2017 Family Favorites

. June 30, 2018.

After School Activities | Education and Childcare | Health and Wellness | Out and About | Shop Local | Social Media Faves | Party Time | Me Time | Family Friendly Eats | Get Active

We asked and you answered. From the best place for after school activities to the best family friendly restaurant to the best doctor in town, you shared with us your vote for Family Favorites. And since our readers know the Toledo area best, the following list can serve as your go-to for places to go, people to see and things to do all year long.

After School Activities

Acting and Theater Classes

#1: Children’s Theatre Workshop | ctwtoledo.org
Runner up: Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Dance Studio

#1: Company C Dance Club | companycdanceclub.com
Runner up: Toledo Ballet

Gymnastics Class

#1: Toledo Turners Gymnastics | toledoturners.com
Runner up: Sunrise Gymnastics

Horseback Riding Lessons

#1: Hunter’s Run, Temperance, MI | huntersrunmhja.com
Runner up: Fox Meadow Farm

Kids Art Class

#1: Toledo Museum of Art | toledomuseum.org
Runner up: Copper Moon Studio

Martial Arts

#1: Sylvania Family Karate | sylvaniafamilykarate.com
Runner up: All American Karate

Music Lessons

#1: Forte Music School | fortemusicandarts.com
Runner up: Toledo Symphony School of Music

Swim Lessons

#1: YMCA | ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: The Josh Project

Education and Childcare

After School Program

#1: YMCA | ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Girls on the Run, Northwest Ohio

Charter School

#1: Toledo School for the Arts | ts4arts.org
Runner up: Imagine Schools


#1: Children’s Discovery Center | childrensdiscoverycenters.com
Runner up: Educare Academy

Middle School

#1: Toledo Christian Schools | toledochristian.com
Runner up: Christ the King


#1: West Side Montessori | montessoritoledo.org
Runner up: Toledo Christian Schools

Private/Parochial School

#1: Maumee Valley Country Day School | mvcds.org
Runner up: Toledo Christian Schools

School Principal

#1: Joe Carroll, Christ the King School | ckschool.org
Runner up: Joy McWhinnie, Toledo Christian Schools

Special Needs Services

#1: Help Me Grow | helpmegrow.ohio.gov
Runner up: Sunshine Inc.


#1: Cory Hall, West Side Montessori | montessoritoledo.org
Runner up: Jen Maquire, Lake Elementary

Tutoring Center

#1: Sylvan Learning | sylvanlearning.com
Runner up: Kumon Math & Reading of Sylvania

Health and Wellness


#1: Dr. Ghassan Safadi, Allergy Clinic Ohio | allergyclinicohio.com
Runner up: M. Razi Rafeeq, M.D.


#1: Innate Health Chiropractic | getinnatehealth.com
Runner up: Rebel Chiropractic

ENT Doctor

#1: Dr. Christopher Perry, ENT, The Toledo Clinic | toledoclinicent.com
Runner up: Dr. Stephanie Cole, M.D., ProMedica ENT

Family Doctor

#1: Dr. Sue Federman, Toledo Clinic

4411 N Holland-Sylvania Rd, Sylvania
419-843-3627 | toledoclinic.com

Look no further than the Toledo Clinic to find your favorite family doctor in town. Dr. Susan Federman consistently delivers high-quality care, while making your family feel comfortable.

Runner up: Dr. Travis Rasor, DO, Fallen Timbers Family Physicians

Family Mental Health & Counseling Services

#1: Dr. George R. Williams, Harbor Behavioral Health | harbor.org
Runner up: Erin Wiley, MA, LPCC, The Willow Center


#1: Erica Krause, CNM, ProMedica Midwifrey | promedica.org/provider
Runner up: Irma Cobian, CNM, Mercy Health

Natural & Homeopathic Health

#1: Serenity Health & Wellness Center, Maumee | serenityspamaumee.com
Runner up: Toledo Hemp Center


#1: Dr. Danielle Barrow, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics | Gynecology | promedica.org/provider
Runner up: Dr. Ann Rhee, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics | Gynecology


#1: Dr. Preston Linley, OD, ProMedica Physicians Eye Care | promedica.org/provider
Runner up: Dr. Robert Rhee, Pediatric Ophthalmology Consultants, LLC


#1: Kay & Paulus Orthodontics | kayandpaulus.com
Runner up: HLS Orthodontics

Pediatric Dentist

#1: Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care | sylvaniapediatricdentalcare.com
Runner up: Dr. Erin Knierim

Pediatric Practice

#1: Franklin Park Pediatrics | franklinparkpediatrics.com
Runner up: ProMedica Physicians Toledo Peds

Out and About

Animal Encounter

#1: Toledo Zoo | toledozoo.org
Runner up: Indian Creek Zoo

Family Activity

#1: Toledo Zoo | toledozoo.org
Runner up: Imagination Station

Family Day Trip

#1: Cedar Point | cedarpoint.com
Runner up: Toledo Zoo

Indoor Play Space

#1: Imagination Station | imaginationstationtoledo.org
Runner up: Sky Zone Toledo

Kid Friendly Museum

#1: Imagination Station | imaginationstationtoledo.org
Runner up: Toledo Museum of Art

Nature Center

#1: 577 Foundation

577 E Front St, Perrysburg
419-872-0305 | 577foundation.orgnature

Looking for something to add to the summer bucket list? Check out this family favorite. Founded by Virginia Secor Stranahan, the 577 Foundation is dedicated to preserving the greenspace property at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg. The foundation also seeks to educate children and families about the land around them. This lush, 10-acre property includes a community garden, a geodesic biodome (think year-round greenhouse), honey bee hives, a river walk and more. You can also take a class, teach a class, plant a garden or just tour the grounds.

Runner up: Toledo Botanical Garden Board Inc.

Place to Camp

#1: Maumee Bay State Park Oregon | parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay
Runner up: Camp Miakonda, Erie Shores Council, Boy Scouts of America

Place to Read

#1: Main Library, Toledo Lucas County Public Library | toledolibrary.org
Runner up: Barnes & Noble

Place to Volunteer

#1: Toledo Area Humane Society | toledohumane.org
Runner up: Cherry Street Mission Ministries

Place to Worship

#1: Cedar Creek Church | cedarcreek.tv
Runner up: Christ the King Church

Sporting Events for Families

#1: Toledo Mud Hens | milb.com/toledo
Runner up: Toledo Walleye Hockey

Place to Give Birth

#1: ProMedica Toledo Hospital | promedica.org/toledohospital
Runner up: St. Luke’s Hospital

Speech/Language Therapy

#1: Toledo Hearing & Speech Center | greatlakesautism.org/toledo-hearing-and-speech-center
Runner up: Rehab Dynamics

Urgent Care

#1: ProMedica Urgent Care | promedica.org/pages/medical-services/urgent-care
Runner up: Mercy Health Urgent Care


#1: SylvaniaVET | sylvaniavet.com
Runner up: East Suburban Animal Clinic

Shop Local

Baby Boutique Shop

#1: Kids Klothesline Perrysburg | facebook.com/kids.klothesline.online
Runner up: Bowinkles

Bike Shop

#1: Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop | wersellsbikeandskishop.com
Runner up: Reggie’s Bike Shop

Family Friendly Locally Owned Grocery Store

#1: Walt Churchill’s Market & Pharmacy | waltchurchillsmarket.com
Runner up: Monnette’s Market

Family Photographer

#1: Nicole Slovak Photography | nicoleslovak.wixsite.com
Runner up: Finn Photography

Kid’s Consignment/Resale Shop

#1: Once Upon a Child | facebook.com/OnceUponAChildToledo
Runner up: Lil’ Rascals

Mom-owned Business

#1: Mini Motions Dance Center | minimotionsdance.com
Runner up: Nicole Slovak Photography

Place for Furnishing the Nursery

#1: Babies R Us | babiesrus.toysrus.com
Runner up: Buy Buy Baby

Place to Buy Children’s Books

#1: Barnes & Noble | barnesandnoble.com
Runner up: Books-A-Million

Place to Buy Children’s Clothing

#1: Once Upon A Child Perrysburg | onceuponachild.com/perrysburg
Runner up: Kids Klothesline

Social Media Faves

Local Instagram Account

#1: @dotoledo
Runner up: @photographynicole

Local Parent Blogger

#1: Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo | momonthegoinholytoledo.com
Runner up: Our Cozy Den

Local Parent Facebook Group

#1: Toledo Thrifty Moms | facebook.com/groups/toledothriftymoms
Runner up: Toledo Parent University

Party Time

Party Entertainment

#1: Laurel’s Princess Parties | laurelsprincessparties.com
Runner up: Hero’s the Party Experience

Place for an Indoor Birthday Bash

#1: Sky Zone Toledo | skyzone.com/toledo
Runner up: Sylvania Playland

Place for an Outdoor Birthday Bash

#1: The Toledo Zoo | toledozoo.org
Runner up: Wildwood Preserve Metropark

Place to Buy a Birthday Cake

#1: Wixey Bakery | wixeysbakery.com
Runner up: Eston’s Bakery

Place to Buy a Gift

#1: Learning Express Sylvania, Maumee | learningexpress.com
Runner up: FiddleStix Boutique & Gallery

Me Time

Date Night Restaurant

#1: Mancy’s Italian | mancys.com
Runner up: 5th Street Pub

Girls Night Out

#1: Hollywood Casino Toledo | hollywoodcasinotoledo.com
Runner up: The Heights

Workout for Mom

#1: YMCA | ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: LBs Circuit Training

Spa Day for Mom

#1: Reve Salon and Spa

5633 Main St, Sylvania
419-885-1140 | revesalonandspa.comReve-logo-GOOD-BLACK---ORANGE

When you get a rare moment for some “me time”, Reve Salon and Spa in downtown Sylvania is where you want to go for rest, relaxation and much deserved pampering. This upscale salon goes beyond haircuts and color: they offer a variety of massages to relax and invigorate busy moms, along with facials, and makeup and nail services.

Runner Up: Serenity Health & Wellness Center

Family Friendly Eats

Candy Shop

#1: Boyd’s Retro Candy Store | boydsretrocandy.com
Runner up: Maumee Valley Chocolate & Candy

Cupcakes/ Bakery

#1: Cake in a Cup | cakeinacup.com
Runner up: 7 Little Cupcakes

Family-Friendly Restaurant

#1: Barry Bagels | barrybagels.com
Runner up: Fricker’s

Frozen Yogurt Shop

#1: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop | handelsicecream.com
Runner up: Lola’s

Healthy Family Restaurant

#1: Balance Pan-Asian Grille | balancegrille.com
Runner up: Barry Bagels

Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop

#1: BIGGBY Coffee | biggby.com
Runner up: Black Kite Coffee & Pies

Local Pizza Place

#1: Marco’s Pizza | marcos.com
Runner up: Inky’s Italian Food

Place Where Kids Eat Free

#1: Fricker’s | frickers.com
Runner up: Buffalo Wild Wings

Ice Cream Shop

#1: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

Sylvania: 5908 W Sylvania Ave, 419-882-1112
Toledo: 5655 Secor Rd, 419-474-8861

When you and yours need a sweet treat to cap off a hot summer day, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt is your go-to. Since 1945, Handel’s has been making ice cream and yogurt fresh daily, using the best available ingredients to create their distinct smooth and creamy texture. With more than 100 flavors to choose from, there’s sure to be something for everyone in your family, whether they prefer sundaes, parfaits or just a classic cone.

Runner up: Mr. G’s Barn

Get Active

Faith-based Summer Camp/Vacation Bible School

#1: Cedar Creek Church—Fusion Camp | cedarcreek.tv
Runner up: Saint John XXIII

Family Friendly Gym/Fitness Club

#1: YMCA | ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Wildwood Athletic Club

Park or Playground

#1: Wildwood Preserve Metropark | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/wildwood
Runner up: Fort Imagination at Woodlands Park

Place to go Ice Skating

#1: Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter | sylvaniatamoshanter.com
Runner up: Ottawa Park

Place to Play Mini-Golf

#1: Par 2 Golf Courses | par2golf.com
Runner up: Sylvania Playland

Soccer Program

#1: Pacesetter Soccer Club | pacesettersoccer.com
Runner up: Soccer Shots

Sports Camp

#1: YMCA Sports Camps | ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: St. Ursula Academy Summer Athletic Camps

Summer Day Camp

#1: YMCA | ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Imagination Station


#1: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky | kalahariresorts.com/ohio
Runner up: Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky

Youth Sports League

#1: Pacesetter Soccer | pacesettersoccer.com
Runner up: Toledo Volleyball Club

Thanks for voting, Toledo!