Family Favorites 2012


Breathe easy, parents — June is the month you're allowed to play favorites. In fact, we encourage it! Every year, our readers (an opinionated bunch!) tell us their picks for the spots that make Washtenaw County such a great place to raise a family — their top places to eat, play, learn, and be cared for — in our Family Favorites awards. Those votes create an annual guide to the best of the best for the families of Southeastern Michigan. Use the 2013 results as your family resource — and feel free to let your favorites be known!

Place for winter fun
Veteran’s Memorial Park
2150 Jackson Ave. / 734-794-6230 /
Runner up: Huron Hills Park

Rainy day activity
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann St./ 734-995-5439
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

Sunny day activity
Rolling Hills Water Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd. / 734-484-9676 
Runner up: County Farm Park

Place to sneak in a history lesson
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Ave. / 734-764-0478
Runner up: Greenfield Village

Dance class
Dance Steps Studio, Inc.
5449 Countryside Dr., Saline
Runner up: Arts in Motion

Martial arts program
Keith Hafner’s Karate
214 S. Main St. / 734-994-0333 
Runner up: Pittsfield
Recreation Department

Art class
Two Twelve Art Center
212 W. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-944-2787 
Runner up: Ann Arbor Art Center 

Music class
Hand in Hand Music
10276 Normonie Ct., Saline / 734-429-3385 
Runner up: Ella’s Music

Free activity
Ann Arbor District Library
see website for locations / 734-327-4200 
Runner up: Museum of Natural History

Family-friendly fair or festival
Main St. / 734-763-7550 
Runner up: Ann Arbor Art Fair

Live theater for kids
Young People’s Theater
331 Metty Dr. Suite 3 / 734-763-8587
Runner up: Wild Swan

Place to hop on a horse
Maybury Riding Stable
20303 N. Beck Rd., Northville / 248-347-1088 
Runner up: Corner Stone Acres

Place to volunteer
Humane Society of
Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd. / 734-662-5585 
Runner up: Food Gatherers

Park or playground
County Farm Park
2230 Platt Rd. / 734-971-6337
Runner up: Mill Pond Park

Story hour
Ann Arbor Downtown Library
343 S. Fifth Ave. / 734-327-4200 
Runner up: Saline Library

Swim lessons
Goldfish Swim School
2107 W. Stadium Blvd. / 734-864-5555
Runner up: Saline Recreation Center 

Place to swim
Rolling Hills Water Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti Township
Runner up: Goldfish Swim School

Indoor water park
Splash Universe
100 Whitetail Dr., Dundee / 877-752-7482 
Runner up: Liberty Athletic Club 

Vacation that won’t empty your wallet
Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky / 419-627-2350 
Runner up: Great Lakes Beaches

Family-friendly gym
Liberty Athletic Club
2975 W. Liberty Rd. / 734-665-3738 
Runner up: Saline Recreation Center

Gymnastics Center
Gym America
4611 Platt Rd. / 734-971-1667
Runner up: Champion Gymnastics 

Place to play rec sports
Saline Recreation Center
1866 Woodland Dr., Saline / 734-429-3502  
Runner up: Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center 

Bowling alley
Maplewood Lanes
830 Woodland Dr. E, Saline / 734-429-5457 
Runner up: Colonial Lanes

Family restaurant
Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Ave. / 734-663-3663 
Runner up: Pizza House 

Healthy fast food
Moe’s Southwest Grill
857 W. Eisenhower Pkwy. / 734-998-0900 
Runner up: Earthen Jar 

Pizza joint (non-chain)
Pizza House
618 Church St. / 734-995-5095
Runner up: Sylvio’s Organic Pizza

Burger place (non-chain)
Dan’s Downtown Tavern
103 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-429-3159 
Runner up: Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger

Ice cream shop
Mickey’s Dairy Twist
751 W. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-429-4450
Runner up: Washtenaw Dairy

Place where kids eat free
Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack
104 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-944-6227 
Runner up: Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill

Kid-friendly grocery store
Busch’s Fresh Food Market
see website for locations / 734-214-8088 
Runner up: Hiller’s Market

Natural food store
Whole Foods
see website for locations /
Runner up: Arbor Farms

Kid’s clothier
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-944-3628
Runner up: Elephant Ears

Kid’s shoe shop
Stride Rite
818 Briarwood Circle / 734-662-6600 
Runner up: My Urban Toddler 

Kid’s consignment
Once Upon a Child
4559 Washtenaw Ave. / 734-971-6822
Runner up: Children’s Orchard

Place to buy maternity clothes
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-944-3628 
Runner up: Mimi 

Place to furnish your little one’s “nest”
Elephant Ears
415 N. Fifth Ave. / 734-622-9580
Runner up: My Urban Toddler 

Locally owned specialty toys/gifts
The Little Seedling
355 S. Zeeb Rd. / 734-418-2392
Runner up: Lexi’s Toy Box

Joe Reilly, singer-songwriter
see website for contact information 
Runner up: Gemini 

Birthday party venue
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-944-3628 
Runner up: Zap Zone 

Place for goodie bag loot
The Rocket Candy and Gifts
122 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti / 734-483-2291  
Runner up: Hands on Museum Gift Shop

Place to buy  a cake
Zingerman’s Deli
422 Detroit St. / 734-663-3354
Runner up: Cake Nouveaux

Support group for moms
Lamaze Family Center
2855 Boardwalk Dr. / 734-973-1014 
Runner up: Stroller Strides 

Mom-friendly play date
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 734-944-3628 
Runner up: Jungle Java

Place for single parents to meet
Jungle Java
3900 Jackson Rd. / 734-926-2990
Runner up: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase 

Parent blog
Runner up:

Date night restaurant
Pacific Rim by Kana
114 W. Liberty St. / 734-662-9303
Runner up: Gratzi

Place for mom to be pampered
Fran Coy’s Salon and Spa
418 S. Wagner Rd. / 734-665-7207
Runner up: Salon Luminosity

Romantic getaway
Mackinac Island
see website for details /
Runner up: Weber’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel 

Neighborhood to raise kids
see website for details /
Runner up: Burns Park

Program (activity for preschoolers)
Music Together at Hand in Hand
10276 Normonie Ct., Saline / 734-429-3385 
Runner up: Tiny Tots at Leslie Science Center

Summer day camp
Varsity Day Camp
3420 Cordley Lake Rd., Pinckney
Runner up: Leslie Science and Nature Center

Tutor/learning center
Kumon Math and
Reading Center
2741 Plymouth Rd. / 734-761-4648
Runner up: Great Lakes Educational Group

Teacher (and his/her school)
Miss Bonnie Jacques, Preschool
Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299  Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Saline
Runner up: Mrs. Wendy Kelley,
Early Learning Center

Family-friendly car dealership
Briarwood Ford
7070 E. Michigan Ave., Saline / 888-216-0452
Runner up: Lafontaine Automotive Group

Kid-friendly emergency room
Saint Joseph Mercy
Health System
5301 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti / 734-712-3456
Runner up: University of Michigan Health System 

Place to take Dad for Father’s Day
The Gandy Dancer Restaurant
401 Depot St. / 734-769-0592
Runner up: Knight’s Steak House

Place to take Mom for Mother’sDay
Weber’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel
3050 Jackson Ave. / 734-769-2400
Runner up: The Gandy Dancer Restaurant 

Kid-friendly salon
Zoey + Joey Studio
3260 Washtenaw Ave. / 734-975-9400
Runner up: Douglas J Aveda Institute

Picnic spot
Gallup Park
2970 Fuller Rd. / 734-994-2780
Runner up: The Arboretum 

Parent-friendly work place
University of Michigan
Runner up: Google

Bank/financial institution
Bank of Ann Arbor
see website for locations / 734-662-1600 
Runner up: University of Michigan Credit Union 

Family lawyer
Nichols Sacks, Slank Sendlebach and Buiteweg
121 W. Washington St. No. 300 / 734-994-300 
Runner up: George Sotiropoulos

Woodland Family Dentistry
510 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline / 734-429-4111 
Runner up: Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry

Place to give birth
Saint Joseph Mercy
Health System
5301 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti / 734-712-3456
Runner up: C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital

IHA Ann Arbor OB/GYN
990 W. Ann ArborTrail # 302 / 734-434-0477
Runner up: University of Michigan Nurse Midwifery

Dr. Steven I. Bennett
Bennett Optometry
117 S. Main St. / 734-665-5306
Runner up: Dr. Thomas Cunningham, 
Cunningham Vision Centers

Patricia Kramer
Jackson Doulas
Runner up: Cheryl Bachman

Pediatric practice
IHA Child Health
3100  E. Eisenhower Pkwy. / 734-971-9344
Runner up: Liberty Pediatrics

Dr. Andrew Seiler
multiple locations in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline
Runner up: Dr. Therese Benevich

Dr. Jonathan Lazar
Lazar Chiropractic
203 S. Zeeb Rd. #106 / 734-274-5107
Runner up: Dr. T. J. Paquin,
Family Chiropractic Clinics of Michigan 

Dr. Harvey Leo
Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor, P.C.
5333 McAuley Dr. Suite R1018, Ypsilanti
Runner up: Dr. Benjamin Song,
Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor, P.C.

Dr. Bill MacArthur
Affordable Vet Services
2117 W. Stadium Blvd. / 734-926-0114
Runner up: Dr. Annie Staebler, Ann Arbor Mobile Vet

Place to nurse a baby
Von Maur
300 Briarwood Circle / 734-622-0233
Runner up: Lamaze Family Center

Kids photographer
Cheryl Hall
Cheryl Hall Photography
8120 Huron St., Dexter / 734-426-8223
Runner up: Kat Foley Photo

Special needs services
Down Syndrome Support Team
9227 Fieldstone Ln., Saline / 734-944-1595
Runner up: Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center 

Place to worship
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
306 N. Division St. / 734-663-0518 
Runner up: First United Methodist 

Early Learning Center
3070 Redwood Ave. / 734-973-7722 
Runner up: Saline Cooperative Preschool

The Discovery Center
775 S. Maple Rd. / 734-663-7496 
Runner up: Bemis Farms Childcare and Preschool

Drop-in childcare
Bright Beginnings Childcare and Preschool
5730 Amber Way, Ypsilanti / 734-819-1344 
Runner up: Hour Kidz Day Care

Family-friendly restroom
Von Maur
300 Briarwood Circle / 734-622-0233 
Runner up: Saline District Library