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The Best of 2013

186 Awesome Winners! Yay!

 

The winners are in! We asked readers to share their recommendations for everything from the best summer camps to their favorite kid-friendly restaurant in our online Best of 2013 readers’ choices polls. Wow, we’re recognizing close to 200 parent-approved businesses, services, goods, and other stuff in this year’s two polls (one for Alameda County and a separate one for Contra Costa County). That’s a lot of winners.

Whether you’re new to the area and looking for that just-right after-school program, seeking guidance for a kid-conscious orthodontist, or wanting suggestions for the best winter break camp, you’ll find some answers here.

Congratulations to the winners—they’ve earned it, according to Parents’ Press readers. And thanks to the many parent-readers who participated in this year’s polls.

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Child Care

Best Children’s Child Care

Montessori Family School
1850 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-2322, www.montessorifamily.com.

Best Child Care Referral and Support Agency

Bananas
5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland, 510-658-7353, www.bananasinc.org.

Best Special Needs Child Care

Ala Costa Center
1300 Rose St., Berkeley, 510-527-2550,
and 3390 Malcolm St., Oakland, 510-383-3200, www.alacostacenters.org.

Preschools

Best Montessori Preschool

Montessori Family School
1850 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-2322, www.montessorifamily.com.

Best Faith-Based Preschool

Gan Mah Tov Preschool
3778 Park Blvd., Oakland, 510-530-2146, www.ganmahtov.com.

Best Independent Preschool

Shu Ren International School
1333 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-0320, www.shurenschool.org.

Elementary Schools

Best Public Elementary School

Crocker Highlands
525 Midcrest Road, Oakland, 510-451-5900, www.crockerschool.org.

Best Charter Elementary School

North Oakland Community Charter School
1000 42nd St., Oakland, 510-655-0540, www.noccs.org.

Best Montessori Elementary School

Montessori Family School
1850 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-2322, www.montessorifamily.com.

Best Faith-Based Elementary School

Oakland Hebrew Day School
5500 Redwood Road, Oakland, 510-531-8600, www.ohds.org.

Best Independent Elementary School

Shu Ren International School
1333 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-0320, www.shurenschool.org.

Best Special Needs Elementary School

Raskob Day School
3520 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, 510-436-1275, www.raskobinstitute.org.

Middle Schools

Best Public Middle School

Albany Middle School
1259 Brighton Ave., Albany, 510-558-3600, www.ams.ausdk12.org.

Best Charter Middle School

North Oakland Community Charter School
1000 42nd St., Oakland, 510-655-0540, www.noccs.org.

Best Montessori Middle School

Montessori Family School
1850 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-2322, www.montessorifamily.com.

Best Faith-Based Middle School

Oakland Hebrew Day School
5500 Redwood Road, Oakland, 510-531-8600,  www.ohds.org.

Best Independent Middle School

Beacon Day School
2101 Livingston St., Oakland, 510-436-4466, www.beaconday.org.

High Schools

Best Public High School

Berkeley High School
1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, 510-644-6121, www.bhs.berkeleyschools.net.

Best Charter High School

Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St., Oakland, 510-873-8800, www.oakarts.org.

Best Faith-Based High School

Bishop O’Dowd High School
9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland, 510-577-9100, www.bishopodowd.org.

Best Independent High School

Maybeck High School
2727 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-8489, www.maybeckhs.org.

Classes/Enrichment Programs

Best Enrichment & After-School Programs

Sarah’s Science
Programs in schools throughout Alameda County; organization based at 21525 Knoll Way, Castro Valley, 510-581-3739, www.sarahscience.com.

Best Ballet Classes

Shawl-Anderson Dance Studio
2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley, 510-654-5921, www.shawl-anderson.org.

Best Dance Classes

Kids ’N Dance
384 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-531-4400, www.kidsndance.com.

Best Art Classes

Aran’s Art Studio
3313 Village Drive, Castro Valley, 510-728-1333, www.aranceramic.com.

Best Theater Classes

Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org.

Best Swim Classes

Downtown Oakland YMCA
2350 Broadway, Oakland, 510-451-9622, www.oakland.ymcaeastbay.org.

Best Martial Arts Classes

Kook Sul Won Korean Martial Arts
2438 Sacramento St., Berkeley, 510-540-8070, www.kuksoolwon.com.

Best Gymnastics Classes

Head Over Heels
4701 Doyle Ave., Building F, Emeryville, 510-655-1265, www.hohathleticarts.com.

Best Tutorial Programs

Classroom Matters
2436 Sacramento St., Berkeley, 510-540-8646, www.classroommatters.com.

Best Language Class

Shu Ren International
1333 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-0320, www.shurenschool.org.

Best Testing Preparation Program

Classroom Matters
2436 Sacramento St., Berkeley, 510-540-8646,  www.classroommatters.com.

Best Hobby Spot

Aran’s Art Studio
3313 Village Drive, Castro Valley, 510-728-1333, www.aranceramic.com.

Best Classes for Musical Instrument Instruction

Crowden School
1475 Rose St., Berkeley, 510-559-6910, www.crowden.org.

Best Voice Classes

Jingle Jamboree
1016 Talbot Ave., Albany, 510-334-8851, www.jinglejamboree.com.

Fun & Attractions

Best Indoor Play Place

Habitot
2065 Kittredge Drive, Berkeley, 510-647-1111, www.habitot.org.

Best Place to Hear Live Music
Tie:

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org

Yoshi’s
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com.

Best Historic Site & Tour

Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.

Best Museum

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.

Best Family Weekend Destination

East Bay Regional Parks
www.ebparks.org
.

Best Family Vacation Destination

Tie:
Disneyland
www.disneyland.go.com

San Diego
www.sandiego.org
.

Best Parents’ Overnight Getaway

Napa Valley
www.napavalley.org
.

Best Amusement Park

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

Best Bowling Alley

Albany Bowl
540 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 510-526-8818, www.albanybowl.biz.

Best Zoo/Aquarium

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510-632-9525, ext.100,  www.oaklandzoo.org.

Best Local Farm

Tilden Little Farm
Tilden Regional Park, South Park Drive and Wildcat Canyon Road,
Berkeley, 510-544-2747, www.ebparks.org.

Best Fair/Festival

Alameda County Fair
(runs through July 7, closed on Mondays), Alameda County Fairgrounds,
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600,
www.alamedacountyfair.com

Best Place for Ice Skating

Oakland Ice Center
519 18th St., 510-268-9000, www.oaklandice.com.

Best Place to Entertain Your Teen

Pacific Pinball Museum
1510 Webster St., Alameda, 510-769-1349, www.pacificpinball.org.

Services

Best Place for a Kids’ Haircut

Snips for Kids
5335 College Ave., Oakland, 510-547-7277, www.snipskidsoakland.com.

Best Nanny Services

Urban Sitter
58 Maiden Lane, Third Floor, San Francisco, 415-677-7331, www.urbansitter.com.

Best Family Photographer

Nancy Rothstein
545 Athol Ave., Oakland, 877-881-7221, www.nancyrothstein.com.

Best Kids Party Entertainment

Buki the Clown
Alameda, 510-522-2229, www.bukitheclown.com.

Best Birthday Party Venue

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

Best Place to Buy a Birthday Cake

Tie:
La Farine
6323 College Ave., Oakland (and other Oakland locations), 510-654-0338, www.lafarine.com

Virginia Bakery
1690 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-6711, www.virginiabakery.com.

Retail

Best New Children’s Clothing

Ruby’s Garden
5026 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-595-5325, www.rubysgarden.com.

Best Place to Buy/Resale Children’s Clothing

Lauren’s Closet
1420 Park St., Alameda, 510-865-2219.

Best Place to Buy New Toys

Mr. Mopps
1405 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-525-9663, www.mrmopps.net.

Best Place to Buy Resale Toys

Toy Go Round
1361 Solano Ave., Albany, 510-527-1363.

Best Place to Buy Kids’ Furniture

Ikea
4400 Shellmound, Emeryville, 510-420-4532, www.ikea.com.

Best Kids’ Shoe Store

Happy Feet
1354 Park St., Alameda, 510-748-0524.

Best Party Supply Store

Party City
15584 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo, (stores also in Dublin, Fremont, and Union City),
510-481-5882, www.partycity.com.

Best Shopping Mall / District

Bay Street Emeryville
5616 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-655-4002, www.baystreetemeryville.com.

Health

Best Pediatrician

Berkeley Pediatrics
1650 Walnut St., Berkeley, 510-848-2566, www.berkeleypediatrics.com.

Best Allergist

James A. Nickelsen, M.D.
Allergy and Asthma Medical Group of the Bay Area,
3010 Colby St., Suite 221, Berkeley, 510-644-2316, www.bayareaallergy.com.

Best Dermatologist

Tomi L. Wall, M.D., FAAD
3300 Webster St., Suite 1106, Oakland, 510-763-2662, www.cedarsrodan.com.

Best Optometrist

Kaiser Permanente
Oakland Medical Center
3772 Howe St., Oakland, 510-752-5600, www.kp2020.org.

Best Pediatric Dentist

Tie:
Aloha Dentistry
2640 Telegraph Ave., Suite 101, Berkeley, 510-848-6494, and 906 Ensenada Ave., Berkeley, 510-528-1546, www.alohakidsdds.com

Denise Bass-Allen, D.D.S.
2100 Broadway, Oakland, 510-763-2022, www.denisebassallendds.com.

Best Orthodontist

William S. Paden, D.D.S.
1721 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, 510-523-7287, www.padenortho.com.

Best Mental Health Practice

Jessica Michaelson
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
3758 Grand Ave., Suite 15, Oakland, 510-545-2147, www.drjmichaelson.com.

Best Sports Medicine Practice

Berkeley Orthopaedic Medical Group
3010 Colby St., Berkeley, 510-845-3856, www.berkeleyortho.com.

Best Learning Disabilities Specialist

Nancy Deason
Bay Area Educational Evaluations, 2340 Ward St., Berkeley, 510-869-5420.

Best Speech Therapist

Word Works
318 27th St., Oakland, 510-433-0123, www.wordworkstherapy.com.

Best Hospital/Medical Center

Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
747 52nd St., Oakland, 510-428-3000, www.childrenshospitaloakland.org.

Camps

Best General & Traditional Summer Camp

Sarah’s Science
Programs in Roberts Regional Park 10570 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, and Tilden Regional Park, Brook Road at Lake Anza Road, Berkeley, though organization operates from 21525 Knoll Way, Castro Valley,  510-581-3739, www.sarahscience.com.

Best Sleep Away Camp

Camp Winnarainbow
P.O. Box 1359, Laytonville, 707-984-6507,
but based at 1301 Henry Street, Berkeley, 510-525-4304, www.campwinnarainbow.com.

Best Faith-Based Summer Camp

JCC Camp Kehilla
www.marinjcc.org/camp
.

Best Academic and Technology Summer Camp

ID Tech
UC Berkeley campus, 888-709-8324, www.internaldrive.com.

Best Health & Special Needs Summer Camp

AASK’s Camp ALWAYS
Camp programs take place in Santa Cruz mountains; organization based at 8201 Edgewater Drive, Suite 103, Oakland, 888-680-7349, www.aask.org.

Best Language & Cultural Immersion Summer Camp

Shu Ren International School
1333 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-0320, www.shurenschool.org.

Best Nature, Animals & Science
Summer Camp

Sarah’s Science
Programs in Roberts Regional Park, 10570 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, and Tilden Regional Park, Brook Road at Lake Anza Road, Berkeley; organization based at 21525 Knoll Way, Castro Valley,
510-581-3739, www.sarahscience.com.

Best Sports, Riding & Circus Arts
Summer Camp

Cal Youth Summer Camps
University of California, 2301 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-642-7796, www.camps.berkeley.edu.

Best Teen Focus Summer Camp

Ohlone for Kids & Teens
Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, 510-659-6000, www.ohlone.edu.

Best Arts (Culinary, Performing & Visual) Summer Camp

Aran’s Art Studio
3313 Village Drive, Castro Valley, 510-728-1333, www.aranceramic.com.

Best Winter Camp

Sarah’s Science
Programs at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1255 First Ave., Oakland, and Black Pine Circle School, 2016 Seventh St., Berkeley; organization based at 21525 Knoll Way, Castro Valley,
510-581-3739, www.sarahscience.com.

Best Spring Break Camp

Sarah’s Science
Programs at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1255 First Ave., Oakland, and Black Pine Circle School, 2016 Seventh St., Berkeley; organization based at 21525 Knoll Way, Castro Valley,
510-581-3739, www.sarahscience.com.

Food & Drink

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant (Any Ethnicity)

Picante
1328 Sixth St., Berkeley, 510-525-3121, www.picanteberkeley.com.

Best Pizza Parlor

Zachary’s
5801 College Ave., Oakland, 510-655-6385, and 1853 Solano Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-5950, www.zacharys.com.

Best Italian Restaurant

Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-652-4888, www.pizzaiolooakland.com.

Best Mexican Restaurant

Picante
1328 Sixth St., Berkeley, 510-525-3121, www.picanteberkeley.com.

Best Burger Joint

Barney’s
1591 Solano Ave., Berkeley, 510-526-8185; 1600 Shattuck Ave., Suite 112, Berkeley, 510-849-2827; 4162 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-655-7180; 5819 College Ave., Oakland, 510-601-0444; www.barneyshamburgers.com

Best Sushi Restaurant

Uzen
5415 College Ave., Oakland, 510-654-7753.

Best Dim Sum Restaurant

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1713 Webster St., Alameda, 510-865-3381, www.eastoceanseafoodrestaurant.com.

Best Ice Cream Parlor

Fentons Creamery and Restaurant
4226 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-658-7000, www.fentonscreamery.com.

Best Frozen Yogurt Outlet

Yogurtland
2516 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (other locations in Berkeley, Dublin, and Fremont), 510-849-8800, www.yogurt-land.com.

Best Cupcake Shop

Tie:
Teacake Bakeshop
5615 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-655-0865,www.teacakebakeshop.com.

James and the Giant Cupcake
6326 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, 510-596-8834,
www.jamesandthegiantcupcake.com.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Child Care

Best Children’s Child Care

City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Child Care Referral and Support Agency

Contra Costa Childcare Council
1035 Detroit Ave., Suite 400 Concord, 925-676-5437, www.cocokids.org.

Special Needs Child Care

All in Need Family Support
25 Crescent Drive, Suite A, Pleasant Hill, 925-257-4246, www.allinneed.org.

Preschools

Best Faith-Based Preschool

Tehiyah Bridge Kindergarten
2603 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-3013, www.tehiyah.org.

Best Independent Preschool

Casa Cerrito Preschool
6927 Portola Drive, El Cerrito, 510-559-7006, www.el-cerrito.org.

Elementary Schools

Best Public Elementary School

Madera Elementary School
8500 Madera Drive, El Cerrito, 510-231-1412, www.maderapta.com.

Best Charter Elementary School

Richmond College Prep Schools
1014 Florida Ave., Richmond, 510-235-2066, www.rcpschools.org.

Best Montessori Elementary School

Montessori Family School
7075 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito, 510-236-8802, www.montessorifamily.com.

Best Faith-Based Elementary School

Tehiyah Day School
2603 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-3013, www.tehiyah.org.

Best Independent Elementary School

Prospect Sierra
2060 Tapscott Ave., El Cerrito, 510-236-5800, www.prospectsierra.org.

Middle Schools

Best Public Middle School

Portola Middle School
1021 Navallier St., El Cerrito, 510-524-0405, www.portolanews.com.

Best Charter Middle School

Making Waves Academy
4123 Lakeside Drive, Richmond, 510-262-1511, www.mwacademy.org.

Best Montessori Middle School

Montessori Family School
7075 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito, 510-236-8802,
www.montessorifamily.com
.

Best Faith-Based Middle School

Tehiyah Day School
2603 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-3013, www.tehiyah.org.

Best Independent Middle School

Tie:
Tehiyah Day School
2603 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-3013, www.tehiyah.org.

The Saklan School
1678 School St., Moraga, 925-376-7900, www.saklan.org.

High Schools

Best Public High School

El Cerrito High School
540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito, 510-231-1437, www.elcerritogauchos.net.

Best Faith-Based High School

Salesian High School
2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond, 510-234-4433, www.salesian.com.

Best Independent High School

The Athenian School
2100 Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd., Danville,
925-837-5375, www.athenian.org.

Classes / Enrichment Programs

Best Enrichment and After School Programs

Tehiyah Day School
2603 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-3013, www.tehiyah.com.

Best Ballet Classes

Civic Arts Education
166 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-943-5846, www.arts-ed.org.

Best Dance Classes

Katie’s Dance Studio
10311 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-524-1310, www.katiesdancestudio.com.

Best Art Classes

4Cats Art Studio
379 Colusa Ave., Kensington, 510-525-1655, www.4cats.com.

Best Theater Classes

Contra Costa Civic Theatre
951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito, 510-524-9132, www.ccct.org.

Best Swim Classes

El Cerrito Swim Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7011, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Martial Arts Classes

El Cerrito Martial Arts
10400 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-558-0406,  www.elcerritomartialarts.com.

Best Gymnastics Classes

El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Tutorial Programs

Sylvan Learning Center
10810 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-559-1400, www.sylvanlearning.com.

Best Language Instruction Program

French for Fun
3381 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925-283-9822,  www.frenchforfun.com.

Best Hobby Spot

The Art Room
50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, 925-299-1515, www.theart-room.com.

Best Classes for Musical Instrument Instruction

Campana Music
990A Moraga Road, Lafayette, 925-284-4624,www.campanamusic.com.

Best Musical Voice Classes

Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School
1357 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-934-2133, www.theballetschool.org.

Fun & Attractions

Best Indoor Play Place

Playland Not at the Beach
10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-592-3002,  www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Moraga Commons Park
1425 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, 925-888-7045,
www.moragaparks.org/concert.html (free summer concert series runs Thursdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. through Sept. 28).

Best Historical Site and Tour

Rosie the Riveter Memorial
2566 MacDonald Ave., Richmond, 510-232-5050, www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit.

Best Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, 925-935-1978, www.wildlife.museum.org.

Best Family Weekend Destination

Santa Cruz
www.santacruzca.org
.                 

Best Family Vacation Destination

Disneyland
www.disneyland.disney.go.com
.

Best Parents’ Overnight Getaway

Sonoma
www.sonomavalley.com
.

Best Amusement Park

Pixieland
2740 E. Olivera Road, Concord, 925-689-8841, www.pixieland.com.

Best Bowling Alley

AMF Pinole Valley Lanes
1580 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole, 510-724-9130, www.amf.com/pinolevalleylanes.

Best Local Farm

Tilden Little Farm
South Park Drive and Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, 510-544-2747, www.ebparks.org.

Best Fair/Festival

El Cerrito Fourth of July Fair
Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Ice Skating

Walnut Creek on Ice
Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek,
925-935-7669, www.iceskatewalnutcreek.com (seasonal outdoor ice rink open November—January).

Best Place to Entertain Your Teen

Sky High
1631 Challenge Drive, Concord, 925-682-5867, www.con.jumpskyhigh.com.

Services

Best Haircut

Cool Tops
2255 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 925-798-5214, www.coolcutsforkids.com.

Best Nanny Services

Town & Country Resources
425 Sherman Ave., Suite 130, Palo Alto, 650-326-8570, www.tandcr.com, (serves entire Bay Area).

Best Family Photographer

Nan Phelps Photography
3 510-528-8845, www.nanphelps.com .

Best Kids’ Party Entertainer

Furs, Scales, and Tails
510-823-3923, www.furscalesandtails.com.

Best Birthday Party Venue

Playland Not at the Beach
10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.

Retail

Best Place to Buy New Children’s Clothing

McCaulou’s
www.mccaulous.com
(stores in Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Walnut Creek).

Best Children’s Resale Clothing Store

Thriftown
3465 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante,
510-222-8696, www.thrifttown.com.

Best Place to Buy New Toys

Five Little Monkeys
1366 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-939-4411, www.5littlemonkeys.com.

Best Place to Buy Resale Toys

They Grow So Fast
3413 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925-283-8976, www.theygrowsofast.com.

Best Place to Buy Kids’ Shoes

Howard’s Shoes for Children
16 Broadway Lane, Walnut Creek, 925-280-8100.

Best Place to Buy Party Supplies

Boswell’s Party Supplies
3483 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925-284-9150, and 1901 Camino Ramon, Danville, 925-866-1644, www.boswells-party.com.

Best Shopping Mall / District

Broadway Plaza
1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 925-939-7600, www.broadwayplaza.com.

Health

Best Pediatric Practice

East Bay Pediatrics
96 Davis Road, Suite 2, Orinda, 925-438-1100, www.eastbaypediatrics.com.

Best Pediatric Allergist

Steven J. Song, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente
901 Nevin Ave., Richmond, 510-307-1525, www.kp.org.

Best Optometrist

Eye Love Optometry
2704 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole, 510-222-6567, www.eyeloveoptometry.org.

Best Pediatric Dentist

Edward Matsuishi, D.D.S.
Kids Teeth Doctor
7001 Stockton Ave., Suite 3, El Cerrito,
510-524-4633, www.kidsteethdoctor.com.

Best Orthodontist

Bridget Powers, D.D.S., M.S.
2121 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek,
925-937-1333, www.powersortho.com.

Best Mental Health Provider

Michael J. Schwab, M.D.
1844 San Miguel Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, 925-930-7744.

Best Special Needs Therapy Program

Cameron School
7140 Gladys Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-2178, www.wccusd.net.

Best Speech Therapist

Cameron School
7140 Gladys Ave., El Cerrito, 510-233-2178, www.wccusd.net.

Best Hospital / Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente
901 Nevin Ave., Richmond, 510-307-1525, www.kp.org.

Camps

Best General & Traditional Summer Camp

City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Sleep Away Camp

YMCA’s Camp Ravencliff
(Redway, Calif.)
c/o Camp Arroyo, 5535 Arroyo Road, Livermore, 925-371-8401, www.ravencliff.ymcaeastbay.org.

Best Faith-Based Summer Camp

Redwood Christian Park
15000 2 Bar Road, Boulder Creek
(Santa Cruz County), 831-338-2134,
www.redwoodchristianpark.com
.

Best Academic & Technology Summer Camp

Camp Galileo
(locations in Danville, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek), 800-854-3684,  www.galileo-camps.com.

Best Language & Cultural Immersion Summer Camp

The Saklan School
1678 School St., Moraga, 925-376-7900, www.saklan.org.

Best Nature, Animals & Science
Summer Camp

Crazy, Funky Science Camp
City of El Cerrito, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Sports, Riding & Circus Arts
Summer Camp

City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Teen Focus Summer Camp

Young Rep at Center Rep
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 925-295-1400, www.centerrep.org.

Best Arts (Culinary, Performing & Visual) Summer Camp

City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Winter Camp

City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Best Spring Break Camp

City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org.

Food & Dining

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant (Any Ethnicity)

Kensington Circus Pub
389 Colusa Ave., Kensington, 510-524-8814.

Best Pizza Parlor

Pizza Roma
10616 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-525-9554, www.pizzaroma.edicypages.com.

Best Italian Restaurant

Strings
11720 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-234-2233, www.stringscafe.com.

Best Mexican Restaurant

Trevino’s
11795 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-234-7462.

Best Hamburger Joint

The Original Red Onion
2870 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole, 510-758-9462.

Best Sushi Restaurant

Katana-Ya
10544 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-526-1678.

Best Ice Cream Parlor

Gelateria Naia
1245 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-943-1905, www.gelaterianaia.com.

Best Frozen Yogurt Outlet

Tangelo Frozen Yogurt
384 Park St, Moraga, 925-377-6000, www.tangelofrozenyogurt.com.

Best Cupcake Shop

Sinful Bliss Cupcakes
350 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, 925-689-0200, www.sinfulblisscupcakes.com.

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