Central California Parent Magazine’s Sixteenth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
By Central California Parent
Keeping kids outfitted, finding fabulous places for fun, and even knowing where to grab a bite to eat are all in a day’s work for us parents. To make it easier we decided a little networking was in order. So once again, Central California Parent Magazine polled all you moms and dads out there to tell us what’s worth raving about—and we heard you loud and clear! Thanks to everyone who filled out the Readers’ Choice Award Ballot—we’re sure lots of other families will enjoy checking out your picks.
The Little Gym (Fresno, 433-3434) takes the cake for best party place. The second place award goes to John’s Incredible Pizza (Fresno, 323-1111). Readers voted Fresno Fancy Faces (Central California, 260-4049) as number one kids’ party entertainer and Fun Time Entertainment (Central California, 228-0562) as second place.
Birthdays are best at Clovis Community Medical Center (Clovis, 324-4000). Kaiser Permanente (Fresno, 448-4500) takes second with advanced technology and the expertise of top-ranked physicians.
Art Lab 559 (Fresno, 375-3540) was voted the best art studio where children can experience the intuitive art process. California Arts Academy (Fresno, 222-6539 or 498-3300) and McCoy’s Art Studio (Clovis, 298-7965) paint their way into second place by providing the community with dynamic experiences for appreciating and creating art.
Parents head to The Children’s Place (Fresno, 440-1019) when they’re looking to dress the kiddos. In a close and stylish second was Target (Central California, 800-440-0680).
Dolce Dance Studio (Fresno, 322-1171)receives the most accolades for dance classes. California Arts Academy (Fresno, 222-6539 or 498-3300) waltzes in a close second.
Families flip for The Little Gym (Fresno, 433-3434) with a variety of gym programs for kids. MyGym (Clovis, 797-4243) sticks the landing for second with their fun classes and programs.
Hairdo’s Done Right
Whether it’s that emotional first hair cut, a trim, or a buzz cut, the shear favorite is Cool Cuts 4 Kids (Clovis, 325-7348). Cookie Cutters (Fresno, 457-8588) came in second by a hair.
Good Company Players’ Junior Company (Fresno, 266-0211) receives a standing ovation from Central California families for their live theater. Dedicated to the training of young performers in the area of musical theater and the arts, Children’s Musical Theaterworks (Fresno, 442-3140) also receives rave reviews.
Ultimate Martial Arts (Fresno, 261-2805) achieves a black belt as the best martial arts studio followed by Pinnacle Martial Arts (Fresno, 466-0088) who comes in second.
Must See Museum
The Discovery Center (Fresno, 251-5533) is where science, nature, and regional history adventures await for parents and kids alike. Also popular, and coming in second, is Imagine U Children’s Museum (Visalia, 733-5975).
Fresno Music Academy & Arts (Fresno, 222-7464) hits a high note offering a variety of music lessons for kids. United Conservatory of Music (Fresno, 869-8263) chimes in at second.
Grade A Preschool
Top marks are awarded to New Life Discovery Schools (Fresno and Clovis, 322-4453) for their quality care in a nurturing environment. Also praised by parents was second place winner, Loretta’s Little Miracles (Fresno, 226-1225).
The water is great and so is the instruction at Jamie’s School of Fish (Fresno, 325-2266) voted best swim school fins down by families. America’s Kids in Motion (Clovis, 324-7946) comes in second by a stroke.
Best ABC’s and 1-2-3’s
Voted the Valedictorian of tutoring centers, Mathnasium (Fresno and Clovis, 449-0104 or 415-6481) helps kids make the grade. Also scoring high is Kumon (Fresno, Clovis, and Hanford, 412-4018).
No Surrender Adventure Park (Fresno and Clovis, 551-4FUN or 981-2046), comes through loud and clear as the winner in our Entertainment & Amusement Centers category. Close behind with its arcades, miniature golf, race track, and more is Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center (Fresno, 292-9000).
Winning Work Out
GB3 (Fresno and Clovis, 298-2778) has the most muscle when it comes to working up a sweat. Crossing the finish line second is No Surrender Adventure Park (Fresno and Clovis, 551-4FUN or 981-2046).
Favorite Family Night Out
Families flock to Red Robin (Fresno, Clovis, and Visalia. 877-733-6543) for the casual atmosphere, great kid’s menu, and reasonable prices. Mad Duck (Fresno and Clovis, 325-3825, 840-3825, or 298-3825) comes in as the second course.
Mall with the Most
River Park Shopping Center (Fresno, 437-4855), with its variety of retail stores and restaurants is a hit with families when it’s time to shop or just hang out. Fashion Fair (Fresno, 224-1591) places a fashionable second place.
Mouthwatering treats that top the list are found at Ampersand Ice Cream (Fresno, 264-8000 or 478-5858) with treats made from scratch daily by hand and with lots of love! Chosen Frozen Yogurt (Fresno, 299-2595) came in a cool second where you can customize your own delicious creation.
Children say, “cheese” most often for Kim Family Photo (Central California, 931-1874). Zooming their way into second is Lori Kearney Photography (Central California, 313-6305).
Pizza with Pizzaz
No matter how you slice it Me n’ Eds (Central California, 227-8401) is the best place for pizza. More Than Pizza (Fresno, 840-1564), takes a tasty second with pizza, salads, wings, and—of course—more!
When the mercury soars past 100 degrees families flee to waterparks! Wild Water Adventure Park (Clovis, 299-9453) makes the biggest splash with families, followed by Island Waterpark (Fresno, 277-6800) with endless lazy river float, headfirst racing slides, and more.
Ideal Indoor Sport Center
The Jungle Party House (Clovis, 325-1021) takes first place this year with endless adventure options for kids! Kids Play Cafe (Fresno, 475-0899) and Defy Trampoline Park (Clovis, 345-6410) tie for second for indoor fun.
The winner in the first bracket was (DiCiccio Orthodontics, Fresno, 225-2251) with their outstanding service. Brace yourselves—we’ve got a tie for second place! Nalchajian Orthodontics (Fresno and Clovis, 432-7100 or 299-9561) and Dr. Costanzo (Fresno, 435-5033) tie with their cutting-edge technology and friendly staff.
Families who want bright smiles head to California KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry (Fresno, Clovis, and Reedley, 439-6600, 439-5200, 439-5300, or 743-7095) where they specialize in the treatment and prevention of childhood dental disease. Smiling in second is Dr. Starr (Fresno, 225-1991).
Checkups are best with the pediatricians at Sante Community Pediatricians (Central California, 228-5400). Sang Pediatrics (Fresno, 268-1737) pediatricians take a close second with their wide variety of services and award-winning care.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo (Fresno, 498-5910), continues to be the favorite place to see animals with almost 200 different species across mixed-species exhibits like Sea Lion Cove and African Adventure. Coming in second place is Project Survival Cat Haven (Dunlap, 338-3216), home to cheetahs, tigers, bobcats, and more!
Premier Private School
Saint Anthony’s of Padua (Fresno 435-0700) made the grade for premier private school in Central California. Also receiving top marks is Bluff View Private Preschool (Fresno, 431-5437) and Fresno Christian Schools (Fresno, 298-9256).
Fast Food Find
When the wheels on the mini-van go ‘round and ‘round all around the town, you’re sure to hear the refrain, “I’m hungry!” from the back seat. In-N-Out (Central California, 800-786-1000) came in as the real crowd pleaser followed by Butterfish California Poke (Fresno and Clovis, 478-5471, 797-4269, or 721-2197).
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