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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...


Chesapeake Family Favorites for moms and dads

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*Bow-Tie Cinemas
Annapolis Mall, Harbour Center
bowtiecinemas.com

*Jalapeños Restaurant
Annapolis
jalapenosonline.com

Miss Shirley's
Annapolis, Inner Harbor, Roland Park
missshirleys.com

The Melting Pot
Annapolis, Columbia
meltingpot.com

Moms Night Out

*Miss Shirley's
Annapolis, Inner Harbor, Roland Park
missshirleys.com

*Main & Market
Annapolis
mainandmarket.com

The Point Crab House & Grill
Arnold
thepointcrabhouse.com

Houlihan's
Columbia, Gambrills
houlihans.com

Consignment

*Savvy Consignment
Severna Park
savvyconsignment.com

Return to Oz
Annapolis
ozconsignments.com

Silly Sisters Consignments & Gifts
Crownsville
sillysistersconsignment.com

Home and Garden

*Homestead Gardens
Davidsonville, Severna Park
homesteadgardens.com

Greenstreet Gardens
Lothian
greenstreetgardens.com

Valley View Farms
Cockeysville
valleyviewfarms.com


Chesapeake Family Favorite places to get out and about

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*The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Baltimore
Marylandzoo.org

Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis
dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands

National Aquarium
Baltimore
Aqua.org

Outdoor Play Place

*Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks
Broadneck Park, Annapolis
Downs Park, Pasadena
Kinder Farm Park, Millersville
Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis
aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks

*Annie's Playground
Fallston
anniesplayground.net

Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro
outdoors.pgparks.com/Sites/Watkins_Regional_Park.htm

Indoor Play Place

*Thrive Gymnastics/ Severna Park Gymnastics
Annapolis, Arnold
thrivegymnastics.com
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Sky Zone
Columbia
skyzone.com/Columbia

Port Discovery
Baltimore
portdiscovery.com

Museum

*Maryland Science Center
Baltimore
mdsci.org

*National Museum of Natural History
Washington, D.C.
smithsonian.com

Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore
artbma.org

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore
thewalters.org

Party Facility

*Thrive Gymnastics/ Severna Park Gymnastics
Annapolis, Arnold
thrivegymnastics.com
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Pump It Up
Elkridge, Lanham, Waldorf
pumpitupparty.com

1st Class Gymnastics
Annapolis
1stclassgym.com


Chesapeake Family Favorite places for enrichment

FF CTA Giant peach2 WDrawing/Art/Painting

*Artworks Studio
Annapolis
artworksstudio.info

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis
marylandhall.org

Pic-N-Paint Pottery
Pasadena
picnpaintpottery.com

Dance Lessons

*Dance Center of Severna Park
Severna Park
thedancecenterofsevernapark.org

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis
marylandhall.org

Thrive Gymnastics/ Severna Park Gymnastics
Annapolis, Arnold
thrivegymnastics.com
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Camp

*Thrive Gymnastics/ Severna Park Gymnastics
Annapolis, Arnold
thrivegymnastics.com
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Severna Park Community Center
Severna Park
spcommunitycenter.org

YMCA Camp Letts
Edgewater
campletts.org

Gymnastics

*Thrive Gymnastics/ Severna Park Gymnastics
Annapolis, Arnold
thrivegymnastics.com
severnaparkgymnastics.com

Docksiders Gymnastics
Millersville
docksidersgymnastics.com

Island Gymnastics
Grasonville
islandgymnastics.com

Martial Arts

*Mission Martial Arts at Severna Park Gymnastics/Thrive Gymnastics
Annapolis, Arnold
missiontkd.com

Jing Ying Institute
Arnold
jingying.org

East Coast Martial Arts
Annapolis, Edgewater
eastcoastmartialarts.com

Music Lessons

*Music Together Chesapeake
Annapolis, Crofton, Edgewater, Severna Park
musictogetherchesapeake.com

Bay Tunes Guitars
Edgewater
baytunesguitars.com

Naptown Sings
Annapolis
naptownsings.com

Theater

*Children's Theatre of Annapolis
Annapolis
childrenstheatreofannapolis.com

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis
marylandhall.org

Building Better People Productions
Annapolis
bbpproductions.com

Tutoring

*Educational Resource Group
Severna Park
theerg.net

Mathnasium
Annapolis, Severna Park
mathnasium.com


FF IcecreamChesapeake Family Favorite family eats

Best Kids Menu

*Miss Shirley's
Annapolis, Inner Harbor, Roland Park
missshirleys.com

Chick-Fil-A
Various locations
chick-fil-a.com

Houlihan's
Columbia, Gambrills
houlihans.com

Breakfast

*Miss Shirley's
Annapolis, Inner Harbor, Roland Park
missshirleys.com

Iron Rooster
Annapolis, Baltimore, Cockeysville
ironroosterallday.com

The Breakfast Shoppe
Severna Park
thebreakfastshoppe.com

Ice Cream

*The FroYo House
Arnold, Severna Park
thefroyohouse.com

Brusters
Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Severna Park
brusters.com

Daily Scoop
Pasadena
dailyscoopicecream.biz


Chesapeake Family Favorite places for pet care

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*Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital
Annapolis
gavh.com

Arnold Pet Station
Arnold
arnoldpetstation.com

VCA South Arundel Veterinary Hospital
Edgewater
southarundelvet.com

Greater South River Animal Hospital
Edgewater
greatersouthriverah.com

Pet Groomer

*PetSmart
Various locations
petsmart.com

The Sudsy Puppy Pet Grooming
Severna Park
thesudsypuppy.net

Aimee's Bark Avenue
Anne Arundel, Prince George’s Counties
aimeesbarkave.com

Pet Boarding

*Arnold Pet Station
Arnold
arnoldpetstation.com

Bay Country Veterinary Hospital
Annapolis, Crownsville
baycountryvets.com

Dogwood Acres
Davidsonville
dogwoodacres.com

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Christmas Village, Baltimore
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Pictures With Santa, Annapolis
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Santa at the Mall, Columbia
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Worlds Largest Gingerbread House, Baltimore
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ZooLights, Washington, D.C.
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Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro
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