Best Auto Dealer
Irvine Auto Center
Having choices is everything with this auto center, where 14 dealerships — with more than 5,000 vehicles available — provide new and used cars from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Ram, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen.
irvineautocenter.com | Irvine
Best Children’s Resale Clothing
Lil Posh Resale Boutique
Lil Posh Resale Boutique was founded in 2012 by Amanda Davidson, a single mother who aspired to make high-quality children and baby items accessible and affordable for every budget. Now, parents can come to Lil Posh and find items anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent off strollers, feeding supplies, toys, clothing and more. Fans love the free stroller consultations to help parents find the right stroller for every parent’s lifestyle and needs.
lilposhresale.com | Costa Mesa
Best Day Spa
Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Still a winner with the readers, the hot springs is the ultimate relaxation getaway. Glen Ivy Hot Springs is an outdoor oasis with dozens of therapeutic pools, a full treatment menu of spa services, fitness classes and California cuisine. The spa offers curated packages with private lounges for a safe and socially distanced day of wellness.
glenivy.com | Corona
Best Family Photography Studio
Michele Sparks Photography
After photographing her first wedding at 18 years old, Michele Sparks knew she wanted to turn her passion into her profession and has since made a name for herself as a fan-favorite photographer in Orange County. Clients of hers admire her patience with kids and her creativity when picking locations to photograph. They also love her ability to capture people’s personalities through every photograph.
michelesparks.com | Laguna Niguel
Best Fitness Chain
LA Fitness is a go-to spot for anyone looking to break a sweat, especially with the convenience of multiple locations throughout Orange County. With childcare available in LA Fitness gyms, parents can get in a workout without having to worry about scheduling a babysitter in advance. Every LA Fitness gym has state-of-the-art equipment and focuses on customer service, making it a fan favorite.
Lafitness.com | Multiple locations
Best Single Location Gym
The gym’s expansive offerings and resort-like experiences include an aquatic center, numerous sporting courts and an onsite spa and market. Members can participate in more than 120 group fitness classes held each week or pay extra for personal training. Fitness and recreational classes are available for kids, too.
renaissanceclubsport.com | Aliso Viejo
Best Kid’s Haircut
Cool Cuts 4 Kids
Cool Cuts 4 Kids is a salon where fun is always in style. Little clients have a selection of movies and Xbox games to choose from while they get cut or styled. Stylists are always gentle and often give kids an opportunity to accessorize their new hairdos before heading home. This is the 10th year Cool Cuts 4 Kids has been voted Orange County’s best kid’s hair salon.
coolcuts4kids.com | Multiple Locations
Best Nanny/Babysitting Service
Sometimes trying to find the right babysitter can be a difficult task. Especially when every child is different, the process of finding the right fit shouldn’t be. Care.com simplifies the process of finding a trusted caregiver for whatever a parent’s needs are. Whether it be child care, school support, housekeeping, special needs or even pet care, Care.com has got parents covered.
care.com | Multiple Locations
Best Pet Groomer
The Spaw not only offers bathing, hair cuts, and teeth cleaning but also provides boarding and day care services. Plus it has an impressive selection of healthy pet food options as well as high-quality supplements.
ahhthespaw.com | Tustin
Best Pet Store
As a popular pet supply retail store, Petco’s reliability and prices have kept fans in Orange County coming back time and again. Whether your pet needs supplies, vaccinations, grooming or dog training, Petco’s got customers’ backs.
petco.com | Multiple Locations
Best Pet Vet or Holistic Pet Vet
Yorba Regional Animal Hospital
This full-service hospital also offers a full grooming salon and resort-boarding facility. The medical department includes all general practice capabilities with the ability to perform in-house radiographs, full-lab panels, cytology, routine surgeries and much more. In addition, the hospital offers a unique reproductive department that performs artificial, transcervical and surgical seminations. The hospital also has the distinction of working with Southern California K9 officers, including Anaheim Police Department’s late K9 Bruno, who made news when he was shot in the line-of-duty in 2014 and survived.
vcahospitals.com/yorba-regional | Anaheim
Best Shopping Destination
Irvine Spectrum Center
The Spectrum’s recent $200-million expansion and renovation has been a success with visitors. More stores, more entertainment and more restaurants and cafes with more enhanced public spaces like courtyards, rolling lawns, lush landscaping have all elevated the visitor experience. There’s even more parking.
shopirvinespectrumcenter.com | Irvine
Best Weekend Getaway Destination
San Diego/La Jolla
Between Balboa Park’s museums, gardens and zoo — not to mention the classic Spanish architecture and the Gaslamp Quarter’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs — there’s already plenty to spend a weekend on. But La Jolla’s shores and Torrey Pines’ golf, hiking and hang gliding might keep you from getting to the Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Playhouse or the Museum of Contemporary Art.
sandiego.org | San Diego and La Jolla
Best Babysitting Service
OC Nannies & Newport Domestic Agency
In the industry since 1983, the placement service has been delivering trustworthy babysitters and nannies to the parents who need them from the start. The company screens and interviews candidates to ensure their suitability before placement with families. The service is topping the readers’ list for the eighth year.
ocnannies.com | Newport Beach
Best Family Photographer — TIE
Ralph Palumbo/Adam & Claudia
Ralph Palumbo is an award-winning veteran magazine photographer specializing in making people look like they belong on the cover. His work has appeared in local and regional magazines — including Parenting OC — online publications and in advertising. His specialties include children’s photography and celebrity portraits as well as food and music photography. Adam Corcoran of Adam & Claudia Photography worked through this unprecedented time to safely photograph 80 Cute Kid participants for Parenting OC’s annual contest. With over 16 years of experience, Adam and Claudia have been serving the families of Southern California with fun, easy-going, memorable portrait sessions. With a high star rating across multiple review platforms, you know you’ll have a quality experience.
By Sarah Mosqueda, Diana Jarrah and Jessica Peralta