Voting is Now Open for the 2020 Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Awards

By Stacey Jones October 18, 2020

Voting is open October 18 - November 1, 2020!
Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls GOLD Daisy Awards
Recognizing the most loved local business for kids and families!

Voting is now open for the Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Awards. You've nominated those local businesses that you love the most and now is your chance to cast your vote for one finalist in each category and help them earn a Gold Daisy Award from Macaroni Kid. It's simple to be a part of helping us recognize the top family focused businesses in our community. 

Announcing Our Finalists who made it through into the Voting Round:

Best Art Lessons: Finalists
Inspired Minds Fine Art School, Lincroft
Kidz Art Monmouth, Atlantic Highlands
Aspiring Artists, Lincroft
One River School of Art + Design, Middletown
Canvas Studio Art, Fair Haven

Best Dance Lessons: Finalists
Coastal Pointe Dance Company, Shrewsbury
The Academy of Dance Arts, Tinton Falls
Middletown Dance Academy, Middletown
Pure Artistry Dance, Tinton Falls
Monmouth Academy of Ballet, Red Bank
Kick Dance Studio, Rumson

Best Drama/Theater Lessons: Finalists
Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts, Red Bank
Professional Performance Prep (The Prep), Little Silver
Little Rockers, Shrewsbury
Two River Theater, Red Bank
Middletown Arts Center, Middletown

Best Gymnastics Lessons: Finalists
Shrewsbury Gymnastics School, Shrewsbury
Elite Trampoline Academy, Middletown
Head Over Heels, Middletown
Barnstormers Gymnastics, Rumson

Best Horseback Riding Lessons: Finalists
Victory Stables, Colts Neck
Lancaster Equestrian, Middletown
Painted Pony Stables, Colts Neck

Best Martial Arts Lessons: Finalists
Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts, Red Bank
Fair Haven Karate
Aikido of Red Bank
US Black Belt, Lincroft

Best Music Lessons: Finalists
Coastal Melodies Music Together, Tinton Falls, Lincroft, and other locations
School of Music and Drama, Little Silver
Little Rockers, Shrewsbury
School of Rock, Red Bank
Professional Performance Prep (The Prep), Little Silver

Best STEM Lessons: Finalists
Snapology of Monmouth County, Tinton Falls
Oasis VRX, Holmdel
Bricks 4 Kidz, Red Bank
The Stars Challenge, Lincroft

Best Swim Lessons: Finalists
Dorbrook Park, Monmouth County Parks, Colts Neck
Goldfish Swim School, Middletown
Red Bank YMCA

Best Youth Sports Program: Finalists
Lincroft Little League
Middletown Sports Complex
Goodsports USA, Wall
Middletown Soccer

Best Indoor Fun (Tween/Teen): Finalists
Jersey Shore Arena, Wall
Board and Brush Creative Studio, Red Bank
Oasis VRX, Holmdel
Escapology Escape Room, Holmdel
Yestercades, Red Bank

Best Indoor Fun (Little Kids): Finalists
Coco Beans Play Cafe, Tinton Falls
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft
Red Bank Public Library
Little Rockers, Shrewsbury
Yestercades, Red Bank
Middletown Library

Best Outdoor Fun: Finalists
Allaire State Park, Wall
Monmouth County Park System
TST BBQ and Mini Golf, Leonardo
Twin Brook Golf Center, Tinton Falls
Jersey Shore Skim Camp, Sea Bright

Best Theater for Live Performances: Finalists
Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank
Two River Theater, Red Bank
First Avenue Playhouse, Atlantic Highlands

Best Birthday Party Venue: Finalists
Jersey Shore Arena, Wall
Snapology of Monmouth County, Tinton Falls
Oasis VRX, Holmdel
A Time to Kiln, Red Bank
Escapology Escape Room, Holmdel

Best Party Sweets and Treats: Finalists
Suzi's Sweet Shoppe, Middletown
Chocolate Works, Red Bank
Buttercream Cakery, Rumson
Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe
Sweet Bee Bakeshop, Fair Haven
Luigi's Ice Cream, Red Bank

Best Children's Party Entertainer: Finalists
Doodle Dude, Middletown
Coastal Melodies Music Together - Tinton Falls, Lincroft, and other locations
Little Rockers, Shrewsbury

Best Family Photographer: Finalists
Bilimama, Tinton Falls
Aisha Ahmad Photography, Tinton Falls
Viki Reed Photography, Tinton Falls
Tricia Roe, Fair Haven

Best Bakery: Finalists
Antoinette Boulangerie, Red Bank
Nothing Bundt Cakes, Shrewsbury
Cupcake Magician, Red Bank
Ye Olde Pie Shoppe, Little Silver
Buttercream Cakery, Rumson
Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck

Best Coffee/Tea Shop: Finalists
Water Witch, Highlands
Rook Coffee, Red Bank
Currant General Shop and Coffee Bar, Red Bank
Coffee Corral, Red Bank

Best Date-Night Restaurant: Finalists
Gargiulo's, Tinton Falls
Nauvoo Grill Club, Fair Haven
Nettie's House of Spaghetti, Tinton Falls
D’Jeet, Shrewsbury
Red Rock Tap + Grill, Red Bank
Unidici, Rumson
The Bistro at Red Bank
Char Steakhouse, Red Bank

Best Family Friendly Restaurant: Finalists
Applebee's, Tinton Falls
Barnacle Bills, Rumson
TST BBQ and Mini Golf, Leonardo
MJ's Restaurant, Tinton Falls
Huddy's Inn, Colts Neck

Best Pizza Place: Finalists
Attilio's, Lincroft
Zoni's, Red Bank
Luigi's, Lincroft
Joyce's Subs & Pizza, Lincroft

Best Dessert Establishment: Finalists
Coney Waffle, Red Bank
Jersey Freeze, Holmdel
Ce La Vi, Red Bank

Best Childcare / Daycare: Finalists
Leapfrog Learning Center, Shrewsbury
Holmdel Montessori
Goddard School, Tinton Falls
Monmouth Daycare, Red Bank

Best Kid's Consignment Sale: Finalists
Cottontail's Consignment, Tinton Falls
New 2 You Kids, Lincroft
Calico Cat, Middletown

Best Orthodontist: Finalists
Isaccson Orthodontics, Red Bank
Dr. Ileana Cavanaugh, Shrewsbury and Colts Neck
Dr. Patrick Cuozzo, Lincroft
Dr. Magoulis, Shrewsbury Orthodontics

Best Preschool: Finalists
A Child's Place School, Lincroft
Tinton Falls CoOperative Preschool
Holmdel Montessori
Mountain Hill Preschool, Atlantic Highlands
Leapfrog Learning Center, Shrewsbury
Learning Tree Preschool, Red Bank
Winding Brook School, Tinton Falls

Best Toy Store: Finalists
Learning Express Toys, Shrewsbury
Distinctive Toys, Fair Haven
Toy Box, Colts Neck

Best Tutoring Service: Finalists
JEI Holmdel
Bright Connections Tutoring Center, Lincroft
Mathnasium, Middletown

Best Speech Language Services: Finalists
Abilities in Action, Wall
Two River Pediatric Therapy, Red Bank
Abilities in Action, Shrewsbury

Best Family/Adult Dentist: Finalists
Dr. Vincent Margiotta, Middletown/Red Bank
Dr. Desiree Serini, Holmdel
Chapel Hill Dental Arts, Red Bank
Dimension Dental, Holmdel
Middletown Oral Surgery Associates
Santos Dental, Red Bank
Red Barn Dental, Middletown

Best Hair Salon: Finalists
Je T’aime Coiffure At Galleria, Red Bank
Evolution Salon and Spa - Shrewsbury & Atlantic Highlands
Jon Lori Salon, Fair Haven

Best Moms' Night Out Activity: Finalists
Two River Theater, Red Bank
Escapology Escape Room, Holmdel
AR Workshop, Red Bank

Best Spa/Wellness Center: Finalists
Woodhouse Day Spa, Red Bank
The Breathing Room, Shrewsbury
Cleansing Concepts, Red Bank

Best New Business: Finalists
Oasis VRX, Holmdel
Good Vibe Nutrition, Red Bank
Escapology Escape Room, Holmdel

Best Kept Secret: Finalists
Taste and Technique, Fair Haven
Colts Neck General Store, Colts Neck
Little Rockers, Shrewsbury
Bell Works, Holmdel

Attention Local Businesses! If you are a finalist, promote this contest to your loyal customers on your website, via email, and through social media! Use the Facebook share button below to tell everyone you know about the contest. Need ideas? Have questions? Feel free to contact me at and I'll be happy to assist you.

The voting process begins on October 18th 2020 and remains open until November 1st. Anyone who nominates and votes during the contest will be entered for a chance to win one of 3 prize packs of iPlay America Unlimited Ride passes for a family of four ($120 value). Three winners will be selected by and notified by e-mail of their prize.

For each category, the winning business will receive a free one-year listing in the Macaroni Kid business directory along with a certificate to display on site at their location and a website badge identifying them as a Gold Daisy Winner! Not to mention they receive the honor of knowing that our local families consider them one of the best! 

Wait, there's more: For the one business that receives the most total nominations and votes in any one category,  they will win a $500 advertising package!  

The 2020 Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls GOLD Daisy Awards are community and word-of-mouth driven. Want to help your local business or service? Use the "Share on Facebook" button below to tell everyone you know about the contest!


*One (1) voting submission per email address is permitted. Please select a winning entry in every category when you cast your vote.

*You must be a subscriber to the Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls newsletter in order to vote. Subscribe here to receive our FREE weekly e-newsletter filled with local events in the community.

*Anyone who nominates in at least 10 categories and anyone who votes during the contest will be entered for a chance to win one of 3 prize packs of iPlay America Unlimited Ride passes for a family of four ($120 value).

*Businesses must be located within these towns: Lincroft, Holmdel, Tinton Falls, Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Middletown, Colts Neck, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Farmingdale, Wall, North Howell, and Howell.

*Macaroni Kid validates each email to ensure authenticity. We reserve the right to eliminate votes that are deemed to be invalid or to have interfered with the fair administration of this contest. Such action may disqualify the business from winning.

*Voting will be open from October 18, 2020 through November 1, 2020. Votes that fall outside of the dates and times indicated will not be counted. Winners will be announced in November, just in time for the holiday season!