Parent Choice Awards

Parent Choice Awards

Each year, we ask our readers and online followers to weigh in on their favorite family-friendly spots — local businesses, attractions, family services and more — in the Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards. 

For our sixth annual contest, parents voiced their opinions during the nomination period in March and the final voting period in April. While some businesses were closed or offered limited services during the pandemic, we urged voters to consider all of their family’s favorites, regardless of operating status.

Some perennial favorites topped the ballots again this year, but they were joined by many new honorees. Here they are: the winners and finalists in our 2021 Parent Choice Awards.

Click on a link here to go directly to that category; or scroll through all categories listed below and on subsequent pages:

Best town to raise a family
Best museum
Best live theater experience for kids
Best playground
Best park or place to explore nature
Best pool or splash pad
Best family sports outing (location/team)
Best indoor play place
Best animal encounter
Best place for tween/teen adventure
Best sensory-friendly outing (special needs)
Best Ohio staycation destination
Best virtual learning experience
Best thrift/consignment for children’s clothing
Best store to buy children’s books
Best toy store
Best kid-friendly shopping area
Best place for kids’ swim lessons
Best arts experience
Best place to have a birthday party
Best place for a kid’s haircut
Best family dentist/dental center
Best pediatrician
Best pregnancy/postpartum care for moms and families
Best place for family-friendly fitness
Best local place to find a babysitter/childcare

Winners and Finalists Announced in 2021 Parent Choice Awards!

The results are in! Each year, we ask our readers and online followers to weigh in on their favorite family-friendly spots — local businesses, attractions, family services and more — in the Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards. While some longtime favorites topped the ballots again this year, they’re joined by several new honorees in 26 categories. Find out which places were chosen as winners and finalists for 2021! ...
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Great Lakes Science Center Wins ‘Best Museum’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn about the winner and finalists in the "best museum" category. ...
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Wins ‘Best Park or Place to Explore Nature’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn more about the winner and finalists in the "Best park or place to explore nature" category. ...
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Cleveland Indians Win ‘Best Family Sports Outing’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn about the winner and finalists in the "Best family sports outing" category. ...
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Playhouse Square Wins ‘Best Live Theater Experience for Kids’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn about the winner and finalists in the "Best live theater experience for kids" category. ...
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Adrenaline Monkey Wins ‘Best Indoor Play Place’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn more about the winner and finalists in the "Best indoor play place" category. ...
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Preston’s H.O.P.E. Wins ‘Best Playground’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn more about this year's winner and finalists in the "Best Playground" category. ...
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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Wins ‘Best Animal Encounter’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Our readers and online followers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more. Here are the winner and finalists in the "Best animal encounter" category. ...
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Cedar Point Wins ‘Best Place for Tween/Teen Adventure’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards celebrates the top recommendations of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn more about the winner and finalists in the "Best place for tween/teen adventure" category. ...
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Cuyahoga County Public Library Wins ‘Best Virtual Learning’ in 2021 Parent Choice Awards

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Learn more about the winner and finalists in the "Best locally-produced virtual learning experience" category. ...
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