2022 Results! Best of Grand Rapids – Top Resorts, Dessert Spots, Car Detailers + More

The Best of Grand Rapids List for 2022

If you live in West Michigan and are like me, you often hear friends and neighbors talking about the new and interesting places opening in the Grand Rapids area.

Throw in all of the beloved places that have been a staple in West Michigan for decades and you soon realize just how many options there are on where to book a birthday party, where to enjoy a delicious pizza, and where to get your kid in dance lessons.

So, when you are looking for a new park to play at or the best place to brunch with your family, start here!

Our community has spoken!

Use the resulting guide to discover the best family-friendly places to eat, shop, learn, and play in Grand Rapids all in one place.

Category: Local Attractions

Experience some old favorites and try something new at the best playgrounds, beaches and indoor play places around West Michigan. Downtown-Grand-Rapids-Market

Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Best Museums

winner icon 70x70 Winner: Grand Rapids Public Museum

1. Grand Rapids Public Museum
2. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
3. Gerald R Ford Museum
4. Grand Rapids Art Museum
5. USS Silversides Submarine Museum
6. Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives
6. Lowell Area Historical Museum
8. Lakeshore Museum Center
9. Averill Historical Museum of Ada
10. The Dekker Huis/Zeeland Historical Museum

more museums

Best Indoor Play Venues

winner icon 70x70 Winner: Craig’s Cruisers

1. Craig’s Cruisers
2. BattleGR Tactical Games
3. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
4. Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena (Jenison)
5. Allegan Event
6. Catch Air (Kentwood)
7. Dave & Busters
8. EverPlay Cafe
9. Altitude
10. Tarry Hall Roller Rink

more indoor play places

Best Animal Experience / Attraction

winner icon 70x70 Winner: John Ball Zoo

1. John Ball Zoo
2. Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
3. Deer Tracks Junction
4. Anderson & Girls Orchards
5. Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
6. Binder Park Zoo
7. Blandford Nature Center
8. Critter Barn (Zeeland)
9. Schwallier’s Country Basket
10. Legacy Stables (Karin’s Horse Connection)

more animal experiences & petting zoos

Best Corn Mazes

winner icon 70x70 Winner: Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery Corn Maze

1. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery Corn Maze
2. Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm Corn Maze
3. Deep Roots Produce Corn Maze
4. Heidi’s Farmstand and Bakery Corn Maze
5. Schwallier’s Country Basket Corn Maze
6. Post Family Farm Corn Maze
7. Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo Corn Maze
8. New Salem Corn Maze & Spooktacular Corn Maze
9. Uncle John’s Cider Mill Corn Maze
10. Gull Meadow Farms Corn Maze

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - a winning Corn Maze in Grand Rapids

3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids MI, 49544 - (616) 784-0058

Ed Dunneback and Girls Farm Market, fourth generation fruit farm located on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We pride ourselves on growing great fruit and veggies— apples, sweet cherries and strawberries—and now delicious craft beer, wine, and hard cider.

Playground, animals, restaurant, bakery, u-pick, live music, outdoor seating. Plus monthly events and festivals!


Best Birthday Party Venues

Winner: John Ball Zoo

TOP 10 Birthday Party Venues

1. John Ball Zoo

2. The Mud Room @ Knapp’s Corner

3. BattleGR Tactical Games

3. Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park (Alto)

5. Craig’s Cruisers (Wyoming)

6. Deer Tracks Junction

7. Whitecaps Baseball

8. Chuck E. Cheese’s

8. Rebounderz (Jenison)

10. Accidental Art

Winning Birthday Party Venue - Grand Rapids

1971 E Beltline NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49525

Pottery painting, potter's wheels, and more! Creative parties are FUN for the kids and EASY for the parents! Available in studio or at home.


We rounded up the top voted destinations for your next vacation.

These are the best resorts, water parks, Disney vacation planners… and even a few ideas for a staycation.

Best Disney Vacation Planners

Winner: Jennifer Witham Buck (Love the Mouse Travel)

TOP 10 Disney Vacation Planners

1. Jennifer Witham Buck (Love the Mouse Travel)

2. Shellie Burton (My Mickey Vacation Travel)

3. Heather Straight (Key to the World Travel)

4. Jamie Farber (MickeyTravels)

5. Melanie Gifford (Travel with the Magic)

6. Noddea Skidmore (Goofy Getaways)

7. Jamie Bird (Dream a Little Dream Travel)

8. Ashley Bryan (Infinity Travel)

8. Shannon Sinning (Smart Moms Travel Agent)

10. Kim DeWaard (Kim’s Magical Moments Vacations)

Winning Disney Travel Agent

There is nothing more magical than knowing your family vacation is being taken care of by a former Disney Cast Member with insider knowledge, 25+ years hospitality experience, and complementary concierge-style services that will make your vacation dreams a reality.

Winning Disney Travel Agent

Our knowledge of Disney has earned us the distinction of being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

We're experts on all Disney Destinations, Universal Orlando, and magical destinations around the world!

Let us be your key to a magical vacation.

Best Michigan Waterparks

Winner: Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

TOP 10 Michigan Waterparks

1. Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark

2. Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain Resort

3. Zehnder’s Splash Village Indoor Water Parks

4. Double JJ Resort Waterpark

4. Holland Community Aquatic Center Waterpark

6. Soaring Eagle Waterpark

7. Bavarian Inn Lodge

8. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel Waterpark

9. The Salvation Army Kroc Center Water Park

10. Splash Universe Dundee (2)

Best Michigan Vacation City

Winner: Traverse City

TOP 10 Michigan Vacation City

1. Traverse City

2. Mackinac Island

3. Petoskey

4. Saugatuck

5. Grand Haven

6. Ludington

7. Holland

8. Torch Lake

9. Silver Lake

9. Frankenmuth

9. South Haven

Best Michigan Family Resort

Winner: Boyne Mountain Resort

TOP 10 Michigan Family Resort

1. Boyne Mountain Resort

2. Great Wolf Lodge

3. Crystal Mountain Resort

4. Double JJ Resort Waterpark

5. Shanty Creek Resort

6. The Homestead Resort

7. Treetops Resort

8. Portage Point Resort

9. The Highlands at Harbor Springs

Best West Michigan Staycation Hotel for Families

Winner: Boyne Mountain Resort

TOP 10 West Michigan Staycation Hotel for Families

1. Double JJ Resort Waterpark

2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel Waterpark

3. Amway Grand

4. JW Marriott Grand Rapids

5. Embassy Suites Downtown Grand Rapids

6. Drury Inn & Suites Grand Rapids

7. The Shack Country Inn

8. Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown

9. Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids East

9. Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront

Best West Michigan Downtown for Families

Winner: Grand Rapids

TOP 10 West Michigan Downtown for Families

1. Grand Rapids

2. Rockford

3. Holland

4. Grand Haven

5. Saugatuck/Douglas

6. Hudsonville

6. Ada

8. Lowell

9. Kalamazoo

9. South Haven

Best Grand Rapids Date Nights

We love date night more than ever these days.

We’ve got your resource for a lovely night out whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, cocktails, dessert or, if you’re lucky, a full night stay at a nearby hotel.

Best Distillery

Winner: Long Road Distillers

TOP 10 Distilleries

1. Long Road Distillers

2. Bier Distillery

3. Michigan Moonshine Distillery

4. Eastern Kille Distillery

5. Wise Men Distillery

6. Coppercraft Distillery – Holland

7. Thornapple Brewing

Best Date Night Take Out

Winner: Amore Trattoria Italiana

TOP 10 Date Night Take Out

1. Amore Trattoria Italiana

2. Jaku sushi

3. The Mitten Brewing Co.

4. First Wok

5. Third Nature Brewing

6. San Chez Bistro

7. Luna

8. Two Guys Brewing

9. Little Bangkok

10. The Melting Pot

Best West Michigan Romantic Night Stay

Winner: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

TOP 10 West Michigan Romantic Night Stay

1. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

2. JW Marriott Grand Rapids

3. CityFlats Hotel (Holland)

3. Harbor House Inn (Grand Haven)

5. Bay Pointe Inn

6. Homewood Suites Downtown GR

6. Embassy Suites Downtown Grand Rapids

8. Prairieside Suites Bed & Breakfast

9. Drury Inn & Suites – 28th St

10. Weathervane Inn

10. Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown

10. The Hotel Saugatuck

Best Romantic Restaurant

Winner: Amore Trattoria Italiana

TOP 10 Romantic Restaurant

1. Amore Trattoria Italiana

2. Blue Water Grill


4. San Chez Bistro

4. The Chop House

6. Leo’s Seafood

7. Ruth’s Chris

8. Cooper’s Hawk

9. Bistro Bella Vita

10. Reserve Wine and Food

Best Beer Selection

Winner: Founders Brewing Co.

TOP 10 Beer Selection

1. Founders Brewing Co.

2. Hop Cat

3. The Mitten Brewing Co.

4. Third Nature Brewing

5. Perrin Brewing Company

6. New Holland Brewing Co.

7. Railtown Brewing

8. 7 Monks Taproom

9. Two Guys Brewing

10. The Score

Best Wine Selection

Winner: Reserve Wine and Food

TOP 10 Wine Selection

1. Reserve Wine and Food

2. Cooper’s Hawk

3. Hudsonville Winery

4. Rockwell Republic

5. House of Wine

6. GRNoir

6. San Chez Bistro

8. Aperitivo

9. Cascade Roadhouse

10. Two Guys Brewing

Best Place for Cocktails

Winner: Butchers Union

TOP 10 Places for Cocktails

1. Butchers Union

2. Max’s South Seas Hideaway

3. Donkey Taqueria

4. Long Road Distillers

5. The Score

6. San Chez Bistro

6. Westside Social


9. Luna

10. One Bourbon

Best Place for Dessert

Winner: Cheesecake Factory

TOP 10 Places for Dessert

1. Cheesecake Factory

2. Amore Trattoria Italiana

3. Furniture City Creamery

4. The Melting Pot

5. Russ’

6. Le Bon Macaron

6. San Chez Bistro

8. Brewery Vivant

9. Leo’s

10. Divani

10. Bostwick Lake Inn

Winning Place for Dessert - Holland

390 E 8th St, Holland MI, 49423-3773

Russ' Restaurants serving West Michigan since 1934!

We are a locally owned family restaurant with 12 locations to serve you!

We offer a family friendly environment with affordable dining and $4 kid's meals!

Thank you GRKIDS fans for voting us #1 family restaurant!

Russ' is our go to family restaurant and has been for many years . We appreciate the family friendly environment for our little boys. The menu has a great food variety! The friendly and quick service never disappoints! -Jessica C.

Shopping & Services

You can usually have more fun if you have a good plan.

Need a tutor? An overnight camp your child will love?

Having a baby? Great!! But he will need a safe place to be loved and cared for while you’re at work.

And then of course there’s the will & trust plans we all must make, even if they feel a little morbid. They are still so so important.

To make this work easier, we’ve polled our readers for their favorite places to get this real life work done. Use this list to find an overnight camp, estate planner, realtor and more.

Best Daycares

Winner: Milestones Child Development Center

TOP 10 Daycares

1. Milestones Child Development Center

2. AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care & Preschool

3. Big Steps Little Feet (Ada)

4. Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center

5. Treehouse Child Care – Grandville Public Schools

6. Generations Child Development Center

7. Explore & Grow Christian Learning Center

8. David D. Hunting YMCA Child Development Center

8. The Goddard School (Grand Rapids – Cascade)

10. Tutor Time

Winning Daycare Center - Grand Rapids

4527 Cascade RD SE, STE B, Grand Rapids MI, 49546

Milestones Child Development Center offers 6 program locations in Cascade, Caledonia, Jenison, Belmont, Portage and Grandville.

Open since 2005, Milestones enriches each child’s life with intentional educational, authentic experiences all while providing a nurturing and safe environment.

Milestones' state of the art facilities offer secure buildings, warm interiors and expansive natural playgrounds.

Winning Daycare Center - Grand Rapids

555 Cascade West Pkwy SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49546

What makes us Grandtastic?!

We strive to provide the highest quality educational programming in a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that earns the trust of the children and families we serve.

Our play-based program’s philosophical principles are based upon current best practices for educating young children, knowledge of child development, and theories of child behavior.

"Both our boys (8 yrs and 5 yrs) went through the K-Prep Program at Appletree & Gilden Woods and were completely prepared to enter Kindergarten."

Best Attorneys- Wills & Trusts

Winner: Tim Alles (Alles Law)

TOP 10 Attorneys- Wills & Trusts

1. Alles, Tim (Alles Law)

2. Soler, Amber (Alles Law)

3. Robinson, Savannah (Alles Law)

4. Bush, Jordan (Alles Law)

5. Carrier, David L. (Carrier Law)

6. David, Ronald (David, Wierenga & Lauka, PC)

6. Muilenburg, Sara (Law Office of Sara Muilenburg)

9. Lichterman, Michael (Baar & Lichterman, PLLC)

9. Waalkes, Timothy (Verspoor Waalkes PC)

9. Holtvluwer, Wendy (Holtvluwer Law, PC)

Winning Attorney Wills and trusts - Grand Rapids

5360 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49546

At Alles Law, we know nothing matters more than family.

Personalized and meaningful estate planning is the key to understanding what your family needs and provides you with confidence knowing your family’s future is secure.

Best Financial Planner

Winner: Kurt Faasse (RSC Advisors)

TOP 10 Financial Planners

1. Kurt Faasse (RSC Advisors)

2. Sheri Postema (Edward Jones – Financial Advisor)

2. Abby Lininger (Drake Financial Group)

4. Joel Broersma (Pathway Financial Design)

4. Molly Chelovich (Tupper, Chelovich & Associates)

6. Stephanie Trexler (Golden Goose Wealth Planning)

6. Ryan Goosen (2M Financial Group)

8. Shaun A. Rayman (Edward Jones – Financial Advisor)

8. David J. Hibschman (Edward Jones Financial Advisor)

10. Kim Hensley (Edward Jones Financial Advisor)

10. Deb Moon (Edward Jones – Financial Advisor)

10. Tom Jacobs (Jacobs Financial Services)

10. Andy Bos (Eastown Financial Advisors)

10. Scott McPheeters (Benjamin F. Edwards)

Winning Financial Planner - Byron Center

2034 84th St. SW B, Byron Center MI, 49315
536 Romence Rd. Ste. 105, Portage MI, 49024

My family has operated a financial services firm in West Michigan since 1985.

We have a passion for helping families take their money game from good to great.

I work with you to navigate the complex world of investing using a non-judgmental, relatable approach that all focuses on your goals.

We have been very satisfied with the knowledgeable, reliable, professional help and guidance we have been given in our financial planning! We really trust their judgement and expertise on everything.

Best Home Insurance Agent

Winner: Alex Briggs (White & Associates)

TOP 10 Home Insurance Agents

1. Alex Briggs (White & Associates)

2. Kevin Curtis (State Farm Insurance Agent)

2. Bill Cole (State Farm Insurance)

4. Andy Steensma (Meemic – Andy Steensma Insurance Agency Inc.)

5. Tiffany Lewkowski (Bompezzi Patterson Syrek Insurance)

6. Nathan Smith (State Farm)

6. Eric Blair (State Farm)

8. Brett Younce (State Farm Insurance Agent)

8. Angela Schalow (Farmers Insurance)

8. Keith Long (Farm Bureau Insurance)

8. Adam Gorbutt (Allstate Insurance)

Winning Home Insurance Agent - Rockford

6739 Courtland Drive NE Ste 102, Rockford MI, 49341
52 W. Main Street, Fremont MI, 49412
13 W. Main Street, Grant MI, 49327

Since 1873 White & Associates Insurance has offered a variety of personal insurance, business insurance, and employee benefits solutions to help you protect what matters most.

As an independent agent we proudly represent multiple carriers to give our clients options.

Best Tutoring/Academic Support

Winner: Sylvan Learning of Grand Rapids

TOP 10 Tutoring/Academic Support

1. Sylvan Learning of Grand Rapids

2. Streams of Hope

3. Mathnasium

4. Reading Success Plus

5. The Refugee Education Center

6. ChildLinkGR

6. Kumon Math and Reading Center of Grand Rapids

6. The Tutoring Center (Wyoming)

9. SLD Read

9. Turning Pages

Winning Tutoring Academic Support - Grand Rapids

4467 Cascade Road SE, Ste. 4471, Grand Rapids MI, 49546
2265 Livernois Road, Suite 701, Troy MI, 48083

Reading Success Plus is a team of compassionate specialists ready to help dyslexic and struggling children and adults in Orton-Gillingham Reading and Spelling, Writing and Grammar and Orton-Gillingham Math.

We offer one-on-one tutoring in person or online, coaching and Dyslexia Learning Experiences/Professional Development.

“Reading Success Plus has done amazing work with my daughter. Their program works. In second grade we noticed my daughter’s reading was behind. We contacted Reading Success Plus and it has been the best thing we ever did.” Joel E.

Best Car Detailing Service

Winner: Breton Auto Wash

TOP 10 Car Detailing Services

1. Breton Auto Wash

2. Millennium Auto Detailing/Alpine Shine Shop

2. Touch of Class Auto Wash

4. Crystal Clean Auto Detailing

5. Auto Body Xperts

6. Fox Shine Detail and Appearance Center

7. Black Diamond Detailing

7. Wedgwood Christian Services Employment Training Program

7. Supreme Shine Auto Detailing LLC

10. Quality Car Wash

Best Home Organizing Service

Winner: Skinny House

TOP 10 Home Organizing Services

1. Skinny House

2. Spark Joy in MI

3. Moxie Life Organizing

4. Simplified Organizing, LLC

5. Almost Tidy Home

6. Neato Organizing

7. Actualize Organizing, LLC

8. SMA Organization

8. SMaking Space Organization

10. mi home etc.

Best Overnight Camp

Winner: Camp Henry

TOP 10 Overnight Camps

1. Camp Henry

2. Camp Roger

3. Grace Adventures

4. SpringHill

5. Camp Geneva

6. YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

7. CranHill Youth Summer Camps

8. Camp Blodgett

8. Camp Newaygo

10. Lake Ann Camp

Winning Overnight Camp - Newaygo

5575 S Gordon Ave, Newaygo MI, 49337

Camp Henry's mission is to provide life-changing experiences for all in a Christian environment.

They have been serving campers, guests, and families since 1937.

Best Realtor

Winner: Paul Spica (Spica Real Estate)

TOP 10 Realtors

1. Paul Spica (Spica Real Estate)

2. Laurie Zokoe (Five Star)

2. Maria Kauffman (Bellabay Realty)

4. Amanda Rodgers (Rogers Neighborhood Realty

5. Cait Wisniewski (616 Realty)

6. Emily Brougham (Keller Williams Grand Rapids East)

7. Kaitlyn Overbeek (Bellabay Realty)

8. Ashley Dietch-Schaefer (Hello Homes GR)

9. Mark Brace (Berkshire Hathaway – Brace Homes)

9. Kyle Visser (Keller Williams)

Winning Realtor

2575 84th Street SW, Byron Center MI, 49315

We love to help people, one house at a time.

First home to last, we’ll lead, guide, and protect you through it all.

Our clients are so excited about their experience that they can't help, but tell their friends!

Winning Realtor

1171 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49503

At NuAbode Properties we truly value the relationships we build with our clients!

We are Grand Rapids natives with a combined 10 years in the business.

We strive to make the home buying and selling process stress-free and special for each client.

We love what we do!

“Justin and Cait blew our expectations out of the water. The buying process seemed almost effortless. I will recommend them over and over!”

Winning Realtor

318 E Main St, Suite A, Lowell MI, 49331

Rogers Neighborhood Realty is a hands on, full service real estate brokerage where our trusted agents make sure that all client needs are met and interests protected.

With us you can buy with confidence and sell with success!

Best Kids Money Program

Winner: Lake Michigan Credit Union

TOP 10 Kids Money Programs

1. Lake Michigan Credit Union

2. Chase Bank

3. Consumers Credit Union

4. Huntington National Bank

5. Independent Bank

6. MSU Federal Credit Union

6. Community West Credit Union

8. DFCU Financial

9. AAC Credit Union

9. River Valley Credit Union

9. ChoiceOne Bank

Best Photographer

Winner: Kara Hanes Photography

TOP 10 Photographers

1. Kara Hanes Photography

2. Kmellema Photography

3. Bridget Kathleen Photography

4. Michelle Kristine Photography

5. Ellie B Photography

6. Nikole’s Photography

7. Jenna Rose Photography

8. Awe Photography

9. Katie Cook Photography

10. Chrystin Melanie Photography

Winning Photographer - Middleville

, Middleville MI, 49333

Award winning Ellie B Photography offers a boutique experience for all your maternity, newborn, and family portrait needs. Entrust your memories with a professional that will care for you and your family throughout the entire portrait process.

Lessons & Classes

Want to enroll your child in dance, swimming lessons or music programs, but don’t know where to start?

We’ve found the best Grand Rapids places to learn and discover with your kids!

Best Dance Studio / Lessons

Winner: Rockford Dance Company

TOP 10 Dance Studios / Lessons

1. Rockford Dance Company

2. HIS Dance Academy

3. Hearts in Motion Dance Project

4. Caledonia Dance & Music Center

5. Integrity School of Dance Arts

6. Academy of Dance Arts Inc

7. Dance With Me by Amber Marie

8. Body Language Dance Company

9. Studio Dance

10. Haus of Glass Dance

Winning Dance Studio - Caledonia

131 E Main Street SE, Suite E, Caledonia MI, 49316

From your child's first class to their graduation performance, CDMC has a class for everyone!

They specialize in beginners of all ages and training through pre-professional levels. But CDMC is More Than Just Great Dancing®, going beyond technique to develop important life skills.

CDMC will inspire your child through dance!

This is our second year at CDMC and we LOVE it. My daughter danced at two prior studios and CDMC is hands down our favorite and where we will stay. The teachers are knowledgeable and loving. They put on beautiful performances, and we look forward to many years with them. Highly recommend! ~Stephanie Pratt

Winning Dance Studio - Grand Rapids

4336 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49525
523 Ada Dr., Ada MI, 49301

At Hearts in Motion, we believe that dance has the power to create strong, confident, happy kids.

We focus on training great technique while fostering a joy for the love of dance and creating magical moments.

Be sure to check out our satellite location in downtown Ada!

This is an amazing and age appropriate environment for dancers of all ages. The instructors promote hard work in a fun and engaging way. We love Hearts in Motion!

Winning Dance Studio - Grand Rapids

2715 29th ST SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49512

Ages: 3 months-Adult

Offering Recreation and Pre-Professional Divisions: Babes In Arms, Toddler, Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Character, Modern, Musical Theatre, & Hip-Hop

Celebrating our 20th season of Guiding Young Hearts and Big Dreams.

Recreational classes for beginning dancers and Pre-Professional classes to prepare for future post-high school opportunities.

“You go above and beyond taking care of each and every dancer. The sense of love and family is felt here. Thank you so much for being a blessing!” ~ KB

Winning Dance Studio - Kentwood

2925 28th Street SE , Suite D, Kentwood Michigan, 49512

At Studio Dance, we believe if you Dream Big and Werk Hard, you can do anything.

Creating an environment for happy, strong, and confident kids is what we do best!

Come join our dance family!

Best Music Studio / Lessons

Winner: Academy of Music

TOP 10 Music Studios / Lessons

1. Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

2. Joyful Sounds Music Studio

3. Grand Rapids Symphony

4. St. Cecilia Music Center

5. Caledonia Dance & Music Center

6. Franciscan Life Process Center (Lowell)

7. RIT Music Central

8. Ada Conservatory of Music

8. The Piano Cottage Studios, Grand Rapids

10. Firehouse Guitars

Winning Music Studio - Grand Rapids

6159 28th St SE, Ste 24, Grand Rapids MI, 49546
7647 Riverview Dr, Jenison MI, 49428

Voted #1 for music lessons for the 4th time, the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids and Jenison Academy of Music offer private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, drums, and strings.

Since 2003, we have provided an exceptional music lesson experience for all ages and levels in a professional environment.

Great service, instructors, and staff. ~ Matthew Jones

We have had a wonderful experience and love our daughter’s teacher. Thank you! ~ Kathleen Anderson

Excellent place for music lessons! ~ Stephanie Northway

Winning Music Studio - Grand Rapids

24 Ransom Avenue NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49503

St. Cecilia Music Center’s youth ensembles offer the opportunity for students in Grades 3-12 to practice, perform and perfect their instrument of choice.

An inspiring place for aspiring musicians, the School of Music offers weekly rehearsals during the school year with each semester culminating in a performance in Royce Auditorium.

My daughters consider their SCMC orchestra rehearsals the highlight of the week. They have improved tremendously, gained so much confidence, and love playing with other passionate and talented young musicians.

Best Swimming Lessons

Winner: Julie’s Swim School

TOP 10 Swimming Lessons

1. Julie’s Swim School

2. Goldfish Swim School

3. Miss Patty’s Swimming

4. Miss Rita’s Swim School

5. YMCA – Wolverine Worldwide Family

6. YMCA – Mary Free Bed

7. MVP Sports Clubs

8. Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center

9. YMCA – David D. Hunting

10. YMCA – SpartanNash

Winning Swimming Lessons - Grand Rapids

2845 Thornhills Ave., Ste S, Grand Rapids MI, 49546

Our shiver-free pool and state-of-the-art swimming facility are simply the backdrop to our play-based learning experience.

Our teaching philosophy, The Science of Swim Play, is used to build lifesaving water skills from 4 months to 12 years old.

Best Youth Sports Training

Winner: SpartanNash YMCA

TOP 10 Youth Sports Training

1. SpartanNash YMCA

2. Premier Martial Arts Grand Rapids

3. Michigan Sports Academies

4. Elite Baseball And Softball Training

5. I9 sports Grand Rapids

6. D1 Training

6. PowerStrength Training Systems

6. The First Tee of West Michigan

9. Max Effort Performance

10. Super T Karate Inc.

10. Michigan X Factor Sports Training

Best Art Instruction / Studio for Kids

Winner: The Mud Room

TOP 10 Art Instruction / Studios for Kids

1. The Mud Room

2. The Common Thread Studio

3. Accidental Art (Rockford)

4. Brush Studio – Grand Rapids

5.Kendall College of Art and Design

5. Wine & Canvas Studio / Cookies & Canvas

7. Hearts for the Arts

8. YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

9. Paint a Pot (Holland)

10. Artists Creating Together

Winning Art Instruction Studio for Kids - Grand Rapids

1971 E Beltline NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49525

Paint pottery, make wood signs, or sign up for a private Potter's Wheel class. Creative fun for all ages - no experience needed!

Winning Art Instruction Studio for Kids - Grand Rapids

4235 Edinburgh Dr SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49546

Enrich your life with a timeless skill.

Sewing classes, supplies, and kits for ages 8 & up.

Parties and events available by request.

Best Gymnastics Lessons

Winner: For the Kidz Gymnastics

TOP 10 Gymnastics Lessons

1. For the Kidz Gymnastics

2. Rising Starz Gymnastics and Fitness

3. Grand Rapids Gymnastics

4. Gymco

5. R-Athletics

6. NorthStar Gymnastics Inc.

7. Horizon Complex

7. Kids Unlimited Activity Center

9. Empowered Athletics

10. Red Arrow Youth Gymnastics and Cheer

Best Martial Arts Studio

Winner: Carlson Gracie Grand Rapids

TOP 10 Martial Arts Studios

1. Carlson Gracie Grand Rapids

2. Premier Martial Arts Grand Rapids

3. Unity Jiu Jitsu Grand Rapids

4. Crusader Martial Arts

5. Big Dog Tae Kwon Do

6. Black Lion Jiu Jitsu Academy

6. Cascade Village Karate

8. Super T Karate Inc.

9. Champion Force Athletics

9. Salvation Army Kroc Center


Time for some pampering!

A little self care goes a long way and our reader’s voted on their top spots for pedicures, massages and haircuts – some for you, some for kids and even “Mommy & Me.“

Best Mommy & Me Pedicure

Winner: A Charmed Life Nail Salon (Rockford)

TOP 10 Mommy & Me Pedicures

1. A Charmed Life Nail Salon (Rockford)

2. Posh Nails & Spa – Metro Health Village

2. VIP Nails

4. Design 1 Salon Spa Cascade

5. Kim’s Nails & Spa

6. Absolute Nails & Spa

6. Vicky’s Nails and Spa

8. Nailcessity

9. Alpine Nails & Spa

9. EGR Nails & Spa

9. The Golden File Nails & Spa

9. Luxe Nail Bar

9. Paris Nails & Day Spa

9. Simply Organic Nails & Spa

9. Heidi Christine’s Salon & Spa (Caledonia)

Winning Mommy and Me Pedicure - Jenison

7501 Cottonwood Dr., Jenison MI, 49428

We are proud to be one of the biggest nail salons in West Michigan with over 20+ nail technicians to serve you.

We provide professional manicures, pedicures, waxing, nail enhancements, facials, and lashes.

We offer student, teacher, and military discounts.

Call or message us on social media for an appointment.

Golden file is my favorite place to get my nails done! I am a regular customer there now and love them! They are professional, clean, and amazing at their job!

Best Massage

Winner: The Woodhouse Day Spa – Grand Rapids

TOP 10 Massages

1. The Woodhouse Day Spa – Grand Rapids

2. Design 1 Salon Spa Grandville

3. Salus Massage Therapy and Skin Care

4. NV Massage Therapy

4. Simply Massage

6. Design 1 Salon Spa Cascade

7. Design 1 Salon Spa Gaines

8. GR Massage Life

8. Grand Rapids Massage Therapy

8. Urban Massage LLC

Best Ear Piercing for Kids

Winner: Screaming Needle Tattoo & Body Piercing Studios

TOP 10 Ear Piercing for Kids

1. Screaming Needle Tattoo & Body Piercing Studios

2. Kitten Flower Boutique

3. Claire’s Woodland Mall

4. Paperdoll Boutique

4. Honest to Goodness Tattoo & Piercing

6. Mos Eisleys Tattoos

7. IRIS Piercing Studio

8. Decorum Body Piercing

Best Haircuts for Kids

Winner: Cookie Cutters

TOP 10 Haircuts for Kids

1. Cookie Cutters

2. Hazel + Rose Salon

3. Great Clips

4. Heidi Christine’s Salon & Spa

5. Meraki Salon

6. Design 1 Salon Spa Plainfield

7. Douglas J Salon

8. Cheeky Strut

8. Forest Hills Barber Shop

Winning Haircuts for Kids - Grand Rapids

5121 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49512
2090 Celebration Drive NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49525

Cookie Cutters is a children’s hair salon for kiddos of all abilities.

Our unique store design includes an in-store playset, and televisions at each station for the kids to watch their favorite shows. They sit in fun fantasy cars, and get a stylish haircut fast!

Fun and stress-free for all!

Fantastic. From start to finish. Online booking is easy. Staff is super friendly and did a great job with my two little ones. We will for sure be going back!


Fur babies are an important part of many families, so making sure they get the care and exercise they need is a priority.

Find a dog park with room to roam, a loving boarder to take of your pet while your away and a pet store with everything you need with our top recommended resources for pets.

Best Pet Boarding

Winner: Countryside Kennels Pet Resort & Spa

TOP 10 Pet Boarding

1. Countryside Kennels Pet Resort & Spa

2. Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa

3. Cascade Hospital for Animals

4. Animal Medical Center of Wyoming

5. Kim’s K-9

6. Camp Bow Wow Byron Center

6. Dorr Veterinary Clinic

6. Adams K-9

9. Camp Bow Wow Hudsonville

9. Dogtopia of Grand Rapids

Best Pet Groomer

Winner: Countryside Kennels Pet Resort & Spa

TOP 10 Pet Groomer

1. Countryside Kennels Pet Resort & Spa

2. Dirty Hairy’s Pet Spa

3. Fido & Stitch

3. Wash & Wags Pet Grooming

5. Canine & Feline Design Inc

5. The Posh Pet Dog and Cat Salon

7. Cats Vs. Dogs Pet Grooming Salon and Boutique

7. Tailspin Pet Grooming

7. Captain K9

9. Brady’s Groom Room

Best Pet Store

Winner: Chowhound

TOP 10 Pet Store

1. Chowhound

2. PetSmart

3. Blue Fish Aquarium

3. V I Pets

5. Pet Supplies Plus Grandville

6. Pet Supplies Plus Alpine

7. Fido & Stitch

8. Dottie’s Dog Bowl

9. Watercolors Aquarium Gallery

Best Pet Trainer / Obedience School

Winner: A Pleasant Dog

TOP 10 Pet Trainers / Obedience Schools

1. A Pleasant Dog

2. Adams K-9

3. Humane Society Of West Michigan

4. Happy Tails Dog Training

5. Kim’s K-9

6. A Dog’s Life GR

7. Dream Dogs Training

7. West Michigan K9

9. Mind your Manners Dog Training of West Michigan

9. Ganderwood

9. Whiskers University

Best Veterinarian

Winner: Dr. Heather Haskins (Standale Veterinary Hospital)

TOP 10 Veterinarians

1. Haskins, Dr. Heather (Standale Veterinary Hospital)

1. Kursch, Dr. Rebecca (South Kent Veterinary Hospital)

3. Good, Dr. Maureen (Georgetown Animal Hospital)

4. Wehler, Dr. Jennifer (Plymouth Road Animal Clinic)

5. Veneman, Dr. Leslie (Cascade Hospital for Animals)

6. Tremain, Dr. Nicole (Arrow Veterinary Clinic)

6. Cavanagh, Dr. Kelly (Animal Medical Center of Wyoming)

6. Bennett, Dr. Amy (West Michigan Veterinary Service)

6. Innis, Dr. Jim (Grand Rapids Vet Clinic)

6. Jelsema, Dr. Terry (Jelsema Veterinary Clinic)

6. Leven, Dr. Josh (Animal Medical Center of Wyoming)

6. Phelps, Dr. Michael (Coit Animal Clinic)

6. Vincent, Dr. Rebecca (Animal Medical Center of Wyoming)

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