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

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

Family Activity

WINNER: Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way

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

Family Day Trip

WINNER: Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm

Favorite Library Branch

WINNER: King Road Branch
3900 King Rd.

RUNNER UP: Main Branch

Indoor Playspace
WINNER: Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way

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

Place to Worship

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

RUNNER UP: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania

Kid-Friendly Museum

WINNER: Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way

RUNNER UP: Toledo Museum of Art 

Sporting Event for Families

WINNER: Toledo Mud Hens
Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St.

RUNNER UP: Toledo Walleye Hockey

Place to Volunteer

WINNER: Ronald McDonald House
3883 Monroe St.

RUNNER UP: Toledo Humane Society

Animal Encounters

WINNER: Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm

Garden/Nature Center

WINNER: Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr.


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


Party Entertainment

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa

RUNNER UP: Laurel’s Princess Parties

Place to Buy a Birthday Cake

WINNER: Wixey Bakery
2017 Glendale Ave.

RUNNER UP: 7 Little Cupcakes

Locally owned place to buy a gift

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

RUNNER UP: Buff City Soap

Place for an indoor birthday bash

WINNER: Urban Air Adventure Park
5243 Airport Hwy.

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm

Place for an Outdoor Birthday Bash

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa

RUNNER UP: Wildwood Preserve Metropark



WINNER: Natalie’s Cake Library

RUNNER UP: 7 Little Cupcakes

Candy Shop

WINNER: Boyd’s Retro Candy Store
954 Phillips Ave.

RUNNER UP: Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy

Family Friendly Restaurant

WINNER: Inside the Five Brewing Company
5703 Main St., Sylvania

RUNNER UP: Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream & Burgers

Healthy Family Restaurant

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

5860 Central Ave.


26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg


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

Healthy Fast Food

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

5860 Central Ave.

26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg

RUNNER UP: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Kid Friendly Coffee Shop

WINNER: Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts
311 Conant St., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Papa Moose’s Donuts

Frozen Treats Shop

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


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

Local Pizza Place

WINNER: PizzAroma
4444 Keystone Dr. #C, Maumee
8555 S. Holland-Sylvania Rd.

RUNNER UP: Charlie’s Homemade Pizza & Italian Cuisine

Place where kids eat free

WINNER: Charlie’s Restaurant
6945 W. Central Ave.

12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton

1631 Toll Gate Dr., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Fricker’s


Locally owned place to buy kids’ clothing

WINNER: Once Upon a Child
142 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg

RUNNER UP: Bowinkle’s

Mom-owned business

WINNER: 7 Little Cupcakes
25661 Ft. Meigs Rd., Ste. D., Perrysbur

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

Places to Get a Kid’s Haircut

WINNER: Cookie Cutter’s Haircuts for Kids
25684 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg

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

Family Photographer

WINNER: Galati Photography LLC
24186 Front St., Grand Rapids, OH

RUNNER UP: Courtney Lee Photography

Bike Shop

WINNER: Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop
2860 Central Ave.

RUNNER UP: Cycle Werks

Place to Buy Children’s Books

WINNER: Learning Express
Promenade Shops, 5577 Monroe St., Sylvania

RUNNER UP: Encore Books


Local Parent Facebook Group

WINNER: Toledo Thrifty Moms

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

Local Online Influencer

WINNER: Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo



WINNER: Elizabeth Wayne Preschool
310 Elizabeth St., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Hope Preschool and Childcare 


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.

RUNNER UP: Waterville Primary School

Middle School

WINNER: Fallen Timbers Middle School
6119 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse

RUNNER UP: West Side Montessori

Charter School

WINNER: Northwest Ohio Classical Academy
5025 Glendale Ave.

RUNNER UP: Toledo School for the Arts

Parochial School

WINNER: St. Joan of Arc School
5950 Heatherdowns Blvd.

RUNNER UP: Notre Dame Academy

Private School

WINNER: St. Joseph’s Maumee
104 W. Broadway St., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Notre Dame Academy

After-School Program

WINNER: Girls on the Run
6024 Renaissance Pl.

RUNNER UP: YMCA of Greater Toledo

Tutoring Center

WINNER: Huntington Learning Center
6638 Centers Dr., Holland

RUNNER UP: Sylvan Learning

Special Needs Service

WINNER: Ability Center of Greater Toledo
5605 Monroe St., Sylvania

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


WINNER: Children’s Discovery Center
Various locations

RUNNER UP: Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center Springfield


Places for Crafting
WINNER: Toledo Museum of Art Family Center
2445 Monroe St.

RUNNER UP: Copper Moon Studio

Acting and Theatre Classes

WINNER: Children’s Theatre Workshop
2417 Collingwood Blvd.

RUNNER UP: Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Dance Studio

WINNER: Toledo Ballet
5327 Monroe St.

RUNNER UP: Mini Motions Dance Center

Kids Art Class

WINNER: Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.

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

Gymnastics Class

WINNER: Sunrise Gymnastics Academy
3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd.

RUNNER UP: Exceleration Gymnastics Center

Music Lessons

WINNER: Forté Music School
3208 W. Sylvania Ave.

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

Martial Arts Program

WINNER: Rudo Jiu-Jitsu
5810 Southwyck Blvd.

RUNNER UP: Jon Penny’s Black Belt Academy

Swim Lessons

WINNER: SafeSplash + SwimLabs
1510 Spring Meadows Dr. #D-100, Holland

RUNNER UP: Swim with Kym

Horseback Lessons

WINNER: Hunter’s Run
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance, MI

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm


Pediatric Practice

WINNER: ProMedica Physicians Perrysburg Pediatrics
1601 Brigham Dr. #200, Perrysburg

RUNNER UP: PediatriCare Associates

Urgent Care

WINNER: ProMedica Urgent Care
Various locations

RUNNER UP: Sylvania Urgent Care

Place to Give Birth

WINNER: ProMedica Toledo Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd.

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


WINNER: Ann Rhee, MD, ProMedica Physicians Sunforest Obstetrics and Gynecology
5700 Monroe St., Ste. 303, Sylvania

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


WINNER: Christine McBride, CNM, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology 2751 Bay Park Dr., #300, Oregon

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

Family Doctor

WINNER: Dr. Travis Rasor, DO, Fallen Timbers Family Physicians
5705 Monclova Rd., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Dr. Paul Schultz, MD, UT Physicians

ENT Doctor

WINNER: Dr. Jay Jindal, MD, ProMedica Physicians
5700 Monroe St., Ste. 310, Sylvania

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


WINNER: Dr. Jenna Bailey, OD, ProMedica Vision Associates
3330 Meijer Dr.

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


WINNER: Innate Health Chiropractic
26580 N. Dixie Hwy #101, Perrysburg

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


WINNER: Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq, ProMedica Physicians
1050 Isaac Streets Dr. #128, Oregon

RUNNER UP: Promedica Physicians Allergy and Immunology

Pediatric Dentist

WINNER: Dr. Erin Knierim, pediatric dentist
3036 W. Sylvania Ave.

RUNNER UP: Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care

Family Dentist
WINNER: Dr. Jon Frankel, Jon Frankel Dentistry
5012 Talmadge Rd.

4359 Keystone Dr., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Maley Family Dental


WINNER: HLS Orthodontics
Various locations

RUNNER UP: Dr. Sheila Phelan, DDS, Phelan Orthodontics

Speech/Language Therapy

WINNER: HopeBridge Autism Therapy Center
1900 Indian Wood Circle, Ste. 100, Maumee

RUNNER UP: Toledo Pediatric Speech Therapy 

Family Mental Health and Counseling Services

WINNER: The Willow Center
5565 Airport Hwy #100

RUNNER UP: Drescher and Associates Clinical Services, LLC

Natural Homeopathic Health

WINNER: Dr. Maleigha Watts, Toledo Naturopathic
13 S. 3rd St., Waterville

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


WINNER: Heatherdowns Veterinary Clinic
2454 Cass Rd.

RUNNER UP: West Suburban Animal Hospital


Place to Go Ice Skating

WINNER: Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter
7060 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania

RUNNER UP: Ottawa Park Ice Rink

Place to Play Mini-Golf

WINNER: Sportway of Toledo
5950 Angola Rd.

RUNNER UP: Perry Falls Mini Golf

Park or playground

WINNER: Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 Central Ave.

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 


WINNER: Great Wolf Lodge
4600 Milan Rd., Sandusky

RUNNER UP: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky 

Family Friendly Gym/Fitness Club

6465 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania

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

Soccer Program

WINNER: Pacesetter Soccer Club
5400 Central Ave.

RUNNER UP: Springfield Futbol Club

Youth Sports League

WINNER: YMCA of Greater Toledo
Various Locations

RUNNER UP: Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation 

Sports Camp

WINNER: Sylvania Recreation District
7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania

RUNNER UP: Anthony Wayne High School Girls Lacrosse Camp

Summer Day Camp

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa

RUNNER UP: Toledo Zoo


Date Night

WINNER: Mancy’s Steakhouse
953 Phillips Ave.

RUNNER UP: Benchmark Restaurant

Girls’ Night Out

WINNER: Urban Pine Winery
3415 Briarwood Blvd., Maumee

RUNNER UP: Hollywood Casino Toledo

Workout for Mom

WINNER: Renegade Fitness
4101 King Rd., Sylvania

RUNNER UP: Fitness 4 All

Spa Day for Mom

WINNER: Serenity Health & Wellness Center
1685 Lance Pointe Rd., Maumee

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

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