2012 Family Favorites Winners

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You've made your voices heard! More than 1,500 readers filled out an online survey this summer to vote for their Family Favorites in 50 categories, including shopping, baby stuff and restaurants. So without further ado, here's the list of the best New Hampshire has to offer.

READER'S PICKS

OUT AND ABOUT
Amusement Park
Canobie Lake Park
PO Box 190
Salem
www.canobie.com
893-3506

Indoor Play Place
NUThin' but GOOD TIMES!
746 Daniel Webster Hwy
www.nuthinbutgoodtimes.com
Merrimack
429-2200

Water Park
Water Country
2300 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth
www.watercountry.com
427-1112

Family Ski Resort
Pat's Peak
686 Flanders Road
Henniker
www.patspeak.com
(888) 728-7732

Family Campground
Pawtuckaway State Park
128 Mountain Rd
Nottingham
www.nhstateparks.com/paw
895-3031

Movie Theater
Cinemagic
1226 Hooksett Road
Hooksett
www.cinemagicmovies.com
644-4629

Sporting Event
NH Fisher Cats
1 Line Drive
Manchester
www.nhfishercats.com
641-2005

FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
Pizza
FlatBread Company - North of Concord area
2760 Whte Mtn. Hwy.
North Conway
www.flatbreadcompany.com
356-4470

Portland Pie Company - Nashua area
14 Railroad Square
Nashua
www.portlandpie.com
882-7437

La Festa - Seacoast area
300 Central Ave
www.lafestabrickandbrew.com
Dover
743-4100

900 Degrees - Manchester area
50 Dow Street
Manchester, NH 03101
www.900degrees.com
641-0900

Ice Cream
Beech Hill Farm - Concord area
107 Beech Hill Road
Hopkinton
www.beechhillfarm.com
223-0828

Hayward's - Nashua area
7 Daniel Webster Hwy
Nashua
www.haywardsicecream.com
888-4663

Goldenrod - Manchester area
1681 Candia Road
www.goldenrodrestaurant.com
Manchester
623-9469

Kimball's Farm - Keene area
158 Turnpike Road
Jaffrey
www.kimballfarm.com/jaffrey
532-5765

Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream - Seacoast area
49 Ceres Street
Portsmouth
www.annabellsicecream.com
436-3400

Kid Friendly Menu
Friendly's - Regional Chain
www.friendlys.com

T-Bone's - Local Chain
25 Harvey Road, Unit 1
Bedford
t-bones.com
606-4455

Kids Favorite Breakfast
Airport Diner - Manchester area
2280 Brown Ave
www.thecman.com
Manchester
623-5040

Ihop - Regional Chain
224 S River Road
www.ihop.com
Bedford
296-0236

Pollys Pancake Parlor - North of Concord area
672 Sugar Hill Rd
www.pollyspancakeparlor.com
Sugar Hill
823-5575

Parkers Maple Barn - Nashua area
1316 Brookline Road
Mason
www.parkersmaplebarn.com
878-2308

Maryanne's Diner - Derry area
29 E. Broadway
Derry
www.maryannsdiner.com
434-5785

Friendly Toast - Seacoast area
113 Congress Street
Portsmouth
www.thefriendlytoast.net
430-2154

Entertaining Place to Eat
Chunky's - Local Chain
150 Bridge Street
www.chunkys.com
635-7499

Family Restaurant
Puritan Backroom - Manchester area
245 Hooksett Rd
Manchester
www.puritanbackroom.com
669-6890

T-Bone's - Local Chain
25 Harvey Road, Unit 1
Bedford
www.t-bones.com
606-4455

Friendly's - Regional Chain
www.friendlys.com

ACTIVITIES AND LEARNING
Kid Friendly Museum
SEE Science Center - Manchester area
200 Bedford Street
Manchester
www.see-sciencecenter.org
669-0400

Children's Museum of NH - Seacoast area
6 Washington St.
Dover
www.childrens-museum.org
742-2002

Place for Arts & Crafts
You're Fired
89 River View Park
Manchester
www.yourefirednh.com
641-3473

Musical Instruction
Music Together
102 Elm St
Milford
www.amyconleymusic.com
249-9560

Family Fitness Club
The Works Family Health and Fitness
246 Route 108
Somersworth
www.theworkshealthclub.com
742-2163

Bowling Alley
Leda Lanes - Nashua area
340 Amherst Street
Nashua
www.ledalanes.com
889-4884

Mini Golf
Funway Park - Manchester area
454 Charles Bancroft Hwy
Litchfield
www.melsfunwaypark.com
424-2292

Martial arts studio
Manchester Karate Studio
24 Bridge Street
Manchester
www.manchesterkarate.com
296-1996

Dance Studio
Bedford Youth Performance Center
155 Route 101
Bedford
www.bypc.org
472-3894

Equestrian Center
Apple Tree Farm
PO Box 463
Hollis
www.appletreefarm.org
465-9592

Indoor sports facility
Hampshire Dome
50 Emerson Road
Milford
www.hampshiredome.com
673-8123

Ice Skating or Hockey Facility
Conway Arena
8 Riverside Street
Nashua
www.conwayarena.com
595-2400

Gymnastics
Gymnastics Village
13 Caldwell Drive
Amherst
www.gymnasticsvillage.com
889-8092

Day Camp
Melody Pines Day Camp
510 Corning Road
Manchester
www.melodypines.com
669-9414

Overnight Camp
Camp Carpenter
300 Blondin Road
Manchester
www.nhscouting.org
623-5962

PARENTS
Restaurant for Date Night
Bedford Village Inn - Manchester area
2 Olde Bedford Way
Bedford
www.bedfordvillageinn.com
472-2001

Common Man - Local Chain
PO Box 581
Ashland
www.thecman.com
968-3559

Tuscan Kitchen - Salem area
67 Main Street
Salem
www.tuscan-kitchen.com
952-4875

Buckley's Great Steaks - Nashua area
438 Daniel Webster Highway, Route 3
Merrimack
www.buckleysgreatsteaks.com
424-0995

Fratello’s - North of Concord
799 Union Avenue
Laconia
www.fratellos.com
528-2022

O Steak and Seafood - Concord area
11 South Main Street
Concord
www.magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
856-7925

Spa Day for Mom
Not So Plain Jane's - Manchester area
155 Dow St., Ste. 102
Manchester
www.notsoplainjanes.com
622-5971

Serendipity Day Spa - Concord area
23 Sheep Davis Rd.
Pembroke
www.serendipitydayspa.com
229-0400

Wingate Salon & Spa - Seacoast area
139 Portsmouth Avenue
Stratham
www.wingatespa.com
772-8400

Innovations The Salon & Spa - Nashua area
228 Naticook Road
Merrimack
www.innovationsnh.com
880-7499

Lake Opechee Inn and Spa - North of Concord
62 Doris Ray Court
Laconia
www.opecheeinn.com
524-0111

Girls Night Out for Mom
Margaritas - Regional Chain
margs.com

Unwined
865 Second St.
Manchester
www.unwined.net
625-9463

FAMILY SERVICES
Family Pediatrician
River Road Pediatrics
58 Hawthorne Dr
Bedford
www.riverroadpediatrics.com
622-8619

Children's Dentist
Lindner Dental Associates
72 So. River Road
Bedford
www.lindnerdental.com
624-3900

Orthodontist
Dr. William Mehan
113 Mammoth Rd.
Manchester
www.drmehan.com
623-8003

Child Care Facility
KinderCare Learning Centers - Regional winner
1066 Front Street
Manchester
kindercare.com
668-1313

Noah's Ark
491 East Industrial Park Drive
Manchester
669-7990

Learning or Tutoring Service
Sylvan Learning Center
72 So. River, Rd, Ste. 203
Bedford
www.tutoring.sylvanlearning.com
622-7772

Family-friendly Bank
TD Bank North
300 Franklin St
Manchester
www.tdbank.com
695-3014

Family-friendly Credit Union
St. Mary's Bank
200 Mcgregor Street
Manchester
www.stmarysbank.com
669-4600

Place to Buy a Family Car
Autofair
1477 So. Willow St.
Manchester
www.autofairhonda.com
634-1003

Financial Planner
Edward Jones
www.edwardjones.com

Family Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
3000 Goffs Falls Road
Manchester
www.anthem.com
695-7063

Hospital or Medical Center
Elliot Hospital - Manchester area
4 Elliot Way, Ste. 401
Manchester
www.elliothospital.org
663-8933

Child Photographer
Pixel Perfect Photography
32 Daniel Webster Highway Unit 26
Merrimack
www.pxpfoto.com
579-0500

Chiropractor
Healing Hands Chiropractic
156 Harvey Rd
Londonderry
www.healinghandsnh.com
434-3456

Kids Hair Cut
Silly Beans Kids Cuts - Manchester area
138 Wayne St.
Manchester
www.mysillybeans.net
629-9600

Snip-its - Nashua area
449 Amherst St.
Nashua
www.snipits.com
889-0000

Holistic Medicine & Health Services Practitioner
The Wholistic Family Wellness Center
31 Old Nashua Road, unit 14
www.thewholisticfamilywellnesscenter.com
Amherst
673-1181

Family Mental Health & Counseling Services
Bedford Family Therapy - Manchester area
10 Commerce Park North, Unit 1A
www.bedfordfamilytherapy.com
Bedford
606-1233

myFIRE Studios - Nashua area
5 Northern Blvd. Building #16
Amherst
www.myfirestudios.com
459-5075

Seacoast Mental Health - Seacoast area
1145 Sagamore Avenue
Portsmouth
www.smhc-nh.org
431-6703

Warren Street Counseling - Concord area
33-35 Warren Street
Concord
www.warrenstreetcounseling.net
226-1999

BABIES
OB/GYN
Bedford Commons OB/GYN - Manchester area
201 Riverway Place
Bedford
www.bcog.com
668-8400

Garrison Womens Health - Seacoast area
770 Central Ave # 16
Dover
www.gwhc.com
742-0101

Birthing Center
CMC Mom's Place
100 McGregor St.
Manchester
www.catholicmedicalcenter.org
663-8164

Maternity Shop
Mother and Child
650 Amherst St., Greystone Plaza
Nashua
www.mothersays.shoprw.com
886-6727

Baby Furniture Store
Baby-Go-Round
105 Lafayette Rd.
Hampton Falls
www.babygoroundinc.com
926-2255

SHOPPING
Clothing Consignment
Mother and Child - Nashua area
650 Amherst St., Greystone Plaza
Nashua
www.mothersays.shoprw.com
886-6727

Gently Loved Baby - Salem area
356 South Broadway
Salem
www.gentlylovedbaby.com
952-4760

Children's Orchard - Seacoast area
105 Gosling Road
www.childrensorchard.com
Newington
436-8704

Little Sweet Pea Boutique - Concord area
153 Manchester Street
Concord
856-8045

Children's Shoe Store
Alec's Shoe Store - Nashua area
201 Main Street
www.alecs-shoes.com
Nashua
882-6811

Bee Bee Shoes - Manchester area
1525 S Willow St # 7
Manchester
beebeeshoes.com
621-0608

Bootlegger's - Regional chain
www.bootleggersfootwear.com

Red's Shoe Barn - Seacoast area
35 Broadway
Dover
www.redsshoebarn.com
742-1893

Children's Book Store
Toadstool - Local Chain
Rte 101A/Lourden Plaza
Milford
www.toadbooks.com
673-1734

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter
www.waterstreetbooks.com
778-9731

Children's Toy Store
G.Willikers
13 Market Street
Portsmouth
www.gwillikers.com
436-7746

Bike Shop
Goodale's Bike Shop - Regional chain
14 Broad Street
Nashua
www.goodalesbikeshop.com
882-2111

S&W Sports - Concord area
296 South Main Street
Concord
www.swsports.net
228-1441

Exeter Cycle - Seacoast area
4 Portsmouth Ave, Route 108
Exeter
www.exetercycles.com
778-2331

Swingset/play systems
Swings and Things
16 Route 125
Kingston
www.swings-things.com
642-4500

BIRTHDAY FUN
Bakery
Bread and Chocolate - Concord area
29 South Main Street
Concord
228-3330

Fredrick's Pastries - Local Chain
109 Route 101a
Amherst
pastry.net
882-7725

Harvey's Bakery - Seacoast area
376 Central Avenue
Dover
www.harveysbakery.com
742-6029

Black Forest Café - Nashua area
212 New Hampshire 101
Amherst
www.theblackforestcafe.com
672-0500

Blackberry Bakery - Manchester area
44 Nashua Road
Londonderry
www.blackberrybakerynh.com
434-8110

Cupcakery
Queen City Cupcakes - Manchester area
790 Elm Street
Manchester
www.qccupcakes.com
624-4999

Shabby Chic - Salem area
4 Cobbetts Pond Rd
Windham
898-2442

White Mountain Cupcakery - North of Concord
2757 White Mountain Highway
North Conway
www.wmcupcakery.com
733-5310

Clyde's Cupcakes - Seacoast area
104 Epping Road
Exeter
www.clydescupcakes.com
583-4850

Candy Shop
Chutters - North of Concord
43 Main Street
Littleton
chutters.com
444-5787

Granite State Candy - Concord area
13 Warren Street
Concord
www.nhchocolates.com
225-2591

Ye Goodie Shoppe - Keene area
49 Main Street
Keene
www.yegoodieshoppe.com
352-0326

Van Otis - Manchester area
341 Elm Street
Manchester
www.vanotischocolates.com
(800) 826-6874

Party Supplies Store
Donovans Party & Novelty
102 Fort Eddy Road
Concord
www.donovansparty.com
226-2225

iParty - national chain
www.iparty.com

EDITOR'S PICKS

Best new restaurants with great menus for kids:

Burton’s Grill in Nashua, www.burtonsgrill.com

Portland Pie Co. in Manchester and Nashua, www.portandpie.com

British Beer Co. in Manchester, www.britishbeer.com

Several new places who offer yummy kids menus have popped up in the last year. These are some new places parents can go to for a great meal and they won’t have to find a babysitter…that is unless they want to.

Group that makes learning the most fun

Mad Science, www.madscience.org/nhma

Your kids will fall in love with science after a birthday party or after-school program with the folks at Mad Science. With their creative programming, the kids don’t even know how much they are learning.

Best place to take your kids on a summer day (and the most inexpensive)

Hampton Beach, www.hamptonbeach.com

There’s no better way to spend a hot summer’s day than to drive to the coast with a picnic lunch and make a day of it at the beach. Parking is relatively inexpensive and your kids will love the giant playground, never mind the surf and sand.

Family night out

See the Manchester Monarchs (www.manchestermonarchs.com) starting in October at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The games feature promotions and fun activities for kids, so you won’t hear the dreaded, “I’m bored.” The Monarchs also host special nights like Mullets in Movember, in which the team celebrates hockey hair while raising funds and awareness for men’s health. Throughout the month of November the Monarchs players, coaches and staff will sport moustaches in support of men’s cancer awareness month. The first 3,000 fans receive mullet wigs and mustaches, courtesy of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, on Nov. 10.

Best places to get close to the animals

Friendly Farm in Dublin, friendlyfarm.com

Charmingfare Farm in Candia, www.visitthefarm.com

Make friends with the animals at the petting zoo, walk the grounds and participate in educational programs and special events at both Friendly Farm and Charmingfare Farm.

Pet store

Woof Meow in Derry, www.woofmeownh.com

Best selection of food, toys and accessories for animals including bird, fish, dogs and cats in the area. Explore the play area and pick up something at the dog bakery. You can even wash your dog at their self-serve dog wash station for $5 and you won’t have to clean your tub afterward.

Best fun and free place for you and your kids

Your local library

Movie nights, book clubs, workshops, classes, programs for teens and preschoolers…these are just a few things your local library offers that you should be taking advantage of. Many even offer free museum passes to places such as the Museum of Science or New England Aquarium in Boston.

Best place to wreck your diet

Planet Marshmallow in Manchester, www.planetmarshmallow.com

Try a gourmet marshmallow or one of their irresistible desserts like a S’mores Sunday at the café on 81 Hanover St. Don’t worry, you can use their Wi-Fi to get some work done while you stuff your face. And they have savory options as well if you need to have a meal first.

Best Place for Moms to Meet

Nini Bambini in Bedford, www.ninibambini.com

If you are a mom or a mom-to-be, you have no doubt heard of or been to Nini Bambini. They offer wellness programs and classes including prenatal yoga, hypnobirthing, infant massage, creative movement, Mom’s groups, music classes and developmental playgroups. And while you are there, you can also browse their store full of unique products.

Best outdoor fitness place

Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, www.beaverbrook.org

Take a hike! No, really, and the place to do that is the Beaver Brook. Beaver Brook offers fitness hiking, full moon snowshoe hikes, guided hikes, parent-child classes, wildflower walks and workshops on gardening, composting, survival skills and even beekeeping. Check out their website for their current programs. You are sure to find one for you and your family to participate in.

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