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Best of Parenting 2023

2023 Best of Parenting Winners: NASHVILLE

THE VOTES ARE IN! Local Parents Have Spoken! After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes later — these are YOUR WINNERS!

The winners and finalists for the 2023 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating!  And many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Nashville Parent Magazine!

The winners are shown in RED and the honorable mentions are listed after them in alphabetical order.


Best Family Restaurant

  • Edley’s BBQ
  • Boombozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse
  • Loveless Cafe

Best Mexican Restaurant

  • Rosepepper Cantina
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Las Palmas

Best Family-Friendly Brewery

  • Tailgate Brewery
  • East Nashville Beer Works
  • M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers

Best Pizza

  • Five Points Pizza
  • DeSano Pizza Bakery
  • Slim & Husky’s

Best Ice Cream

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
  • Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
  • Maggie Moo’s

Best Local Bakery

  • Five Daughters
  • Baked on 8th
  • Fox’s Donut Den


Best Party Entertainer

  • Mr. Bond Science Guy
  • A Little Princess Parties
  • Foamboree

Best Away-From-Home Party (TIE)

  • The Monkey’s Treehouse
  • Strike & Spare/Circus World
  • Adventure Science Center

Best Party Rental

  • Foamboree
  • Backyard Bounce
  • Music City Inflatable Rentals


Best Family Weekend Getaway

  • Air & Space Museum, Huntsville AL
  • Chattanooga TN
  • Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge TN

Best Vacation Destination

  • Destin/Ft. Walton Beach FL
  • Hilton Head Island SC
  • Seaside FL

Best Family Day Trip

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Chattanooga TN
  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Best Sleep-Away Camp

  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
  • Camp Marymount
  • Horton Haven Christian Camp


Best Farm Outing

  • Lucky Ladd
  • Gentry Farm
  • Honeysuckle Hill

Best Local Day Camp

  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Nashville Children’s Theatre

Best Museum

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
  • Frist Art Museum

Best Tourist Attraction

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort

Best Live Theater Venue

  • Nashville Children’s Theatre
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center – TPAC

Best Live Music Venue

  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Ascend Amphitheater
  • Bridgestone Arena


Best Resale/Consignment

  • Once Upon A Child
  • Goodwill
  • Southern Thrift

Best Furniture Store

  • Restoration Hardware
  • B.F. Myers
  • Sprintz

Best Retail Shopping

  • Mall at Green Hills
  • Bump City
  • Magpies


Best Day Spa

  • A Moment’s Peace
  • Escape Day Spa & Salon
  • Spavia

Best Hair Salon

  • Escape Day Spa
  • Element Salon
  • Salon Ya Ya

Best Kids Photographer

  • White Stork & Co.
  • Chelsea Meadows Photography
  • Scott Ellis


Best Child Care Center

  • The Academy Child Development Center & Preschool
  • Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool
  • The Gardner School

Best Drop-In Child Care

  • The Children’s Playroom
  • Kids Kingdom
  • Tennessee Toddles

Best Preschool

  • Goodpasture PreK
  • The Academy Child Development Center & Preschool
  • The Gardner School


Best Pet Boarding

  • The Farm at Natchez Trace
  • Camp Bow Wow
  • Pampered Pooch

Best Veterinarian

  • Emberton House Call Vet
  • Hillsboro Animal Hospital
  • Paws & Claws


Best Tutoring/Learning Service

  • Learning Lab
  • Mathnasium
  • Sylvan Learning Centers

Best Dance Studio

  • Nashville Dance Center
  • Dance Academy of Bellevue
  • Dance in Bloom

Best Gymnastics

  • BOOST Gymnastics
  • Let it Shine
  • Nashville Gymnastics Training Center

Best Cheerleading

  • Nashville Gymnastics Training Center
  • Boost Gymnastics
  • Premier Gymnastics

Best Martial Arts

  • New Visions Dojo
  • Elite Martial Arts
  • Gracie Barra

Best Music Instruction

  • Bach to Rock West Nashville
  • Blair School of Music
  • School of Rock

Best Theater Class/Camp

  • Nashville Children’s Theatre
  • Dance Academy of Bellevue
  • Nashville Theater School

Best Horseback Riding/Lessons

  • Creekside Riding Stables
  • Lake Meadow Farm & Stable
  • Nashville Equine Trek


Best Pediatrician

  • Old Harding Pediatric Associates
  • Children’s Clinic East
  • Green Hills Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

  • Adams and Seaton Pediatric Dentistry
  • Hillsboro Pediatric Dentistry
  • Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry

Best Orthodontist

  • McNutt Pediatric Dentistry
  • Braces by Dr Ruth
  • Lucas Orthodontics Group

Best Hospital

  • Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown
  • Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

  • Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center


  • Women Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Heritage Medical Associates
  • Vanderbilt’s Women’s Clinic

Best Family Fitness Center

  • YMCA of Middle TN
  • Boost Fit Club
  • Nurture Nashville Yoga