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2019 Reader’s Choice Winners Special Focus

It’s the most wonderful time of year:

The ballots have been counted, the results are in and we are excited to announce our Readers’ Choice winners. Thank you to all who voted in this year’s contest, our third annual Readers’ Choice. It’s always great fun to hear from readers and learn about your family-friendly favorites. We invite you to read about, share and enjoy these great businesses that have earned your vote. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Best Kept Secrets

The Maryland Zoo Education Programs

Extracurricular/Enrichment Program/Camp
The Y in Central Maryland

Family Dining
Mission BBQ

Family Outings
National Aquarium

Family Services
Baltimore County  Public Library

The Avenue in Hampden

Medical Matters
Johns Hopkins Hospital


Best Bakery
Woodlea Bakery

Best Burger
Abbey Burger Bistro

Best Ice Cream
The Charmery

Best Kids Deals – Local
Junior Orioles Dugout Club

Best Pizza
Vito’s Owings Mills

Best Restaurant with Entertainment or Diversions
Dave and Buster’s

Best Family-Friendly Eatery/Chain
Texas Roadhouse

Best Family-Friendly Eatery/Local
R. House

Extracurricular/Enrichment Program/Camp

Best Academic/Enrichment Program
Columbia School of Music

Best After-School Program
Columbia School of Music

Best School Break/Summer Program or Camp
The Y in Central Maryland

Best Sports Program
Gymnastics at Coppermine Fieldhouse

Best Dance Program
Baltimore School for the Arts

Best Visual Arts Program
TWIGS at Baltimore School for the Arts

Best Performance Art Program
Columbia School of Music


Best Charter School
Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School

Best Preschool
St. Michael-St. Clement School

Best Private School/Boys
Calvert Hall

Best Private School/Girls
Institute of Notre Dame

Best Private School/Coed
Friends School of Baltimore

Best Public Schools/ Elementary School
Vincent Farm Elementary School

Best Public Schools/Middle School
Roland Park Elementary/Middle School

Best Public Schools/High School
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Family Outings

Best Family Event
Weber’s Farm

Best Farmers Market
Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

Best Free Family Fun
Annie’s Playground, Fallston

Best Indoor Activity
Maryland Science Center

Best Indoor Attraction
National Aquarium

Best Kids-Free Night Out
Bengies Drive-In Theatre

Best Performance Theater for Young Audiences
Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

Best Movie Theater
Cinemark Towson

Best Museum
American Visionary Art Museum

Best Outdoor Activity
The Maryland Zoo

Best Outdoor Attraction
The Maryland Zoo

Best Park/Play Area
Annie’s Playground, Fallston

Best Party Destination
Sky Zone

Best Professional Sporting Event for Families
Baltimore Orioles

Best Swimming Pool
The Y in Central Maryland

Family Services and Shopping

Best Baby/Family Photography
Picture People

Best Consignment/Trade
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake

Best Daycare
Woodbrook Early Education Center

Best Family-Friendly Gym
The Y in Central Maryland

Best Local Kids’ Boutique
Wee Chic

Best Kids’ Spa
About Faces Day Spa & Salon

Best Mall to Shop with Kids
Arundel Mills

Best Maternity Clothing
Motherhood Maternity

Best Nanny/Babysitting Services
Doulas of Baltimore

Best Party Venue
Coppermine Fieldhouse

Best Place for Kids’ Furniture

Best Place for Kids’ Hair Cuts
Cartoon Cuts

Best Local Toy Store

Medical Matters

Best Dentist
Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Best ER for Kids
GBMC’s Pediatric Emergency Department

Best Orthodontist
Baltimore Orthodontic Group

Best Pediatric Hospital
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Best Pediatric MentalHealth Practitioners
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Best Pediatric Orthopedic Practice
Towson Orthopaedic Associates

Best Pediatric Vision Care
The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

Best Pediatrician
Dr. Alicia Morgan-Cooper, Village Pediatrics

Best Place to Deliver Your Baby

Best Urgent Care
Patient First

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