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Annarbor Family Favorites 2013

The time to see who reigns supreme is here again! Parents have cast their votes for who wears the crown when it comes to feeding the family, entertaining on birthdays, keeping them healthy, and everything in between. The local favorites below will help you take in the best Ann Arbor area has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Place for winter fun

Rolling Hills Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti
734-484-9676
ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/rollinghills

Runner Up:  Veterans Memorial Ice Arena

Activity for rainy days

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
734-995-5437
aahom.org

Runner Up:  Cinema & IMAX Theater  

Summer day camp

Varsity Day Camp
3420 Cordley Lake Rd., Pinckney
734-878-3515
varsitydaycamp.com

Runner Up:  Leslie Science Center

Dance class

Dance Steps Studio, Inc.
5449 Countryside Dr., Saline
734-429-5522
dancestepsstudio.com

Runner Up: Dance Alliance Studio

Martial arts program

Keith Hafner’s Karate
214 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
734-994-0333
karateisgoodforyou.com

Runner Up:  Ann Arbor College ofMartial Arts

Art studio

Two Twelve Arts Center
216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-2787
twotwelvearts.org

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Art Center

Music class

Hand in Hand Music
10276 Normonie Ct., Saline
734-429-3385
handinhandmt.com

Runner Up: Kindermusik

Free activity

Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
734-327-4200
aadl.org

Runner Up: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Family-friendly fair or festival

Saline Celtic Festival
100 North Harris, Saline
Visit salineceltic.org/about-the-festival for more information

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Activity for rainy days

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

For kids who crave an adventure, their next stop should be the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! They will discover the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and math in imaginative and interactive learning experiences. Started by a group of volunteers, the museum now welcomes 250,000 knowledge-hungry visitors annually. Local students visit on field trips and are captivated by the hands-on exhibits that explain how our wonderful world works. Visitors always leave with a better understanding and appreciation of physics, geology, math, music and how it all comes to life.

220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
734-995-5437
aahom.org

Picnic spot

Gallup Park
Ann Arbor
734-994-2780

Runner Up:  Mill Pond Park

Kid’s theater

Wild Swan Theater
6175 Jackson Rd. Ste. B, Ann Arbor
734-995-0530
wildswantheater.org

Runner Up: Young People’s Theater

Place to volunteer

Saline District Library
555 N. Maple Rd., Saline
734-429-5450
saline.lib.mi.us

Runner Up: Humane Society of Huron Valley

Park or playground

Mill Pond Park
565 W. Bennett St., Saline
734-429-4907   

Runner Up: Gallup Park

Spot to read a book

Nicola’s Books
2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
734-662-0600
nicolasbooks.com

Runner Up: Saline District Library

Swim lessons

Goldfish Swim School
2107 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-864-5555
goldfishswimschool.com/swimming-lessons

Runner Up: Saline Recreation Center

Water park

Rolling Hills Water Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti
734-484-9676
ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/rollinghills

Runner Up: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Vacation spot

Mackinac Island
7274 Main St., Mackinac Island
906-847-3783
mackinacisland.org

Runner Up: Henry Ford Museum

Family-friendly gym

Saline Recreation Center
1866 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-3502
salinerec.com

Runner Up: Ann Arbor YMCA

Gymnastics center

Gym America
4611 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor
734-971-1667
gymamericagymnastics.com

Runner Up: Champion Gymnastics

Bowling alley

Maplewood Lanes
830 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-5457
maplewoodlanes.com

Runner Up: Colonial Lanes Bowling Center

Place to see animals

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-4040
toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Domino’s Petting Farm

Tween activity

Zap Zone Laser Tag
9751 Telegraph Rd., Taylor
313-299-9690
zap-zone.com/attractions/laser-tag

Runner Up: Planet Rock

Free thing to do

Leslie Science Center
1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor
734-997-1553
lesliesnc.org

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Sports camp

University of Michigan
500 S. State St., Ann Arbor
734-764-1817
umich.edu

Runner Up: WideWorld Sports Center

Local toy store

Learning Express
2465 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-997-0707
learningexpress.com/store/ann-arbor

Runner Up: Mudpuddles

Kid’s photographer

Cheryl Hall Photography
8120 Huron St., Dexter
734-426-8223
studiochp.com

Runner Up: Kat Foley Photo

 

 

 

 

Place for a birthday bash

My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-3628
myurbantoddler.com

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Family-friendly entertainer

Magic Joe
734-944-1370
Visit magic-joe.com for more information

Runner Up: Gemini

Place to get a birthday cake

Jefferson Market & Cakery
609 W. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor
734-665-6666
jeffersonmarketandcakery.com

Runner Up: Sam's Club

Shop to buy birthday gifts

Learning Express
2465 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-997-0707
learningexpress.com/store/ann-arbor

Runner Up: Mudpuddles

 

 

 

Kid's clothier

My Urban Toddler
Visit myurbantoddler.com
for locations
734-944-3628

Runner Up: Elephant Ears

Kid's shoe shop

Stride Rite 
818 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor
734-662-6600
striderite.com

Runner Up: Von Maur 

Maternity clothing store

My Urban Toddler
Visit myurbantoddler.com
for locations
734-944-3628

Runner Up: The Little Seedling

Place for furnishing the baby room

My Urban Toddler
Visit myurbantoddler.com
for locations
734-944-3628

Runner Up: Elephant Ears

Local baby boutique shop

My Urban Toddler
Visit myurbantoddler.com
for locations
734-944-3628

Runner Up: The Little Seedling

Place for a birthday bash, Kid’s clothier, Maternity clothing store, Place for furnishing the baby room, Local baby boutique shop

My Urban Toddler

We all know how much babies can change your world. Suddenly, everything is centered around the new little one in your life and how to ensure their happiness and safety. Rosa Lee and her husband, Stan, found themselves in this moment in 2006 and wanted somewhere to go where they could share their experiences. When they didn’t find exactly what they were looking for, My Urban Toddler was created as a meeting place for parents and children to form a sense of community and learn from each other, which has since opened a second location. With access to premier shopping, classes, a private nursing room, lactation consultants, car seat technicians, and cafe, parents can be comfortable discussing any topic relating to families, raising children and life! They would like to thank their families and friends for their support! They truly enjoy what they are doing and love the opportunity to help every family they meet.

3010 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 107, Ann Arbor
734-585-0788

7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-3628
myurbantoddler.com

 

 

 

Support groups for moms

Lamaze Family Center
2855 Boardwalk Dr., Ann Arbor
734-973-1014
lamazefamilycenter.org

Runner Up: Saline Newcomers Club

Mom-friendly play date

The Chelsea TreeHouse
1101 S. Main St., Chelsea
734-475-1555
thechelseatreehouse.com

Runner Up: My Urban Toddler

Place for single parents to mingle

Jungle Java
3900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
734-926-2990
junglejavaplay.com/annarbor

Runner Up: The Drowsy Parrot

Parent blog

Ann Arbor Mom
annarbormom.blogspot.com

Runner Up: SouleMama

Date night restaurant

Pacific Rim
114 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
734-662-9303
pacificrimbykana.com

Runner Up: Gratzi

Place for pampering

Fran Coy's Salon & Spa 
418 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor
734-665-7207
francoysalon.com

Runner Up: Luminosity Salons

Grown-up getaway

Weber's Ann Arbor Hotel
3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
734-769-2500
webersinn.com

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites Romance Package

Mother's Day festivities

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-4040
toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Brunch at Zingerman's

 

 

 

 

Preschool

Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline
734-429-0685
salinecoop.org

Runner Up: Lil' Saint's Preschool

Place  for tutoring/ Learning center

Kumon of Ann Arbor
734-222-8020
Various locations in Ann Arbor

Runner Up: Mathnasium of Ann Arbor

Teacher and their school

Miss Bonnie, Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline
734-429-0685
salinecoop.org

Runner Up: Mrs. Thompson, Mitchell Christian School

Elementary school

Woodland Meadows Elementary School
350 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-944-8985
edline.net/pages/Woodland_Meadows_Elementary_Sc

Runner Up: Pleasant Ridge Elementary School

Middle school

Saline Middle School
7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline
734-429-8000
salineschools.org

Runner Up: Emerson Middle School

After-school program

Girls on the Run
734-712-5640
Visit girlsontherunsemi.org for more information

Runner Up: Mathnasium of Ann Arbor

Extracurricular activities

Soccer

Runner Up: Dancing

Special needs services

Down Syndrome Support Team
734-944-1595
Visit downsyndromesupportteam.com for more information

Runner Up: Saline Special

Daycare

Early Explorers Child Care
4080 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor
734-369-6293
earlyexplorerscenter.com

Runner Up: Bemis Farms Preschool & Childcare

Drop-in daycare

Child Watch at YMCA
400 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
734-996-9622
annarborymca.org/child-care.php-1

Runner Up: Ann Arbor KinderCare

 

 

 

 

Pediatrician

Dr. Jill Noble, MD, University of Michigan Health Systems
700 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-2302

Runner Up: Dr. Heather Burrows, MD, University of Michigan Health Systems

Pediatric practice

Ann Arbor IHA Primary
Pediatrics
4200 Whitehall Dr. Suite 230, Ann Arbor
734-769-3896
ihacares.com/index.cfm/Offices/IHAPrimaryPediatricsAnnArbor

Runner Up: IHA Child Health

Place to nurse a baby

Von Maur
300 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor
734-622-0233

Runner Up: Home

Emergency care

University of Michigan Hospital
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor
734-936-4000
uofmhealth.org

Runner Up: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital

Place to give birth

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital
5301 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti
734-712-3456
stjoeshealth.org

Runner Up: University of Michigan

OB/GYN

Dr. David Marzano, MD, University
of Michigan Health Systems
375 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor
734-232-2600

Runner Up: Dr. Charles Leland, MD, Leland & Associates

Midwife

Cheryl Bachman, CNM, IHA Nurse Midwives
4200 Whitehall Dr. Suite 350, Ann Arbor
734-572-9600
ihacares.com

Runner Up: Heather Lemon, CNM

Family doctor

Dr. Julie Morelock, MD, University of Michigan Health Systems
700 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-2302

Runner Up: Dr. Brian Fedoronko, MD, Washtenaw Medicine

Optometrist

Dr. Christina Curcione, OD, Ann Arbor Optometry
2433 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor
734-994-0100
aaoptometry.com

Runner Up: Dr. Paul Uslan, OD

Chiropractor

Kruger Chiropractic Center
5413 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti
734-961-9977
ypsilantichiropractor.com

Runner Up: Dr. Myron William Thatcher, DC

Allergist

Dr. Harvey Leo, Allergy & Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor
5333 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti
734-434-3007
annarborallergy.com

Runner Up: Dr. Benjamin Song, Allergy & Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor

Nutritionist

The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor
3610 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor
734-302-7575
thenutritionalhealingcenter.com

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Nutrition

Veterinarian

Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital
4920 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor
734-913-0003
animalkingdomveterinaryhospital.com

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

Dentist/Orthodontist

Dr. Meridith Hall, DDS, Progressive Dental
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr., Ann Arbor
734-930-4022
pdadentists.com

Runner Up: Dr. Katherine Kelley Orthodontics

Vision Care

Bennett Optometry
734-665-5306
Visit bennettoptometry.com/locations/locations.htm for locations

Runner Up: Ann Arbor Optometry

Dermatologist

Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor
734-936-4054
med.umich.edu/derm

Runner Up: Dr. Albert Cattell, MD, Ann Arbor Dermatology

 

 

Local pizza place

Pizza House

Pizza House opened its Ann Arbor location in 1986 as a family-run business while operating out of an actual house! It has since grown into what you see today with traditional and Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza favorites as well as renowned Chipatis and shakes. Generations of Wolverines and Pizza House fanatics venture there after every home football game each fall. Their Buffalo Chicken Salad and Margherita Pizza are among their best menu options and their Gluten-Free pizza crust has also gotten rave reviews. Their beloved Chipati sauce has traveled across the country from New York to California for those who needed their fix, and we don’t blame them. Last year they used approximately 2.5 times the weight of the michigan marching band in pizza cheese alone. How’s that for pizza lovers?!

618 Church St., Ann Arbor
734-995-5095
pizzahouse.com

Bakery

Great Harvest Bread Co.
2220 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
734-996-8890
annarbormi.greatharvestbread.com

Runner Up: Dom Bakeries

Family-friendly restaurant

Zingerman's Delicatessen
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
734-663-3354
zingermansdeli.com

Runner Up: Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern

Place to have ice cream

Mickey's Dairy Twist
751 W. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-429-4450

Runner Up: Washtenaw Dairy

Healthy fast food

Plum Market
375 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor
734-827-5000
plummarket.com

Runner Up: Panera Bread

Place where kids eat free

Moe's Southwest Grill
857 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor
734-998-0900
moes.com

Runner Up: Classic Cup Cafe

Natural food store

Arbor Farms Market
2103 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-996-8111
arborfarms.com

Runner Up: Whole Foods

Thank you for voting! Check back June 1st to see the winners.

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