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ow, what a fun issue we have for you! This February edition of Wichita Family Magazine is our first official Best for Family issue! We have page after page of results of the Best for Family ballots that were submitted during the fall. We were so excited to see all of the things that you and your family love in Wichita and we’re thankful you took the time to turn in ballots so we could share all the great info with other readers. As always, we want you to continue to let us know about things going on in and around Wichita that you think other readers would enjoy hearing about. Are there big events coming up that you want to see us cover? Any exciting Wichita traditions that you think other Wichita Family readers should take advantage of? I’d love to hear from you! We’re also going to continue our popular Mompreneur stories and Feature a Teacher articles in coming months. Do you know of a local mom who has a business and deserves being recognized, send her information our way! And is there a teacher that stands out to your for any reason? This would be a great way to let others know how much that teacher does for his or her students, let us feature him or her in an upcoming issue.

Wichita Family Magazine is published 12 times a year by For the Families, LLC. Wichita Family Magazine is available free, at schools, stores, restaurants, libraries, retailers and local attractions, as well as other places families frequent. For a complete list of where to find Wichita Family, or for subscription rates, visit Mailing address: P.O. Box 817 Wichita, Kansas 67201 How to reach us: Phone: 316.295.8465 Email: Copyright 2009 by For the Families, LLC. All rights reserved. Wichita Family Magazine is not responsible for errors, omissions or contest fulfillment from third parties. Reproduction in part or in whole without written permission is strictly prohibited. Wichita Family is distributed free of charge. The magazine’s advertisers make this possible, so support them! We reserve the right to edit submitted material. All submissions will be considered for publication, but we reserve the right to refuse material. Materials will not be returned. Any editorial content or advertising published is the property of For the Families, LLC.

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News and information from our partners at Wichita Public Schools North named AVID National Demonstration School North High School AVID students Isaias Trejo, Aakem Stephens and Jessica Cepeda celebrate their school being named a National Demonstration School.


orth named AVID National Demonstration School North High School has once again been named an AVID National Demonstration School. By earning the National Demonstration School recognition, schools from across the country who are interested in an AVID program can visit North to learn how to successfully implement the program. Fewer than 50 schools out of 4,700 with AVID programs are named Demonstration Schools. AVID recognized North as one of the top three programs in the country and said the school is recognized

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in addition to Advanced Placement and Honors-level courses. The students also receive support from college tutors and are encouraged to become leaders in the school and community. Pleasant Valley has also received the AVID National Demonstration School recognition. The schools that have AVID programs are East, Heights, North, Northwest, South, Southeast, West, Brooks, Coleman, Curtis, Hadley, Hamilton, Jardine, Marshall, Mayberry, Mead, Pleasant Valley Middle, Robinson, Stucky, Truesdell and Wilbur.

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iffany Allen, assistant principal at Seltzer Elementary, and Darla Loggans, second-grade teacher at Emerson Open Magnet, have earned the profession’s top honor of National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. National Board

Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers and is the most prestigious credential a teacher or administrator can earn. National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based

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assessment that takes a year to three years to complete. Teachers document their knowledge of the subject matter, show evidence they know how to teach students effectively and show their ability to measure student learning.

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ast High School’s Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. East’s Orchestra was one of eight orchestras selected to perform from dozens of orchestras from across the country that applied. The orchestra performed on December 17. “This is the finest group of musicians I have ever had assembled under my baton. I had no doubt that they would perform at the highest level possible, and they did not disappoint,” said Eric Crawford, orchestra teacher at East.

“They are simply the best, and deserve to be treated as such.” The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic is the largest and most prestigious professional music educators’ conference in the world. It is attended by over 15,000 people each year from across the U.S. and more than 30 countries. To be invited to perform at this conference is among the highest distinctions that an orchestra can achieve. East’s Symphony Orchestra and Robinson Middle School’s orchestra have previously performed at the clinic.


ostic Traditional Magnet has received the Governor’s Achievement Award for their students’ performance on the Kansas State Assessments. Bostic was selected for the award because the school achieved Standard of Excellence in both reading and math for 2010, was in the top 5 percent in Kansas in both reading and math, and made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in both reading and math for 2010 along with having good attendance.

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n the next several pages appear the results of our first annual Best for Family Readers’ Choice Survey.

During the months of September, October andRug November, Wichita Magazine published a Auto Dealer  Auto Repair  Carpet and Cleaner  Family Childcare  Counseling ballot asking our readers to submit their votes for all of their favorites in the categories listed.

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Serviceforthem, Electrical Contrator Florist  General Contractor  Dentist  Insurance but handing out ballots was prohibited. You will probably see some big surprises and some results that you might find predictable. There are locallyowned businesses as well as national chains.

Agent  Pet Grooming  Pediatrician  Photographer  Physician/Surgeon  Please keep in mind, that the winners were chosen strictly from votes submitted by Wichita Family readers. Wichita Family Magazine is excited to honor the winners, but we also recognize that there are many other deserving restaurants, doctors, real estate agents, photographers, etc., Estate that could Agent be on this list. Plumbing  Optometrists Orthodontists  Real Retirement

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Wichita Family Magazine readers voted - here are the results! Top 3 Local Restaurants Bella Luna Cafe: 4618 E. Central, Suite 50, Wichita, KS 67208. 316-683-3700. 2132 N. Rock Road, Suite 107, Wichita, KS 67206. 316-634-0008. 2441 N. Maize Rd., Suite 2511, Wichita, KS 67205. 316-613-3320. Wichita Family Magazine readers declared that Bella Luna Cafe is their favorite place eat. With locations on the east side, the west side, and right in between, you’re never too far from a delicious meal. The family-owned business opened in 2002 and serves a menu of homemade soups, huge salads, sandwiches that are dripping with flavor and entrees that won’t break the bank. The restaurant has a neighborhood feel to it and serves many traditional Mediterranean dishes. Don’t forget to pay attention to the specials, too. There are some great deals to be had at Bella Luna. You’ll also find live music on Friday and Saturday nights at the New Market Square Bella Luna location and live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Bradley Fair spot.

Texas Roadhouse: 6707 W. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67209. 316-943-8722. Texas Roadhouse is a loud, fun place to go out to eat with your family and friends. The food and the environment—where waitresses stop to line dance and diners are encouraged to throw peanut shells on the floor—are appealing to young and old alike. When you step in the front door you’re hit with the smell of homemade bread, which is served in bottomless bowls, and the staff is ready to follow through with the mission statement of “Legendary Food, Legendary

Service.” Casual, American food is served, including hand-cut steaks and made-fromscratch dressings and sides. It’s no wonder that this restaurant has remained equally as busy from the day it opened 7 years ago up to this point.

N & J Cafe: 5600 E. Lincoln. Wichita, KS 67218. 316-681-3975. N & J Cafe is a Wichita establishment that has been around for over 25 years. A family-owned and operated business, the restaurant prides itself on offering authentic, fresh dishes. Serving strictly Mediterranean food, N & J Cafe is known for it’s Hummus and madefresh daily pita bread as well as signature soups, salads and entrees. N & J Cafe is also known for the atmosphere it offers customers: A casual dining spot where customers seat themselves and often run into someone they know.

Appetizer: Bella Luna, Hummus 4618 E. Central, Suite 50, Wichita, KS 67208. 316-683-3700. 2132 N. Rock Road, Suite 107, Wichita, KS 67206. 316-634-0008. 2441 N. Maize Rd., Suite 2511, Wichita, KS 67205. 316-613-3320. Bella Luna’s Hummus was the top votegetter and it’s no surprise. The fresh and creamy Hummus is a great prelude to the many yummy entrees at Bella Luna and it costs only $6.75. For a little more filling appetizer, try the Hummus Shawarmah which is a delicious plate of Hummus topped with marinated chicken ($7.95) or the hearty Hummus and Steak, a plate full of the signature Hummus topped with Angus Beef, onions, mushrooms and pine nuts ($8.95).

Runner up: Cheddar’s, Santa Fe Spinach Dip: 11711 E. 13th Street North, Wichita, KS, 67208. Cheddar’s has been a popular family restaurant since the chain came to Wichita four years ago. The east-side establishment is a relaxed and fun place for families to dine and enjoy reasonably-priced food. The Santa Fe Spinach Dip grabbed the runner-up spot in our appetizer category. A signature item that really can’t be compared to anything else, the mix of spinach, sour cream, spices and cheeses is served with homemade salsa and tortilla chips. For $4.99, kids and adults alike can enjoy the starter.

Atmosphere: Red Rock Canyon Grill: 1844 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67226. 316-636-1844. Red Rock Canyon Grill is the place to go for an upscale, yet casual dining experience. The restaurant offers a southwestern flare and the exposed kitchen and high ceilings add to the excitement of the 9-year-old establishment. Signature dishes include the Stuffed Poblano Peppers; Rotisserie Chicken; Filet, Seared and Sliced; North Atlantic Salmon and for dessert, Something Chocolate.

Runner-up, N & J Cafe: 5600 E. Lincoln. Wichita, KS 67218. 316-681-3975. This family-owned business was voted one of the Top 3 Local Restaurants by our readers and one of the reasons is because of it’s comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Patrons rave about the affordable and Wichita Family | FEBRUARY 2011


freshly-made food but it’s also the casual atmosphere that keeps them loving the location year after year. Seat yourself, make yourself comfortable, sit back an stay awhile. Enjoy the food, expect to see some old friends and make some new ones while you’re at it.

Bang for your Buck Texas Roadhouse: 6707 W. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67209. 316-943-8722. Our readers voted Texas Roadhouse as the winner of Best Bang for your Buck as well as one of the Top 3 Local Restaurants. Wichita Texas Texas Roadhouse Managing Partner Mitch Hauber and his staff of 135 employees work hard to give Wichitans a fun, lively place to enjoy some amazing food, but behind the scenes, the team is intentional about making sure it’s still a great value for visitors as well. As prices for ingredients and supplies have gone up, Texas Roadhouse has not raised menu prices. Instead, Hauber and his team have focused on offering diners amazing service, a fun experience, made-fromscratch foods so sales stay up even in a slow economy. The strategy has worked and families agree that Texas Roadhouse is a great value.

Runner-up, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers: 8621 W. 21st Street N., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-722-2299. 420 S. Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS, 67209. (coming soon!) 310 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-691-9998. 11525 E. 13th Street, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-440-5678. 2100 N. Rock Road, Derby, KS, 67037. 316-558-5388. Freddy’s is a Wichita-based institution that has a big following and many signature items. A mix between fast food and casual dining, Freddy’s refers to it’s style of dining as fast casual. Kids steakburger meals—which include the unmistakeable Freddy fries and a drink—begin at $3.99. Full-size meals range up to about $7.00 depending. In addition to the signature steakburger meals, Freddy’s offers Vienna Beef premium beef hot dogs, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, chicken, tenders, veggie burgers and chili. The

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1200 S. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS. 316-618-7227. 233 S. West St., Wichita, KS. 316-945-9550. 662 E. 47th St. South, Wichita, KS. 316-522-7636. 3550 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS. 316-684-1945.

If you’re heading to Hog Wild and you ask someone what you should order, there’s a good chance that you’ll be told to try the ribs. But there’s also a good chance that you’ll be advised to load up on the brisket. Oh wait, the pulled pork was pretty awesome, too. Actually, you can’t really go wrong with any menu item. That’s Hog Wild’s strength. The place consistently serves one amazing item after another, at least that’s what Wichita Family readers are saying. Sandwiches at Hog Wild start at $3.99 and dinners range from $6 to $9. Food can be ordered in meals or ala carte depending on budget and appetite. Each of Hog Wild’s restaurants are headed up by a General Manager, explains Principle Partner Gary Poulton, and the General Manager is skilled and passionate about providing great food and service each and every day. “We have a great time doing what we do,” added Poulton. “Which is easy when customers love your food.”

Runner-up, Pig In! Pig Out! BBQ: 1003 E. 13th Street. North, Wichita, KS, 67214. 316-263-7474. Open since 1996, Pig In! Pig Out! BBQ is a championship BBQ restaurant with well over 200 awards from around the country. Ribs, hot links, pulled pork, brisket and plenty of sides will keep you coming back for more at Pig In! Pig Out! BBQ.

famous Freddy fries can also be topped with the delicious chili and cheese or you can order beer-battered onion rings. It’s hard not to fill up on the unmistakeable burgers and fries, but don’t forget to leave room for a Frozen Custard treat. Freddy’s desserts range from $1.79 for a single cone or dish to around $4.49 for a large specialty concrete. These amazing custard items also can be substituted for a drink with one of the above mentioned combo meals for the price difference between the custard item and the drink.

Breakfast: The Good Egg 2141 N. Bradley Fair Pkwy #111, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-315-0110. The Good Egg opened in 2000 and is a casual, upscale restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Located in Bradley Fair, the comfortable dining spot has a long menu of breakfasts sure to fit any appetite. Crepes, Omelettes, French Toast, Sandwiches, Smoothies, Salads, Frittatas, the list goes on. There are also plenty of healthy options and a kids menu that will fill up your kiddo for only $4.95.

Runner-up: The Egg Crate:

8606 W. 13th Ste. 150, Wichita, KS, 67212. 316-295-2822. The Egg Crate opened in 2007 and is a west-side hotspot for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant has a menu full of comfort food such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, Belgian waffles, country fried potatoes, chicken fried steak and more. The large portions and friendly service is making the young restaurant a go-to for families and business associates alike. Be sure and top off any meal with a piece of one of their traditional pies, you won’t be disappointed.

Chinese food: PF Chang’s: 1402 North Waterfront Pkwy., Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-634-2211. PF Chang’s is an upscale Chinese restaurant where you can enjoy mouthwatering appetizers, main dishes and desserts in a sleek, modern atmosphere.


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300 N. Mead, Ste. 108, Wichita, KS, 67202. 316-260-1199. Caffe Moderne, opened in 2007 by owner Janet Rine, is a casual to sit with friends and family and enjoy custom roasted coffees, a cocktail, great food and desserts. The cozy atmosphere and numerous flavors of Gelato make this place a must-try spot. The range of prices are from $3.50 for on of Caffe Moderne’s “Sweet Features” to $6.00 for a double dip of Gelato. General Manager Carol Lujano explains the appeal of Gelato and some of the other unique desserts that can only be found at Caffe Moderne: “The difference between ice cream and Gelato is that Gelato has less butterfat than ice cream. Gelato is also kept at a slightly higher temperature than ice cream which aids in maintaining its creamy consistency. Another major difference between ice cream and Gelato is that it uses pure and fresh ingredients and can be consumed directly after production. “All of these factors give Gelato an intense, clean perception of the flavor. Please note that all the ingredients used in making Gelato are top quality, imported straight from Italy or bought fresh. Our Gelato is handmade fresh daily so that means we change the flavors from day to day with the exception of our staple flavors. Our staple Gelato flavors are: Coconut, Vanilla, Chocolate, Bacio, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Strawberry, and Tiramsu. We offer a total of 15 flavors on a daily basis which includes our staple flavors. We also sell Gelato by the pint at $13 or $20 for a quart.”

Runner-Up: Cheddar’s 11711 E. 13th Street North, Wichita, KS, 67208. Hand-Dipped Shakes ($2.99), Apple Pie A La Mode ($3.99), Hot Fudge Cake Sundae ($4.99) and of course, the Legendary Monster Cookie ($3.99). It’s all about comfort foods at Cheddar’s on the desserts menu.

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PF Chang’s is known for it’s signature lettuce wraps and the huge entree portions meant to be served “family style.”

Coffee: Starbucks: There was a time not too long ago that if you wanted a Starbucks coffee in Wichita, you had to head to the nearest Barnes and Noble and visit the cafe inside. Well, that’s no longer the case and with nearly 20 Starbucks stores around the city, including those inside Dillon’s and Target stores, there are many convenient locations at which to grab a frappuccino, macchiato or other specialty coffee.

Runner-up: Mead’s Corner: 430 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS, 67202. 316-201-1900. Mead’s Corner is way more than just great coffee, sandwiches and treats. The coffeehouse routinely hosts free concerts, poetry readings, open mic nights and many more events. Mead’s Corner isn’t your typical business. It is owned by First United Methodist Church and the profits above the operating costs support ministries across Wichita and around the world. Volunteers help run the coffeehouse and see it as a mission, a ministry right in the heart of the city.

Cafe: Riverside Cafe:

739 W. 13th St., Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-262-6703. 924 S. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS, 67218. 316-682-9265. Good old food like Grandma used to make, that’s what you find at Riverside Cafe. The comfortable, warm atmosphere is full of regulars and newcomers are welcomed like family as well. This is down-home cooking at it’s best. Chicken fried steak, okra, pie, patty melts and mouthwatering breakfasts dishes that are served all day. The prices are affordable and portions are generous.

Runner-up: Jason’s Deli: 2000 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 108, Wichita, KS, 67208. 316-636-4447. 7447 W. 21st, #141, Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-721-4993.

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Jason’s Deli has options for just about anyone. There’s an enormous salad bar that is ripe for the picking and seems to be nearly always full and being reloaded. The menu has hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, baked potatoes and more. Jason’s Deli also has been great about offering vegetarian, organic and now gluten-free choices for diners who have more specific diets. Perhaps most important, don’t leave without your free ice cream!

Hamburger: Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers: 8621 W. 21st Street N., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-722-2299. 420 S. Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS, 67209. (coming soon!) 310 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-691-9998. 11525 E. 13th Street, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-440-5678. 2100 N. Rock Road, Derby, KS, 67037. 316-558-5388. Freddy’s, also the runner-up in Best Bang for your Buck, is known for it’s amazing steakburgers. Wichita Family readers agree that Freddy’s is doing it right when it comes to burgers. 85-percent lean ground beef, Freddy’s special seasoning, pressed thin and served with seared edges on a butter-toasted bun. Wow. Freddy’s offers several varieties of their original steakburger, allowing the customer to customize it to their specific taste.

67206. 316-636-8997. 2441 N. Maize Rd., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-558-8077. The saying at Doc Green’s is, “As healthy as you wanna be.” Build your own salad, choose one of the pre-designed salads, sandwiches or wraps and watch it as its made right in front of you. The restaurant also offers great hot entrees like grilled salmon and there are several choices for kids meals.

Runner-Up: Barn’rds:

2037 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS, 67208. 316-686-2431. Family owned and operated, Barn’rds serves fresh, fast and delicious food that won’t break the budget or the diet plan. Savory soups, famous roast beef sandwiches, hearty salads and many more mouth-watering meals line the menu at this longtime Wichita favorite.

Ice Cream: Marble Slab Creamery: 2000 N. Rock Rd., #106, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-634-0660. 2234 N. Tyler Rd., Ste. 119, Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-773-7522. Wichita Family readers named Marble Slab Creamery as the best spot to go for ice cream in Wichita. Freshly-baked waffle cones, plenty of mixins, ice cream flavors such as Chocolate Rum, Peanut Butter, Peach, Peppermint and so many more make for endless possibilities for kids of any age.

Runner-up: Five Guys Burgers and Fries: Runner-up: Creamery:



2616 N. Maize Rd. #100, Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-722-5489. 2929 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 110, Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-440-4895. 3000 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 67226. 2441 N. Maize Rd., Ste. 216, Wichita, KS, 67205.

Five Guys is new to Wichita and it has made quite an entrance. Opening on the west side in early 2010 then closing out 2010 with a new spot out east, the burgers and signature fries have created a quite a stir.

Healthy Food:

Cold Stone Creamery was a close runnerup to its competitor Marble Slab. Cold Stone offers a wide variety of creamy ice creams and guests are invited to choose whatever they want to add to it from the line of candies, fruits and nuts. There’s also a menu of special creations, signature desserts that will quench any sweet tooth.

Doc Green’s:

Italian: 10096 E. 13th St., Ste. 102, Wichita, KS,


2706 N. Amidon, Wichita, KS, 67204.

316-838-0709. DeFazio’s has been going strong as an authentic Italian restaurant in Wichita since 1982. Fresh ingredients, homestyle southern Italian food, sauces made from scratch, all are part of what make the casual, comfortable restaurant a great place for families to enjoy a delicious meal. There is a large menu of pizza’s and calzones, sandwiches, pastas, seafoods and more that will satisfy any appetite.

Runner-up: Johnny Carino’s: 3213 N. Toben St., Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-636-4411. Hand-breaded Calamari, Italian Nachos, Baked Stuffed Mushroom, all great ways to start your meal at Johnny Carino’s in East Wichita. Try traditional pizzas and pastas or give one of the “Only at Carino’s” options a try. Angel Hair with Artichokes, Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival, Skilletini, all served in generous portion sizes.

Mexican: Connie’s: 2227 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS, 67219. 316-832-9636. Connie’s is a Wichita institution when it comes to Mexican food. Opened in 1963, the family-owned business proudly talks itself up as the oldest and best place to go in the city for Mexican food. Connie’s Mexico Cafe serves traditional Mexican food served in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. The menu is long and full of specialty dishes that are made fresh and served in huge portions.

Runner-up: Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant: 3434 W. Central, Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-942-9131. 9718 E. Harry, Wichita, KS, 67207. 316684-8931. 2241 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS, 67220. 316-652-0027. 119th St. W and Maple St., Wichita, KS, 316-729-2500. Opened in 1967, Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant is another of Wichita’s longstanding Wichita traditions when it comes to food. The Lujano family knows their food and they know what Wichitans like. The freshly-made guacamole is a

must and there really isn’t a bad thing on the menu.

Pizza: Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza: 4817 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS, 67218. 316-612-7085. 2132 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-636-2121. Il Vicino’s two Wichita locations offer local diners a chance to experience fresh, highquality pizzas baked in a wood oven. The made-to-order pizzas are hot from the oven and ready to be eaten in Il Vicino’s quaint, classy atmosphere or taken back to your own kitchen table. Pizzas range from $5.95 for the basic Pizza Margherita (Marinara sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil) up to $8.95 for the Molta Carne (Marinara sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, capocollo ham, calamata olives, mushrooms and fresh oregano) with many choices in between.

Runner-up: Knolla’s Pizza: 7732 E. Central, Ste. 123, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-440-4540. 3817 W. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-942-0344. 7343 W. Central, Wichita, KS, 67212. 316-773-4496. 13011 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS, 67230. Operating under the assumption that Wichitans want “Freedom from Corporate Pizza,” Knolla’s Pizza is serving pizza in a family-friendly atmosphere. Open in Wichita for over 25 years now, Knolla’s offers New York Style thin pizza and Chicago Deep Pan pizza from the four family-owned and operated restaurants.

Sandwiches: Cinnamon’s Deli: 9747 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS. 316651-0153. 2616 N. Maize Rd., Wichita, KS. 316866-2771. 209 S. West St., Wichita, KS. 316-9458770. 1885 S. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS. 316-6847763. It’s no secret that Cinnamon’s Deli serves up some amazing sandwiches and soups

and Wichita Family readers confirmed that it’s the place to go for a fresh, delicious sandwich. Diners can choose from a variety of sandwiches such as Turkey Avocado Cream Cheese (mayo, sprouts, avocado, turkey and cream cheese), the Cranky Turkey (lettuce, cranberry sauce, turkey, cream cheese) and the Smoke Stack (lettuce, Russian mustard, smoked turkey, smoked beef, smoked gouda cheese). Half sandwiches are $5.59 and whole are $6.79.

Runner-up: The Sandwich Bar

Artichoke 811 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS, 67208. 316-263-9164. For an alternative and one-of-a-kind sandwich stop, The Artichoke Sandwich Bar is the place to go. The sandwiches aren’t the only great thing at The Artichoke, it’s also the place to go to hear some of the best local musicians. While The Artichoke is popular for it’s sandwiches, it’s also an acoustic music hotspot with bands playing on the weekends and events taking place throughout the week.

Seafood: Bonefish Grill 10250 E. 13th St. KS, 67206.

N., Wichita, 316-315-0299.

Bonefish Grill is an upscale restaurant that’s great for an escape during the day or a romantic night out. The menu is full of mouthwatering baked, grilled and sauteed specialties. The seafood is beyond good. The guest-favorite Bang Bang Shrimp ($7.90) is a crispy, spicy way to start the meal off and popular main dishes include grilled Chelean Sea Bass ($25 for a large and $21 for small) or the Imperial Longfin ($17.90). The menu also includes fish tacos, pork chops, hamburgers and kid-friendly choices such as popcorn shrimp and chicken tenders.

Runner-up: Company


Fish 1601 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67213. 316-265-FISH. 7211 S. Broadway, Haysville, KS, 67060. 316-260-3400. The Wichita Fish Company is the opposite Wichita Family | FEBRUARY 2011


of Bonefish Grill when it comes to atmosphere, but Wichita Family readers agreed that the runner-up is a can’t-miss place for seafood. Calling themselves the place offering the “largest variety of seafood in the state of Kansas,” the Wichita Fish Company offers residents of this land-locked state choices that can’t be found elsewhere. In addition to a comfortable restaurant, it also offers a large retail section for those looking to cook seafood at home. In the restaurant, snack boxes of shrimp, fried scallops, catfish fillets and many other choices go for $3.99 to $7.99. Dinners, served with fries, coleslaw, hush puppies and sauce, are priced from $6.99 to $9.50.

Service: Bonefish Grill 10250 E. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-315-0299.

wings on Thursday, it can be a good deal, too. There are also plenty of of items on the menu, places to play and watch the game and of course drink options.

Runner-up: Larry Bud’s:

2120 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS, 67208. 316-440-1069. At Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill, plan to have a great time in the work hard-play hard themed restaurant. A game room with darts, pool tables and more adds to the appeal of three projection screens and more than two dozen smaller-screened televisions.

Steak: Scotch & Sirloin: 5325 E. Kellogg Dr., Wichita, KS, 67218. This tradition-rich fine dining steakhouse

opened in 1969 and still draws crowds to thanks to its menu of steaks, chicken, pork and seafood. It’s just as much about the high-quality dining experience at the Scotch & Sirloin where diners enjoy a comfortable atmosphere and great service. The Scotch Sirloin steak is on the menu for $19.95 and other steaks include Filet Mignon ($34.95), Kansas City Strip ($28.95) and a T-bone ($36.95).

Runner-up: Timberline: 2243 N. Tyler Rd., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-773-3111. Timberline won the runner-up spot for best steak and this locally-owned steakhouse offers families a casual atmosphere along with its great steaks. The 7 oz. Timberline House Sirloin is $12.99 while other cuts range up to $21.99 for the 18-ounce Big Sky T-Bone.

Also the winner in the best “Seafood” category, Bonefish Grill provides Wichitans with a restaurant where the food, service and atmosphere are unmatched. Attention is paid to every detail, expect to get your money’s worth when you dine at Bonefish Grill.

Runner-up: Sumo:

11233 E. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-838-7866. Sumo invites diners of all ages to enjoy dinner at one of its Hibachi tables where chefs provide a bit of entertainment while cooking fresh fried rice, shrimp and varieties of lobster, steak and chicken. On the flip side, guests who prefer a smaller, fancy feel can dine at the semi-enclosed tables surrounding the Sushi bar. Whether ordering Hibachi Steak or freshly-made sushi, Wichita Family readers told us that Sumo is the place to go.

Sports Bar: Buffalo Wild Wings: 3236 N. Rock Rd., #190, Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-636-9464. 2413 N. Maize Rd., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-722-9464. Buffalo Wild Wings is a fun place to eat and kick back and with specials like $.45 wings on Tuesdays or $.60 boneless

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SHOPPING: Antiques: Paramount Antique Mall 13200 W. Highway 54, Wichita, KS, 67235. 316-722-0500. With over 175 dealers in one spot, Paramount Antique Mall grabbed the win for the best place to shop for Antiques. Inventory changes regularly so there are always new treasures waiting to be discovered.

Runner-up: Flying Antique Mall

Moose 9223 W. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS, 67209. 316-721-3197. Just down the road from the winner, Flying Moose Antique Mall came in as a close second. This indoor antique mall is family owned and operated and also provides area shoppers with a great variety of items all in one easy location.

Art Gallery: Wichita Art Museum: 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-268-4921. The Wichita Art Museum has been providing Wichita families with a worldclass art experience since it opened in 1935. For families, the Museum is a great place to enjoy the “Living Room” gallery as well as one of the many options offered by the education department. There are many programs available for all ages of kids that include hands-on activities in a kid-approved environment.

Runner-up: CityArts: 334 N. Mead, Wichita, KS, 67202. 316-462-2787. Established by the City of Wichita in 1998, CityArts is located in Old Town and offers a comprehensive art exhibition and art education experience. Work from local artists is featured at CityArts and galleries change on a monthly basis.

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Children’s Store: Hannah Banana

2828 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67214. 316-618-1600. Hannah Banana is an “upscale kids consignment boutique” that offers Wichita residents the chance to purchase the finest high-quality kids clothing at more affordable prices. The kid-friendly store also features a play place where kids can be entertained while mom shops and there are many locally-made children’s items as well.

can help you design a room that fits your personality and budget.

Runner-up: Horton’s 10915 W. Kellogg, Wichita, KS, 67209. 316-722-5090.

Day Spa:

Horton’s has been a longtime staple in the Wichita furniture market. Originally opened in 1946 in Argonia, Frank and Frances Horton eventually grew their business to include the Wichita store. The tradition of quality home furnishings is still what makes Horton’s a popular choice amongst Wichita families.

Beau Monde

Gift Store: 2939 N. Rock Rd., #100, Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-636-1214. 2441 N. Maize Rd., #2509, Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-722-2370.

Kay Wiggins Jewelry, Beads & Gifts:

600 S. Tyler Rd., Wichita, KS, 67209. 316-773-2220.

Beau Monde Spa and Boutique is a relaxing, welcoming spa that will rejuvinate even the most stressed and exhausted guests. Massages, facials, pedicures and manicures are only a few of the services that will leave you refreshed and ready to face the world.

Kay Wiggins is a shop full of jewelry, unique gifts and, like the title says, beads to make jewelry of your own. The shop creates personalized mother’s bracelets and offers shoppers a place to find that perfect gift or new item for themselves.

Runner-up: Healing Waters: 120 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS, 67214. 316-440-2840. 2000 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-262-2995. Healing Waters opened in Wichita in 2002 and in May 2010 moved to a brand new home in Bradley Fair. Healing Waters offers traditional spa treatments such as massages and facials, but is also one of the few places to offer medical aesthetic services. In addition to offering the best services with state-of-the-art equipment, Healing Waters also prides itself in employing only the best staff so guests are treated like royalty.

Furniture Store: Razook’s 1134 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS, 67214. 316-265-3355. Razook’s Home Furnishings topped the list for the best place to go to find furniture for your family. The extensive showroom gives great ideas and the knowledgeable staff

Runner-up: The OnionTree

The OnionTree is a quaint little shop that is filled with handmade items that will knock your socks off. Jewelry, handbags, baby gifts, bath products and original artwork line the shelves at The OnionTree. Owner Bridgit Yinger said the shop features items from small, independent designers and the shop looks to support artists and be a springboard for their artistic careers. About 80 percent of the designers featured in the shop are from Wichita.

Jeweler: Mike Seltzer Jewelers: 2929 N. Rock Rd., #155, Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-631-3838. The place to go for out-of-the-ordinary and customized jewelry is Mike Seltzer Jewelers. Established in 1950, Mike Seltzer Jewelers is located in Comotara Center and is ready to find or design just what you’re looking for.

Runner-up: Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry: 2132 N. Rock Rd., #109, Wichita, KS, 67206. What started as a love of jewelry turned into a small jewelry store and now a thriving jewelry business that is unlike any other. Check out the Bradley Fair business next time you’re in the market for something sparkly.

Musical Instruments: Senseney Music: 2300 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS, 67211. 316-262-1487. Senseney Music first opened on April 1, 1978 as Hume Music. In January, 1984, Hume Music became the Senseney Music that Wichita Family Readers know and love today. Senseney Music President Lori Supinie explains what makes Senseney stand out in Wichita, “I think our dedication to music education makes us unique in Wichita and Kansas. We are involved in school music programs, as well as professional education organizations. We employ many former and current music teachers who give us a level of expertise unmatched anywhere in this region.”

Runner-up: Jim Starkey Music Center: 1218 W. 18th St. N., Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-262-2351. A part of the music community since 1954, Jim Starkey Music Center is an instrument retailer, lesson studio and instrument repair shop. The friendly staff is ready to help budding musicians find the right instrument or learn how to play.


Kansas Humane Society: ( 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS, 67219. 316-524-9196.

Founded in 1888, the Kansas Humane Society is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Wichita. The Kansas Humane Society is the place to go for pet adoption, low-cost spay and neutering, animal behavior training classes, cremation services and even has a wide variety of programs for kids. The organization can help you find your next pet but also is a great resource for pet owner, pet lovers and anyone else looking to support a great non-profit to support. More than 18,000 pets go through the doors at the Kansas Humane Society each year. and has spa packages based on different needs.

philosophy that, “taking care of others shouldn’t mean sacrificing yourself in the process,” Healing Waters has a wide variety of massages that can be paired with facials, pedicures and several other services to restore the busy mom.

Place for Massage:

There is the specially-designed Happy Mama package caters to pregnant women, the Tuscan Spa Package is great for moms who need some relaxation time and Serenity can tailor facial and massage packages for teens based on their skin type.

Serenity Mind Body Spa:

Runner-up: Healing Waters 2000 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100, Wichita, KS, 67206. 316-262-2995. 2110 N. Maize Rd., Ste. 600, Wichita, KS. 316-773-6565. 12115 E. 21st St. No., Ste. 107, Wichita, KS. 316-440-4778.

Located in the Wilson Estates Medical Park, Serenity Mind Body Spa was chosen as the top place to go for a massage. Serenity aims to create a relaxing and stress-free environment for each customer

Healing Waters knows that moms are some of the hardest working people out there and the spa is ready and able to put together a package that refreshes and renews them. Operating on the

Wild at Heart is a trendy store with bigcity fashion sense combined with small town customer service, at least that’s what owner Marissa Marklewitz hopes her customers experience. Personalized 1901 N. Webb, Wichita KS, 67206. 316-634-0044.

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Women’s Casual: Wild at Heart

service is what you’ll find at Wild at Heart, helping shoppers find the best outfit and accessories to doll up any housewife. Women’s Formal: Foggy Bottom 3234 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS, 67208. 316-681-1960. Foggy Bottom Ladies Boutique is the store in Wichita that stands out as one of the most stylish and fun stores to find some of the best brands in clothing. Gowns from top designers such as Cassandra Stone, Jovani, La Femme Fashions and many more.

home away from home than just a typical school. Sheila Rathbun, principal of Maize South High School, repeated this comment that she heard from a student, “We’re not like classmates, we’re family.” “MSHS is family,” said Rathbun. “We care about each other...that’s being a Maverick. It’s no longer 20-30 different groups or cliques; everyone is family. Students are accepted for who they are. There is a lot of school spirit and pride.”

Runner-up: Wichita North High School

1437 N. Rochester, Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-973-6300.

SCHOOLS: Maize South High School

Principal Sherman Padgett and assistant principals Jeff Freund, Lisa Orsak, Miguel Ortiz and Belinda Whitten lead this school of just under 2,000 students.

The 2010-2011 school year is the second year as a school for Maize South High School. The 632 students and the administrations consider it more of a

With special offerings such as canoeing in physical education class, North High School has garnered nationwide publicity for the unique experience it provides. During the spring, students hold a water festival where they demonstrate the skills

Public: 3701 N. Tyler Rd., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-462-8000.

learned in P.E. North’s academic success also has earned it recognition over the past decade and the school prides itself in being an AVID National Demonstration School.

Private: Wichita Collegiate School 9115 E. 13th St., Wichita, KS 67206. 316634-0433. Wichita Collegiate School is an eastside private school that offers classes for everyone from early childhood through high school. The school was founded in 1963 and has gone from 100 students the first year to more than 1,000 students in the 2010-2011 school year. With a strong focus on challenging academic curriculum and many extracurricular opportunities, Collegiate strives to provide each student with a wellrounded educational experience.

Runner-up: Independent 8301 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67207. 316-686-0152.

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Founded in 1980, The Independent School offers Pre-K through High School classes.


ENTERTAINMENT: Art Exhibit: City Arts:

301 S. Meridian, Wichita, KS, 67213. 316-973-0550. 334 N. Mead, Wichita, KS, 67202. 316-462-2787.

Just under 150 students attend MetroMeridian where the motto is, “The little school with the big heart.” USD 259 spokesperson Susan Arensman said, “Metro-Meridian’s biggest asset is the ability of the staff to connect with students in an effort to make them academically successful. As students experience success at Metro-Meridian, they accept ownership in all aspects of the school and their lives.”

CityArts’ Angela Cato describes what CityArts is all about, “Located in the historic Old Town district, CityArts is a center for artistic creation and appreciation. CityArts has multiple exhibition galleries that feature the works of local and regional artists that change on a monthly basis. In addition, the center offers adult and youth art classes year-round in such areas as computer arts, painting, drawing, glassblowing, pottery, digital photography and more. CityArts is also a unique venue for special events.

Metro Meridian:

Runner-up: Andover eCademy 1411 N. Main, Andover, KS 67002. 316218-4470.

New for the 2010-2011 school year, Andover eCademy has 160 students enrolled, mostly from the Wichita area but it is also open to students in other areas of the state. Keturah Austin with Andover Public Schools explains a little about what makes this new program so unique, “Andover eCademy recognizes the importance of socialization among our students. We provide many opportunities for students to interact with one another, such as in-house days, family socials, field trips and student clubs. Andover eCademy currently offers five different clubs: Chess, Young Authors, Scrapbooking, Science and Bowling. We feel that providing these opportunities for our students makes us more unique than other non-traditional schools.” The school’s administrator, Mark A. Evans, Superintendent of Schools for Andover Public Schools said, “Using online classes not only provides for our students today, but it prepares them for the future. Most colleges are now using online learning to supplement the typical classroom setting.” Enrollment begins in April for the 20112012 school year.

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There really isn’t any other place like CityArts in Wichita that offers a comprehensive art exhibition and art education experience. Art and creative expression is such an important part of a community’s overall health and quality of life. Students and visitors of all ages can come to CityArts and use their hands and minds to explore their creative sides and leave with a new view of the world. CityArts strives to be an advocate for the arts and a community meeting place where people of all backgrounds and races can gather to appreciate and discuss diverse forms of artistic cultural expression.”

Concert Venue: Intrust Bank Arena: 500 E. Waterman, Wichita, KS, 67202. Ticket information:, 316-755-SEAT. The 15,000 seat arena opened on January 9, 2010 with a sold our Brad Paisley concert and since then has brought Wichitans a variety of shows that fans would have had to travel to a bigger market to see in the past. 2010 saw Walking with the Dinosaurs, the Eagles, Taylor Swift, George Strait with Reba, Sesame Street Live, Cirque Du Soleil - “Alegria” and more at the new arena. Coming up in 2011 are shows such as Kid Rock, Arenacross, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and more.

Runner-up: Hartman Arena: 8151 N. Hartman Arena Dr., Park City, KS, 67147. 316-744-8880. Opening in March 2009 with a sold out Alan Jackson concert, Hartman Arena hosts a variety of entertainment events. In addition to popular concerts by the Christian rock group Skillet, Toby Mac and more, Hartman Arena also plays host to many popular events. It is the home of the Wichita Wild Indoor Professional Football team, hosts several youth wrestling events, welcomed the America’s Best Cheer and Dance Championship last year and has much more on the schedule for 2011. The state wrestling tournament will be at Hartman Arena at the end of February, on February 28 the KCAC Men’s and Women’s basketball finals will be held at the Arena and the Wichita Wild kick off their season at home on March 12.

Golf Course: Cherry Oaks: 1119 N. Main St., Cheney, KS 67025. 316-540-0133. Cherry Oaks Golf Club in Newton is located on the north edge of Cheney, an easy drive from Wichita and other area cities. The 18-hole course is managed by the city and is open 364 days a year.

Runner-up: Sand Creek Station: 920 Meadowbrook Drive, Newton, KS 67114. 316-284-6161. Chosen as one of the Top 50 public courses by Golf World Magazine, Sand Creek Station is a “Public course, private experience,” golf club just up the interstate from Wichita in Newton.

Live Theater: Crown Uptown 3207 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218. 316-681-1566. The Crown Uptown Theatre is a Wichita staple when it comes to dinner theater. In it’s 34th year of providing Wichitans with Broadway-style shows and an allyou-can-eat buffet, Crown Uptown is

definitely a unique and fun way to spend an evening.

The Little Mermaid and to classic shows: The Music Man and Finian’s Rainbow.

In addition to their popular, traditional shows, Crown Uptown offers several children’s shows each year. Coming up this year are: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, It’s Easy Being Green—The Three R’s Game Show, The Great Home Science Experiment, Of Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats and Sleeping Beauty.


Runner-up: Music Theatre of Wichita: 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67202. 316-265-3253. Music Theatre of Wichita was founded in 1972 and features Broadway artists in lavishly-scaled productions and is one of few theatres in the nation to create all of their own productions rather than outsourcing shows to touring companies, explains Producing Artistic Director, Wayne Bryan. Coming up in 2011, Music Theatre of Wichita will be blowing away audiences with productions of Sunset Boulevard, the roller-skating disco hit Xanadu, Disney’s

Museum of World Treasures: 835 E. 1st St., Wichita, KS, 67202. 316263-1311. 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Museum of World Treasures and the museum is keeping up its tradition of offering family-friendly fun for a wide variety of ages. There’s Ivan, the 40foot-tall T-Rex, The Ancient Civilizations Galleries and the Fossil Gallery, which are great for younger children, and an extensive collection of military history that older children tend to enjoy. The museum also has scavenger hunts that are a hit with children, sending them on mission to find things throughout the museum. There are also a great programs for families to enjoy such as “Discovery Days” for 1st through 5th graders and their families; Treasure Tales, a preschoolage program on the last Monday of every month; and for the first time, the museum will be offering day camp this

summer for kids in 1st through 8th grade. More information on these programs can be found at the website. Because it’s the 10th Anniversary year, there are also promotions and events going on throughout 2011. March through May, enjoy 50-percent off memberships, for example. There are also free activities going on every day of spring break, a new WWII exhibit opening in June, the annual fundraiser for the Children’s Activity Center in July and a Customer Appreciation Day in August.

Runner-up: Wichita Art Museum 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-268-4921. Crystal Walter of the Wichita Art Museum explains a little about what makes WAM a great asset to Wichita, “The Wichita Art Museum is committed to providing the highest quality art education programs available. WAM’s programming includes art appreciation tools and hands-on creative activities. The Museum strives to offer an enriching experience for visitors of all ages with the “Living Room” gallery. The

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education department provides a familyfriendly and kid approved environment where children can create their own works of art and learn a life-long love of the art.”

Non-Profit Event: Zoobilee: 555 West Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212. 316-660-9453. The Sedgwick County Zoo is the 18th largest zoo in the U.S. and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Zoobilee is the Sedgwick County Zoo’s largest fundraising effort. The Zoo is open 364 days a year, Zoobilee is the only day of the year that the Zoo closes. About 5,000 people attended Zoobilee last year, sampling food and drink from area restaurants, dancing to one of the several bands on site and bidding on auction items. The event requires tickets to attend. This year’s Zoobilee is set for September 10 and nearly 70 different restaurants plan to serve their best foods.

Runner-up: Woofstock: 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS, 67219. 316-524-9196. For more information on this year’s event, contact Dana Steffee, Development Coordinator, at 316-220-8707 or e-mail Jennifer Campbell of the Kansas Humane Society explains that, “Woofstock, an outdoor festival for dogs and their people, started in 1997 and is the Kansas Humane Society’s largest annual fundraising event. “This year’s event is Saturday, October 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sedgwick County Park. Proceeds from Woofstock go directly to help us provide care, compassion and a second chance for the nearly 18,000 pets that come through our doors each year. Woofstock invites dogs and their people to collect donations for the Kansas Humane Society and come party in the park with activities catered exclusively for them including contests like Best Dressed, Lookalike and Doggie Musical Chairs; watch and try demonstrations like Water Retrieval, Ruff Races; a fun Paws & Play Kids Zone; great shopping including a Silent Auction; live music; tasty food and more.”

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Place to Take the Family: Tanganyika Wildlife Park: 1000 South Hawkins Lane, Goddard, KS, 67052. 316-794-8954. For a step out of reality and into a “wildly different experience,” head on over to Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Tanganyika is far from the typical zoo. With hands-on exhibits, you’re free to roam and explore as you encounter creatures and make great memories with your family. Tanganyika also is a great place to hold birthdays, weddings and other special events. Check out more details on the park as well as information about educational programs for all ages at Tanganyika’s website.

Runner-up: Exploration Place: 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS, 67203. 316-660-0600. Exploration Place has been giving Wichitans exciting traveling exhibits and impressive permanent galleries since it opened on April 1, 2000. The breathtaking building that houses Exploration Place is only the beginning. Exploration Place has brought traveling exhibits such as The Artifact Exhibition, Our Body: The Universe Within in recent years and coming up in 2011 visitors can try out CSI: The Experience, based on the popular CBS drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Playground: Watson Park:

3022 S. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67217. 316-529-9940. The City of Wichita’s O.J. Watson Park is a 119-acre park with a long list of amenities. There’s a lake for fishing and pedal boats, plenty of places to picnic, rides, playground equipment and much more. According to Wichita Family readers, it is definitely the park to try on a warm day with the family.

Runner-up: Sedgwick County Park:

6501 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67205. 316-943-0192. Sedgwick County Park is located in

northwest Wichita and has lakes for fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds, paved walking paths and plenty of space to relax and enjoy nature.

Sports Experience: Shocker Basketball:

A basketball game at Charles Koch Arena, better known as the Roundhouse, is unlike anything else. With 16 home games this season, Shocker basketball games are a popular wintertime experience in Wichita. “Everybody that comes has a different reason for coming,” said Larry Rankin, assistant athletic director at Wichita State University. “Some people have been coming for years because they’re basketball fans, some people come for the entertainment value, some come for the experience with the crowd, promotions or for social reasons.” No matter what the reason, cheering on the Shockers is a must-do.

Runner-up: Wichita Wingnuts Baseball: 300 S. Sycamore St., Wichita, KS, 67213. 316-264-6887. Entering their fourth year in Wichita, hitting a Wingnuts game during the spring and summer is definitely a fun, family-friendly event. It’s also affordable, a family can go to the ballgame for around $20. There are always fun things to do, too, like an inflatable batting cage, sending the kids to run the bases and even fireworks.

Movie Theater: Warren Old Town Theatre 353 N. Mead, Wichita, K. Movie Line: 316-691-9700. The OldTown Warren topped our list as the place to go for movies in Wichita. Located at the head of Old Town Square, this seven-theatre location is all about comfort and convenience. Order from a full-menu of food straight from your seat in any of the auditoriums. The OldTown Warren has a great deal to try. On Wednesdays, all tickets are

$5.00, all day and night.

Water Park: Rock River Rapids: 1900 E. James St., Derby, KS 67037. 316788-7665 Open from late in the month of May to mid-August, Rock River Rapids in Derby has been making a splash since it opened in 2004. Daily rates are $8 for ages 3 to 17 and $9 for ages 19 and older. Children 2 and under are free.

Runner-up: Salt City Splash Aquatic Center

riding the waves and enjoying everything that Schlitterbahn has to offer.

SERVICES: Cleaning Service:

Auto Dealer:


Davis-Moore Autogroup

528 N. Washington, Wichita, KS 67214. 316-838-MAID. Locally owned and operated since 1997, Home-Maid Professional Maid Service is fully-insured and bonded, has a 24-hour guarantee, uses professionally trained crews, gives free estimates and does not require a contract. 1601 S. Plum in Carey Park, Hutchinson, KS, 67501. 620-662-7705.


Four pools, slides, and plenty of fun attractions for kids of all ages is what you’ll find at Hutchinson’s Salt City Splash Aquatic Center. Children ages 3 to 7 are $1.50, ages 8 to 17 are $3.50 and ages 18 and older are $4.75. Children 2 and under are free with a paying adult. 417 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202. 316262-8371.

Weekend Getaway: Kansas City and Schlitterbahn Sometimes you just feel like escaping for a day or two, getting away from reality and taking the kiddos—or not—and getting out of town. Wichita Family readers told us that recent weekend trips they’ve made include hitting Kansas City and trying out the new water park, Schlitterbahn. Kansas City is an easy drive from Wichita and there are plenty of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that we don’t see around here to keep you busy, even on a budget. Whether it’s shopping at Country Club Plaza, ice skating and exploring at Crown Center or seeing a Chief’s or Wizard’s game, it can all be done in a weekend. Schlitterbahn is located near the Legends Kansas City Outlet stores, Kansas Speedway and the Kansas City Wizards stadium. If you’ve visited this exciting water park before, you know that it’s a fun time but plan on going again this year since Schlitterbahn has added six new attractions and plans to grown even more. Pack a picnic lunch, lather on the sunscreen and plan on spending the day

of care levels on the large campus including 40 memory-care units and a 32-person special care unit for residents with advanced dementia.

Peterson, Peterson and Goss, L.C.

Personalized attention and quality service is what you get at Peterson, Peterson & Goss. Don’t expect to merely be bombarded by figures from this established firm, rather, look for practical advise and widespread knowledge.

Adoption Agency: Youthville: 4505 E. 47th St. S., Wichita, KS. 316-5299100. Youthville has been living out its mission of, “Giving Children Back their Childhood,” since 1927. The organization cares for more than 1,000 children every day who suffer from abuse, neglect, abandonment and trauma. Youthville helps children through programs specializing in foster care, adoption, psychiatric residential treatment, secure care, counseling and trauma therapy.

Assisted Living Facility: Catholic Care Center: 6700 E. 45th N., Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-744-2020. The Catholic Care Center is the largest continuing-care retirement community in South Central Kansas. It provides a variety

In the 55 years since forming, DavisMoore has become the largest auto group in Kansas. Seven new car dealerships and an internet team make up the Davis-Moore Autogroup.

Auto Repair: Auto Craft Collision Repair 1427 E. 1st St. N., Wichita, KS, 67214. 316-265-6828. 3131 N. Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS, 67205. 316-722-6828. 10760 W. Kellogg, Wichita, KS, 67209. 316-729-6828. 8532 E. 32nd St. N., Wichita, KS, 67226. 316-630-9494. 418 N. Andover Rd., Andover, KS, 67002. 316-927-3770. The first Auto Craft Collision Repair was opened in Wichita in 1976. The business has grown but has kept the original mission in mind when it comes to car repair: repairing cars to pre-accident condition and treating customers with personalized service. Like a doctor’s office for your car, Auto Craft Collision Repair is ready to assist customers and guide them through every step of the repair process to minimize their inconvenience.

Carpet and Rug Cleaner: Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning 316-854-0558

Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning aims to give you the “most amazing clean you’ve ever seen” and it seems Wichita Family readers have been happy with the results. Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning promises to arrive within a 30-minute window of time, provide a written estimate, completely explain the process and treat your home as if it was their own.

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Childcare: La Petite Academy: 7431 E. 21st St., Wichita, KS 67206. 316-682-8333. 8181 E. Harry, Wichita, KS 67207. 316686-5867. 431 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67202. 316265-1037. La Petite Academy is one of the nation’s largest child care companies with more than 500 locations open in the United States. The three locations in Wichita provide infants, toddlers, twos, preschoolers and pre-K programs.

Runner-up: Central Christian Church, Joyful Noise Academy: 2900 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67226. 316-688-5060. Joyful Noise Academy is a ministry of Central Christian Church. Opened in 1981, Joyful Noise Academy cares for approximately 100 children ages 18 months through kindergarten.

Tillie’s: 3701 E. Harry, Wichita, KS 67218. 316687-0630. 715 N. West St., Wichita, KS 67203. 316-945-9368. Tillie’s is about as far from being the new kid on the block as you can possibly be. The family owned and operated business has been in Wichita for over 130 years. Tillie’s delivers all around the city and many of the outlying areas as well.

General Contractor: Klausmeyer Construction: 10008 W. York St., Wichita, KS 67215. 316-554-0001. With homes going up in just about every corner of the city, if you’ve toured many model homes lately, chances are you’ve seen one by Don Klausmeyer Construction. With a solid reputation and plenty of references, Klausmeyer construction is an easy company to work with to build or buy your next home.

Counseling Service:

Family Favorite Dentists:

Adult, Child and Family Counseling:

Dr. Mike Iseman

6700 W. Central Ave., Ste. 106, Wichita, KS, 67212. 316-945-5200. With 12 therapists on staff to serve patients with a wide variety of needs, Adult, Child and Family Counseling was voted the winner of the best Counseling Service in Wichita. A variety of licensed therapists who specialize in many different aspects counseling, along with a caring staff and flexible hours make it a convenient and comfortable place to go. 1230 N. Broadmoore Ave., #400, Wichita, KS 67206. 316-630-0090.

Dr. Byron Nordhus 11940 W. Central Ave., Wichita, KS 67212. 316-721-6730.

Wakim Dentistry 710 N. Woodchuck St., Wichita, KS 67212. 316-721-4477.

Electric Contractor:

Family Favorite Hospital (Top 3):

Graf Electric:

Via Christi 2445 S. Glendale, Wichita, KS 67210. 316-686-2090. Graf Electric was founded in 1968 in Wichita and serves commercial, residential and industrial electrical needs.

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Via Christi St. Francis Campus – 929 N. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67214. 316-2685000. Via Christi St. Teresa Campus – 14800 W. St. Teresa, Wichita, KS 67235. 316796-7000. Via Christi Hospital – 3600 E. Harry, Wichita, KS 67218. 316-268-5000.

Between the brand new, hospital of the future on the far west edge of the city and the two well-established hospitals downtown and on the south side, Via Christi has created a well-known presence in the hearts of Wichitans.

Wesley Medical Center 550 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67214. Wesley Medical Center, located in the heart of the city, is a 760-bed, 102-bassinet hospital that staffs 700 physicians and 3,000 employees.

Galichia Heart Hospital:

2610 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS, 67220. 316-858-2610. Galichia Heart Hospital was built in 2001 and is an 84-bed hospital that is designed to be like a five-star hotel experience for patients and their families. Service and Simplicity are what Galichia is all about where patients are treated as people, not appointments, and they won’t have to wait more than 15 minutes to be seen by a physician.

Insurance Agent: Josh Balduc 4618 E. Central Ave. Suite 70, Wichita, KS 67208. 316-425-3717 Josh Balduc has been a State Farm Insurance agent for four years and opened his own State Farm agency on January 1, 2010 on East Central in Wichita. Josh has extended office hours during the week and is open on Saturdays specifically to make himself more available to be there when clients need him. Josh also prides himself in getting to know his clients on a personal basis so that appropriate advise can be given when it comes to policies.

Pet Grooming: Pet Haven: 2524 W. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS 67203. 316-942-2151. Pet Haven calls itself the “Original Pet Department Store” and Wichita Family readers tell us that they’re happy with

the service and supplies they find at Pet Haven. Founded in 1979, Pet Haven is locally owned and operated by Diana and David Thompson.

Wichita Surgical Specialists, P.A.
 1515 S. Clifton, Suite 250
Wichita, Kansas 67218.

Family Favorite Pediatricians (Top 3): Wichita Clinic – Family Medicine 9211 E 21st St., Wichita, KS 67206-2900. 316-609-4511

Dr. Larry Hund Mid-Kansas Pediatrics Associates, P.A. West office: 6837 W. 37th St. N., Wichita, KS 67205. 316-773-3100. East office: 9825 Shannon Woods, Wichita, KS 67226. 316-634-2000.

Dr. Tina Haynes Mid-Kansas Pediatrics Associates, P.A. 6837 W. 37th St. N., Wichita, KS 67205. 316-773-3100.

Dr. Luke Nichols Pediatrics 9211 E. 21st St., Wichita, KS 67206. 316-609-4400.

Photographer: Camera Angles, Ltd. 2424 N. Woodlawn, Ste. 101, Wichita, KS 67220. 316-687-2515. Camera Angles has been creating studio and on-location portraits for Wichita families since 1985. Whether you’re looking for traditional or modern, formal or casual, studio or on-location, Wichita Family readers say they turn to Camera Angles for their photography needs. From beginning to end, Camera Angles strives to meet customer expectations and focus on what each customer wants by creating an experience tailored to their needs.

Family Favorite Surgeon (Top 3):

Family Favorite Optometrists:

Crystie said she enjoys the research and the creativity that goes into turning a house into what it needs to be to reach the perfect buyer and she loves the relationships she’s forming with her clients.

Dr. Jennifer Taylor

Rob Pestinger

Grene Vision Group 834 N. Socora, Wichita, KS 67212. 316722-8883. 1851 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, KS 67206. 316-636-2010. West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A. 8200 W. Central, Ste. One, Wichita, KS, 67212. 316-721-4544.

Dr. Whitney VinZant 316-650-2606

Grene Vision Group 1851 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, KS 67206. 316-636-2010.

Rob and his wife Shirley work as a team to make up The Pestingers of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate. Together, Rob and Shirley have been licensed to sell real estate in Kansas for a total of 20 years.

Family Favorite Orthodontists:

Cindy Carnahan

Dr. Blackman

Dr. Craig Ratzlaff 7570 W. 21st St., Wichita, KS 67205. 316722-7100.

Dr. Dillehay East office: 1821 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67206. 316-683-6518. West office: 9909 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67205. 316-722-0857. Arkansas City office: 102 W. Kansas, Arkansas City, KS 67005. 620-442-1820. Newton office: 301 N. Main Street, Newton, KS 67114. 316-283-2690.

Dr. Crowder 7015 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206. 316684-5184.

Family Favorite Real Estate Physician/ Agents:

Dr. Yao Young

Dr. John Kready

estate for 5 years. In addition to selling traditional residential real estate, Crystie has a unique specialty of working with people whose homes didn’t sell the first time around.

Crystie McCormac 316-990-5944 Crystie Macormac, Associate Broker with Keller Williams Signature Partners, topped our list of favorite realtors as chosen by our readers. Crystie has been selling real 1551 N. Waterfront Pkwy, Ste. 110, Wichita, KS 67206. 316-634-6767. Cindy Carnahan—a Wichitan, born and raised—has been selling houses for 37 years. As Broker and leader of The Carnahan Group, Inc., with JP Weigand & Son’s Realtors, Cindy has been named the top sales associate in the greater Wichita area for the past four years in a row.

Retirement Community: Larksfield Place

7373 East 29th St. North, Wichita, KS 67226. 316-858-3910 Larksfield Place offers seniors the the choice of living in gorgeous villas or apartment homes. There are many amenities on site to make living there most enjoyable such as a fine dining restaurant, fitness club, various concerts and exhibits.

Asbury Park 200 SW 14th St., Newton, KS 67114. 316-283-4770. Just a quick drive up I-135 to Newton is where you’ll find Asbury Park. At the southern edge of Newton, Asbury Park sits on 34-acres near popular attractions Wichita Family | FEBRUARY 2011


such as the Chisholm Trail Mall and Sand Creek Station Golf Course as well as close to Newton Medical Center. The community boasts innovative programs and a caring staff.

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Presbyterian Manor 4700 West 13th Street North, Wichita, KS 67212. 316-942-7456 Presbyterian Manor has been serving Wichita seniors since 1970. There are 17 not-for-profit Presbyterian Manor communities throughout Kansas and Missouri with the first one originating in 1949 in Newton, Kan.

Wedding Service: David’s Bridal:

8241 East Kellogg Drive, Space 2A, Wichita, KS 67207, 316-682-1199

David’s Bridal offers brides-to-be and their bridal parties extensive collections of dresses at prices that fit all budgets. Matching accessories such as shoes, jewelry, gloves and more are also available right on site.

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Feb 1 Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived - National Traveling Exhibit @ Exploration Place.

Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library; 11 a.m. repeated again Feb 14 at Linwood Library and on Feb 28 at Orchard Park Library. FREE Family Fun Day @ Botanica; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grandma’s Close Interactive Storytime @ Exploration Place Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Feb 8

Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art @ the Wichita Art Museum through July 24.

Winter Wednesdays Discounted Admission @ Sedgwick County Zoo 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Start @ Wichita Art Museum; 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Garden Sprouts @ Botanica 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Feb 3

Feb 9

Artistic Crafts @ Alford Branch Library; 7 p.m.

“Cuddle Bears” - Once Upon A Time Series @ the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center through February 12.

Little Explorers Workshop @ Exploration Place Thursdays and Saturdays.

Feb 5 K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides - National Traveling Exhibit @ Exploration Place through April 24.

Feb 10 Stories of Wit and Wisdom @ Rockwell Branch Library; 7 p.m. After-School Explorers @ Evergreen library; 4 p.m.

YMCA Family 5K Trail Run @ Camp Hyde 10:45 a.m.

Feb 11

Make & Take Craft: Stained “Glass”@

EquiFest of Kansas @ Kansas Pavilions

through February 13.

Feb 19

Nursery Rhyme Time

Storytelling in the Griots Tradition @ the Kansas African-American Museum; 7 p.m.

Wichita Symphony Classics Concerts: Tchaikovsky Spectacular @ Century II Concert Hall through February 20.

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 11-April 5, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Feb 12

Feb 25

Free Valentine’s Day Benefit PowWow @ the Mid-America All-Indian Center.

KSHSAA 5A & 6A State Wrestling Tournament @ Hartman Arena through February 26.

10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 12April 6, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Feb 26

10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Jan. 13-April 7, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

The Chill: Winterfest of Dream Machines Car show @ Kansas Pavilions through February 27.

10:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 14-April 8, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 2618500

Feb 16

Extreme Builders @ Alford Branch Library; 2:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 14-April 8, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

“Moo Who?” Puppet Show @ Rockwell Branch Library; 10:30 a.m.

SciGals Day @ Exploration Day; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Toddle Time

Feb 17

Reoccurring Events at the Wichita Public Library

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 15, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

“The Days When the Animals Talked Out Loud” @ Westlink Branch Library; 10:30 a.m. African-American History Stories @ Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library; 3:30 p.m.

“Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure” Puppet Show @ Westlink Branch Library; 7 p.m.

Signing Time: A Toddler Sign Language Storytime

10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Jan. 13-April 7, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Family Fun Time: Celebrating AfricanAmerican Storytelling @ Central Library; 7 p.m.

10:30 a.m., Mondays, Jan. 10-Apr. 4, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Feb 18

Preschool Storytime

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 18-April 5, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

“If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” Crown Uptown Children’s Theatre @ the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center through March 26.

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 11-April 5, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 2618500

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 22-March 29, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 11-April 5, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Baby’s First Storytime

22nd Annual KBA Winter Bluegrass Festival @ the Wichita Marriott Hotel through February 19. Land of Oz Invitational - Wichita Gymnastics Club @ Century II Convention Center through February 20. “All Shook Up” - Music Theatre for Young People @ Century II Mary Jane Teall Theater through February 20. 2011 Women’s Fair @ Century II Expo Hall through February 20. Winter Tales @ Central Library 12 p.m.

(children only) 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 12April 6, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 3038181 (English/Spanish bilingual storytime) 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 12April 6, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 19April 6, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

11:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 12April 6, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500 Family Storytime 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 12April 6, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-945

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