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April 2014


Choose from these categories:

Best for Families


Here are the results of the 2013 FAMILY Magazine Best for Families Survey – your choices of the best this region has to offer with anything from summer camp to tennis classes, private schools and preschools.  We are tabulating the results for 2014.  They will be released with our July magazine.



 
For the 2013 survey results, thousands of families from the DC area, across the US, and even a few from around the world responded. You’ve shared your favorite ice cream places, parks, toy stores, vacation spots, and even your favorite animals at the zoo. Where you shop, play and dine. The doctor you see when you’re feeling ill, the company you call when your AC isn’t working, and the personal chefs who cook up your favorite dishes.

We’ve tallied your votes and are excited to share what you feel are the area’s “BEST!”

 

*The leader in each category is listed at the top, with other top nominees listed below in alphabetical order.

 

Because of the overwhelming response, not all categories and nominees are listed. This information was provided by advertisers and resource groups. Washington FAMILY Magazine is not responsible for omissions or errors.  


Food

Best Bakery
Best Cupcake Shop
Best Romantic Restaurant
Best Cheap Eats Restaurant
Best Cup of Coffee
Best Fine Dining with Kids
Best Ice Cream Store
Best Kid's Menu
Best Outdoor/Patio Dining
Best Pizza Delivery
Best Restaurant with a Kid's Night/Special
Your Kids' Favorite Food 

Just For The Fun of It

Best Kids Party Entertainer
Best Family Board Game
Best Animal at the Zoo
Best Place for a Team Party
Best Family Movie in 2012
Best Festival or Celebration for Families
Best Party Store or Rentals
Best Place to Have a Birthday Party
Best Place to Meet Other Moms

People

Best Mom Blogger
Best Dentist or Orthodontist
Best Local Family Friendly Company
Best Financial Planner
Best Veterinarian
Best Local Hero/Heroine
Person I Wish Would Run for President
Best Morning DJ
Best Afternoon/Evening DJ
Best Female News Anchor
Best Male News Anchor
Best Local Athlete
Best Realtor
Best Allergy or Asthma Doctor
Best OB/GYN
Best Pediatrician
Best Weight Loss Program or Doctor
Best Wellness Program or Doctor

Places

Best Beach
Best Resort
Best Day Trip (Outside our area)
Best Local Winery
Best Place for a Moms Night Out
Best Meetup for Moms Group
Best Family Vacation
Best Romantic Get-Away for Mom and Dad
Best Rainy Day Outing
Best Neighborhood for Families
Best Fertility Clinic
Best Hospital
Best Ice Skating or Roller Skating Rink
Best Indoor Play Facility for Children
Best Museum
Best Playground for Children
Best Swimming Pool or Water Park
Best Shopping Center or Mall

Services

Best Local Children's Photographer
Best Hair Salon or Day Spa
Best New Home Builder Best Customer Service

Shops

Best Local Bicycle Store
Best Local Children's Clothing Store
Best Local Children's Furniture Store
Best Local Children's Shoe Store
Best Toy Store
Best Consignment or Resale Store
Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments
Best Hair Salon for Children
Best Place to Buy Outdoor Play Equipment
Best Local Selection of Children's Books
Your Kid's Favorite Book
Best Local Toy Store
Your Kid's Favorite Toy
Best Local Invitation or Stationary Store
Best Place to Buy a Car

Education and Activities

Best Art Program
Best Ballet or Dance Studio
Best Childbirth Class
Best Child Care Center
Best Children's Theatre or Drama Instruction
Best Children's Yoga Classes
Best Children's Cooking Classes
Best Day Camp
Best Overnight Camp
Best Fitness, Gymnastics or Activity Center
Best Martial Arts Instruction
Best Music Instruction
Best Foreign Language Instruction
Best Parent Support Group
Best Preschool Program
Best Private School
Best Public School
Best Tutor/Tutoring Company

Home Improvements

Best Kitchen & General Remodeling Company
Best Carpet or Rug Store
Best Counter Top Store
Best Electrician
Best General Repairs Company
Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company
Best Home Accessories & Decor Items Store
Best Interior Decorator
Best Kitchen Designer
Best Plumber

Etc.

Absolute BEST for Families in Our Area
Best Feature of FAMILY Magazine
More Coverage in FAMILY Magazine
Best Advice for New Parents
Is there something we left out? Best Swim School

 

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Food

BEST BAKERY: Great Harvest Bread Company

FINALISTS: Alexandria Cupcake • Amphora Bakery • Ashburn Bagel & Sandwich Shop • Atwaters Bakery • Au Bon Pain • Baked & Wired • Baskin-Robbins Cakes • Best Buns • Bittersweet Catering • Bonaparte Breads • The Boutique Bakeshop • Bread Corner • Breads Unlimited • Brooklyn Bagel Bakery • Buzz Bakery & Lounge • Caboose Café • Café Shiraz • Carlo's Bakery of Cake Boss • Castro's Bakery • Cazuela Bakery • Cenan's Bakery • Chantels Cakes and Pastries • Classic Bakery • Cookie Ride • Costco • Crumbs Bake Shop • Cupcakes! • Cupcake Heaven and Café • Cupcakes Actually • Family Cakes by Leslie • Terrazza Danieli • FireHook Bakery and Coffee House • Georgetown Cupcake • Giant • Dangerously Delicious Pies DC • Harris Teeter • Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe • Hollin Hall Pastry Shop • JennyCakes Bakery • Just Chocolate Palace • Kupcakes & Co. • Le Pain Quotidien • Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery • Lola Cookies & Treats • La Madeleine • Marvelous Market • Neal's Bagels • Northside Social • Nourish Market • Panera Bread • Pastries by Randolph • Royal Bagel Bakery and Deli • Safeway • Sheila's Sweets • Shilla Bakery • Shoppers Food Warehouse • Silva's Patisserie • South Street Under • Stella's • Bakery • Stephanie the Baker • Sticky Fingers • Sugar Buzz • Sweet City Desserts • The Swiss Bakery • Uptown Bakers • Victoria's Cakery • Vie de France Bakery & Café • Wegmans • Whole Foods • Woodmoor Pastry Shop • Yas Bakery

BEST CUPCAKE SHOP: Georgetown Cupcake

FINALISTS: Alexandria Cupcake • Amphora Bakery • Baked & Wired • Baked by Melissa • Buzz Bakery & Lounge • Confections • Crumbs Bake Shop • Cupcakes Actually • Cupcake Heaven and Café • Holy Ganache, LLC • Home • Lavender Moon Cupcakery • Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery • Lola Cookies & Treats • Occasionally Cake • Red Velvet Cupcakery • Sprinkles Cupcakes • Stephanie the Baker

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT: L’Auberge Chez Francois

FINALISTS: 2941 RestaurantAshby Inn and Restaurant • Big Bowl Fresh Chinese and Thai Restaurants • Brabo • Cantina D'Italia • The Cheesecake Factory • Clyde's • Dak's Grill • Harth - Hilton McLean Tysons Corner • Home • IHOP • Il Pizzico • The Inn at Little Washington • Lightfoot Restaurant • The Melting Pot • Monty's Steakhouse • Morton's The Steakhouse • Mosaic Cuisine & Café • Old Hickory Steakhouse • Ozzie's • Panino Restaurants • Paola's Restaurant • PassionFish • Indigo Landing • Restaurant Eve • Ristorante Bonaroti • Ruth's Chris Steak House • Sweetwater Tavern • Travinia Italian Kitchen • Vermillion Restaurant • Vintage 50 • Willow Restaurant • The Wine Kitchen • The Wine House • Wu's Garden Restaurant • Zentan

BEST CHEAP-EATS RESTAURANT: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

FINALISTS: Anita's • Anthony's Restaurant • Austin Grill • Baja Fresh Mexican Grill • Bob Evans • Buffalo Wing University • Café Luna • California Tortilla • Carrabba's Italian Grill • Cava Mezze Restaurant • Chick-fil-A • Chicken Out Rotisserie • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Church Street Pizza • CiCi's Pizza • Darya Kabob • Denny's Restaurants • Grill Kabob • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales • Eden Center • El Pollo Rico • Elevation Burger • Famous Dave's • Four Sisters Vietnamese Restaurant • T.G.I. Friday's • Good Stuff Eatery • Grevey's Restaurant and Sports Bar • Guapo's • H &Pizza • Hacienda el Paso • The Happy Uncle Chinese Restaurant • Haydee's Restaurants • Home • Huong Viet Restaurant • IHOP • IKEA • The Italian Store • Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine • Jason's Deli • Jimmy's Old Town Tavern • Juke Box Diner • Kabob Palace • Kraze Burgers • La Cocina de Mi Tierra • La Lomita • La Tasca • La Union Restaurant  • The Lebanese Taverna Café • Ledo Pizza • Lost Dog Café • Masala Wok • McDonalds • Mediterranean Breeze • Metro 29 Diner Restaurant • Moby Dick House of Kabob • Moe's Southwest Grill • Noodles & Company • Panera Bread • Pasara Thai • Pei Wei Asian Diner • Perkins Restaurant • Pete's New Haven Style Apizza • Pho 75 • Pie-Tanza • Potbelly Sandwich Shop • Potomac Grill Restaurant • PUPATELLA Neapolitan Pizzeria and Friggitoria • R&R Taqueria • Rawal Kabob Inc • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers • Roti • Ruby Tuesday • Saladworks • Shagga Coffee & Restaurant • Silver Diner • Subway • Sweetwater Tavern • Taco Bell • Taqueria Distrito Federal • Tara Asia Restaurant • Tequila Grande • Tiffin The Indian Kitchen • Tony's New York Pizza • 2 Amys • Uptown Brick Oven Pizza • Vocelli Pizza • Wendy's • Wu's Garden Restaurant • Ya Hala Restaurant • Yu Zhou Cafe • Zapatas True Mexican Food

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: Starbucks

FINALISTS: 7-Eleven • American Bistro and Coffeehouse • Amphora Diner • Bayou Bakery • Beanetics • Big Bear Café • Buzz Bakery & Lounge • Café Amore • Caribou Coffee • Coffeesmith • Crepes-a-Go-Go • Deja Brew Coffee House • Denny's Restaurants • Dunkin' Donuts • FireHook Bakery and Coffeehouse • Firehouse Subs • Great Harvest Bread Company • Green Mountain Coffee • Greenberry's Coffee Co. • Grounded Coffee Shop • Home • IHOP • Javashack Coffee • Katie's Coffee House • King Street Coffee Shop • La Madeleine • Mayorga Coffee • McDonalds • Misha's Coffee • Nordstrom Cafe • Northside Social • Not Your Average Joe's • Open City • Panera Bread • Perk Up • Pound the Hill • Quartermaine Coffee Roasters • RIVERSIDE Columbia • Shagga Coffee & Restaurant • South Street Under • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • Sugar Buzz • M.E. Swing Co. • Wegmans • Whole Foods

BEST FINE DINING WITH KIDS: Wu’s Garden Restaurant

FINALISTS: 2941 Restaurant • Ireland's Four Provinces • Il Fornaio • Artie's • Austin Grill • Bahama Breeze • Bazin's on Church • Blue Duck Tavern • Blue Oceans Izakaya • Bonefish Grill • Café Deluxe • California Pizza Kitchen • The Capital Grille • Carlyle • Carmine's • Chart House Restaurant • The Cheesecake Factory • Chef Geoff's • Chef Tony's of Bethesda • L'Auberge Chez Francois • Clyde's • Coastal Flats • The Counter • Del Ray • Dishes of India • Famous Dave's • Fireside Grill • The Fontina Grille • Franklin's Restaurant • Golden Bull Grand Café • Grafton Street • Guapo's • Home • Jaleos • Romano's Macaroni Grill and Italian Restaurant • Maggiano's Little Italy • Majestic Café • McCormick & Schmicks • The Melting Pot • Mike's American Grill • Mon Ami Gabi • Monmarte • Morrison House • Mrs. K's Toll House Restaurant • Old Ebbitt Grill • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant • Oro Pomodoro • OTANI Japanese Steak & Seafood • Ozzie's
Pasha Café • PassionFish • Pazzo Pomodoro Pizzeria Cantina • Peacock Café • Pie-tanza • Red Lobster • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers • Russia House • Ruth's Chris Steak House • Sakura Japanese Steak House • Seasons 52 • Silver Diner • Silverado • Sweetwater Tavern • Tersiguel's • Thai Noy • Tomate • Travinia Italian Kitchen • 2 Amys • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt • Vintage 50 • Wildfire Restaurants • YAMA • Yamazato Sushi & Spice

BEST ICE CREAM STORE: Cold Stone Creamery

FINALISTS: 16 Handles • Arties • Baskin-Robbins • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream • Fentons Creamery and Restaurant • Bruster's Real Ice Cream • Carmen's Italian Ice • Carvel Ice Cream • South Mountain Creamery • Cornerstone • The Dairy Godmother • Dairy Queen • Dunkin' Donuts • Friendly's • FrozenYo • Gifford's Ice Cream • Häagen-Dazs • Huckleberry Bakery & Café • Kohr's Frozen Custard • Jimmie Cone • Josie's Frozen Yogurt • Kline's Freeze • Larry's Homemade Cupcakes & Ice Cream • Luv+N+Berry • MaggieMoo's • Max's Best Ice Cream • The Meadows Original Frozen Custard • Moorenko's Ice Cream • Nathan's Dairy Bar • Nelson's Ice Cream • Milwaukee Frozen Custard • Petersen's Ice Cream Depot • Pickle Bob's • Pinkberry Handcrafted Yogurt Bar • Pitango Gelato • Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream • Razzle Dairy Bar • Rita's Ice • Scoops • SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier • Sweet City Desserts • SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt • Sweetgreen • TangySweet • Thomas Sweet • Toby's Dinner Theatre • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt • Little Brownie Bakers • Woody's Ice Cream • YOGICASTLE • Yogiberry • York Castle Tropical Ice Cream • Zinga! Frozen Yogurt

BEST KID’S MENU: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

FINALISTS: Arties • Big Bowl Fresh Chinese and Thai Restaurants • Blue Ridge Grill • Bob Evans • Brion's Grille • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant • California Pizza Kitchen • California Tortilla • Chadwick's Restaurants • The Cheesecake Factory • Chick-fil-A • Chipotle Mexican Grill • CiCi's Pizza • Clyde's • Coastal Flats • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant  • Darya Kabob • Denny's Restaurants • The Dogfish Café • Eventide Restaurant  • Facci Italian Restaurant • Famous Dave's • Five Guys Burgers and Fries • Ford's Fish Shack • Friendly's • Glory Days Grill • Guapo's • Home • Hopsfrog Grille • IHOP • Ireland Four Provinces • Johnny Rockets • Juke Box Diner • King Street Blues • La Madeline • Lebanese Taverna • Ledo Pizza • McDonalds • Mimi's Café • Mon Ami Gabi • Not Your Average Joe's • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant • Outback Steakhouse • Ozzie's • Panera Bread • Pei Wei Asian Diner • Pie-Tanza • Red Lobster • Ruby Tuesday • Silver Diner • Squisito Pizza & Pasta • T.G.I. Friday's • Ted's Montana Grill • Uncle Julio's • Uno Chicago Grill • VAPIANO • Wu's Garden Restaurant

BEST OUTDOOR/PATIO DINING: Clyde’s

Clyde’s Restaurant Group started in the 1980’s by John Laytham who purchased a number of antique heavy timber buildings. Whether you live in or are visiting Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland, Clyde's Restaurants are where you'll find a home away from home. Clyde's is a family of restaurants born from a sincere belief that great dining begins with fresh ingredients, friendly people and an unforgettable atmosphere. Visit them and experience the tradition!

FINALISTS: Addie's • American Tap Room • Backyard Grill Restaurant • Bahama Breeze • Bassetts Fine Food and Spirits • The Beautiful South Restaurant • Belga Café • BIG BUNS • Black Market Bistro • Cactus Cantina • California Tortilla • Carlyle • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Choices by Shawn • Coastal Flats • Courtside Thai Restaurant • Coyote Grille • Del Ray • The Dogfish Café • Eggspectation • The Electric Palm Restaurant • Foster's Grille • Grillfish • Guapo's • Home • Fire Works Pizza • Jaelo • Jasmine Café • Kalypsos Sports Tavern • La Madeline • Lebanese Taverna • L'Enfant Café • Lightfoot Restaurant • Logan's Roadhouse • Los Tios Grill • Magnolias at the Mill • Mai Thai • Matchbox • McDonalds • Mediterranean Breeze • Noodles & Company • Not Your Average Joe's • O'Sullivan's Irish Pub • Old Angler's Inn • The Old Brogue • Oro Pomodoro • Panera Bread • Paolo's Ristorante • Primetime Sport Bar and Grille • Rams Head Tavern Savage • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers • Rosa Mexicana • Santini's New York Style Deli • Sugar Buzz • Sweetwater Tavern • Thai Noy • Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant • The V Virginia Eatery and Brew House • Walker's Grill • The Washington Harbour • Westover Market

Best Pizza Delivery: Papa John’s Pizza

FINALISTS: Angelico la Pizzeria • Antonelli's Pizza and Subs • Bella Pizza • Bertucci's Italian Restaurant • Besta Pizza • Broadlands Brickoven Pizzeria • Buon Appetito's NY Pizza • Casa d'Mama • Cugini's Pizza • Deli Italiano Gourmet Pizza & Subs • Domino's Pizza • Donatos Pizza • Duccini's • Flippin' Pizza • The Fox's Den Tavern • Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano • Jimmys NY Pizza • La Villa Roma • Ledo Pizza • Lost Dog Café • Mamma Lucia Restaurant • Manginos Pizza • Manhattan Pizza • Manny & Olgas • McLean Pizza Restaurant • Naked Pizza • Pizza NY Margherita • Paisano's Pizza • Pizza Boli's • Pizza C S • Pizza Hut • Piola • Potomac Pizza • Primo Family Restaurant • Romantica's Pizzeria • Rubino's Pizzeria • Slice of Rockville • Two Chef's Pizza • Upper Crust Pizzeria and Deli • Uptown Brick Oven Pizza • Via Veneto • Vocelli Pizza • We, the Pizza • zpizza

Best Restaurant with a Kid’s Night/Special: Silver Diner

FINALISTS: All American Steak House • Amphora Bakery • Austin Grill • Bob Evans • Brix American Bistro • California Tortilla • Capital Hill Tandoor & Grill • Chick-fil-A • Chicken Out Rotisserie • CiCi's Pizza • Denny's Restaurant • Eggspectation • Fuddruckers • The Green Turtle • Home • IHOP • Jerry's Subs & Pizza • Lucky's Sports Theatre and Grill • Mamma Lucia Restaurant • Matsu Japanese Restaurant • Metro 29 Diner Restaurant • Mexicali Blues • Moe's Southwest Grill • Outback Steakhouse • Pie-tanza • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers • Rustico Restaurant • Sweetwater Tavern • Texas de Brazil • Ziki Japanese Steak House

Your Kids’ Favorite Food: Pizza

FINALISTS: Bacon • Broccoli • Calamari • Cheese  • Cheeseburger • Chick-fil-A   • Chick-fil-A Fries • Chicken Fingers • Chicken Nuggets • Chinese • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Cinnamon Bun • Crab Cakes • Egg Sandwich • French Fries • Fish • Fried Chicken • Grilled Cheese • Hamburger • Happy Meal • Hot Dog • Hummus & Pita • Indian • Italian • Japanese • Ketchup • Key Lime Pie • Lobster • Mac & Cheese • Mussels • Oatmeal • Pad Thai • Pancakes • Pasta • Ribs • Shrimp • Spaghetti • Spicy Chicken • Steak • Sushi • Tacos • Veggie Noodles • Wu's Garden Restaurant

 

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Just For The Fun of It
 
Best Kid’s Party Entertainer: Mad Science
 
FINALISTS: Abrakadoodle • Acting For Young People • Ajax Amusements • Bach to Rock • Banjo Man • Barney • Barry the Magician • Big Country • Birthdays with Breianne • Bobby G Pets Reptile Parties • Bouncy Castle • Bozo the Clown • Broccoli the Clown • Brown Puppets • Child Time Magic • Clown • Dave Bohaska • Dee Vinchey • Disney • DJ Doug Sandler • Michael & Son Sportplex • Elmo • Facepainter • Funfit's Organically Grown Gym • Illusions by Vick • The Jelly Bean Queen • Jingo the Clown • John Henry • Kinderman • Laser Tag • Magician • May's Masquerade LLC • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Mike Rose Magic • Monkey Jumpers • Moon Bounce • Mr. Dirby • Mr. Knick Knack • Mr. Skip • Oh Susannah! • Oops! the Clown • Panther Family Fun Center & Laser Tag • Parents • Party City • Petting Zoo Squeals on Wheels • Petunia the Clown • Pirates on the Chesapeake Bay • Pony Rides • Pump It Up • Rebounderz • Reptile Ron Animal Presentations • Reptile Wonder • Reptiles Alive! • Robbie Shaper • Rocknoceros • Sports Bounce • Storyteller Rita • Superhero for Kids • Sweet Cheeks Bakery • Team Dance • Tommy the Clown • Turley the Magician • Uncle Bob
 
Best Family Boardgame: Monopoly
 
FINALISTS: Allowance Game • Apples 2 Apples • Bananagrams • Busytown • Candy Land • Chess • Chinese Checkers • Chutes & Ladders • Clue • Cranium • Forbidden Island • Gobblet Gobblers • Guess Who? • Hullabaloo • Life • Ninja Versus Ninja • Parcheesi • Pictionary • Qwirkle • Scattergories • Scrabble • Settlers of Catan • Sorry! • Spot It! • Taboo • Telestrations • Ticket to Ride • Trigger • Trivial Pursuit • Trouble • Twister • Wits & Wagers • Yahtzee • Zengo • Zooreka
 
Best Animal at the Zoo: Panda
 
FINALISTS: Ape • Baby Turtle • Birds • Cheetah • Elephant • Giraffe • Gorilla • Grey Seal • Hippo • Horses • Komodo Dragon • Lion • Monkey • Naked Mole Rat • Orangutans • Ostrich • Penguin • Prairie Dogs • Python • Red Panda • Sea Lion • Sloth • Snake • Tigers • White Tiger • Zebras
 
Best Place for a Team Party: Michael & Son SportsPlex
 
If you’re looking to burn off some kid energy while they celebrate with their teammates, our “Best Place for a Team Party” – The Michael & Son SportsPlex - is the place to be! They feature a large indoor sports arena where they host sports classes, camps, leagues, and PARTIES! all year round. There are two local facilities - Sterling, VA and Rockville, MD. The facilities are climate-controlled for comfort during whatever weather the DC area dishes out. Your team party won’t be called on account of rain…ever. The best part for parents is that you’ll have nothing more to do for your party than show up. The guests will have food, drinks, cake – and tons of sports fun. The Michael & Son SportsPlex staff hosts the kids through activities that include Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Kickball, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Capture the Flag and/or Inflatables! You’ll be throwing the team’s favorite party without having to “un-break” the sweat you should work up by playing along with the kids!
 
FINALISTS: Ajax Amusements • Amphora Bakery • Angie's Restaurant • Anthony's - Falls Church • Applebee's • Bach to Rock • Baseball Stadium • Bertucci's • Bowl America • Bowling • Bounce U • Burke Lake Park • Burke Racquet Club • Cameron Run Regional Park • Carmen's • Chick-fil-A • Chipotle • Chuck E Cheese • CiCi's Pizza • Dave & Buster's • Five Guys Burgers and Fries • Fort Hunt National Park • Foster's Grille • Frozen Rope • Fuddruckers • Generous George • Glory Days Grill • Go Ape • Guapo's - Shirlington • Hank's • Home • International House of Pancakes • Imagination Stage • J W Tumbles • Joe's Pizza • Jumping Jack Sports • King Pinz • Language Stars • Laser Nation • Laser Tag • Ledo Pizza • Lee Park • Lost Dog Café • Lucky Strike • Lucia's Authentic Italian Ristorante • Madison Community Center • Mcgills Munchkins Daycare • McLean Community Center • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Olive Garden • Panther Family Fun Center & Laser Tag • Park Rec Center • Pev's Paintball • Pizza Hut • Pool • Potomac Pizza • Princess Mhoon Dance Institute • Pump It Up • Rebounderz • Rock Climbing • Rubino's Pizzeria • Santini's New York Style Deli • Shadowland Adventures • Smithsonian's National Zoo • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • Stained Glass Pub • Two Chefs Pizza • Ultra Zone • Woodley Gardens
 
Best Family Movie in 2012: Brave

FINALISTS: The Adventures of Tintin • Alvin & the Chipmunks • The Avengers • The Croods • Despicable Me • Dolphin Tale • Escape from Planet Earth • Finding Nemo 3D • Frankenweenie • The Hobbit • Hotel Transylvania • Hugo • The Hunger Games • Ice Age: Continental Drift • Iron Man 2 • John Carter • Les Misérables • Life of Pi • Lincoln • The Lorax • Madagascar • Magic Mike • Mary Poppins • Mirror Mirror • Odd Life of Timothy Green • Parental Guidance • Rise of the Guardians • Skyfall • Spy Kids • Star Wars • Tangled • Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings • Toy Story 3 • Twilight • Wreck-It Ralph

Best Festival or Celebration for Families
: National Cherry Blossom Festival


FINALISTS: Abbey Road on the River • Adams Morgan Day • Alexandria Waterfront Festival • Annandale Fall Festival • Arlington County Fair • Arts Alive • Artscape • Asian Festival • Big Apple Circus • Black Family Reunion • Bluemont Fair • Boo at the Zoo • Book Fair • Book Festival • Burke Fall Festival • Celebrate Fairfax! Festival • Celebrate Mama! • Chinese New Year • Christmas • Circus • Claude Moore Colonial Farm • Columbia Pike Blues Festival • Common Ground on the Hill • Cox Farms Fall Festival • Dance DC Festival • Del Ray Arts Festival • Del Ray Halloween Parade • Dinosaur Day Science Fest • Disney • Diwali • Early Childhood Center Family Picnic • Easter Egg Hunt • Eid • Fall for Fairfax KidsFest • Falls Church Greek Festival • Fairfax City Independence Day Celebration • Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival • Fairfax Fall Festival • Farmers Market • Firefly Music Festival  • First Night Virginia • Flowermart • Fourth of July • Gaithersburg Book Festival • Great Falls Tree Lighting • Halloween • Hamilton Day • Haymarket Day • Herndon Festival • Holi • Hometown Holidays • International Children's Festival • International Festival • Kensington Labor Day Parade & Festival • Kentlands Day • Kinderfest • Lake Accotink Park Cardboard Boat Regatta • Little Tots • Marker-Miller Orchards Pick-Your-Own Apples • Maryland Faerie Festival • Maryland Renaissance Festival • Maryland Seafood Festival • McLean Day • Montgomery County Agricultural Fair • Mount Vernon • National Book Festival • National Harbor • New Years Eve • Reston Town Center • Richmond Folk Festival • Russian Winter Festival • Scottish Christmas Walk • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival • Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest • Shirlington Halloween • Six Flags Fright Fest • Smithsonian Folklife Festival • Smithsonian Kite Festival • State Fair of Virginia • Sweetlife Festival • Taste of Arlington • Taste of Reston • Thanksgiving • Virginia Gold Cup • Viva Vienna • Washington DC St. Patrick's Day Parade • Yellow Balloon Fair • Zoo Lights • Zoofari
 
Best Party Store or Rentals: Party City

FINALISTS: AC Moore • Arlington Team • Brooke Rentals • Capital Rentals • Central Virginia Rental • Dollar Tree • Michael & Son Sportplex • Economy Party Supplies & Costumes • Etsy • Gaithersburg Party Rentals • Great Kids Village • iParty • Michael's • Moon Bounce • Oriental Trading • Parties for Less • Party America • The Party Company • Party Depot Store • Party Mania • Party Rental • The Party Store • Party Warehouse • Rent-All Center • Rentals Unlimited • Shindigz • Tropical Trolley • USA Party Rentals • Wal-Mart • Zurchers

Best Place to Have A Birthday Party:
Rebounderz


FINALISTS: Acting for Young People • Adventureland Amusement Park • Adventure Theatre MTC • Ajax Amusements • All About A Girl • American Girls • Amphora Bakery • Arlington Cinema • Ashburn Ice Rink • Bach to Rock • Baskin Robbins • BounceU • Bowl America • Bowling Alley • Bowlmor Lanes • Build-A-Bear • Burke Lake Park • Burke Racquet Club • Bush Tabernacle • California Pizza Kitchen • Carlin Hall Recreation Center • Charles Houston Recreation Center • Chick-fil-A • Chuck E Cheese • Clay Café Chantilly • Color Me Mine • Cookie Ride • Country Inn & Suites • Croyden Creek Nature Center • Curiosity Zone • Dave & Buster's • Dulles Gymnastics • Dynamite Gym • Fairfax County Recreation Center • Fort Belvoir Bowling Alley • Fort Hunt Park • Fuddrucker's • Funfit's Organically Grown Gym • Gainesville Ballet • Glenn Dale Splash Park • Gymboree Play & Music • Gymini Gymnastics • Home • House of Bounce • Imagination Stage • International Spy Museum • J W Tumbles • Jeepers • Jump Zone • Jumpin' Jack's Indoor Family Fun Center • Kensington Volunteer Fire Department • King Pinz • Language Stars • Laser Quest • Laser Tag • Laser Zone • Ledo's Pizza • Little Gym • Locust Grove Nature Center • Loudoun Gymnastics • Maymont • McLean Community Center • Medieval Times • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Mini Golf • Moorenko's Ice Cream • Movies • Michael & Son SportsPlex • My Gym • Northern Virginia Fencing Academy • Panther Family Fun Center & Laser Tag • Park • Pev's Paintball • Pirates on the Chesapeake Bay • Playseum • Pool • Potomac Bean Company • Princess Mhoon Dance Institute • Pump It Up • Red Gate Farm • Rock Wall Climbing • Michael & Son SportsPlex Rockville • Sandy Springs Adventure Park • Shadowland Adventures • Silver Stars Gymnastics • Smithsonian National Zoo • Sport & Health • Sport Bounce of Loudoun Sportrock Climbing Centers • Tagaloo • Tiny Dancers • Tom's Laser Tag • Topkick • Tuckahoe Recreation Club • Ultra Zone Laser Tag • Upton Hill Regional Park Mini Golf • Vis Arts • The Water Park at Bohrer Park • Wheaton Regional Park • Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

Best Place to Meet Other Moms:
School


FINALISTS: 4 Rs Preschool • Music Together Classes • Bach to Rock • Baseball Games • Ballet Class • Bible Study • Birthday Parties • Blogs • Book Clubs • Boys & Girls Clubs of America • Chick-fil-A • Church • Coffee Shop • Community Center • Community Classes • Dave & Buster's • M&S SportsPlex • Farmers Market • Flow Yoga Center • FunFit Organically Grown Gym • Kid Zone in Gainesville • Girl Scouts of America • Great Play • Greenberries • Grocery Store • Grounded Coffee Shop • Gym • Gymboree Play & Music •¡Hola Baby! • Hospital Groups • Imagination Stage • JW Tumbles • Kidwell Farm • Language Stars • Library • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • Mall • Maymont Park • McLean Community Center • Meetup.com • Meetup Groups • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Mom & Me • International MOMS Club • Moms of Northern Arlington • Mothers of Preschoolers • Mosaic District • Natural Approach to Parenting • Smithsonian's National Zoo • Nordstrom • NoVaMommies.com • Nysmith School • Panera Bread • Park • Playdates • Playground • Pool • Preschool • PTA • School of Rock • Society Fair • Spa • Sport & Health • Starbucks • Story Time - District of Columbia Public Library • Stroller Strides • Tender Roots • Tiny Dancers • Tysons Corner Center • Work • Working Mother Events • YMCA
 
 
 

 
 
People


Best Mom Blogger:
Capitally Frugal DC

FINALISTS: A Family Grokumentary • A Parent in Silver Spring • Bonjour Mama • Brenda Hyde • Crappy Pictures • Gluten Free Girl and the Chef • The Honest Toddler • Knight's Castle • Micaela Williamson • Momastery • Not Your Average Mom • ONE FIT MOM • The Pioneer Woman • Rants from MommyLand • Real Housewives of Northern Virginia • Sarah Grosjean • small house, big picture • Super NoVA Mommy • Teacher Tom • The Meanest Momma • The Music Momma • Thrifty Loudoun County • Wendy O'Neil • Around My Family Table • DullesMoms.com • Fairfax Family Fun • Plugged In - Janell Burley Hofmann • Koofie's Natural Living • Our Kids Activities and Resources • Wired Momma

Best Dentist or Orthodontist:
Dr. Robert S. Morgenstein


FINALISTS: Dr. R. Marshall Ackerman • Dr. Abbas K. Ahrabi • Apt Orthodontics • Dr. Jeffrey K. Arbuckle • Arlington Center for Dentistry • Ashburn Children's Dentistry • Dr. Jennifer Ashton • Dr. Angela L. Austin • Dr. Alan Bagden • Dr. Girish Banaji • Dr. Luis Barr • Dr. Kusay Barakat • Dr. Michael Bassiri • Dr. Greg Bath • Dr. Harold J. Berman • Dr. Ruby Ann E. Bisson • Dr. Amanda E. Brown • Dr. Carol Wooddell • Dr. Darlene Byrd • Dr. Cheryl F. Callahan • Dr. Robert D. Camps • Dr. Eugene B. Casagrande • Dr. Casey Todd • Dr. Daniel E. Cassidy • Dr. Carol S. Chang • Children's Dentistry of Oakton • Dr. William Crutchfield • Dr. Jeffrey S. Davis • Dr. Jayne E. Delaney • The Dental Spa • Dr. Richard F. Donohue • Dr. Frank Dunne • Dr. Lynda Dean-Duru • Dr. Paul Ellington • Dr. Michael Ellis • Dr. Duane Erickson • Fairfax Dental Center • Fallsgrove Center for Dentistry • Dr. Raymund Favis • Dr. Mark B. Fischer • Dr. Harold Frank • Dr. Frederick S. Fritz • Dr. Ashkan Ghaffari • Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry • Dr. Sarah Ganjavi • Dr. Wanda F. Garrett • Gateway Dental • Dr. Ali Ghatri • Dr. Kenneth Giberson • Dr. Mark E. Golub • Dr. Steve W. Goozh • Dr. Gary Greenspan • Dr. Dana S. Greenwald • Dr. David S. Groy • Dr. Han Tot-That • Dr. Alan R. Heller • Dr. Heidi Herbst • Dr. Maryram Honakar • Dr. Joseph Hsu • Dr. Tawann P. Jackson • Dr. Steven Johnson • Dr. Said M. Khalefa • Kids Pediatric Dental • Kids Super Smiles • Dr. Rodney J. Klima • Dr. Jeffrey Klioze • Dr. Paul H. Kravitz • Dr. Alice Lau • Dr. Randy Lazear • Dr. Scott H. Leaf • Dr. Edwin J. Lee • Let's Smile! Orthodontics for All • Dr. Joseph Lopez • Dr. Juan C. Loza • Dr. Mark Luposello • Dr. Stephen A. Mabry • Dr. Saman Madani • Dr. Roger Marcellin • Dr. Jennifer B. Matelis • Dr. Kevin McGrath • Dr. Lezley McIlveen • Dr. Nkosana Mgidi • Dr. David R. Miller • NOVA Pediatric Dentistry • Dr. Nicholas A. Muss • Dr. Niloo • Dr. Kirk Norbo • Northern VA Orthodontics • Dr. Stephen M. Oates • Dr. Carol M. Orlando • Dr. Gregory J. Ozark • Dr. Hilary K. Pandak • Dr. Nicholas Papageorgiou • Dr. Ximena Pareja • Dr. Fariba Paryavi • Dr. Richard Peyser • Dr. Phuong Phan • Dr. D. Timothy Pike • Dr. Roya Pilcher • Dr. Mariano A. Pollack • Dr. Kris Popli • Potomac Dental Center • Dr. Mehdy Rad • Dr. Christine M. Reardon • Dr. Thomas C. Roberts • Roca Family Dentist • Dr. James Ronis • Dr. Jack Rosenburg • Dr. James M. Ryan • Dr. Gordon Rye • Dr. Robert Sears • Dr. Sal Selvaggio • Dr. Paul Z. Seville • Dr. Peter M. Sheehan • Dr. Jeffrey Sisel • Small Smiles • Smileville • Dr. Nadine Soga • Springfield Healthy Smile • Dr. Stephen St. Louis • Stone Ridge Dental Care • Sunshine Dentists • Dr. Ralph Swiger • Dr. Stephen Tisseront • Dr. Cris Ann Ternisky • Dr. Michael Ternisky • Dr. Mark L. Tummarello • Dr. David Urban • Dr. Thomas Vaccaro • Virginia Dental Solutions • Dr. Anthony Viscomi • Dr. Brittany Vo • Dr. Yolanda Weaver • Dr. Richard Whittington • Dr. Valerie Woo • Dr. Chi-Tsai Yeh

Best Local Family Friendly Company (and tell us why):

Acting for Young People - Kids have a blast, so much growth in a little time, super accomodating, values they share, their dedication to caring for the kids
Acting for Young People - So much growth in little time
Acting for Young People - Super accommodating
Acting for Young People - The values they share
Acting for Young People - Their dedication to caring for the kids


FINALISTS: Chick-fil-A - Awesome customer service & indoor playground • Denny's - Free kid's meal and great food • Dr. Bomma Sanni - Customer service • Fireworks Leesburg - Great & friendly service • IKEA - Kid's play area • Lego • Pioneer Tech - Flextime • Santinis • Trader Joe's - Staff personable • Uptown Pizza - They're so kind to families!

Best Financial Planner:
David D. Greene


FINALISTS: Ameriprise Financial • Farah Broom • Matthew Carroccio • Charles Schwab • Citigroup • CJM Wealth Advisors, Ltd. • Dan Easley • Edelman Financial Services • Edward Jones Investments • Mario Gabalda • H&R Block • Halpern Financial, Inc. • Mariah de Haven • David Hurwitz • Knights of Columbus • Charles Lewis • Hanane Lemlih • Liberty Financial • Gail Maidenbaum • Francisco Martinez • John McKnight • Chris Palmer • Primerica • Mark Rizzo • Nicholas Serenyi • Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc. • Derek Tinnin • Parker G. Trasborg, CFP • UBS Financial Services • USAA • Jeff Zures

Best Veterinarian:
Banfield Pet Hospital


FINALISTS: Aldie Veterinary • VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital • Ashburn Village Animal Hospital • Ballston Animal Hospital • Best Friends' Veterinary Hospital • Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates • Dr. Jason Bollenbeck • Dr. Erwin Bondareff • Dr. Bugin • Burke Veterinary Clinic • Dr. Eric Chafetz • Caring Hands Animal Hospital • Dr. Marco Castro • Cat & Dog Hospital of Columbia • A Cat Practice • Centreville Animal Hospital • Chantilly Animal Hospital • Clocktower Animal Hospital • College Park Veterinary Hospital • Deepwoods Veterinary • Dominion Animal Hospital • Falls Church Animal Hospital • Flower Valley Veterinary Clinic • Fort Hunt Animal Hospital • Gaithersburg Animal Hospital • Germantown Veterinary Clinic & Pet Resort • Great Falls Animal Hospital • Hayfield Animal Hospital • Indian Head Animal Hospital • Lake Forest Animal Hospital • Laytonsville Vet • Leesburg Veterinary Hospital • Lynn Animal Hospital, Inc. • McLean Animal Hospital • Montgomery Village Animal Hospital • Montrose Animal Health Center • Muddy Branch Veterinary Center • Nebel St Animal Hospital • Northern Virginia Veterinary Associates • Old Mill Veterinary Hospital and Rehabilitation • Parkway Veterinary Clinic • Pender Vet • Pet Lovers Animal Hospital • Petvacx • Potomac Animal Hospital • Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort & Spa • TLC Vet Care • Town & Country Animal Hospital • Stonewall Veterinary Clinic • Union Vet Clinic • University Veterinary Clinic

Best Local Hero/Heroine:
Firemen


FINALISTS: Chairman Sharon Bulova • Captain America • Robert Griffin III • Griffin Kane • Mary Lechter • Reda Maaty • Sean McGorty • Military Personnel • Mohamed Mounir • Alex Ovechkin • Police • Bob Simon

Person I Wish Would Run for President (or political office):
Hillary Clinton


FINALISTS: Chairman Sharon Bulova • Chris Christie • George Clooney • Dad • Mary Lechter • Amira Maaty • Mom • Michelle Obama • Condoleeza Rice • Marco Rubio • Snoopy • Bruce Springsteen • Mark Warner • Oprah

Best Morning DJ:
Kane - The Kane Show


FINALISTS: Jerry & Blanca • Yolanda Adams • Jack Diamond • Elliot in the Morning • Steve Harvey • Tony Kornheiser • Lou & Marilyn • NPR • Russ Parr • Scott and Sam • Steve & Larry • Tommy McFly - The Tommy Show • WTOP

Best Afternoon/Evening DJ:
Michael Baisden


FINALISTS: Delilah • Carson Daly • Terry Gross • Kruz • NPR • Ryan Seacrest • Soundwave Entertainment • Alison Starling • WMZQ • WTOP

Best Female News Anchor:
Doreen Gentzler


Our “Best Female News Anchor” is Doreen Gentzler, who anchors NBC4’s News4 at 6 and 11 pm. She’s got the spunk and quick wit that makes us love to tune in each night. Doreen is truly a local family favorite – born in DC, educated in Arlington – she’s an expert on our area. Born and bred. Now she and husband Bill Miller are raising their kids, Christopher and Carson, in Chevy Chase. From her home base, she gets to travel all over the world for her job – she’s taken us “with” her to Bosnia, Ecuador, the Persian Gulf.  She’s also taken us into hospital operating rooms during her award winning NBC 4 Health segments. We’re glad she’s the woman-on-the-ground during some of her adventures. We watch and learn from a safe distance. Doreen also brings us the latest on medical breakthroughs and cutting edge technology while being the stations’ spokesperson for health related community outreach activities. FAMILY Magazine is honored to work with Doreen on the NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo. 


FINALISTS: Erin Burnett • Liz Crenshaw • Maureen Gensler • Barbara Harrison • Pat Lawson Muse • Rachel Maddow • Wendy Rieger • Diane Sawyer • Allison Seymour • Sarah Simmons • Alison Starling • Eun Yang

Best Male News Anchor:
Brian Williams


FINALISTS: Brian Bolter • Arch Campbell • Anderson Cooper • Aaron Gilchrist • Leon Harris • Doug Kammerer • Matt Lauer • Wisdom Martin • Gordon Peterson • Jon Stewart • Jim Vance • Peter Williams

Best Local Athlete:
Robert Griffin III – RGIII


Robert Griffin III was born in 1990 and nicknamed “RG3” is a quarterback for the Redskins. He played college football for Baylor University and won the 2011 Heisman Trophy. He was selected by the Redskins with the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and won the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is engaged to Rebecca Liddicoat and plans to marry this July! He is a protestant Christian who is known for making the sign of the cross after big plays. Parents Jackie and Robert were sergeants in the US Army, military brat. RG3 has two older sisters Jihan and De’Jon. He was a track star, but his first love was football.


FINALISTS: Bryce Harper • Ryan Kerrigan • Alexander Ovechkin • Stephen Strasburg • Michael Weiss • Ryan Zimmerman

Best Realtor
Gift Hughes


FINALISTS: Andy Alderdice • Wendy Banner • Jill Barsky • Dawn Squires Bell • Jodi Bentley • Laura Biederman • Sheryll Bruder • Mary Calderwood • Todd Cerino • Debbie Dogrul • Jeanne Dorsett • Lauryn Eadie • Pearl Erber • Jane Fairweather • Sarah Funt • Pat Flynn • Meredith Fogle • Jim Gaskill • Deborah Gaynord • Kristen Gerlach • Fran Gianaris • Carol Greco • Lisa Goodfriend • Sue Goodhart • Margie Halem • Karen Hall • GiGi Hanna • Becky Hanrahan • Lillian Jorgensen • Jennifer Justice • Billy Kinberg • Scott Koval • Denise Longo • Jeff Lin • Davidson B. Lunger • Michael Mayes • Gloria Mayfield-Banks • Barbara McAlpine • Tori McKinney • Susan Mertz • Greta Nicoletti • Nora Partlow • Marcel Ratnavale • Krista Ripper • Cheryl Shier • Teddy Sonner • Emily Stollar • Kathy Trainor • David Unterman • Megan Wasinger • Lori Wertz •  Hans Wydler • Steve Wydler

Best Allergy or Asthma Doctor:
Dr. Athena Economides


FINALISTS: Dr. Oral Alpan • Dr. Sally Bailey • Dr. Avneet K. Bawa • Dr. Gary J. Bergman • Dr. Willie C. Blair • Dr. Jyothi Gadde • Dr. Karen Hermansen • Dr. Eric Furst • Dr. Derek K. Johnson • Dr. Sunil Kapoor • Dr. Jenny L. Kelty • Dr. Theodore Kim • Dr. Huamin Henry Li • Dr. Richard C. Loria •Dr. Michael Nathan • Dr. Ram Nimmagadda • Dr. Talal M. Nsouli • The Pediatric Lung Center • Dr. Steven Pence •Dr. Charles Reed • Dr. Richard R. Rosenthal • Dr. Shira H. Rubinstein • Dr. Sonia Salgado • Dr. Donna L. Schuster • Dr. John Simpson • Dr. Mark A. Soltany • Dr. Thai-Kemprowski • Washington ENT • Dr. Martha White • Dr. Robert Wood

Best OB/GYN:
Capital Women's Care Centers


FINALISTS: About Women OB/GYN • Dr. Glenna Andersen • Annapolis OB-GYN • Dr. Patricia Bannon • Dr. Diane Barrett • Dr. Tobie Beckerman • Dr. Jeffrey Bell • Dr. Steven Behram • Dr. Kenneth Blank • Dr. Megan E. Breen • Dr. Robert Russell Bridges • Dr. Nan Coleman • Dr. William Cooper • Dr. Gloria Ivey-Crowe • Dr. Mary E. Cutting • Dr. Mary Delaney • Dr. Deanna DeRusso • Dr. John Doppelheurer • Dr. Wendy Dotson • Dr. David Downing • Dr. Jeffrey Elliott • Dr. Janice J. Emery • Dr. Mark Esposito • Fair Ridge OB/GYN Associates • Fairfax OB-GYN Associates • Dr. Evelyn S. Felluca • Dr. Cheryl A. Ferrier • Dr. Nicolae Filipescu • Dr. Richard Footer • Dr. Robert Footer • Foxhall OB/GYN Associates • Dr. Sarita Gopal • Great Falls OBGYN Associates • Greenbriar OBGYN • Dr. Virginia Hackenberg • Dr. Nancy Hafner • Dr. Camilla Hersh • Dr. Kristina Hibshman • Dr. Walter J. Hodges • Dr. Kara Jefferies • Dr. Richard Jenet • Dr. James P. Kacedan • Dr. Amy Kesselman • Dr. Samir Al Khouri • Dr. Cindy A. Kinder • Lake Manassas Women's Health Associates • Dr. Bai O. Lee • Loudoun Community Midwives • Dr. Darya B. Maanavi • Dr. John Marlow • Dr. Tom Martin • Dr. Julian Martinez • Dr. Karen R. Maser • Dr. Lino Montilla • Dr. Kirstiaan L. Nevin • Dr. Barbara Nies • OBGyn Associates of Northern Virginia • Dr. Maureen O'Regan • Physicians & Midwives • Phyicians for ObGyn Care • Dr. Jane Piness • Dr Gustavo Rossi • Dr. Jennifer Santiago • Dr. William Scott • Signature OB/GYN • Dr. Heather Sine • Dr. Nicky Singh • Dr. Denita F. Speyer • Dr. Annemarie A. Spooner • Dr. William Stern • Dr. Chauncey Stokes • Dr. Jean-Giles Tchabo • Tepeyac Family Center • Dr. Paul Tudder • Virginia Women's Health • Washington Women's Wellness Center • Dr. Andrea Williams • Dr. Kathy Wolf • Women's Health Associates • Women Physicians of Northern Virginia • Dr. Eleanor Yoon • Dr. Jamie Zaita

Best Pediatrician:
Virginia Pediatric Group


FINALISTS: Advanced Pediatrics • All Pediatrics • Children's Medical Associates • Dr. Vincent P. Ascrizzi • Dr. Bassam Atiyeh • Dr. Maureen T. Banta • Dr. Amin Barakat • Dr. Zaneb Beams • Dr. Gary J. Bergman • Dr. Shuchi V. Bhatt • Dr. William Incatasciato • Dr. Erwin A. Bondareff • Dr. Leah F. Brasch • Dr. Barbara J. Brynelson • Dr. Brigitte Burgett • Pediatrics in Burke • Capitol Medical Group • Dr. Michael Caplan • Dr. Catherine Casey • Children First Pediatrics • Dr. Sandy Chung • Dr. Deborah Clapp • Children's National Medical Center • Dr. Charles P. Coggeshall • Dr. Jason Cooper • Dr. Maura Cooper • Dr. Lisa M. Crim • Dr. John L. Curry • Dr. Wayne Eriksson • Fairfax Family Practice • Fairfax Pediatric Associates • Dr. Nicholas J. Farrell • Dr. Douglas E. Feldman • Dr. Paula Fergusson • Dr. Daniel Finkelstein • Dr. Martin Forman • Dr. June Fusner • Dr. Mesfin Gebremichael • Dr. Frank Giancola • Dr. Sandra Groeber • Haymarket Pediatrics • Dr. Ann Hellerstein • Dr. Lisa Hill • Dr. Amanda Higginson • Dr. Steven Hirsch • Dr. Jacqueline Hoang • Dr. Michael Hopper • Dr. Harry H. Huang • Dr. Bradley Hunter • Dr. Ranjana Jain • Dr. Ingrid Johnson • Dr. Nancy Kadowitz • Dr. Evan Karp • Dr. Lisa Kelly • Dr. Charanjit Khurana • Kids First Pediatrics • The Kidz Docs Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine • Dr. Nancy Kim • Dr. Meghann Kirk • Dr. Kimberly Kolb • Dr. David Leonard • Dr. Ruyssell Libby • Dr. Richard Lorenz • Loudoun Pediatrics • Dr. Kathleen Lundgren • Dr. Krishna Madiraju • Dr. Joel Madrid • Manassas Pediatrics • Dr. Michelle Barnes Marshall • Dr. Misha Martin • Dr. Serence Barmada-Mazid • Dr. Julie McAndrews • Dr. Trish McDade • Dr. Bryan McEachern • Dr. Karen McElfish • Dr. Marjorie McKnight • Dr. Robbie Moyer • Dr. Lynne Myers • Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates • Dr. Kelsey O'Brien • Dr. Hanita Oh-Tan • Dr. Sue Park • Parker Pediatrics • Pediatric Care of Rockville • The Pediatric Group, PC • Pediatric Partners of Northern Virginia • Pediatric Associates of Alexandria • Dr. Marc Plescia • Dr. Patricia Rappaport • Dr. William Rees • Dr. Michele Reilly • Reston Pediatrics • Dr. Benjamin Reynolds • Dr. David Rubio • Dr. Vojislava Russo • Dr. Richard Schwartz • Dr. Shannon Price • Shady Grove Pediatric Associates • Dr. Steve Silvestro • South Riding Family Medicine • South Riding Pediatrics • Dr. John W. Staniford • Dr. Stacey H. Staats • Dr. Sandra Takai • Dr. Anuradha Takanti • Dr. Chau Thiede • Union Mill Pediatrics • Dr. Karin R. Varblow • Dr. Dana Wollney • Dr. Debra A. Zeh

Best Weight Loss Program or Doctor:
Weight Watchers


FINALISTS: The 17 Day Diet • AdvoCare • Atkins • Dr. Beale's Medical Weight Loss • Boot Camp • Eating Less • Exercise • INOVA Fairfax Hospital • Jenny Craig • Medifast • P90X Workout • Sensa Weight Loss System • Jase Simmons • SparkPeople • The Worx by Maia

Best Wellness Program or Doctor:
Dr. Newton Lee


FINALISTS: AdvoCare • Dr. Kirsten Grove • Meditation • United Wellness Center


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Places

Best Beach:
Ocean City, MD


FINALISTS: Amelia Island, FL • Assateague Island National Seashore • The Bahamas • Bethany Beach, DE • Buckroe Beach, VA • Cape May, NJ • Captiva Island, FL • Chesapeake Bay • Chincoteague, VA • Cocoa Beach, FL • Coronado, CA • Costa Rica • Daytona Beach, FL • Dewey Beach, DE • Duck, NC • Emerald Isle, NC • Fire Island, NY • Florida Panhandle • Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos • Grand Cayman • Hatteras Island, NC • Hawaii • Hilton Head Island, NC • Jersey Shore • Kailua, Oahu Beach, HI • Kauai, HI • Kiawah Island, SC • Ludington, MI • Maui, HI • Miami Beach, FL • Myrtle Beach, SC • Nags Head, NC • Napili Bay, Maui, HI • Naples, FL • Newport, CA • Oak Island, NC • Ocean City, NJ • Outer Banks, NC • Rabbit Beach, Sicily • Rehobeth Beach, DE • Saint Tropez, France • Sandbridge, VA • Sanibel Island, FL • Santa Cruz, CA • Seabrook Island, SC • Seaside, NJ • Siesta Key, FL • St. Johns • Turks and Cacios • Vero Beach, FL • Vieques, PR • Virginia Beach, VA • Waikiki, HI • Wingaersheek Beach, MA


Best Resort:
Walt Disney World


FINALISTS: Amelia Island • Atlantis, Bahamas Barcelo Deluxe, Mexico • Big White Ski Resort • Bishops Lodge, NM • Breakers • Coco Key • Dreams Resort • Four Seasons • Gaylord at National Harbor • Great Wolf Lodge • Greenbriar • The Homestead • Kapula Hawaii • La Concha• Lansdowne Resort • Martha's Vineyard • Massanutten • Maui Sands • Paradise Island • Ritz-Carlton Naples • Sanderling • Sea Island • Snowshoe • Tulemar, Costa Rica • Vero Beach Resort • Virginia Beach • Wintergreen • Wisp

Best Day Trip (Outside Our Area):
Williamsburg, VA


FINALISTS: Annapolis • Baltimore   • Baltimore Aquarium • Busch Gardens • Charlottesville, VA • Chesapeake Bay • Columbus Zoo • Frederick, MD • Front Royal • Gettysburg • Great Country Farms • Great Wolf Lodge • Harper's Ferry • Harrisonburg • Hershey Park • Kings Dominion • Lake Anna, VA • Lancaster County • Leesburg, VA • Longwood Gardens • Luray Caverns • Massanutten Water Park • Medieval Times • Middleburg • National Childrens Museum, National Harbor • National Harbor • Natural Bridge • New York City • Ocean City • Philadelphia • Richmond • St. Michaels • Sandy Springs Adventure Park • Sesame Place • Shenandoah Valley • Skyline Drive • Smith Mountain Lake • Washington, DC • Whitetail

Best Local Winery:
Breaux Vineyards

 
So we know how to pick ‘em when it comes to Wineries. Our “Best Local Winery” is Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, VA. Southern Living Magazine agrees with our smart moms and dads who voted for Breaux – they say “none (in Virginia) exceeds Breaux’s quality across the full spectrum of reds and whites.” Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous scenery that accompanies the great Breaux wines. Breaux vineyards have nineteen different grape varieties planted on one hundred acres that extend up the Short Hill Mountain. Such a great day trip – the tasting room will make you believe Napa and the Mediterranean have come together just to please you and yours. The estate is breathtaking and has even become a favorite local party and wedding destination.

FINALISTS: 868 Estate Vineyards • Barboursville Vineyards • Barrel Oak Winery • Black Ankle Vineyards • Bluemont Vineyard • Boordy Vineyards • Boxwood Estate Winery • Cardinal Point Winery • Casanel Vineyards • Château Morrisette Winery • Chateau O'Brien • Chrysalis Vineyards • Crushed Cellars • Doukenie Winery • Fabbioli Cellars • Fox Meadow Winery • Hidden Brook Winery • Hillsborough Vineyards • Horton Vineyards • King Estate Winery • Linden Vineyards • Lions Gate Cellars • Loudoun Valley Vineyards • Mediterranean Cellars • Molon Lave Vineyards • Narmada Winery • North Gate Vineyard • Notaviva Vineyards • Oakton Wine Shop • Paradise Springs Winery • Pearmund Cellars • Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard • Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery • Quattro Goomba Winery • Sunset Hills Vineyard • Tarara Winery • Three Fox Vineyards • Tuscarora Mountain Winery • Wild Wood Vineyard & Winery • The Winery at Bull Run • The Winery at Iron Gate Farm • Winery at La Grange • The Winery at Olney

Best Place for a Moms Night Out:
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse


FINALISTS: Aida's Bistro • Artie's • Bar • Bobby McKey's • Bonefish Grill • BRX • Bungalow Billiards • Busboys and Poets • Buffalo Wild Wings • Café Citron DC • Capital City Brewing Company • Casanel Vineyards • Cava Mezze Restaurant • The Cheesecake Factory • Chef Geoff's • Chic Physique LLC • Clarendon Grill • Clay Café Chantilly • Clyde's • Co Co Sala Restaurant and Chocolate Boutique • Cookology • DC • Denny's • Dirty Martini • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales • Dupont Circle • Earth Treks Climbing Center • Fairfax Corner • Fast Eddies' Sports and Billiards • Georgetown • Great American Restaurants • Ireland's Four Provinces • The Iron Bridge Wine Company • Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge • Kilroys Restaurant & Sports Bar • King Pinz • La Sandia • La Tasca • Matchbox • The Melting Pot • Midtown DC • Mike's Crab House • Mon Ami Gabi • Mosaic District • Movies • Mrs. K's Restaurant • National Children's Museum • National Harbor • Nick's Night Club • Not Your Average Joe's • Old Town Alexandria • Ozzie's Corner Italian • Paradise Springs Winery • Parallel Wine Bistro • Park • PassionFish • Pizzeria Orso • The Pottery Stop • Quattro Goomba Winery • Restaurant • Reston Town Center • Rockville Town Center • Rustico • Shirlington • Spa • Starbucks • Stone's Cove Kitbar • Sugar Buzz • T.G.I. Friday's • Tyson's Corner Mall • Ultrazone • Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant  • Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro • VisArts • The Wine Harvest • The Wine House • The Wine Kitchen • Wine Styles • Winery • Winery at Bull Run • Zaytinya • Zentan

Best Meetup for Moms Group:
Starbucks


FINALISTS: Bach to Rock • Book Club • Burke Lake Park • Busboys and Poets • Cactus Cantina • Church • Early Childhood Center Playground • Fairfax Corner • Greenberries • Grounded Coffee Shop • Home • House of Steep • International MOMS Club • Ireland's Four Provinces • Language Stars • Library • Mall • Mamas Latinas Unidas • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens • Mothers of North Arlington • MOPS International • Michael & Son SportsPlex • National Harbor • NW DC Moms • Panera Bread • Parallel Wine Bistro
Park • Party City • Playground • Port City Java • The Pottery Stop • Spa • Special Needs of Greater Piedmont • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • St. Elmo's • Sugar Buzz • Sweet City Desserts • Turtle Park • Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant • Vapiano • Vienna Moms, Inc.

Best Family Vacation:
Walt Disney World


FINALISTS: African Safari • Alaska • Bahamas • Beach • Bethany Beach, DE • Black Bear Resort • Bora Bora Island • The Breakers • Busch Gardens • California • Camping • Cancun • Cape Cod, MA • Chesapeake Hyatt Regency • Club Med • Colonial Williamsburg • Costa Rica • Cruise • Deep Creek Lake • Dewey Beach, DE • Disney Cruise • Disneyland • Egypt • Europe • Florida • Galapagos Islands • Grand Canyon • Great Wolf Lodge • Hawaii • Hershey Park • Hilton Head Island • The Homestead • Houseboating • India • Israel • Jersey Shore • Lancaster, PA • Luray Caverns • Massanutten Resort & Water Park • Mexico • Myrtle Beach • National Parks • Ocean City, MD • Ocean City, NJ • Outer Banks, NC • Panama • Punta Cana • Rafting in WV • Rocky Gap Lodge • San Juan, Puerto Rico • Sanibel Island • Santa Fe, NM • Savannah, GA • Scotland • Sea Island • Skiing • Smith Mountain Lake • St. Johns • Taute Bridges • Tennessee • Thailand • Turks and Caicos • Universal Orlando • Utah • Wintergreen • Virginia Beach

Best Romantic Get-Away for Mom and Dad:
Inn at Little Washington


FINALISTS: Annapolis • Bahamas • Beach • Bed & Breakfast • Black Horse Inn • Breakers • British Virgin Islands • Chesapeake Hyatt • Colonial Williamsburg • Cruise • Greenbriar • Hawaii • The Homestead • Hotel in DC • Italy • The Kennedy Center • L'Auberge Provencale • Lansdowne Resort • Las Vegas • Maui • Mexico • Middleburg • Napa Valley • New York • Olive Garden • Paris • Punta Cana • Rehobeth Beach, DE • Restaurant Eve • Ritz Carlton • Rome • St. John United States Virgin Islands • St. Michaels Inn • Sandals Resorts • Sanderling Resort • Tahiti • Tarara Winery • Walt Disney World • Washington, DC • Wine Tour in Charlottesville • Wintergreen

Best Rainy Day Outing:
Movies


FINALISTS: Bowling • Chibis Indoor Playground • Chuck E Cheese • Cooking • Crafts • Cub Run RECenter • ImaginAsia • International Spy Museum • Jump-n-Jimmy's • King Pinz • Laser Tag • Library • Looking for Rainbows • Luray Caverns • Mall • Museums • National Building Museum • National Children's Museum • National Gallery of Art • National History Museum • Newseum • Noyes Library for Young Children • PB & Jack • Planetarium • Port Discovery • Potomac Mills Mall • Pump It Up • Rebounderz • Smithsonian Museums • Stray Boots • Target • Tyson's Corner Center • Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum • Virginia Beach

Best Neighborhood for Families (Why?):
Del Ray in Bethesda, Maryland

 
FINALISTS: Alexandria • Arlington - Lots to do • Ashburn for Convenience, Parks and Broadlands • Ashton Heights • Bon Air - Next to two parks • Braemar • Brookfield • Burke, VA - Quiet • Capitol Hill • Century Oaks • Del Ray - Everything is walkable • Fairfax - clean, and friendly • Fairfax City - It has it all • Fairfax Corner • Falls Church with a great Library • Franklin Farm • Franklin Glen • Great Falls • Hamlet • Kensington • Kentlands • Kinep Park • King Farm • Logan Park - Access & services • Montclair, VA • Oakton - clean & friendly with lots of trees • Old Town Alexandria • Penderbrook • Reston • Rockville • Rutherford - Schools, parks, lots of kids • Shirlington • Stoney Springs • Summer Wood • Surrey Square • Victory Lakes • Vienna - Safe • Vienna Woods

Best Fertility Clinic:
Shady Grove


FINALISTS: Alexandria • Dominion • Fox Mill Family Practice • INOVA • John Hopkins • Washington Fertility

Best Hospital:
INOVA Fairfax


FINALISTS: Anne Arundel Medical Center • Apollo Hospitals • Fauquier Hospital • Georgetown • University Hospital  • Holy Cross Hospital • Howard County General Hospital • INOVA • INOVA Alexandria • INOVA Fair Oaks • INOVA Loudoun • INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital • The Johns Hopkins Hospital • Little Company of Mary Hospital • National Children's Hospital • Prince William Medical Center • Reston Hospital Center • Sentara Potomac Hospital • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital • Sibley Memorial Hospital • Suburban Hospital • University of Maryland Medical Center • Virginia Hospital Center • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center • Washington Hospital Center

Best Ice Skating or Roller Skating Rink
: SkateQuest Ice Rink


FINALISTS: Ashburn Ice House • Ballston Common Mall Iceplex • Bush Tabernacle • Cabin John Ice Rink • Canal Park Ice Rink • Columbia Ice Rink • Fairfax Ice Arena • Funky's Skate Center • The Gardens Ice House • The Harris Pavilion • Haymarket IcePlex • Herbert Wells Ice Rink • Kettler Iceplex • Skate-N-Fun Zone • Mount Vernon RECenter • National Mall Ice Rink • Pentagon Row Skating • Prince William Ice Center • Rockefeller Center Ice Rink • Rockville Ice Arena • Sculpture Garden Ice Rink • Treadwell Ice Arena • Tucker Road Ice Rink • Washington Harbour Ice Rink • Wheaton Ice Rink

Best Indoor Play Facility for Children:
Pump It Up


FINALISTS: Bach to Rock • Bounce House • Bounce U • Champions Field House • Chick-fil-A • Children's Discovery Museum • Chinpaquin • Chuck E Cheese • Cibis of Ashburn • Cub Run RECenter • Dynamite Gymnastics • Fairfax County Rec Centers • Fairfax Ice Arena • Fitwize • Funfit • Gift Hughes • Gift Thongpia • Great Play • Great Wolf Lodge • Gymboree • Hill's Gymnastics • Home • JW Tumbles • Jonah's Treehouse • Jump Zone • Jumping Jack Sports • Jumpin Jimmies • Landmark Mall - Arlington • Language Stars • Laser Tag • Little Gym • Marva Tots n Teens • McDonald's • Mobu Kids • Michael & Son SportsPlex • Mt. Vernon Rec Center • My Gym • National Building Museum • nZone • PB & Jack • Play N Learn • Playseum • Pool • Rebounderz • Rec Center • Romp n Roll • Shadowland Adventures • Silver Stars Gymnastics • Skating • Sport Bounce • Sportrock Climbing Centers • Tysons Corner • Ultra Zone Laser Tag • Urban Evolution • YMCA • Zoo

Best Museum:
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


FINALISTS: Corcoran Gallery of Art • Freer and Sackler Galleries • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens • Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden • Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden • The Metropolitan Museum of Art • National Building Museum • National Children's Museum • National Gallery of Art • National Geographic Museum • National Museum of African American History and Culture • National Museum of American History • National Museum of the American Indian • National Portrait Gallery • National Postal Museum • Newseum • Playseum • Please Touch Museum • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum • International Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Washington DC • Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum

Best Playground for Children:
Clemyjontri Park


FINALISTS: Adventure Park USA • Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center • Borge Street • Brambleton • Cabin John • Chestnut Hills • National Children's Museum • Fairfax Corner • Fantasy Playground • South Germantown Rec Park Adventure Playground • Great Falls Grange • Hadley’s Park • Hidden Pond • Home • Jones Point Park • King Farm Village Center • Lee District RECenter • Lyon Village Park • Marion Park • McLean Community Center • Navy Playground • Nottoway Park • School • University City District • Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility • Wheaton Regional Park

Best Swimming Pool/Water Park:
Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole


FINALISTS: Andrews Air Force Base • Arlington Forest Club • Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion • Aspen Hill Tennis Club • Atlantis Waterpark • Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center • Activity Center at Bohrer Park • Boyds Sportsplex • Brandywine Pool • Broyhill Crest Recreation Club • Columbia Association Pools • Camelot Community Club • Cameron Run Regional Park • Chessie's BIG Backyard • Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center • Claude Moore Recreation Center • Cub Run RECenter • Walt Disney World • Fairfax Swimming Pool • South Germantown Splash Playground • Great Falls Swim & Tennis Club • Great Waves Waterpark • Great Wolf Lodge Family Indoor Waterpark • Hamlet Swim Club • Hayes Park • Home • Ida Lee Park AV Symington Aquatic Center • King Farm Citizens Assembly • Kings Dominion WaterWorks Water Park • Lake Fairfax Park • Lee District RECenter • Lee Spray Ground • Lifetime Fitness • SplashDown Waterpark • Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center • The Massanutten WaterPark • Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center • Oak Marr RECenter • Our Special Harbor Spray Park • Penderbrook Golf Club • Pinecrest Swim & Tennis Club • Pirates Cove • Pohick Bay • Poplar Heights Recreation Association • Reston Association Pool & Tennis • Ridge Heights Pool • Rockville Swim and Fitness Center • Signal Bay Waterpark • Six Flags Water Park • South Run RECenter • Stratford Recreation Association • Strathmore Bel Pre Pool • Swansfield Pool • SwimKids  Swim Schools • Tom Dolan Swim School • Truro Centennial Pool • Tuckahoe Recreation Club • Upton Hill • Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility • Washington Sports Club • Cy Twombly Pool - Washington and Lee • Water Country USA • Western County Outdoor Pool • Wheaton Glenmont Pool • Wilson Aquatic Center • YMCA Bethesda

Best Shopping Center or Mall:
Tysons Corner Center


FINALISTS: Countryside Marketplace • Dulles Town Center • Fair Oaks Mall • King Street in Alexandria • Lakeforest Mall • Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets • Westfield Montgomery Mall • Pentagon Row • Potomac Mills, a Simon Mall • Reston Town Center • Rio Center and Washingtonian Center • Tysons Galleria • White Flint Mall
 
 
 


Services
 
Best Local Children's Photographer: Julia MacInnis Photography

FINALISTS: Ali Caudill Photography • Alicia Tulloch • Alan Babbitt Fine Art Photography • Andrea Hallett Photography • Andrea LaCroix Photography • Antonette Dimaiwat Photography • Avonlee Photgraphy • BabySnap Photography • Beth Moskal Photography • Bethany Joy Photography • Beverly Rezneck Photography • Brooke Bready Photography • Candace Schwab Photography • Caroline O. Adegun Photography • Clix Portrait Studios • Crystal Werner • Cyndy Porter Style & Photography • Dana Lee Rose Photography • DeAnna McCasland Photography • Fahimeh King Art • Gail Tilley Photos • Goodhart Photography • Greenwood Photography • House of Maps Photography • Jamie Brys Photography • JC Penney • Jeanne Taylor Photography • Jeff Lubin Studios • Joey's Smiles Photography • Julie Napear Photography • Galhouse Photography • Kathy Kupka Photography • Koru Photography • LCE Photography • Lindsey Fenner • Lindsey Lesar Photography • Lisa Sinclair Photography • Little Moon Photography • Little Sun Photography • M.Shakir Photography • Maggie Winters Photography • Meaghan Curry Photography • Newborn Daydreams • Oh Baby Photography • Olan Mills Portrait Studios • ONE SOCK ON photography • Picture People • Pixie Memories • Portrait Innovations • Rebecca Drobis Photography • R.Gonzalez Photography • RW Photography • Ryann Colleen Photography • Siobhán Hanna Photography • Sorenson Portraits • Splendid Portraits • Stacey Vaeth Photography • Stonebrook Photography • Studio Nassetta Photography & Design • Target • Verlana Photography

Best Hair Salon or Day Spa (for Adults):
Eclips Hair and Spa


Our “Best Hair Salon or Day Spa” eclipsed the competition…in name and deed. Eclips Salon and Day Spa has been a favorite in McLean for 25 years and, in 2000, added an Ashburn location – that now includes Eclips Kids. Owner Diane Fisher treats her employees and customers like family. She truly lives the philosophy “do unto others as you want done unto you.” She encourages her staff to form a relationship with their clients and become expert on each client’s hair, skin, nails, etc. It’s fantastic to have a salon like Eclips where you know you’ll be well taken care of from head to toe! Moms need a go-to for some much needed “it’s all about me” time. Our readers have wisely chosen Eclips and its special staff as that go-to spot. Eclips has also been featured in InStyle Magazine and is one of Salon Today’s “Top 200 Salons and Day Spas in the USA!” We know how to pick them!


FINALISTS: 1201 Salon • Act II Hair Studio • Alexandre de Paris • Allure Salon & Spa • Amenity Day Spa • Amy's Hair Salon • Andre Chreky • AVEDA Salon • Bananas Hair Design • beau totale AVEDA concept salon & spa • Bogart Salon • Bristles & Shears • Bubbles for Hair • Cartoon Cuts • Casal’s de Spa & Salon • Celadon Spa • Christie-Adam Salon & Spa • Christy’s Serenity Salon and Spa • Salon Cielo • Circe Salon & Day Spa • Current Salon & Color Bar • Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa • Dakota Salon • David's Beautiful People • De Lush Hair Design • Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas • Encore Hair Boutique • Fountains Day Spa • Frizzles Salon & Spa • G5 Salon • Glynn Jones Salon • Great Clips • The Falls Salon • Grooming Lounge • Hair Cuttery • Hair Lounge Salon • Hypnotic Salon and Spa • Illusions of Shirlington • Salon ILO Georgetown • Images Salon • Indo Hair Salon • Ingrid’s Hair Designs • JC Penney • Jouvence Salons • Kindle & Boom • Lifetime Fitness • The London Bob Hair Design • LOOKS LLC • Lorien Spa • Lucier Hair Color Studio • Lux Studios • Maison Hair Design • Matisse European Salon and Spa • Maude Hair Salon • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Mina and Mimi Hair Salon • Miracles in Arlington • MJ Salon & Color Group • Molecule • Monet Salon • Salon Nordine • Noufal HairColor Studio • Paris Alexander Day Spa • Perez Salon & Day Spa • PR at Partners Salons and Spa • PRIMA Hair & Day Spa • Progressions • Radiance Salon & Medi-Spa • Rainbow Salon • Ranis Threading • Reflections of You Hair Salon Day Spa • Rendezvous Hair •  Northern Virginia Spa: The Ritz-Carlton • Roxsan Day Spa • Salon 4 • Salon A • Salon Amarti • Salon Bella • Salon Bleu • Salon Capeli • Salon Daniel • Salon EFX • Salon enColor • Salon l’Etoile & Spa • Salon Jam • Salon Joseph • Salon Nader • Salon Prive • Salon Revive • Salon Ravinia • Selin Hair Studio • Serenity & Style • Shapes Salon and Day Spa • Shear Reflections • Smitten: A Boutique Salon • Spa by Shideh • Spa Mesu • Spa World • Sport & Health Serenity Day Spa • Statements The Salon • Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa • Studio Salon and Spa • Style Salon • Sugar House Day Spa & Salon • Tangerine Dream • Tangles Hair & Spa • Tranquility Day Spa • ULTA Salon • Unique U Salon & Day Spa • Urban Halo • Vidal Sassoon • Salon Vivan • The W Salon • Yvonne’s Salon & Day Spa • Zoe Salon & Spa

Best New Home Builder:
Comstock Homes


When it comes to finding someone to build our “nests”, we put our trust in Comstock Homes - our “Best New Home Builder.” Comstock knows what families want and can handle the wide range of housing found throughout the DC area. If you’re the trendy type and want a high-rise downtown flat, or if you have a few kids and need the space of a home in the suburbs, Comstock is your go-to. They keep track of the “trends” that we live (and wish we lived!) and are ready to build the homes that meet our needs, wants, and dreams. Comstock knows we want to live, work and play in the same area, and when we picture our new home it likely includes a mud room, in-law suite, and a kitchen that handles “everyone” – since that’s where we all end up! Makes you want to put plan new nest on your to do list….


FINALISTS: BG & E Home • Brookfield Homes • Beauchain Builders • Case • DIY • Freddy's Contractor Service • Gutter Dynamics • K. Hovnanian Homes • Keswick • Knudson • Maintenance & Repair • Miller & Smith • Morris-Day Designers & Builders • New Dimensions Inc (NDI) • New Heritage Builders • NV Homes • Pinto Contractors • Pulte Home Corporation • Ryland Homes • Savvy by Sandy Spring Builders • Sustainable Solutions • Toll Brothers • Tradition Homes

Which Local Company has the BEST Customer Service:
Nordstrom


Nordstrom helps customers possess style, not just buy fashion. Nordstrom was created by John W Nordstrom, who emigrated from Sweden for the promise of New York City and all that America had to offer. The store began in Seattle as a shoe shop and has grown into a global company located in 44 countries. Since 1901, they have been committed to providing their customers with the best possible service that is constantly improving. They believe fashion is a business of optimism and in that spirit they continue to grow and evolve. They pride themselves on offering free shipping, free returns, and mobile shopping.


FINALISTS: Acting for Young People • Amazon.com • American Kitchen Concepts • AT&T • Ayers • Hardware and Variety • Bach to Rock • Bed Bath & Beyond • Best Buy • Chain Bridge Bank • Chick-fil-A • Child's Play • Citibank • CJM Wealth Advisers, Ltd. • Costco • Cox • Diapers.com • Old Dominion Appliance Repair • Michael & Son SportsPlex • Eyecare Center of Leesburg • Funfit • GameStop • GEICO • Great American Restaurants • Greenberries • Harris Teeter • Village Hardware • Ichiban Sushi • Imagination Stage • Jazzercise • Kendall Hardware • Koons Tysons Toyota • Lands’ End • Language Stars • Learn Now Music • L.L.Bean • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics • Macy's • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Micro Center • My Child's Closet • Ourisman Hondaour-kids.com • Party Warehouse • Progressive • QVC • Ryann Colleen Photography • Southwest Airlines • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • Starbucks • State Farm • Sugar Buzz • Target • Thorpe Landscape Inc • Trader Joe's • USAA Military Home, Life & Auto Insurance • Verizon • Villa Maya • The W Salon • Wells Fargo • Whole Foods Market • Zappos.com • ZIPS Dry Cleaners • Zulily.com
 
 



Shops

Best Local Bicycle Store:
Spokes Etc. Bicycles


Biking through Northern Virginia got a lot friendlier back in 1986 – thanks to our “Best Local Bicycle Store” Spokes Etc. Bicycles truly brings in the experts to make sure we buy bikes and accessories that are exactly what we need. Their products are all of the highest quality. Great products combined with their professional fitting and service centers means you’ll leave the Spokes Etc. shop with a bike that fits you like it should so you will enjoy it for years to come. Many of their mechanics have served as paid professional mechanics for pro-cycling teams. Spokes Etc. Bicycles actively participates in the local cycling scene – they sponsor races and donate their services to charity rides. While Spokes Etc. features the highest quality equipment and services, they cater to bikers (and potential bikers) of every skill level. They want us to enjoy biking as much as they do.


FINALISTS: A-1 Cycling • Arrow Bicycle • Belle Haven CC • The Bicycle Shop • Big Wheels Bikes • The Bike Lane • The Bike Rack • Bob's Bikes • buybuyBaby • City Bikes • CycleLuv • Dick's Sporting Goods • Freshbikes • Germantown Cycles • Green Lizard Cycling • Griffin Technology • Hudson Trail Outfitters, Ltd. • Mole Hill Bikes • Old Towne Bicycles • Papillon Cycles • Performance Bike • Princeton Sports • Race Pace Bicycles • REI • Revolution Cycles • Specialized • Spikes Tactical • Takoma Bicycle • Toys”R”Us • bikes@vienna • Wal-Mart

Best Local Children's Clothing Store
: Children's Place


FINALISTS: 529 Kids Consign • Abercrombie • Aeropostale • Babies”R”Us • My Best Friend’s Closet, LLC • Bloomingdale's • Carter's • The Children's Store • Child's Play • Crazy 8 • Dawn Price Baby • Dharma & Leopold’s Children’s Chic Boutique • Full of Beans • Gap/Baby Gap • Greenberries • Gymboree • H&M • Hanna Andersson • Janie and Jack • JC Penney • J.Crew • Justice • Kid to Kid • Kmart • Kohl’s • Lands’ End • Little Lords and Ladies • L.L.Bean • Macy's • Monday's Child • Monkeys’ Uncle • Monsoon Accessorize • Naartjie Kids • Nordstrom • Old Navy • Pink and Brown • The Purple Goose • Ralph Lauren • Robcyns • Target • T.J.Maxx • Tommy Hilfiger For Kids • TotSwap Kids Consignment Sale • Unique Thrift Stores • Value Village Thrift Stores • Wal-Mart • Why Not

Best Local Children's Furniture Store:
Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids


FINALISTS: Babies”R”Us • Baby-2-Teen Furniture • Belfort Furniture • Bellini Baby Furniture Stores • Bob's Discount Furniture • buybuyBaby • The Children's Place • Ethan Allen • Finnian's Moon Interiors • Go to Your Room • Great Beginnings • Greenberries • Haverty's Furniture • IKEA • Kids2Teen Bedrooms • Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids • Room & Board • Saah’s Furniture • Sears • Target • Urban Retreat Furniture Warehouse • Vintage Stores • Wal-Mart

Best Local Children's Shoe Store:
Stride Rite


FINALISTS: Bradshaw's Children’s Shoes • DSW • ECCO USA • Famous Footwear • Foot Locker • Greenberries • Kohl's • L.L.Bean • Marshall's • Monkeys’ Uncle • Nordstrom • Payless Shoes • The Purple Goose • Ramer's • Shoe City • Shoe Train • Steppin’ Out Shoes & Such • Stride Rite Outlet • Target • Wal-Mart

Best Toy Store:
Toys"R"Us


FINALISTS: ALEX Toys • Amazon.com • American Girl • Carousel Toy Shoppe • Child's Play • Costco • Doodlehopper 4 Kids • Educational • Go Bananas! • HABA Toys • Kindle • LEGO Store • Melissa & Doug • Michael's • Puzzles • Toy Kingdom • Wal-Mart • Why Not

Best Consignment or Resale Store:
Greenberries


FINALISTS: 529 Kids Consign • Baubles and Beads • Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique • Carousel Consignments • Chic Envy • Current Boutique • Dani's Duds • Frilly Frocks • Goodwill • Green Jeans Eco Chic Consignment Sale • Hollin Hall Shopping Center • Just Between Friends • Kaboodle Home Gallery Furniture Consignments • Kensington Caboose • Kid to Kid • Kids Again • Little Lords and Ladies • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Miss Pixie's Furnishings and Whatnot • Monday's Child • Monkeys' Uncle • Mustard Seed Shop • My Best Friend's Closet, LLC • My Child's Closet • My Sister's Closet • Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples Consignment Sale • Old Lucketts Store • Paddington Station • Plato's Closet • Play It Again Sports • The Purple Goose • Re-love It Consignment • Restore Consignments • Savers Thrift Stores • Secondhand Rose • Small Change Consignments • Stifel & Capra • Stuff! Consignments • Tina's Consignment Shop Incorporated • TotSwap Kids Consignment Sale • Treasure Trove Thrift & Consignment Shops • Treasured Child Children's Consignments • Twice is Nice • Unique Thrift Stores • Upscale Resale • Uptown Cheapskate • Value Village Thrift Stores • Wear It Again, Kid! • The White Elephant, Inc. • Wiggle Room

Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments:
Music & Arts


FINALISTS: A & A Music Store • AAA Music • Amazon.com • Best Buy • The Flutist's Faire • Guitar Center • Jordan Kitt's Music • Melodee Music • The Music Loft • The Music Stores • Online • The Potter Violin Company • Shamrock Music Shoppe • Twinbrooke Music • Victor Litz Music Store

Best Hair Salon for Children:
Cartoon Cuts


FINALISTS: 1201 Salon • Allure Salon & Spa • Anne Welsh Salon • Barber Shop • beau totale AVEDA concept salon & spa • Broadlands Family Barber • Bubbles for Hair • Color Bar • Divine Hair Salon • Eclips Hair and Spa • Encore Color Studios • Genie Hair • Great Clips • Hair Cuttery • Haircut 4U • Home • Images Salon • Kid Clips • KIDS CUTS • Kidville • Le Shoppe • Magic Scissors • Michael Helene Salon Gallery • Monet Salon • Rainbow Salon • Ranis Threading • Ronnie Elias Salon • Salon Ten • Salon 36 Kids • Salon Cielo and Spa • Salon Daniel • Salon Etoiles • Salon Familia • Salon Vivian • Today's Hair • Unique U Salon & Day Spa • The W Salon • Westover Barber Shop • The Yellow Balloon Children's Hair Styling • Yvonne Hair

Best Place to Buy Outdoor Play Equipment:
Play N' Learn


FINALISTS: Amazon.com • Amish Store • Backyard Playground • BJ's Wholesale Club • CedarWorks • Costco • Craigslist • Creative Playthings • Dick's • The Home Depot • Kensington Caboose • Lowe's Home Improvement • Online • Rainbow Play • REI • Sears • Target • Toys"R"Us • Wal-Mart

Best Local Selection of Children's Books:
Barnes & Noble


FINALISTS: Amazon.com • Barston's Child's Play • Books-A-Million • Bull Run Regional Library • 2nd and Charles • Child's Play • Fairy Godmothers Inc. • The Freecycle Network • Hooray for Books! • Richard McKay Used Books, Inc. • My Child's Closet • One More Page Books • Politics & Prose Bookstore • The Why Not Shop • Wonder Book

Your Kid's Favorite Book:
Goodnight Moon


FINALISTS: 100 Cupboards Series • Three Against the Tide • Aladdin • The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids • Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? • Cam Jansen • Captain Underpants • Charlotte's Web • The Children's Bible • Cinderella • Diary of a Wimpy Kid • Dora the Explorer • Dr. Seuss • Elephant & Piggy Series • Eloise • Emeraldalicious • Fancy Nancy • Franny K Stein Books • The Giving Tree • Goosebumps • Greek Mythology • Green Eggs & Ham • Happy Pig Day! • Harry Potter • How to Steal a Dog • The Hunger Games • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie • James and the Giant Peach • Ladybug Girl • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe • The Little Blue Engine • Little Blue Truck • Little House on the Prairie • Little Women • Llama Llama Red Pajama • Magic Treehouse • Mo Willems Books • My Little Pony • The Mysterious Benedict Society • Nancy Drew • Nutty Nut • Olivia • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda • Percy Jackson & the Olympians • Pinkalicious • Pippi Longstocking • Princess Stories • Puff, the Magic Dragon • The Rule of Three • The Runaway Bunny • The Secret Garden • The Secret Series • The Book of Sharks • Skippyjon Jones • The Tail of Emily Windsnap • The Name of this Book is Secret • Warriors Books • The White Giraffe • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse • Wilma Unlimited • The Wizard of Oz • A Wrinkle in Time

Best Local Toy Store:
Toys”R”Us


FINALISTS: Amazon.com • Barnes & Noble • Carousel Toy Shoppe • Child's Play • Doodlehopper 4 Kids • A Fair Day's Play • Franklin's Toys • G Whillikers Toys • Go Bananas! Toys • Greenberries • Hobby-World • Kinder Haus Toys • LEGO • Mumbles and Squeaks Toy Shoppe • Olney Toys! • One Two Kangaroo Toy Store • Robcyn’s • Rockville Town Center • Smart Toys! • Sullivan’s Toys & Art Supplies • Target • Toy Corner • Toy Kingdom • Tree Top Kids • Wal-Mart • Why Not

Your Kid's Favorite Toy:
LEGO


FINALISTS: American Girl • Ball • Barbie • Beads • Beyblade • Bicycle • Books • Bop It • Build-A-Bear • Cars • Dinosaurs • Disney Cars • Doctor Kit • Doll House • Dress Up • Game Boy • Illustory • iPad • iPhone • Keyboard • Kindle • Little Lamb by Jellycat • Fisher Price Little People • Markers & Paper • Moshi Monsters • My Little Pony • Nabi 2 • Ninjago • Old Remote • Pillow Pet • Ponies • Press Up Toy • Pretend Food • Puzzles • Rescue Heroes • Scooter • Sheep • SpongeBob SquarePants • Stuffed Animal • Tea Set • Tinker Bell • Wii • X-Box

Best Local Invitation or Stationery Store:
Papyrus


FINALISTS: AC Moore • Creative Parties • The Dandelion Patch • Hallmark Cards • Hawthorne House Fine Paper • Le Village Marche • Michaels • Paint & Paper Place • Paper Source Stationery Stores • The Paper Store • Party City • The Preppy Pink Pony • Smiggles • Staples • The Stationery Store

Best Place to Buy a Car:
CarMax


FINALISTS: Acura • Land Rover Alexandria • Browns Arlington Honda • Aston Martin • Audi Chantilly • Bill Page • Car Yard • Cars.com • Chantilly Auto Park • Ourisman Chantilly VA Toyota • Country Chevrolet Dealership • Craigslist • Ourisman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Alexandria • Don Beyer Volvo & Subaru • AutoNation Honda Dulles • Easterns Automotive Group • eBay • Enterprise Car Sales • Euro Motorcars, Inc. • Fair Oaks Chantilly Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram • Rosenthal Honda Fairfax • Fairfax Hyundai • Fairfax Volkswagen • Farrish Subaru • Fitzgeral Auto Mall • Ford • Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram • Hendrick Honda Woodbridge • Herson's Honda • Honda • Honda of Tysons Corner • Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota • Jerry's Ford Alexandria • Jim Coleman Toyota • Karen Radley Acura & Volkswagen • Koons Kia of Woodbridge • Jim Koons Automotive Companies • Joyce Koons Honda • Koons Tyson Toyota Scion • Laurel Kia • Lexus • Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria • Lustine Toyota • Lindsay Automotive Group • Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria • Miller Toyota • Myer Ford Co • Nissan • Nissan of Chantilly • Ourisman • Ourisman Honda • Ourisman Toyota • Pohanka Auto Group • Pohonka Chevrolet • Pohonka Hyundai • Pohonka Lexus of Chantilly • Purcellville Motors, Inc. • Rosenthal Automotive of Northern Virginia • Select Auto Imports • Sheehy Honda • Sheehy Nissan Manassas • Stohlman Automotive • Ted Britt Automotive Group • Toyota • Toyota VA Fairfax • Toyota Miller • Rosenthal Mazda • United Buying Service • Volkswagen • Wes Greenway’s Alexandria Volkswagen
 
 



Education and Activities


Best Art Program:
The Academy of Fine Arts


FINALISTS: Abrakadoodle • Acting for Young People • Adam Lister Gallery • The Art League • ArtJamz • Arts Barn • Artworks Studio School • Bach to Rock • Clay Café Chantilly • Corcoran Gallery of Art • Early Childhood Center • Edgemoor Art Studio • First Marks Art Studio • Grearter Reston Arts Center • Gymboree Play & Music • J Art Studio • Kids Art Camp • KidzArt • Little Loft • Little Picasso School of Visual Art • Loudoun Academy of the Arts • McLean Project for the Arts • Maryland Institute • College of Art • Mom • Noodle Doodle • Nysmith School for the Gifted • Potomac Arts Academy • Renaissance Art Center • School Age Child Care Program • School • School of Rock • Smithsonian • St. Johns Episcopal School • Torpedo Factory Art Center • U.S.Art Company, Inc. • VisArts • You Made It!

Best Ballet or Dance Studio:
Tiny Dancers


FINALISTS: The Academy of Fine Arts • Adagio Ballet and Dance School • Adelfio Arlington • Adventure Theatre MTC and the ATMTC Academy • Arabesque Dance Studio • Arthur Murray International Dance Studios • Bain Dance Academy • Balance Ballet • Balance Studio • BalletNova • Ballet Petite • Berrend Dance Centre • Black Rock • Center for the Arts • Born 2 Dance Studio • Boyle School of Irish Dance • Buffa's Dance Studio • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop • Casey Community Center • Center Stage • Centreville Dance Academy • Children of the Light • CityDance • Classical Ballet • Theatre • Commotion Dance Pilates Fitness Studio • Creative Dance Center • Cuppett Performing Arts Center • DAL • The Dance Company • Dance Etc. School of the Arts • Dance Place • DansezDansez Dance Studio • Dawn Crafton Dance Connection • Encore Performers • Everybody Dance • Footloose Dance and Fitness • Gainesville Ballet School • Gainesville Dance Center • Hanna's King Farm Universal Dance Studio • HeartBeats Music & Dance Center • Hope Garden Ballet • Imagination Stage • James School of Dance Arts • Jane Franklin Dance • Jazzercise • Joy of Motion Dance Center • Linda's Ballet Workshop • McLean Community Center • Metropolitan Fine Arts Center • The O'Neill-James School of Irish Dancing • Perfect Pointe Dance Studio • Princess Mhoon Dance Institute • Ravel Dance Studio • Conservatory Ballet Academy • Reston Community Center • Rhythm Street Dance • Rockville Civic Ballet • Royal Academy of Dance • The Russell School of Ballet • School of Theatrical Dance • South Riding Dance Academy • Sterling Ballet Academy • Studio Bleu Dance Academy • Studio of Dance • Twinbrook School of Ballet • Vienna Dance Academy • Virginia Ballet Company & School, Inc. • Virginia Dance Center • The Washington Ballet

Best Childbirth Class:
The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth


FINALISTS: INOVA Alexandria Hospital • Danielle Koontz • INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital • INOVA • Fairfax Hospital • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital • HypnoBirthing • Informed Birth Choices • INOVA • INOVA Loudoun • Lamaze for Parents • Leigh Childbirth Services • Loudoun Community Midwives • Prince William Hospital • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital • Sibley Memorial Hospital • Suburban Hospital • Virginia Hospital Center • Yoga Birth and Beyond

Best Child Care Center:
Minnieland Academy


FINALISTS: Ashburn Childrens Center • Augusta School • Bar-T • BeanTree Learning • Brenda Sussman • Bright Horizons Child Care • Chesterbrook Academy Preschool • Children of America • Child Garden Total Environment Montessori School • Childtime Learning Centers • Commerce Department Child Development Center • Common Ground Child Care Center • CommuniKids Preschool & Children's Language Center • The Compass School • Crème de la Crème • Crossway Community, Inc. • Daniels Family Child Care • Early Childhood Center • Epworth Preschool & Kindergarten • Child Development Center - George Mason University • The Goddard School • Harmony Preschool • Heaven Daycare • Helen Day Preschool Academy • Hoya Kids Learning Center • Imagination Stage • Just-Us-Kids • Kensington-Forest Glen Children's Center • Kids After Hours • KinderCare • La Petite Academy • Laurel Learning Center • Little Acorn Patch • Little Oxford House School • MANSOUREH Childcare LLC. • Merit School of Prince William • Montessori School of Fairfax • Mount Olivet Weekday Preschool • Nysmith School for the Gifted • Rainbow Station School • Reston Community Center • Rockville Pike • Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center • Sport & Health Kidz Club • Suitland Federal Child Development Center • Village Green Day School • Willowcreek Academy • Winwood Children's Center • Wonders • Word of Life Christian Academy • YMCA Arylawn • YMCA Silver Spring

Best Children's Theatre or Drama Instruction:
Imagination Stage


And the award for the “Best Children's Theatre or Drama Instruction” category goes to…The Imagination Stage. They would like to thank…US! The moms, dads, and kids who attend their professional performances and participate in their classes – at a rate of 120,000 per year. Imagination Stage doesn’t just rehash material. They are one of the few theaters to commission new works for children every year. Their productions have been recognized and awarded by theater companies around the world. Imagination Stage is truly a treasure nestled in the DC area. They began serving the DC area in 1979 as a reaction to a lack of quality arts education for young people. Imagination Stage has brought serious theatre and arts instruction to our kids in such a fun and interactive way. Their program is all about teaching kids such that their theater experience encourages them to embrace their complex world and approach their problems with great creativity.


FINALISTS: The Academy of Fine Arts • Acting For Young People • Adventure Theatre MTC and the ATMTC Academy • Arts on Stage • Encore Stage & Studio • Electronic Theatre Controls • Glen Echo Park • Heather Sanderson's Summer Program • Home School Talents Cultural Arts, Inc. • Imagination Station • Impulse City Improvisation • The Industrial Strength Theatre • The Little Theater of Alexandria • McLean Community Center • MiniLinguists • Mount Vernon Community Children's Theater • Musical Theatrix • Northern Virginia Players • Pied Piper Theatre • Potomac Arts Academy • Reston Community Center • Round House Theatre • School Age Child Care Program • St. John's Episcopal School • Starshine Academy • The Studio Theatre • Summer in the Arts • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts • Workhouse Arts Center

Best Children's Yoga Classes:
Funfit’s Organically Grown Gym – Yoga


Funfit’s Organically Grown Yoga is our “Best Children’s Yoga Classes” - and their name says a lot about their approach. They are a lifestyle center, and they cater to kids of all ages with their fitness, nurturing, and growth programs. Funfit’s co-founder, Celia Kibler, is often referred to as the baby whisperer and firmly believes we need to offer kids as much support as we can as they face life’s challenges. Wouldn’t we all be better off if our lives had more peace, love, and laughter? Organically Grown Yoga focuses on kids’ bodies and minds and strives to provide the tools kids need to become healthy, active, happy adults! You can see Funfit’s mission embodied in its Yoga program –with impressive teachers who have national certification through the Yoga Alliance (top 500 hour level). If you are looking to de-stress your kids and show them how to enjoy life more, Organically Grown Yoga is truly the “best fit” for your child. 


FINALISTS: Beloved Yoga • Circle Yoga • Doonya Bollywood Dance & Fitness • Flow Yoga Center • Glad-I-Yoga & Glad-I-Play • Health Advantage Yoga Center • Heart and Soul Yoga • Ida Lee Park • Itsy Bitsy Yoga • Little Gym • Lil Omm Yoga • Local Motion Studio • McLean Community Center • Opus Yoga • Sun and Moon Yoga Studio • Thrive Yoga • The Yoga Center of Columbia

Best Children's Cooking Classes:
Cookology


FINALISTS: Chantilly Chefs • Classy Kids Cook • Creative Kids Kitchen • Culinaria Cooking School • Early Childhood Center • Fairfax County Public Schools Summer Programs • Greenberries • Home • L'Academie de Cuisine • Let's Dish • McLean Community Center • Tiny Chefs • TotSwap • Young Chefs Academy

Best Day Camp:
Pinecrest School Summer Pavilion


FINALISTS: 4 Star Tennis • Acting For Young People • Adventure Theatre MTC and the ATMTC Academy • Arlington County Summer Camps • Bach to Rock • Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center • Bar-T • Brooksfield Montessori School • Browne Academy • Calleva Outdoor Adventures • Overlook Retreat & Camp Ministries • Winkler Botanical Preserve • Chesterbrook Academy • Chinquapin Rec Center • Clay Café Chantilly
Columbia Association Camps • Congressional Camp • Cookology • Croydon Creek Nature Center • Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth • Cub Scouts - Boy Scouts of America • Curiosity Zone • Dobre Gymnastics • Michael & Son SportsPlex • Early Childhood Center • Evergreen Montessori School • Fairfax County Park Authority • Flint Hill School • Funfit’s Organically Grown Gym • The City of Gaithersburg Summer Camps • Girl Scouts of America • Girl Scout Howard County Day Camp • Gymkhana Troupe • Hidden Spring Campground • Higher Level Basketball Camps • Hug-A-Tree • Town of Leesburg: Summer Day Camp • Imagination Stage • Jazzercise • Kenwood School • Kids After Hours • KidsCo Inc. • Language Stars • LANK • Learn Now Music • Lee District RECenter • Camp Greenway • McLean Community Center • Minnieland Academy • The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission • Montgomery Child Care Association • Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater • Oakton Christian Preschool • Potomac School Summer Programs • Power Brain Training Center • Reston Community Center • Rec-PAC • Reston National Golf Course • Robinson High • School Theatre Arts • Summer Friends Day Camp • School of Rock • Silver Stars Gymnastics • SkateQuest Ice Rink • Smithsonian • Summer in the Arts • Camp Tagalong • TIC Summer Camp • Tiny Dancers • Topkick • Triple-C-Camp Day Camp • YMCA

Best Overnight Camp:
Camp Rim Rock


FINALISTS: 4-H Summer Camp • Camp Blue Ridge • Camp Friendship • Camp Highroad • Camp Hochelaga • Camp Manitou - Maine • Camp May Flather • Camp Sandy Ridge • Camp Seafarer • Camp St. Charles • Camp Twin Creeks • Camp Woodward • Cran-Hill Ranch • Cub Scouts - Boy Scouts of America • Echo Hill Camp • French Woods Festival • Girl Scouts of America • Grace Bible Camp • IGA Adventure Center • Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth • Mercersburg Academy • My Gym • National Cathedral School - Headfirst Summer Camp • Sandy Hill Camp and Retreat Center • Summer Enrichment Program • Triple-C-Ranch Day Camp • Young Life • Youth Summer Camp - Reston Bible Church

Best Fitness, Gymnastics or Activity Center:
Gymboree Play & Music


Our Best Fitness, Gymnastics or Activity Center has become a household word for parents during its 35 plus years in business! Gymboree Play and Music sets the standard for the mommy and me play place. They have over 550 locations – and the three Virginia locations have been in business since Wilma Hazen launched them in 1992. With such an impressive history and expansive network, it’s no wonder moms count on Gymboree to offer the best of the best when it comes to activities for children ages 0 – 5. Gymboree is all about providing kids an environment where they are free to move, play and explore safely. Experienced child development program directors create the class curriculum to focus on the whole child. They tailor their activities to support what our kids are mastering at each stage. Gymboree emphasizes parent involvement so we can participate in and understand our children’s development. If you’ve ever been to a Gymboree, you know how colorful and welcoming it is for the smallest among us – feels pretty good for the parents too!


FINALISTS: ADVANCE  Martial Arts • APEX Gymnastics • Apollo Gymnastics • Arlington Aerials • Ashburn Ice House • Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center • Bethesda YMCA • Capital Gymnastics • Champions Fieldhouse • Chantilly Academy of Gymnastics and Preschool • Charlie Lee Karate • Columbia Association • Commotion Dance Pilates Fitness Studio • Cub Run RECenter • Dobre Gymnastics • Dynamite Gymnastics Center • Fairfax County RECenters • Fairfax Gymnastics Academy • Fitness First Health Clubs • Flow Yoga Center • Flying Kick Fitness Center • Footloose Dance and Fitness • Funfit’s Organically Grown Gym • GMS Kids • Gold’s Gym • Gymini Gymnastics Club • Hill's Gymnastics • Jazzercise • Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia • Joy of Motion • JW Tumbles • Kids N Motion • LA Fitness • Life Changing Fitness • Lifetime Fitness • Little Gym • Loudoun Gymnastics • Michael & Son SportsPlex • McLean Community Center • Montgomery Soccer Academy • My Gym • Next Level Fitness and Performance • NVGA Gymnastics • nZone • Oak Marr RECenter • Olympus Gym • Power Brain Training Center • Prince William County Park Authority • Romp n’ Roll Kids’ Gym • Seichou Karate • Silver Star Gymnastics • Blue Box Sports Soccer Tots • Sport & Health • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • Sportrock Climbing Centers • Sports Network and Fitness • TODDLIN’ TIME of Fredericksburg • TopKick Martial Arts • Woodmont Country Club • XSport Fitness • YMCA

Best Martial Arts Instruction:
TopKick Martial Arts


FINALISTS: Abada-Capoeira DC • Dave Moss’ Action Martial Arts • Andrew Gause’s Martial Arts • American Society of Karate • Black Belt Martial Arts • Black Belt Academy • Capitol Martial Arts Academy • Creative Martial Arts • D4 Karate & Fitness • DC Self Defense Karate Association • Doug Moffett • Enshin Karate • Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do • Hapmudo • Highkicks Taekwondo & Children’s Academy • Grandmaster H.K.Lee Tae Kwon Do • ICHIBANKARATE • Jeff Smith • Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do • Jow Ga Shaolin Institute • Kicks Karate • Lead by Example Tae Kwon Do • Little Gym • Majest Martial Arts • McLean Community Center • Morning Star Tang Soo Do • Mt. Kim Martial Arts School • Nysmith School for the Gifted • Pandas Karate • Pro-Taekwondo • Seichou Karate • Sterner’s Tae Kwon Do Academy • Tiger Den, Inc. • Tiger Martial Arts • American TKD Academy • UMS Martial Arts • US Taekwondo • Williams Martial Arts and Fitness • Dragon Yong-in

Best Music Instruction:
School of Rock


FINALISTS: 2 U Studios, LLC • The Academy of Fine Arts • The Academy of Music • Bach to Rock • The Catoctin School of Music • Claire Walker • D.C. Youth Orchestra • Debbie Doyle • Global Music Academy • Helen Fall • ¡Hola Baby! • Imagination Stage • Jack Tilbury • Jordan Kitt’s Music • Julia Kasdorf • Keyboard for Kids & More • KinderBach • Kindermusik • Laurie Nelson • Learn Now Music • The Levine School of Music • Linda Katz • Little Hands • Liz Harless • McLean Community Center • Music & Arts • The Music Loft • The Music Stores • Music Time for Tots • Music Together • Nysmith School for the Gifted • Olenka School of Music • Patricia Petteway • Potomac Arts Academy • Reston Music, Inc. • School • Shamrock Music Shoppe • Anya Skidan Music • St. John's Episcopal School • Twinbrook Community Recreation Center • Washington Conservatory of Music • Zeyda Ruga Suzuki

Best Foreign Language Instruction:
Language Stars


FINALISTS: City of Fairfax Schools • FazEducation • ¡Hola Baby! • Hope Chinese School • KidSpanish, LLC • Lango of Prince George's County, Inc. • Maryvale Preparatory School • McLean Community Center • MiniLinguists • Nysmith School for the Gifted • Rosetta Stone • School • Sheila Orellana • St. John's Epsicopal School

Best Parent Support Group:
Parents Education Program


FINALISTS: Army Community Services • Church • Family • Friends • Healthy Families America • Hyattsville Nurturing Moms • INOVA Alexandria New Moms Group • La Leche League International • McLean Community Center • International MOMS Club • Moms on the Hill • Mothers of North Arlington • Mothers of Preschoolers • Natural Approach to Parenting • NoVaMommies.com • Nysmith School • P.A.C.E. • Parenting Playgroups & Dr. Rene Hackney • Parents Without Partners • Prince George's Hospital Center • PTA

Best Preschool Program:
Pinecrest School


FINALISTS: 4Rs Preschool • Andrew Chapel Preschool • Annandale Cooperative Preschool • Annandale United Methodist Church • BeanTree Learning • Beth El Hebrew Congregation Preschool • Bethany Lutheran Preschool • The Boyd School • Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School • Bush Hill Day School • Calvary Hill Baptist Church • Chevy Chase-Bethesda Community Children's Center • Celebration Preschool - Ashburn Presbyterian Church • Chesterbrook Academy • Children of America • Children's House Montessori School • Children's Weekday Program • Child Garden Total Environment Montessori School • Christ Episcopal School • Congressional Schools of Virginia • Crossway Community, Inc. • Dolley Madison Preschool • Early Childhood Center • Epworth Preschool & Kindergarten • The Fairfax Academy • Fairfax Presbyterian Preschool • Fairfax United Methodist Church • Faith Lutheran Preschool • Franklin Montessori • Full Circle Montessori School • The Goddard School • Golden Pond School • Good Shepherd Preschool • Harmony Preschool • Holy Comforter Episcopal Preschool and Kindergarten • Jefferson Montessori • The Julia Brown Montessori Schools • Just-Us-Kids • Kiddie Country • KinderCare • The Langley School • LANK • Laurel Learning Center • Preschool at Lee District RECenter • The Little Acorn • Little Lambs Preschool • Little River Day School • Little Seasons of Georgetown • Longfellow Nursery School • Manassas Baptist Church • Manassas Presbyterian Church • McLean Community Center • Merritt Academy • Messiah Lutheran Church • Mill Creek Parish Preschool • Minnieland Academy • Montessori School of Northern Virginia • Preschool Montessori Virginia • Mothers of Preschoolers • Mount Olivet Weekday Preschool • Mount Vernon Presbyterian School • Nysmith School for the Gifted • On the Right Track • Reston Community Center • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church • School for Friends • Seneca Academy • Silver Spring Day School • Spring Mar Cooperative Preschool • Springfield Academy • St. Aidan's Episcopal Church • St. Andrew Lutheran Church • St. Anthony’s Day School • St. George's UMC Preschool • St. John's Methodist Church • St. John's Episcopal School • St. Matthew's Weekday School • St. Paul's School for Girls • St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School • Suburban Nursery School • Sully Montessori School • Tauxemont • Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center • Tender Roots • Trinity Presbyterian Preschool • Truro Preschool & Kindergarten • Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool • Village Green Day School • Washington Street United Methodist Preschool • Willowcreek Academy • Winwood Children's Center • Word of Life Christian Academy

Best Private School:
Nysmith School for the Gifted


FINALISTS: The Academy of the Holy Cross • Active Minds • Aidan Montessori School • ACE-Academy • Alexandria Country Day School • The Aquinas Montessori School & The Old Town Montessori School • Barrie School • Bishop Ireton High School • National Cathedral School • The Chelsea School • Chesterbrook Academy • Christ Episcopal School • Columbia Academy • Corpus Christi School • Dominion Academy • Early Childhood Center • Edmund Burke School • Epworth School • Flint Hill School • Full Circle Montessori School • Geneva Day School • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School • The Goddard School • Highland School • Holton-Arms School • Holy Trinity School Georgetown • Homeschool • Immanuel Christian School • Jefferson Montessori • Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School • The Langley School • Language Stars • Lone Oak Montessori School • Loudoun Country Day School • Lowell School • Manassas Christian School • Merritt Academy • Minnieland Academy • Montessori School of Fairfax • Montessori School of Alexandria • Preschool Montessori Virginia • National Presbyterian School • Nativity Catholic School • The New School of Northern Virginia • Oakwood School • Pinecrest School • The Primary Day School • Reston Day School • St. Agnes Catholic School • St. Elizabeth Parish Catholic School • St. John's Episcopal School • St. Leo the Great School • St. Mary's Catholic School • St. Paul's School for Girls • St. Peter School • Sandy Springs Friends School • Seneca Academy • Severn School • Shenandoah Valley Academy • Sidwell Friends School • Sunset Hills Montessori School • Trinity Christian School • Westminster School • Westmoreland Children's Center • Westover Baptist Church • The Woods Academy • Word of Life Christian Academy


Best Public School:
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology


FINALISTS: Academy of Science - Loudoun County Public Schools • Ashburn Elementary School • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School • Briar Woods High School • Bull Run Elementary School • Chantilly High School • Claremont Elementary School • Colvin Run Elementary School • Cooper Middle School • Crossfield Elementary School • Daniels Run Elementary School • Fairfax County Public Schools • Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School • Fox Mill Elementary School • Franklin Middle School • Robert Frost Middle School • Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School • Great Falls Elementary School • Haycock Elementary School • Henderson Elementary School • Horace Mann Elementary School • Horizon Elementary School • Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences • J. L. Simpson Middle School • Jamestown Elementary School • Lake Braddock Secondary School • Langley High School • Little River Elementary School • Little Run Elementary School • Long Branch Elementary School • James Madison High School • Mantua Elementary School • Marshall High School • Maryvale Elementary School • Mill Run Elementary School • Mountain View High School • Nottingham Elementary School • Oakton Elementary School • Oakton High School • Patriot High School • Pinebrook Elementary School • Poolesville High School • Rachel Carson Elementary School • Robinson High School • Rocky Run Middle School • Ronald McNair Elementary School • Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School • Rosemont Elementary School • Shady Grove High School • Strawberry Knoll Elementary School • Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School • Tuscarora High School • Tyler Elementary School • Victory Elementary School • Waples Mill Elementary School • Willow Springs Elementary School • Wolftrap Elementary School • W.T. Woodson High School

Best Tutor/Tutoring Company:
Kumon Learning Centers


FINALISTS: Aspire Academic Coaching LLC • C2 Education • Capital Educators • Chris Yannakis • The Creative Difference LLC • Educational Connections Inc. • E.nopi Math, Reading & Writing • Eye Level Learning Centers • Huntington Learning Center • Jessica Deighton • Joan Martinez • Learn Now Music • Miss Amy Kids • Mom • Ms. Proctor’s Science Class! • Nysmith School for the Gifted • Parents • Paul Tebbetts • Prepworks One on One • Step Up St. Paul’s School for Girls • Stephanie Bolden • Sylvan Learning Centers • Tutor Doctor • Tutoring Club • Tutoring For Success • Virginia Tutoring Services • Joan Wain • Doris Wallace • WyzAnt Tutoring
 
 
Home Improvement


Best Kitchen & General Remodeling Company:
Sun Construction & Facility Services, Inc.


FINALISTS: Abbey Carpet • American Kitchen Concepts, Inc. • Blueprint Construction Services • Bowa • Bowers Design Build • Cahill Design Build • Cameo Kitchens, Inc. • Case Design/Remodeling • Champion Remodeling & Design • Classic Kitchen and Bath • Coleman-Laurienzo Inc. • Daves Floor's & More • Delong Home Improvement • Dila Construction • Executive Improvements, LLC • Felix Merino • Floors USA • Foster Remodeling • Gainesville Construction, LLC • GMG Services Corp • Granite Connection • GraniTech, Inc. • HB Services, LLC • HC&R Group LLC • The Home Depot • Homes by Murphy, Inc • Jason Minor • Jerry Corwin • Kane Landscapes • Kitchen and Bath Studios • Kleppinger Design Group Inc • Lowe's Home Improvement • Merrick Design and Build • Merrill Home Remodeling • Metro Kitchen & Bath • Moss Building & Design • Mr. Handyman • NOVA Exteriors • Oak Hill Building & Remodeling • Pinto Contractors • Porcelanosa • Potomac West Interiors and Antique Gallery • Professional Home Solutions, LLC • Smart Handyman • SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. • Stand By Flooring, Inc. • Steele Brothers • Stuart Kitchens

Best Carpet or Rug Store:
Abby Carpet


FINALISTS: Absolute Carpet Care, Inc. • Arlandria Floors • B and B Floor Co. • Carpet One Floor & Home • Carpet Yard • Clawes Carpets, Inc. • Empire Today • Floor and Design • Hadeed Carpet and Rug • The Home Depot • IKEA • Liberty Flooring • Lowe's Home Improvement • Luna • Mike's Carpet • Mill Direct Flooring • National Carpet • Next Day Carpet and Flooring • Room & Board • Sears • Stand By Flooring, Inc. • Sterling Carpet Shops, Inc. • Vertical Connection • Weaver's Flooring America

Best Counter Top Store:
GraniTech, Inc.


FINALISTS: Cabinet Discounters • Counter Intelligence Inc. • Dominion Granite and Marble • East West Marble Company • Erin's Marble and Granite • The Home Depot • Ideal Tile • Lowe's Home Improvement

Best Electrician:
Michael & Son Services


FINALISTS: Autumn Electric • Dickason Electrical • Echo Electric Company • Patriot Electric and Mechanical, Inc. • Rodriguez Electric LLC • Root Electric Services • Staples Electric LLC

Best General Repairs Company:
Mr. Handyman


FINALISTS: House Doctors • JW Home Improvements • Merrick Design and Build • Michael & Son Services • Mr. Appliance

Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company:
Michael & Son Services


FINALISTS: ADCO • Air Right Energy Design • Airtemp • ARS of Virginia • Bee Kool • CB Lucas Co • Frosty's Heating & Cooling Contractor • F.H. Furr • Mann-in Heating and Air Conditioning Company • McCarthy Services • McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning • Pars Heating & Air Conditioning • Pride AC and Heating • Richard's Heating & Air Conditioning • Rush Heating & Cooling • Sears • SSI HVAC • United Air Temp

Best Home Accessories & Décor Items Store:
Home Goods


FINALISTS: Ace Hardware Stores • Bed Bath & Beyond • Belfort Furniture • Ethan Allen • The Home Depot • The Home Store • IKEA • The Kellogg Collection • Kirkland's • Kohl's • Lowe's Home Improvement • Marshalls • The Nest Egg • Pier 1 Imports • Pottery Barn • Restoration Hardware • Room & Board • Target

Best Interior Decorator:
Kate Fallon


FINALISTS: Shannon Bieter • Emily Bishop • Erika Bonnell • Mindy Cunningham • Ethan Allen • Leslie Gaughan • Rachel James • Liz Levin • Pamela Wright Interiors • Pottery Barn • Residents Understood • Sarah Richardson • Ligne Roset • SK Interiors • Spaces to Inspire • Studio K • Wadsworth Design

Best Kitchen Designer:
Nova Kitchen and Bath


FINALISTS: Cameo Kitchens, Inc. • GraniTech, Inc. • The Home Depot • Ideal Tile • Lowe's Home Improvement • Potomac West Interiors and Antique Gallery

Best Plumber:
Michael & Son Services


FINALISTS: Booze Plumbing • Calabrese Plumbing • CB Lucas Co • Dwyer Plumbing • Everett's Plumbing • My Plumber • Peed Plumbing • R. L. Voight & Son • Waterworks
 
 
 

 
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Absolute BEST FOR FAMILIES in Our Area:
School of Rock


The Academy of Fine Arts • Acting for Young People • Adventure Theatre MTC • Bach to Rock • Burke Lake Park • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo • Chick-fil-A • Chuck E Cheese • CiCi's Pizza • Clay Café Chantilly • Clemyjontri Park • The Dairy Godmother • Early Childhood Center • Einstein Bros Bagel • Fairfax Corner • Fairfax County Public Library • FAMILY Magazine • Fire Works Pizza • Frying Pan Park • Funfit's Organically Grown Gym • George Mason Theater • Great Country Farms • Great Falls Park • Greenberries • Grounded Coffee Shop • Gymboree Play & Music • Heritage Farm Museum • ¡Hola Baby! • Home • Hylton Performing Arts Center • Imagination Stage • Julia MacInnis Photography • Kid-Friendly DC • Kid's First Swim School • King Pinz • Language Stars • Learn Now Music • Library • McLean Community Center • Minnieland Academy • Movies • Meadowlark • Michael & Son SportsPlex • Morven Park • Mount Vernon • Museums • National Building Museum • National Children's Museum • National Mall • Natural History Museum • Nysmith School for the Gifted • nZone • Our-Kids Activities and Resources • Park • PB & Jack • Pinecrest Summer Pavilion • Princess Mhoon Dance Institute • Reston Town Center • Rockville Town Center • Signal Bay Waterpark • Silver Stars Gymnastics • Smithsonian National Zoo • Soccer • Sport Bounce of Loudoun • Starbucks • Taste of Falls Church • Tiny Dancers • Tots2Tweens • Tyson's Corner Center • Washington, DC • The Washington Revels • Watkins Park • Wheaton Regional Park • Whole Foods


Best Feature of FAMILY Magazine:
Family Adventures


FINALISTS: Advertisements • Advice • Ages & Stages • Articles • Best for Families Survey
Camps • Cover • Featured Person • Kids Enrichment • Navigator on the website • Recipes • Resources • Schools


What subjects would you or your family like covered more
in FAMILY Magazine: Arts


FINALISTS: Best Books for Kids by Age • Breastfeeding • Campgrounds • Camps • Charitable Opportunities • Children's Mental Health • Children's Stress Management • Dads at Home • Discipline • Education • Family Fun • Finances • Free Activities • Health • Healthy Eating • Movies • Parenting Advice • Places to Eat and Stay • Places to Visit w/Kids • Sports • Stress in Elementary • Teens • Things that Kids Like • Things to Do by Week • Tweens • Water Holes

Best Advice for New Parents:
Get sleep


FINALISTS: Be prepared • Be patient • Breathe • Buckle up & get ready for the ride of your life • Cat nap • Cherish each moment • Chill   • Do not make your children cry • Do not try to control all outcomes • Don't be afraid • Don't blink • Don't compete or try to keep up with other families • Don't lose your sense of humor • Don't stress • Don't sweat the small stuff • Don't take everything so seriously • Each year gets easier • Enjoy every minute • Everything is a stage • Give kids a lot of toys • Go to the Nysmith School for the Gifted • Have two kids • It too shall pass • Keep a date night • Keep an electronic schedule you can always access • Keep calm and carry on! • Keep doing what you're doing • Keep it simple • Kids are resilient • Make friends with other parents • Network with other new parents • One day at a time • Plan ahead • Put kids to bed early • Read FAMILY Magazine • Relax • Save for college • Smile • Spend time with kids • Take a break from child every day • Take help when it is offered • Teamwork • TLC • Trust your instincts • You're the example your kids will follow • Your instincts will kick in

Is there something we left out?

Best Swim School:
British Swim School


Our Best Swim School is the “make fish outta your kids” British Swim School. From three months old to as old as you can imagine, the British Swim School caters to all students. Their mission: regardless of age or ability, everyone can follow the British Swim School’s gradual, gentle, fun process to become happy swimmers. Once they get students comfortable in the pool, the Swim School classes can take their students to levels as serious as they want to get. Start with those four basic strokes and move on to perfecting them while building strength and stamina – yea for fun exercise! The young swimmers who dive in and really take off even have the opportunity to be on their Swim Team. The British Swim School has been serving families in the metro area for over five years. Their classes are scheduled throughout the year and run continuously so students can join and advance at their pace – it’s all about making it easy on us! No wonder they’re our favorite!


FINALISTS: Best Accountant - Pat Bowman • Best Actor • Best Appliances - Bray & Scharff • Best Car Repair - B&V Repair and Performance - Damascus • Best Charity • Best Breastfeeding class and support group - Breastfeeding center of DC • Best Discount • Best Errand Service/Concierge - A Second Me • Best Fitness Leader - Nancy Griswold • Best Garden Center - Merrifield Garden Center • Best Gifts - Vistaprint • Best Hairdresser - Michael Helene • Best Hardwood Floors - Hatcher's Floors • Best HVAC - Rush Heating • Best Lactation Consultant - Ann Faust, Pat Shelly • Best Mental Health - Women's Center • Best Mobile Cookie Sales - CookieRide • Best Personal Trainer - Lisa Knapp • Best Pet Physical Therapy - Carol Wasmucky • Best Pizza Restaurant - Ledo's • Best Restauranteur - Germain at Los Tios • Best Rental Company • Best Running Store • Best Sandwich • Best Spanish Classes for young children- Hola Baby • Best Special Needs Help - Novant Health Prince William Medical Center • Best Swim School - Potomac Swim, Oak Marr Recreation Center • It's Bazaar in Purcellville • MUSA Volleyball - Coaches are amazing & cheap • Pampered Pets Curbside Grooming • Tips from Photographers
 
 
 
 
Because of the overwhelming response, not all categories and nominees are listed. This information was provided by advertisers and resource groups. Washington FAMILY Magazine is not responsible for omissions or errors.