2022 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.

You Voted… Here are the Winners!

★ Denotes Best Choice ad in the February issue

Activities & Camps

Art Classes

North: Matthews Studios
South: The Painted Pig


North: Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio
South: Dancers’ Corner

All-Star Cheerleading

North: Rock Solid Elite Cheer
South: Cheer City United


North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: River City Gymnastics 

Ninja Training

North: Ninja Zone @ JAX Gym
South: Empire Kids

Martial Arts

North: All Star Martial Arts
South: All Star Martial Arts

Music Lessons

North: Leigh Wing / Classical Sounds
South: Little Rock Music Academy

Swim Lessons & Water Safety

North: Safety Before Skill Swim School 
South: Safety Before Skill Swim School

Summer Day Camp

North: JAX Kids’ Club Day Camp 
South: [TIE] 4-H Arkansas Outdoor School & Lake Nixon Day Camp

Summer Overnight Camp

North: [5-way tie]
South: 4-H Arkansas

Youth Baseball

North: [TIE] Lakewood Property Owners & Sylvan Hills Athletic Club
South: Junior Deputy Baseball

Youth Basketball

North: Sylvan Hills Athletic Club
South: Penick Boys & Girls Club

Youth Football

North: Cabot Youth Football
South: Benton Youth Football

Youth Soccer

North: Lakewood Property Owners
South: Arkansas United Soccer Club

Parties & Play Places

Birthday Party (0-6 years)

North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: The Wonder Place

Birthday Party (7 years & up)

North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: River City Gymnastics

Family-Friendly Museum

North: AR Inland Maritime Museum
South: Museum of Discovery

Indoor Play Place

North: JAX Gymnastics
South: The Wonder Place

Outdoor Play Place

North: Burns Park
South: Little Rock Zoo


Child Care

After School Care

North: JAX Kids’ Club After School Care 
South: River City Gymnastics

Daycare, Preschool, or Mother’s Day Out

North: Lakewood UMC Mothers’ Day Out
South: PHUMC Children’s Learning Center

Parent’s Night Out Childcare

North: JAX Gymnastics 
South: All Star Martial Arts – Bryant


Field Trip Destination

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

Private & Parochial Elementary

North: Immaculate Conception Catholic School
South: Episcopal Collegiate School

Private or Parochial Middle School

North: Immaculate Conception Catholic School
South: Episcopal Collegiate School

Charter & Public Elementary

North: LISA Academy North 
South: [TIE} Gibbs Magnet School & LISA Academy West

Public or Charter Middle School

North: LISA Academy North
South: LISA Academy West

Special Needs School or Preschool

North: Pediatrics Plus

Tutoring or Learning Center

North: Kumon Math & Reading Center
South: Mathnasium

Dining & Sweet Treats

Bakery or Cupcake Shop

North: Humble Crumb Bakery
South: Community Bakery

Family Restaurant

North: Gadwall’s Grill
South: Purple Cow

Date Night Restaurant

North: Ristorante Capeo
South: The Pantry

Health & Fitness

Adult Fitness & Training

North: Orangetheory Fitness NLR
South: 10 Fitness

Family Dentist

North: Joe Pinney Family Dentistry
South: Healthy Smiles

Pediatric Dentist

North: NLR Pediatric Dental Group
South: Kitchens’ Pediatric Dentistry


North: Laura Wilson, MD
South: Aaron Strong, MD

Pediatric Clinic

North: Sherwood Family Medical Center
South: Little Rock Pediatric Clinic

Pediatric Therapy Clinic

North: Pediatrics Plus
South: Pediatrics Plus

Urgent Care or Walk-in Clinic

North: Baptist Urgent Care Jacksonville
South: Med Express Markham

Local Shopping

Baby & Children’s Clothing Store

North: Carter’s Babies & Kids
South: The Toggery

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: Rhea Lana’s



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

Car Dealership

North: [TIE] Russell Honda & Red River Dodge Chrysler Jeep
South: Everett Buick GMC

Veterinary Clinic

North: Baeyens Hauk Veterinary Hospital
South: [TIE] Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic & Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic

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