Our 2018 Readers’ Choice Winners!

Thank you to all who voted this spring in our second annual Readers’ Choice contest. The ballots have been counted, the results are in and we are excited to share them with you on these pages!

Here at Baltimore’s Child, we hear from businesses all the time. In fact, one of the great benefits of this job is learning about new restaurants, schools and other places that have just opened their doors in our community. Likewise it’s fun to hear the latest from longtime favorites. But it’s even more exciting to hear from readers and learn what your favorites are. There are some repeats from last year and some new winners, too, on our list. We invite you to read, share and enjoy these excellent businesses that support our families!

Family Dining

Best Bakery
Sugar Bakers

Best Burger
Hamilton Tavern

Best Ice Cream
The Charmery

Best Pizza
Pasta Mista

Best Restaurant
Dave & Busters

Best Family Friendly Restaurant
Miss Shirley’s Café

Extracurricular/Enrichment Program/ Camps

Best Academic/Enrichment Program
Columbia School of Music

Best After-School Program
Columbia School of Music

Best Summer Program
Lutherville Music School/Lutherville Rock School

Best Sports Program
The Y in Central Maryland

Best Dance Program
Towson University Community Dance

Best Visual Arts Program
TWIGS, Baltimore School for the Arts

Best Performance Arts Program
Columbia School of Music


Best Charter School
Green Street Academy, Baltimore

Best Preschool
St. John’s Parish Day School

Best Independent School
Institute of Notre Dame

Best Public School
Towson High School

Family Outings

Best Family Event
Baltimore Orioles

Best Farmers Market
Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar

Best Free Family Fun
National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

Best Indoor Activity
National Aquarium

Best Indoor Attraction
National Aquarium

Best Kid-Free Night Out
Woodberry Kitchen

Best Performance Theater
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Best Movie Theater
Cinemark, Towson

Best Museum
National Aquarium

Best Outdoor Activity
Baltimore Orioles

Best Outdoor Attraction
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Best Park
Oregon Ridge

Best Party Destination
Sky Zone

Best Sporting Event
Baltimore Orioles

Best Swimming Pool
The Y in Central Maryland

Family Services and Shopping

Best Baby/Family Photography
Picture People

Best Consignment
Once Upon a Child

Best Daycare
The Goddard School

Best Gym
The Y in Central Maryland

Best Kids’ Boutique
The Pied Piper

Best Kids’ Spa
Tickled Pink and Posh Party

Best Mall
Arundel Mills

Best Maternity Clothing

Best Nanny
The Nanny Network

Best Party Venue
Pump It Up

Best Place to Buy Kids’ Furniture

Best Place for Kids’ Haircuts
Cartoon Cuts

Best Toy Store

Medical Matters

Best Dentist
Kids First Pediatric Dentist

Best ER
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Best Orthodontist
Baltimore Orthodontic Group

Best Pediatric Hospital
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Best Pediatric Mental Health
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Best Pediatric Orthopedic
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Best Pediatric Vision Care
Wilmer Eye Clinic

Best Pediatrician
Dr. Amy Winkelstein, Maryland Pediatrics

Best Place to Deliver a Baby
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Best Urgent Care

Best Kept Secrets

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Towson

Extracurricular/Enrichment Programs/ Camps
Lutherville Music School/Lutherville Rock School

Family Dining
Friendly Farm

Family Outings
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Family Services and Shopping
The Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park

Medical Matters
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center


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  1. Charlotte Archer

    Congratulations to University of Maryland-St Joseph Medical Center. voted by Baltimore Child magazine s :” THE BEST PLACE TO DELIVER A BABY: Kudoos to the doctors and the
    most dedicated, caring Labor and Delivery nursing staff in Baltimore..

  2. The Pied Piper Childrens Wear – still the best of Baltimore for 50+ years!

  3. Thank you readers of Baltimore’s Child Magazine for recognizing The Pied Piper as Best Childrens’s boutique! We have strived for 53 years to bring the best for kids to Baltimore and we appreciate your loyalty!!

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