2013 Family Favorites winners

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You’ve made your voices heard! More than 1,100 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.

2013 Family Favorites Editor’s Picks:

Best place to take your kids on a rainy day: NUThin’ but GOOD TIMES!

When the weather isn’t cooperating, every parent faces the same dilemma: Where can I take the kids?   NUThin’ but GOOD TIMES! in Merrimack is the perfect place to take kids of all ages when playing outside just isn’t an option. Kids can enjoy the giant indoor play space while you relax and enjoy the free Wi-Fi. NUThin’ but GOOD TIMES! also hosts special events such as family movie nights and ice cream socials.

NUThin’ but GOOD TIMES!
746 Daniel Webster Hwy
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 429-2200
www.nuthinbutgoodtimes.com

Unique birthday party spot: Seacoast Science Center

If you are looking for a place to have your child’s next birthday party, Seacoast Science Center in Rye offers fun and educational soirees your child is sure to remember. Parents can pick a theme like marine mammals or pirates, and the Science Center takes care of the rest including hands-on activities and goodie bags.

Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Blvd
Rye, NH 03870
www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

Best (and inexpensive) place to take your family for an educational night out: Amoskeag Fishways

Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester offers educational and interactive activities for families year-round at their facility in Manchester. But the fun really gets going on Friday nights. For as low as $5, families can take a hike, sit near a campfire, or learn about critters that make New Hampshire home.

Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher Street
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 626-3474
www.amoskeagfishways.org

Favorite meteorologist: Kevin Skarupa

WMUR’s Kevin Sakrupa’s popularity can easily be measured by the number of kids who recognize him at Parenting New Hampshire’s annual Family Fun Fair. Kevin visits dozens of local schools each year to talk about his passion for meteorology. You can see him on WMUR’s morning and noon newscasts.

Most entertaining place to eat: Chunky’s Cinema Pub

What’s better than popcorn and a movie? Dinner and a movie! Kids and adults alike love taking in a show while relaxing in the comfy chairs at Chunky’s Cinema Pub and enjoying a meal. Chunky’s has several locations including Pelham and Nashua.

Chunky’s Cinema Pub
151 Coliseum Ave
Nashua, NH
(603) 880-8055

And

150 Bridge Street
Pelham, NH
(603) 635-7499

www.chunkys.com

Best place to hang out with the gals: Muse Paintbar

New on the scene, Muse Paintbar in downtown Manchester has become the must-go-to place. Grab a glass of wine and learn to paint while chatting it up with your girlfriends. Not an artist? No worries. This is a no-judgment zone. It’s just a great place to unwind and learn something new while getting out of the house for a while.  You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be planning a trip back before you finish your first masterpiece.

Muse Paintbar
42 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 421-6500
www.musepaintbar.com

Best place to catch a show: Palace Theatre

Whether it is their summer children’s series, or a musical production or Broadway favorite, there is always something great to see at the Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester. Shows coming soon to the Palace Theatre include Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Nutcracker, The Producers and A Chorus Line. The theater is located in the heart of downtown, so cap off your evening with a stop at one of the great restaurants located nearby.

Palace Theatre
80 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 668-5588
www.palacetheatre.org

Best new place for a frozen treat: Dips Frozen Yogurt

Dips Frozen Yogurt in downtown Concord is making a name for itself. The self-serve frozen yogurt bar features 12 flavors and 30-plus toppings. Better yet, Dips uses local milk and yogurt, which is delivered fresh weekly and seasonal local fruit. Grab a cup of fro-yo and take advantage of the shop’s charging stations and free Wi-fi.

Dips Frozen Yogurt
138 N Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 856-8588
www.dipsfroyo.com

Best burgers: Five Guys

It’s hard to believe there was time where you couldn’t find a Five Guys in New Hampshire. In the past few years, Five Guys, a national chain, has opened several locations in the Granite State, making local burger lovers happy… and full. If you haven’t tried a juicy burger and some ridiculously delicious French fries, stop depriving yourself and find out what all the fuss is about.

Five Guys
www.fiveguys.com

Best place to relive your childhood: Benson’s Animal Park

If you were a kid living in New Hampshire in the 1980s, you no doubt remember a family trip to Benson’s Animal Park in Hudson. While the elephants and gorillas are long gone, due to a huge volunteer effort, the Park has since reopened to trail walkers. Get outdoors and relive your childhood memories with your kids. Download a trail map, complete with points of interest, from www.bensonsanimalfarm.com.

Benson’s Animal Park
27 Kimball Hill Rd
Hudson, NH 03051
www.bensonsanimalfarm.com

2013 Reader's Poll Picks:

Out and About

Favorite Amusement Park
Canobie Lake Park
PO Box 190
Salem
893-3506
www.canobie.com

Favorite Indoor Play Place
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street
Dover
742-2002
www.childrens-museum.org

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

Favorite Family Ski Resort
Pats Peak Ski Area
686 Flanders Road 
Henniker
(888) 728-7732
www.patspeak.com

Favorite Family Ski Resort - Honorable mention
Loon Mountain
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln
745-8111
www.loonmtn.com

Favorite Family Campground
Pawtuckaway State Park & Campground
40 Pawtuckaway Road
Nottingham
895-3031
www.nhstateparks.org

Favorite Movie Theater
Chunky’s Cinema Pub
13 Red Roof Lane, Unit 1A
Salem
952-3030
www.chunkys.com

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

Food and restaurants

Favorite Pizza
900 Degrees
50 Dow Street
Manchester
641-0900
www.900degrees.com

Favorite Pizza - Honorable mention
Portsmouth Gas Light Co. 
64 Market Street
Portsmouth
430-8582
www.portsmouthgaslight.com

Favorite Pizza - Honorable mention
La Festa
300 Central Ave.
Dover
743-4100
www.lafestabrickandbrew.com

Favorite Pizza (Regional Chain)
Sal’s Pizza
354 Merrimack Street, Bldg 1, 3rd floor, Suite 1
Lawrence, MA
(978) 681-7777 
www.sals-pizza.com

Favorite Pizza (Regional Chain) - Honorable mention
FlatBread Company
flatbreadcompany.com

Favorite Ice Cream
Goldenrod Drive-In Restaurant
1681 Candia Road
Manchester
623-9469
www.goldenrodrestaurant.com

Favorite Ice Cream - Honorable mention
Hayward’s Ice Cream
7 Daniel Webster Hwy
Nashua
888-4663
www.haywardsicecream.com

Favorite Ice Cream - Honorable mention
Kimball Farm
158 Turnpike Road
Jaffrey
532-5765
www.kimballfarm.com

Favorite Ice Cream - Honorable mention
Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream
49 Ceres Street 
Portsmouth
436-3400
www.annabellesicecream.com

Favorite Kid Friendly Menu - National Chain
Friendly’s 
1855 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA
(413) 731-4239 
www.friendlys.com

Favorite Kid Friendly Menu - Local Chain
T-Bones Great American Eatery
124 Bedford Center Road, Suite B 
Bedford
488-2820
www.t-bones.com

Kids’ Favorite Breakfast
Parkers Maple Barn
1316 Brookline Road
Mason
878-2308
www.parkersmaplebarn.com

Kids’ Favorite Breakfast - Honorable mention
MaryAnn’s Diner
29 E. Broadway
Derry
434-5785
www.maryannsdiner.com

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

Favorite Family Restaurant
Puritan Backroom
245 Hooksett Road
Manchester
669-6890
www.puritanbackroom.com

Favorite Family Restaurant - Local Chain
T-Bones Great American Eatery
124 Bedford Center Road, Suite B 
Bedford
488-2820
www.t-bones.com

Activities and learning

Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum 
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street
Dover
742-2002
www.childrens-museum.org

Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum - Honorable mention
SEE Science Center
200 Bedford Street
Manchester
669-0400
www.see-sciencecenter.org

Favorite Environmental and Educational Center
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
PO Box 173
Holderness
968-7194
www.nhnature.org

Favorite Environmental and Educational Center - Honorable mention
Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Blvd 
Rye
436-8043
www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

Favorite Place for Arts & Crafts
You’re Fired
89 Riverview Park
Manchester
641-3473
www.yourefirednh.com

Favorite Musical Instruction
Music Together
102 Elm Street
Milford 
249-9560
www.musictogether.com

Favorite Musical Instruction - Honorable mention
Let’s Play Music
114 Rockingham Road
Londonderry
425-7575
www.letsplaymusic.com

Favorite Family Fitness Club - National
Planet Fitness
26 Fox Run Road
Newington
750-0001
www.planetfitness.com

Favorite Family Fitness Club - Local
YMCA of Greater Manchester
30 Mechanic Street
Manchester
232-8650
www.yogm.org

Favorite Bowling Alley
Park Place Lanes
16 Rockingham Road
Windham
898-4422
www.parkplacelanes.com

Favorite Bowling Alley - Honorable mention
Leda Lanes
340 Amherst Street
Nashua
889-4884
www.ledalanes.com

Favorite Mini Golf
Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf
PO Box 600
Winnisquam
366-5058
www.piratescove.net

Favorite Martial Arts Studio
Tokyo Joe’s Studio
143 W. Pearl Street
Nashua
889-4165 
www.tokyojoes.net

Favorite Dance Studio
Bedford Youth Performing Company
155 Route 101
Bedford
472-3894
www.bypc.org

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

Favorite Indoor Sports Facility
SportsZone 
7 A Street
Derry
537-9663
www.nhsportszone.com

Favorite Indoor Sports Facility - Honorable mention
NH Sportsplex
68 Technology Drive
Bedford
641-1313
www.nhsportsplex.com

Favorite Ice Skating or Hockey Facility 
Tri-Town Ice Arena
311 W. River Road
Hooksett
485-1100 
www.tri-townicearena.com

Favorite Gymnastics
Gym-Ken Gymnastics
184 Rockingham Road
Windham
434-9060
www.gymkengymnastics.com

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

Favorite Gymnastics - Honorable mention
New England Gymnastics Training Center
5 Tracy Lane
Hudson
880-8482
www.negtc.com

For the parents

Favorite Restaurant for Date Night - Local Chain
The Common Man
PO Box 581
Ashland
641-0057
www.thecman.com

Favorite Restaurant for Date Night
Tuscan Kitchen
67 Main Street
Salem
952-4875 
www.tuscan-kitchen.com

Favorite Restaurant  Date Night - Honorable mention
Bedford Village Inn
2 Olde Bedford Way
Bedford
472-2001
www.bedfordvillageinn.com

Favorite Spa Day for Mom
Serendipity Day Spa 
23 Sheep Davis Road
Pembroke
229-0400
www.serendipitydayspa.com

Favorite Spa Day for Mom - Honorable mention
Not So Plain Jane’s
155 Dow Street 102
Manchester
622-5971
www.notsoplainjanes.com

Family services

Favorite Family Pediatrician 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatrics
100 Hitchcock Way
Manchester
629-1859 
www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/Manchester

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

Favorite Orthodontist 
Lindner Dental Associates
72 So. River Road
Bedford
624-3900
www.lindnerdental.com

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

Favorite Family-Friendly Bank
TD Bank 
1255 So. Willow Street
Manchester
695-3014 
www.tdbank.com

Favorite Family-Friendly Credit Union
Street Mary’s Bank
48 Perimeter Road
Manchester
629-1438 
www.stmarysbank.com

Favorite Place to Buy a Family Car
AutoFair 
1477 So. Willow Street
Manchester
634-1003
www.autofair.com

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

Favorite Urgent or Immediate Care Center
Elliot Urgent Care at River’s Edge
4 Elliot Way, Ste. 401
Manchester
663-8933
www.elliothospital.org

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

Favorite Chiropractor
Healing Hands Chiropractic Family Wellness Center
156 Harvey Road
Londonderry
434-3456
www.healinghandsnh.com

Favorite Kids’ Haircut
Snip-its
449 Amherst Street
Nashua
889-0000
www.snipits.com

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

Favorite Family Mental Health & Counseling Services
Seacoast Mental Health Center
1145 Sagamore Avenue
Portsmouth
431-6703
www.smhc-nh.org

Shopping

Favorite Bike Shop
Goodale’s Bike Shop
14B Broad Street
Nashua
882-2111
www.goodalesbikeshop.com

Favorite Children’s Shoe Store
Red’s Shoe Barn
35 Broadway
Dover
742-1893
www.redsshoebarn.com

Favorite Children’s Book Store
Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter
778-9731
www.waterstreetbooks.com

Favorite Children’s Book Store - Local Chain
The Toadstool Bookshops of NH
614 Nashua Street (Lorden Plaza)
Milford
673-1734
www.toadbooks.com

Favorite Clothing Consignment
Mother and Child Clothing & Gifts
650 Amherst Street, Greystone Plaza
Nashua
886-6727 
www.mothersays.com

Favorite Children’s Toy Store
G.Willikers! Toy Shop
13 Market Street
Portsmouth
436-7746
www.gwillikers.com

Favorite Swingset/Play Systems
Swings-N-Things
16 Route 125
Kingston
642-4500
www.swings-things.com

Birthday fun

Favorite Bakery
The Black Forest Café
P.O. Box 1366
Amherst
672-0500
www.theblackforestcafe.com

Favorite Bakery - Local Chain
Frederick’s Pastries
109 Route 101A
Amherst
882-7725
www.pastry.net

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

Favorite Candy Shop
Van Otis Chocolates
341 Elm Street
Manchester
(800) 826-6874
www.vanotischocolates.com

Favorite Candy Shop - Local Chain
Granite State Candy Shoppe
13 Warren Street
Concord
225-2591
www.nhchocolates.com

Favorite Party Supplies Store
Party Center
290 South Broadway
Salem
898-1089
www.partycenterstores.com

Favorite Party Entertainment
Mad Science
3 Squire Drive
Atkinson
362-9800
www.nhma.madscience.org

Babies

Favorite Birthing Center
Maternity Center at Elliot Hospital
4 Elliot Way, Ste. 401
Manchester
663-8933
www.elliothospital.org

Favorite OB/GYN
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obstetrics,
Gynecology & Nurse Midwifery
100 Hitchcock Way
Manchester
629-1859 
www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org

Favorite OB/GYN - Honorable mention
Bedford Commons OB/GYN
201 Riverway Place
Bedford
668-8400
www.bcog.com  

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