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When looking for a cool new spot for your family to eat, play or shop, there's no better place to turn for recommendations than another parent.

FF Thrive2 WWith so many options in our area, it can be overwhelming to choose which museum to visit, the best vet for your pet or a fun spot for a date. So we asked our readers — many parents in the area — to weigh in.

Thanks to everyone who voted. With so many terrific places, programs and opportunities for kids and families, we wish we could have listed all of the recommendations. Those marked with an asterisk received the most votes and those following are runners up. Two asterisks in a category indicates a tie.

And the winners are...

Upcoming Events

Thu Jun 21, 2018 @12:00AM
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @ 9:30AM -
World's Largest Swim Lesson, Chesapeake Beach
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Public Archaeology Day
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Twilight Thursdays on the Row, Owings Mills
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tides and Tunes: Summer Concert Series
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @12:00AM
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 4:00PM - 12:00AM
Summer Fridays, National Harbor
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Friday Night Summer Concert Series, Annapolis
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @12:00AM
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, Baltimore
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @12:00AM
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Lavender Festival, Severn
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Annual National Day of Play, Nottingham
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @11:00AM - 08:00PM
Eastport A Rockin', Annapolis
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @11:00AM - 02:00PM
Bee Informed, Baltimore
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @12:00PM - 06:00PM
Beerfest, St. Marys City

Upcoming Events Inside Pages

Thu Jun 21, 2018 @12:00AM
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @ 9:30AM
World's Largest Swim Lesson, Chesapeake Beach
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @10:00AM
Public Archaeology Day
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @ 6:30PM
Twilight Thursdays on the Row, Owings Mills
Thu Jun 21, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Tides and Tunes: Summer Concert Series
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @12:00AM
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 4:00PM
Summer Fridays, National Harbor
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Chocolate Making Class, Washington
Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Friday Night Summer Concert Series, Annapolis
Sat Jun 23, 2018 @12:00AM
Columbia Festival of the Arts