Best for FAMILIES 2016 Results

We asked, and you voted! For more than 20 years, Washington FAMILY Magazine has been running our annual Best for FAMILIES survey. This year’s survey received more than 15,000 online votes in 135 categories. Some categories were a tie vote between the winners or runners-up, so we’ve included both.

We’re always excited to see the year’s winners, and hope you will find the results as useful as we do. Congratulations to our area’s best!

Education & Activities

BEST ARTS PROGRAM

Bella Ballet

• RUNNER-UP •

Acting for Young People

BEST BALLET OR DANCE STUDIO

Bella Ballet

• RUNNER-UP •

Dance Academy of Loudoun

BEST BASEBALL CAMP

Bethesda Big Train

• RUNNER-UP •

Ross Natoli Baseball Camp at Catholic University

BEST CHILD CARE/DAYCARE CENTER

Jaclyn Perovich, Au Pair Cultural Care

• RUNNER-UP •

The Goddard School

BEST CHILDREN’S COOKING CLASSES

Cookology

• RUNNER-UP •

Cooking with Fun

BEST CHILDREN’S THEATRE OR DRAMA INSTRUCTION

Acting for Young People

• RUNNER-UP •

Encore Stage & Studio

BEST CHILDREN’S YOGA CLASSES

Heart & Soul Yoga

• RUNNER-UP •

Lil Omm

BEST DAY CAMP

Congressional Camp

www.congressionalschools.org

703-533-9711

3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd.

Falls Church, VA

Congressional Camp is an ACA-accredited coed day camp designed for ages 3-14. We’re located on a beautiful, 40-acre campus in Falls Church, VA, at Congressional School. Our diverse programs include day camp, travel camps, academic classes and specialty camps which offer summers of new challenges, old traditions, friends and boundless FUN!

• RUNNER-UP •

Acting for Young People

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

Loudoun Country Day School

www.lcds.org | 703-777-3841

20600 Red Cedar Dr.

Leesburg, VA

• RUNNER-UP •

Language Stars

BEST GYMNASTICS CENTER

APEX Gymnastics

• RUNNERS-UP •

Dynamite Gymnastic

Dobre Gymnastics Academy

BEST MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION

TopKick Martial Arts

• RUNNERS-UP •

Kicks Karate School

BEST MONTESSORI

Oneness-Family School

onenessfamilymontessorischool.org

301-652-7751

6701 Wisconsin Ave.

Chevy Chase, MD

Oneness-Family School serves students ages 2- grade 8, providing the very best in Montessori education since 1988. Our unique program focuses on both character and curriculum, offering a diverse international community founded on values within an academically rich environment. This enables us to prepare our students to be the global leaders of tomorrow who can think in creative and dynamic ways for an ever-changing world. In 2017, we will expand our successful program into the first Montessori high school in the Mid-Atlantic! Visit our website or come in for a tour to see why we were voted the “Best Montessori School in the Washington D.C. area.”

• RUNNER-UP •

Arris Montessori Academy

BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTION

Loudoun Country Day School

www.lcds.org

703-777-3841

20600 Red Cedar Dr.

Leesburg, VA

B&B Music Lessons

www.bnbmusiclessons.com

301-655-4460

B&B Music Lessons has been providing at home music lessons since 2005. Our primary goal is to change lives through music, one lesson at a time. B&B has created a community of reliable and talented teachers. Private music lessons with B&B are fun and engaging while still covering the fundamentals of music. Our students are excited about taking lessons because we make it easy and fun for them to learn. We know that not every music student wants to become a professional musician and we make sure lessons are enjoyable and individually tailored for the student. Our private teachers do the driving so you don’t have to!

• RUNNER-UP •

Potomac Arts Academy

BEST OVERNIGHT CAMP

Randolph-Macon Academy

www.rma.edu

200 Academy Dr.

Front Royal, VA

[email protected]

Students soar here! Located 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., R-MA is a co-ed day and boarding school that helps students achieve their academic potential through small classes, mentoring groups and supervised study halls. Advanced Placement and college courses are available. Students learn leadership skills through Air Force JROTC, and develop positive morals through the school’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church. Students also excel in 20 varsity sports, forensics, band, chorus, drama and a flight program. Graduating classes have a 100 percent college acceptance rate and average $6.5 million in college scholarship offers each year.

• RUNNER-UP •

Camp Tall Timbers

BEST PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Loudoun Country Day School

www.lcds.org

703-777-3841

20600 Red Cedar Dr.

Leesburg, VA

• RUNNER-UP •

The Griffin Academy Preschool of Westminster School

BEST PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Westminister School

www.westminsterschool.com

703-256-3620

3819 Gallows Rd.

Annandale, VA

Westminster School provides students in preschool-8th grade a well-rounded education steeped in the classics, whose fundamental goals are a disciplined and well-informed mind, strength of character, dedication to learning, generosity of spirit, creativity and joy in the possibilities of life. Accelerated curriculum includes the core subjects, as well as Junior Great Books, French, Latin, art, music, penmanship, drama, and daily PE. Extracurricular activities such as sports, chorus, orchestra, MathCounts, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, chess and multiple field trips per year enhance students’ rich experience. Extended care, door-to-door bus service, enrichment classes and camp programs are also available.

• RUNNER-UP •

Loudoun Country Day School

BEST PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL

Randolph-Macon Academy

• RUNNER-UP •

The Siena School

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

(OVERALL)

Loudoun Country Day School

www.lcds.org

703-777-3841

20600 Red Cedar Dr.

Leesburg, VA

LCDS has enjoyed a prominent place in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia since 1953, and its outreach grows every year as we appeal to larger geographical areas. Our robust educational program, including our emphasis on strong academics, STEM, the arts and athletics is gaining recognition in the greater metropolitan area. Beyond that, LCDS students emerge not only as independent and critical thinkers, but also responsible and caring citizens. Although we are honored to be chosen in reader surveys, we also hope for a larger goal, and that is to graduate students who can make our world a better place, and who will pass on this commitment to their own children.

• RUNNER-UP •

Westminster School

BEST SAT/ACT TEST PREP

PrepU

• RUNNER-UP •

Tutoring Club of McLean

BEST SPECIAL NEEDS CAMP

Fitness for Health

• RUNNER-UP •

Commonwealth Academy

BEST SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL

The Siena School

• RUNNER-UP •

Commonwealth Academy

www.commonwealthacademy.org

703-548-6912

1321 Leslie Ave.

Alexandria, VA

Small class sizes, experiential learning, grade-level through AP courses and a wide range of extracurricular activities are hallmarks of Commonwealth Academy, where average to gifted students with ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences come to develop their critical thinking and organizational skills and prepare for college.

BEST STEM PROGRAMS

Stemtree Education Center

Loudoun Country Day School

www.lcds.org

703-777-3841

20600 Red Cedar Dr.

Leesburg, VA

BEST SWIM SCHOOL

SwimKids Swim Schools

www.swimkids.us

Village at Leesburg

703-962-SWIM(7946)

Leesburg, VA

Market Place at Potomac Station

703-962-SWIM(7946)

Leesburg, VA

Massad Family YMCA

540-446-5437

Fredericksburg, VA

Potomac Festival

703-396-SWIM(7946)

Woodbridge, VA

Wellington Center Circle

571-261-SWIM(7946)

Gainesville, VA

• RUNNER-UP •

British Swim School — Montgomery County

BEST TUTORING PROGRAM

PrepU

• RUNNER-UP •

Tutoring Club of McLean

BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIOS

Heart & Soul Yoga

Honest Soul Yoga

• RUNNER-UP •

Circle Yoga

BEST YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUE

Reston Raiders

Hockey Club

• RUNNER-UP •

Reston Soccer

Food

BEST CATERER

District Taco

• RUNNER-UP •

Verdot Tastings

BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Uncle Julio’s

• RUNNER-UP •

The Cheesecake Factory

BEST GROCERY STORE

Wegmans

• RUNNER-UP •

Trader Joe’s

BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE

Whole Foods Market

• RUNNER-UP •

MOM’s Organic Market

BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT SHOP

SweetFrog

• RUNNER-UP •

Rita’s Italian Ice

BEST LOCAL BAKERY

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

• RUNNER-UP •

Mom’s Apple Pie

BEST LOCAL CHEAP-EATS RESTAURANT

Lost Dog Café

• RUNNER-UP •

Noodles & Company

BEST LOCAL CUP OF COFFEE

Bean Bar

• RUNNER-UP •

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

BEST LOCAL CUPCAKE SHOP

Georgetown Cupcake

• RUNNER-UP •

Baked & Wired

BEST LOCAL OUTDOOR/PATIO DINING

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

• RUNNER-UP •

Fire Works Pizza

BEST LOCAL RESTAURANT WITH A KID’S NIGHT/SPECIAL

Silver Diner

• RUNNERS-UP •

Eggspectation

The Green Turtle

BEST LOCAL ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

L’Auberge Chez Francois

• RUNNER-UP •

Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar

BEST LOCAL SPORTS BAR

Buffalo Wild Wings

• RUNNER-UP •

Glory Days Grill, Burke, VA

Health

BEST ALLERGY OR ASTHMA DOCTOR & PRACTICE NAME

MindWell Psychology

• RUNNER-UP •

Children’s National Health Center

BEST CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY

Little Pearls Dentistry for Children

BEST CHILDREN’S THERAPIST/PSYCHIATRIST & PRACTICE NAME

MindWell Psychology

• RUNNER-UP •

Little Hands Speech & Occupational Therapy

BEST DENTIST OR ORTHODONTIST & PRACTICE NAME

Little Pearls Dentistry for Children

BEST DERMATOLOGIST & PRACTICE NAME

Dr. Semler — Semler Dermatology, Inc.

BEST EYE DOCTOR (OPTOMETRIST) & PRACTICE NAME

Dr. McGrew — Eyecare Center of Leesburg

BEST FAMILY DOCTOR & PRACTICE NAME

Children’s Medical Associates of Northern VA

• RUNNER-UP •

Dr. Kelly — Northern VA Pediatric Associates

BEST FAMILY THERAPIST/PSYCHIATRIST & PRACTICE NAME

MindWell Psychology

• RUNNER-UP •

Little Hands Speech & Occupational Therapy

BEST FERTILITY CLINIC

Shady Grove Fertility

• RUNNER-UP •

Dominion Fertility

BEST GYM OR HEALTH CLUB

Sport&Health

• RUNNER-UP •

TopKick Martial Arts

BEST HOSPITAL

INOVA Loudoun Hospital

• RUNNER-UP •

INOVA Fairfax Hospital

BEST MIDWIFE

Loudoun Community Midwives

BEST NUTRITIONISTS/DIETICIANS

Dr. Wong — Capital Integrative Health

Theresa Roth — Prosperity Eating Disorder and Wellness Center

• RUNNER-UP •

Dr. McFarland — Envision Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center

BEST OB/GYN & PRACTICE NAME

Dr. Band and Dr. Lizardo — Capital Women’s Care

• RUNNER-UP •

Robert Footer, MD

BEST ORTHOPEDISTS

Dr. Reff — The Orthopaedic Center

• RUNNER-UP •

Progressive Pediatric Physical Therapy

BEST PEDIATRICIAN & PRACTICE NAME

Dr. Michel — Haymarket Pediatrics

• RUNNER-UP •

Children’s Medical Associates of Northern VA

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

Kathy Corbey — Studio Pink Fit

• RUNNER-UP •

Reza Mofarrahi — Fitness for Health

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST & PRACTICE NAME

Progressive Pediatric Physical Therapy

• RUNNER-UP •

Dr. Wagner — Progressive Pediatric Physical Therapy

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 Urgent Care Center, Dulles South

BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM OR DOCTOR

Weight Watchers

Home Improvement

BEST DECK/PORCH BUILDER

Woodscape Construction

• RUNNER-UP •

Nuance, Inc.

BEST ELECTRICIAN

J&G Electric Co., Inc.

• RUNNER-UP •

Breeden Electric

BEST FLOORING COMPANY

Loudoun Valley Floors

• RUNNER-UP •

Normandy Carpet Care Co.

BEST GENERAL REPAIRS/HANDYMAN

Fixit Home Repair and Improvements

• RUNNER-UP •

Hourly Husbands

BEST HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY

Climatic Heating & Cooling, Inc.

www.climaticva.com

703-779-7455

9 W. Federal St.

Middleburg, VA

Climatic is a family owned and operated heating and cooling company specializing in residential service and installation. We pride ourselves in providing ethical, reliable service and the best installations in Northern Virginia. We employ highly trained, certified technicians who are never commission based. All of us at Climatic believe systems should be designed by engineers, not by sales people. Call us to see why we have been voted Best of Loudoun three years in a row!

• RUNNER-UP •

Michael & Son Services

BEST HOME BUILDER

Next Life Homes

• RUNNER-UP •

Sandy Spring Builders

BEST INTERIOR DECORATOR

Kim Kendall Interiors

• RUNNER-UP •

Ethan Allen

BEST KITCHEN DESIGNER

AKG Design Studio

www.akgdesignstudio.com

571-446-1108

AKG Design Studio is a boutique cabinet design firm serving the D.C. Metro area. From classic design to modern décor, the AKG team is committed to ongoing education and research and keeping their pulse on market trends so they can deliver the best products and solutions to you. AKG Design Studio provides design and cabinetry for kitchen bathrooms and other spaces around the home.

• RUNNER-UP •

IKEA

BEST MARBLE AND GRANITE COMPANY

Baltimore Granite Direct, LLC

• RUNNER-UP •

Flintstone Marble & Granite, Ashburn VA

BEST PAINTING COMPANY

Five Star Painting

• RUNNER-UP •

Nuance, Inc.

BEST PLUMBER

J.R. Snider Ltd.

• RUNNER-UP •

Michael & Son Services

BEST REMODELING COMPANY

MAC Design & Build

• RUNNER-UP •

AAA Quality Home Improvement, Glenn Hughes

Party

BEST KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

Rockin’ Jump

• RUNNER-UP •

Monkey Joe’s, Dulles, VA

BEST KID’S PARTY ENTERTAINER

Acting For Young People

• RUNNER-UP •

TopKick Martial Arts

BEST PARTY SERVICE

Acting For Young People

• RUNNER-UP •

Sweet & Sassy

BEST PLACE FOR A TEAM PARTY

Rockin’ Jump

• RUNNER-UP •

Shadowland Adventures

www.shadowlandadventures.com

703-263-1004

4300 Chantilly Shopping Center

Chantilly, VA

Strap on a high-tech light-weight suit, enter the huge multi-level carpeted arena and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! Eerie fog, specialty lights, sounds and music combine for a sensory experience like no other. Choose your code-name, suit up,and join others on your team to push your senses to the limit. After your adventure, compare your score and performance to others in the game. Phenomenal fun for individuals, families, youth groups, sports teams and office team building outings. Call the ShadowLand closest to you today and see why people who take part say that ShadowLand is “unbelievably exciting…”

BEST PARTY SUPPLIES

Party City

• RUNNER-UP •

Target

People

BEST BOSS

Jamie Romaezi Photography

• RUNNER-UP •

Toni McGillen at SwimKids, Leesburg, VA

BEST FAMILY BLOGGER

DC Thrifty Mom

• RUNNER-UP •

DullesMoms.com

BEST COSMETIC SURGEON

Dr. Chang — Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center

• RUNNER-UP •

Dr. Parva — Parva Plastic Surgery

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER

Nathan Myers — Edward Jones

• RUNNER-UP •

Steven Feys — Seneca Wealth Strategies, LLC

BEST HOME CLEANING SERVICE

Maid Brigade

• RUNNER-UP •

Merry Maids

BEST LOCAL FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Staged Photography

• RUNNER-UP •

Julia MacInnis Photography

BEST LOCAL NEWS PERSONALITY

Doreen Gentzler

• RUNNER-UP •

Angie Goff

BEST LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

Bryce Harper

• RUNNER-UP •

Kirk Cousins

BEST MECHANIC

Mike Stanoyevitch at Bethesda Sunoco

BEST MORTGAGE LOAN OFFICERS

SunTrust Banks

Dennis Elliot — McLean Mortgage Corporation

• RUNNER-UP •

Greg Simmons — First Savings Mortgage Corporation

BEST NANNY SERVICE/BABYSITTER

Let Mommy Sleep

• RUNNER-UP •

Jaclyn Perovich, Au Pair Cultural Care

BEST RADIO DJ/SHOW

The Kane Show — Hot 99.5

• RUNNER-UP •

Tommy McFly — 94.7 Fresh FM

BEST REALTOR

Gift Thongpia-Hughes — Keller Williams Realty, Reston, VA

BEST PERSONAL ORGANIZER

Scott Roewer — The Organizing Agency, Inc.

Stressed by clutter when you walk in the front door? Frustrated by your disorganized closet? Our clients call us “Superheros” and “Miracle Workers” – but we are a dedicated team of professional organizers who can create organizing systems your entire family can use and maintain. We provide organizing services for residential and office spaces, including specialized offerings such as stress-free moving, renovation planning, closet design, virtual organizing and wardrobe styling. Please call or email now for a free consultation and learn how TheOrganizingAgency.com can help you organize your personal and professional life. Email [email protected] Mention this article for $100 off your first appointment.

• RUNNER-UP •

Simplify You — C. Lee Cawley

BEST SWIM INSTRUCTOR

Toni McGillen at SwimKids, Leesburg, VA

• RUNNER-UP •

Lindsey Lidlow at SwimKids, Woodbridge, VA

Pets

BEST PET GROOMER

PetSmart

• RUNNER-UP •

DogiZone, Rockville, MD

BEST PET SITTING/BOARDING

DogiZone Rockville, MD

• RUNNER-UP •

Olde Towne Pet Resort

BEST PET STORE

PetSmart

• RUNNER-UP •

Petco

BEST PET TRAINER

DogiZone

• RUNNER-UP •

PetSmart

BEST VETERINARIAN

Clarendon Animal Care

Places

BEST AMUSEMENT PARK

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

• RUNNER-UP •

Hersheypark

BEST CHURCH/PLACE OF WORSHIP

Cornerstone Chapel, Leesburg, VA

• RUNNERS-UP •

McLean Bible Church

St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Leesburg, VA

BEST FAMILY DAY TRIP

Wintergreen Resort

• RUNNER-UP •

Luray Caverns

BEST ICE SKATING RINK

Cabin John Ice Rink

BEST INDOOR ACTIVITY

Fitness for Health

• RUNNER-UP •

Flight Trampoline Park

BEST INDOOR PLAY FACILITY

Monkey Joe’s Dulles

• RUNNER-UP •

Flight Trampoline Park

BEST INDOOR SWIMMING POOL/REC CENTER

Claude Moore Recreation Center

• RUNNER-UP •

Cub Run RECenter

BEST LOCAL BEACH

Ocean City, MD

• RUNNER-UP •

Bethany Beach, DE

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

Dogfish Head Alehouse

• RUNNER-UP •

Lost Rhino Brewing Company

BEST LOCAL GETAWAY/RESORT

Wintergreen Resort

• RUNNER-UP •

Rehobeth, MD

BEST LOCAL SHOPPING CENTER OR MALL

Tysons Corner Center

• RUNNER-UP •

Westfield Montgomery Mall

BEST LOCAL WINERY

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

• RUNNER-UP •

Sunset Hills Vineyard

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

• RUNNER-UP •

Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic

BEST MUSEUM

Smithsonian National Gallery of Art

• RUNNER-UP •

National Museum of Natural History

BEST PETTING ZOO

Leesburg Animal Park

• RUNNER-UP •

Critters & Conservation

BEST ROLLER RINK

Purcellville Skating Rink

BEST STADIUM

Nationals Park

• RUNNER-UP •

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

BEST WATER PARK

Water Country USA

• RUNNER-UP •

Kings Dominion

Retail

BEST CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT OR RESALE STORES

Little Lords and Ladies

Once Upon A Child

• RUNNERS-UP •

Frilly Frocks

Wiggle Room

BEST HAIR SALON FOR CHILDREN

Sweet & Sassy

• RUNNER-UP •

Cartoon Cuts, Fair Oaks, VA

BEST LOCAL CAR DEALERS

Fitzgerald Auto Mall

CarMax

• RUNNER-UP •

Dulles Motorcars

BEST LOCAL CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

Wiggle Room

• RUNNER-UP •

Robcyns

BEST LOCAL CHILDREN’S FURNITURE STORE

Great Beginnings

• RUNNER-UP •

Kids2Teen Bedrooms

BEST LOCAL CHILDREN’S SHOE STORE

Shoe Train

• RUNNER-UP •

Stride Rite

BEST LOCAL SELECTION OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Barnes & Noble

Barstons Child’s Play

• RUNNER-UP •

McKay Used Books

BEST LOCALLY OWNED TOY STORE

Barstons Child’s Play

• RUNNER-UP •

Doodlehopper 4 Kids

BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Melodee Music

• RUNNER-UP •

Shamrock Music Shoppe

BEST PLACE TO BUY OUTDOOR PLAY EQUIPMENT

Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores

• RUNNER-UP •

Costco.com

Style

BEST ACCESSORIES STORE

Charming Charlie

• RUNNER-UP •

Kohl’s

BEST DAY SPA

Ibiza Day Spa & Salon

• RUNNER-UP •

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

BEST HAIR SALON/COLORIST

Ibiza Day Spa & Salon

• RUNNER-UP •

Images Hair Studio — Laura Trittipoe

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Charming Charlie

• RUNNER-UP •

Kettermans Jewelers

BEST MAKEUP STORE

Sephora

• RUNNER-UP •

ULTA Beauty

BEST MANI/PEDI

Ibiza Day Spa & Salon

• RUNNER-UP •

Totally Polished Salon

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

Jos. A. Bank — Reston Town Center

• RUNNER-UP •

Avenue Jack

BEST PERSONAL SHOPPER/STYLIST

DC Style Factory

• RUNNER-UP •

Marcy Slibert — J. Hilburn

BEST SHOE STORE

DSW

• RUNNER-UP •

Nordstrom

BEST UPSCALE CONSIGNMENT

Chic Envy and Chic to Chic

• RUNNERS-UP •

Natalie Dressed

Current Boutique

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

Ann Taylor LOFT

• RUNNER-UP •

South Moon Under

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