Where does your family play and eat out? Who sets the standard for education and medical care? These businesses were voted the best in central Arkansas by Little Rock Family readers.


Annual Festival or Event
Winner: Riverfest
Finalist: Greek Food Festival
Finalist: Lanterns! Festival at Wildwood

Day Trip Destination
Winner: Hot Springs
Finalist: Petit Jean State Park
Finalist: Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Field Trip
Winner: Little Rock Zoo
Finalist: Museum of Discovery
Finalist: Heifer International

Indoor Playground
Winner: Altitude Trampoline Park
Finalist: Playtime Pizza
Finalist: The Wonder Place

Winner: Museum of Discovery
Finalist: Mid-America Science Museum
Finalist: Arkansas Arts Center

Kid-Friendly Music and Theater
Winner: Arkansas Arts Center
Finalist: Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Finalist: Robinson Center Music Hall

Outdoor Park
Winner: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Finalist: Burns Park
Finalist: War Memorial Park

Pool or Water Park
Winner: Magic Springs Theme & Water Park
Finalist: Wild River Country
Finalist: Little Rock Athletic Club

Movie Theater
Winner: Regal Breckenridge 12
Finalist: Cinemark Colonel Glenn 18 and XD
Finalist: Little Rock Chenal 9 IMAX

Sporting Event
Winner: Arkansas Travelers
Finalist: Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club
Finalist: Arkansas Razorbacks


Burger Joint
Winner: David’s Burgers
Finalist: Big Orange
Finalist: Arkansas Burger Co.

Dessert Destination
Winner: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Finalist: Kilwins
Finalist: Big Orange

Family Restaurant
Winner: The Purple Cow
Finalist: All Aboard Restaurant & Grill
Finalist: Dixie Cafe

Pizza Place
Winner: Larry’s Pizza
Finalist: U.S. Pizza Co.
Finalist: Damgoode Pies

Date Night Restaurant
Winner: Local Lime
Finalist: YaYa’s Euro Bistro
Finalist: South on Main

Kids Eat Free
Winner: The Promenade at Chenal Restaurants
Finalist: Zaxby’s
Finalist: Shorty Small’s

Winner: Daylight Donuts
Finalist: Delicious Temptations
Finalist: Del Frisco’s Grille


Child Care Facility
Winner: Helping Hand Children’s Center
Finalist: ACCESS
Finalist: Christ Lutheran Preschool

Private Elementary School
Winner: Little Rock Christian Academy
Finalist: Episcopal Collegiate School
Finalist: Pulaski Academy

Private Middle School
Winner: Little Rock Christian Academy
Finalist: Pulaski Academy
Finalist: Episcopal Collegiate School

Private High School
Winner: Little Rock Christian Academy
Finalist: Pulaski Academy
Finalist: Episcopal Collegiate School

Public Elementary School
Winner: Forest Heights STEM Academy
Finalist: Don R. Roberts Elementary School
Finalist: Jefferson Elementary School

Public Middle School
Winner: Pulaski Heights Middle School
Finalist: Forest Heights STEM Academy
Finalist: eStem Middle Charter School

Public High School
Winner: Little Rock Central High School
Finalist: Bryant High School
Finalist: Parkview Arts and Science Magnet

High School Tutoring
Winner: Huntington Learning Center
Finalist: LearningRx
Finalist: Mathnasium


Fine Arts
Winner: Arkansas Arts Center
Finalist: Wildwood Park for the Arts
Finalist: The Innovation Hub

Dance, Cheer and Gymnastics
Winner: River City Gymnastics
Finalist: The Little Gym of Little Rock
Finalist: Cheer City United

Summer Camp
Winner: The Little Gym of Little Rock
Finalist: Brookhill Ranch in Hot Springs
Finalist: Lake Nixon Day Camp

Martial Arts
Winner: ATA Arkansas Martial Arts
Finalist: Impact Martial Arts
Finalist: Unity Martial Arts

Sports Programs
Winner: Upward Sports
Finalist: Little Rock Climbing Center
Finalist: D1 Sports Training


Winner: Little Rock Family EyeCare
Finalist: Deer Eye Clinic
Finalist: Meador Eye Clinic

Pediatric Dentist
Winner: Kitchens’ Pediatric Dentistry
Finalist: Leap Kids Pediatric Dental
Finalist: Austin Family Dentistry

Winner: Westrock Orthodontics
Finalist: Phelan Orthodontics
Finalist: Wardlaw Orthodontics

Pediatric Physicians Group
Winner: Arkansas Pediatric Clinic
Finalist: Little Rock Children’s Clinic
Finalist: All for Kids Pediatric Clinic

Winner: The Pharmacy at Wellington
Finalist: Don’s Pharmacy
Finalist: Rhea Drug Store

Place to Give Birth
Winner: Baptist Health
Finalist: CHI St. Vincent
Finalist: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Specialty Clinic
Winner: Little Rock Allergy & Asthma Clinic
Finalist: OrthoArkansas
Finalist: Arkansas Otolaryngology Center

Special Needs Services
Winner: Pediatrics Plus
Finalist: ACCESS
Finalist: Helping Hand Children’s Center


Birthday Cake/Bakery
Winner: Community Bakery
Finalist: Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets
Finalist: The Blue Cake Company

Party Facility
Winner: Jump!Zone
Finalist: Pinot’s Palette
Finalist: The Little Gym of Little Rock

Party Entertainers
Winner: The Little Gym of Little Rock
Finalist: Tommy Terrific
Finalist: Aaron Acosta Magic


Auto Dealership
Winner: Landers
Finalist: Crain Automotive
Finalist: Everett Buick GMC

Family-Friendly Bank
Winner: Arvest Bank
Finalist: Regions Bank
Finalist: Centennial Bank

Book Store
Winner: Barnes & Noble
Finalist: Wordsworth Books & Company
Finalist: Mardel

Children’s Clothing or Shoe Store
Winner: The Toggery
Finalist: Caroline’s Children’s Consignment Boutique
Finalist: Ritzy Kids Consignment

Salon for Children’s Haircuts
Winner: Pigtails & Crewcuts
Finalist: Great Clips
Finalist: Simply Chic Salon

Family Photographer
Winner: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Finalist: Jennifer McHam Photography
Finalist: Drew Cason Photography

Lawn & Garden Center
Winner: The Good Earth Garden Center
Finalist: Horticare Landscape Companies
Finalist: Hocott’s Garden Center

Toy Store
Winner: The Knowledge Tree
Finalist: The Toggery
Finalist: Toys“R”Us

Shopping Center
Winner: The Promenade at Chenal
Finalist: Outlets of Little Rock
Finalist: Pleasant Ridge Town Center

Children’s Furniture
Winner: Pickles & Ice Cream
Finalist: WWBeds Custom Furniture
Finalist: Poggy’s Kids

Winner: Hillcrest Animal Hospital
Finalist: Westrock Animal Hospital
Finalist: All Pets Animal Hospital

Pet Supply Store
Winner: Hollywood Feed
Finalist: The Dog Bowl
Finalist: Doggy Daddy Store

Store for Sports/Athletic Gear
Winner: Gene Lockwood’s
Finalist: Go! Running
Finalist: Fleet Feet Sports Easy Runner

Lawyer for Family and Children’s Needs
Winner: Nash Law Firm, P.A.
Finalist: Raymon B. Harvey Law Firm
Finalist: The Brad Hendricks Law Firm

Adult Gym with Kid’s Care
Winner: 10 Fitness
Finalist: Little Rock Athletic Club
Finalist: North Little Rock Athletic Club