2021 Best Choice for Kids & Families Awards

During online voting in November and December, voters choose their favorites from both sides of the Arkansas River, Best Choice North, and Best Choice South.

Thank you for voting! Now here are our winners…

★ Denotes Best Choice ad in the February issue

Activities & Camps

Art Classes

North: Matthews Studios
South: Zig Zag – A Place to Make


North: Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio
South: [TIE] Dancers’ Corner Shuffles  & Ballet II

All-Star Cheerleading

North: [TIE] Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio MGC Kids & Rock Solid Elite Cheer
South: Empire Cheerleading


North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: River City Gymnastics 

Martial Arts

North: Danny Dring’s Living Defense Martial Arts
South: All Star Martial Arts – ATA

Music Lessons

North: Anderson’s Piano Cabot
South: Little Rock Music Academy

Swim Lessons

North: Jacksonville Community Center 
South: Safety Before Skill Swim School

Summer Day Camp

North: JAX Kids’ Club Day Camp 
South: [TIE] Ferncliff Camp & Lake Nixon Day Camp 

Summer Overnight Camp

North: Camp Solgohachia
South: Ferncliff Camp

Youth Baseball

North: Jacksonville Parks & Recreation 
South: Junior Deputy 


North: JAX Gymnastics
South: River City Gymnastics

Youth Basketball

North: Cabot Parks & Recreation
South: Bryant Parks & Recreation

Youth Football

North: [TIE] Cabot Parks & Recreation  & Jacksonville Parks & Recreation 
South: Life Champs Youth Sports

Youth Soccer

North: Sherwood Soccer Club
South: [TIE] Arkansas Soccer Club  & Arkansas United Soccer Club

Youth Sports – Other

North: JAX Gym Ninja Zone 
South: Bluebird Wrestling

Parties & Play Places

Birthday Party (0-6 years)

North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: Fancyful Parties 

Birthday Party (7 years & up)

North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: Fancyful Parties 

Family-Friendly Museum

North: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
South: Museum of Discovery

Indoor Play Place

North: Urban Air Conway
South: The Wonder Place

Outdoor Play Place

North: Cockrill’s Country Critters 
South: Little Rock Zoo


Child care

After School Care

North: JAX Kids’ Club After School Care 
South: Little Rock Athletic Club

Daycare, Preschool, or Mother’s Day Out

North: Teachers’ Pet Preschool
South: Second Presbyterian Preschool

Parent’s Night Out Childcare

North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: The Little Gym


Field Trip Destination

North: [TIE] Cockrill’s Country Critters  & JAX Gym at Huff ‘n Puff 
South: [TIE] Little Rock Zoo & BoBrook Farms

Private & Parochial Elementary

North: Central Arkansas Christian
South: Little Rock Christian Academy

Private or Parochial Middle School

North: Central Arkansas Christian
South: Little Rock Christian Academy

Charter & Public Elementary

North: LISA Academy North 
South: eSTEM Public Charter School

Public or Charter Middle School

North: LISA Academy North
South: Pinnacle View Middle School

Special Needs School or Preschool

North: Pathfinder Preschool
South: The Allen School 

Tutoring or Learning Center

North: Kumon Math and Reading Center
South: TIE] Kumon Math and Reading Center & Sylvan Learning 

Dining & Sweet Treats

Bakery or Cupcake Shop

North: Two Sisters Café & Bakery
South: SmallCakes Cupcakery Bryant

Family Restaurant

North: Gadwall’s Grill
South: Big Orange

Date Night Restaurant

North: Saltgrass Steak House
South: Big Orange

Health & Fitness

Adult Fitness & Training

North: Profectus Athletics
South: Little Rock Athletic Club

Family Dentist

North: Drew Bannerman, DDS
South: Kevin Jones, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

North: Central Arkansas Pediatric Dentistry 
South: Small Bites Pediatric Dentistry 


North: Laura Wilson, MD
South: Dawn Martin, MD 

Pediatric Clinic

North: Sherwood Family Medical Clinic
South: All for Kids Pediatric Clinic

Pediatric Therapy Clinic

North: Pediatrics Plus
South: Pediatrics Plus

Urgent Care or Walk-in Clinic

North: Med Express JFK
South: Baptist Urgent Care Bryant

Local Shopping

Baby & Children’s Clothing Store

North: Baby & Children’s Clothing Store
South: Little Rock Athletic Club

Baby or Kids Furniture Store

North: Hank’s Fine Furniture
South: Hank’s Fine Furniture

Children’s Consignment Shop or Event

North: Rhea Lana’s
South: [TIE] Rhea Lana’s & Rhea Lana’s Duck Duck Goose



North: [TIE] Arvest Bank & First Arkansas Bank & Trust 
South: [TIE] Arkansas Federal Credit Union & Simmons Bank

Car Dealership

North: [TIE] Russell Honda & Russell Chevrolet
South: [TIE] Everett Buick GMC & McLarty Honda

Veterinary Clinic

North: Kiehl Avenue Animal Clinic
South: Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic 

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