Best for FAMILIES 2015 Results

We have been running the Best for FAMILIES survey in our magazine for more than 20 years! This year, we surveyed thousands of DMV moms and dads in over 200 categories and rounded up tens of thousands of votes. Take a “scroll” down this list for access to the D.C. area’s Best for FAMILIES restaurants, retail, activities, trips and more!

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And now, the 2015 Best for FAMILIES results!

FOOD

BEST RESTAURANT WITH FAMILY NIGHT SPECIAL

SILVER DINER

BEST SPORTS BAR

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

BEST CHEAP-EATS RESTAURANT

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL

BEST OUTDOOR/PATIO DINING

CLYDE’S WILLOW CREEK FARM

BEST BURGER RESTAURANT

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES

BEST CUPCAKE COMPANY

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE

BEST BAKERY

OUT OF THE BUBBLE BAKERY

BEST PIZZA DELIVERY

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA

BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

RED ROBIN

BEST CATERER

RIDGEWELLS CATERING

RUNNER-UP:

OCCASIONS CATERERS

BEST CUP O’ JOE

STARBUCKS

BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT

SWEETFROG PREMIUM FROZEN YOGURT

BEST FINE DINING FOR THE FAMILY

SWEETWATER TAVERN

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON

BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE BAKERY

WEGMANS

HEALTH + WELLNESS

BEST ALLERGY OR ASTHMA DOCTOR

ADULT & PEDIATRIC ALLERGY CENTER

BEST OB/GYN

CAPITAL WOMEN’S CARE

RUNNER-UP:

DR. CHOUDHRY,

LOUDOUN OB/GYN

BEST OPTOMETRIST

(TIE)

DR. MCGREW,

EYECARE CENTER OF LEESBURG

www.eyecarecenterleesburg.com

703-777-1299

Virginia Village Shopping Center

12 Fairfax St. SE

Leesburg, VA

MY EYE DOCTOR

BEST DERMATOLOGIST

FAIR OAKS SKIN CARE CENTER

RUNNER-UP:

NORTHERN VIRGINIA DERMATOLOGY,

VEIN & SURGERY CENTER

BEST HOSPITAL

INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM

BEST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL

BEST LACTATION CONSULTANT

LET MOMMY SLEEP

RUNNER-UP:

NORTHERN VIRGINIA LACTATION CENTER

BEST DENTIST/ORTHODONTIST

DR. MIKE,

LITTLE PEARLS DENTISTRY

FOR CHILDREN

www.littlepearlsdentistry.com

703-726-3030

19465 Deerfield Ave.

Leesburg, VA

RUNNER-UP:

DR. PHU LE,

TYSONS ORTHODONTIC CARE

BEST CHILDREN’S COUNSELING

MINDWELL PSYCHOLOGY

www.mindwell.us

703-378-7998

14110 Robert Paris Ct.

Chantilly, VA

MindWell psychologists conduct thorough neuropsychological testing and can assess cognitive, educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental issues. Our reports are recognized as the “gold standard” by public and private schools. Our approach to therapy is equally holistic, teaching real-world skills to bring you success and relief. Our educational consultants translate educational recommendations both at home and at school. Isn’t finding a solution what it’s all about? We will help you find that solution.

BEST NUTRITIONIST/ DIETICIAN

NORTHERN VIRGINIA ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS

BEST MIDWIFE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA MIDWIFERY

BEST PEDIATRICIAN

NORTHERN VIRGINIA PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROGRESSIVE PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

BEST FERTILITY CLINIC

SHADY GROVE FERTILITY CENTER

BEST HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER

TRANQUIL BLESSINGS, LLC

BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM OR DOCTOR

WEIGHT WATCHERS

BEST NAIL SALON/MANI-PEDI

BEAUTY BAR & SPA

BEST DAY SPA

ELIZABETH ARDEN,

RED DOOR SPAS

BEST HAIR SALON FOR FAMILY

THE W SALON

BEST HAIR SALON FOR CHILDREN

CARTOON CUTS

BEST HAIR SALON FOR MOM

SALON CIELO AND SPA

BEST CHILDBIRTH CLASS

INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM

BEST GROUP FITNESS CLASS

LIFETIME FITNESS

RUNNER-UP:

YMCA

BEST FITNESS CENTER

TOPKICK

www.topkickonline.com

Multiple Locations in Virginia

TopKick offers a positive yet challenging martial arts and fitness environment throughout all of our programs. We teach our students martial arts in a unique program that’s a cut above the rest! We know from experience that training at TopKick can offer everyone,─regardless of age,─ a healthful, balanced life. Whether in our children’s class, family class, or adult class, the emphasis on targeted goals with ever-increasing difficulty leads to self-confidence, awesome physical benefits, improved focus, and much more. Don’t forget about our summer camp and after-school programs that offer confidence building, fun-filled days. Visit us online at www.topkickonline.com to discover more and contact us today!

BEST HEALTH CLUB/GYM

(TIE)

SPORT & HEALTH CLUB

www.sportandhealth.com

Locations in D.C., Maryland & Virginia

Imagine all the fitness, sports and recreation you and your family can enjoy. All the latest in fitness equipment, and group exercise classes like Zumba, Tabata, Insanity, Cycling, Body Pump and more. Plus yoga, barre, pilates, tennis, racquetball, squash, basketball and swimming. There’s something fun for all ages to love. Visit us at sportandhealth.com for our 23 convenient locations.

LIFETIME FITNESS

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

MOMMY BOOTCAMP

BEST URGENT CARE

PATIENT FIRST

www.patientfirst.com

800-447-8588

Locations in D.C., Maryland & Virginia

Patient First provides convenient, cost-effective urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Every Patient First medical center is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year, with experienced physicians available on a walk-in basis. All Patient First centers have x-rays, lab tests and prescription drugs on-site. Patient First accepts most major insurance plans and files claims on behalf of patients. And if a patient wishes us to do so, we will transmit a copy of the visit record to his or her primary care physician.

RUNNER-UP:

INOVA MEDICAL GROUP

BEST PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

RESOLVE

HOME + STYLE

BEST RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

BEST RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT

KIM DARWAZA,

RE/MAX EXECUTIVES

www.kimdarwaza.com

703-856-2254

12001 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Ste. 200

Fairfax, VA

With over a decade of real estate experience, Kim Darwaza is a recognized leader among Northern VA real estate professionals. Kim is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and has been included in RISMedia’s Top 5 in Real Estate. Kim was born in Virginia and attended Fairfax County Public Schools and Virginia Tech. She is a lifetime Northern Virginia Association of REALTOR’s Top Producer. She prides herself on working in all price ranges throughout Northern VA and treats her clients with the same respect at every price point. She is married with two children and currently resides in the Oakton High School pyramid.

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL

BEST PERSONAL ORGANIZER

SENSATIONAL SPACES

BEST HOME-BASED BIZ FOR MOMS

(TIE)

AVON

BEACHBODY

BEST KITCHEN DESIGNER

CHERYL NOLTE

HOME DEPOT, FAIRFAX CIRCLE

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER

DECORATING DEN INTERIORS

BEST MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY

DOMINION GRANITE & MARBLE

BEST COUNTERTOP STORE

HOME DEPOT

BEST MECHANIC

FAIRFAX AUTO REPAIR

BEST NANNY/BABYSITTING SERVICE

JACLYN PEROVICH,

THE AU PAIR CONSULTANT

RUNNER-UP:

HUSH HUSH LITTLE BABY

BEST FLOORING COMPANY

LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT

BEST RESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICE

MERRY MAIDS

BEST ELECTRICIAN

MICHAEL & SON SERVICES

www.michaelandson.com

Serving D.C., Maryland & Virginia

800-948-MIKE

BEST HVAC COMPANY

MICHAEL & SON SERVICES

www.michaelandson.com

Serving D.C., Maryland & Virginia

800-948-MIKE

BEST PLUMBER

MICHAEL & SON SERVICES

www.michaelandson.com

Serving D.C., Maryland & Virginia

800-948-MIKE

BEST BASEMENT FINISHING COMPANY

MOSS BUILDING & DESIGN

BEST REMODELING COMPANY

MOSS BUILDING & DESIGN

BEST GENERAL REPAIRS/HANDYMAN COMPANY

MOSS HOME SERVICES

BEST PET SITTING/PET BOARDING

OLDE TOWNE PET RESORT

BEST PET GROOMER

WOOFIE’S

BEST VETERINARIAN

PENDER VETERINARY CENTRE

BEST PET TRAINER

PETSMART

BEST HOME BUILDER

TOLL BROTHERS

www.tollbrothers.com

Locations in D.C., Maryland & Virginia

Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 1000 company, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1967, Toll Brothers has sold over 100,000 luxury homes nationwide. In Northern Virginia and Maryland, the company builds luxury homes in both single-family and master planned communities, including those for active adults—from the upper $200s to over $1 million. Toll Brothers was recently honored as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2015 by Fortune magazine, ranking #1 in the homebuilding industry in four categories, and was named national Builder of the Year by Builder magazine.

PARTY

BEST KIDS’ PARTY ENTERTAINER

ACTING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

www.afyp.org

703-307-5332

5506 Talon Ct.

Fairfax, VA

BEST FACE PAINTER

ALEXANDRIA FACE PAINTING

BEST PARTY RENTAL COMPANY

BROOKE RENTAL CENTER

BEST PETTING ZOO

CRITTERS & CONSERVATION

Travels within D.C., MD, VA, WV, and PA.

304-725-3200 and 202-491-5998

www.crittersandconservation.com

BEST PLACE FOR A FAMILY CELEBRATION

CRUISE ANNAPOLIS

BEST PARTY SUPPLY STORE

PARTY CITY

BEST BALLOON ARTIST

THE BALLOON NERD

BEST PLACE FOR A TEAM PARTY

THE ZONE

BEST KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

TINY DANCERS

RUNNER-UP:

SHADOWLAND LASER ADVENTURES

PLACES

BEST MOVIE THEATRE

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER

BEST FAMILY SPORTS VENUE

NATIONALS PARK

BEST LOCAL WINERY

TARARA WINERY

RUNNER-UP:

BARREL OAK WINERY

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY

BEST RECREATION CENTER

CLAUDE MOORE RECREATION CENTER

RUNNER-UP:

IDA LEE PARK

BEST PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN

CLEMYJONTRI PARK

BEST INDOOR SWIMMING POOL

CUB RUN RECREATION CENTER

RUNNER-UP:

KIDS FIRST SWIM SCHOOLS

BEST SWIMMING POOL/ WATER PARK

GREAT WOLF LODGE

BEST INDOOR PLAY FACILITY

REBOUNDERZ

www.rebounderzsterling.com

703-433-5867

22400 Davis Dr., Ste 180

Sterling, VA

BEST ICE SKATING RINK

RESTON TOWN CENTER

BEST ROLLER SKATING RINK

BUSH-TABERNACLE

BEST MUSEUM

SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

RUNNER-UP:

PORT DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

BEST SHOPPING CENTER OR MALL

TYSONS CORNER CENTER

RUNNER-UP:

FAIR OAKS MALL

BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD

OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA

RUNNER-UP:

MOSAIC DISTRICT

BEST FAMILY DAY TRIP

NATIONAL AQUARIUM

BEST FAMILY VACATION

DISNEY

BEST FAMILY RESORT

GREAT WOLF LODGE

BEST FAMILY BEACH

OUTER BANKS, NC

BEST RAINY DAY OUTING

NATIONAL AQUARIUM

BEST LOCAL GETAWAY FOR FAMILIES

WILLIAMSBURG, VA

BEST ROMANTIC GETAWAY FOR MOM & DAD

PARIS

RETAIL

BEST BICYCLE STORE

THE BIKE LANE

BEST PLACE TO BUY OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

COSTCO

BEST TOY STORE

DOODLEHOPPER 4 KIDS

BEST CHILDREN’S FURNITURE STORE

GREAT BEGINNINGS

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK STORE

HOORAY FOR BOOKS

BEST CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT STORE

KID TO KID

BEST CHILDREN’S FURNITURE STORE

KIDS2TEEN BEDROOMS

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

MUSIC & ARTS

BEST CHILDREN’S SHOE STORE

STRIDE RITE

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

TUTU HAPPY, LLC

www.etsy.com/shop/TutuHappyLLC

Online Store

BEST ACCESSORIES STORE

CHARMING CHARLIE

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

BEST HOME FURNITURE/FURNISHINGS STORE

ETHAN ALLEN

BEST HOME DECOR STORE

HOMEGOODS

BEST HOME FURNITURE/FURNISHINGS STORE

IKEA

RUNNER-UP:

BELFORT FURNITURE

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

KOHL’S

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE

LITTLE LORDS AND LADIES

BEST MATERNITY CLOTHING STORE

MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY

BEST STATIONARY STORE

PAPER SOURCE

BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE

WEGMANS

BEST PLACE TO BUY A CAR

CARMAX

BEST JEWELRY STORE

DOMINION JEWELERS

RUNNER-UP:

KETTERMAN’S JEWELERS

BEST SHOE STORE

DSW

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

JOS. A. BANK

BEST ARTS & CRAFTS STORE

MICHAELS

BEST CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER

JULIA MACINNIS PHOTOGRAPHY

EDUCATION + ACTIVITIES

BEST CHILDCARE CENTER

BEANTREE LEARNING

www.beantreelearning.com

703-961-8222

Westfields Campus

5003 Westone Plaza

Chantilly, VA

571-223-3110

Ashburn Campus & The Pavilion at BeanTree

43629 Greenway Corporate Dr.

Ashburn, VA

BeanTree Learning, Northern Virginia’s premier school for early childhood education, offers outstanding childcare at its Chantilly and Ashburn, VA, campuses. An exceptional school by any standards, BeanTree provides unparalleled educational offerings for children during their critical learning years from infancy through kindergarten. We believe BeanTree families expect and deserve the utmost care and nurturing for their children in all aspects of the private school environment from academic offerings, outstanding educators and campus safety. BeanTree Learning’s faculty of more than 70 educators focus on each child’s specific needs to ensure academic excellence.

BEST PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

CONGREGATION HAR SHALOM

www.harshalom.org

301-299-7087

11510 Falls Rd.

Potomac, MD

BEST PRIVATE PRESCHOOL

(TIE)

PINECREST SCHOOL

www.pinecrestschool.org

703-354-3446

7209 Quiet Cove

Annandale, VA

BRADLEY HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL

RUNNER-UP:

BEANTREE LEARNING CENTERS

BEST PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PINECREST SCHOOL

www.pinecrestschool.org

703-354-3446

7209 Quiet Cove

Annandale, VA

RUNNER-UP:

CONGRESSIONAL SCHOOLS OF VIRGINIA

BEST PRIVATE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

THE POTOMAC SCHOOL

BEST PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL

PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

RUNNERS-UP:

THE POTOMAC SCHOOL

BISHOP IRETON HIGH SCHOOL

BEST MONTESSORI SCHOOL

MATER AMORIS MONTESSORI SCHOOL

BEST LIBERAL ARTS SCHOOL

THE NEW SCHOOL OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA

BEST PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

(TIE)

BELMONT STATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LEGACY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SAMUEL W. TUCKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

BEST PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL

BELMONT RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

BEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL

W.T. WOODSON HIGH SCHOOL

BEST STEM

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

BEST FAITH-BASED SCHOOL

CONGREGATION HAR SHALOM

www.harshalom.org

301-299-7087

11510 Falls Rd.

Potomac, MD

BEST WALDORF SCHOOL

WASHINGTON WALDORF SCHOOL

www.washingtonwaldorf.com

301-229-6107

4800 Sangamore Rd.

Bethesda, MD

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

LANGUAGE STARS

www.languagestars.com

866-557-8277

Locations in MD & VA

BEST TUTORING COMPANY

EDUCATION CONNECTION

BEST TUTOR

TUTORING CLUB OF MCLEAN

BEST SWIM SCHOOL

BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL

www.britishswimschool.com

301-963-7706 or 703-848-2800

841-F Quince Orchard Blvd.

Gaithersburg, MD

PO Box 2374

Merrifield, VA

At British Swim School, we don’t just teach children and adults how to swim. We teach survival skills, love and respect for water, and foster abilities that can translate to lifelong enjoyment. We offer lessons for ages 3 months to adult, and have year-round, heated pools in locations throughout Montgomery County, MD, and Northern VA.

BEST SWIM INSTRUCTOR

JOSHUA SMALLS,

BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

TOPKICK

www.topkickonline.com

Multiple Locations in Virginia

TopKick offers a positive yet challenging martial arts and fitness environment throughout all of our programs. We teach our students martial arts in a unique program that’s a cut above the rest! We know from experience that training at TopKick can offer everyone regardless of age a healthful, balanced life. Whether in our children’s class, family class, or adult class, the emphasis on targeted goals with ever-increasing difficulty leads to self-confidence, awesome physical benefits, improved focus, and much more. Don’t forget about our summer camp and after-school programs that offer confidence building, fun-filled days. Visit us online at www.topkickonline.com to discover more and contact us today!

BEST MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR

JEREMY LAFRENIERE,

CAPITAL MMA & ELITE FITNESS

BEST GYMNASTICS CENTER

DYNAMITE GYMNASTICS, AGILITY AND ALLSTARS CENTERS

RUNNER-UP:

THE LITTLE GYM

BEST CHILDREN’S YOGA

HEART & SOUL YOGA

BEST ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES

CONGREGATION HAR SHALOM

www.harshalom.org

301-299-7087

11510 Falls Rd.

Potomac, MD

RUNNERS-UP:

CONGRESSIONAL CAMP

POTOMAC ARTS ACADEMY AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

BEST CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM

POTOMAC ARTS ACADEMY AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTION

ACCELERANDO MUSIC

BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

LITTLE HANDS MUSIC

www.littlehands.com

703-631-2046

44710 Cape Ct. #126

Ashburn, VA

7528 Old Linton Hall Rd.

Gainesville, VA

100 Welsh Park Dr.

Rockville, MD

BEST CHILDREN’S THEATRE

ACTING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

www.afyp.org

703-307-5332

5506 Talon Ct.

Fairfax, VA

BEST DANCE STUDIO

TINY DANCERS

RUNNER-UP:

PERFECT POINTE DANCE STUDIO

www.perfectpointe.com

703-533-8830

2499 N. Harrison St.

Lower Level

Arlington, VA

BEST BALLET STUDIO

TINY DANCERS

BEST CHILDREN’S COOKING CLASSES

TINY CHEFS

www.tinychefs.com

301-841-7395

Multiple locations

BEST DAY CAMP

ACTING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

www.afyp.org

703-307-5332

5506 Talon Ct.

Fairfax, VA

RUNNER-UP:

CONGRESSIONAL CAMP

BEST OVERNIGHT CAMP

CAMP TWIN CREEKS

www.camptwincreeks.com

1-800-451-8806

Monongahela National Forest

9235 Huntersville Rd.

Marlinton, WV

BEST CAMP COUNSELOR

ACTING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S REDSHIRTS

www.afyp.org

703-307-5332

5506 Talon Ct.

Fairfax, VA

FUN

BEST FAMILY MOVIE OF 2015

CINDERELLA

BEST PLACE TO MEET OTHER MOMS

LIL OMM YOGA

BEST ANIMAL AT THE ZOO

PANDA

BEST FAMILY BOARD GAME

SPOT IT!

BEST FESTIVAL OR CELEBRATION FOR FAMILIES

HERNDON FESTIVAL

BEST KID’S TOY FOR 2015

LEGO®

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK

(TIE)

“THE GIVING TREE”

BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN

“GOODNIGHT MOON”

BY MARGARET WISE BROWN, PICTURES BY CLEMENT HURD

BEST LOCAL RADIO STATION FOR CARPOOL

WTOP

Our Best for FAMILIES reflects the views of our readers and online followers. Your opinions count, and we’re glad to be able to share the wisdom of thousands of parent experts. All the survey results published in the magazine and on our website represent our readers’ choices. We’ve awarded the “Best” to our winners, and also listed those who were a close second as runners-up. Just to be clear, publishing the results does not constitute a public endorsement by Washington FAMILY or our staff. Our staff uses the Best for FAMILIES survey just like our readers use it – we find new family favorites every year!

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