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Best Avocado Toast
Best Tuna Poke
Happy Hours From Around the World
Best Selection of Maryland Beers
Best Dessert for a Birthday Celebration
Best Place to Convert a Junk Food Addict
Most Surprising Place to Find Locally Sourced Food
Restaurant Dream Team
Best New Restaurant
Best Charcuterie
Best Thing on a Board That is Not Charcuterie
Best Place For a Warm Welcome
Best Dining at a Grocery Store

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New Restaurant
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Hospital Emergency Room  
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Best Places to Hang Out Now That Barnes & Noble is Closing
Most Promising New Boutique​
Most Anticipated (and Ironic) Store Opening
Best Homegrown Menswear
Best Annual Sidewalk Sale

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Architect for Custom Homes
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New Luxury Apartments
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Neighborhood for Young Families 


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Rain Check
Best Parents Night Out

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Private School Grades K-8 
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Best Place to Catch a Rising Music Star
Best Local Festivals
Best Place to Experience Art
Where’s the Better Bowling? 


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Best Sleepovers for Your Pets


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Best Group Fitness Instructor
Best Studio for High-Intensity Classes
Best Killer Hill
Best Workout Scene
Best Workout with a Live DJ
Best New Twist on an Old Favorite
Best Hard-Core Gym
Best Local Relay Race

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Salon in Bethesda
Salon in Chevy Chase
Salon in Gaithersburg 
Salon in North Bethesda/Rockville 
Salon in Potomac
Salon in Silver Spring
Gym for People Under 40 
Gym for People Over 40 
Spinning Studio 
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Biggest Political Oops, Part I
Best Move by the State Legislature (For Montgomery County)
Would Anyone Not Running for County Council At-Large Please Stand Up?
Most Welcome Return
Ho Hum to the Chief
Longest Legal Battle
Marriott Is Coming to Town
Biggest Political Oops, Part II
Instagram Photo Op with the Most Potential


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More Than Words

On days when your own playroom seems uninspiring, head to a Discovery Room at the Gaithersburg, Germantown, Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville) or Quince Orchard branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries. Stocked with toys, books, games and puzzles, each private room has slightly different equipment, but it’s all designed for kids, from babies to 8-year-olds, to learn through play. One-hour reservations can be made online up to a month in advance, but walk-ins are welcome if the rooms aren’t being used. Book a room and invite some friends; up to eight kids can play at once.

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Jam in Your Jammies

The Kids Pajama Jam Party series at AMP by Strathmore features award-winning bands and songwriters such as Lisa Loeb and Dan Zanes playing original music that the whole family can enjoy. The venue provides space near the stage where kids can dance, see instruments up close and engage with the performers. A kid-friendly menu features items such as chicken nuggets and mac and cheese, and the bar is open for grown-ups who want to enjoy a beer while the little music fans play. Shows are typically held on Sundays and start late in the afternoon—early enough to wrap up before bedtime, although pajamas are welcome. Upcoming concerts include a March performance by Justin Roberts, a two-time Grammy nominee known for his clever and poignant songwriting. Tickets are $12; free ticket required for ages 1 and younger. 

11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda; 301-581-5100;

The Great Indoors

At the nature-inspired Badlands in Rockville, kids can scale a mountain, play on a turf field and explore a faux forest. The 30,000-square-foot facility opened last June, offering plenty of space for unstructured play as well as activities geared toward science, technology and engineering. There’s a tool workshop, Lego trough, sandbox, and a screening room with comfy beanbag chairs. A café offers snacks, along with coffee and a fully stocked bar for parents. Seasonal exhibits have featured live butterflies and a Cessna airplane. This year, look for more classes, after-school and camp programs, enhanced safety features, and an improved area for nursing moms. General admission for two hours of play is $20 for kids 3 and up; $12.50 for kids under 3. Monthly memberships, group rates and party packages are available.

5200 Randolph Road, Rockville; 301-618-0009; 

Get Busy

If you have a little one who loves to climb and bounce, BusyBees in Chevy Chase is the place to go. Everything in the bright indoor play space is soft, squishy and padded, and open play—without classes or instructors—is the idea. Colorful balloons float in two chambers of a play structure that features an inflatable area for jumping, sliding and climbing. There are big foam building blocks and multiple spinning and moving fixtures on which kids can climb and ride. Children must be under 48 inches to play, making BusyBees a safe place for wobbly toddlers. Parents and caregivers get perks, too, with free coffee, tea and Wi-Fi available. Admission is $18 for one child; $15 each for siblings. BusyBees also offers birthday party packages, with nearly a dozen themes to choose from.

11 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase; 240-396-6466;

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