2016 Family Favorites

. June 30, 2017.

Time to Party

Place for a birthday bash


509 State Cir
734-769-0263 | kidopolis.net
Runner Up: Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

Place to buy a birthday cake

Benny’s Bakery

111 W Michigan Ave, Saline
734-429-9120 | facebook.com/bennysbakery
Runner Up: Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Family-friendly entertainer

Magic Joe (Joe Fusco)

734-944-1370 | magic-joe.com
Runner Up: Joe Reilly

Place to buy birthday decorations

Party City

2857 Oak Valley Dr
734-663-4663 | partycity.com
Runner Up: Dollar Tree

Family photographer

Kat Foley

131 E Michigan Ave, Saline
734-904-0070 | katfoleyphoto.com
Runner Up: Megan Dula

Favorite Places and Spaces

Animal Encounters


The Creature Conservancy

4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
734-929-9324 | thecreatureconservancy.org

The Creature Conservancy provides a rare opportunity to interact with unique species from around the world. Founded by a local veterinary clinic to assist in the rescue of wild and exotic animals, the Conservancy is a fantastic family outing designed to excite, inspire and promote learning about the earth’s inhabitants. Open for visits on Saturdays and Sundays, each month they feature one of their animals up close on their stage. Stop by to see the sloths, a crested porcupine, or even kangaroos.
Runner up: Leslie Science & Nature Center

Family activity

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

220 E Ann St
734-995-5439 | aahom.org
Runner Up: The Petting Farm
at Domino’s Farms

Place to read

AADL-Westgate Library

2503 Jackson Ave
734-327-4200 | aadl.org
Runner Up: Saline District Library

Place to worship

St Francis of Assisi

2250 E Stadium Blvd
734-769-2550 | stfrancisa2.com
Runner Up: St. Andrew’s Church


Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

220 E Ann St
734-995-5439 | aahom.org
Runner Up: University of Michigan
Museum of Natural History

Fair or festival

Ann Arbor Summer Festival 310 Depot St #3

734-994-5999 | a2sf.org
Runner Up: Ann Arbor Art Fair

Place for a picnic

Nichols Arboretum

1610 Washington Heights
734-647-8986 | lsa.umich.edu/mbg
Runner Up: Gallop Park

Place to volunteer

Humane Society of Huron Valley

3100 Cherry Hill Rd
734-662-5585 | hshv.org
Runner Up: Food Gatherers

Tween activity

Zap Zone

4177 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti
734-930-6670 | zap-zone.com
Runner Up: The Neutral Zone

Garden and nature center

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

1800 N Dixboro Rd
734-647-7600 | mbgna.umich.edu
Runner Up: Leslie Science & Nature Center

Local toy store

Learning Express

2465 W Stadium Blvd
734-997-0707 | learningexpress.com
Runner Up: The Little Seedling

Bowling alley

Revel and Roll

1950 S Industrial Hwy
734-665-4474 | revelandroll.com
Runner Up: Maplewood Lanes

Delicious Eats

Places where kids eat free


Maiz Mexican Cantina

36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti
734-340-6010 | maizmexican.com

At Maiz Mexican Cantina they bring a fresh approach to traditional favorites and tex-mex specialities. Their authentic recipes are made from scratch daily using some fantastic local ingredients. And what did you our readers love best? Kids ages 10 and under eat free on Sundays. They offer up to two kids meals free per adult entree.
Runner up: The Pretzel Bell

Cupcakes/Bakery/Sweet shop

The Cupcake Station

116 E Liberty St
734-222-1801 | cupcakestation.com
Runner Up: Benny’s Bakery

Family-friendly restaurant

Zingermans Deli

422 Detroit St
734-663-3354 | zingermansdeli.com
Runner Up: Dan’s Downtown Tavern

Ice cream shop

Washtenaw Dairy

602 S Ashley St
734-662-3244 | washtenawdairy.com
Runner Up: Blank Slate Creamery

Local pizza place

Cottage Inn

512 E William St
734-663-3379 | originalcottageinn.com
Runner Up: Pizza House

Boutique Beauty

Kids’ clothing store

Little Seedling

2121 W Stadium Blvd
734-418-2392 | thelittleseedling.com
Runner Up: My Urban Toddler

Maternity clothing store

My Urban Toddler

3010 Washtenaw Ave #107
734-585-0788 | myurbantoddler.com
Runner Up: Once Upon a Child

Place for furnishing the nursery

Little Seedling

2121 W Stadium Blvd
734-418-2392 | thelittleseedling.com
Runner Up: My Urban Toddler

Baby boutique shop

Little Seedling

2121 W Stadium Blvd
734-418-2392 | thelittleseedling.com
Runner Up: My Urban Toddler

Mom-owned business

Little Seedling

2121 W Stadium Blvd
734-418-2392 | thelittleseedling.com
Runner Up: Hand in Hand Music

Place to buy sports equipment

Play it Again Sports

2461 W Stadium Blvd
734-747-6277 | playitagainsports.com
Runner Up: Dick’s Sporting Goods

The Digital Age

Local parent blogger

Ann Arbor with Kids

Runner Up: a2kids.com

Local parent Facebook group

Ann Arbor Area Mamas Network

Runner Up: Hike it Baby Ann Arbor

Local Instagram account

Ann Arbor with Kids

Runner Up: Humans of Ann Arbor

Watch Me Soar

Special needs services


Down Syndrome Support Team

313-608-7374 | downsyndromesupportteam.com

The Down Syndrome Support Team of Washtenaw County provides support and resources to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. This group of parents meets monthly to share experiences, ideas, and work together to offer their children great opportunities, build friendships, and so much more. Each year, they also organize a Buddy Walk which is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is a wonderful, heart-warming event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.
Runner up: Spectrum Therapy


Early Learning Center

3070 Redwoord Ave
734-973-7722 | elcpreschool.com
Runner Up: Saline Cooperative Preschool

Tutoring center

Great Lakes Educational Group

956 E Michigan Ave, Saline
734-944-5658 | greatlakeseducationalgroup.com
Runner Up: Kumon

Teacher and their school

Mrs. Kelley, Early Learning Center Preschool

3070 Redwood Ave
734-973-7722 | elcpreschool.com
Runner Up: Ms. Bonnie, Saline Cooperative Preschool

Elementary school

Pleasant Ridge

229 Pleasant Ridge Dr, Saline
734-401-4800 | salineschools.org
Runner Up: Honey Creek Community School

Middle school

Saline Middle School

7190 N Maple Rd, Saline
734-401-4600 | salineschools.org
Runner Up: Slauson Middle School

Charter school

Honey Creek Community School

1735 S Wagner Rd
734-994-2636 | honeycreekschool.org
Runner Up: Ann Arbor Learning Community

Private/parochial school

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School

2270 E Stadium Blvd
734-821-2200 | stfrancisa2.com/school
Runner Up: Emerson School

After-school program

Honey Creek Community School

1735 S Wagner Rd
734-994-2636 | honeycreekschool.org
Runner Up: Ann Arbor YMCA


Gretchen’s House

2340 Oak Valley Dr
734-761-2576 | gretchenshouse.com
Runner Up: Bemis Farms Childcare & Preschool

Babysitting/Nannying service


Runner-Up: Childtime

Enrichment Activities

Animal Encounters


Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-6721 | toledozoo.org

Ranked one of the top zoos in the country, it’s no wonder the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is a family favorite for animal encounters. You can get up close to polar bears in the Arctic Tundra, watch African elephants play, explore ocean life in the Aquarium (which is included with your zoo admission!), check out the new koala bear and much, much more. In addition to the animal exhibits, there’s a fun playground for kids along with a splash pad in the summer months. With so much to see and do, families have made the Toledo Zoo a destination for more than 100 years. The zoo is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Runner up: Indian Creek Zoo

Acting and Theatre classes

Young People’s Theater

331 Metty Dr #3
734-222-4006 | youngpeoplestheater.com
Runner Up: Pointless Theater

Dance class

Dance Alliance of Saline

811 W Michigan Ave, Saline
734-429-9599 | dancealliancesaline.com
Runner Up: Dance Steps Studio, Inc.

Kids art class

Ann Arbor Art Center

117 W Liberty St
734-994-8004 | annarborartcenter.org
Runner Up: Fly Art Studio

Gymnastics class

Gym America

5555 Hines Dr
734-971-1667 | gymamericagymnastics.com
Runner Up: Michigan Academy of Gymnastics

Martial arts program

Ann Arbor YMCA

400 W Washington St
734-996-9622 | annarborymca.org
Runner Up: Quest Martial Arts

Swim lessons

Goldfish Swim School

2107 W Stadium Blvd
734-864-5555 | goldfishswimschool.com
Runner Up: Saline Rec Center

Horseback riding lessons

Therapeutic Riding Inc

3425 E Morgan Rd
734-677-0303 | therapeuticridinginc.org
Runner Up: Happy Hooves

Youth sports league

Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation

701 W Ellsworth Rd
Runner Up: Ann Arbor Rec and Ed

Traveling sports club league

Michigan Tigers Futbol Club

2140 Oak Valley Dr
734-214-2255 | michigantigersfc.com
Runner Up: Canton Celtic soccer

Music class


Hand in Hand Music

10276 Normonie Ct., Saline
734-429-3385 | handinhandmt.com

Hand in Hand Music offers music classes for children ages 0 to 5 years. Their Music Together classes build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. The research-based program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment filled with developmentally appropriate activities that facilitate family participation both in the classroom and at home.
Runner up: Kindermusik with Jeanna Hoyt

Doctor’s Orders

Pediatric practice

Liberty Pediatrics

3200 W Liberty Rd
734-994-5858 | libertypediatrics.com
Runner Up: IHA

Emergency care

University of Michigan Hospital: Emergency Room

1500 E Medical Center Dr
734-936-6666 | uofmhealth.org
Runner Up: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

Place to give birth

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

5301 McAuley Dr, Ypsilanti
734-712-3456 | stjoeshealth.org
Runner Up: University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital

Birthing classes

Center for the Childbearing Year

722 Brooks St
734-663-1523 | center4cby.com
Runner Up: Lamaze


Dr. Julie Stein Perry, Michigan Medicine OB/Gyn Clinic

4260 Plymouth Rd
734-647-5660 | uofmhealth.org
Runner Up: Dr. Caren M. Stalburg


U-M Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital’s Nurse-Midwifery

1540 E Hospital Dr
734-763-6295 | uofmhealth.org
Runner Up: Jessica Woods, IHA Nurse Midwives


Catherine Fischer

500 Little Lake Dr
734-395-5244 | supportforgrowingfamilies.com
Runner Up: SEM Community Doulas

Family doctor

Dr. Amanda Kaufmann

2800 S State St, Suite 215
734-547-3990 | ihcpaa.com
Runner Up: Dr. Therese Benevich

ENT doctor

Otolaryngology/Audiology Clinic at Mott Children’s Hospital

1540 E Hospital Dr
734-936-5730 | mottchildren.org
Runner Up: Dr. Laurence Ho, Michigan Otolaryngology Surgery Associates

Optometrist / Ophthalmologist

Ann Arbor Optometry

2433 Oak Valley Dr #300
734-994-0100 | aaoptometry.com
Runner Up: Dr. Thomas Cunningham,
Cunningham Vision


Borer Family Chiropractic

210 W Michigan Ave, Saline
734-944-7200 | borerchiro.com
Runner Up: Kim Jackson, Ann Arbor Saline Family Chiropractic


Dr. Harvey Leo

5333 McAuley Dr, Ypsilanti
734-434-3007 | annarborallergy.com
Runner Up: Allergy and Immunology, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry

2074 S Main St
734-663-2490 | annarborpediatricdentistry.com
Runner Up: Wurtzel Family Dentistry


Dr. Katherine Kelly Orthodontics

1020 E Michigan Ave, Saline
734-429-7676 | drkatherinekelly.com
Runner Up: Stieper & Brust Orthodontics


Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital

4920 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
734-913-0003 | animalkingdomveterinaryhospital.com
Runner Up: Affordable Vet Services

Get Active



Rolling Hills Water Park

7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti
734-484-9676 | ewashtenaw.org

With so many attractions, Rolling Hills has something for all ages to enjoy! Float down the lazy river, catch a wave in the wave pool, or take a trip down one of their awesome water slides! The Activity Pool is popular with younger children due to its zero-depth entry, gentle bubbler, geysers, a waterfall and a kiddie slide for children under 45” tall. Adults can relax in the chaise lounges and sand chairs on an extensive sun deck located throughout the water park or in the shade found on the grassy areas around the park.
Runner up: Blue Heron Bay/Independence Lake

Place to go ice skating

Ann Arbor Ice Cube

2121 Oak Valley Dr
734-213-1600 | a2ice3.com
Runner Up: Veterans Memorial Pool & Ice Arena

Place to go roller skating

Rollerama Family Skating Center

6995 Grand River Ave, Brighton
Runner Up: Skatin’ Station II

Park or playground

County Farm Park

2230 Platt Rd
734-971-6337 | ewashtenaw.org
Runner Up: Mill Pond Park

Indoor playspace

The Chelsea Treehouse

1101 S Main St, Chelsea
734-475-1555 | thechelseatreehouse.com
Runner Up: Kidopolis

Family-friendly gym

Ann Arbor YMCA

400 W Washington St
734-996-9622 | annarborymca.org
Runner Up: Liberty Athletic Club

Biking trail

Gallup Park

3000 Fuller Rd
734-794-6240 | a2gov.org
Runner Up: Kensington Metro Park

Baby swim lessons

Goldfish Swim School

2107 W Stadium Blvd
734-864-5555 | goldfishswimschool.com
Runner Up: Saline Rec Center

Sports camp

Michigan Sports Camps

1000 S State St | camps.mgoblue.com
Runner Up: Ann Arbor YMCA

Summer day camp

Honey Creek Community School

1735 S Wagner Rd
734-994-2636 | honeycreekschool.org
Runner Up: Ann Arbor YMCA

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