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Toledo Parent Family Favorites 2013

The time to see who reigns supreme is here again! Parents have cast their votes for who wears the crown when it comes to feeding the family, entertaining on birthdays, keeping them healthy, and everything in between. The local favorites below will help you take in the best Toledo has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Place for winter fun

Sylvania Playland
3620 Centennial Rd., Sylvania
419-517-9094
sylvaniaplayland.com

Runner Up: Imagination Station

Activity for rainy days

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way, Toledo
419-244-2674
imaginationstationtoledo.org

Runner Up: Toledo Museum of Art

Summer day camp

Maumee Valley Country Day School
1715 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo
419-381-1313
mvcds.org

Runner Up: West Side Montessori

Dance class

Dance Expressions
7343 International Dr., Holland
419-867-7827
dance-expressions-studio.com

Runner Up: Toledo Ballet

Martial arts program

Kempo Martial Arts
6801 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-885-1519
kempomania.com
Runner Up: All American Karate

Art studio

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St., Toledo
419-255-8000
toledomuseum.org
Runner Up: Paint Your Place

Music class

Kindermusik with Miss Heather & Friends
3307 N. Holland Sylvania Rd., Toledo
419-356-8026
kindermusik.com/missheather

Runner Up: Musically Me with Ms. Cheryl

Free activity

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St., Toledo
419-255-8000
toledomuseum.org
Runner Up: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Family-friendly fair or festival

Lucas County Fair
1406 Key St., Maumee
419-893-2127
lucascountyfair.com

Runner Up:  MacQueen’s Apple Butter Stir Festival

Picnic spot

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-407-9700
metroparkstoledo.com/metro

Runner Up: Side Cut Metropark

Kid’s theater

Valentine Theatre
410 Adams St., Toledo
419-242-3490
valentinetheatre.com

Runner Up: Children’s Theater Workshop

Place to volunteer

Toledo Area Humane Society
1920 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee
419-891-0705
toledohumane.org

Runner Up:  ProMedica Toledo Hospital

Park or playground

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-407-9700
metroparkstoledo.com/metro

Runner Up: Side Cut Metropark

Spot  to read a book

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-407-9700
metroparkstoledo.com/metro

Runner Up: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Activity for rainy days

Imagination Station

The unimaginable happens in downtown Toledo where science, physics and fun combine to make an educational playground for families. It’s no wonder that children revel in exhibits and activities ranging from their current traveling exhibition, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, to summer camp programs at Imagination Station. Children’s creativity will be sparked by hands-on activities and their eight Learning Worlds: including Mind Zone, Water Works and Eat it Up! With a membership, families have access to over 300 science centers, which sounds to us like the equation for “pure science fun.”

1 Discovery Way, Toledo
419-244-2674
imaginationstationtoledo.org

Swim lessons

YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo
Visit ymcatoledo.org for locations

Runner Up:  St. James Club

Water park

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky
419-433-7200
kalahariresorts.com/ohio

Runner Up:  Great Wolf Lodge

Vacation spot

Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
419-627-2350
cedarpoint.com

Runner Up:  Maumee Bay State Park

Family-friendly gym

Super Fitness
1207 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo
419-535-7333
superfitnesstoledo.com

Runner Up:  YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo

Gymnastics center

Sunrise Gymnastics Academy
3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd., Toledo
419-841-2902
sunrisegymnastics.com

Runner Up:  YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo

Bowling alley

Timbers Bowling Lanes
1246 Conant St., Maumee
419-893-7631
timbersbowling.com

Runner Up:  ForestView Lanes

 

 

 

 

 

Place for a birthday bash

Hero’s

This special day only comes around once a year and parents always want to make sure that it’s special. But don’t do it alone, Hero’s comes to the rescue to do what they do best. The family-owned business throws birthday parties that children will remember forever. Party Heroes are there to customize bashes with appropriate games and activities to keep kids and parents smiling. Don’t worry about the planning or the mess, just watch the birthday magic unfold. When the birthday boy or girl blows out their candles, they’ll be wishing for more family celebrations like this one!

9851 Meridian Ct., Rossford
419-873-9400
herostoledo.com

Family friendly entertainer

Andrew Martin Professional Magician
Visit andrewmartinmagic.com
419-472-4333

Runner Up: Laurel’s Princess Parties

Place to get a birthday cake

Wixey Bakery
2017 Glendale Ave., Toledo
419-382-6684
wixeysbakery.com

Runner Up: 7 Little Cupcakes

Place to see animals

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

Runner Up:  Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Tween activity

Ohio Skate
5735 Opportunity Dr., Toledo
419-476-2808
ohioskate.com

Runner Up:  Toledo Museum of Art

Sports camp

YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo
Visit ymcatoledo.org for locations
Runner Up:  University of Toledo

Kid’s photographer

Finn Photography
Visit photographyfinn.com

Runner Up:  Crystal Josza Photography

Shop to buy birthday gifts

Learning Express Toys
Visit learningexpress.com for locations

Runner Up: Toys “R” Us

 

 

 

Local toy store and baby boutique

Lullaby Lane

Parents will never forget the “firsts” of having babies. The first time their baby falls asleep in their arms, the first time they look up to smile or laugh, and the first time they sleep through an entire night. Lullaby Lane at Fallen Timbers loves to be a part of that journey by providing the perfect crib, stroller, or outfit for your bundle of joy. They believe that “products are just objects” without parents to make them something special. Originally based out of California, Lullaby Lane moved to the Toledo area in 2011 and continues to give parents a prime destination for their baby and maternity needs. Go ahead, spoil your little sweetheart!

3100 Main St., Maumee
419-878-0127
lullabylane.com

Kid’s clothier

Once Upon A Child
Visit onceuponachild.com for locations

Runner Up:  Gymboree

Kid’s shoe shop

Stride Rite
5333 Monroe St., Toledo
419-843-6050
striderite.com

Runner Up:  Payless ShoeSource

Maternity clothing store

Destination Maternity
5001 Monroe St., Toledo
419-475-2730
destinationmaternity.com

Runner Up: Kohl’s

Place for furnishing the baby room

Once Upon A Child
Visit onceuponachild.com for locations
Runner Up: Lullaby Lane

Local baby boutique shop

Lullaby Lane
3100 Main St., Maumee
419-878-0127
lullabylane.com

Runner Up: Sweet Cheeks

 

 

 

Place for pampering

Beauty Bar

Between the sports activities, play dates, school events and family obligations, it’s no secret that moms deserve a break sometimes. And we know the place to do it. Creative artists at Beauty Bar know that making women feel confident is the key to making them feel beautiful. The full-service salon offers everything from an aromatic spa and private party room  to a nail lounge to help moms press the “refresh” button. The business idea began in 2002 when the Spallinos offered a unique “menu” for clients, including nail services that came with drinks, and the “beauty bar” got its name.

2919 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-537-5400
beauty-bar.com

Support groups for moms

Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo
4765 N. McCord Rd., Sylvania
motherscenter.net

Runner Up:  Toledo Area MOPS

Mom-friendly play date

Sylvania Playland
3620 Centennial Rd., Sylvania
419-517-9094
sylvaniaplayland.com

Runner Up: Parks

Place for single parents to meet

Church
Runner Up: Coffee Shop

Parent blog

Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo
4765 N. McCord Rd., Sylvania
motherscenter.net

Runner Up: Mama On The Fly

Date night restaurant

Mancy’s Bluewater Grille
461 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee
419-724-2583
mancys.com/bluewater-grille/bluewater-grille

Runner Up: BRAVO! Cucina Italiana

Place for pampering

Beauty Bar
2919 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-537-5400
beauty-bar.com

Runner Up: Reve Salon & Spa

Grown-up getaway

Belamere Suites
12200 Williams Rd., Perrysburg
419-874-2233
belameresuites.com

Runner Up: Put-in-Bay

Mother’s Day festivities

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

Runner Up: Holiday Inn Perrysburg-French Quarter Brunch

 

 

 

 

Preschool

West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St., Toledo
419-866-1931
montessoritoledo.org

Runner Up:  Maumee Valley Country Day School

Place for tutoring/Learning center

Sylvan Learning Center of Toledo
1736 Broadway St., Toledo
419-867-1331
sylvanlearning.com

Runner Up:  Holland Huntington Learning Center

Teacher and their school

Brandi Parcell, West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St., Toledo
419-866-1931
montessoritoledo.org

Runner Up:  Mrs. Debbie Mens, McCord Junior High School

Elementary school

West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St., Toledo
419-866-1931
montessoritoledo.org

Runner Up:  Ottawa Hills School System

Middle school

Fallen Timbers Middle School
6119 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse
419-877-0601
anthonywayneschools.org/fallen-timbers-middle-school

Runner Up:  West Side Montessori

After-school program

YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo
Visit ymcatoledo.org for locations
Runner Up: West Side Montessori

Extracurricular activities

Soccer

Runner Up: Dance

Special needs services

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
5605 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-885-5733
abilitycenter.org

Runner Up:  Rehab Dynamics, Inc.

Daycare

Children’s Discovery Center
Visit childrensdiscoverycenters.com for locations
419-867-8570

Runner Up:  YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo

Drop-in daycare

Kidz Watch Sylvania
6819 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-843-2997
kidzwatch.net

Runner Up: Eagles Nest

Pediatrician

Dr. Hani Haidar, MD, Franklin Park Pediatrics
2000 Regency Ct. #103, Toledo
419-475-5433
franklinparkpediatrics.com

Runner Up: Dr. Marianne Black, MD, Franklin Park Pediatrics

Pediatric practice

Mercy Pediatric Associates
Visit mercyweb.org for locations

Runner Up: South Toledo Pediatric Associates

Place to nurse a baby

Franklin Park Mall
5001 Monroe St., Toledo
419-473-3317
shoppingfranklinparkmall.com

Runner Up: Home

Emergency care

ProMedica Toledo Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd., Toledo
419-291-4000
promedica.org/toledo

Runner Up: Flower Hospital

Place to give birth

ProMedica Toledo Hospital
2142 N. Cove Blvd., Toledo
419-291-4000

Runner Up: Flower Hospital

OB/GYN

Maumee OG/GYN Associates
660 Beaver Creek Cir, Maumee
419-891-6201

Runner Up:  Sarah S. Puckett, DO, ProMedica

Midwife

Donna Augustine, CNM, ProMedica
6135 Trust Dr., Holland
419- 491-0041

Runner Up: Irma Cobian, CNM

Family doctor

Dr. Kelly Emch, MD, Family Practice of Toledo
3740 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
419-442-0844
Runner Up: Dr. Todd Francis, MD, ProMedica Physicians

Optometrist

Dr. Robert Rhee, MD, Pediatric
Ophthalmology Consultants
2927 N. McCord Rd., Toledo
419-517-5500
pocllc.com

Runner Up: Dr. Robert Layman, MD, Pinnacle Eye Group

Chiropractor

Dr. Connie Smith, DC, First
Choice Chiropractic
2955 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
419-473-2955
1stchoicechiropractor.com

Runner Up: Dr. Martin Adams, DC

Allergist

Dr. Lois Nelson, MD, Allergy Asthma & Immunology
3454 Oak Alley Ct., Toledo
419-536-1322

Runner Up:  Dr. John Winder, MD, Winder & Associates

Nutritionist

Dr. Michelle Rowe, RN, Mercy Weight Management Center
3930 Sunforest Ct #100, Toledo
419-407-3990
mercyweightmanagement.com

Runner Up: Dr. Casie Carr, DC, 1st Choice Chiropractic

Veterinarian

SylvaniaVET
4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., Sylvania
419-885-4421
sylvaniavet.com

Runner Up:  West Suburban Veterinary Associates

Dentist/Orthodontist

Dr. Jennifer Zoll, DDS
3036 W. Sylvania Rd., Toledo
419-474-0733
drzoll.com

Runner Up:  Dental Health Associates of Sylvania

Vision Care

Dr. Robert Rhee, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology Consultants
2927 N. McCord Rd., Toledo
419-517-5500
pocllc.com

Runner Up: Costco Optical

Dermatologist

Dr. Hope Mitchell, MD, Mitchell Dermatology
702 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg
419-872-4673
mitchellderm.com

Runner Up: Dr. Timothy Anders, MD, Anders Dermatology, Inc.

Chiropractor

Dr. Connie Smith, DC, First Choice Chiropractic
2955 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
419-473-2955
1stchoicechiropractor.com

Runner Up: Dr. Martin Adams, DC

Allergist

Dr. Lois Nelson, MD, Allergy Asthma & Immunology
3454 Oak Alley Ct., Toledo
419-536-1322

Runner Up:  Dr. John Winder, MD, Winder & Associates

Nutritionist

Dr. Michelle Rowe, RN, Mercy Weight Management Center
3930 Sunforest Ct #100, Toledo
419-407-3990
mercyweightmanagement.com

Runner Up: Dr. Casie Carr, DC, 1st Choice Chiropractic

Veterinarian

SylvaniaVET
4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., Sylvania
419-885-4421
sylvaniavet.com

Runner Up:  West Suburban Veterinary Associates

Dentist/Orthodontist

Dr. Jennifer Zoll, DDS
3036 W. Sylvania Rd., Toledo
419-474-0733
drzoll.com

Runner Up:  Dental Health Associates of Sylvania

Vision Care

Dr. Robert Rhee, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology Consultants
2927 N. McCord Rd., Toledo
419-517-5500
pocllc.com
Runner Up: Costco Optical

Dermatologist

Dr. Hope Mitchell, MD, Mitchell Dermatology
702 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg
419-872-4673
mitchellderm.com

Runner Up: Dr. Timothy Anders, MD, Anders Dermatology, Inc.

 

 

Bakery and Place to get a birthday cake

Wixey Bakery

A piece of cake from Toledo’s family-owned Wixey Bakery is more than delicious, it’s divine. Get a taste of their baked goods, doughnuts, cookies and cakes at their location on Glendale Avenue and we promise you’ll be back for more. A part of Toledo’s history for the past 80 years, some things remain the same as the day they opened, using recipes and hand-crafted techniques passed down four generations. The neighborhood bakery continues to serve authentic creations made from scratch with love.

2017 Glendale Ave., Toledo
419-382-6684
wixeysbakery.com

Family-friendly restaurant

Bob Evans Restaurants
Visit bobevans.com for locations

Runner Up: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Place to have ice cream

Mr. Freeze
2031 N. McCord Rd., Toledo
419-866-7075

Runner Up:  Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

Healthy fast food

Balance Pan-Asian Grille
5860 W. Central Ave., Toledo
419-578-7777

Runner Up: Magic Wok

Local pizza place

Vito’s Pizza & Subs
4804 Lewis Ave., Toledo
419-478-8486
vitos.com

Runner Up:  Marco’s Pizza

Place where kids eat free

Fricker’s
19 N. St. Clair St. #1, Toledo
419-244-9464
frickers.com/Locations/19-N-St-Clair-St

Runner Up: Bob Evans Restaurants

Natural food store

Health Foods by Claudia
3904 Secor Rd., Toledo
419-474-2400
healthfoodsbyclaudia.com

Runner Up:  Bassett’s Health Foods

Thank you for voting! Check back June 1st to see the winners.

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