Chesapeake Family Favorites 2015

Fam Fave BoyTo help celebrate Chesapeake Family's 25th anniversary, we aked you — our readers — about your experiences raising kids in Maryland. You told us about your favorite places — in 25 categories — to help spread the word about all the great spots for kids and parents in the greater Annapolis, DC and Baltimoe region. From fun places for kids to play to spots for moms' nights out, from family restaurants and favorite treats to after-school activities and camps, parents weighed in on the best in Maryland.

We are lucky to live where there are so many choices for family fun. If you are looking for a new spot for a moms' night out, a birthday party location, a day trip the kids will love or a new restaurant to try and much more, check out what other parents recommend.FamilyFavoritesRibbon2015 web

Thanks to everyone who voted. We loved hearing from you! With so many terrific places, programs and opportunities for kids and families, we wish we could list them all. But since we had to narrow it down, here are the top three vote-getters in each of the 25 categories. And the winners are ...


For moms and dads...

Fam Fave Return to OzAn outfit from Return to Oz.Below are the winners of the 2015 Chesapeake Family Favorites in the Date Night, Mom's Night Out, Salon for Mom, Consignment and Home and Garden categories.

Date Night

Regal Cinemas
Various locations
regmovies.com

The Point Crab House & Grill
Arnold
thepointcrabhouse.com

The Melting Pot
Annapolis, Columbia
meltingpot.com

Mom's Night Out

The Melting Pot
Annapolis, Columbia
meltingpot.com

The Greene Turtle
Various locations
thegreeneturtle.com

Houlihan's
Columbia/Elkridge, Crofton/Gambrills
houlihans.com

Salon for MomFamilyFavoritesRibbon2015 web

Image Creators
Severna Park
imagecreatorssalonandspa.com

Robert Andrew
Gambrills
robertandrew.com

Bubbles
Various locations
bubblessalons.com

Consignment

Savvy Consignment
Severna Park
savvyconsignment.com

Return to Oz
Annapolis
ozconsignments.com

Once Upon a Child
Ellicott City, Gambrills, Glen Burnie
onceuponachild.com

Home and Garden

Homestead Gardens
Davidsonville, Severna Park
homesteadgardens.com

The Home Depot
Various locations
homedepot.com

Greenstreet Gardens
Lothian
greenstreetgardens.com

Click next below for favorite places to get out and about.


 Chesapeake Family Favorite places to get out and about

Fam Faves Living seashore touchpool 2 national aquariumThe Living Seashore exhibit at the National Aquarium. Below are the winners of the 2015 Chesapeake Family Favorites for fun things to do and places to go: Day Trip, Outdoor Play Place, Indoor Play Place, Museum, Theater, Picnic Spot, Playground, Party Facility and Place for Gifts categories. 

Day Trip

Washington, D.C.

National Aquarium
Baltimore
aqua.org

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Baltimore
marylandzoo.org

Outdoor Play Place

Kinder Farm Park
Millersville
kinderfarmpark.org

Quiet Waters Park
Annapolis
aacounty.org/recparks/parks/quietwaters

Six Flags America
Upper Marlboro
sixflags.com

Indoor Play Place

Rolly Pollies
Crofton, Severna Park
rollypolliesmaryland.com

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Columbia
skyzone.com

Westfield Annapolis Mall
Annapolis
westfield.com/annapolis

MuseumFamilyFavoritesRibbon2015 web

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Washington, D.C.
mnh.si.edu

Maryland Science Center
Baltimore
mdsci.org

Port Discovery Children's Museum
Baltimore
portdiscovery.org

Theater

Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore
france-merrickpac.com [don't they have another website they like to use?]

Children's Theater of Annapolis
Annapolis
childrenstheatreofannapolis.com

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis
marylandhall.org

Picnic Spot

Quiet Waters Park
Annapolis
aacounty.org/recparks/parks/quietwaters/

Kinder Farm Park
Millersville
kinderfarmpark.org

Downs Park
Pasadena
aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/downs

Playground

Kinder Farm Park
Millersville
kinderfarmpark.org

Allen Pond Park
Bowie
cityofbowie.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/5

Quiet Waters Park
Annapolis
aacounty.org/recparks/parks/quietwaters

Party Facility

Rolly Pollies
Crofton, Severna Park
rollypolliesmaryland.com

Severna Park Gymnastics
Severna Park
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Columbia
skyzone.com

Place for Gifts

The Cottage
Severna Park
shopthecottage.com

Franklin's Toys
Annapolis, Severna Park
franklinstoystore.com

Whimsicality
Cape St. Claire/Annapolis
shopwhimsicality.com

Click next below for favorite places for enrichment.


 

Chesapeake Family Favorite places for enrichment

Fam Faves ArtworksMasterpiece made at Artworks Studio.Below are the winners of the 2015 Chesapeake Family Favorites in the Arts and Drawing, Dance Lessons, Camp, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Music Lessons and Tutoring  categories

Arts and Drawing

Artworks Studio
Severna Park
artworksstudio.info

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis
marylandhall.org

Severna Park Community Center
Severna Park
spcommunitycenter.org

Dance Lessons

Severna Park Community Center
Severna Park
spcommunitycenter.org

Spotlight Studio of Dance
Millersville
spotlightstudioofdance.com

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks
Various locations
aacounty.org/RecParks/recreation/dance.cfm

Camp

Camp Wabanna
Edgewater
campwabanna.net

EcoAdventures
Millersville
ecoadventures.org

Summer at Key
Annapolis
keyschool.org/summer

GymnasticsFamilyFavoritesRibbon2015 web

Severna Park Gymnastics
Severna Park
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Rolly Pollies
Crofton, Severna Park
rollypolliesmaryland.com

1st Class Gymnastics
Annapolis
1stclassgym.com

Martial Arts

Mission Martial Arts
Arnold
missionmartialartsmd.com

Vuong's Taekwondo Center
Crofton/Gambrills
vuongs.com

Jing Ying Institute
Arnold
jingying.org

Music Lessons

Move & Groove – Music Together Chesapeake
Annapolis, Crofton, Severna Park
movengroove.net

Music & Arts
Various locations
musicarts.com

Garrett Music Academy
Owings
garrettmusicacademy.com

Tutoring

Mathnasium
Annapolis, Columbia, Ellicott City
mathnasium.com

Sylvan Learning
Annapolis, Crofton, Ellicott City
sylvanlearning.com

C2 Education
Various locations
c2educate.com

Click next below for favorite family places to eat.


Chesapeake Family Favorite family eats

Fam Faves GrumpsBelow are the winners of the 2015 Chesapeake Family Favorites for places to eat with kids: Kids Menu, Local Breakfast, Frozen Treat and Overall Dining categories.

Kids Menu

Red Robin
Various locations
redrobin.com

Friendly's
Various locations
friendlys.com

Ledo Pizza
Various locations
ledopizza.com

Local Breakfast

The Breakfast Shoppe
Severna Park
thebreakfastshoppe.com

Grump's Café
Annapolis, Crofton
grumpscafe.com

Iron Rooster
Annapolis
ironroosterallday.com

Frozen Treat

The Froyo House
Arnold, Severna Park
thefroyohouse.com

Bruster's
Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Severna ParkFamilyFavoritesRibbon2015 web
brusters.com

Annapolis Ice Cream
Annapolis
annapolisicecream.com

Overall Dining

Red Robin
Various locations
redrobin.com

Applebee's
Various locations
applebees.com

Boatyard Bar & Grill
Annapolis
boatyardbarandgrill.com