The winners and finalists for the 2020 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, Rutherford Parent, Sumner Parent and Williamson Parent!

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


NASHVILLE WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Kids Eat Free

  • O’Charley’s
  • Gino’s East
  • Zaxby’s

Best Burger

  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Burger Republic
  • Hugh Baby’s

Best Ice Cream

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Bobbie’s Dairy Dip

Best Mexican Restaurant

  • Chuy’s
  • Cancun
  • Rosepepper Cantina

Best Local Bakery

  • Five Daughters Bakery
  • Baked on 8th
  • Puffy Muffin

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

  • Mr. Bond’s Science Guys
  • Party Princess Productions
  • Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Altitude Jump Park
  • Topgolf

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Frist Art Museum
  • Nashville Public Library

Best Family Day Trip

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Chattanooga TN
  • Mammoth Cave

Best Family Weekend Getaway

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

Best Beach Destination

  • Destin/Ft. Walton Beach FL
  • 30A FL
  • Orange Beach AL

Best Sleep-Away Camp

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

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
  • Deer Run Camps & Retreat
  • YMCA of Middle TN

Best Museum

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

Best Live Theater Venue

  • Nashville Children’s Theater
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • TPAC

Best Tourist Attraction

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Gaylord Opryland
  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall

  • The Mall at Green Hills
  • CoolSprings Galleria
  • Opry Mills

Best Children’s Clothing Store

  • Plaid Rabbit
  • Carters
  • Old Navy

Best Furniture Store

  • Sprintz
  • Ashley HomeStore
  • Rooms to Go

Best Family Auto Dealer

  • CarMax
  • Crest Honda
  • Two Rivers Ford

Best Day Spa

  • Escape Day Spa and Salon
  • A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa
  • The Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Hair Salon

  • Jon Alan Salon
  • Escape Day Spa and Salon
  • Giggles and Glam

Best Family Photographer

  • White Stork & Co. 4D Ultrasound Photography
  • Ashley Segroves Photography
  • Sarah Sidwell Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Home Repair Service

  • Kevin Weaver
  • Handyman Connection

Best Handyman

  • Kevin Weaver
  • Nashville Handyman

Best Bank

  • Regions Bank
  • Bank of America
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners

Best Realtor

  • Gary Ashton, Re/Max
  • Amanda Taylor
  • Richard Courtney

Best Child Care Center

  • The Gardner School
  • The Academy Child Development Center
  • Fannie Battle Day Home

Best Babysitting/Nanny Service

  • Parents Night Out at My Gym
  • College Nannies + Tutors
  • Sitting Made Simple

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

  • Gateway Academy at The Learning Lab
  • Learning Rx
  • Mathnasium 

Best STEM Program

  • Adventure Science Center
  • STEM Builders
  • Vanderbilt STEM Programs

Best Dance Studio

  • Dance in Bloom
  • Bellevue Dance Center
  • School of Nashville Ballet

Best Gymnastics

  • Nashville Gymnastics Training Center
  • Let It Shine
  • Universal Gymnastics

Best Martial Arts

  • David Deaton Karate
  • Elite Martial Arts
  • West Side Tae Kwon Do

Best Music Instruction

  • Mobile Music Academy
  • Vanderbilt – Blair School of Music
  • World Music Nashville

Best Horseback Riding/Lessons

  • Creekside Riding Stables
  • Lake Meadow Farm & Stable
  • Peachtree Farms Equestrian

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

  • Old Harding Pediatrics
  • The Children’s Clinic of Nashville
  • Green Hills Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

  • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates
  • Adams & Seaton
  • Swauger Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist

  • Braces by Dr. Ruth
  • Lucas Orthodontics
  • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Emergency Room

  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Saint Thomas West Hospital
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Best Hospital

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Saint Thomas West Hospital
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

  • St. Thomas Midtown
  • TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best OB/GYN

  • Women Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Dr. Nicole Heidemann
  • Dr. Kristina Storck

Best Doula Midwife

  • Baby + Co.
  • Nova Birth Services
  • Vanderbilt Midwives

Best Chiropractor

  • Bradshaw Chiropractic
  • Cumberland Chiropractic
  • Dixon Center for Integrative Healthcare

Best Eye Care

  • Vanderbilt Eye Institute
  • Jessup Eye Care
  • Nashville Eye Group

Best Family Fitness Center

  • YMCA of Middle TN
  • Planet Fitness
  • Nurture Nashville Yoga

WILLIAMSON WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Kids Eat Free

  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Ground
  • O’Charley’s

Best Burger

  • Burger Up
  • Burger Republic
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Best Ice Cream

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Whit’s Frozen Custard

Best Mexican Restaurant

  • Tito’s
  • Mojo’s Tacos
  • Uncle Julio’s

Best Local Bakery

  • Five Daughters
  • Merridee’s Breadbasket Bakery
  • Puffy Muffin

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

  • Mr. Bond Science Guy
  • Party Princess Production
  • Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

  • Urban Air
  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • My Gym

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

  • Adventure Science Center
  • AMC Thoroughbred 20
  • The Factory at Franklin

Best Family Day Trip

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Chattanooga TN
  • Tennessee Aquarium

Best Family Weekend Getaway

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

Best Beach Destination

  • 30A FL
  • Destin/Ft.Walton Beach FL
  • Rosemary Beach FL

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Sleep-Away Camp

  • Deer Run Camps and Retreat
  • Camp Marymount
  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Local Day Camp

  • YMCA CampWidjiwagan
  • Deer Run Camps and Retreat
  • Elite Dance, Music & Art

Best Museum

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Frist Art Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Franklin Theater
  • TPAC

Best Tourist Attraction

  • Arrington Vineyards
  • Downtown Franklin
  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall 

  • CoolSprings Galleria
  • The Factory at Franklin
  • The Mall at Green Hills

Best Children’s Clothing Store

  • Once Upon A Child
  • Buy Buy Baby
  • Plaid Rabbit

Best Furniture Store

  • Sprintz
  • DT McCalls
  • Ethan Allen

Best Family Auto Dealer

  • Toyota of Cool Springs
  • Darell Waltrip
  • Lexus of Cool Springs

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

  • A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa
  • Massage Envy
  • Milk and Honey Facial and Wax Parlor

Best Hair Salon

  • A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa
  • Jon Alan
  • Studio Nooshin

Best Family Photographer

  • Whitney Cadavid Photography
  • Alli Golden Photography
  • Katelyn Brown Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Home Repair Service

  • Lee Company
  • Jeff Vickman

Best Handyman

  • Jeff Vickman
  • Handyman Connection
  • Martin Home Improvement

Best Bank

  • First Horizon
  • Bank of America
  • Regions Bank

Best Realtor

  • Julianne Richard, Compass Realty
  • Justin Moore, Nashville Realty Group
  • Monica Horseman, Benchmark Realty

Best Child Care Center

  • The Academy Child Development Center
  • The Gardner School
  • Primrose School

Best Babysitting/Nanny Service

  • Nannies of Brentwood
  • The Nanny Poppins Agency
  • Parents Night Out at My Gym

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

  • Mathnasium
  • The Gateway Academy at the Learning Lab
  • Huntington Learning Center

Best STEM Program

  • Code Ninjas
  • Adventure Science Center
  • STEM Builders

Best Dance Studio

  • Elite Dance, Music and Art
  • Music City All Stars
  • Roots Academy

Best Gymnastics

  • Let it Shine
  • Premier Athletics
  • Summit Sports Complex

Best Martial Arts

  • RMA Jiu Jitsu
  • Elite Martial Arts
  • Gracie Barra Franklin

Best Music Instruction

  • Jan Williams School of Music
  • Elite Dance, Music and Art

Best Horseback Riding/Lessons

  • Creekside Riding Stables
  • Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center 
  • Rubyfire Equestrian

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

  • Tennessee Pediatrics
  • Harpeth Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Best Pediatric Dentist

  • Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry
  • Franklin Pediatric Dentistry
  • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Orthodontist

  • Brentwood Dental Specialists
  • Lucas Orthodontics
  • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Emergency Room

  • Williamson Medical Center
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Hospital

  • Williamson Medical Center
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

  • Williamson Medical Center
  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
  • TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital

Best OB/GYN

  • Women’s Group of Franklin
  • Heritage Medical Associates
  • Women Obstetrics & Gynecology

Best Doula Midwife

  • Baby + Co.
  • Grace + Birth
  • Vanderbilt Midwives

Best Chiropractor

  • Crist Chiropractic
  • Dr. Gil Center
  • Performance Chiropractic

Best Eye Care

  • Cool Springs Eyecare
  • Family Vision Care
  • Primary Eyecare

Best Family Fitness Center

  • YMCA of Middle TN
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Williamson Country Parks & Rec

RUTHERFORD WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Kids Eat Free

  • Toot’s
  • Chik-Fil-A
  • O’Charley’s

Best Burger

  • Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
  • Burger Republic
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Best Ice Cream

  • Andy’s Frozen Custard
  • Hattie Jane’s Creamery
  • Marble Slab Creamery

Best Mexican Restaurant

  • Camino Real
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Oscar’s Taco Shop

Best Local Bakery

  • Julia’s Homestyle Bakery
  • Nonie’s Bakery
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

  • Party Princess Productions
  • Mr. Bond Science Guy
  • Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

  • Beyond Aquatics
  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • Sky Zone Murfreesboro

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Sky Zone Murfreesboro

Best Family Day Trip

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Fiery Gizzard Trail
  • Tennessee Aquarium

Best Family Weekend Getaway

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

Best Beach Destination

  • Destin/Ft. Walton Beach FL
  • Panama City Beach FL
  • Myrtle Beach SC

Best Sleep-Away Camp

  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
  • Camp YI/Youth Inc.
  • Horton Haven Christian Camp

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
  • Bill Taylor Bushido School
  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Best Museum

  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Stone’s River National Battlefield

Best Live Theater Venue

  • Nashville Children’s Theater
  • Cannon County Arts Center
  • TPAC

Best Tourist Attraction

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
  • Stones River National Battlefield

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall 

  • The Avenue Murfreesboro
  • CoolSprings Galleria
  • Opry Mills

Best Children’s Clothing Store

  • Old Navy
  • Carter’s
  • Mimi’s Boutique

Best Furniture Store

  • Haverty’s
  • American Signature Furniture
  • Quality Furniture Company

Best Family Auto Dealer

  • Honda of Murfreesboro
  • Murfreesboro Nissan
  • Toyota of Murfreesboro

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

  • Calla Lilly Day Spa and Salon
  • Nurture Nook
  • Tangerine Salon

Best Hair Salon

  • Bombshells Hair Studio
  • Calla Lilly Day Spa and Salon
  • Epic Salon and Spa

Best Family Photographer

  • Loveless Fine Photography
  • Evie Lynn Photographer
  • Little Tots Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Home Repair Service

  • Best Choice Home Remodeling

Best Handyman

  • Blaylocks All Task
  • Mike Way Appliance

Best Bank

  • Ascend Federal Credit Union
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • SunTrust Bank

Best Realtor

  • Allison Fraker, Red Realty
  • Ann Hoke & Associates, Keller Williams
  • Dee Bracey, Coldwell Banker

Best Child Care Center

  • The Academy Child Development Center
  • The Learning Zone
  • Stepping Stone Academy

Best Babysitting/Nanny Service

  • Nanny Connections Nashville
  • Haven Nanny Service
  • Sittercity

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

  • Mathnasium
  • Learning Rx
  • Sylvan Learning Center

Best STEM Program

  • Sylvan Learning Center
  • Discovery Center
  • Learning zone preschool 

Best Dance Studio

  • Barfield School of Dance
  • The Dance Academy
  • Spotlite Dance Studio

Best Gymnastics

  • ETC Gymnastics
  • Elite Energy Gymnastics
  • Premier Athletics

Best Martial Arts

  • Bill Taylor Bushido School
  • Gracie Barra Murfreesboro
  • Stevens Family Taekwondo

Best Music Instruction

  • Mobile Music Academy
  • Guitar Lessons with Ryan
  • Murfreesboro Academy of Music

Best Horseback Riding/Lessons

  • Harris Riding Academy
  • Kensington Farm
  • Peachtree Farms

Best Pediatrician

  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Pediatrics
  • Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Tennessee Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

  • Wild About Smiles
  • Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro
  • Dr. Stephen Simpson

Best Orthodontist

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

Best Emergency Room

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

Best Hospital

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

Best Place to Have a Baby

  • Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best OB/GYN

  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Women’s Services
  • Tennessee Women’s Care
  • Woman’s Health Specialists

Best Doula Midwife

  • Vanderbilt Midwives
  • Baby + Co.
  • Nova Birth Services

Best Chiropractor

  • 100% Chiropractic
  • Beel Chiropractic
  • Stanlick Chiropractic

Best Eye Care

  • Coley and Coley Eyecare
  • Drake Eyecare
  • Integrity Eye Care

Best Family Fitness Center

  • Gold’s Gym
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Planet Fitness

SUMNER WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Kids Eat Free

  • Swaney Swift’s on the Square
  • Music City Diner
  • Zaxby’s

Best Burger

  • Jumbo & Delicious
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Swaney Swift’s

Best Ice Cream

  • La Michoacana Delicious
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Maggie Moos

Best Mexican Restaurant

  • Casa Vieja
  • Dos Margaritas
  • Rio Bravo

Best Local Bakery

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Blooming Cupcakes
  • Lili Bellas Cakes & Coffee

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

  • Party Princess Productions
  • Mr. Bond Science Guy
  • Sean the Balloon Guy 

Best Away-From-Home Party

  • Strike & Spare
  • Adventure Alley
  • Hoppity Hop Inflatables

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Opry Mills
  • Strike & Spare

Best Family Day Trip

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Chattanooga TN
  • Tennessee Aquarium

Best Family Weekend Getaway

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

Best Beach Destination

  • Destin/Ft. Walton Beach FL
  • 30A FL
  • Panama City Beach FL

Best Sleep-Away Camp

  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
  • Camp Marymount
  • Camp Winshape

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

  • The Goddard School
  • Adventure Science Center
  • First Baptist Church of Hendersonville

Best Museum

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

  • TPAC
  • Nashville Children’s Theater
  • Ryman Auditorim

Best Tourist Attraction

  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Ryman Auditorium

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall

  • The Streets of Indian Lake
  • Opry Mills
  • Providence Marketplace

Best Children’s Clothing Store

  • Ginger Bean
  • The Children’s Place
  • Once Upon A Child by Amy

Best Furniture Store

  • B.F. Myers
  • Ashley HomeStore
  • Gibson Furniture

Best Family Auto Dealer

  • Newton Nissan
  • Miracle Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram
  • Miracle Ford

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

  • Salt Med Spa Hendersonville
  • A New Day Spa
  • Reneaux Day Spa and Salon

Best Hair Salon

  • Belezza Salon
  • La Bella 
  • Renaux Day Spa and Salon

Best Family Photographer

  • McKenzie Gregory Photography
  • Kristen Weigel Photography
  • Over the Womb

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Home Repair Service

  • Covenant Heating & Cooling

Best Handyman

  • Handyman Connection

Best Bank

  • Bank of America
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Horizon

Best Realtor

  • Tony Robinson
  • Exit Realty
  • Jessica Garza

Best Child Care Center

  • The Academy Child Development Center
  • The Goddard School
  • Primrose School

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

  • Mathnasium 
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • Learning Rx

Best STEM Program

  • The Goddard School
  • Jack Anderson Elementary
  • Mathnasium

Best Dance Studio

  • Smartt Steps
  • American Academy of Dance
  • CenterStage

Best Gymnastics

  • Gymini Athletics
  • Masters School of Gymnastics
  • Premier Athletics

Best Martial Arts

  • Ernie Reyes’ World Martial Arts
  • David Deaton Karate
  • Hendersonville Martial Arts

Best Music Instruction

  • Mobile Music Adademy
  • Hendersonville Music Academy 
  • Ovation Music Studios

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

  • Tennessee Pediatrics
  • Compass Pediatrics
  • Sumner Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

  • Swauger Pediatric Dental
  • Just 4 kids
  • Sumner Pediatric Dental

Best Orthodontist

  • Morris Orthodontics
  • Smile Construction
  • Dr. Brandon Foltz, Avenue South Orthodontics

Best Emergency Room

  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center
  • TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center

Best Hospital

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center 
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best OB/GYN

  • Centennial Woman’s Bluegrass OBGYN
  • Sumner Women’s Associates
  • The Womens Group

Best Doula Midwife

  • Vanderbilt Midwives
  • Baby + Co.
  • Nova Birth Services

Best Chiropractor

  • Star Physical Therapy Gallatin
  • Absolute Wellness
  • Stewart Chiropractic Center

Best Eye Care

  • Hendersonville Eye Health and Vision
  • Loden Vision Center
  • Vision Source of Hendersonville

Best Family Fitness Center

  • YMCA of Middle TN
  • Planet Fitness
  • Workout Anytime Hendersonville