Have you noticed the growth that Little Rock and central Arkansas has been experiencing lately? Exciting new shopping destinations, an increasingly creative food scene, revitalized neighborhoods, expanded artistic endeavors, blossoming schools and high-performing students—our humble metro area is truly going for gold!

And this year, the annual Family Favorites from Little Rock Family is also going for gold. What does that mean? It means that this year, we only awarded one winner in each Family Favorites category—no runners-up, no silver, no bronze, just Gold.

The Family Favorites you’ll see below were chosen by our readers. They sent in their nominations for central Arkansas’ best places for families to eat, play, shop and explore, from city staples to the newest hot spots. The final winners were determined by popular vote at LittleRockFamily.com.


Annual Festival/Event

Gold: Riverfest


Day Trip

Gold: Petit Jean State Park



Field Trip

Gold: Little Rock Zoo



Indoor Playground

Gold: The Wonder Place



Gold: Museum of Discovery



Gold: Arkansas Repertory Theatre


Outdoor Park

Gold: Burns Park


Pool/Water Park

Gold: Wild River Country


Burger Joint

Gold: David’s Burgers

(Conway)    (North Little Rock)    (West Little Rock)   
(Park Plaza)    (Maumelle)     

Date Night

Gold: Local Lime



Gold: The Purple Cow



Gold: Larry’s Pizza


Childcare Facility

Gold: Helping Hand


Private Elementary School


Gold Tie:


Arkansas Baptist

Little Rock Christian Academy


Private Middle School

Gold: Arkansas Baptist


Private High School

Gold: Catholic High School for Boys

Public Elementary School

Gold: Don R. Roberts Elementary, Little Rock School District


Public Middle School

Gold: Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock School District


Public High School

Gold: Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock School District


Fine Arts program

Gold: Arkansas Arts Center



Gold: The Little Gym of Little Rock


Summer Camp

Gold: The Little Gym of Little Rock


Martial Arts

Gold: Unity Martial Arts


Sports Program

Gold Tie:


D1 Sports Training

Upward Sports



Gold: Huntington Learning Center


Eye Care

Gold: James Eyecare & Optics Gallery


Family Dentist

Gold: Austin Family Dentistry



Gold: Phelan Orthodontics


Pediatric Group

Gold: Arkansas Pediatric Clinic



Gold: Kroger


Place to Give Birth

Gold: Baptist Health


Special Needs Services



Birthday Cake

Gold: Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets


Party Facility

Gold: The Little Gym of Little Rock


Auto Dealership

Gold: Landers


Gold: Arvest


Book Store

Gold: Barnes and Noble


Children’s Clothing/Shoes

Gold: The Toggery


Children’s Haircuts

Gold: Pigtails and Crewcuts


Family Photographer

Gold: Jennifer McHam Photography



Gold: Tipton & Hurst


Jewelry Store

Gold: Sissy’s Log Cabin


Lawn & Garden Center

Gold: The Good Earth Garden Center


Real Estate Agent

Gold: The Janet Jones Company


Toy Store

Gold: Toys R’ Us