Family 09 Favorites guide

. April 23, 2013.
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Let the favorites begin! The ballots are in, the votes have been counted, and now Toledo Parent reveals the 2009 Family Favorites! Thanks to all our readers for telling us what they love most about the Toledo area. From local experts to exciting sites, it’s no wonder we love to call Toledo home!

LET’S EAT
Family restaurant
Bob Evans
For locations, www.bobevans.com
Runner up: Red Robin
Fun place for dinner
Red Robin
For locations, www.redrobin.com
Runner up: Johnny Rocket’s

Unusual kids’ menu
Blue Pacific Grill
4150 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg
419-873-9466
www.thebluepacificgrill.com
When it comes to having a kids’ menu, Blue Pacific Grill, at Levis Commons, has the basics… and then some! Quesadillas, spaghetti, pizza and mac and cheese are some kid-friendly options, but the restaurant also offers a “Kid Bowl,” allowing kids to be the creator of their own cuisine. Perfect for the pickiest of eaters, children can choose their own veggies, protein, seasonings, sauce and starch, then watch as it is cooked in front of them at the grill. All kids meals (8 and younger) are $4.99 each.
Runner up: Elephant Bar

Ethnic restaurant
Beirut
4082 Monroe St., Toledo
419-473-0885
www.beirutrestaurant.com
Runner up: El Camino Real

Pizza joint
The Original Gino’s Pizza
For locations, www.originalginos.com
Runner up: Pizza Papalis

Burger place
Koral Hamburger

12 N. 3rd St., Waterville
419-878-7007
Runner up: Dale’s Bar & Grill

Ice cream shop
Mr. Freeze
2031 N. McCord Rd., Toledo
419-866-7075
Runner up: Coldstone Creamery

Place where kids eat free
Frickers
For locations, www.frickers.com
Runner up: Blue Pacific Grill

Kid-friendly grocery store
Kroger
For locations, www.kroger.com
Runner up: Giant Eagle

Natural food store
Claudia’s Natural Food Market
3344 Secor Rd., Toledo
Runner up: Bassett’s Health Foods

Healthy fast food
Subway
For locations,  www.subway.com
Runner up: Chipotle

TOPS IN TOLEDO
Place to change a diaper
Westfield Franklin Park
5001 Monroe St., Toledo
419-473-3317
www.westfield.com
Runner up: Babies R Us

Local company to work for if you have kids
Root Learning
5470 Main St., Sylvania
419-874-0077
www.rootlearning.com
Runner up: Public School System

Neighborhood to raise kids in
Waterville
Runner up: Crimson Hollow

Place for kids’ haircuts
Cookie Cutter
7430 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-841-2887
www.haircutsarefun.com
Runner up:  Great Clips

Kids’ photographer
Portrait Innovations
43551 Chappel Drive, Perrysburg
419- 873-9430
www.portraitinnovations.com
Runner Up: Shutter Love Studio

Bead store
Meant to Bead
6356 West Central Avenue
419-842-8183
Runner Up: Bonita Bead Boutique

Program, activities for preschoolers
YMCA
several locations
www.ymca.net
Runner Up: Kindermusik

Summer day camp
YMCA
For locations, www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner Up: West Side
Montessori Center

Bank/financial institution
Fifth Third
For locations, www.53.com
Runner Up: Huntington Bank

Family friendly car dealership
Brondes Ford
5545 Secor Road
888-322-4707
brondesford.dealerconnection.com
Runner Up: Jim White Honda

Teacher
Cheryl Freeman
Kindermusik

3307 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.
www.kindermusik.com
Runner up: Cheryl Peatee,
St. Joseph Preschool, Sylvania
 

Tutor/Learning center
Sylvan Learning Center
7131 Spring Meadows West,
Suite E, Holland
419-867-1331
Runner Up: KinderCare
Learning Centers

Dentist/ Orthodontist
Sylvania Orthodontics
6711 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-882-1017
www.perfectbraces.com
Runner Up: Sylvania
Pediatric Dental

Optometrist
Dr. Robert C. Layman
Pinnacle Eye Group

3723 King Rd., Suite 100, Toledo
419-843-2020
www.pinnacleeyegroup.com
Runner Up: Dr. William Martin, OptiVue

Place to worship
Cedar Creek
For locations, www.cedarcreek.tv
Runner Up: St. Joseph Sylvania

Preschool
Children’s Discovery Center
For locations,
www.childrensdiscoverycenters.com
419-867-8570
Runner Up: Early Learning Center

Day care
Children’s Discovery Center
For locations,
www.childrensdiscoverycenters.com
Runner Up: Little Sprouts Academy

Place to give birth
Toledo Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd., Toledo
419- 291-4000
www.promedica.org
Runner Up: Flower Hospital

Martial arts class for children
Kempo Martial Arts Centers
2950 Douglas Rd., Toledo
419-473-1519
www.kempomania.com
Kempo Martial Arts teaches inner strength as well as physical abilities, with the belief that all children have something to build on.  Kempo instructors have helped children with special needs find and develop their inner strength. Kempo Martial Arts also offers a special birthday treat. For $25, kids can enjoy a 40-minute lesson, a gift from Kempo and a free pass for all your birthday guests. Now that’s one kickin’ party!
Runner up: Jon Penny’s Black Belt Academy

Pediatric practice
Toledo Peds.
3922 Woodley Rd., Toledo
419-291-2121
Runner Up: Franklin Park Peds

Doctor
Dr. Tracy Karolyi
1601 Brigham Dr., Ste 200, Perrysburg
419-872-5386
Runer Up: Dr. Jennifer Murtagh

Midwife
Donna Augustine
3840 Woodley Rd., Ste B, Toledo
419-475-0001
Runner up: Irma Cobian

Pre-and postpartum exercise class
YMCA
For locations, www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Urban Active

LET’S PLAY
Dance class for children
Dance Expressions
7343 International Dr., Holland
419-867-7827
Runner up: Daryl Jervis
Dance Studio

Live theater for kids
Valentine Theatre
410 Adams St., Toledo
419-242-2787
www.valentinetheatre.com
Runner up: Toledo
Repertoire Theatre

Park or playground
Wildwood Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo
www.metroparkstoledo.com
Runner up: Sidecut Metropark

Story hour
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
325 N. Michigan St., Toledo
419-259-5207
www.toledolibrary.org
Runner up: Barnes and Noble

Sunny-day outing
Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St., Toledo
419-385-4040
www.toledozoo.org
Runner up: Wildwood Park

Place to swim
YMCA
For locations, www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Rolf Park Pool

Rainy-day outing
Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way, Toledo
419-244-2674
www.imaginationstationtoledo.org
The Imagination Station won’t let a little rain spoil the fun! This scientific hot spot has a slew of indoor activities and attractions to keep your kids moving. From the high wire cycle (over 20 feet above the ground!), to the simulator theater, to the LIVE report! mock BCSN TV news studio, there’s something for everyone. Even smaller kids can enjoy the Kidspace activities that encourage imagination, creativity and fun! Educators and organization leaders, don’t miss the Educators link on the website for field trip guides and programs.
Runner up: Toledo Museum of Art

Indoor Water Park
Kalahari Waterpark Resort
7106 Milan Rd., Sandusky
419-433-7200
www.kalahariresort.com
Runner up: Splash Bay

Vacation on a budget
Cedar Point
One Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
419-627-2350
www.cedarpoint.com
Runner up: Kalahari
Waterpark Resort

Family friendly health club
YMCA
For locations, www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Urban Active

Gymnastics
YMCA
For locations, www.ymcatoledo.org
Runner up: Sunrise Gymnastics

Bowling alley
Timbers Bowling Lanes
1246 Conant St., Maumee
419-893-7631
www.timbersbowling.net
Runner up: Southwyck Lanes

BIRTHDAY BASHES
Entertainer
Andrew Martin Magical Productions

www.andrewmartinmagic.com
Runner up: Patrick the Magician

Place to buy a cake
Kroger
For locations, www.kroger.com
Runner up: Thrush’s Pastry Shoppe

SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Kids’ bookstore
Barnes & Noble
For locations,
www.barnesandnoble.com
Runner up: Borders

Kids’ clothing store
Children’s Place
Westfield Franklin Park, Toledo
419-475-3929
The Shops at Fallen Timbers, Maumee
419-878-2974
www.childrensplace.com
Runner up: Gymboree

Place to buy kids’ shoes
Stride Rite
5333 Monroe St., Toledo
419-843-6050
6646 Centers Dr., Holland
419-865-9280
www.strideritetoledo.com
Runner up: Payless Shoe Source

Consignment for kids
Once Upon a Child
For locations,
www.onceuponachild.com
Runner up: Savers

Place to buy maternity clothes
Old Navy
For locations, www.oldnavy.com
Runner up: GAP

Place to splurge for the nursery
Babies R Us
1360 S. Holland Sylvania Rd., Holland
419-861-7015
www.babiesrus.com
Runner up: Pottery Barn

Pet store
Pet Supplies Plus
For locations, www.petsuppliesplus.com
Runner up: PetSmart

Specialty toys/gifts
Learning Express
5577 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-885-3959
www.sylvania.learningexpress.com
The Shops at Fallen Timbers, Maumee
419-878-2446
www.maumee.learningexpress.com
Runner up: Toys R’ Us

Place to buy outdoor play equipment
The Andersons
4701 Talmadge Rd., Toledo
419-473-3232
530 Illinois Ave., Maumee
419-891-2700
www.andersonsstore.com
Runner up: Playground World

Children’s furniture
Babies R Us
1360 S. Holland Sylvania, Holland
419-861-7015
www.babiesrus.com
Runner up: Twice But Nice

Video rental shop
Family Video
For locations, www.familyvideo.com
Runner up: Blockbuster

Place for birthday party
Hero’s
Meridian Ct., Rossford
419-873-9400
www.herostoledo.com
Parties aren’t quite the same once you’ve experienced Hero’s. Parents who appreciate an extra hand will love the assistance of a “Party Hero,” who is in charge of making the party a special event for your child. The Hero calls ahead of time to find out what’s important to you and your child, stays with the children throughout the entire 2-hour party, leads the party group through play and exploration and even helps with presents, making a list of gifts so you can just sit back and enjoy. With party rooms from the ‘50, ‘70s and ‘80s, party pizza, and fresh-baked cupcakes ready for decorating, birthdays at Hero’s seem to be a pretty sweet deal!
Runner up: Sylvania Playland

FOR ADULTS ONLY
Date night restaurant
Mancy’s Steak House
953 Phillips Ave., Toledo
419-476-4154
www.mancys.com
Runner up: The Melting Pot

Romantic getaway
Belamere Suites
12200 Williams Rd., Perrysburg
419-874-2233
www.belameresuites.com
Runner up: Maumee Bay State Park

Mom support group
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Runner up: Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo

Place for parents to meet
Starbucks
For locations, www.starbucks.com
Runner up: Our Lady of
Perpetual Help FunFest

Place for single parents to meet
Toledo Metroparks
Runner up: www.datehookup.com

Place for Mom to be pampered
Beauty Bar
2919 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-537-5400
www.beauty-bar.com
At Beauty Bar, moms can relax at a local getaway, enjoying spa services from head to toe. Hair services, hands & nails, toes & feet, facials & makeup are just a few of the pamperings Beauty Bar provides. If you really want to treat mom, or show yourself some much needed love, check out their ultimate getaway packages. The Chocoholic offers a peppermint patty pedicure, chocolate mousse body wrap, chocolate mint medley massage, and chocolate milk bath, plus a light lunch and chocolate treats. The Barefoot & Pregnant package offers something special for that mom-to-be. Moms on the go can appreciate the Quickie Menu, for services 15 minutes and under.
Runner up: Shamas

PARENT BOO BOOS
Gap in local services for families
Higher end boutiques, specialty daycares, court support, health care, activities for teens, working families who need help

Parent worry
Sexual predators, kids driving, kidnapping, drugs, safety at school and outside, kids left alone

Issue that makes your blood boil
Bullying, child abuse, uninvolved parents, lack of health care, not enough caring parents, people driving fast with kids in the car