Toledo Parent 2021 Family Favorites Results

Every year, thousands of Toledo Parent readers cast votes for the businesses, places, and people they love. Readers rely on the voting results to help them choose pediatricians, find the perfect birthday venue, grab the most delicious meal and much more. We are honored that you let your voices be heard with support for your favorite area institutions. Here are the Toledo Area Parent Family Favorites selected for 2021!

Places and Spaces

Overnight Trip with the Kids

WINNER: Sauder Village
22611 OH-2, Archbold
419-446-2541
saudervillage.org

If you’re planning on a quick overnight trip chock full of fun, Sauder Village is an excellent option. Not only does the destination offer food and activities, but your kids will learn so much about history here. From the 1920s Main Street, complete with a meticulously recreated soda shop, movie theater, candy shop and more, to other exhibits and stores focused on early Ohio settlers, you could easily spend a whole weekend at Sauder Village.

RUNNER-UP: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
childrensmuseum.org

Family Activity

WINNER: Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040
toledozoo.org 

Kids of all ages love the Zoo, and for good reason. The Toledo Zoo is one of the best in the nation, featuring more than 10,000 animals that your family can get up close and personal with. And with summertime events like Christmas in July, special events at the amphitheater, a splash pad and epic playground, petting zoo, and educational talks from the zookeepers, there are many reasons to “Zoo it” this season!

RUNNER UP: Urban Air Adventure Park
urbanair.com/ohio-toledo

Family Day Trip

WINNER: Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040
toledozoo.org

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm
countrylanetreefarm.com

Favorite Library Branch

WINNER: King Road Branch
3900 King Rd.
419-259-5380
toledolibrary.org

RUNNER UP: Main Branch

Indoor Playspace
WINNER: Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674
imaginationstationtoledo.org 

When families come to Toledo, one of the very first attractions they visit is Imagination Station. Regardless of the weather, the kids will never get bored inside this science center. From 3D movies and interactive exhibits to a children’s play area featuring a miniature hospital and grocery store, there’s an abundance of things to do. With frequently updated exhibits and even a baby room for the littlest ones to explore, it is truly a spot to spend the day with the whole family.

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm

countrylanetreefarm.com

Place to Worship

WINNER: Cedar Creek Church
Locations in South and West Toledo, Perrysburg, Findlay, Oregon, and Whitehouse
419-661- 8661 (Perrysburg location)
cedarcreek.tv

RUNNER UP: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania
stjoessylvania.org

Kid-Friendly Museum

WINNER: Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674
imaginationstationtoledo.org 

RUNNER UP: Toledo Museum of Art
toledomuseum.org 

Sporting Event for Families

WINNER: Toledo Mud Hens
Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St.
419-725-4367
milb.com/toledo

RUNNER UP: Toledo Walleye Hockey
toledowalleye.com

Place to Volunteer

WINNER: Ronald McDonald House
3883 Monroe St.
419-471-4663
rmhctoledo.org

RUNNER UP: Toledo Humane Society
toledohumane.org

Animal Encounters

WINNER: Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040
toledozoo.org

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm
countrylanetreefarm.com

Garden/Nature Center

WINNER: Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr.
419-270-7500
metroparkstoledo.com

 

One of the Glass City’s most powerful and breathtaking views, the Toledo Botanical Garden offers 60 acres of quiet beauty. A place to learn about gardening and perennials, remarkable pieces in the Artisan Village, the Secret Forest play area for kids and the new Doneghy Inclusive Garden, the Botanical Garden delivers unforgettable experiences for all ages.

RUNNER UP: The 577 Foundation
577foundation.org

TIME TO PARTY

Party Entertainment

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa
419-461-1298
countrylanetreefarm.com

RUNNER UP: Laurel’s Princess Parties
laurelsprincessparties.com

Place to Buy a Birthday Cake

WINNER: Wixey Bakery
2017 Glendale Ave.
419-382-6684
facebook.com/wixeybakery

RUNNER UP: 7 Little Cupcakes
7littlecupcakes.com

Locally owned place to buy a gift

WINNER: Fiddlestix Boutique
5693 Main St., Sylvania. 419-386-2812
4165 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg. 419-931-2022
fiddlestixboutique.com 

RUNNER UP: Buff City Soap
toledooh.buffcitysoap.com

Place for an indoor birthday bash

WINNER: Urban Air Adventure Park
5243 Airport Hwy.
419-962-3257
urbanair.com/ohio-toledo

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm
countrylanetreefarm.com

Place for an Outdoor Birthday Bash

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa
419-461-1298
countrylanetreefarm.com

RUNNER UP: Wildwood Preserve Metropark
metroparkstoledo.com

DELICIOUS EATS

Cupcakes/Bakery

WINNER: Natalie’s Cake Library
nataliescakelibrary.com

RUNNER UP: 7 Little Cupcakes
7littlecupcakes.com

Candy Shop

WINNER: Boyd’s Retro Candy Store
954 Phillips Ave.
419-720-7387
boydsretrocandy.com

RUNNER UP: Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy
valleycandy.com

Family Friendly Restaurant

WINNER: Inside the Five Brewing Company
5703 Main St., Sylvania
567-408-7212
insidethefivebrewing.com

RUNNER UP: Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream & Burgers
charlieshomemadeicecream.com

Healthy Family Restaurant

WINNER: Balance Pan-Asian Grille
2515 N. Summit St.
419-243-2222

5860 Central Ave.

419-243-7777

26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg

419-874-7777
balancegrille.com

All three Balance locations offer up delicious and healthy choices for your family. With an amazing selection of snacks, bowls, tacos and more, there are few options that are better (or better for you) than Balance. Their downtown location is the site of an incredible hydroponic system where they grow microgreens, and more, on a large scale. They are committed to freshness in everything they serve!

RUNNER UP: Blue Pacific Grill Perrysburg
thebluepacificgrill.com

Healthy Fast Food

WINNER: Balance Pan-Asian Grille
2515 N. Summit St.
419-243-2222

5860 Central Ave.
419-243-7777

26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg
419-874-7777
balancegrille.com

RUNNER UP: Tropical Smoothie Cafe
tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Kid Friendly Coffee Shop

WINNER: Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts
311 Conant St., Maumee
419-891-8888
georgettes.org

RUNNER UP: Papa Moose’s Donuts
papamoosesdonuts.com

Frozen Treats Shop

WINNER: Mr. Freeze
2031 N. McCord Rd.
627 W. South Boundary St., Perrysburg.
facebook.com/mymrfreeze

 

For many in Northwest Ohio, it’s not summer until they visit Mr. Freeze. For over half a century, the ice creamery has served its trademark sundaes, shakes and more to happy patrons. Visit Mr. Freeze and prepare to be overwhelmed by generous portions and cold deliciousness. 

RUNNER UP: Odd Fodder

oddfodder.com

Local Pizza Place

WINNER: PizzAroma
4444 Keystone Dr. #C, Maumee
8555 S. Holland-Sylvania Rd.
419-887-6000
pizzaromamenu.com

RUNNER UP: Charlie’s Homemade Pizza & Italian Cuisine
charlieshomemadepizza.com

Place where kids eat free

WINNER: Charlie’s Restaurant
6945 W. Central Ave.
419-841-5326

12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton
419-825-2076

1631 Toll Gate Dr., Maumee
419-794-7870
charliesoftoledo.com

RUNNER UP: Fricker’s
frickers.com

SHOP LOCAL

Locally owned place to buy kids’ clothing

WINNER: Once Upon a Child
142 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg
419-874-3606
onceuponachild.com

RUNNER UP: Bowinkle’s
bowinklesboutique.com

Mom-owned business

WINNER: 7 Little Cupcakes
25661 Ft. Meigs Rd., Ste. D., Perrysbur
419-252-0858
7littlecupcakes.com

RUNNER UP: That Glow Tho. Spray Tan & Sun Shop
thatglowtho.com

Places to Get a Kid’s Haircut

WINNER: Cookie Cutter’s Haircuts for Kids
25684 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg
419-279-2631
haircutsarefun.com

RUNNER UP: The Choice Salon
Search The Choice Salon on Facebook

Family Photographer

WINNER: Galati Photography LLC
24186 Front St., Grand Rapids, OH
419-830-3040
galatiphoto.com

RUNNER UP: Courtney Lee Photography
courtneyleephotography45.mypixieset.com

Bike Shop

WINNER: Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop
2860 Central Ave.
419-474-7412
wersellsbikeshop.com

RUNNER UP: Cycle Werks
shopcyclewerks.com

Place to Buy Children’s Books

WINNER: Learning Express
Promenade Shops, 5577 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-885-3959
learningexpress.com

RUNNER UP: Encore Books
encorebookstol.com

DIGITAL AGE

Local Parent Facebook Group

WINNER: Toledo Thrifty Moms
facebook.com/groups/toledothriftymoms

RUNNER UP: Mothers Helping Mothers Toledo
Search “Mothers Helping Mothers Toledo” on Facebook

Local Online Influencer

WINNER: Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo
momonthegoinholytoledo.com

WATCH ME SOAR

Preschool

WINNER: Elizabeth Wayne Preschool
310 Elizabeth St., Maumee
419-893-3383
stpaulsmaumee.org/ewpreschool

RUNNER UP: Hope Preschool and Childcare
hopechildcareoh.com 

Teacher

WINNER: Jaclyn Willman, Northwest Ohio Classical Academy

RUNNER UP: Marissa Minnick-Metcalf, St. Joseph Catholic Church

School Principal

WINNER: Cristy Seely, Elizabeth Wayne Preschool
RUNNER UP: Robb Brown, Springfield Local

Elementary School

WINNER: West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St.
419-866-1931
montessoritoledo.org

RUNNER UP: Waterville Primary School
anthonywayneschools.org

Middle School

WINNER: Fallen Timbers Middle School
6119 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse
419-877-0601
anthonywayneschools.org

RUNNER UP: West Side Montessori
montessoritoledo.org

Charter School

WINNER: Northwest Ohio Classical Academy
5025 Glendale Ave.
567-420-6180
nocacademy.org

RUNNER UP: Toledo School for the Arts
ts4arts.org

Parochial School

WINNER: St. Joan of Arc School
5950 Heatherdowns Blvd.
419-866-6177
joanofarcschool.org

RUNNER UP: Notre Dame Academy
nda.org

Private School

WINNER: St. Joseph’s Maumee
104 W. Broadway St., Maumee
419-893-3304
stjosephmaumee.org

RUNNER UP: Notre Dame Academy
nda.org

After-School Program

WINNER: Girls on the Run
6024 Renaissance Pl.
419-318-9211
girlsontherun.org

RUNNER UP: YMCA of Greater Toledo
ymcatoledo.org

Tutoring Center

WINNER: Huntington Learning Center
6638 Centers Dr., Holland
419-867-4000
huntingtonhelps.com

RUNNER UP: Sylvan Learning
sylvanlearning.com

Special Needs Service

WINNER: Ability Center of Greater Toledo
5605 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-885-5733
abilitycenter.org 

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo (ACT) offers many resources to help kids with disabilities thrive, but the Center is also instrumental in making sure that our city is the most accessible it can possibly be. The organization provides therapy dogs, help with home accessibility, referrals, and a youth transition program to help with independent living. Visit their website to read more about the incredible work they do in our community.

RUNNER UP: Help Me Grow— Lucas County
helpmegrow.org

Daycare

WINNER: Children’s Discovery Center
Various locations
419-867-8570
childrensdiscoverycenters.com

RUNNER UP: Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center Springfield
otrelc.com/

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Places for Crafting
WINNER: Toledo Museum of Art Family Center
2445 Monroe St.
419-255-8000
toledomuseum.org

RUNNER UP: Copper Moon Studio
coppermoonstudio.com

Acting and Theatre Classes

WINNER: Children’s Theatre Workshop
2417 Collingwood Blvd.
419-244-5061
ctwtoledo.org

RUNNER UP: Toledo Repertoire Theatre
toledorep.org

Dance Studio

WINNER: Toledo Ballet
5327 Monroe St.
419-471-0049
toledoballet.com

RUNNER UP: Mini Motions Dance Center
minimotionsdance.com

Kids Art Class

WINNER: Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
419-255-8000
toledomuseum.org

Whether you want your kids to learn from home or have a hands-on experience, there are few resources for artistic education quite like TMA. Students as young as six can sign up for courses in a wide variety of disciplines, and the Museum’s annual summer camps offer wonderful off-school experiences as well.

RUNNER UP: Paint Your Place by Jessica Mack
facebook.com/PaintYourPlaceByJessicaMack

Gymnastics Class

WINNER: Sunrise Gymnastics Academy
3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd.
419-841-2902
sunrisegymnastics.com

RUNNER UP: Exceleration Gymnastics Center
excelerationgymnastics.com

Music Lessons

WINNER: Forté Music School
3208 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-471-2100
fortemusicandarts.com

Name any instrument, and Forté likely offers lessons for it. No matter what your child wants to learn, no matter how much experience they have, no matter whether they will take lessons in person or online— Forté is your go-to destination. With dozens of professional teachers on staff and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s clear why Forté has been a staple as the best place for music lessons for years.

RUNNER UP: The Studio Connection
studioconnection.net

Martial Arts Program

WINNER: Rudo Jiu-Jitsu
5810 Southwyck Blvd.
419-932-0786
rudojiujitsu.com

RUNNER UP: Jon Penny’s Black Belt Academy
jpblackbeltacademy.com

Swim Lessons

WINNER: SafeSplash + SwimLabs
1510 Spring Meadows Dr. #D-100, Holland
419-370-2801
safesplash.com

RUNNER UP: Swim with Kym
swimwithkym.com

Horseback Lessons

WINNER: Hunter’s Run
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance, MI
734-856-2404
huntersrunmhja.com

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm
countrylanetreefarm.com

DOCTOR’S ORDERS

Pediatric Practice

WINNER: ProMedica Physicians Perrysburg Pediatrics
1601 Brigham Dr. #200, Perrysburg
419-872-7700
promedica.org

RUNNER UP: PediatriCare Associates
facebook.com/PediatriCareToledo

Urgent Care

WINNER: ProMedica Urgent Care
Various locations
promedica.org

RUNNER UP: Sylvania Urgent Care
sylvaniaurgentcare.com/

Place to Give Birth

WINNER: ProMedica Toledo Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd.
promedica.org


Nearly half the babies born in our area are born at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Featuring spacious rooms for labor, delivery and recovery, the hospital also hosts a level 3 perinatal unit, specifically for high-risk births. Also featured are a variety of childbirth classes and postpartum support groups.

RUNNER UP: McLaren St. Luke’s
mclaren.org

OB/GYN

WINNER: Ann Rhee, MD, ProMedica Physicians Sunforest Obstetrics and Gynecology
5700 Monroe St., Ste. 303, Sylvania
419-473-6622
promedica.org 

RUNNER UP: Kristel Ward, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maumee
promedica.org 

Midwife

WINNER: Christine McBride, CNM, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology 2751 Bay Park Dr., #300, Oregon
419-690-8880
promedica.org

RUNNER UP: Melanie Miller, CNM, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology – Sylvania
promedica.org

Family Doctor

WINNER: Dr. Travis Rasor, DO, Fallen Timbers Family Physicians
5705 Monclova Rd., Maumee
419-893-3321
mclaren.org 

RUNNER UP: Dr. Paul Schultz, MD, UT Physicians
utmc.utoledo.edu

ENT Doctor

WINNER: Dr. Jay Jindal, MD, ProMedica Physicians
5700 Monroe St., Ste. 310, Sylvania
419-578-7555
promedica.org 

RUNNER UP: Dr. Stephanie Cole, MD, ProMedica Physicians
promedica.org

Optometrist/Ophthalmologist

WINNER: Dr. Jenna Bailey, OD, ProMedica Vision Associates
3330 Meijer Dr.
419-578-2020
visionassociates.net

RUNNER UP: Dr. Robert K. Rhee, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology Consultants
pocllc.com

Chiropractor

WINNER: Innate Health Chiropractic
26580 N. Dixie Hwy #101, Perrysburg
419-872-2255
getinnatehealth.com 

RUNNER UP: Dr. Bryan Royer, DC, Harmony Chiropractic Center, Inc.
besttoledochiropractor.com

Allergist

WINNER: Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq, ProMedica Physicians
1050 Isaac Streets Dr. #128, Oregon
419-693-2230
promedica.org 

RUNNER UP: Promedica Physicians Allergy and Immunology
promedica.org

Pediatric Dentist

WINNER: Dr. Erin Knierim, pediatric dentist
3036 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-474-0733
drknierim.com

RUNNER UP: Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care
sylvaniapediatricdentalcare.com

Family Dentist
WINNER: Dr. Jon Frankel, Jon Frankel Dentistry
5012 Talmadge Rd.
419-474-9611

4359 Keystone Dr., Maumee
419-893-0221
jonfrankeldentistry.com 

RUNNER UP: Maley Family Dental
maleyfamilydental.com

Orthodontist

WINNER: HLS Orthodontics
Various locations
perfectbraces.com

RUNNER UP: Dr. Sheila Phelan, DDS, Phelan Orthodontics
mylocalortho.com/dr-sheila-phelan

Speech/Language Therapy

WINNER: HopeBridge Autism Therapy Center
1900 Indian Wood Circle, Ste. 100, Maumee
419-830-0078
hopebridge.com

RUNNER UP: Toledo Pediatric Speech Therapy
toledospeechtherapy.com 

Family Mental Health and Counseling Services

WINNER: The Willow Center
5565 Airport Hwy #100
419-720-5800
willowcenter.com

RUNNER UP: Drescher and Associates Clinical Services, LLC
dreschertherapy.com

Natural Homeopathic Health

WINNER: Dr. Maleigha Watts, Toledo Naturopathic
13 S. 3rd St., Waterville
419-376-6104
toledonaturopathic.com 

A graduate of the University of Toledo, Dr. Watts has been guiding Toledo patients through the world of naturopathic medicine for a decade. Watts’ personal approach to care has clearly made an impression on area voters. Her patients rely on her for natural, holistic treatments through non-invasive care.

RUNNER UP: ProMedica Natural Wellness

promedicanaturalwellnessshop.com

Veterinarian

WINNER: Heatherdowns Veterinary Clinic
2454 Cass Rd.
419-385-0325
heatherdownsvetclinic.com 

RUNNER UP: West Suburban Animal Hospital
westsuburbananimalhospital.com

GET ACTIVE

Place to Go Ice Skating

WINNER: Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter
7060 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-885-1167
sylvaniatamoshanter.com

RUNNER UP: Ottawa Park Ice Rink
ottawapark.org

Place to Play Mini-Golf

WINNER: Sportway of Toledo
5950 Angola Rd.
419-867-3895
sportwayinc.com

RUNNER UP: Perry Falls Mini Golf
facebook.com/perryfallsminigolf

Park or playground

WINNER: Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 Central Ave.
419-407-9700
metroparkstoledo.com

The reason why you’ll often find people doing photoshoots at Wildwood Preserve Metropark: The varied and scenic backdrops available in the Park. Taking a stroll through the woods brings such a sense of peace while you’re getting your steps in, and the playground is full of fun features for kids of all ages to enjoy for hours. Wildwood Manor is a beautiful experience — make sure to take a tour and explore the surrounding gardens!

RUNNER UP: Toledo Botanical Gardens
metroparkstoledo.com 

Waterpark

WINNER: Great Wolf Lodge
4600 Milan Rd., Sandusky
800-641-9653
greatwolf.com

RUNNER UP: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
kalahariresorts.com 

Family Friendly Gym/Fitness Club

WINNER: Sylvania YMCA/JCC
6465 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-855-4485
ymcatoledo.org 

No matter your age or the intensity of your desired workout, the YMCA offers fitness options for everyone. With a variety of group exercise classes and programs, for something more challenging  the Y offers sessions with personal trainers who tailor workouts to individual needs. The Sylvania YMCA/JCC turns out to be a local favorite among all the other locations, so make sure to check out their amazing facility!

RUNNER UP: YMCA of Greater Toledo
ymcatoledo.org

Soccer Program

WINNER: Pacesetter Soccer Club
5400 Central Ave.
419-885-3140
pacesettersoccer.com

RUNNER UP: Springfield Futbol Club
springfieldfc.club

Youth Sports League

WINNER: YMCA of Greater Toledo
Various Locations
ymcatoledo.org

RUNNER UP: Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation
awcommunity.net 

Sports Camp

WINNER: Sylvania Recreation District
7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-882-1500
playsylvania.com

RUNNER UP: Anthony Wayne High School Girls Lacrosse Camp
anthonywayneschools.org

Summer Day Camp

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa
419-461-1298
countrylanetreefarm.com

RUNNER UP: Toledo Zoo
toledozoo.org

ME TIME

Date Night

WINNER: Mancy’s Steakhouse
953 Phillips Ave.
419-476-4154
mancyssteakhouse.com

RUNNER UP: Benchmark Restaurant
benchmark-restaurant.com

Girls’ Night Out

WINNER: Urban Pine Winery
3415 Briarwood Blvd., Maumee
567-703-1281
urbanpinewinery.com

RUNNER UP: Hollywood Casino Toledo
hollywoodcasinotoledo.com

Workout for Mom

WINNER: Renegade Fitness
4101 King Rd., Sylvania
419-517-4654
renegadefitnesstraining.com

RUNNER UP: Fitness 4 All
fitness4alltoledo.com

Spa Day for Mom

WINNER: Serenity Health & Wellness Center
1685 Lance Pointe Rd., Maumee
419-891-2181
serenitywellness1.com 

Serenity Health & Wellness is a med-spa with the ideal setting for Mom to unwind. You can spend your day getting a facial and massage, or book an acupuncture session and foot detoxification. Their list of services is extensive, so make sure to browse your options on their website, and don’t forget to check out their special packages and deals!

RUNNER UP: Open Arms Wellness Center & Yoga Loft
openarmsmassagestudio.com

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