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TulsaKids Family Favorites




Every year, we poll you, our readers, to find out what activities, schools, locations, places to learn and even physicians are your favorites. The competition was fierce. You voted. We tallied. And here are the results. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

 

OUT & ABOUT

Cultural Spot/ Museum

Winner: Philbrook Museum of Art

Free admission for everyone on Philbrook’s Second Saturdays and Family Studios that encourage creativity and art-making – what’s not to love about Philbrook?

Finalists: Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum; Gilcrease Museum


Children’s Theatre/ Performances for Children

Winner: Broken Arrow PAC

Beloved Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth performs here, so that’s enough for many readers to make this PAC a Family Favorite, but you can also take the entire tribe to see shows such as “Annie,” David Phelps during the Christmas season and more great performers year round.

Finalists: Tulsa PAC; Spotlight Children’s Theatre


Park

Winner: LaFortune Park

LaFortune has it all for families, from shady playgrounds and picnic areas, a community center and library to a world-class tennis center and golf course. 

Finalists: Haikey Creek Park; Hunter Park


State Park

Winner: Sequoyah

Oklahoma State Parks offer everything from hiking to camping to horseback riding and water sports. Sequoyah in eastern Oklahoma on the shores of Fort Gibson Lake is an easy drive for Tulsans, making it a favorite family getaway.

Finalists: Green Leaf; Keystone


Weekend Getaway

Winner: Frontier City

Oklahoma City’s Frontier City is just down the road. Your kids can ride a roller coaster and you can attend a great concert. Frontier City Theme Park has something for everyone.

Finalists: Great Wolf Lodge; White Water Bay


Out of State Family Vacation

Winner: Disney World

Obviously. 

Finalists: Branson; Six Flags Over Texas


Tulsa Sports Team

Winner: Drillers

Theme nights, fireworks on weekends, a grassy area for adults to enjoy the game while the kids play on the playground, oh, and baseball. TulsaKids readers love the Drillers.

Finalists: Oilers : Roughnecks


TREATS & EATS

Pizza

Winner: Andolini’s Pizzeria

Andolini’s spreads the (pizza) love to Tulsa, Owasso and Broken Arrow. Or you can just find the food truck. Great pizza. And then there are the garlic knots… Andolini’s

Finalists: Hideaway; Savastano’s


Ice Cream

Winner: Braum’s

Many area families celebrate the end of school, after the game or recital or just a nice hot summer day with some cold ice cream from Braum’s. It’s definitely a Tulsa tradition.

Finalists: Andy’s Frozen Custard; Blue Bell


Overall Family Dining

Winner: Andolini’s Pizzeria

Andolini’s wins in another category – while Mom and Dad might want a sophisticated pizza with an amazing crust and a craft beer, the kids can still have their cheese – and eat it, too – at Andolini’s.

Finalists: Cosmo; Hideaway


GET THE PARTY STARTED

Entertainer

Winner: Encore!

Encore! does a little bit of everything from family-friendly productions to classes and workshops. Not only do they entertain, they support the theatrical dreams of young people.

Finalists: Dustin the Balloon Guy; BAM Entertainment


Party Supply

Winner: Party City

Whatever party your family is putting together, you can find all you need at this one-stop shop.

Finalists: Party Time BA; Ehrle’s


Party Spot

Winner: Incredible Pizza

Well, there’s pizza, but so much more! A party at Incredible pizza means everyone has a great time – there’s even an roller coaster inside! From games to clean-up, they’ve got you covered.

Finalists: SSB Kids; BounceU


Cupcakes

Winner: Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes

Finalists: Kupcakz; Merritt’s


Cakes

Winner: Merritt’s

Merritt’s has been baking cakes for family celebrations for over 35 years. Whatever your child can imagine, the creative talent at Merritt’s can turn it into a cake.

Finalists: Reasor’s; Ann’s Bakery


Place to Buy Gifts

Winner: Gruber Designs

Broken Arrow’s Gruber Home Décor in Broken Arrow is the perfect place to find the unusual, one-of-kind gift that will make etsy unnecessary.

Finalists: Woodland Hills Mall; Kiddlestix


SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Children’s Wear

Winner: Three Spunky Monkeys

Shop them online for handmade kids’ wear that is anything but average.

Finalists: Kathleen’s Kids; Lolly Garden


Kids’ Shoes

Winner: Kicks for Kids

Shoes that fit, last and are fashion-forward are what you’ll find at Kicks for Kids. 

Finalists: Kathleen’s Kids; Lolly Garden


Mom’s Boutique

Winner: Rustic Cuff 

Tulsan Jill Donovan knows what moms want to put on their wrists – stacks of them!

Finalists: Amaranth; Twisted Soul Sisters


Consignment

Winner: Bearlee New

Parents love saving money on children’s clothing. Bearlee New has been in the consignment business for years with quality, gently used clothing and children’s items.

Finalists: Once Upon a Child; The Echo Shop


Consignment Sale

Winner: Bearlee New

A winner in a second category, Bearlee New is a trusted resource for moms who want their kids to look good at a low price.

Finalists: Just Between Friends; Rhea Lana


Lawn and Garden

Winner: Sanders Nursery

Sanders Nursery in Broken Arrow can help families find the best plants, trees and shrubs to landscape for the Oklahoma climate and soil.

Finalists: Southwood Lawn and Landscape; Under the Sun


Grocery Store

Winner: Reasor’s

Locally owned Reasor’s doesn’t rest on its laurels. With a fresh look and new items, Reasor’s keeps up with what area families want.

Finalists: Whole Foods; Sprouts


Furniture

Winner: Mathis Brothers Furniture

Furnishing a home doesn’t need to be difficult. TulsaKids readers know that Mathis Brothers can help them find something for every room in the house – even kids’ furniture.

Finalists: Sunshine Furniture; Snow’s Furniture


BABY & ME

Baby Furniture

Winner: Peek a Boo Baby

This specialty store has just the thing for new parents. Gorgeous cribs, bedding, decorative items and more.

Finalists: Mathis Brothers Furniture; Just Between Friends


Pre & Post-Partum Classes

Winner: Saint Francis

Having a baby means having to learn a lot. New and expectant parents turn to Saint Francis for up-to-date information on pregnancy, child birth and newborn care.

Finalists: St. John; Better Birth Now


Place to have a Baby

Winner: Saint Francis

TulsaKids’ readers trust the compassionate care and state-of-the-art facilities at Saint Francis.

Finalists: St. John; Hillcrest


Most Unique Baby Gifts

Winner: Peek a Boo Baby

Peek a Boo Baby wins in another category for its unique gifts. From Britax carseats to diaper bags, frames, stuffed animals, clothing or sweet swaddlers, you can find what you want at this specialty store.

Finalists: Lolly Garden; Sweetpea Couture


Baby Announcement

Winner: Inviting Place

Finalists: Paper Girl


Newborn Photography

Winner: Ruth Reese

Newborn photography can be tricky, but Ruth Reese knows how to do it, and readers trust her to get it right.

Finalists: Oo La La Photography; Close Moments


PLACES TO LEARN & GROW

Mother’s Day Out

Winner: Guts Church

Guts says children “are a treasure from God.” Families looking for the WEE curriculum for MDO programs can find it at Guts Church.

Finalists: Asbury; Redeemer Covenant


Kids’ Activity

Winner: Tulsa Zoo

There’s nothing more active than a visit to the Tulsa Zoo! Lions, tigers, chimpanzees, special buildings, a new penguin environment, classes and workshops – it’s definitely all happening at the zoo!

Finalists: BounceU; Tulsa Library Storytime


Preschool/ELC

Winner: Kids In Motion Academy

Play is the work of children and Kids in Motion Academy provides the hands-on, Christian-based curriculum to help young children grow and learn.

Finalists: Regent; Miss Helen’s


Private Elementary

Winner: Regent

Parents like the interdenominational Christian atmosphere, academics and small class sizes at Regent Preparatory School. 

Finalists: Monte Cassino; Holland Hall


Private Middle School

Winner: Regent

Regent wins in another category. Readers like the focus on the foundational traditions of Western culture.

Finalists: Holland Hall; Monte Cassino


Private High School

Winner: Regent

Regent hits a triple with Family Favorite wins in elementary, middle and high school categories. Serious academics, sports, arts, music and a Christian perspective make Regent a homerun for many parents.

Finalists: Holland Hall; Bishop Kelly


Summer Camp

Winner: SSB Kids

SSB Kids camps are favorites because kids can swim, play in the gym, do sports and crafts and still have some downtime. What more could a kid want from the summer?

Finalists: Dry Gulch; New Life Ranch


Summer Camp (Out of State)

Winner: Kanakuk

Kanakuk is a favorite for local parents and their kids for its super-fun activities and Christ-centered philosophy. Kids love the counselors, too.

Finalists: Green Valley Camp


Extracurricular

Winner: SSB Kids

SSB Kids is more than gymnastics – it’s an all-round, fun place for kids to be.

Finalists: Amazing Athletes; Miller Swim School


Musical Theatre

Winner: Theatre Arts

Kids who dream of the stage love the opportunities to learn the ropes at Theatre Arts. 

Finalists: Theatre Tulsa; Midtown School of Performing Arts


Gymnastics

Winner: SSB Kids

Once again, SSB Kids wins in the popular gymnastics category.

Finalist: Tulsa World of Gymnastics; The Little Gym


Martial Arts

Winner: Team Impact

Martial arts is more than a sport – it’s a discipline. Moms, dads and kids can all learn the discipline together at Team Impact.

Finalists: Apollo’s; Kang’s


Soccer

Winner: Soccer City

A huge indoor soccer facility, Soccer City is the go-to place for toddlers through adults to play and learn soccer.

Finalists: Metro Tulsa Soccer; Tulsa Soccer Club


Music

Winner: Palen Music Center

Whether you need to rent a band instrument for your child, buy a guitar or enroll your children in music lessons, Palen in Broken Arrow can take care of it all.

Finalists: Music Together of South Tulsa; Saied Music


Art/ Drawing

Winner: Pinot’s Palette

Our readers voted Pinot’s Palette as a fun place to do some art. Whether Mom wants to have a girls night out, a teen or younger child wants to take a class or the family wants to paint together, there are opportunities for everyone. 

Finalists: Philbrook

Tie: Tulsa Art Center; Purple Glaze


Cheer

Winner: SSB Kids

SSB Kids is on a roll. Learning gymnastics is a great way to segue into cheer.

Finalists: Twist and Shout; Jenks Dance Academy


Tutoring

Winner: Sylvan

Test prep., tutoring for better grades or jumping ahead, Sylvan offers families what they need for academic help.

Finalists: Kumon; Huntington


FOR GROWN-UPS

Family Friendly Health Club

Winner: Lifetime Fitness

Now there’s no reason to be a couch potato. TulsaKids families love what Lifetime offers – fitness classes, yoga, swimming, sports, weightloss, a kids academy and more.

Finalists: 10 Gym; Sky Fitness


Salon

Winner: Solid Ground Hair Studio

TulsaKids readers trust their haircut, color and style to Solid Ground. Guys, gals and kids can all get the style they want.

Finalists: Berkshire; Ihloff


Esthetic/Med Spa

Winner: Stone Creek Spa and Salon

Ahhhh. Facial anyone? Massage? Escape for some “me time” that will have you relaxed and looking good.

Finalists: Skin Care Institute; Enhance Skin and Medical Spa


Golf Course

Winner: Battlecreek

Perfect greens, friendly course and fun for all, Battlecreek public golf course is the top choice for our readers.

Finalists: Southern Hills; LaFortune


Car Dealership

Winner: Jim Norton

The family car needs to be safe – and beautiful. At Jim Norton, you’ll find both – plus experienced sales professionals that will help you get a great deal. It’s a win-win-win.

Finalists: South Point; Jim Glover


Childcare

Winner: Playtime (+)

Parents trust Playtime (+) with their children. With three locations, Playtime (+) also offers hourly childcare in locations convenient to moms and dads.

Finalists: Polliwogs; Tied: YMCA; Seeking Sitters


Night Out Restaurant

Winner: Prhyme

A perfectly prepared steak, impeccable service and a nice wine list create a pretty sweet adult night out for our readers.

Finalist: Mahogany Prime Steakhouse; Charleston’s


Bank or Credit Union

Winner: Arvest

Great hours, friendly service, convenient locations and online availability make Arvest a winner.

Finalists: MidFirst Bank; TTCU


Realtor

Winner: McGraw

For years, McGraw Realty has been a Tulsa tradition that families trust when buying or selling a home.

Finalists: Jennifer Paine; Chinoweth and Cohen


Cleaning Service

Winner: Merry Maids

Whether you need ongoing cleaning service or a deep cleaning for that holiday party, Merry Maids has you covered.

Finalists: Clean Freaks; MaidPro


Babysitting Service

Winner: Seeking Sitters

Background checks, ease of use and even babysitters who help with homework, Seeking Sitters is the choice of TulsaKids’ parents for in-home care of their little ones.

Finalists: Polliwogs 


HEALTH

TulsaKids Readers chose the following healthcare professionals and hospitals as their favorites in the following categories:

Pediatrician

Winner: Dr. James Ross

Finalist: Birth & Beyond Pediatrics, Dr. Brian Raley


Family Physician

Winner: Dr. Mary Mills

Finalists: Dr. Riley Hill


OB/ GYN

Winner: Dr. Rebecca Deaton

Finalists: Dr. Cole Nilson; Dr. Corey Babb


Eye Doctor

Winner: Dr. Robert H. Zoellner

Finalists: Dr. Monte Harrel; BA Eye Site


Pediatric and Family Dentist

Winner: Dr. Michael Kincaid

Finalists: Dr. Todd Gentling; Dr. James Owens


Orthodontist

Winner: Emerson Orthodontics

Finalists: Kirkpatrick & Lai; Dr. Robert J. Herman


Oral Surgeon

Winner: Dr. Vic Trammel

Finalists: Dr. Todd Johnson; Dr. Gregory D. Seagraves


Allergist

Winner: Tulsa Allergy Clinic

Finalists: Dr. James Love; Dr. Iftikhar Hussain


ENT

Winner: Dr. Jean-Maria C. Langley

Finalists: Dr. Atul Vaidya; Dr. David Hall


Dermatologist

Winner: Dr. Ashwini Vaidya

Finalist: Dr. Tracy Kuykendall; Dr. Jeff Alexander


Orthopedist

Winner: Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedist

Finalists: Tulsa Bone and Joint; Central States Orthopedic Specialists


Hospital

Winner: Saint Francis

Finalists: St. John; Hillcrest (KT)