2021 Gold Daisy Award Winners!

Springfield's Most Loved Businesses for Kids & Families

By Janel Plunkard, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Springfield MO May 22, 2021

It has been such an honor to launch our first annual Gold Daisy Awards, recognizing the most loved businesses for kids and families in the Springfield, Missouri area! We had phenomenal feedback and so many fantastic Springfield businesses were nominated by Springfield families! I'd like to extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote for your favorite family-friendly businesses in the Greater Springfield Area!

Every single business that was nominated and voted for deserves a "Congratulations!". It has certainly been a challenging year for local businesses and we love how much your families love our Springfield businesses - we have an incredible community here in Southwest Missouri!  There were thousands of nominations and votes. You let us know your go-to places to entertain, enrich, exhaust, and take care of your kids and families. And we agree — they are awesome!

Once again, thank you to all the businesses that contributed to this list and to our Springfield community, and for their hard work year-round on creating family-friendly atmospheres that help bring the community together while finding family fun throughout the Ozarks! 

Now, for the moment you've been waiting are the 2021 Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award Winners:

Best Place for Indoor Fun
Wonders of Wildlife

Best Place for Outdoor Fun
Dickerson Park Zoo

Best Daycare
Little Sunshine's Playhouse

Best Preschool
Ridgecrest "Ridgekids"

Best STEM Activity or Experience
Discovery Center Springfield

Best Animal Attraction or Encounter 
Wonders of Wildlife

Best Dance Studio
Springfield Ballet

Best Art Studio/Lessons
Firehouse Pottery

Best Music Lessons
Springfield Music

Best Gymnastics Center
Gold Medal Gyms

Best Swim Lessons

Best Youth Sport or Fitness
Pat Jones YMCA

Best Family Membership
Dickerson Park Zoo

Best Family Photographer
Grace Kay Photography

Best Family-Friendly Festival or Event
Republic Pumpkin Daze

Best Family-friendly Restaurant
Aviary Cafe

Best Bakery
Urban Cup

Best Coffee Shop
Travellers House Coffee & Tea

Best Food-Allergy Friendly Restaurant
Aviary Cafe

Best Ice Cream or Sweet Treat
Pineapple Whip

Best Grocery Store
MaMa Jean's Natural Market

Best Farmers Market or Pick-Your-Own Farm
Farmers Market of the Ozarks

Best Pizza
The Big Slice

Best Parent's Date Night Restaurant

Best Children's Birthday Party Venue
Andy B's

Best Children's Birthday Party Entertainment
Princesses of the 417

Best Pediatric Primary Care Provider
My Healthy Kids

Dr. Wotherspoon

Best Birth Center or Midwife
Family Birth & Wellness

Best Lactation/Breastfeeding Support
Family Birth & Wellness

Best Chiropractor
Loehr Health Center

Best Family Vision Care
Pierce Vision

Best Pediatric Dentist
Arquitt Family Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist
Innovative Dental

Best Family-Friendly Salon
Cookie Cutters

Best Children's Consignment Store or Event (TIE)
Haute Tot
Once Upon a Child

Best Children's Boutique
Jelly Beans

Best Toy/Game/Book Store
ABC Books

Best Activity for Tweens or Teens
Urban Air Adventure Park

Best Summer Camp
James River Church

Best Real Estate Agency
Wiser Living Realty