Best of the Nest

The Votes Have Been Tallied!

Suzy Reininger, right, owner of Leapin’ Lizards with Molly, employee / Casa Bay Photography

All the votes have been tallied and our winners are here in our first ever reader’s poll – Best of the Nest. Thank you to the hundreds of readers that voted in print and online. As a parenting publication, we are proud to announce the best businesses that deliver top ight service to families, parents and children. We hope you’re as inspired reading about these folks as we were talking to them. Enjoy!


Best Children’s Dentist

1st Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry
2nd Pediatric Dental Associates

Best Children’s Optometrist

1st Elemental Eyecare

2nd Bend Ophthalmology

Best OB / Midwife

1st Dr. John Murphy

Best Pediatrician

1st Dr. Jennifer Warton
2nd Dr. Michelle Mills

Best Children’s Orthodontist

1st Rosenzweig Orthodontics
2nd Struble Orthodontics


Best After-School Program

1st Kids, Inc.

2nd Boys and Girls Club

Best Day Care

1st Cottage Day Care
2nd Noah’s Ark

Best Preschool

1st Dana’s Discovery Kids
2nd The Cottage

Best Tutor

1st Sylvan Learning Center
2nd The Tutoring Club

Best Charter / Magnet Elementary / Private School

1st Highland Magnet at Kenwood School
2nd Redmond Proficiency Academy

Best Day Camps for Little Kids

1st High Desert Museum
2nd Campfire Kids

Best Day Camps for Older Kids

1st Campfire Kids
2nd High Desert Museum


Best Place for a Playdate (indoor)

1st Bouncing off the Wall

2nd High Desert Museum


Best Place for a Playdate (outdoor)

1st High Desert Museum
2nd Columbia Park


Best Gymnastics Center

1st Central Oregon Gymnastics Academy
2nd Oregon Olympic Athletics

Best Martial Arts School

1st High Desert Martial Arts

2nd Sortor Bushido Kai Karate

Best Swim Instructor

1st Mary McCool
2nd Liza Petzke

Best Place for a Child’s Birthday Party

1st Bouncing Off the Wall
2nd Mountain Air Trampoline Park

Best Staycation with Kids

1st Sunriver Resort
2nd Brasada Ranch

Best Holiday Experience

1st Sunriver Resort
2nd Old Mill District

Best Dance Studio

1st The Vibe Dance Center
2nd Gotta Dance Studio

Best Family Festival

1st Bend Summer Festival
2nd July 4th Pet Parade & Old-Fashioned Festival

Best Mom’s Night Out

1st Sip Wine Bar
2nd Portello Winecafe

Best Dad’s Night Out

1st McMenamins Old St. Francis School
2nd Crux Fermentation Project


Best Kids Menu

1st Jackson’s Corner
2nd Red Robin

Best Family Restaurant

1st Red Robin
2nd Flatbread Pizzeria

Best Kid Friendly Brewery

1st Crux Fermentation Project
2nd Deschutes Brewery

Best Place for a Sweet Treat

1st Goody’s
2nd Bonta Gelato


Best Children’s Clothing Store

1st Hopscotch Kids

2nd Baby Phases

Best Children’s Consignment Store

1st Stone Soup
2nd Kid’s Paradise

Best Toy Store

1st Leapin’ Lizards
2nd Hopscotch Kids

Best Places to buy Kid’s and Teen Sports Gear

1st Gear Fix
2nd Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best Nonprofit Serving Children

1st Kid’s Center
2nd Family Access Network (FAN)

Best Place for a Child’s Haircut

1st Sprouts Kids Salon

2nd Sport Clips

Best Photographer for Children and Families

1st Jewel Images

2nd Natalie Stephenson Photography


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