people watch and go home with something new. Here are some one-of-a-kind options. BY HANNAH SCHMITT

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DOWNTOWN NORMAN’S MAIN STREET is a bustling food

and shopping paradise. The street is lined with locally-owned boutiques and cafes that make for an ideal day of strolling.

DOWNTOWN EDMOND

is a hub for family-friendly shopping and dining. While popping in and out of boutiques, coffee shops and wine bars, take time to stop at the art galleries and notice the sculptures scattered along Broadway.

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PASEO ARTS DISTRICT

is already a destination for art lovers, but recent additions to the Paseo Arts District’s food scene have made the area a great place for families to spend the day. Browse galleries and shops before and after a tasty stop at Holey Rollers or Buttermilk and take plenty of breaks to admire the Spanish revival architecture.

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Two locations to serve you 14715 Bristol Park Blvd., Edmond 5701 SE 74th St., OKC

MIDTOWN OKC has seen a bevy of new restaurants and shops that have been a boon for the district. Families who head to the area Saturday morning have the pleasure of sitting in on story time at Commonplace MIDTOWN MURAL PHOTO BY MARK DOESCHER. Books before they head out for donuts at the classic Brown’s Bakery or waffles at infamous Waffle Champion. Street art and family fun destinations like Dust Bowl Lanes and Bleu Garten make the district a great destination for all ages.

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City, but it’s maintained its small town charm, especially along Main Street. Antique stores line the street, which visitors can access by authentic rail trolley for a full-blown old-fashioned experience. Don’t leave town without stopping for one of El Reno’s famous onion burgers, available at many local diners.

SUMMER ARTS CAMPS

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Campers get handson and learn about visual, digital and performing arts. See camp details and enroll at

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PASEO ARTS DISTRICT (OPPOSITE PAGE) AND EL RENO SHOPPING PHOTOS (ABOVE) BY JACQUELYN KUNEMAN.

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After-School Activities Art Studios/Art Lessons Alisa Nelson Studio

www.alisanelsonstudio.com

Community/Leadership Organization 405-921-1883

Offers after-school art classes for elementary-aged students, private lessons, summer camps and parties at her in-home studio. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Artsy Rose Academy

7739 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.artsyrose.com

405-603-8550

Offers art lessons for preschoolers to teens by degreed art instructors in all mediums, plus craft classes, social painting events and more for all ages. Homeschool classes available.

Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E Edwards St, Edmond www.edmondfinearts.com

District office: 6100 N Robinson www.gswestok.org

405-528-4475

Since 1912, Girl Scouting has been a space for G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getter, Innovators, Risk-Takers, Leaders). Using industry leading curriculum and a desire to support S.T.E.M. curriculum in the classroom, they are building the next generation of leaders. Girls from K-12th grade can discover a love for the outdoors through nature exploration and take their curiosity to the next level in a girl-led environment.

Dance Studios Classical Ballet School

12008 N Virginia, Oklahoma City www.classicalballetschoolokc.com

405-755-5540

Offers a variety of kids and adults classes and camps taught by trained and professional artists. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Offering ages 3-7 an imaginative ballet education through a magical story-based environment. Fall classes focused on “Enchanted Forest” theme. Instruction in classical ballet technique for ages 8 and up.

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575 Enterprise Dr #110, Edmond www.unpluggits.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

405-340-4481

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma

405-340-7584

Provides an arts and crafts and indoor playground for kids of all ages and even adults. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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405-673-1813

1110 S Air Depot Boulevard, #11, Midwest City www.thedancedepartmentokc.com

Offering ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop and creative movement lessons for dancers ages 3-18, both competitive and recreational companies.

Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc. 405-236-5025 416 NW 7th St, Oklahoma City www.msdiokc.org & www.okctapfest.com

Trains students ages 3 to adult in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, African, pointe, hip-hop and drumming during fall and spring. Intensive Annual Summer Dance Camp and host of the annual OKC Tap Fest to be held June 7-9, 2019.


405-208-5508

2500 N Blackwelder, Oklahoma City www.okcu.edu/community-dance-center/home

Offers dance classes in tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop to students of all ages. Small class sizes with no additional charges for the annual showcase/recital. Affiliation with OCU provides qualified university-trained instructors in a fun, safe and healthy environment. Scholarships available.

Studio J School of Dance

420 S Santa Fe Ave, Edmond www.studiojdanceok.com

405-348-3377

405-361-3620

Dance classes offered at various locations throughout the OKC area www.tippitoesdance.com/oklahoma-city

Dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, Toddler & Me and Baby Ballet for children up to 10 years old. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

405-721-8807

11122 N Rockwell Ave, Ste A-11, Oklahoma City www.oklahomacitydancestudio.com

Programs are both age and developmentally appropriate for boys and girls age 2 and up, for beginners to advanced dancers. Offers ballet, pom, hip-hop, jazz and tap. Specializes in very young dancers with special age-appropriate methods. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Gymnastics/Cheer Training Facilities Metro Gymnastics

Offers students of all ages and abilities the opportunity for self expression and faith through dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys-only hip-hop & contemporary. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Velocity Dance Center

7420 Broadway Ext, Oklahoma City www.metrogymokc.comÂ

405-848-5308

Provides organized recreational and competitive gymnastics programs for children of all ages. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics

707 Centennial Blvd, Edmond www.oklahomagoldgymnastics.com

405-341-1175

Offers tumbling, Ninja Kids and gymnastics for ages 1-18. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Twist & Shout Training Center Edmond and Norman locations www.shouterspirit.com

Offers competitive and non-competitive tumbling and cheerleading for ages 4 and up. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Martial Arts Studios

Music/Drama/Performance Instruction

Dragon Kim’s Taekwondo & Fitness 405-341-1016

Canterbury Youth Voices

Provides classes for ages 6 and up that focus on fun activities to help young children develop coordination, agility and focus and learn traditional Taekwondo. Students are placed in classes by level of skill. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Canterbury Youth Voices is an extracurricular youth choir for students in grades 2 through 12 that rehearses at two locations, in central Oklahoma City and Moore and provides performance opportunities and unique experiences. Apprentice Choir (grades 2-6) and Chorale (grades 7-12) build and refine vocal singing skills.

2600 E 2nd St, Edmond www.dragonkimstkd.com

Grand Master Won’s Taekwondo

10801 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City www.gmwons.com

405-793-0752

Offers Little Dragon Classes to help 4-6 year olds to learn Taekwondo, family classes and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Pride Mixed Martial Arts

14400 N Lincoln Blvd, Edmond www.edmondkarate.com

405-749-5949

Teaches karate to kids and many other martial arts programs to adults. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

424 Colcord Dr, Ste D, Oklahoma City www.canterburyokc.com

Ginger’s Music

6008 NW 120th Ct, Oklahoma City www.gingersmusic.com

405-232-7464

405-722-2379

Music classes for babies and toddlers through “parent and me” classes and fun music classes for older students. Keyboard classes for students who have completed levels 1 & 2 of school classes. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Performing Arts Academy at Oklahoma City University

405-208-5410

2501 N Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City www.okcu.edu/music/performing-arts-academy Offers instruction in voice, piano, brass, percussion, Kindermusik and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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School of Rock Edmond

100 N Broadway, Ste 124, Edmond locations.schoolofrock.com/edmond

405-471-6630

Kids learn to play instruments (guitar, keyboard, drums), play in a band and perform. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

The Studio of Sooner Theatre 110 E Main St, Norman www.soonertheatre.org

405-321-9600

Kids learn confidence and creativity through on-stage opportunities. A variety of classes are offered for K-8th grade.

Sports & Sports Leagues for Kids Cadence Equestrian Center 14150 S Pine St, Edmond www.cadenceequestrian.com

405-348-7469

Providing riding lessons throughout the year through the Cadence Riding Academy (ages 4 through adult) and Camp Cadence (ages 5-16). Safe environment and gentle school horses. For recreational and competitive riders.

Edmond Soccer Club

1502 W Danforth Rd, Edmond www.edmondsoccer.com

405-409-2324

Provides soccer leagues for ages 4 and up. Fall and spring seasons

of league games each year, summer camp program, recreational and competitive soccer, center of excellence training and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

SoccerCity of Oklahoma City

4520 Old Farm Rd, Oklahoma City www.soccercityokcity.com

405-748-3888

Offers Lil Kickers for toddlers through age 9 all year, leagues, tournaments, camps, clinics and training times for soccer and other indoor sports. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Upward Sports at New Covenant United Methodist

405-562-3200

2700 S Boulevard, Edmond www.newcov.tv

Offers basketball (Kindergarten to high school) and cheer instruction (Kindergarten to 8th grade). Season starts in November with final games at the end of February.

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Multiple locations ymcaokc.org/children-youth/youth-sports Swim programs, soccer, martial arts, baseball, football, volleyball and more are offered at multiple YMCA branches, all designed to provide skill instruction, youth development, healthy living and social responsibility through a supportive environment. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Now Enrolling! Dance classes for all ages!

Community Dance Center Hip Hop Creative Movement

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Scholarships Available

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Swim Lessons

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Aqua Tots

405-721-1871

8405 N Rockwell Ave, Ste 1-4, Oklahoma City www.aqua-tots.com

Individualized programs in math and reading that accelerate learning in children age 3 through high school. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Offers indoor swimming lessons for kids ages 4 months and up including parent and tot and advanced.

Mathnasium of North OKC

Goldfish Swim School

10 NW 146th St, Edmond www.goldfishswimschool.com/edmond

Utilizes specially-trained math instructors to help kids in grades 2-12 better understand math in an individualized setting. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Offers swimming lessons for kids of all ages, family swim times and swim parties.

Reading Works

Oklahoma Swim Academy

14701 N Kelly Ave, Edmond 3333 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.oklahomaswim.com

405-696-7500

405-509-5415

Offers individualized instruction from infant swim survival lessons to competitive swimming.

Tutoring/Learning Assistance Center Kumon

14101 N May Ave, Oklahoma City www.mathnasium.com/northokc

405-412-8758

504-605-7353

www.myreadingworks.com

Each student is tested with the Woodcock-Johnson III Diagnostic Reading Battery then an individualized program is developed using the nationally-recognized Orton-Gillingham method for severe reading difficulties. Tutoring is provided at the student’s home.

Sylvan Learning Center

888-338-2283

Multiple locations www.sylvanlearning.com

Time-tested, personalized tutoring programs that use collaborative, interactive technology to create an engaging learning experience that’s fun. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Camps Day Camps, Arts Artsy Rose Academy

7739 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.artsyrose.com

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre 405-603-8550

Offers art and craft classes by degreed art instructors for ages 5 and up. Held during all school breaks.

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424 Colcord Dr, Ste D, Oklahoma City www.canterburyokc.com

Offers a range of summer camps for ages 3-16 in subjects such as theatre, dance, magic, filmmaking, visual arts, coding and video game design. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Oops, I Arted

15200 Traditions Blvd, #2, Edmond www.oopsiarted.com

405-476-95211

Offers art classes to all ages in clay, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media and other mediums. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Camp DaKaNi lets kids unplug and engage in outdoor education, build self-worth, confidence and interpersonal communication skills. Activities include art projects, zip line, gaga ball, archery, slingshots, rock climbing, boating, fishing and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Canterbury Youth Voices

405-606-7003

2501 N Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

405-232-7464

One-week summer camp for students going into grades 2-8 in the fall. Students are taught by Canterbury Youth Voices staff members and receive instruction in developing vocal artistry, good choral techniques and music literacy. Performance held at end of camp.

The Studio of Sooner Theatre 110 E Main St, Norman www.soonertheatre.org

405-321-9600

Kids learn confidence and creativity through on-stage opportunities. Camps spread throughout the summer for K-8th grade.

Day Camps, Multi-Activity Camp DaKaNi - Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, Inc.

405-254-2080

3309 E. Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.campdakani.org Camp activities for ages 5-13 include zip line, gaga ball, archery, slingshots, rock climbing, boating, fishing and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Camp in the City at Coffee Creek Church

405-315-2565

1650 NW 220th, Edmond www.pinecove.com/city/coffee-creek/

RIVERSPORT OKC

One-week day camp for elementary aged kids with activities such as laser tag, water slides, bounce houses and more.

Child Care Inc.

Multiple locations www.childcareinc.com

405-946-3223

Summer camps for school-aged children up to age 12 are individual to each of the seven centers and the activities in their area. Programs include field trips, educational tours, art classes, crafting and more.

Childcare Network

Six locations in OKC and Edmond www.childcarenetwork.net

866-521-KIDS

Children ages 6-12 years of age offered a summer camp experience for all summer or on a week-by-week basis. Each week, a variety of engaging, age-appropriate activities and educational field trips are offered.

Classical Ballet School

12008 N Virginia Ave, Oklahoma City www.classicalballetschoolokc.com

405-755-5540

In July, Summer Under the Sea program held for ages 3-7 and the CECCHETTI INTENSIVE for Upper School students.

KALEIDESCAPE at St. Mary’s Episcopal School

405-341-9541

505 E Covell Rd, Edmond www.smesedmond.org/our-community/summerprograms.cfm Offers campers robotics, art, nature, exploration, culinary skills, invention and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

405-425-0218

Offers adventurous camps that are filled with crafts, animal guests, exhibit tours on Zoo grounds and many more activities. Ages 3-15.

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY

Multiple locations; ymcaokc.org/children-youth/ summer-day-camp/locations Day camps designed to be a place to learn, explore and grow while creating memories and friendships. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

405-348-7469

Providing riding lessons throughout the year through the Cadence Riding Academy (ages 4 through adult) and Camp Cadence (ages

405-552-4040

Camps introduce kids to rowing, paddling or sailing, and many of the camps have added activities such as the SandRidge Sky Trail and RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater center. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

SoccerCity of Oklahoma City

4520 Old Farm Rd, Oklahoma City www.soccercityokcity.com

405-748-3888

Ages 3-16 enjoy soccer drills, games and scrimmaging against other campers during day camps. The year-round Lil Kickers program for ages 18 months-9 years also continues in the summer. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY

Multiple locations ymcaokc.org/children-youth/summer-day-camp/ locations Day camps designed to be a place to learn, explore and grow while creating memories and friendships. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Sleep-Away Camps YMCA Camp Classen

10840 Main Camp Rd, Davis www.ymcaokc.org/camp-classen

580-369-2272

Summer resident camp for ages 6 to 17 located in the Arbuckle Mountains with activities such as boating, horseback riding, arts and crafts, group games and outdoor play. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Falls Creek Camps

580-369-2101

Summer camp for youth, hosted and organized by the Youth Ministry Staff of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Kanakuk Kamps

1353 Lake Shore Dr, Branson, MO www.kanakuk.com

888-263-3960

Premier Christian summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-18 years. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Camp ClapHans

Day Camp, Sports 14150 S Pine St, Edmond www.cadenceequestrian.com

800 Riversport Dr, Oklahoma City www.riversportokc.org/camps/

6714 Hwy 77 D, Davis www.fallscreek.org

2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City www.okczoo.org

Cadence Equestrian Center

5-16). Safe environment and gentle school horses. For recreational and competitive riders.

2002 E Robinson, Norman www.campclaphans.com

405-307-2865

Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for kids with developmental disabilities ages 8 to 18 with a one-to-one camp to staff ratio. Provides all the same types of activities a typically developing child would find at summer camp but adapted to the camper’s need.

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Community Support Churches/Places of Worship Coffee Creek Church

1650 Coffee Creek Rd, Edmond www.coffeecreek.church

405-225-7215

A church that has as its purpose “Love God Do Good.” Special Creek Kids programs for kids through 5th grade and 6th through 12th graders enjoy fun every Sunday from 4-6pm. Worship services on Sunday at 10:30am.

Crossings Community Church

14600 Portland Ave, Oklahoma City 1500 W Covell, Edmond www.crossings.church

405-755-2227

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Multiple locations www.life.church

405-680-5433

Through age-specific lessons, activities and small groups, children birth-6th grade enjoy LifeKids programs where they learn biblical truths and real-life application. Also offers Switch for 6th-12th graders. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

New Covenant United Methodist Church

NORTHCHURCH

Multiple locations www.north.church

405-341-1200

With an intentionally multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multigenerational church, NORTHchurch is built on the vision God has given to reach Oklahoma City and surrounding communities. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Offers multiple worship services and styles of worship and small community groups to connect with and classes for all ages. The purpose of Crossings Community Church is to be a Christ-centered church building Christ-centered people. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Life.Church

in building families of faith through worship experiences and small groups, mission opportunities to serve as a family and a community of believers who parent alongside you and do life with you. NC Kids (through 4th grade) and NC Students (5th-12th grades) provide opportunities not to just hear God’s word but experience it too.

405-562-3200

2700 S Boulevard, Edmond www.newcov.tv Family-centered church that offers programs to help equip parents

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Nonprofit Organizations that Serve Families and Children Calm Waters

405-841-4800

4334 NW Expressway, Ste 101, Oklahoma City www.calmwaters.org

Helps children and families in their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Offers Camp Courage and schoolbased support groups and Parenting Through Divorce classes and more.

The CARE Center

1403 Ashton Pl, Oklahoma City www.carecenter-okc.org

405-236-2100

Children and their families have access to a team of compassionate, sensitive professionals who come together to meet the needs of children who have been abused. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.


Circle of Care for Children & Youth 405-530-2078 www.circleofcare.org

An Oklahoma United Methodist organization, this nonprofit recruits, trains and supports foster parents around the state.  

Citizens Caring for Children

405-753-4099

730 W Wilshire Creek Blvd, Ste 112, Oklahoma City www.cccokc.org

Operates a Resource Center for foster children where they are eligible to come four times per year to get new clothing, books and personal hygiene kits. Back2School, held in late July, is an extra visit to the Resource Center, where foster children are paired with personal shoppers to select a new school outfit, underwear, shoes, socks, a backpack and school supplies.

Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption 405-949-4200 Connect Counseling Center 7101 NW Expressway, Ste 325, Oklahoma City www.connectcounselingok.org

Adoption-competent mental health services for children and families touched by adoption or foster care. Their team is trained in a variety of trauma-informed, attachment-rich modalities including TrustBased Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Theraplay.

Infant Crisis Services

4224 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City www.infantcrisis.org

405-528-3663

Provides life-sustaining formula, food and diapers to babies and toddlers in times of crisis. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

NewView Oklahoma

855-811-9699

Clinic: 710 W Wilshire, Ste 102, Oklahoma City www.NVOklahoma.org

Serves as the only private in-state provider of comprehensive services for people of all ages with significant vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, surgery or medication. Also provides youth and adult programs, summer camps and peer-groups and is the largest employer of blind and visually-impaired persons in the state.

Saint Francis Community Services www.st-francis.org/oklahoma.aspx

877-263-1890

Provides recruitment, training, certification and supervision of foster homes in 52 Oklahoma counties, including Oklahoma City.

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY Multiple locations www.ymcaokc.org

For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility. Strengthens community through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of age, income or background. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

We're serious about Jesus, family, & fun.

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Health and Fitness Chiropractor Hackney Chiropractic

412 S Santa Fe Ave, Edmond www.hackneychiropractic.com

Royal Oak Family Dental 405-388-2348

Specializes in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care and offers BIRTHFIT classes and Salt Therapy. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Morgan Chiropractic Clinic

756 N Santa Fe Ave, Edmond www.morganchiropracticclinic.com

405-348-6050

Offers quality chiropractic care, computer-controlled clinical decompression therapy and I.V. Nutrition Therapy. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Yandell Chiropractic Wellness Center

405-928-8752

Utilizes modern chiropractic equipment and technology to provide chiropractic care, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, physiotherapy and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Dentists for Children/Family

Wisdom Tooth Center

2745 S I-35 Service Rd, Moore www.wisdomtoothcenters.com

405-261-1002

Founded by nationally and internationally-recognized Oklahoma oral and maxillofacial surgeons, the Wisdom Tooth Center™ specializes in wisdom teeth extraction, oral surgery and dental implants. Pricing is simple and set up for ease of understanding and clarity.

Eye Care Provider 11013 Hefner Pointe Dr, Oklahoma City www.childrenseyecare.com

405-751-2020

Provides medical and surgical care, specializing in pediatric eye diseases. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Dean McGee Eye Institute

405-271-6060

608 Stanton L Young Blvd, Oklahoma City www.dmei.org

Dental Depot

National leader in ophthalmology and optometry eye care services. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Provides general family dentistry including routine checkups, preventive care and root canals as well as cosmetic procedures and orthodontics. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

The Vision Center

Multiple locations www.dentaldepot.net

Edmond Pediatric & Teen Dentistry 405-513-8811 101 S Saints Blvd Ste 212, Edmond www.edmondkidsdentist.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Dental care for patients of all ages with special touches like massaging dental chairs, warm scented towels and pillows. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Children’s Eye Care, PLLC

911 S Bryant Ave, Edmond www.yandellchiropractic.com

405-276-4592

7101 NW 150th St, Ste 100, Oklahoma City www.royaloakfamilydental.com

Offers a variety of preventive dentistry services for kids and teens. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Oklahoma Dental Association www.okda.org/dentist

405-848-8873

Promotes the benefits of good dental health for all Oklahomans. The ODA is supported by their 1,600+ Oklahoma dentist members. With a member dentist, you’re choosing a dentist who made a professional promise to put your health and well-being first.

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1910 E 2nd St, Edmond www.visioncenteredmond.com

405-341-9480

Provides comprehensive eye care for all ages, ranging from pediatric eye exams to the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Family Counselors/Counseling Businesses Deaconess Pregnancy & 405-949-4200 Adoption/Connect Counseling Center 7101 NW Expressway, Ste 325, Oklahoma City www.connectcounselingok.org

Adoption-competent mental health services for children and families


touched by adoption or foster care. Their team is trained in a variety of trauma-informed, attachment-rich modalities including TrustBased Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Theraplay.

Edmond Family Counseling

1251 N Broadway Ave, Edmond www.edmondfamilycounseling.org

405-341-3554

A prominent professional resource providing counseling and educational programs to individuals, families and groups. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Goett Focused

cathy@goettfocused.com www.goettfocused.com

405-826-6993

Program designed by Certified Life Coach Cathy Goett to help those with ADHD thrive and find their true potential. Works with all ages.

Oklahoma Christian Counseling Center

405-752-9500

13301 N Meridian Ave, #100, Oklahoma City www.okchristiancounseling.com Utilizes therapeutic insights and practices within the framework of the transforming power of the Christian faith. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Purposeful Play Family Enrichment Center

405-562-8581

5015 N Penn Ave Ste 202, Oklahoma City www.purposefulplay.net Offers therapeutic services for children and families using evidencedbased, goal-oriented therapeutic and purposeful play. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Hospitals The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

1200 Children’s Ave, Oklahoma City www.oumedicine.com The only freestanding pediatric hospital in Oklahoma solely dedicated to the treatment of children. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center

3300 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City baptist.integrisok.com

Mercy Fitness Center

2017 W I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond www.mercyfitness.net

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

4300 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City www.mercy.net

Offers a full range of classes and services including massage therapy, a kids’ zone, nutrition services, personal training and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

405-755-1515

A leader in the treatment of cancer and stroke, breast imaging and research and robotic surgery. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

OB/GYN Michelle Brunnabend, DO

405-254-1757

13313 N Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City www.mercy.net/doctor/michelle-l-brunnabend-do/

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

3815 S Blvd, Edmond www.stonebridgeobgyn.com

405-757-3300

405-949-3011

Flagship location of the INTEGRIS Health Network and an awardwinning, nationally recognized hospital. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Amanda Levine, MD

Family Fitness Center

405-271-4700

405-341-9996

Offices at Stonebridge Obstetrics and Gynecology with privileges at Edmond Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Integris Baptist Medical Center and Oklahoma Surgicare. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Orthodontists

Planet Fitness

Orthodontic Associates

Provides a clean, safe, welcoming environment at a lower cost than many other gyms. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Offers a variety of orthodontic services including Invisalign, braces and emergency orthodontic care. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Multiple locations www.planetfitness.com

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY Multiple locations; ymcaokc.org

Strengthening community through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of age, income or background. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Multiple locations www.oasmiles.com

Dr. Alejandro Romero, DDS

1201 N Stonewall Ave, Oklahoma City www.dentaldepot.net

405-271-8001

Been practicing orthodontics with Dental Depot since 2013, offering orthodontic services for kids, teens & adults. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Pediatrician/Family Doctor/Clinics Edmond Pediatrics

405-513-8880

2109 N Kelly Ave & 16440 Muirfield, Edmond www.edmondpediatrics.com

Five pediatricians supported by three nurse practitioners take care of patients from birth to age 18. Sick kids are seen the same day. Dr. Jessica Wallenmeyer is a MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

The Pediatric Group, PLLC

405-945-4220

3330 NW 56th St Ste 400, Oklahoma City www.pediatricgroupokc.com

Provides care for children from birth-18 years, with a team of seven physicians and two physician extenders.

Dr. Kelly Stephens

405-260-8098

2017 W I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond www.mercy.net/doctor/kelly-stephens-iii-md/

Board certified pediatrician via Mercy Clinic who has practiced medicine for nearly three decades. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Variety Care Health Centers

405-632-6688

Urgent Care Clinics Access Medical Centers - Urgent Care Multiple locations amc.nextcare.com

Offers immediate access to urgent medical care with extended operating hours on mornings, evenings and weekends. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Edmond Urgent Care

1101 NW 178th St, Edmond www.edmondurgentcare.com

405-285-2161

A convenient, walk-in medical clinic providing health care services to all ages and specializing in urgent, non-life threatening medical needs. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Mercy Convenient Care, Edmond Memorial

405-749-7099

15 locations in OKC Metro, Mid-Del and Norman www.varietycare.org

1919 E Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City; www.mercy.net/ practice/mercy-convenient-care-edmond-memorial/

Offers a full range of quality, affordable health care including pediatrics, family medicine, women’s health, pregnancy care,

Offers urgent care access without an appointment. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Special Needs Therapy Providers Flames to Hope: Equine Assisted Therapeutic Services

405-924-4380

Therapy & Beyond

9850 E Maquire Rd, Noble www.flamestohope.org

Dedicated to changing lives through Equine Assisted Services, this nonprofit works with at-risk children and adults with physical, mental and social disabilities.  

Sensational Kids

14715 Bristol Park Blvd 5701 SE 74th St, Oklahoma City www.sensationalkidsokc.com

855-811-9699

Serves as the only private in-state provider of comprehensive services for people of all ages with significant vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, surgery or medication. Also provides youth and adult programs, summer camps and peer-groups and is the largest employer of blind and visually-impaired persons in the state.

7777 S May Ave, Oklahoma City www.occc.edu/pas

Offers intensive, one-on-one individualized ABA therapy and Speech Therapy.

Specialized Counseling

Clinic: 710 West Wilshire, Ste 102, Oklahoma City www.NVOklahoma.org

Oklahoma City Community College Cultural Programs

405-777-0940

13905 Technology Dr Ste A-1, Oklahoma City www.therapyandbeyond.com/project/aba-inoklahoma-city-2/

405-840-1686

Provides occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy for children of all ages and abilities.

NewView Oklahoma

Mark your calendar for a free autism-friendly performance of modern dance by Parsons Dance on March 28, 2019, held at OCCC. Find other performances and presentations on their stage listed at their website.

405-682-7576

Goett Focused

cathy@goettfocused.com www.goettfocused.com

405-826-6993

Program designed by Certified Life Coach, Cathy Goett, to help those with ADHD thrive and find their true potential. Works with all ages.

Special Hospital Facility J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities

405-307-2800

2002 E Robinson, Norman www.jdmc.org

A pediatric rehab hospital specializing in kids with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. Provides inpatient and outpatient services in physical, occupational, speech and language therapy.

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Local Shopping Boutique/Gift/Book Stores Full Circle Bookstore

1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City www.fullcirclebooks.com

Consignment/Thrift Stores & Sale 405-842-2900

The largest independent bookstore in Oklahoma offering more than 60,000 new titles in stock featuring a variety of genres. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Best of Books

1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond www.bestofbooksok.com

405-340-9202

Goodwill Store and Donation Center Multiple locations www.okgoodwill.org/shop/

Offers great values on a wide variety of goods for your home and family. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Hope Center of Edmond’s Hopefully Yours Resale

405-348-1340

908 N Broadway, Edmond www.hopecenterofedmond.com

A family-owned bookstore offering books in a variety of genres including a wide selection of children’s books. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

An upscale resale shop benefiting the Hope Center of Edmond. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

One Faith Boutique

Just Between Friends (JBF) Consignment Sales

425 W Main St, Yukon www.onefaithboutique.com

405-265-2773

405-794-7804

OKC and Norman www.okc.jbfsale.com

A curvy fashion boutique dedicated to providing cute, affordable pieces to women with all body types. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Large consignment sales of all things maternity, baby and child held in OKC, Norman and Edmond every spring and fall. Consignors make money on their consigned goods; shoppers save money; local charities also receive needed goods.

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Once Upon A Child

13801 N Penn Ave, Ste G, Oklahoma City www.onceuponachild.com

405-286-3114

Secondhand store that buys and sells gently used kids’ clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Grocery destination with deli and fresh food counters and online shopping available. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Toy Stores Cinnamon Bears

405-330-2327

Grocery Stores to Find Healthy Food

102 S Broadway Ave, Edmond www.facebook.com/cinnamonbears2005/

Sprouts Farmers Market

A children’s boutique offering unique room décor, clothing, baby gear and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

A neighborhood grocery stores offering thousands of natural, organic & gluten-free food options. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Green Bambino

Trader Joe’s

OKC’s baby store featuring an assortment of diapers, car seats, toys, clothing, gifts and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Multiple locations www.sprouts.com

6409 Avondale Dr, Nichols Hills www.traderjoes.com

405-843-5655

A neighborhood grocery store offering unconventional products and classic staples at affordable prices. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

5120 N Shartel Ave, Oklahoma City www.greenbambino.com

learning tree toys books & games 7638 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City www.learningtreeokc.com

405-848-2330

405-848-1415

Specialty toy store working with 450 toy manufacturers to bring parents toys, games and activities that best match the development milestones of each child’s age from birth to 14. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Uptown Grocery Co.

1230 W Covell Rd, Edmond 9515 N May Ave, Oklahoma City www.uptowngroceryco.com

with bikes and kites and swings and bows and arrows and other things, find all the best toys at learning tree! birth to teens

NORMAN Sale

JBF events are held 2x per year - in the Spring and Fall. Check out jbfsale.com for all the details

OKC Sale

It's easy to sell your items! We're here to help every step of the way. Email kathy@jbfsale.com

Shop and get unbelievable deals on all you need for all kinds of weather! Sell your items as a consignor and earn up to 80%! Details online! Save 50-90% off retail prices! Brand names you want at prices you’ll love! Smart! Savvy shoppers know there’s no better budget helper around!

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This event benefits, in part, our neighbors at Infant Crisis Services.

KaZAM Balance Bikes

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Education Preschools and Mother’s Day Out programs

Holy Trinity Lutheran School

Heritage Hall

Nationally-accredited, affordable, PreK- 8th grade Christian school with small class sizes. Focusing on students growth, both spiritually and cognitively while learning about the love of Jesus Christ.

1800 NW 122nd St, Oklahoma City www.heritagehall.com

405-749-3001

With an educational environment that focuses on the academic, social and emotional needs of each child, this school’s mission is to help children develop a lifelong love of learning. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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308 NW 164th St, Edmond www.holytrinityedmond.org/school

405-844-4000

Find more education resources at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/okc-education/


The Goddard School Western

405-348-4442

17440 N Western Ave, Edmond www.goddardschool.com/oklahoma-city/edmondwestern-avenue-ok

Exploration and discovery are encouraged here. Their play-based F.L.EX.® Learning Program is grounded in research on how children learn best. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

New Covenant Children’s Day Out 405-562-3200 2700 S Boulevard, Edmond www.newcov.tv

For ages 12 months through age 4 (or age 5 if not in Kindergarten), offered Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30am to 2:30pm. Runs September-early May with two three-week summer sessions offered in June and July.

Nature Explorers Preschool at the Oklahoma City Zoo

405-425-0218

2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City Zoo www.okczoo.org/preschool Using the Zoo’s natural setting, focuses on developing the “whole child” — i.e., cognitive, physical, social, emotional and creative development. Curriculum increases direct contact time with the outdoors through discoveries about the Zoo plants and animals. For ages 3-5.

Quail Springs United Methodist Early Childhood Program

405-751-3258

14617 N Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City www.qsumc.org/ecp Christian-based early childhood education program for children ages 2 months through 5 years. The school uses Handwriting Without Tears and Get Set For School as primary curriculums and students participate in music, dance, story and Bible time. Operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School 505 E Covell Rd, Edmond www.smesedmond.org

405-341-9541

2400 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.steugeneschool.org

Assists families in Roman Catholic faith formation and education of their children. Follows a Christ-centered, academic curriculum. PreK3-8th grade.

Crossings Christian School

14400 Portland Ave, Oklahoma City www.crossingsschool.org

Private Schools (Elementary and Secondary) 405-842-6638

801 NW 50th St, Oklahoma City www.bmchs.org

A coeducational college preparatory institution of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for grades 9 through 12. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

405-842-8495

Offers preschool to high school where the school partners with parents and church to develop students into Christ-centered servant leaders prepared academically and spiritually for college and life. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Heritage Hall

1800 NW 122nd St, Oklahoma City www.heritagehall.com

405-749-3001

A private, coeducational, college preparatory school, serving a student body of approximately 850 students from preschool through 12th grade. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Oklahoma Christian School 4680 E 2nd St, Edmond www.ocssaints.org

405-341-2265

Oklahoma Christian School is a private Christian school serving pre-K through 12th grade. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School 505 E Covell Rd, Edmond www.smesedmond.org

405-341-9541

For families from all faiths, St. Mary’s is an independent school for children ages 2.5 through 5th grade. Low student-teacher ratios and individualized and small group instruction. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Westminster School

Welcoming families from all faiths, St. Mary’s offers a developmental program designed to stimulate growth in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional development and cognitive skills. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School

The Catholic School of St. Eugene 405-751-0067

600 NW 44 St, Oklahoma City www.westminsterschool.org

405-524-0631

An independent, coeducational, non-sectarian day school with students in PreK through eighth grade. The school’s mission is to educate children by engaging them actively in experiences that challenge students to solve problems as cooperative, confident and responsible learners.

Online School K12

www.k12.com

855-482-3796

Provides an individualized, online curriculum in a variety of subjects including art, music, world languages, AP courses and more.

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Family-Friendly Restaurants Cafe Kacao

405-602-2883

3325 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City www.cafekacao.com

Brunch options with a Latin flair, using family recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Empire Slice House

405-557-1760

1734 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City www.empireslicehouse.com

Pizza restaurant and bar in the Plaza District serving New York Style pies and pizza by the slice. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

The Garage

Multiple locations www.eatatthegarage.com Offers 15 burger combinations, customizable with Angus beef, turkey or quinoa patties. Free bomb pops for kids upon request. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Hideaway Pizza

Multiple locations www.hideawaypizza.com

Locally-Owned Restaurants Date Night Restaurants The Jones Assembly

901 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City www.thejonesassembly.com

405-212-2378

One of Oklahoma City’s newest destination for food, spirits and music located on the west end of downtown on historic Film Row. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

The Melting Pot

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

4 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City www.meltingpot.com

405-235-1000

A fondue restaurant that creates an interactive dining experience with artisan cheeses, fresh salads, savory entrees, and indulgent desserts. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Redrock Canyon Grill

9221 Lake Hefner Pkwy, Oklahoma City 1820 Legacy Park Dr., Norman www.redrockcanyongrill.com Offers a combination of Southwest and American style cuisines served in a casual, energetic atmosphere. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Hideaway Pizza has been serving up starters, pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and more since 1957. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Jimmy’s Egg

Multiple locations www.jimmysegg.com Breakfast classics and an expansive menu of other classic diner foods served in a friendly atmosphere. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Louie’s

Multiple locations www.louiesgrillandbar.com A casual American-fare grill and pub serving a variety of mid-priced food and beverages in a come-as-you-are atmosphere. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Neighborhood JAM

15124 Lleyton’s Ct, Edmond 102 W Main St, Norman www.thatsmyjamok.com A breakfast & brunch restaurant serving up a selection of omelettes, pancakes, biscuits and unique specials like their Bennies. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.


Nunu’s Mediterranean Cafe

3131 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City www.nunuscafe.com

405-751-7000

A café and market serving appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and house specialties. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

4709 N Western Ave & 230 NE 1st St, Oklahoma City www.thewedgepizzeria.com An artisanal brick oven pizzeria. Using fresh ingredients, their pizzas are made from scratch daily, often featuring ingredients from The Wedge gardens and local farmers. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

706 S Broadway, Edmond

405-330-6400

Serving Latin favorites since 2007 including tapas, empanadas, Jamaician Jerk chicken, saltado and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Zorba’s Restaurant Bar

6014 N May Ave, Oklahoma City www.zorbasokc.com

Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores Multiple locations www.braums.com

Serves up a selection of locally-produced ice cream and burgers alongside a shop stocked with grocery staples. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

The Wedge Pizzeria

Zarate’s Latin Mexican Grill

Places to Eat Sweet Treats

405-947-7788

Mediterranean cuisine, offering classic dishes and new age twists and occasional live belly dancing. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Pie Junkie

1711 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City www.piejunkie.com

405-605-8767

Makes a variety of pies using quality ingredients like seasonal fruits, luscious chocolate and fresh nuts. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Pinkitzel

150 N EK Gaylord Blvd, Oklahoma City www.pinkitzel.com

405-235-7567

Specialty sweet treat shop, cafe and retail store located in the Santa Fe Train Depot near Bricktown. Find every kind of sweet treat including candy, cupcakes, macarons, truffles, specialty cakes and taffy. Take your treats to go, have them delivered or enjoy at their Cupcake Cafe.

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

1732 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City www.roxysicecream.com

405-521-1300

A colorful ice cream parlor and soda fountain serving cones, sundaes, cookie sandwiches & frozen drinks. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

KIDS EAT FREE (or almost free)

Check out our popular, updated list at bit.ly/okckidseatfree

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Family Fun

SAM NOBLE OKLAHOMA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NORMAN

Attractions, Parks & Things To Do

405-373-1595

Bouncin Craze

5201 Cimarron Rd NW, Piedmont www.chesterandcrew.com

Offers inflatables and basketball fun with open play on weekdays and birthday parties seven days a week. Weekend parties are private.

In addition to serving as an event venue for private functions and hosting their annual Pumpkin Patch from Sept. to early Nov., this farm provides monthly events such as Slip & Slide Super Heroes, Campfire Stories and Okie Sampler. Memberships available to gain free admission for these events.

Brickopolis

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge

14901 N Lincoln Blvd, Edmond 9333 W Reno, Oklahoma City www.bouncincraze.com

101 S Mickey Mantle Dr, Oklahoma City www.brickopolisu.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Chester’s Party Barn & Farm

405-516-2745

Offers games, food and a variety of attractions including mini golf and laser tag. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Bricktown

Located east and north of EK Gaylord and Reno www.bricktownokc.com Bustling entertainment district near downtown and the Oklahoma River with shops, restaurants and a scenic water taxi. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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421 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City www.dustbowllounge.com

405-609-3302

Old-fashioned bowling experience in the heart of Midtown with handwritten scorecards and retro decor. Serves full food, dessert and beverage menu.

Frontier City

11501 N I-35 Service Rd, Oklahoma City www.frontiercity.com

405-478-2140

Offers a variety of western-themed amusement rides and shows. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.


Hafer Park

1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond www.edmondok.com

405-359-4630

Spacious park with three playgrounds, a volleyball court, exercise station, kids’ fishing pond, stage and an athletic complex. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Incredible Pizza Company

5833 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City www.incrediblepizza.com

405-367-4965

Offers an all-you-can-eat buffet and a variety of rides and activities including an indoor roller coaster, bumper cars, mini-bowling, Bounce Town, glow golf, laser tag, Scrambler, go-karts and Baja Buggy. Recently underwent a $6 million renovation. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Main Event Entertainment

1441 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City www.mainevent.com

405-751-4900

Michael King provides a family show at The Ruins Bar & Grill featuring his sleight of hand magic routines and circus skills such as juggling, unicycling and balancing stunts. Book early to reserve your family’s spot to see the show at the website above.

Martin Park Nature Center

5000 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City www.okc.gov

405-297-1429

Offers a nature-themed playground, hiking trails, educational programs and an interactive learning center. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City www.myriadgardens.org

405-445-7080

Offers 15 acres of park space to explore nature including a children’s garden and playground and Crystal Bridge Conservatory. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Offers bowling, laser tag, handcrafted food and more than 110 games. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Okie Kids Playground

Michael King’s Magic at The Ruins 405-590-7063

A contemporary, art-inspired indoor playground with cafe based on purposeful play learning for children six and under. They have a soft play unit, pretend town, craft room, science based exhibits, party room and community classes.

12101 N I- 35 Service Rd, Oklahoma City www.michaelking14.wixsite.com/mysite

321 W 15th St, Edmond www.okiekids.com/parties

405-562-4888

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Oklahoma City Philharmonic Discovery Series

405-842-5387

www.okcphil.org/discovery

In addition to their POPS and Classics concerts, the OKC Phil provides perfect-for-kids family concerts three times a year. Tickets are reasonably priced and there are hands-on activities prior to each show. Season ticket holders to these concerts get additional perks. Mark your calendar for this year’s concerts: Nov. 3, 2018; Feb. 17, 2019; April 7, 2019.

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

405-424-3344

800 Riversport Dr, Oklahoma City www.riversport.org

Features hundreds of animal species and expansive botanical gardens. Also provides fun Family Programs for all ages and interests from toddlers to adults (call 405-425-0218 for more details). A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

405-951-0000

3000 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City www.oklahomacontemporary.org Encourages artistic expression and instills appreciation for the arts through a broad range of educational programs, exhibits, performances and cultural offerings.

405-552-4040

Offers whitewater rafting, tubing, paddling boarding, the Sandridge Sky Trail and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

SkateGalaxy OKC

5800 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City www.skategalaxyokc.com

405-605-2758

Offers free skating lessons, parties and open skate times.

Tot Town

2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City www.okczoo.org

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

RIVERSPORT Rapids

841 SW 119th St, Oklahoma City www.tottownokc.com

405-650-7560

An indoor play facility that caters especially to ages 0-6. Has 1200 square feet of play space. Open play times offered throughout the week, with schedule posted on Facebook. In addition to classes, they offer Family Fun Friday Nights from 6-9pm.

Unpluggits Paint & Play

575 Enterprise Dr., Ste 110, Edmond www.unpluggits.com

405-340-7584

Offers a kid-friendly craft studio and indoor playground. Enjoy clay workshops, ceramics and even grown ups paint nights. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.

This exhibition is organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Society of the Four Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, and Artis—Naples, the Baker Museum. Isabelle de Borchgrave, Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé (detail), 2017. Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh.

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OKC Area Museums Edmond Historical Society & Museum

405-340-0078

431 S Boulevard, Edmond www.edmondhistory.org

Offers a collection of permanent and temporary exhibits focused on the history of the prairie and the city of Edmond. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Harn Homestead

313 NE 16th St, Oklahoma City www.harnhomestead.com

405-235-4058

Features an outdoor museum, one-room schoolhouse, the Harn family home and a barn that help visitors understand territorial life of Oklahoma.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

405-478-2250

1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Offers a variety of exhibits highlighting the American West including a Children’s Cowboy Corral and Prosperity Junction, a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town. 

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

405-236-3100

415 Couch Dr, Oklahoma City www.okcmoa.com Features a permanent art collection that primarily focuses on European and American art from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries and one of the world’s largest public collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. Check out the kid backpacks with fun art projects to enjoy as children go through the galleries.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

405-235-3313

620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org Features an outdoor memorial and museum to remember the tragic events of April 19, 1995, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Oklahoma Hall of Fame/ Gaylord-Pickens Museum

405-235-4458

1400 Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City www.oklahomahof.com Features a variety of exhibits focused on Oklahomans and Oklahoma’s unique history. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Just about ANYTHING

can happen at the Oklahoma History Center!

Enjoy classes, special events… and much more!

(405) 522-0765 www.okhistory.org 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr./OKC

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Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr www.okhistory.org

405-522-0765

As the history museum of the State of Oklahoma, the exhibits at this museum, many of them interactive, tell the story of the state, from early American Indians to the current day.

Sam Noble Museum

2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman www.samnoblemuseum.ou.edu

405-325-4712

2020 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City www.sciencemuseumok.org

405-602-6664

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology 405-814-0006 10301 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City www.skeletonmuseum.com

Features a 7000-square-foot museum with 800 REAL specimens in natural poses and dioramas demonstrating how animals move and interact with their environments. Touch tables, scavenger hunts, videos and signage add to the educational fun for all ages.

Family Fun Outside OKC 867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

580-772-5871

Showcases thousands of items representing the evolution of aviation and spaceflight, including a 10-story Titan II rocket, an Apollo Command & Service Module and space suits, including one worn by namesake Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford during the Apollo 10 mission. 32 Refuge Headquarters Rd, Indiahoma www.fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains/

Offers hiking, wildlife watching, fishing and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Places to Swim Goldfish Swim School

Offers a wide variety of hands-on, science-focused galleries and shows. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Chickasaw Cultural Center

3000 E Logan Rd, Weatherford www.staffordmuseum.org

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 580-429-3222

Located at the University of Oklahoma, this museum tells the story of over 500 million years of Oklahoma’s natural and cultural history. Permanent exhibits include the Hall of Ancient Life with the world’s largest Apatosaurus and the Hall of the People of Oklahoma among many others.

Science Museum Oklahoma

Stafford Air & Space Museum

580-622-7130

405-696-7500

10 NW 146th St, Edmond www.goldfishswimschool.com/programs/family-swim Although more known as a swimming lesson facility, Goldfish also offers Family Swim when the entire family can swim together. Contact them to find out when the next Family Swim time will be offered.

Pelican Bay Aquatic Center 1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond www.pelicanbayaquatics.com

405-216-7649

Offers a variety of water play options for all ages including a splash pad, wading areas, slides and a climbing wall. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

White Water Bay

3908 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City www.whitewaterbay.com

405-943-9687

Serves as the cultural home of the Chickasaw Nation, with world-class exhibits, Anoli’ Theater, events throughout the year and more.

Offers more than 25 acres of water rides, slides and attractions. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West 580-252-6692

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY

1000 Chisholm Trail Pkwy, Duncan www.onthechisholmtrail.com

Enjoy the 4D movie, interactive zone and animals at this awardwinning attraction. It’s all designed to help visitors experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Chisholm Trail.

Multiple locations www.ymcaokc.org

Offers indoor pools at various branches. Features vary by location but the Edmond YMCA at Mitch Park offers an extensive swim facility complete with an Olympic sized pool, slides and a lazy river. Earlywine YMCA in S. OKC also offers a pool with kid-friendly fun. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum 405-382-0950 1714 OK-9, Seminole www.jasminemoran.com

Travel Destination

Offers 42,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and a large outdoor play area. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Hilton Anatole

Oklahoma WONDERtorium 308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater www.okwondertorium.org

405-533-3333

Offers sixteen interactive exhibits for ages 0-12 along with field trips, group visits and museum rentals.

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2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX www.hiltonanatolehotel.com

214-748-1200

Offers a luxury resort stay with exclusive access to JadeWaters, the resort’s pool complex.


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#OKCFamilyFun

BEGIN!

Fun for the entire family! Starting July 5 Hours Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm Harn House Tours at 9:30, 11 & 1 1721 N. Lincoln Boulevard, OKC

405-235-4058

www.harnhomestead.com

Enjoy all kinds of awesome inflatables at

Download our NEW app today and you’ll be one click away from…. • OKC’s most comprehensive calendar of events • local savings and contests • a park, splash pad or museum near you • seasonal fun via our lists and much more!

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• Open play on weekdays • Birthday Parties any day of the week Edmond: 14901 N Lincoln Blvd • 405-607-2020 OKC West: 9333 W Reno (by outlet mall) • 405-470-7000

www.bouncincraze.com

Celebrating our 10th anniversary “Serving Paint Since ’08”

Simply text “metrofamily” to 95577 and the message you receive will lead you to download the app. PLUS you’ll be subscribed to receive occasional text messages from MetroFamily.

Open Paint & Play All Day Indoor Playground Paint & Take Ceramics Clay Workshops Grown-ups paint nights

Thank you for voting us a Family Favorite!

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Best Art Studio/Art Lessons Best Parties/Party Venue Best Place to Have Fun with Toddlers

405-340-PLUG • www.unpluggits.com

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Child Care Centers Child Care Inc.

Multiple locations www.childcareinc.com

405-946-3223

Au Pair in America

Caring for infants to 12 year olds via seven locations in OKC and Midwest City. Three-star accredited facilities accepting DHS, tribal, military and drop-in care. After school care and summer program for school-aged children. Open 24 hours and Saturday.

Childcare Network

Six locations in OKC and Edmond www.childcarenetwork.net

Nanny Service

866-521-KIDS

jmullins@aupairinamerica.com www.aupairinamerica.com

405-618-0079

Connects families who need live-in child care to child development trained au pairs from other countries. Families benefit from great child care while also introducing their children to other cultures. Provides an affordable and flexible alternative, including 45 hours per week of child care.

Daily child care programs for infants-PreK that specialize in individualized attention, school readiness and affordability for parents. After-school care and summer programs available for schoolage kids.

The Goddard School Western

405-348-4442

17440 N Western Ave, Edmond www.goddardschool.com/oklahoma-city/edmondwestern-avenue-ok

Offers play-based F.L.EX.® Learning Program which is grounded in research on how children learn best. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Primrose School of Edmond

405-285-6787

15000 N Western Ave, Edmond www.primroseschools.com/schools/edmond/

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Offers their Balanced Learning curriculum providing carefully blended child-initiated and teacher-directed activities. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY

405-297-7760

1 NW 4th St, Oklahoma City ymcaokc.org/children-youth/child-developmentcenter For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility. Accepts children six weeks of age up to 5 years of age, offering full-day pre-school and kindergarten programs. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Need to pick up after 6 p.m.? We can help! • Caring for infants through 12 years • After-school and summer programs for school age kids • 3-star nationally accredited program • Open 24 hours and Saturday • Accept military, tribal, DHS & drop-in care

3601 NW 51st OKC

405.946.3223

309 Bizzell MWC

405.737.8790

3034 NW 17th OKC

405.947.7722

www.childcareinc.com

3 OKC Locations 540 N Council Rd. -

405.789.0661

5816 NW 36th St.-

405.947.4002

6624 NW 63rd St. -

405.721.1830


Service Providers Car Repair

Repairs both foreign and domestic vehicles. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Christian Brothers Automotive

Family/Child Photographers

Multiple locations www.cbac.com

Provides car repairs from a friendly and attentive staff. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Metric Motors

2608 S Broadway Ave, Edmond metricmotors.com

405-348-9060

123 W Waterloo Rd, Edmond www.scheerautomotive.com

www.bbpstudiosok.com

Specializing in newborns, kids and weddings. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

FotoArts Photography

Specializes in import repair. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Scheer Automotive

BBP Studios LLC - Brandon Burton 405-757-9470

405-330-4810

2605 NW 60th St, Oklahoma City www.fotoartsphotography.com

405-326-1533

An Oklahoma City-based photography company that specializes in children photography, weddings, events, family photography and senior portraits. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

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Prints Charming Photography

405-748-0088

109 NW 142nd St, Ste B, Edmond (by appointment only) www.PrintsCharmingPhotography.com

Circle of Care for Children & Youth 405-530-2078 www.circleofcare.org

Passionate about preserving special family milestones and moments in photographs that will be treasured and passed down to future generations. Specializes in museum-quality professional prints.

Taylor Made Photography

1130 W 15th St, Edmond www.taylormadephotography.com

405-341-5088

Offers a full-service portrait studio and garden. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Foreign Exchange Student Program Forte International Exchange Association

Foster Care Agencies

405-816-5764

An Oklahoma United Methodist organization, this nonprofit recruits, trains and supports foster parents around the state.

Saint Francis Community Services www.st-francis.org/oklahoma.aspx

877-263-1890

Provides recruitment, training, certification and supervision of foster homes in 52 Oklahoma counties, including Oklahoma City.

Places for Pampering Mom Eden Salon & Spa

Mulitple locations www.edensalon.com Offers hair, skin, waxing, massage and bridal services. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

www.forteexchange.org

Connects volunteer host families with foreign exchange students ages 15-18, males and females, from many countries in Europe, Asia and South America and are English speaking. Their program carefully matches students with host families and provides the service and support needed to make the exchange experience a success. Contact Area Director Tamara Gelnar at the number above or tamarag@ forteexchange.org.

“You may never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. Seuss

Three Graces Day Spa

7108 N Western Ave; Oklahoma City www.threegracesspa.com

405-840-3223

Offers skincare, waxing, massage, hair and spa packages. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Realtors HomeTeam405

10 E Campbell St, Edmond www.hometeam405.com

405-826-2589

Two-person real estate team providing expertise in buying and selling. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Ann Salyer Cox

www.churchillbrown.com

405-843-8188

Realtor specializing in luxury listings. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Guhl Family Realty www.guhlrealty.com

405-315-6060

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

A broker/Realtor team offering expertise in local real estate. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Real Estate Developments Crestone Ridge

9449 W Wilshire Blvd, Yukon www.crestoneridge.com

405-204-0678

Offers newly-built homes and a neighborhood pool, park, clubhouse and exercise room within the award-winning Yukon school district.

PrintsCharmingPhotography.com

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Travel Planning/Agencies

www.myk9u.com

Cruise Planners

405-286-5566

www.funvacays.com

Offers dog training from the basics to advanced including puppy training, group training, private lessons and boarding school.

Marcie Murphy will help you find and plan your next vacation, whether it be on land or on the seas through a cruise.

Neel Veterinary Hospital

Jenna Johnston for Magic Plus Travel

Offers veterinary care for pets including surgery, therapy, hospitalization and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

405-306-8772

jenna@magicplustravel.com www.magicplustravel.com

Helps to book and plan Disney vacations. Concierge services are free.

Pet Services Edmond East Animal Hospital

405-701-9000

5825 E Covell Rd, Edmond www.edmondeastvet.com

9217 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City

(405) 820-6851

Great Location near Kilpatrick Turnpike & Wilshire Blvd.

Stoneridge Animal Hospital

808 S Kelly Ave, Edmond www.stoneridgeanimalhospital.com

405-231-4335

Playground and Pool Yukon Schools

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LIVE

405-947-8387

405-359-3340

Offers veterinary care for animals including wellness care, spay and neutering, pet boarding and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Vera’s Posh Pets

Offers veterinary care for the pets of Edmond and surrounding areas including general medicine, vaccinations and surgery. Also services exotic pets. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

K9 University

2700 N MacArthur Blvd, Oklahoma City www.neelvet.com

105 Sutton Cir, Moore 8533 NW Expressway, OKC www.verasposhpaws.com

405-759-7674 405-759-3647

Provides a clean, fun, safe environment for four-legged family members while their owners are gone for the day, overnight or for an extended period of time. The pups enjoy the benefits of exercise and socialization.

Fitness Room Furnished Clubhouse with Kitchen

Convenient Access to Restaurants & Shopping

Great New Neighborhood Crestone Ridge • Single Family Homes • Starting at $290,000 • Urban Living in a Rural Setting

Villas at Crestone Ridge • Patio Style Homes • Starting at $220,000 • Lawn Maintenance • Gated

www.crestoneridge.com

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Parties Party Comes to You (entertainment) Extreme Animals

www.extremeanimals.org

405-413-317

Offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most beautiful exotic animals and learn about conservation in a fun way. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Forever After Parties

1724 NW 17th St, Oklahoma City www.foreverafterparties.com

405-693-1937

14020 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City okc.madscience.org

405-285-9643

Party Venue 7739 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.artsyrose.com

405-603-8550

Offers birthday parties at other locations or at their studio for kids ages 4 and up that include fun art projects as the entertainment. Adult art parties offered as well.

Bouncin Craze

14901 N Lincoln Blvd, Edmond 9333 W Reno, Oklahoma City www.bouncincraze.com

405-607-2020 405-470-7000

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Offers inflatables and basketball fun with open play on weekdays and birthday parties seven days a week. Weekend parties are private.

Chester’s Party Barn & Farm/ Chester & Crew Entertainment

421 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City www.dustbowllounge.com

405-373-1595

5201 Cimarron Rd NW, Piedmont www.chesterandcrew.com

Provides all kinds of entertainment (clowns, balloon artists, petting zoos, caricature artists, etc.) that can come to you for parties, churches, schools, business events and more. Also provides a great venue for customized parties at their location. Activities at the farm

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405-609-3302

Old-fashioned bowling experience in the heart of Midtown with handwritten scorecards and retro decor. Full food, dessert and beverage menu.

405-696-7500

10 NW 146th St, Edmond www.goldfishswimschool.com/edmond

Offering a no-hassle party that includes a party coordinator and certified lifeguards, where attendees can enjoy two hours of exclusive use of this indoor swimming facility.

Incredible Pizza Company

Provides hands-on, interactive science enrichment programming for children ages 4-12 years old. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Artsy Rose Academy

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge

Goldfish Swim School

Provides a large selection of character parties with specially trained professional performers, including super heroes and princesses. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Mad Science Central Oklahoma

can include petting zoo, pony rides, party games and more. Parties start at $175 for 10 children.

5833 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City www.incrediblepizza.com

405-367-4965

Offers a private party room, all-you-can-eat buffet and a variety of rides and activities including an indoor roller coaster, bumper cars, scrambler, go-karts, Bounce Town and glow golf. Recently underwent a $6 million renovation. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Metro Gymnastics

7420 Broadway Ext, Oklahoma City www.metrogymokc.com

405-848-5308

Offers staff-led playtime with obstacle courses and other gym features and a private party suite. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City www.myriadgardens.org

405-445-7080

Children’s birthday party package in a scenic garden setting with add-ons available like handmade popsicles, cookies, lemonade, lawn games and take-home favors.

Okie Kids Playground

321 West 15th St, Edmond www.okiekids.com/parties

405-562-4888

Choose from private parties or non-private parties for 20 children. Packages with varying levels of help provided, dates and pricing are available.

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

405-425-0684


SoccerCity of Oklahoma City

2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City www.okczoo.org/birthday-parties Parties available for ages 1-12 and all food and drinks can be purchased through the on-site catering company. Package price includes your choice of one of the themed rooms, a birthday cake and a special visit from two of our animal ambassadors.

Oklahoma WONDERtorium

405-533-3333

308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater www.okwondertorium.org

4520 Old Farm Rd, Oklahoma City www.soccercityokcity.com

405-748-3888

Parties include a private room and an hour to enjoy soccer and other sports in this indoor sports facility. Packages start at $175 and you bring the birthday cake and ice cream.

Studio J School of Dance

420 S Santa Fe Ave, Edmond www.studiojdanceok.com

405-348-3377

Offers a variety of options for birthday parties such as themes, after hours, museum rentals and special programming.

Parties include a fun dance class, craft, private room and more. Packages start at $250 for 18 children.

Pinkitzel

Tot Town

150 N EK Gaylord Blvd, Oklahoma City www.pinkitzel.com

405-235-7567

Offers Princess Parties for Girls in the Pink Boutique room include games, crafts and delicious treats all in a private room with your own party host. Pinkitzel also hosts adult parties for all occasions, from showers to birthdays to gender reveals and more.

SkateGalaxy OKC

5800 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City www.skategalaxyokc.com

405-605-2758

Offers party packages starting at $119 for 10 children. Includes a party table, paper goods, some drinks and one pizza and skating.

841 SW 119th St, Oklahoma City www.tottownokc.com

405-650-7560

Offers many birthday party options in their 1200 square feet play place designed specifically for infants to age 6. Prices range from $85-$250.

Unpluggits Paint & Play

575 Enterprise Dr, Ste 110, Edmond www.unpluggits.com

405-340-7584

Offers a private party room, party assistant, a kid-friendly craft and access to the indoor playground. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

It’s a Party at 7739 W. Hefner Rd. / OKC

Kids Birthday Party for ages 4 & up Art Activity Set-up / Clean-up Paper products “SHIMMERS” SNOW CONE party pack Special gift for birthday child

Social Painting Parties for Adults

Come to our location or we’ll come to yours!

405.603.8550 Artsyrose.com

Perfect for: Ladies’ night out Work parties Sports team parties Couples’ connection Creativity for a Cause Fundraisers

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Birthday Parties & Group Gatherings BIRTHDAY PARTIES start at $350, including admission and meal for 8 people, plus reserved area!

With Frontier City’s PICNIC IN THE PARK or White Water Bay’s PATIO PARTY, groups of 35 or more can enjoy admission, meal, and reserved area!

Special rates available for groups of 15 people or more, with savings of 50% off general admission!

Little League, Daycare, Family Reunions, and more! Let us plan your next event for a day you won’t forget! Contact group sales for more information! 405-478-2140 x214 or groupsales@frontiercity.com

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Pregnancy and Baby Resources Deaconess Pregnancy & 405-949-4200 Adoption/Connect Counseling Center 7101 NW Expressway, Ste 325 www.connectcounselingok.org

Adoption-competent mental health services for children and families touched by adoption or foster care. Their team is trained in a variety of trauma-informed, attachment-rich modalities including TrustBased Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Theraplay.

The Edmond Birthing Center, LLC 405-286-4069 14901 N Kelley Ave, #102, Edmond www.edmondbirthcenter.com

Holistic pregnancy and birth services, water birth, VBAC, well woman services, education and meet ups and retail for pregnancy and birth.

Green Bambino

5120 N Shartel Ave, Oklahoma City www.greenbambino.com

405-848-2330

OKC’s baby store featuring an assortment of diapers, car seats, toys, clothing, gifts and more. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

WCD-WIC Program www.wcdwic.org

405-631-9797

Provides nutritional counseling for women, infants and children (WIC), nutritious food, breastfeeding help and support, referrals to other services and health screenings for infants. Call to see if your family qualifies. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Statewide, call 800-492-3942.

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the EVERYTHING guidE Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden 405-424-3344 2000 Remington Place, Oklahoma City Since 1902, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has been connecting guests with wildlife and wild places. Come explore more than 100 acres filled with award winning animal habitats like Cat Forest, Great EscApe, Oklahoma Trails and Sanctuary Asia opening September 2018! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

Oklahoma Swim Academy 405-509-5415 Two locations: Key Fit Club, 14701 N Kelly Ave, Edmond Lighthouse Fitness Center, 3333 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City www.oklahomaswim.com From infant swim survival lessons to adults, Oklahoma Swim Academy provides individualized instruction to help their students learn swimming skills at their own pace and schedule. With a tagline of “Swim with Purpose,” they help teach infants and toddlers to rescue themselves if they fall in the pool and they give 10% back to community charities. Locally owned and operated, Oklahoma Swim Academy is available year-round to help everyone learn to swim and be safe around water.


the EVERYTHING guidE J. D. McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities 405-307-2800 2002 East Robinson, Norman www.jdmc.org The J. D. McCarty Center is a pediatric rehab hospital specializing in children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. They provide inpatient and outpatient services in the physical, occupational, speech and language therapies that these kids need to reach their highest level of function and independence. When the hospital was first established, they only treated one diagnosis—cerebral palsy. Today, they have seen more than 100 different diagnoses in the developmental disability category. Kids with CP continue to be seen at the hospital, but other kids may be on the Autism spectrum, have Down Syndrome or have another diagnosis. J. D. McCarty has been in operation since 1946 and is the only hospital like it in Oklahoma. Call and ask to speak to a social worker for more information about a free therapeutic screening.

Community Dance Center 405-208-5508 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City www.okcu.edu/community-dancecenter The Community Dance Center at Oklahoma City University offers a variety of dance classes to students of all ages. They believe that in addition to learning dance steps and being physically active, students will gain important values such as teamwork, discipline, self-confidence and pride. Their program is inclusive and welcoming to students of all levels and abilities and their teachers are trained through the American Dance Teacher program in the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, with teachers then offering students quality instruction and personal attention. Scholarships are available in order to make dance classes affordable for every family. At the end of each year, students perform for family and friends in their annual showcase. There is no additional cost for the showcase (no participation fee, no costume charge and no admission for family and friends).


the EVERYTHING guidE Sam Noble Museum 405-325-4712 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman www.samnoblemusesum.ou.edu The Sam Noble Museum located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman is filled with permanent galleries where families can see, touch and explore over 50,000 square feet of Oklahoma’s natural and cultural history. You’ll see awesome dinosaurs including the Pentaceratops that holds the Guinness World Record for having the tallest skull of any land animal. Journey through prehistoric Oklahoma in the Hall of Ancient Life and see a giant 90-foot long Apatosaurus protecting its’ young while locked in battle with the Jurassic predator Saurophaganax. Explore discovery tables filled with objects and specimens and uncover dinosaur fossils in the Discovery Room’s Dinosaur Dig or ride a Dinovator 26 feet up and meet Jurassic giants eye to eye. Walk-through a limestone cave then test your knowledge of Oklahoma’s landscape and wildlife with interactive touch screen computers in the Black Mesa diorama. Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of life on a mixed-grass prairie with the mighty American bison or a highland stream running through an oak-hickory forest. On display through January 6, 2019, see “Megalodon: The Largest Shark that Ever Lived.” This exhibit explores the life of this 60-foot long dominant marine predator. Though Megalodon vanished two million years ago, discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited.

Variety Care Health Centers 405-632-6688 15 locations in OKC Metro, Mid-Del and Norman www.varietycare.org Variety Care Health Centers are dedicated to providing you and your family with quality, affordable medical care at 15 locations in the OKC metro, Norman, Mid-Del and Southwest Oklahoma. Variety Care offers a full line of medical services, including primary medical care for adults and children, dental care

for all ages, women’s health and prenatal care, vision, pharmacy, behavioral health, and more. The same high-quality care is available to every patient, whether they have insurance or not. Variety Care accepts SoonerCare, Medicare, and many private insurance plans. Patients have the convenience of flexible payment options and may qualify for reduced fees as part of the Sliding Fee Scale program. Variety Care is here for you and your loved ones - not only when you’re sick, but also for those important life moments and milestones in you and your child’s life.


the EVERYTHING guidE Aqua Tots Swim School 405-721-1871

8405 N Rockwell Ave, Ste 1-4, OKC www.aqua-tots.com/ locations/usa/oklahoma/ oklahoma-city/ Aqua Tots Swim School offers a variety of levels of swim instruction year-round, including mommy and me swims, swim clubs and private lessons as well as lessons for adults and students with special needs. Incorporating self-save, learn-toswim strategies and more, class sizes are capped at four students, ensuring that each child has maximum swim time during the 30-minute sessions. Parents are provided individualized feedback after each lesson on their student’s progress. Their fast track swim camps are designed to jump start swim skills and are perfect for new swimmers and beyond.

Artsy Rose Academy 405-603-8550 7739 W Hefner Rd, OKC www.artsyrose.com Offering an assortment of art activities for all ages, Artsy Rose believes everyone – young and old – should celebrate their creativity, originality and imagination through the wonderful world of art. Enjoy art camps, craft classes, social painting events and art lessons using a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpting and more. Artsy Rose also hosts parties for all ages including adults and open paint times in the evenings and on weekends. Ask about their fundraisers called “Creativity for a Cause.”

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Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 405-609-3302 421 NW 10th St, OKC www.dustbowllounge.com/okc/ Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge is a 12-lane family friendly bowling alley in Oklahoma City’s growing Midtown neighborhood. The 12,000 square foot facility, which includes a lounge, a fullservice bar and a VIP room, is a retro-inspired tribute to the classic bowling alley of the 1970s. This unique entertainment destination can accommodate a variety of parties including kids birthday parties, team building events, holiday parties, group outings and much more.

Goldfish Swim School 405-696-7500 10 NW 146th St, Edmond www.goldfishswimschool.com/ edmond/ Unlike typical swim lessons that lock you into a set day and time for a predetermined session, the Perpetual Lessons model at Goldfish Swim School lets you choose a lesson time that fits your family’s schedule and allows you to pay month-to-month, rather than requiring you to pay for a multi-month session in advance. Offering year-round swim lessons for children ages 4 months to 12 years, Goldfish Swim School has a variety of programs to help your child develop the important life skill. Low student-to-teacher-ratios ensure every child incredible swimming experience in the safest and most fun environment possible. Ask about their birthday parties and Family Swim events.


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Metro Gymnastics 405-848-5308 7420 N Broadway Ste A, OKC www.metrogymokc.com For the fourth year in a row, Metro Gymnastics in Oklahoma City has been named “best gymnastics facility” as a Family Favorite by MetroFamily readers. In its 35th year, Metro Gymnastics offers innovative gymnastics classes for walking toddlers, preschoolers and school age children as well as a competitive team. Metro Gymnastics’ instructors work hard to make sure each child feels successful, providing an organized and clearly-outlined curriculum with monthly lesson plans and creative themes. They also offer birthday parties and have been voted a “best party venue.” Each 90-minute party is led by a designated staff member who leads the attendees around the gym through obstacle courses, the bars, beams, the tumble traks and more.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 405-478-2250 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC www.nationalcowboymuseum.org The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offers many educational, ageappropriate exhibits and programs that offer families the chance to explore images and artifacts unique to the American West. Whether exploring Prosperity Junction, the Children’s Cowboy Corral or one of the world-class collections at the museum, visitors get an up-close view of people, cultures and historical currents found in the West. Their special events, camps and family programs offer hands-on, educational opportunities to explore what life was like in the early years.


the EVERYTHING guidE Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy 405-235-7465 150 S E.K. Gaylord Blvd, OKC pinkitzel.com/okcparties Perfect for adult parties, baby or wedding showers, 1st birthdays and more, Pinkitzel’s private Pink and Gold party room will be setup and ready for your next celebration. With drinks made, cupcakes on the stands and an optional candy bar available in selection of matching colors, you and your guests are welcome to enjoy the room for an hour and half, and staff is available to take care of any needs you may have. Additional options include personalized invitations, party favors, sandwich trays, princess parties, crafts and more.

New Covenant United Methodist Church 405-562-3200 2700 S Boulevard, Edmond www.newcov.tv New Covenant is a family centered church that wants to help equip parents in building families of faith through worship experiences and small groups that are created for each age range in mind, mission opportunities to serve as a family, and a rich community of fellow believers who parent alongside you and do life with you. NC Kids (infant-4th grade) and NC Students (5th grade-12th grade) provide your family with opportunities not to just hear God’s Word but experience it, too! Wherever you are, whatever season of life you are going through, whatever your family looks like… New Covenant has a place for you. Sunday worship services are held at 8:45am (traditional), 11:00am (contemporary), and 11:03pm (traditional).


the EVERYTHING guidE Just Between Friends 405-388-1731 www.okc.jbfsale.com This consignment sale started as a concept in a living room 20 years ago and since then, thousands of local families have cleaned out their closets and made extra cash. The owners of JBF understand that raising kids on a budget is tough and as kids grow out of clothes and move on from their toys and other equipment, it’s a problem to know what to do with the old stuff and how to afford the new. You and your friends can save money and make money on kids’ clothes, toys, shoes, and equipment—in one safe, clean, organized place—saving you time and money for other things you need...like a vacation! Each event benefits, in part, Infant Crisis Services. Consignors have the option to donate unsold items at the end of each sale, and many of them do. Look for sales in Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City held throughout the year.

Oklahoma Dental Association 405-848-8873 www.okda.org/dentist The Oklahoma Dental Association promotes the benefits of good dental health for Oklahomans and encourages your family to find a dental home. There is direct link between your oral health and your overall health. Something as simple as going to your dentist twice a year is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain the highest standard in oral health. Aside from doing a routine cleaning, checking for cavities and oral diseases, your dentist can provide other options for making your smile even brighter. The ODA is supported by their 1,600+ Oklahoma dentist members. With a member dentist, you’re choosing a dentist who made a professional promise to put your health and well-being first. If you’re looking for a dental home, find an ODA member dentist near you at their website.


the EVERYTHING guidE Classical Ballet School— Enchanted Forest 405-755-5540 12008 N Virginia Ave, OKC www.classicalballetschoolokc.com/ enchanted-forest Beginning and ending in a cozy little forest cove within the studio, students in the Enchanted Forest program learn classical ballet. Each week, children discover a note from Rusalka, the fairy queen of the Enchanted Forest, asking for their assistance with new happenings in her forest. Their journey weaves together themes of nature, beautiful classical music, ballet techniques and friendship skills. Classes are age-appropriate for a variety of skill levels, beginning at age 3 all the way up to children in first grade.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center 405-951-0000 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC www.oklahomacontemporary.org Oklahoma Contemporary ignites creativity. An arts center for learning currently located at State Fair Park, their mission is to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through education, exhibition and performance. They focus on living artists, the art of now and the art of what’s next. They are committed to providing accessible, inclusive arts experiences for everyone by hosting free exhibitions, events and performances yearround and by offering low-cost, high-quality arts classes and camps for youth and adults. In fall 2019, Oklahoma Contemporary will open a spectacular new arts education and cultural

resource on a 4.6-acre site at NW 11th and Broadway. In addition to providing a world-class facility for exhibitions, performance and education and a breathtaking addition to the OKC skyline, the new campus will become a “creative commons,” a place for community to gather, create and experience art. Their Studio School will tell the stories behind the art of now and teach the skills to create what’s next. Incorporating programming from their community partners, Oklahoma Contemporary will be a hub for artistic experiences of all kinds and offer the city an event space like no other.


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Wisdom Tooth Center 405-261-1002 2745 S I-35 Service Rd, Moore www.wisdomtoothcenters.com Founded by nationally and internationally-recognized Oklahoma oral and maxillofacial surgeons, the Wisdom Tooth Center™ specializes in wisdom teeth extraction, oral surgery and dental implants. Pricing is simple and set up for ease of understanding and clarity. Wisdom Tooth Center is founded by Oklahoma oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Steven M. Sullivan, Kevin S. Smith, and Paul S. Tiwana, who are redefining the process of wisdom tooth care, with 100% focus on improving health care for Oklahomans.

Oklahoma City Philharmonic Discovery Series 405-842-5387 www.okcphil.org/discovery In addition to their POPS and Classics concerts, the OKC Phil provides perfect-for-kids family concerts three times a year. These concerts are designed to set children on the path to a life-long love of music. Tickets are reasonably priced and there are hands-on activities prior to each show. Season ticket holders to these concerts get additional perks. Mark your calendar for this year’s concerts: Nov. 3, 2018; Feb. 17, 2019; April 7, 2019.


the EVERYTHING guidE America’s Incredible Pizza Company 405-367-4965 5833 NW Expressway Warr Acres, OK 73132 www.warracresipc.com Incredible Pizza offers an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet that is full of variety, much more than the pizza and pasta their name might imply. Incredible Pizza offers incredible birthday parties, too!

After enjoying their buffet enter the world famous Fair Grounds and play over 100 arcade and carnival style games. In addition they offer a variety of attractions that the family will love, including go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, a spinning indoor roller coaster, a Scrambler ride, mini-bowling, glow mini-golf and much more. Whether you’re 6 or 60, enter the fairgrounds and have an incredible time while making memories that will last a lifetime! The 90,000 square-foot Family Entertainment Center, recently updated with a $6 million renovation, is all indoors and smoke and alcohol free.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 405-236-3100 415 Couch Drive, OKC, OK 73102 www.okcmoa.com The Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves over 125,000 visitors annually from all fifty states and thirty foreign countries and presents exhibitions from prestigious museums throughout the world. The Museum’s permanent collection covers a period of five centuries with strengths in European and American art from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, contemporary art, and one of the world’s largest public collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The Museum boasts the region’s premier repertory cinema, which screens the finest international, independent, and classic films and is home to the Museum School, which offers classes for students of all ages as well as art camps for children. Amenities include the Museum Store, the Roof Terrace, and the Museum Cafe, a full-service restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and catering services.


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Studio J School of Dance 405-348-3377 420 S Santa Fe Ave, Edmond www.studiojdanceok.com Offers students of all ages and abilities the opportunity for self expression and faith through dance. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical contemporary and clogging classes are taught by instructors with a combined 85 years of professional experience. Classes held September through May and camps and programs also offered in the summer. Enroll online. Also offers birthday parties with dance instruction and crafts included. A MetroFamily Family Favorite honoree.

Coffee Creek Church 405-225-7215 1650 Coffee Creek Rd, Edmond www.coffeecreek.church No matter where you are on your life journey, Coffee Creek Church wants you to feel at home as you encounter Jesus and connect with community. There are many ways to connect with each other through Community Groups designed for every age. Next Generation is a ministry to help children, students and young adults find and follow Jesus Christ. Creek Kids offers one hour of fun, creativity and educational experiences for birth to 5th grade. Children will learn about Jesus and apply the gospel in a way that is relevant to their lives and development. Coffeecreek Students, a program for middle and high school students, encourages kids to make wise choices, positively influence their friends and experience personal ministry through serving others. Each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., enjoy practical teaching that you can apply to your life and music you will be singing all week.

We’re serious about Jesus, family & fun!


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WCD-WIC Program 1-800-492-3942 Offices throughout the state, www.wcdwic.org Like many families, your family may not be able to stretch the budget far enough to buy the nutritious foods that you, your baby and your young children need. Good nutrition is especially important for you and your baby while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. WIC or Women Infants & Children, a USDA Food and Nutrition Service federally funded supplemental feeding program administered by WCD Enterprises, Inc., can help balance your family’s nutrition and help your money go further. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Call to see if your family qualifies.

The Sooner Theatre & The Studio of The Sooner Theatre 405-321-9600 101 E Main St & 110 E Main St, Norman www.soonertheatre.com The Sooner Theatre is a historical landmark that was resurrected 15 years ago and has become a source of entertainment and education for thousands in the south Metro and surrounding communities. Their offerings of live theatrical productions, an eclectic range of national concert artists, youth theatrical productions and performing arts classes have helped cultivate a thriving theatre community in Norman. The Sooner Theatre now owns a second historic building in Norman’s downtown arts district which houses The Studio of The Sooner Theatre. The Studio, which started as one summer camp with 31 students 15 years ago, provides more than 55 year-round performing arts camps and classes for almost 1000 students in the metro area. Come see us for a great evening of theatre, an intimate concert setting, a high-energy children’s theatre production or ignite the passion of your young performer with a camp or class!


the EVERYTHING guidE Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum 405-235-4458 1400 Classen Dr, OKC www.oklahomahof.com Experience Oklahoma’s story through its people and explore our state’s rich heritage in a high-tech, interactive museum environment. Learn what it takes to be awarded the state’s highest honor, an induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as you step into life-size, gilded frames inspired by the contributions of the members; explore the galleries and portraits; create in a makerspace inspired by the colorful and intricate Kris Kanaly Makerspace Mural and more. Together, the exhibits weave the unique tale of the state of Oklahoma.

Edmond Pediatrics 405-519-8880 North Edmond 2109 N Kelly Avenue West Edmond/Deer Creek 16440 Muirfield www.edmondpediatrics.com With two locations in Edmond, Edmond Pediatrics wants to be a part of your child’s healthy life, from immunizations to well-child exams and sports physicals. Each convenient location offers 24-hour nurse triage, same day sick appointments, Saturday morning sick appointments, on-site laboratory services and on-site X-Ray. New parents can take advantage of their free prenatal consultation to help you prepare for a healthy start for your baby. Jessica Wallenmeyer of Edmond Pediatrics, honored by MetroFamily readers as a Family Favorite.


the EVERYTHING guidE Heritage Hall 405-749-3001 1800 NW 122nd St, OKC www.heritagehall.com Established in 1969, Heritage Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. The secular private school offers a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics and a well-developed fine arts program. Heritage Hall challenges students to realize their fullest potential at every step of their lifelong, educational journey.

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Oklahoma History Center 405-522-0765 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC www.okhistory.org Experience Smithsonian-quality exhibits, trace your family heritage and explore Oklahoma’s history at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. More than 2,000 artifacts in five galleries lead visitors on a journey through Oklahoma’s inspiring and adventurous past. Learn about commerce, American Indian tribes, Oklahoma’s pioneers, the African American experience in Oklahoma and more. Outside the museum, the Red River Journey offers visitors a walking tour of the Red River Valley and the grounds also include an outdoor oilfield exhibit. Children and families learn about Oklahoma history through year round educational classes, Living History presentations, Traveling Trunks and much more.

Named best preschool, elementary school and secondary school in the MetroFamily Family Favorite awards.


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OKC FREE FUN If parents agree on anything, it’s that kids can get expensive. Piano lessons, Christmas gifts and clothes and shoes for their ever-growing bodies can be a strain. But keeping them entertained doesn’t have to be expensive. Oklahoma City is packed with opportunities to make family memories without spending a dime. BY HANNAH SCHMITT, PHOTOS PROVIDED

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FARMERS MARKETS What better way to get kids excited about vegetables than letting them pick out their own? The Paseo Farmers Market is open May to October from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The OSUOKC Farmers Market is another local favorite and they’re open year-round Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you’re up for a drive, visit the Arcadia Farmers Market located at the historic Arcadia Round Barn on Route 66. They’re open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 and sell homemade ice cream, plants, herbs, baked goods and Amish products. Find an extensive list of metro area markets at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/farmers-markets. WHEELER CRITERIUM

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BIKING TRAILS & EVENTS Whether you want to hop on a bike yourself or just get your kids interested in biking by watching others, Oklahoma City has plenty of opportunities to celebrate two-wheeled fun. The seasonal Tuesday night Wheeler Criterium event has become a hub of family fun. Talented racers speed by onlookers who enjoy food trucks, yard games and the excitement of the race. Oklahoma City’s expansive network of 10 interconnected trails can take riders to almost any part of the city. A favorite for families is the Bert Cooper Trail that surrounds Lake Hefner. Find out more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/best-bikes. Are your kids more into skateboarding than biking? Oklahoma City’s Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park was named one of the top 10 skate parks in the country by National Geographic Travel Guide and admission is free!

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NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVALS Spring and summer bring endless opportunities for getting to know a new neighborhood in the metro area. Monthly festivals are hosted in almost every segment of the urban core. A few of our favorites closest to downtown Oklahoma City are First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District, LIVE on the Plaza every second Friday and Fiesta Friday in Historic Capitol Hill the last Friday of every June, July and August. Other great options in the metro area include 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk hoshted year-round every second Friday and Guthrie’s Red Brick Nights hosted the first Saturday every MaySeptember. Find a full list of neighborhood street celebrations at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/family-friendly-okc-street-festivals.

FREE MUSEUM EVENTS In addition to the free bits of culture provided year-round, several local museums build in a few days of the year where they open for free admission to local families. Some of our favorite free museum days are: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Saturdays for Kids is hosted the first Saturday every month and allows kids and accompanying adults free admission. Oklahoma Hall of Fame: See You Saturday is the second Saturday of every month and admission is free for all. Sam Noble Museum of Natural History: First Mondays for Kids gives free admission for children the first Monday of each month.

Here’s what our readers voted as their favorite destinations for free fun in OKC in our annual Family Favorites Awards.

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OUTDOOR FUN On average, Oklahoma City sees 231 sunny days a year. That’s a lot of opportunities to get outside with the family. Here are some of our favorite spots for outdoor fun.

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Open seasonally, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel beckons visitors with sweeping views of the Oklahoma River and downtown OKC and family-friendly games and activities for before and after rides.

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The train-themed playground is reason enough to visit Central Park in Moore but plan to explore the scenic walking path and outdoor aquatic center while you’re there.


3 Martin Park Nature Center is newly renovated and boasts hiking trails, wildlife sightings, a playground and an air-conditioned nature center with a handful of interactive exhibits.

Although the berry picking season is short (usually late spring/early summer), a trip to Mustang’s Buffalo Creek Berry Farm to pick your own produce is worth the wait.

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Besides the beautiful surroundings of this urban park, the highlight of the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the seasonal plaza that boasts ice skating each winter and playful splash fountains each summer.

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Therapeutic screenings are still free at the McCarty Center

6 The J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities conducts FREE therapeutic screenings of children who have unique challenges or a disability, or for parents who have concerns about their child’s development Our screening team is composed of a pediatrician, nurse, social worker and psychology clinician. When the team has completed their screening process they will sit down with you to review what services are available for your child here at the McCarty Center as well as through other community, state and federal programs.

If your kids happen to get tired of the three playgrounds at Edmond’s impressive Hafer Park, there’s always the sparkling fishing pond.

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An abundance of play structures makes Stars & Stripes Park ideal even on crowded weekend days. Plan extra time at the park to explore the paved trail that surrounds Lake Hefner.

Today, more than ever before, we are an important resource for Oklahoma parents. We have been working with children for 71-years to help them achieve their highest level of function and independence. The screening is absolutely free-ofcharge. Call 405.307.2800 and ask to speak to a social worker for more information and to make your appointment.

8 Many people are aware of RIVERSPORT Adventures’ impressive riverside amenities, but their attractions on Lake Overholser are worth a visit too. A zipline, canoe rentals, a climbing wall and stand-up paddle boards are just of the few things you’ll find.

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Little River Park and Little River South in Moore offer two pirate-themed play areas, a large splash pad, walking trails and two fishing ponds.

There’s no better way to watch the seasons change than from the walking trails winding through the trees at George M. Sutton Wilderness Park in Norman.

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EXPLORING OKLAHOMA WITH CHILDREN

Hidden Gems

Humans are creatures of habit. But not all kids enjoy weekly trips to the same museums and parks. Sometimes it’s important to get off the beaten path and try something new. So we set out to find some of the Oklahoma destinations that might not come up at the top of the web searches. These hidden gems are no less appealing than the shiny, new attractions (and they probably have shorter lines!). BY HANNAH SCHMITT. PHOTOS PROVIDED

Enlighten your kids and spark their imagination with a trip to Harn Homestead in Oklahoma City. The original Land Run property is littered with historic structures that help visitors get a glimpse of early Oklahoma life.

One part art museum and one part natural history museum, SKELETONS: A Museum of Osteology reveals the beautiful science below the surface of every living thing. View hundreds of skeletons of creatures from across the globe, from tiny mice to a giant humpback whale.

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NUTRITION And Help Your MONEY Go Further A LITTLE FARTHER OUT: Settled among a gypsum canyon a little more than an hour northwest of Oklahoma City in Watonga is Roman Nose State Park. Breathtaking hiking trails make for a great day trip, but overnight visitors have the luxury of choosing to pitch their own tent, stay in the park’s impressive lodge with modern amenities or rent a teepee for an authentic Oklahoma experience.

It’s one of the most unique pieces of land in Oklahoma but many people don’t even realize Little Sahara State Park exists. The Waynoka park, located about two and a half hours northwest of the metro, boasts almost 2,000 acres of towering sand dunes that transport visitors to a desert oasis.

Fancy new theaters get all the attention but there’s something special about sharing the nostalgia of a drive-in theater with your kids. Oklahoma City’s Winchester Drive-In shows double features (many of them kid-friendly) and has an impressive snack bar.

Like many families, your family may not be able to stretch the budget far enough to buy the nutritious foods that you, your baby and your young children need. Good nutrition is especially important for you and your baby while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. WIC or Women Infants & Children is a USDA Food and Nutrition Service federally funded supplemental feeding program administered by WCD Enterprises, Inc.

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Kids and kids at heart adore a stop at the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, about an hour and a half south of the metro. Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling action figures have beckoned more than 50,000 visitors from all 50 states to this small Oklahoma town. METROFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM / EVERYTHING GUIDE 2018-19

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Father’s Celebration featuring Native Creativity JUNE 16

Children’s Festival featuring Chipota Films

An hour west of the metro in Weatherford sits the ideal destination for air and space lovers. The Stafford Air & Space Museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate museum that houses planes, space suits and other artifacts marking space travel history.

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Dodge City Paintball in Piedmont makes for a thrilling day trip for the whole family. They’re one of the few paintball facilities with low impact equipment specifically for kids as young as 6.

EXHIBITS & ADVENTURE Through Sept. 2: The famous Chickasaw performer and cultural treasure.

SPRING into SUMMER Two new exhibits headline a new season of festivities and activities. Enjoy Stomp Dance demonstrations and Stickball. Tour the Butterfly, Spiral and Village Gardens. Join us! Sculpting Cultures:

Southeast and Southwest Native Pottery Exhibit through Sept. 2.

For all the museums Oklahoma City has, it’s still lacking a true children’s museum. But an hour east of the metro in Seminole is the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, an expertly curated collection of exhibits that encourage imagination and pretend play offering hours of fun.

Blue Hole Park in Salina remained a local secret before social media helped spread the word about the sun-soaked swimming hole. The park offers the perfect opportunity to get away from the chlorine and the lines for the diving board and just enjoy the excitement of a natural swimming spot surrounded by nature.

If you tire of Oklahoma City’s art scene, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art sits just a 45- minute drive east of Oklahoma City. In addition to beautiful displays, this museum is known for mummies on display and an impressive lineup of classes and workshops for artists of all ages.

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Although it’s just a half hour west of the metro, El Reno’s Canadian County Historical Museum feels like a world away. Step into the charming museum village complete with a restored jail, school, barn and one of the first Red Cross Canteens, all connected by a quaint trolley that takes visitors into downtown El Reno, as well. Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most unique destinations in the sate and the only place in the world where hourglass-shaped selenite crystals can be found. Visitors flock to the area every year from April to October when digging for these unique crystals is allowed. Located near Great Salt Plains State Park, the refuge is also home to more than 300 species of protected birds, making it a great spot for wildlife watching.

For a truly unique wildlife viewing opportunity, head to Pawhuska’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. This wildlife haven is home to bison, deer, bobcats, woodchucks and more, all in view from your car as you wind through the picturesque prairie. Although impressive year-round, go in May for the bonus of getting to see 600-700 bison calves roaming.

Another great museum for kids that’s off the beaten path is Oklahoma WONDERtorium in Stillwater. The award-winning children’s museum is the epitome of handson learning with a variety of exhibits encouraging kids to learn through engaging activities.

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Be consumed.

Pet Pages Dogs and other pets bring love, devotion, a sense of responsibility and much more to family life. Sponsored by K9 University, this series will bring you stories about how pets benefit families and how you can better care for and live with your furry friends.

Summer is Prime Time for Pet Adoption The Edmond Animal Shelter reported in early June they’re over their dog capacity by more than 300 percent and the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter reported being at capacity this month, as well. Full shelters often give families even more incentive to adopt a pet by giving discounts on adoption fees or even waiving them altogether. If you’ve been considering a pet for your family, summer can be a great time to take the plunge. Kids out for the summer have the spare time to get into the habit of the walking, feeding and daily maintenance of a pet. “Pets are all about unconditional love and there are a great deal of benefits from that companionship,” explained Dr. Lisa Marotta, a clinical psychologist from Edmond. “Most consider a pet a family member, a living being that will listen, love and not steal their stuff.” But there are also more than just those benefits to having a pet, Marotta added.

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“Pets can help develop social skills, including nonverbal communication,” she said. “A pet’s whole way of communication is nonverbal and kids learn how to understand and respond to their nonverbal cues. For example, if a child is too loud, the animal will likely move away. Also, when pets are taken care of they respond in a positive way. Kids can learn empathy by thinking about another living being and their needs and it’s a way for a child to contribute to the family or community in a tangible and important way.” Julie Bank, superintendent of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, agreed that having a family pet offers many benefits.

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“Animals have an integral role in the family,” Bank explained. “A pet can bring families together with a common focus and goal and give a child someone to connect to, get them out of the house, can build confidence and add lots of new love.” However, as someone who sees what happens when pet ownership doesn’t work out as expected, Bank also noted having a pet alone does not teach responsibility.

“You can’t really expect a child to be fully responsible for a living thing,” Bank cautioned. “Parents will have to help.” And that is often where parents might have some trepidation. Adopting a family pet is a serious commitment. Some research, conversation and practice can help your family decide if and when it’s the right time. While puppies are likely the first thing to pop into a child’s mind, that may not be the best option for a family. Luckily, local shelters have plenty of options. Here are seven tips for choosing a dog at a shelter or through a rescue organization, provided by Angel Soriano, owner and animal behaviorist, of K9 University in Oklahoma City: • Consider the energy of the dog versus how much time you have on a daily basis to exercise them. • Consider the size of the dog versus how much space you have for them. Larger dogs and those with more energy need a larger space. • Consider the amount of grooming this particular dog will need daily, weekly, monthly. Do you have the time and resources for this? • Look for a dog that displays friendliness to you and your family and is not fearful of you or others. You want a confident dog. • To know better whether a dog will be good with your children, bring your entire family to the adoption center. Observe how the dog you are interested in react to children. If you have other pets, ask to introduce this new dog to them. Look for friendly behavior; no growling, snarling, biting or assaulting behaviors are acceptable. • Once you adopt your dog, consider a good trainer as soon as you get your new arrival. A good obedience foundation as well as socialization will be needed. • Also find a good veterinarian and get the dog checked out as soon as possible. A good resource to find one is at www.okvma.org.

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• Here are some local shelters and rescue groups you can contact to adopt a pet:

Mustang Animal Shelter, 405-376-2488, www.cityofmustang.org

The Bella Foundation, 1-866-318-PETS, www.thebellafoundation.org

Norman Animal Welfare Center, 405-292-9736, http://normanpd.normanok. gov/pd/animal-welfare

Best Friends of Pets, 405-418-8511, www.bestfriendsofpets.org Central Oklahoma Humane Society, 405-286-1229, www.okhumane.org Edmond Animal Services, 405-216-7615, www.edmondok.com Free to Live Animal Sanctuary, 405-282-8617, www.freetoliveok.org Forever Yours Dog Rescue, www.foreveryoursokc.org Midwest City Animal Welfare, 405-427-6640, www. midwestcityok.org Moore Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 405-793-5190, www.cityofmoore.com

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, 405-297-3100, www.okc.gov/departments/ animal-welfare Pets and People Human Society, 405-350-7387, www.petsandpeople.com Safe Haven Animal Rescue, 405-463-1556, www.safehavenanimalrescue.org

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[Editor’s Note: Since this new Everything Guide could be very helpful to newcomers in our city, we asked our Kid Reviewers, Samuel and Isaac, to help kid newcomers get oriented. Here’s what they had to say.] What makes Oklahoma City stand out? Sam: When I talk with other kids my age, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of different things. We go to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Philharmonic, lots of shows at Civic Center Music Hall and active sports places like Climb Up, where you can do rock climbing but inside a silo, and RIVERSPORT, which has paddleboarding, kayaking and water slides. I don’t know if I would be able to visit all of those things in other cities because they’re less expensive here and traffic isn’t so bad to get to them. I feel like Oklahoma City has the best parts of a big city and a small town. Kids that are new in my grade who move from other places seem surprised that there is a lot to do here. It can be really fire if you know where to go. Isaac: Oklahoma City stands out because it’s my city. Kids like me live here and we always make friends. I would be friends with any new kids that move here. What is the best part about living in Oklahoma City? Sam: The variety of things to do is important. I also really like the public library here because you can get almost any book brought to you from another library if it’s not at your branch.” Isaac: Eating at different restaurants is really fun. We get to do that sometimes. The other thing you can do here is find lots of rocks

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and go outside to see nature. My Kindergarten class went to Camp DaKaNi for our field trip and our class played there all day. I climbed a rock wall and we had a picnic with my grandma. I also love seeing the dinosaurs at the museum that has sharks and fossils [the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman]. What is the worst part about living here? Sam: The weather is always really hot or really cold. My Dad is from Costa Rica and the climate is totally different. It’s very nice, about 70 degrees Fahrenheit every time we visit. The seasons are not like that here because we always have four instead of two; there, it’s either the rainy season or not the rainy season, that’s all. I also wish that we had an ocean with a beach for surfing and that we could walk more places instead of always having to take a car. Isaac: I don’t have my other grandparents here. They live very far away and can only visit once per year and they have to take two airplanes to get to Oklahoma. Would other kids like living in Oklahoma? Sam: Yes, I think they will like that we mostly don’t have traffic jams and you can get out and do things easier than other places. Also, every house has a washer and dryer; it’s not like an apartment in bigger cities where you have to go to a laundry area everyone shares. And if your parents buy a house that’s kind of big and you don’t have a lot of siblings, you might get your own room. That’s a plus you won’t find in every city.

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What do you think you’ll remember most about growing up in Oklahoma City? Sam: I’ll remember wide open spaces and the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. I think other people would say Thunder basketball or OU football. Me, though, what I will remember is friends and my brothers. My friend, John, took me to The Beacon DriveIn, which is in Guthrie, last weekend, and I had never been to a drive-in movie theater before. That’s kind of an old-fashioned thing but it was new to me. Other kids will remember what they do here that’s new to them. Isaac: Well, my teachers are people I will remember. I can barely remember the house we had before where we live now but I don’t want to forget the people, like Mrs. Smelser, my kindergarten teacher. Teachers and friends are more important than the place. If a kid is new here, he or she might miss their teachers and their friends but the good news is you can find more people who are nice.

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your family has dinner. The setting is really peaceful. It’s like the countryside with farms all around out there. Myriad Botanical Gardens is a really chill place where you can meditate in the middle of the city and forget about all the concrete around you. The Stafford Air and Space Museum is probably the most amazing place I’ve ever visited; even though it’s like an hour in the car to get there, you’ll see planes and rockets. If you don’t like how things are going, you can always get a library card and take out books about other places, just travel there in your mind until real life gets better. Isaac: If you’re nice to other people, they will be nice to you. I learned at my preschool that’s the Golden Rule. It’s the rule here. If you just remember that, you can make friends quickly who will be kind to you at recess so you’re not lonely. Also? Go see the dinosaur museum.

What advice would you share with other children who are moving to our state? Sam: My advice is to have an open mind and just try new things. You’re not going to have a good time if you’re already thinking that a new city isn’t what you want. There are really cool places you should visit! I’ll tell you three besides RIVERSPORT and Climb Up: POPS at Arcadia, Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford. POPS has a giant soda bottle that lights up at night on the outside and its wall are glass; they’re decorated with every kind of soda imaginable, which you can buy there while

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