2023 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: Cheer Time Revolution
South: [TIE] Cheer City United & Empire Cheerleading


North: Impact 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: Jeff Swain Music Lessons
South: [3-WAY TIE] Starling Music Studio & Hillcrest Family Music & Little Rock Music Academy

Swim Lessons & Water Safety

North: Lakewood POA
South: Safety Before Skill Swim School

Summer Day Camp

North: NLR Athletic Club
South: Lake Nixon Day Camp

Summer Overnight Camp

North: Camp Wyldewood
South: Brookhill Ranch Camp

Youth Baseball

North: Lakewood Property Owners
South: Junior Deputy Baseball

Youth Basketball

North: Bill Harmon Rec Center
South: Boys & Girls Club – Saline County

Youth Football

North: NLR Police Athletic League
South: Dunbar Community Center

Youth Soccer

North: Lakewood Property Owners
South: Arkansas United Soccer Club

Parties & Play Places

Birthday Party (0-6 years)

North: Fancyful Parties
South: Fancyful Parties

Birthday Party (7 years & up)

North: Fancyful Parties
South: Fancyful Parties

Family-Friendly Museum

North: AR Inland Maritime Museum
South: Museum of Discovery

Indoor Play Place

North: Share.the.Love Kidsclub
South: The Wonder Place

Outdoor Play Place

North: Burns Park
South: [TIE] Bishop Park & Little Rock Zoo


Child Care

Daycare, Preschool, or Mother’s Day Out

North: Lakewood UMC Mothers’ Day Out
South: [TIE] Little Learner’s CDC & Second Presbyterian Preschool


Field Trip Destination

North: Plum Bayou Mounds
South: Museum of Discovery

Private & Parochial Elementary

North: Immaculate Conception Catholic School
South: Pulaski Academy

Private or Parochial Middle School

North: Immaculate Conception Catholic School
South: Pulaski Academy

Charter & Public Elementary

North: LISA Academy North 
South: Gibbs International Magnet

Public or Charter Middle School

North: NLR Middle School
South: LISA Academy West

Special Needs School or Preschool

North: Pediatrics Plus

Tutoring or Learning Center

North: Kumon Conway
South: Gideon Math & Reading

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: Samantha’s Tap Room

Health & Fitness

Adult Fitness & Training

North: Orangetheory Fitness NLR
South: Little Rock Athletic Club

Family Dentist

North: [TIE] Jeff Powell, DDS & Mounts Dental
South: Healthy Smiles


North: Clark Orthodontics
South: Daniel & Jones Orthodontics

Pediatric Dentist

North: Central AR Pediatric Dentistry
South: Arkansas Pediatic Dentistry


North: Laura Wilson, MD
South: [3-WAY TIE] Jessica Emison, MD & Laura Sanders, MD & September Westbrook, MD

Pediatric Clinic

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

Pediatric Therapy Clinic

North: Hippos & Fish Specialized Pediatric Therapy
South: Pediatrics Plus

Urgent Care or Walk-in Clinic

North: [3-WAY TIE] Baptist Urgent Care Springhill & Med Express JFK & PrimeCARE Clinic NLR
South: Baptist Urgent Care West Markham

Local Shopping

Baby & Children’s Clothing Store

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

Baby or Kids Furniture Store

North: Poggy’s Kids NLR
South: Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Children’s Consignment Shop or Event

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



North: Arkansas Federal Credit Union
South: Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Car Dealership

North: Russell Honda
South: Parker Lexus

Veterinary Clinic

North: Baeyens Hauk Veterinary Hospital
South: ALLPETS Animal Hospital

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