2015 Family Favorites!

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When we want to know where to go, what to do, and the best places to eat, we ask our readers, since nobody knows Toledo better. We ask every year: What’s your family’s favorite? The votes have been counted and the winners are in!

 


Food

Cupcakes/Bakery/Sweet Shop

7 Little Cupcakes
1021 Sandusky St., Perrysburg
419-252-0858 | www.7littlecupcakes.com
Runner Up: The Next Sweet Thing

Family-friendly restaurant

bd’s Mongolian Grill
5001 Monroe St.
419-724-2900 | www.gomongo.com
Runner Up: Chick Fil A

Ice cream shop

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
5655 Secor Rd.
419-474-8861
5908 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-882-1118 | www.handelsicecream.com
Runner Up: Mr. Freeze

Frozen yogurt shop

Koala Berry
6710 W. Central Ave.
419-725-5558 | www.koalaberry.com
Runner Up: Lola’s

Kid-friendly coffee shop

Black Kite Coffee and Pies
2499 Collingwood Blvd.
419-720-5820 | www.facebook.com/BlackKiteCoffee
Runner Up: Plate 21

Healthy fast food

Balance Pan-Asian Grille
5860 W. Central Ave., Sylvania
419-578-7777
514 The Boulevard, Maumee
419-893-9999
26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg
www.balancegrille.com
Runner Up: Panera Bread

Local pizza place

Vito’s Pizza
Various locations
www.vitos.com
Runner Up: The Original Gino’s Pizza

Place where kids eat free

Ralphie’s Sports Eatery
Various locations
www.ralphies.com
Runner Up: The Original Pancake House


Education

Preschool

Maumee Valley Country Day School
1715 S. Reynolds Rd.
419-381-1313 | mvcds.org
Runner Up: West Side Montessori

Teacher and their school

Alex Mata at Maumee Valley Country Day School
1715 S Reynolds Rd.
419-381-1313 | www.mvcds.org
Runner Up: Katie Peters, at Whitmer High School

Elementary school

West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St.
419-866-1931
13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg
419-874-9385 | www.montessoritoledo.org
Runner Up: Maumee Valley Country Day School

Middle school

West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St.
419-866-1931
13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg
419-874-9385 | www.montessoritoledo.org
Runner Up: St. Joseph’s School

Charter school

Toledo School for the Arts
333 14th St.
419-246-8732
Runner Up: Wildwood Environmental Academy

After-school program

YMCA
Various locations
419-866-1931
www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: West Side Montessori

Special needs service

Help Me Grow
246 North High St., Columbus
800-755-GROW | www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov
Runner Up: The Zepf Center

Music class

Sarah Bell at Kindermusik
6540 W. Central Ave.
440-452-9140 | misssaraahbellmusic.com
RUNNER UP: YMCA

Daycare

Little Sprouts
4014 Elmhurst Rd.
419-754-1057 | www.littlesproutsacademy.com
Runner Up: Children’s Discovery Center

Babysitting/nanny service

Kidz Watch
6801 W. Central Ave.
419-843-2997 | www.kidzwatch.net
Runner Up: Care.com

Parenting classes

Parent University by Toledo Public Schools and Partners in Education
1500 N. Superior St., Suite 306
419-242-2122 | www.partnerstoledo.org
Runner Up: Acorn to Oak at West Side Montessori

Dance class

Mini Motions Dance Center
2249 Tremainsville Rd.
419-472-0999 | www.minimotionsdance.com
Runner Up: Positive Image Dance Studio

Kids art class

The Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
419-255-8000 | www.toledomuseum.org
Runner Up: Paint Your Place by Jessica Mack

Gymnastics class

Sunrise Gymnastics Academy
3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd.
419-841-2902 | www.sunrisegymnastics.com
Runner Up: Mini Motions Dance Center

Tutoring center

STARS ACT Prep Course
3950 Sunforest Ct., Suite 101
419-870-8384 | www.starsprep.net
Runner Up: Sylvan Learning, Inc.

Acting and theater classes

Children’s Theatre Workshop
2417 Collingwood Blvd.
419-244-5061 | www.Ctwtoledo.org
Runner Up: The Toledo Rep


Health

Pediatric practice

Franklin Park Pediatrics
2000 Regency Ct., Suite 103
419-475-5433 | www.franklinparkpediatrics.com
Runner Up: ProMedica Physicians Toledo Peds

Emergency care

ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd.
419-291-5437 | www.Promedica.org
Runner Up: Flower Hospital

Place to give birth

ProMedica Toledo Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd.
419-291-4000 | www.promedica.org/toledo-hospital
Runner Up: Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

OB/GYN

Dr. Ann Rhee, MD, of ProMedica Physicians
660 Beaver Creek Circle, Suite 200, Maumee
419-891-6273 | www.promedica.org/provider/ann-rhee-md-obstetrics
Runner Up: Dr. Sarah S. Puckett, DO, of ProMedica Flower Hospital

Midwife

Irma Cobian, CNM, of Mercy Associates in Women’s Health
4126 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.
419-517-7600 | www.mercyweb.org/doctors_Irma_Cobian.aspx
Runner Up: Erica M. Krause, CNM, of Premier Women’s Health

Family doctor

Dr. Todd Forrest, DO
119 Clinton St., Maumee
419-893-8985
Runner Up: Dr. Donald Vogel, MD, of ProMedica Physicians

ENT doctor

Dr. Oliver H. Jenkins, MD and Dr. Christopher B. Perry, DO, of The Toledo Clinic ENT
419-724-8368 | www.toledoclinicent.com
Runner Up: Dr. Jay R. Jindal, MD, ENT, of ProMedica Physicians Ear, Nose and Throat

Optometrist

Dr. Nahrain M. Shasteen, OD, of Vision Associates
2865 N. Reynolds Rd. #170
419-578-2020 | www.visionassociates.net
Runner Up: Dr. Bob K. Rhee MD, of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Chiropractor

Fairwood Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
5215 Monroe St., #4
419-843-1515 | www.fairwoodchiropractic.com
Runner Up: Dr. Connie Smith, DC, of First Choice Chiro

Allergist

Dr. Ghassan S. Safadi, MD, of Allergy Clinic Ohio
7640 Sylvania Ave., Ste J, Sylvania
419-843-7780 | www.toledoallergy.com
Runner Up: Dr. John A. Winder, MD, of Dr. Winder & Associates

Doula

Erin Marten-Snyder
419-308-6977 | www.erinmartensnyder@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/emartensnyder
Runner Up: Amanda Baerwaldt, of Toledo Family Doulas

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Robert Rhee, MD, of Pediatric Ophthalmologist Consultants
2927 N. McCord Rd., Suite 100
419-517-5500 | www.pocllc.com
Runner Up: Dr. John A. Kruszewski, OD, of Pinnacle Eye Group

Veterinarian

Dr. Bob Esplin, SylvaniaVET
4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., Sylvania
419-885-4421 | www.sylvaniavet.com
Runner Up: West Suburban Animal Hospital

Orthodontist

Drs. Simon, Haerian & Ludwig Orthodontics
6407 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-318-1756
7928 Secor Rd., Lambertville
734-206-2094
4359 Keystone Dr., Suite 200, Maumee
419-887-1247 | www.perfectbraces.com
Runner Up: DDr. Jeffrey A. Bunkers, DDS, of J Bunkers Orthodontics

Dentist

Dr. Jon Frankel, DDS, of Jon Frankel Dentistry
5012 Talmadge Rd.
419-474-9611
4359 Keystone Dr., Maumee
419-893-0221 | www.jonfrankeldentistry.com
Runner Up: Dr. Jennifer L. Zoll, DDS


Shopping

Mom owned business

Mini Motions
2249 Tremainsville Rd.
419-472–0999 | www.Minimotionsdance.com
Runner Up: Finn Photography

Kid’s clothing

Once Upon A Child
5644 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-841-7500
142 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg
419-874-3606 | www.onceuponachild.com
Runner Up: Kids Klothesline

Kid’s shoe shop

Stride Rite
5333 Monroe St., #21
419-843-6050 | www.striderite.com
Runner Up: Once Upon A Child

Maternity clothing store

Destination Maternity
5001 Monroe St.
419-475-2730 | www.destinationmaternity.com
Runner Up: Old Navy

Place for furnishing a nursery

Babies “R” Us
1360 S. Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland
419-861-7015 | www.babiesrus.com
Runner Up: Hobby Lobby

Baby boutique shop

Lullaby Lane
4064 Technology Dr., Maumee
419-878-0127 | www.lullabylane.com
Runner Up: Kids Klothesline

Organic baby store

Lullaby Lane
4064 Technology Dr., Maumee
419-878-0127 | www.lullabylane.com
Runner Up: Pipsqueak Boutique (Fenton, MI)


Spaces & Places

Place to volunteer

Toledo Area Humane Society
827 Illinois Ave., Maumee
419-891-0705 | www.toledohumane.org
Runner Up: SeaGate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio

Place for winter fun

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674 | www.imaginationstationtoledo.org
Runner Up: Sylvania Playland

Rainy day activity

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674 | www.imainationstationtoledo.org
Runner Up: The Toledo Museum of Art

Place to read

Toledo Lucas County Public Library
325 N. Michigan St.
419-259-5200 | www.toledolibrary.org
Runner Up: Barnes & Noble

Place to worship

CedarCreek
Various locations
www.cedarcreek.tv
Runner Up: Sylvania United Church of Christ

Museum

The Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
419-255-8000 | www.Toledomuseum.org
Runner Up: Imagination Station

Fair/Festival

German American Festival
3624 Seaman St., Oregon
419-691-4116 | www.gafsociety.org
Runner Up: Old West End Festival

Place for a picnic

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave.
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com
Runner Up: Side Cut Metropark

Day trip spot

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-5721 | www.toledozoo.org
Runner Up: Sauder Village

Animal encounters

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-5721 | www.toledozoo.org
Runner Up: Toledo Area Humane Society

Tween activity

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1600 Albon Rd., Holland
419-491-1194 | www.skyzone.com/toledo
Runner Up: Funagin’s

Bowling alley

Forest View Lanes
2345 Dean Rd., Temperance
734-847-4915 | www.forestviewlanes.com
Runner Up: Southwyck Lanes

Local toy store

Learning Express Toys
5577 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-885-3959
3100 Main St., Maumee
419-878-2446 | www.learningexpress.com
Runner Up: Lullaby Lane

Garden and nature center

Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr.
419-536-5566 | www.toledogarden.org
Runner Up: The Butterfly House at Wheeler Farms

Date Night

El Camino Real
2500 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-472-0700 | www.elcaminorealtoledo.com
Runner Up: Bar Louie


Play

Place to go ice skating

Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter
7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-885-1167 | www.sylvaniatamoshanter.com
Runner Up: Ottawa Park

Place to go roller skating

Ohio Skate
1370 Conant St., Maumee
419-893-4031
5735 Opportunity Dr.
419-476-2808 | www.ohioskate.com
Runner Up: Swanton Coliseum Roller Skating Center

Place to buy sports equipment

Dick’s Sporting Goods
5001 Monroe St.
419-474-0170
1407 Spring Meadow Dr., Holland
419-867-0810
851 West Alexis Rd.
419-269-2262 | www.dickssportinggoods.com
Runner Up: Play It Again Sports

Park or playground

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave.
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com
Runner Up: Pearson Metropark

Martial arts program

American Kenpo Karate with Mike Sherman
4730 W. Bancroft St., #18
419-344-1870 | www.toledokenpo.com
Runner Up: Ohio Martial Arts

Waterpark

Kalahari Resorts
7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky
419-433-7200 | www.kalahariresorts.com
Runner Up: Splash Bay Resort

Family-friendly gym

Sylvania YMCA/JCC
6465 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-885-4485 | www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: Wildwood Athletic Club

Biking trail

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave.
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com
Runner Up: The University/Parks Trail

Swim lessons

YMCA
Various locations
www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: University of Toledo

Baby swim lessons

YMCA
Various locations
www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: University of Toledo

Sports camp

University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
419-530-2888 | www.utoleldo.edu//healthsciences/clinics/nysp
Runner Up: St. John’s

Summer day camp

West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St.
419-866-1931
13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg
419-874-9385 | www.montessoritoledo.org
Runner Up: YMCA

Horseback lessons

Hunter’s Run
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance
734-856-2404 | www.huntersrunmhja.com
Runner Up: Stonehaven Farms

Indoor play space

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1600 Albon Rd., Holland
419-491-1194 | www.skyzone.com/toledo
Runner Up: Funagin’s


Online

Local mom blogger

Carolyn Savage (inconceivablebook.com/blog/welcome-to-mama-on-the-fly-2)
www.inconceivablebook.com
Runner Up: Kat Tomasewski Momonthegoinholytoledo.com

Local Pinterest account

West Side Montessori
www.pinterest.com/wsmontessori
Runner Up: Kat Tomasewski,Momonthegoinholytoledo, pinterest.com/krazykat

Local Instagram account

The Next Sweet Thing
@thenextsweetthing
Runner Up: Finn Photography, @finnstyling

Local parent Facebook group

Toledo Thrifty Moms
www.facebook.com/groups/toledothriftymoms
Runner Up: Toledo Area BabyWearers (facebook.com/groups/694329100594113)


Party

Place to go ice skating

Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter
7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-885-1167 | www.sylvaniatamoshanter.com
Runner Up: Ottawa Park

Place to go roller skating

Ohio Skate
1370 Conant St., Maumee
419-893-4031
5735 Opportunity Dr.
419-476-2808 | www.ohioskate.com
Runner Up: Swanton Coliseum Roller Skating Center

Place to buy sports equipment

Dick’s Sporting Goods
5001 Monroe St.
419-474-0170
1407 Spring Meadow Dr., Holland
419-867-0810
851 West Alexis Rd.
419-269-2262 | www.dickssportinggoods.com
Runner Up: Play It Again Sports

Park or playground

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave.
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com
Runner Up: Pearson Metropark

Martial arts program

American Kenpo Karate with Mike Sherman
4730 W. Bancroft St., #18
419-344-1870 | www.toledokenpo.com
Runner Up: Ohio Martial Arts

Waterpark

Kalahari Resorts
7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky
419-433-7200 | www.kalahariresorts.com
Runner Up: Splash Bay Resort

Family-friendly gym

Sylvania YMCA/JCC
6465 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-885-4485 | www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: Wildwood Athletic Club

Biking trail

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave.
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com
Runner Up: The University/Parks Trail

Swim lessons

YMCA
Various locations
www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: University of Toledo

Baby swim lessons

YMCA
Various locations
www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: University of Toledo

Sports camp

University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
419-530-2888 | www.utoleldo.edu//healthsciences/clinics/nysp
Runner Up: St. John’s

Summer day camp

West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St.
419-866-1931
13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg
419-874-9385 | www.montessoritoledo.org
Runner Up: YMCA

Horseback lessons

Hunter’s Run
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance
734-856-2404 | www.huntersrunmhja.com
Runner Up: Stonehaven Farms

Indoor play space

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1600 Albon Rd., Holland
419-491-1194 | www.skyzone.com/toledo
Runner Up: Funagin’s