2010 Family Favorites

. January 25, 2013.
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Let the favorites begin! The ballots are in and counted! Ann Arborites have spoken! Thanks to all our readers for telling us what they love most about the Ann Arbor area. From local experts to exciting locations, it’s no wonder we love to call Ann Arbor home!

Let's Eat

Family restaurant
Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Rd.
734-663-3663
www.zingermansroadhouse.com
Runner up: Grizzly Peak

Healthy kids’ menu
Seva Restaurant
314 E. Liberty St.
734-662-1111
www.sevarestaurant.com
Runner up: Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Fun place for dinner

Bagger Dave’s
859 W. Eisenhower Pkwy.
734-994-3283
www.baggerdaves.com
Runner up: Aubree’s Pizzeria and Tavern

Pizza joint
Pizza House
618 Church St.
734-995-5095
www.pizzahouse.com
Runner up: Hello Faz Pizza

Burger place
Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger
551 S. Division St.
734-663-4590
www.blimpyburger.com
Runner up: Bagger Dave’s

Ice cream shop
Washtenaw Dairy
602 S. Ashley St.
734-662-3244
www.washtenawdairy.com
Runner up: Mickey’s Dairy Twist

Place where kids eat free
Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack
104 E. Michigan Ave.
Saline
734-944-6227
www.macsinsaline.com
Runner up: Qdoba Mexican Grill

 Kid-friendly grocery store
Busch’s Fresh Food Market
For locations visit www.buschs.com
Runner up: Plum Market

Natural food store
Arbor Farms Market
2103 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-996-8111
www.arborfarms.com
Runner up: Plum Market

Consignment for kids
Children’s Orchard
887 W. Eisenhower Pkwy.
734-995-8889
www.childrensorchard.com
This children’s consignment store resells gently used children’s clothing, toys and furniture at its Ann Arbor location. The store, opened in 1990, provides more name brands at discount prices than many other retailers. Children’s Orchard stresses the importance of value when it comes to selecting merchandise and offers additional discounts to members of the store’s M.O.M.S. Club and Birthday Club.

Program for preschoolers/ Best place to buy maternity clothes
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave.
Saline
734-994-3628
www.myurbantoddler.com
Rosa Lee founded My Urban Toddler in 2006 to establish a place for new parents to immerse themselves and their children in organized, sophisticated conversation and activities. My Urban Toddler provides a wide range of products including strollers, books and gifts, and also offers classes on subjects ranging from childbirth for parents to ballet for little ones. With age-appropriate classes for infants to age five, My Urban Toddler, is a mingling spot for parents and an imagination-driven destination for toddlers.
My Urban toddler also boasts a vast selection of maternity clothing for any stylish expectant mom-to-be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tops In Ann Arbor

Local company to work for if you have kids
University of Michigan
Runner up: Children’s Creative Learning Center

Neighborhood to raise kids in
Saline
Runner up: Burn’s Park

Kids Photographer
Myra Klarman
206 S. Main St.
734-330-1251
www.myraklarman.com
Runner up: Kat Foley

Program for preschoolers
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave.
Saline
734-994-3628
www.myurbantoddler.com
Runner up: Saline Recreation Complex

Summer Day Camp
Summers-Knoll School
2015 Manchester Rd.
734-971-7991
www.summers-knoll.org
Runner up: Emerson School

Family-friendly car dealership
Briarwood Ford
7070 Michigan Ave.
Saline
734-429-5478
www.briarwood-ford.net
Runner up: Dunning Toyota

Teacher
Ms. Bonnie Jacques of Saline Cooperative Preschool
Runner up: Ms. Glenna Ford of Great Lakes Educational Group

Tutoring/ learning center
Great Lakes
Educational Group
152 S. Industrial Dr.
Saline
734-944-5658
www.greatlakeseducationalgroup.com
Runner up: 826 Michigan

Bank/financial institution
Bank of Ann Arbor
For locations visit www.bankofannarbor.com
Runner up: Ann Arbor State Bank

Dentist/orthodontist
Dr. Ray Maturo
Pediatric Dentistry
2074 S. Main St.
734-663-2490
www.annarborpediatricdentistry.com
Runner up: Dr. Santine Anderson DDS of Enspire Dental

Optometrist
Bennett Optometry
117 S. Main St.
734-665-5306
www.bennettoptometry.com
Runner up: Ann Arbor Optometry

Family lawyer
Jim Fink
Fink and Valvo PLLC
320 N. Main St.
734-994-1077
Runner up: Wilson P. Tanner III, PLC

Place to worship
St. Andrew
the Apostle Parish
910 Austin Dr.
Saline
734-429-5210
Runner up: St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Preschool
Saline Cooperative
Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor Rd.
Saline
734-429-0685
www.salinecoop.org
Runner up: Ann Arbor Hills Child Development Center

Daycare
Bemis Farms Childcare and Preschool
For locations visit www.bemisfarmschildcare.com
Runner up: Children’s Creative Learning Center

Drop-in childcare
Ann Arbor YMCA’s
Child Watch
400 W. Washington
734-996-9622
www.annarborymca.org
Runner up: Bemis Farms Childcare and Preschool

Place to give birth
St. Joseph Mercy Health System
501 N. Maple Rd.
734-327-3933
www.stjoeshealth.org
Runner up: University of Michigan Hospital

Pediatric practice
Liberty Pediatrics
3200 W. Liberty Rd.
734-994-5858
www.libertypediatrics.org
Runner up: Child Health Associates

Doctor
Dr. Tanya Rodgers of Ann Arbor Family Practice
3200 W. Liberty Rd.
734-761-2581
www.ihacares.com
Runner up: Dr. Yukt Anand Singh of St. Joseph Mercy Health System

Midwife
Cheryl Bachman of CNM Midwife
4936 W. Clark Rd.
Ypsilanti
734-572-9600
Runner up: East Ann Arbor Midwives

Place to change a diaper
Von Maur
100 Briarwood Circle
734-622-0233
www.vonmaur.com
Runner up: Babies R Us

Place to nurse a baby
Von Maur
100 Briarwood Circle
734-622-0233
www.vonmaur.com
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

Let’s Play

Dance class
Arts in Motion
2841 Boardwalk St.
734-222-6246
www.artsinmotion.net
Runner up: Dance Steps Studio

Art class
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.
734-994-8004
www.annarborartcenter.org
Runner up: Two Twelve Arts Center

Music class
Hand in Hand Music
10276 Normonie Ct.
Saline
734-429-3385
www.handinhandmt.com
Runner up: Robinsongs For Kids

Hand in Hand Music offers musical enrichment classes for newborns to five-year-olds. Parents and caregivers are required to attend the classes alongside their children, making music and demonstrating the importance of bonding, movement and, of course, listening. Currently offered at My Urban Toddler and The Saline First United Methodist Church, Hand in Hand Music boasts a collection of teachers with years of experience fostering the musical development in youth.

Activity that’s free
Ann Arbor District Library’s Story Time
For locations visit www.aadl.org
Runner up: Walk in the Arb

Family-friendly fair or festival
Saline Fair
Runner up: Festifools
Live theatre for kids
Wild Swan Theater
410 S. Maple
734-995-0530
www.wildswantheater.org
Runner up: Michigan Theater

Park or playground
Mill Pond Park
565 W. Bennett St.
Saline
www.ci.saline.mi.us
Runner up: Gallup Park

Story hour
Saline District Library
555 N. Maple Rd.
Saline
734-429-5450
www.saline.lib.mi.us
Runner up: Ann Arbor District Library’s Downtown Branch

Rainy day outing
Ann Arbor
Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann St.
734-995-5439
www.aahom.org
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

Sunny day outing
Rolling Hills Water Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd.
Ypsilanti
734-484-9676
www.ewashtenaw.org
Runner up: Mill Pond Park

Place to swim
Saline Recreation Complex
1866 Woodland Dr.
Saline
734-429-3502
www.ci.saline.mi.us
Runner up: Rolling Hills

Water Park/Indoor water park
Splash Universe Indoor Water Park Resort
100 Whitetail Dr.
Dundee
877-752-7482
www.splashuniverse.com/Dundee
Runner up: Kalahari Resort Waterpark

Vacation on a budget
South Haven
Runner up: Up North

Family-friendly health club
Liberty Athletic Club
2975 W. Liberty Rd.
734-665-3738
www.libertyathletic.net
Runner up: Saline

Recreation Complex/Indoor sports facility
Saline Recreation Complex
1866 Woodland Dr.
Saline
734-429-3502
www.ci.saline.mi.us
Runner up: Ann Arbor YMCA

Gymnastics
Gym America
4611 Platt Rd.
734-971-1667
www.gymamericagymnastics.com
Runner up: Champion Gymnastics

Bowling alley
Colonial Lanes
1950 S. Industrial Hwy.
734-665-4474
www.coloniallanescubsac.com
Runner up: Maplewood Lanes

Place to buy kids’ shoes
Stride Rite
818 Briarwood Circle
734-662-6600
www.striderite.com
Runner up: Von Maur

Consignment for kids
Children’s Orchard
887 W. Eisenhower Pkwy.
734-995-8889
www.childrensorchard.com
Runner up: Once Upon A Child

Place to buy maternity clothes
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave.
Saline
734-994-3628
www.myurbantoddler.com
Runner up: Once Upon A Child

Place to splurge for the nursery
Elephant Ears
415 N. 5th Ave.
734-622-9580
www.elephantearsonline.com
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

Specialty Toys/Gifts
Learning Express
2465 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-997-0707
annarbor.learningexpress-toys.com
Runner up: Mudpuddles

Place to buy outdoor equipment
Tree Town Toys
2611 Plymouth Rd.
734-929-6545
www.treetowntoys.com
Runner up: REI

Children’s furniture
IKEA
41640 Ford Rd.
Canton
734-981-6300
www.ikea.com
Runner up: Children’s Orchard 

Preschool
Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor Rd.
Saline
734-429-0685
www.salinecoop.org
Saline Cooperative Preschool, centrally located in Saline since 1957, enlists two parent helpers in each classroom every day. Each parent helper has an assigned set of tasks ranging from arts and crafts to planned activities. Hands-on parental involvement is instrumental in the school’s success, allowing parents to know their child’s teacher and classmates, and to have personal involvement in their child’s success. “It’s a very flexible environment,” says Adrienne Logman, an active parent of a SCP student. “Some people might be apprehensive with the time commitment
tied to entering the classroom, but I’m a working mom and it works,” says Logman.

Birthday Bashes

Entertainer
Jeff Wawrzaszek of A2magic.com
734-99-MAGIC
www.a2magic.com
Runner up: Magic Joe

Place for a birthday party
Jump City
2825 Boardwalk Dr.
734-995-5055
www.jump-city.com
Runner up: Mocha Mountain (formerly Jungle Java)

Place to buy a cake
Baker’s Nook
901 W. Michigan
Saline
734-429-1320
www.thebakersnook.com
Runner up: Manchester Bakery

Inflatable bounce house
Xtreme Bounce Zone
82 Aprill Dr.
734-761-3242
www.xtremebouncezone.com
Runner up: Kelly’s Inflatables

Shop Till You Drop
Kids’ Clothing Store
Elephant Ears
415 N. 5th Ave.
734-622-9580
www.elephantearsonline.com
Runner up: Children’s Orchard

For Parents ONLY

Mom support group
Lamaze Family Center
2500 Packard Rd. Suite 101
734-973-1014
www.lamazefamilycenter.org
Runner up: A2 Babywearers

Mom-friendly play date spot
Mocha Mountain (formerly Jungle Java)
3900 Jackson Rd.
734-786-1340
www.mocha-mountain.com
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

Parent Blog
arborparents.com
To see Arbor Parents
visit www.unixmama.com
Runner up: anadequatemom.wordpress.com

Date Night Restaurant
Café Zola
112 W. Washington St.
734-769-2020
www.cafezola.com
Runner up: Gratzi

Place for mom to be pampered
Bellanina Day Spa and Gift Boutique
201 N. 4th Ave.
734-327-1000
www.bellanina.com
Runner up: Fran Coy’s Salon and Spa

Romantic getaway
Weber’s Inn
3050 Jackson Ave.
734-769-2500
www.webersinn.com
Runner up: The Oasis Hot Tub Garden

Tap into Ann Arbor Family

Reason to love Ann Arbor Family
Great articles
Runner up: Great ideas for family fun

Best Ann Arbor Family column
Food Fight
Runner up: New Kids

Best story idea Ann Arbor Family hasn’t covered
Best private schools
Runner up: Mother/daughter businesses

Reason to visit AnnArborFamily.com
Great articles
Runner up: The online calendar