Coming Soon: Parent Choice Awards Voting

Coming Soon: Parent Choice Awards Voting

Help us find the best of the best in Northeast Ohio when it comes to family fun!

The Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Winners and finalists will be published in the July 2019 issue of Northeast Ohio Parent magazine.

In March, our readers made their nominations in more than 35 categories, naming their favorite businesses, attractions, family services, and more.

During the voting period, from April 29 through May 17, you’ll get to choose your favorites from among the most popular nominees!

There’s something in it for you, too! Participants who complete a ballot and vote for at least 20 categories will be entered into a drawing to win a family 4-pack of tickets to a Sunday afternoon Cleveland Indians game.

Voting isn’t open yet, but you can check out all the categories and finalists below:


Best town to raise a family
Shaker Heights

Best ice cream shop
Honey Hut

Best candy store
All City Candy
b.a. Sweetie

Best museum
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Great Lakes Science Center

Best live theater experience for kids
Beck Center for the Arts
Magical Theatre Co.
Playhouse Square
Talespinner Children’s Theater

Best park or playground
Boettler Park
Lakewood Park
Preston’s H.O.P.E.

Best place to explore nature
Cleveland Metroparks
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Holden Arboretum
Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Best water park
Great Wolf Lodge
Water Works Family Aquatic Center in Cuyahoga Falls

Best family beach
Edgewater Beach
Huntington Beach
Mentor Headlands

Best family sports outing (location/team)
Akron RubberDucks
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Monsters

Best place to take energetic kids/best play area
Cafe O’Play
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Play Day Cafe
Preston’s H.O.P.E.

Best animal encounter
Akron Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Best place for tween/teen adventure
Cedar Point
Main Event Entertainment
Sky Zone

Best sensory-friendly outing
Akron Zoo
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Great Lakes Science Center

Best Ohio staycation destination
Cedar Point
Hocking Hills

Best thrift/consignment for children’s clothing
Munchkins’ Kloset
Once Upon A Child
Revolve Kids
Round 2 Kids

Best bike shop
Century Cycles
Eddy’s Bike Shop
Ernie’s Bike Shop

Best store to buy children’s books
Barnes & Noble
Fireside Book Shop
Half Price Books
 The Learned Owl Book Shop

Best toy store
Lakeshore Learning
Learning Express

Best kid-friendly shopping area
Aurora Farms
Crocker Park
Great Northern Mall
Legacy Village

Best library or library branch
Brecksville Branch (Cuyahoga Co. Public Library)
Hudson Library & Historical Society
Orange Branch (Cuyahoga Co. Public Library)
Westlake Porter Public Library

Best place for kids’ swim lessons
Goldfish Swim School
Mandel JCC
The Swim of Things

Best dance studio
Above the Barre
Beck Center for the Arts
Cleveland City Dance
Thrive Arts Center

Best children’s music class/activity
Beck Center for the Arts
The Music Settlement
Thrive Arts Center

Best place to have a birthday party
Cafe O’Play
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Playground World
Thrive Arts Center

Best place for a kid’s haircut
Cookie Cutters
Cuts N Curls
Great Clips

Best emergency room/after hours clinic to take your kids
Akron Children’s Hospital
Cleveland Clinic
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s

Best family dentist/dental center
Brunswick KiDDS
Dr. Trista’s Children’s Dentistry
Mertes Pediatric Dentistry

Best pediatrician
Kids in the Sun
Senders Pediatrics
Wadsworth Pediatrics

Best pregnancy/postpartum care for moms and families
Beyond the Bump
Nurtured Foundation
Pink Newborn Services
The Womb Wellness Center
The Womb Within

Best place for family-friendly fitness
BrittFit Family Fitness
Mandel JCC

Best place for families to volunteer
Caring Cubs
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Best place to find a babysitter/child care
Pink Nannies
The Nanny Connection

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