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The 2019 Philadelphia Family LOVE Awards

It is that time of year again! LOVE is in the air for the Philly Family Community.


In 2018 we were honored to recognize over 200 businesses and 10 incredible individuals with LOVE Awards and we can’t wait to do it again! We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family LOVE Awards Celebration & Community Party will be held once again at World Cafe Live on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Get your tickets by April 5th!



The 2018 Philadelphia Family LOVE Award Winners and Family Favorites

Keep this list handy for the next time you need a recommendation. We welcome you to flip through the digital edition of our Philadelphia Family Best for Families Guide or explore the stories of our LOVE Award Winners and Family Favorites below.


2018 Philadelphia Family Community Builder Award – Micah Straight, Soccer Shots


The Philly Family Community’s 2018 Parents of the Year



Best Festival – Little Friends of Rittenhouse, Rittenhouse Square

  • Family Favorite – Harry Potter Festival, Chestnut Hill


Best Birthday Parties – Philadelphia Rock Gym, East Falls

  • Family Favorite – Lume Creative Learning Studio, South Philly


Best Family Music Group – Alex and the Kaleidoscope, Various Locations


Best Photographer – Rachel Utain-Evans Photography

  • Family Favorite – Little Nest Portraits Chestnut Hill
  • Family Favorite – Tammy Bradshaw Photography
  • Family Favorite – Carolyn Clement Photography


dwell: home & garden

Best Baby Proofing – Home Hero


Best Home Organizer – Sort It Out Philly, South Philly




Best Art Classes – Lume Creative Learning Studio, South Philly


Best Dance Studio – The Philadelphia Dance Academy, Society Hill

  • Family Favorite – Merge Dance Studio, Manayunk
  • Family Favorite – The Rock School of Dance, South Philly


Best Foreign Language Class – Bilingual Butterflies, Queen Village


Best Music Class – Children’s Music Express, Chestnut Hill, Abington

  • Family Favorite – Mister John’s Music, Italian Market
  • Family Favorite – Sound Start, Various Locations
  • Family Favorite – Music Monkey Jungle, Various Locations


Best Sports Classes – Soccer Shots, Various Locations


Best Swimming Lessons – Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, Various Locations

  • Family Favorite – Goldfish Swim School, Various Locations



Best Meal Delivery Service – Grateful Plate, Manayunk


Best Bakery – Night Kitchen Bakery, Chestnut Hill

  • Family Favorite – Whipped Bakeshop, Fishtown
  • Family Favorite – Cupcakes by Ruth, On Location
  • Family Favorite – Cake Life Bake Shop, Fishtown
  • Family Favorite – The Sugary Philadelphia, East Falls


Best Dessert – Lil’ Pop Shop, West Philly, Rittenhouse

  • Family Favorite – Big Gay Ice Cream, Center City
  • Family Favorite – Franklin Fountain, Old City


Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant – Pizzeria Stella, Queen Village

  • Family Favorite – Bing Bing Dim Sum, South Philly
  • Family Favorite – Parc Brasserie, Rittenhouse


Best Place to Drink with your Kids – Dinos After Dark, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Logan Square

  • Family Favorite – Parks on Tap, Various Locations
  • Family Favorite – Morgan’s Pier, Waterfront

play: camps & activities

Best Day Camp – Tall Pines Day Camp, Williamstown, New Jersey

  • Family Favorite – Miquon Day Camp, Conshohocken
  • Family Favorite – JCC Camps at Medford, Medford, New Jersey
  • Family Favorite – Future Stars, Center City


Best Nature Experience – Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Roxborough

  • Family Favorite – Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill
  • Family Favorite – Bartram’s Garden, Southwest Philly


Best Play Space – PlayArts, Fishtown

  • Family Favorite – Kids at Play, East Falls
  • Family Favorite – Nest Center City, Center City


Best Theater Classes – Music Theatre Philly, Center City

  • Family Favorite – MacGuffin Theatre and Film Co., Center City
  • Family Favorite – Arden Theatre Co., Old City


Best Playground – Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, Fairmount Park

  • Family Favorite – Franklin Square (Historic Philadelphia), Center City
  • Family Favorite – Herron Playground, Queen Village


Best Special Needs Programming – Pennsylvania Ballet – Sensory Friendly Ballet, Center City

  • Family Favorite – Philadelphia Orchestra – A Sensory-Friendly Concert, Center City
  • Family Favorite – Please Touch Museum – Play Without Boundaries, Fairmount Park


Best Specialty Camp – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Center City

  • Family Favorite – Yes! And… Collaborative Arts, Germantown
  • Family Favorite – Allens Lane Art Center, Mount Airy



Best Bookstore – Head House Books, Queen Village

  • Family Favorite – Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Mount Airy


Best Children’s Clothing Boutique – Villavillekula, Chestnut Hill

  • Family Favorite – Born Yesterday, Center City


Best Toy Shop – Tildie’s Toy Box, South Philly

  • Family Favorite – Momo’s Tree House, Old City and Fitler Square
  • Family Favorite – Oxford Circus Toys, Chestnut Hill


Best Children’s Consignment – CityKids Consignment Sale, South Philly

  • Family Favorite – Nesting House, Various Locations


thrive: health & wellness

Best Birthing Classes – Blossoming Bellies, Various Locations


Best Fertility Practice – Main Line Fertility, Bryn Mawr


Best Doula – Christine’s Care & Compassion, Various Locations


Best Kids Salon – Nest Center City, Center City


Best Mommy and Me Fitness Class – Fit4Mom, Various Locations


Best Personal Trainer – Y2B Fit, Mount Airy

  • Family Favorite – Kate Jesuele


Best Prenatal Fitness – Mama’s Wellness Joint, Center City


Best Sleep Consultant – Tiny Transitions, West Chester

  • Family Favorite – Let Mommy Sleep, Various Locations


Best Orthodontist – Top of the Hill, Chestnut Hill

  • Family Favorite – Center City Orthodontics, Queen Village


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