Family Favorites Results 2021

Every year, thousands of Toledo area parents weigh in on the businesses, places and people they love. Parents rely on our list of winners to help them choose pediatricians, find the perfect birthday venue, grab the most delicious meal and much more. We are honored that you take the time to let your voice be heard and support your favorite area institutions. Here are the TAP Family Favorites of 2021!


Places and Spaces


Overnight Trip with the Kids

WINNER: Kalahari Resorts
Sandusky

7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky
877-525-2427
kalahariresorts.com

RUNNER UP:
Great Wolf Lodge
greatwolf.com


Family Activity

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

RUNNER UP:
Country Lane Tree Farm
countrylanetreefarm.com


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: Main Library
325 N. Michigan St.
419-259-5200
toledolibrary.org

RUNNER UP: Waterville


Place to Worship

WINNER: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Maumee
104 W. Broadway St., Maumee
419-893-4848
stjosephmaumee.org

RUNNER UP: Cedar Creek
cedarcreek.tv


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
toledowalleye.com


Place to Volunteer

WINNER: Toledo Humane Society
827 Illinois Ave., Maumee
419-891-0705
toledohumane.org

RUNNER UP:
Toledo’s Pet Bull Project
toledospetbullproject.com


Animal Encounters

WINNER: Indian Creek Zoo
2744 Consear Rd., Lambertville, MI
734-224-0390
indiancreekzoo.com

RUNNER UP: Toledo Zoo
toledozoo.org


Garden/Nature Center

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

RUNNER UP: The 577 Foundation
577foundation.org


One of the Glass City’s most powerful resources of breathtaking views, the Toledo Botanical Garden offers 60 acres of quiet beauty. Offering 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.


COVID-Friendly Spot

WINNER: Metroparks Toledo
Various locations
419-407-9700
metroparkstoledo.com

RUNNER UP:
Country Lane Tree Farm
countrylanetreefarm.com
TIME TO PARTY


Party Entertainment

WINNER: Laurel’s Princess Parties
6800 Central Ave.
567-455-1134
laurelsprincessparties.com

RUNNER UP: Addie’s Closet Parties
addiescloset.shop


Place to Buy a Birthday Cake

WINNER: Sarah’s Sweets
facebook.com/sarahssweetstoledo

RUNNER UP:
Crowned Cakes by Jess
crownedcakesbyjess.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: Toledo Lamp Co.
toledolampcompany.com


Place for an indoor birthday bash

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

RUNNER UP: Paint Your Place
paintyourplacebyjm.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
metroparkstoledo.com


DELICIOUS EATS


Cupcakes/Bakery

WINNER: Natalie’s Cake Library
nataliescakelibrary.com

RUNNER UP: Cake in a Cup
cakeinacup.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: Local Thyme
6719 Providence St., Whitehouse
567-246-5014
localthyme.pub

RUNNER UP: Whitehouse Inn
thewhitehouseinn.net


Healthy Family Restaurant

WINNER: Fowl and Fodder
614 Adams St.
419-214-1588
fowlandfodder.com

RUNNER UP:
Balance Pan-Asian Grille
balancegrille.com


Kid Friendly Coffee Shop

WINNER: Flying Joe
2130 Preston Pkwy., Perrysburg
419-931-0273
theflyingjoe.com

RUNNER UP:
Brew House Coffee & Bake Shop
brewhousemaumee.com


Frozen Treats Shop

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

RUNNER UP: General’s Ice Cream
generalsicecream.com


Local Pizza Place

WINNER: 5th Street Pub
105 W. 5th St., Perrysburg
419-931-9933
5thstreetpub.com

RUNNER UP: PizzAroma
pizzaromamenu.com


Place Where Kids Eat Free

WINNER: Fricker’s
Various locations
frickers.com

RUNNER UP: El Vaquero
vaquerorestaurant.com


Best Delivery Option

WINNER: Jimmy John’s
Various locations
jimmyjohns.com

RUNNER UP: Vito’s Pizza
vitos.com


Best Curbside Option

WINNER: Balance Pan-Asian Grille
5860 W. Central Ave. 419-578-7777
26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg.
419-874-7777 balancegrille.com

Though its downtown location may be temporarily closed, Balance’s Central Ave. and Perrysburg restaurants adapted admirably to a pandemic world. Customers can order on the official Balance App and pick up curbside at either location. With their amazing selection of snacks, bowls, tacos and more, there are few options that are better (or better for you) than Balance.

RUNNER UP: Zingo’s
eatzingos.com


Locally Owned Place to Buy Kids’ Clothing

WINNER: Piper Jean Bowtique

3132 West Sylvania Ave.
419-215-5720
“Piper Jean Bowtique”
on Facebook

RUNNER UP: Once Upon a Child
onceuponachild.com


Baby Boutique Shop

WINNER:
Piper Jean Bowtique
3132 West Sylvania Ave.419-215-5720
Search “Piper Jean Bowtique”
on Facebook

RUNNER UP: Bowinkles
bowinklesboutique.com


Mom-Owned Business

WINNER: Axiom Lux
5650 W. Central Ave., Ste. D3
419-318-9005
axiomlux.com

RUNNER UP:
Piper Jean Bowtique
“Piper Jean Bowtique” on Facebook


Family Photographer

WINNER:
Lindsey Brown Photography
11639 Savannah Lake Blvd.,
Whitehouse
419-265-2518
lindseybrownphotos.com

RUNNER UP: Galati Photography
galatiphoto.com


Bike Shop

WINNER: Wersell’s
2860 Central Ave.
419-474-7412
wersellsbikeshop.com

RUNNER UP: Cycle Werks
shopcyclewerks.com


Kids’ Consignment/ Resale Shop

WINNER: Once Upon a Child

Various locations

onceuponachild.com

RUNNER UP: Twice but Nice

Search “Twice but Nice” on Facebook


Family-Friendly, Locally Owned Grocery Store

WINNER: Walt Churchill’s Market

3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee.
419-794-4000

26625 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg.
419-872-6900

waltchurchillsmarket.com

RUNNER UP: Sautter’s

sauttersmarket.com


Place to Buy Children’s Books

WINNER: Gathering Volumes

196 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg

567-336-6188

gatheringvolumes.com

RUNNER UP:
NeverMore Used Bookstore

Search “NeverMore Used Bookstore”
on Facebook


Black-Owned Business

WINNER: We Be Ribs

21 Wenz Rd.

419-537-9268

weberibs.com

There are some names that are just synonymous with cuisine in Toledo. Steak: Mancy’s. Hot Dogs: Packo’s. Ribs: …well, it’s right there in the name. Owner and founder James McDay has worked tirelessly to create the most lip-smackingly delicious sauce in Northwest Ohio for his ribs and one taste will let you know it was worth every effort. We Be Ribs has been a staple of Toledo diets since 1993.

RUNNER UP:
Jera’s Heavenly Sweets

jheavenlysweet.com


Local Parent Facebook Group

WINNER: Toledo Moms

facebook.com/toledomomcollective

RUNNER UP:
Toledo Moms for Social Justice

Search “Toledo Moms for Social Justice” on Facebook



Local Online Influencer

WINNER: Toledo Moms

facebook.com/toledomomcollective

RUNNER UP:
Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo

momonthegoinholytoledo.com


Local YouTube Videos

WINNER: Erin Marsh Yoga

facebook.com/ErinMarshYoga

RUNNER UP: Jaden Jefferson Reports

Search “Jaden Jefferson Reports” on YouTube


Local Business/Organization that Transitioned Online due to COVID

WINNER: Laurel’s Princess Parties

6800 Central Ave.

567-455-1134

laurelsprincessparties.com

RUNNER UP: Toledo Library

toledolibrary.org

WATCH ME SOAR


Preschool

WINNER: Children’s Discovery Center

Various locations

419-867-8570

childrensdiscoverycenters.com

RUNNER UP: Elizabeth Wayne Preschool

stpaulsmaumee.org/ewpreschool


Teacher

WINNER: Melissa Gottschalk, Waterville Primary School

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

School Principal

WINNER: Jamie Hollinger,
Waterville Primary

RUNNER UP: Cristy Seely, Elizabeth Wayne Preschool


Elementary School

WINNER:
Waterville Primary School

457 Sycamore Ln., Waterville

419-878-2436

anthonywayneschools.org

RUNNER UP:
West Side Montessori

montessoritoledo.org


Middle School

WINNER:
Fallen Timbers Middle School

6119 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse

419-877-0601

anthonywayneschools.org

RUNNER UP: Perrysburg Jr. High

perrysburgschools.net


Charter School

WINNER: Toledo School for the Arts

333 14th St.

419-246-8732

ts4arts.org

Founded by Martin Porter in 1999, TSA has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent performing arts schools— not just locally, but nationwide. Beyond preparing its students for the collegiate level with a focus on core subjects, attendees get the chance to learn about theatre, dance, visual arts and more, with opportunities to learn from professional artists and working partnerships with Toledo cultural cornerstones as well.

RUNNER UP:
Northwest Ohio Classical Academy

nocacademy.org


Parochial School

WINNER: St. Ursula

4025 Indian Rd.

419-531-1693

toledosua.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: St. John’s Jesuit

sjjtoledo.org


After-School Program

WINNER: Girls on the Run

6024 Renaissance Pl.

419-318-9211

girlsontherun.org

RUNNER UP:
Children’s Discovery Center

childrensdiscoverycenters.com


Tutoring Center

WINNER: Sylvan Learning

Various locations

sylvanlearning.com

RUNNER UP: Kumon

kumon.com


Special Needs Service

WINNER:
Help Me Grow— Lucas County

1020 Varland Ave.

419-691-1429, ext. 244

helpmegrow.org

RUNNER UP:
Ability Center of Greater Toledo

abilitycenter.org


Daycare

WINNER:
Children’s Discovery Center

Various locations

419-867-8570

childrensdiscoverycenters.com

RUNNER UP:
Maria Early Learning Center

mariaelc.org


ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES


Acting and Theatre Classes

WINNER:
Children’s Theatre Workshop

2417 Collingwood Blvd.

419-244-5061

ctwtoledo.org

RUNNER UP:
Perrysburg Musical Theater Company

perrysburgmusicaltheatre.org


Dance Studio

WINNER:
Rising Stars Dance Academy

3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd.

419-279-1127

risingstarsdanceacad.com

RUNNER UP: Dance Expressions

dance-expressions-studio.com


Kids Art Class

WINNER: Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St.

419-255-8000

toledomuseum.org

RUNNER UP: Pop It Paint It

popitpaintit.com


Gymnastics Class

WINNER:
Sunrise Gymnastics Academy

3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd.

419-841-2902

sunrisegymnastics.com

RUNNER UP:
New Heights Gymnastics and More

newheightstoledo.com

Martial Arts Program

WINNER:
New Heights Gymnastics and More

6539 Weatherfield Ct., Maumee

419-795-2132

newheightstoledo.com

RUNNER UP:
Jon Penny’s Black Belt Academy

jpblackbeltacademy.com


Swim Lessons

WINNER: SafeSplash + SwimLabs

1510 Spring Meadows Dr. #D-100

419-370-2801

safesplash.com

RUNNER UP:
YMCA of Greater Toledo

ymcatoledo.org


Horseback Lessons

WINNER: Country Lane Tree Farm

3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa

419-461-1298

countrylanetreefarm.com

RUNNER UP: Oxford Farm

oxfordfarms.com


Soccer Lessons

WINNER: Soccer Shots

soccershots.org

RUNNER UP:
Pacesetter Soccer Club

pacesettersoccer.com

DOCTOR’S ORDERS


Pediatric Practice

WINNER: Perrysburg Pediatrics

1601 Brigham Dr. #200, Perrysburg

419-872-7700

RUNNER UP: Franklin Park Pediatrics

franklinparkpediatrics.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. The hospital also features a variety of childbirth classes and postpartum support groups.

RUNNER UP: McLaren St. Luke’s

mclaren.org


Music Lessons

WINNER: Forté Music School

3208 W. Sylvania Ave.

419-471-2100

fortemusicandarts.com

Name an instrument, almost any instrument. Yep, Forté 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 of these awards every year.

RUNNER UP:
The Liz Baldwin Studio

Search “Liz Baldwin Studio” on Facebook


Chiropractor

WINNER: Innate Health Chiropractic

26580 N. Dixie Hwy #101, Perrysburg

419-872-2255

getinnatehealth.com

RUNNER UP: Brendon McMahon, McMahon Chiropractic

mcmahonchiropractictoledo.com


Allergist

WINNER: M. Razi Rafeeq, ProMedica Physicians

1050 Isaac Streets Dr. #128, Oregon

419-693-2230

promedica.org

RUNNER UP: Dr. Ghassan Safadi, Allergy Clinic Ohio

allergyclinicohio.com


Pediatric Dentist

WINNER:
Erin Knierim

3036 W. Sylvania Ave.

419-474-0733

drknierim.com

RUNNER UP:
Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care

sylvaniapediatricdentalcare.com


Family Dentist

WINNER:
Jon Frankel Dentistry

5012 Talmadge Rd., #100

419-474-9611

jonfrankeldentistry.com

RUNNER UP:
Howard, Nicholas and Baburek

happysmiletoledo.com


Orthodontist

WINNER: HLS Orthodontics

Various locations

perfectbraces.com

RUNNER UP: Dr. Jean Kay,
Kay and Paulus Orthodontics

kayandpaulus.com

Speech/Language


Therapist

WINNER: Leah Bechstein, Wood County Hospital Rehab Services

950 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green

419-354-8900

woodcountyhospital.org

RUNNER UP: Grace Kelly, 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:
Anchored in Hope Counseling

anchoredinhopecounseling.org


Natural

Homeopathic Health

WINNER: Dr. Maleigha Watts, Toledo Naturopathic

13 S. 3rd St., Waterville

419-376-6104

toledonaturopathic.com

RUNNER UP: Jennifer Pfleghaar, Pflegmed Integrative Medicine

pflegmed.com


Veterinarian

WINNER:
Whitehouse Animal Hospital

6828 Texas St., Whitehouse

419-877-0411

Search “Whitehouse Animal Hospital”
on Facebook

RUNNER UP:
Heatherdowns Veterinary Clinic

heatherdownsvetclinic.com


Local Doc/Practice

that Instituted Innovative Ways to Stay Safe

during COVID

WINNER:
Perrysburg Family Physicians

702 Commerce Dr. #160, Perrysburg

419-872-7600

perrysburgfp.com

RUNNER UP: Dr. Jon Frankel,

Jon Frankel Dentistry

jonfrankeldentistry.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

ottawapark.org


Place to Play Mini-Golf

WINNER: Par 2 Golf

210 E. Alexis Rd.

419-478-4477

par2golf.com

RUNNER UP:

Perry Falls Mini Golf

Search “Perry Falls Mini Golf” on Facebook


Park or playground

WINNER: Oak Openings

4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton

419-360-9179

metroparkstoledo.com

RUNNER UP:

Toledo Botanical Gardens

metroparkstoledo.com


Waterpark

WINNER:
Kalahari Resorts Sandusky

7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky

877-525-2427

kalahariresorts.com

Featuring the state’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky offers a remarkable variety of ways to have fun while getting wet, no matter if you wanna take it easy or find some excitement. And the kids will love the colorful slides!

RUNNER UP: Great Wolf Lodge

greatwolf.com


Family Friendly Gym/Fitness Club

WINNER:
New Heights Gymnastics & More

6539 Weatherfield Ct., Maumee

419-795-2132

newheightstoledo.com

RUNNER UP: YMCA of Greater Toledo

ymcatoledo.org


Soccer Program

WINNER: Pacesetter Soccer Club

5400 Central Ave.

419-885-3140

pacesettersoccer.com

RUNNER UP: Soccer Shots

soccershots.org


Youth Sports League

WINNER:
Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation

7225 Providence St., Whitehouse

419-877-5050

awcommunity.net

RUNNER UP: YMCA of Greater Toledo

ymcatoledo.org


Summer Day Camp

WINNER:
New Heights Gymnastics & More

6539 Weatherfield Ct., Maumee

419-795-2132

newheightstoledo.com

RUNNER UP: Country Lane Tree Farm

countrylanetreefarm.com


Kids Fitness Class

WINNER:
New Heights Gymnastics & More

6539 Weatherfield Ct., Maumee

419-795-2132

newheightstoledo.com

RUNNER UP:
YMCA of Greater Toledo

ymcatoledo.org


Park for Family Hikes

WINNER: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton

419-360-9179

metroparkstoledo.com

RUNNER UP:
Wildwood Preserve Metropark

metroparkstoledo.com

Family Friendly Bike Trails

WINNER:
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton

419-360-9179

metroparkstoledo.com

RUNNER UP: University Trail

metroparkstoledo.com


Date Night

WINNER: Benchmark Restaurant

6130 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg

419-873-6590

benchmark-restaurant.com

RUNNER UP: Spaghetti Warehouse

meatballs.com


Girls’ Night Out

WINNER:
Peace Love & Pottery Studio

6750 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania

419-517-4414

peaceloveandpotterystudio.com

RUNNER UP: The Heights

theheightstoledo.com


Spa Day for Mom

WINNER:
Serenity Health & Wellness Center

1685 Lance Pointe Rd., Maumee

419-891-2181

serenitywellness1.com

RUNNER UP:
Soto Signature Salon and Spa

sotosalonspa.com


Most Generous Volunteer Group

WINNER: Acoustics for Autism

acousticsforautism.com

RUNNER UP:
Lucas County Juvenile Court CASA

casakids.net


Best Online Resource for Education

WINNER:
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

toledolibrary.org

RUNNER UP:
Toledo Zoo

toledozoo.org


Best Remote Learning Options

WINNER:
Anthony Wayne Local Schools

anthonywayneschools.org

RUNNER UP:
Imagination Station

imaginationstationtoledo.org


Workout for Mom

WINNER: YMCA of Greater Toledo
6465 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-729-8135
ymcatoledo.org

No matter your age or how intense a workout you are looking for, the YMCA offers something for you. A vast variety of group exercise classes and programs are available, and if you want something a little more in depth, the Y also offers sessions with personal trainers who can tailor your workout to your particular needs.

RUNNER UP: Fitmama 419
fitmamas419.com