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Golden Teddy Awards: How It Works

ParentMap’s annual Golden Teddy Awards contest recognizes the best businesses and resources in the greater Seattle area for kids, families and parents. 



Readers are eligible to vote twice in each category throughout the duration of the voting period, once during the nomination phase (April 4-15, 2018) and once during the final voting phase after the top five finalists are selected in each category (April 23-30, 2018). Duplicate entries, which are validated through email addresses, will be discarded.

Finalists will be determined by the five businesses with the greatest number of legitimate nominations in each category. Winners will be determined by the greatest number of legitimate votes during the final voting phase. The winners will be announced in the July 2018 issue of ParentMap Magazine and on the ParentMap website on June 28. No special preference will be given to advertisers or any business patronized by ParentMap. Official Golden Teddy sponsors (New Seasons Market and Lincoln South Food Hall) are not eligible to participate in the contest. ParentMap reserves the right to disqualify from the competition any businesses or individuals who attempt to unfairly influence the outcome.

ParentMap also retains the right to make final editorial decisions when we were unable to recognize a vote as a legitimate entry, in cases of multiple ties or when a vote wasn’t appropriate for a category.

Facebook nominations: Throughout the nominate phase, ParentMap will periodically post categories on the ParentMap Facebook page, asking readers to nominate their favorite businesses in that category through a post comment. Every business mentioned in the comments will receive one nomination for each mention.


Upon submitting a ballot, all eligible voters will have the option to opt into the Golden Teddy prize pool. Voters who opt in will receive one entry for each category ballot they complete during each round of the contest.

One winner will be selected at random from all eligible entrants for each prize. Winners will be contacted via email in early May. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States, and must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Entrants may not be an employee of ParentMap or involved in any part of the administration and execution of this contest. Entrants must not be an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a ParentMap employee. Winners must claim their prize within one week of being notified or else you forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.

2018 prizes include:

Sleeping Lady Resort Great Escape Package
One winner
Includes one night accommodations for four at Sleeping Lady Resort plus a gourmet dinner and breakfast served buffet-style in the Kingfisher Restaurant. Not valid on festival or holiday weekends/periods

Theatre tickets from Seattle Theatre Group 
Two winners
Prize 1: Family 4-pack of tickets to Seattle Rock Orchestra performs "The Beatles: Number Ones” on May 13 at Moore Theatre ($150 value)
Prize 2: Family 4-pack of tickets to the 20th anniversary performance of "DANCE This” on July 13 at The Paramount Theatre ($150 value)

Four show tickets to see the latest Cirque du Soleil show, VOLTA, at Marymoor Park
$400 value, 1 winner

$250 and $100 gift certificates to Lincoln South Food Hall
$250 certificate, 1 winner
$100 certificate, 8 winners

$100 gift card to Wild Ginger in Seattle or Bellevue
5 winners

$50 gift card to Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
5 winners


Family Resources

  • Handy Drop-In Child Care Spot
  • Trusted Nanny or Babysitter Service
  • Positive Parenting Group or Class
  • Supportive Birth or Postpartum Service
  • Kids' Dentist to Smile About
  • Priceless Pediatrician
  • Special Needs Resource or Service

Food + Dining

  • Family Pizzeria
  • Kid-Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant
  • Sweet Treat Shop
  • Cool Ice Cream Shop
  • Corner Coffee Shop
  • Cross-Cultural Eats
  • Family-Friendly Farmers Market

Out + About

  • Live Family Entertainment
  • Rainy-Day Refuge
  • Splash-Worthy Pool or Water Park
  • Fabulous Family Farm or U-Pick
  • Party-Ready Birthday Bash Spot
  • Can't-Miss Holiday or Seasonal Event
  • Kid-Friendly Museum
  • Local Family Escape
  • Tourist-in-Your-Own-Town Attraction
  • Awesome Animal Attraction

Shopping + Services

  • Cool Kids' Clothing Shop
  • Essential Baby or Maternity Shop
  • Awesome Book or Toy Shop
  • Super Kids' Salon
  • Fabulous Furniture Shop for Kids
  • Favorite Family Photographer

Camps + Classes

  • Extraordinary Camp for Kids with Special Needs
  • Super STEM Camp or Class
  • Sensational Sports Camp or Program
  • Awesome Overnight Camp
  • Wild Nature Camp
  • Fabulous Family Camp
  • Amazing Arts Camp or Class
  • Pitch-Perfect Music Camp or Class
  • Groovy Dance Camp or Class
  • Stellar Swim Camp or Class
  • Engaging Infant or Tot Class
  • After-School Enrichment

Thanks to our 2018 Golden Teddy sponsors!

New Seasons Market Lincoln South Food Hall