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Mom’s Voice Awards Winners – Denton & Tarrant Counties (Spring 2009)

MomsOutLoud.com is thrilled to announce the First Annual Mom’s Voice Awards for Denton and Tarrant Counties. 

One of the dreams that led to this website was having a place where local Moms could share with other Moms where the “Bests” are.  The Best Pediatrician.  The Best Birthday Party Place.  The Best Place to Splash Around.  You get the picture.

Now, we are so excited to announce these awards in Denton and Tarrant counties.  We first want to thank our wonderful sponsors, Quaker Foods & Snacks and The KiD’s Doctor, for supporting this effort and helping us promote the awards.  Thank you!

  

Moms voted for their favorite businesses by reviewing them on the web-site, and we tallied up all the scores to reward one business in each category in each county as the “Mom’s Voice” for that category.  Unlike some other “awards” programs, businesses do not need to be advertisers or pay any submission fee to be reviewed or to win.  They just need to be GREAT!  And it’s totally up to the Moms to vote!

The votes have been tallied and the winners have been notified.  The winners of our Mom’s Voice Awards for Denton / Tarrant counties were announced at the North Texas Kids Expo this past Saturday.  The winners are listed below and will also be listed in the June issue of North Texas Kids magazine.

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!  Congratulations to these Denton County winners…

Best PediatricianHealthy Kids Pediatrics in Frisco.  Read all reviews

The doctors at Healthy Kids go above and beyond to make their patients happy. Our moms wrote: “We are very happy with Dr. Bain’s approach to keeping kids healthy and happy.” and “Keeping a schedule, returning calls if you have a question, getting the information you need quickly, getting you in for a sick visit quickly.”
 

Best OB/Gyn –  Dr. Marc Wilson in Denton.  Read all reviews

Dr. Wilson’s patients wrote that, “Dr. Marc has great a bedside manor and makes you feel confident in his ability to take good care of you and then follows that with taking excellent care of you.” Dr. Wilson makes our moms feel very comfortable, “It is like having the doctor come to your home, that is how comfortable they make you!”
 

Best Place to Splash –  Hawaiian Falls in The Colony.  Read all reviews

Hawaiian Falls is a wonderful place to take kids of all ages this summer. “Hawaiian Falls Water Parks are tons of fun for all ages.” “We LOVE spending our summers at Hawaiian Water Falls!”
 

Best Indoor Fun Place –  Bounce U in CarrolltonRead all reviews

MomsOutLoud.com Moms love taking their kids to Bounce U: “Instead of dragging my kids in kicking and screaming we had to drag them out kicking and screaming b/c they didn’t want to leave!” The staff makes Bounce U the perfect place to take children, “Bounce U in Carrollton seems to have really good employees. I am always very appreciative of the staff working with my child when we’re there.”
 

Best Sports & Fitness –  WinKids in Flower Mound.  Read all reviews

More than just another gym, WinKids “WinKids puts kids first – and while doing this they give the kids the opportunity to become successful in all they do – not just their activity.” Making moms happy takes excellent staff. “The coaches are fantastic at communicating with the kids to teach them and they are great at motivating them and keeping them interested while giving them skill.”

Best Birthday Party Place –  Boomerangs in Flower Mound.  Read all reviews

One mom-customer says, “I was 100% satisfied. The staff was friendly and efficient! There are clean restrooms, easily-accessible water fountains and a snack and drink counter.” Another mom who has her child’s birthday party at Boomerangs says, “Very nice faciity. Nice sized party rooms.”

Best Drop-in Day Care –  Adventure Kids Playcare in Flower Mound.  Read all reviews

Moms love Adventure Kids Playcare because it “Keeps my children happy and safe for a couple of sanity saving hours. They are also a peanut free facility!” and “My kids love it and I know they are having fun and that they are well cared for.”
 

Best Photographer –  Scott Young Photography in Flower Mound.  Read all reviews

Scott does an excellent job of capturing the moment and the personalities of your family. “Scott Young delivers quality with creativity.” And “Their pictures are great quality, they are easy to work with, and very artistic.”
 

Best Dance & Cheer –  Excite! in Highland Village.  Read all reviews

“This gym is fantastic at creating a family atmosphere. From the competitive teams to the casual classes, everyone feels welcome and important to the company and the staff.” “I feel Excite is the best because they care about there customers!”

Best Play Place –  Going Bonkers in Lewisville.&nbs
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Moms love taking their kids to Going Bonkers because “The kids love it and the admission price is reasonable.” Going Bonkers is a great place to take kids to have fun and tired them out! “We take our kids just to burn off steam and get exercise at the same time.”
 

Best Animal EncounterSharkarosa Wildlife Ranch in Pilot Point.  Read all reviews

Sharkarosa is a hidden gem that moms (and kids!) love! “Sharkarosa gets the highest rating I could possibly give – it was my greatest “find” ever and is my kids’ (now 7 & 11) FAVORITE place!” As more moms are discovering Sharkarosa, the staff is meeting the challenge of catering to crowds. “The staff was really nice. They said they were having their biggest day ever the day we were there, but I thought they all did a great job managing the crowd.”

 

 

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!  Congratulations to these Tarrant County winners…

Best Pediatrician – Dr. Michael Deitchman in Hurst.  Read all reviews

Patients wrote reviews saying, “We have loved Dr. Dietchman! He has been wonderful. He is very encouraging and positive. He also listens to even the silliest of new mommy concerns and makes us feel important.” And “He is a wonderful doctor and connects with kids so great!”

Best Pediatric Dentist – Dr. Christopher Davis in Southlake.  Read all reviews

Taking kids to the dentist can be a chore, but not with Dr. Davis! Our Moms write that Dr. Davis “makes kids feel very comfortable and at ease during dental procedures, clean, bright happy environment.”

Best Place to SplashHawaiian Falls in Mansfield.  Read all reviews

It’s no surprise that Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield is the winner. Moms wrote excellent things including, “I was completely satisfied with the variety of activities/attractions without feeling too overwhelmed or exhausted by the end of the day!” and “Unlike the bigger waterparks we’ve been to, Hawaiian Falls’ personnel are gracious, helpful and hospitable. It really is like a family there, and they welcome yours with open arms.”

Best Family GetawayGreat Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.  Read all reviews

More than just a hotel, Great Wolf Lodge provides family with a wonderful and fun retreat.  “I was completely satisfied! My whole family (my husband and 2 sons) had a great time! It was true family fun, relaxing, and refreshing. It truly felt like a getaway!!” “There are a lot of fun things for the kids and adults too. They have these two huge water slides that are amazing and so fun. We loved it.”

Best Play PlaceMansfield Activity Center in Mansfield.  Read all reviews

If you’re looking for a fun place for your children, look no further! Moms say, “I love the toddler time. It’s a great way to burn off energy.” “They open the gym and put in small bounce houses, balls, climb-on toys, ride-on toys, etc. and let the little children play to their heart’s content. It is best for (and designed for, I think) ages 0-2, but older children are welcome. It’s a great place to play on a rainy day or just to burn some energy with your tot.”

Best Animal EncounterFort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth.  Read all reviews

Want your kids to have fun and learn something too? The Ft. Worth Zoo is “a top notch zoo facility providing educational opportunities for the whole family!” according to our MomsOutLoud.com moms! “The zoo is great too when the weather is warm they have that nice water mist to keep you cool. The kids never get tired of going to the zoo!”

Best Indoor Fun PlaceJump!Zone in Southlake.  Read all reviews

Our moms think that Jump!Zone is unique. “I was impressed by the clean facility and the friendly staff. Also, the bounce houses were incredible- very different from others I’ve seen.” Likewise, they provide diverse activities for kids, “Also they have some quieter activities available, so if your child gets tired, they can sit down and color or play air hockey, then go back to jumping when they have the energy.”

Best Pre-SchoolPark Row Christian Academy in Arlington.  Read all reviews

Park Row received more reviews than any other business! They received 26 excellent reviews including moms who wrote that, “Their overall love and support in their teaching fills the kids with self-esteem and comfort like a parent would.” And “This is a fantastic school! Class size is small, they are very interested in what the parents think. The value of the education at PRCA versus the cost is second to none in this area!”

Best Drop-In Day CareAdventure Kids Playcare in Southlake.  Read all reviews

Moms who are looking for short term child care love Adventure Kids in Southlake. They say, “It’s a great place to drop the kids off when I have somewhere to be. This is perfect for appointments and date night. The kids have a blast so it makes it a little easier to leave them. They staff really tries to get to know the children and a bond is made.” And “I am very satisfied with Adventure Kids. I’ve been using them since 2005 and don’t have anything bad to say about them. I am very confident to leave my children there. Not only there are great employees but I know my children are in a safe place which gives me a piece of mind. And they always have so much fun.”

Best Baby StoreLone Star Baby & Kids in North Richland Hills.  Read all reviews

Lone Star Baby in NRH provides both excellent service and great products! “I was extremely pleased with the products we purchased, but more than that, I loved the service we received.” And “Overall very satisfied with this company, they have helpful staff and good customer service.”

Best PhotographerCharm Me Photography in Tarrant County.  Read all reviews

Photographer Carleen is loved by her clients. “Carleen takes photography to another level…she is extremely innovative and creative and always brings out the best in everyone. She enjoys what she does and it shows.” And “Her photos are non-traditional, she captures a creative perspective. It feels like she’s taking pictures of MEMORIES and MOMENTS, rather than posed still shots.”

What if you use businesses on the more eastern side of the metroplex (Dallas/Collin Counties)?  We’ll be running this same program in Dallas/Collin Counties in the fall, in September and October.  So you’ll definitely get your chance to tell Moms who the “best” businesses are!  And, we’ll still be offering prizes for reviews written on businesses in Dallas/Collin counties each week — so don’t think you’re left out!!

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