The Latest
May 25, 2024

Where Every Family Matters

Best of Parenting 2023

2023 Best of Parenting Winners: RUTHERFORD

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 Rutherford Parent Magazine!

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


Best Family Restaurant

  • Toot’s
  • The Alley on Main
  • Jonathan’s Grille

Best Mexican Restaurant

  • Camino Real
  • Mi Patria
  • Nacho’s

Best Family-Friendly Brewery

  • Mayday Brewery
  • Cedar Glade Brewery
  • Hop Springs Beer Park

Best Pizza

  • Slim and Husky’s
  • Marco’s
  • Sir Pizza

Best Ice Cream

  • Andy’s Frozen Custard
  • Hattie Jane’s Creamery
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

Best Local Bakery

  • Julia’s HomeStyle Bakery
  • Hornitos Bakery
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes


Best Party Entertainer

  • Party Princess Productions
  • Anthony The Balloon Kid/Balloons of Pure Awesomeness
  • Super Science TN

Best Away-From-Home Party

  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • Go USA Fun Park
  • Strike and Spare Murfreesboro

Best Party Rental

  • Big Thunder Events
  • Bubble Ball
  • Foamboree


Best Family Weekend Getaway

  • Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge TN
  • Chattanooga TN
  • Great Smoky Mountains

Best Family Day Trip

  • Chattanooga TN
  • Fall Creek Falls
  • SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland

Best Sleep-Away Camp

  • Horton Haven Christian Camp
  • Camp Ocoee
  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Beach Destination

  • Destin/Ft. Walton FL
  • Gulf Shores AL
  • Panama City Beach FL


Best Farming Outing

  • Lucky Ladd
  • Gentry’s Farm

Best Local Day Camp

  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • ETC Gymnastics
  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Museum

  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Frist Art Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center – TPAC
  • Murfreesboro Center for the Arts
  • Nashville Children’s Theatre

Best Tourist Attraction

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Cannonsburgh Village
  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Best Live Music Venue

  • Bridgestone Arena
  • Ascend Amphitheater
  • Ryman Auditorium


Best Child Care Center

  • The Academy Child Development Center & Preschool
  • Stonebrook Day School
  • Tots Landing

Best Drop-In Child Care

  • KidsPark
  • MeTime Drop-In Child Care
  • Playhouse Daycare Drop-in Center

Best Preschool

  • The Primrose School
  • The Academy Child Development Center & Preschool
  • Community Christian Day School


Best Pet Boarding

  • Safari Pet Resort
  • Doggies Day Out
  • Hounds Town Smyrna

Best Veterinarian

  • Brogli Lane Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital
  • Animal Medical Center
  • Stones River Veterinary Hospital


Best Resale/Consignment

  • Once Upon A Child
  • Kid to Kid
  • Uptown Cheapskate

Best Furniture Store

  • Rooms to Go
  • Ashley Home Store
  • Haverty’s

Best Retail Shopping

  • The Avenue Murfreesboro
  • Stones River Mall


Best Day Spa

  • Calla Lily Day Spa and Salon
  • Nurture Nook
  • The Rain Tree Salon

Best Hair Salon

  • Tangerine
  • Beehive Salon
  • Bombshells Hair Studio

Best Kids Photographer (TIE)

  • Angel Pardue Photography • Carla Lynn Photography
  • Shacklett’s Photography

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

  • Sylvan Learning Center
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • Mathnasium

Best Dance Studio

  • The Dancer’s School
  • Barfield School of Dance
  • Dance Academy

Best Gymnastics

  • ETC Gymnastics
  • Elite Energy Gymnastics
  • Steele Elite Athletics

Best Cheerleading

  • Steele Elite Athletics
  • Elite Energy
  • Premier Athletics Murfreesboro

Best Martial Arts

  • Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate
  • Black Dragon
  • Stevens Family TaeKwonDo

Best Music Instruction

  • Music & Arts
  • Carpe Artista Arts Academy
  • Mobile Music Academy

Best Horseback Riding/Lessons

  • Harris Riding Academy
  • Kensington Farms
  • The Meadows of Murfreesboro

Best Theater Class/Camp

  • Center for the Arts
  • Murfreesboro Little Theatre
  • Nashville Children’s Theatre


Best Pediatrician

  • Murfreesboro Medial Clinic Pediatrics
  • Smyrna Pediatrics
  • Tennessee Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

  • Wild About Smiles
  • Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro
  • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Orthodontist

  • Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro
  • Pack Orthodontics
  • Wild About Smiles

Best Hospital

  • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

  • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford
  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center


  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic
  • Advanced Women’s Care
  • Women’s Health Specialists

Best Family Fitness Center

  • Planet Fitness
  • Burn Boot Camp
  • Gold’s Gym