Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect has announced this year’s annual Parents’ Picks Awards, where parents can pick their favorite businesses and local resources in their communities across the country. Started May 5, parents nationwide can vote online at for the best of the best in 30 different categories, including: best museum for families; best toy store; best playground/park; and more. Voting for the awards will end on July 15 and winners will be announced on Aug. 15.  “ParentsConnect is a great resource for families to find information that is helpful in their everyday lives,” said Tanya Van Court, SVP and general manager of NOGGIN, ParentsConnect and Nick “With Parents’ Picks, we want to hear what parents have to say about the best places to eat, shop and play in their local communities. Their ideas, opinions and recommendations are key ingredients in ParentsConnect’s mission to serve as a quality resource and authority on what’s great for families all over the country.”


ParentsConnect’s Parents’ Pick Awards will identify winners from more than 10,000 nominees in 52 major U.S. cities. Winning venues will receive a “Parents’ Pick 2009 Winner” seal to display in their storefront windows, and will be featured on Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect for the rest of 2009 as one of the best family resources in the area.  Last year, more than 165,000 votes were cast for ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. All Parents’ Picks businesses are nominated based on recommendations from Nickelodeon’s local city editors that live and work in the cities they cover, in conjunction with the sites’ user feedback. User votes ultimately determine the winning venues in 30 different categories.