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Baltimore’s Child: Readers’ Choice | 2021 Winners

Thank you, readers, for participating once again in our annual Readers’ Choice poll. We’ve counted all of your ballots, and the results are in. Discover the attractions, businesses, people and places that we’re honoring with our Readers’ Choice awards this year. Learn about and share the following organizations and professionals who have earned your votes. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who took time to nominate and vote for them this year!

▲=Readers’ Choice winner spotlight


HOMETOWN HEROES: COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Best Doctor

Dr. Wendy Bennett, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Runner-up: Dr. Theresa T. Nguyen, GBMC HealthCare ▲
GBMC Pediatric Group
Pavilion East
6565 N. Charles St., Suite 306
Towson, MD 21204
443-849-4000
gbmc.org/pediatric-group

Best Hospital

GBMC HealthCare ▲
6701 N. Charles St. Towson, MD 21204
443-849-2000; gbmc.org
The 342-bed medical center (acute and sub-acute care) is located on a suburban campus that handles more than 23,000 admissions and over 52,000 emergency room visits annually. At GBMC, we’re committed to providing the care we would want for our own loved ones.
Runner-up: University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Best Nonprofit

Helping Up Mission
Runner-up: Maryland Food Bank

Best Nurse

Jamie Helbing, Greenspring Pediatric Dentistry
Runner-up: Stacey Milburn, BSN, RN, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Nurse Case Manager

Education and Aftercare

Best Academic and Enrichment Program

Woodbrook Early Education Center (WEE Center), Baltimore
Runner-up: Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore

Best After-school Program

Woodbrook Early Education Center (WEE Center), Baltimore
Runner-up: Charm City Ballet, Cockeysville

Best Boys Independent School

Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore
Runner-up: Gilman School, Baltimore

Best Charter School

Hampstead Hill Academy, Baltimore
Runner-up: Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, Baltimore

Best Coed Independent School

Friends School of Baltimore, Baltimore
Runner-up: The Park School of Baltimore, Baltimore

Best Dance Program

Charm City Ballet, Cockeysville
Runner-up: Dance Conservatory of Maryland, Abingdon

Best Girls Independent School

Mercy High School, Baltimore
Runner-up: Maryvale Preparatory School, Lutherville

Best Performance Arts Program

Charm City Ballet, Cockeysville
Runner-up: Underground Dance Academy, Essex

Best Preschool

Chapelgate Christian Academy, Marriottsville
Runner-up: Woodbrook Early Education Center (WEE Center), Baltimore

Best Public Elementary School

Roland Park Elementary and Middle School, Baltimore
Runner-up: Stoneleigh Elementary School, Baltimore

Best Public High School

Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore
Runner-up: George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Baltimore

Best School Break and Summer Program or Camp

Charm City Ballet, Cockeysville
Runner-up: Merritt Clubs ▲
1-800-New-Shape
merrittclubs.com

Best Sports Program

Coppermine Fieldhouse, Baltimore
Runner-up: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Baltimore

Best Visual Arts Program

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Baltimore
Runner-up: Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Family Favorites

Best Education

Chapelgate Christian Academy, Marriottsville
Runner-up: Woodbrook Early Education Center (WEE Center), Baltimore

Best Extracurricular, Enrichment Program and Camp

Y in Central Maryland
Runner-up: Beachmont Christian Camp, Kingsville

Best Family Outings

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Runner-up: Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City

Best Family Services

Baltimore County Public Library
Runner-up: Sidekick, partner of The Nanny Network, LLC (Towson)

Best Medical Matters

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
Convenient Locations Across Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
hopkinschildrens.org/baltimoreschild

Runner-up: GBMC HealthCare ▲
6701 N. Charles St.
Towson, MD 21204
443-849-2000
gbmc.org

Best Shopping

Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Cockeysville
Runner-up: THE AVENUE at White Marsh, Baltimore

Family-Fun Activities

Best Family Event

The Maryland State Fair ▲
marylandstatefair.com
2200 York Road,
Lutherville-Timonium, MD
The Maryland State Fair is back August 26th to September 6th for its 140th year, so Prepare for the Fair!
Runner-up: Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees

Best Family-Friendly Gym

Merritt Clubs ▲
1-800-New-Shape
merrittclubs.com
Runner-up: The Y in Towson (Orokawa), Baltimore

Best Farmers Market

Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar
Runner-up: Towson Farmers Market

Best Free Family Fun

Angel Park, Perry Hall
Runner-up: Fort McHenry, Baltimore

Best Indoor Activity

Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore
Runner-up: Monster Mini Golf Columbia, Jessup

Best Indoor Attraction

The National Aquarium, Baltimore
Runner-up: Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

Best Kid-Free Night Out

The Bluebird Cocktail Room, Baltimore
Runner-up: Bowleys On the Bay, Middle River

Best Movie Theater

Bengies Drive-In Theatre, Middle River
Runner-up: Cinemark Egyptian Arundel Mills, Hanover, Maryland

Best Museum

B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore
Runner-up: Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

Best Outdoor Activity

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Runner-up: A Baltimore Orioles game

Best Outdoor Attraction

Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Runner-up: Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City

Best Park and Play Area

Centennial Park, Ellicott City
Runner-up: Tire Park in Patapsco State Park, Catonsville

Best Party Destination

Stratosphere Social, Sykesville
Runner-up: Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills

Best Performance Theater for Young Audiences

Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia
Runner-up: Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, Baltimore

Best Professional Sporting Event for Families

A Baltimore Orioles game
Runner-up: A Baltimore Blast game

Best Swimming Pool

The Y in Towson (Orokawa), Baltimore
Runner-up: Goldfish Swim School, Locations in Columbia, Gaithersburg, Owings Mills, Rockville and Silver Spring

Food

Best Bakery

Cake by Jason Hisley, Lutherville-Timonium
Runner-up: Herman’s Bakery, Baltimore

Best Burger

Hamilton Tavern, Baltimore
Runner-up: The Abbey Burger Bistro, Baltimore

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Miss Shirley’s Café, Annapolis, BWI Airport (Baltimore) and Inner Harbor (Baltimore)
Runner-up: Mission Barbecue

Best Ice Cream

The Charmery, Columbia, Federal Hill, Hampden and Towson
Runner-up: Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream & Deli, Westminster

Best Pizza

Pizza John’s, Essex
Runner-up: Trattoria Amore, Ellicott City

Best Restaurant with Entertainment or Diversions

Dave & Buster’s
Runner-up: Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Halethorpe

Health Care

Best Dentist

Greenspring Pediatric Dentistry, Baltimore
Runner-up: Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Bel Air, Havre de Grace and White Marsh

Best ER for Kids

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
Convenient Locations Across Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
hopkinschildrens.org/baltimoreschild

Runner-up: GBMC HealthCare ▲
6701 N. Charles St.
Towson, MD 21204
443-849-3900
gbmc.org/pediatric-emergency-inpatient
The Pediatric Combined Care Unit sees approximately 10,000 children a year in the ED setting and approximately 1,200 children are admitted to in-patient/and observation. We are open 24/7 and provide high-quality care to patients from birth to age 18. Our caregivers include nine board-certified pediatricians and 20 pediatric nurses certified both in Pediatric Advanced Life Saving (PALS) and Emergency Pediatric Nurse Core Curriculum (ENPC).

Best Orthodontist

Baltimore Orthodontic Group, Lutherville-Timonium
Runner-up: Vanguard Orthodontics, Clarksville

Best Pediatric Hospital

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
Convenient Locations Across Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
hopkinschildrens.org/baltimoreschild
Johns Hopkins board-certified pediatric specialists offer virtual or in-person visits throughout the greater Baltimore and Washington corridor. Our goal is to provide patients and families with the convenience of seeing a pediatric specialist close to home.

Runner-up: Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore

Best Pediatric Mental Health Hospital

Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore
Runner-up: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore

Best Pediatric Mental Health Practitioners

Dr. Natalie Yzer-Newton, White Marsh Psychiatric Associates LLC, Baltimore
Runner-up: Dr. Arman Taghizadeh, Lutherville-Timonium

Best Pediatric Orthopedic Practice

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute at Timonium, Lutherville-Timonium
Runner-up: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore

Best Pediatric Vision Care

Dr. Allison Jensen, Pediatric Ophthalmology at GBMC, Towson ▲
Eye Center at GBMC
Pavilion West
6569 N. Charles St.
Towson, MD 21204
443-849-8082
gbmc.org/ophthalmology
Allison Jensen, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who serves as the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Eye Center at GBMC. She completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. She specializes in comprehensive ophthalmic care for pediatric and adolescent patients: amblyopia (“lazy eye”), strabismus (“eye misalignment”), lacrimal disorders, and retinopathy of prematurity.
Runner-up: Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland, Baltimore, Clarksville, Eldersburg and Westminster

Best Pediatrician

Dr. Mary Garza, The Maryland Pediatric Group, Lutherville
Runner-up: Dr. Peter Claybour, Main Street Pediatrics, Towson

Best Place to Deliver Your Baby

GBMC HealthCare ▲
6701 N. Charles St.
Towson, MD 21204
443-849-2597
gbmc.org/labor-and-delivery
GBMC ranks as one of the busiest labor and delivery units in Maryland and our state-of-the-art labor and delivery suite provides obstetrical care for adult and adolescent women 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Runner-up: Howard County General Hospital, Columbia

Best Urgent Care

Patient First, Multiple Locations ▲
patientfirst.com
Patient First offers convenient, cost-effective urgent care for routine illnesses and injuries, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. No appointment is necessary – just walk in. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. Each center has on-site x-rays, lab tests, and prescription drugs, and most major insurance plans are accepted. Patient First—celebrating 40 years of friendly and convenient care.
Runner-up: Expresscare, Various locations

Services

Best Baby and Family Photography

Kristen Fiorvanti Photography, Baltimore
Runner-up: AKG Photography

Best Daycare

Woodbrook Early Education Center (WEE Center), Baltimore
Runner-up: Forest Hill Nature Preschool, Forest Hill

Best Nanny and Babysitting Services

The Nanny Network LLC, Towson
Runner-up: Brandon Dean’s Childcare

Best Place for Kids’ Haircuts

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids, Baltimore and Lutherville
Runner-up: Cartoon Cuts, Columbia

Shopping

Best Consignment And Trade

Second Avenue Thrift Superstore, Columbia
Runner-up: TotSwap: A Children’s Consignment Sale, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

Best Kids’ Boutique

Pied Piper Kids, Baltimore
Runner-up: Wee Chic Boutique, Lutherville-Timonium

Best Mall to Shop at with Kids

The Mall in Columbia, Columbia
Runner-up: Towson Town Center, Towson

Best Maternity Clothing

Motherhood Maternity, Baltimore
Runner-up: Anticipations, Baltimore

Best Place for Kids’ Furniture

IKEA (White Marsh), Nottingham
Runner-up: Ashley HomeStore, Various locations

Best Toy Store

Shananigans Toy Shop, Baltimore
Runner-up: aMuse Toys, Baltimore

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