2020 Family Favorites winners

Our readers’ top picks for New Hampshire families.

Famfaves2020 CmykIn summer 2020, ParentingNH asked readers to vote online in its 10th annual poll to help determine those businesses that make New Hampshire a great state for families. Readers cast their votes in more than 50 categories including favorite date night restaurant, favorite pediatrician, favorite ice cream, favorite kid-friendly museum, and more. Congratulations to 2020’s Family Favorite winners, and thanks for all you do to make this state a wonderful place to live. — Melanie Hitchcock, Editor

Adventure and Aerial Park

9 Bailey Road, Chichester
798-3555; www.chuckstersnh.com

Amusement Park

Canobie Lake Park
85 North Policy St., Salem
893-3506; www.canobie.com

Bakery and Dessert

Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe
436 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
262-5929; www.buckleysbakerycafe.com

Greater Concord (tie):
Bread and Chocolate
29 South Main St., Concord
228-3330; Find on Facebook

Jacques Fine European Pastries
128 Main St., Pembroke
485-4035; www.jacquespastries.com

Multi-location: Frederick’s Pastries
NH locations: Bedford and Amherst

Bike Shop

S&W Sports
296 S. Main St., Concord
228-1441; www.swsports.net

Greater Manchester: The Bike Barn
252 Willow St. Manchester
668-6555; www.bikebarnusa.com

Lakes Region: MC Cycle & Sport
574 Main St., Laconia
528-1133; http://mccycleandsport.com

Local multi-location: Goodale’s Bike Shop
Hooksett, Nashua, Concord

Birthing Center or Hospital

Childbirth Center at St. Joseph Hospital
172 Kinsley St., Nashua
595-3162; www.stjosephhospital.com

Seacoast: Women & Children Center at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital
789 Central Ave., Dover
742-5252; www.wdhospital.org

Greater Concord: The Family Place at Concord Hospital
250 Pleasant St., Concord
225-2711; www.concordhospital.org

Greater Nashua: The Birth Place at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
8 Prospect St., Nashua
577-2560; www.sbirthplace.org

Greater Manchester: Mom’s Place at Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor St., Manchester
663-6667; www.catholicmedicalcenter.org

Bowling Alley

Boutwell’s Bowling Center
152 North State St., Concord
224-0941; www.boutwellsbowl.com

Greater Nashua: Merrimack Ten Pin Center
698 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
429-0989; www.merrimacktenpin.com

Lakes Region: Funspot
579 Endicott St. N., Laconia
366-4377; www.funspot.com

Candy Shop or Chocolatier

Granite State Candy Shoppe
13 Warren St., Concord
225-2591; www.granitestatecandyshoppe.com

Lakes Region: Kellerhaus
259 Endicott St., Laconia
366-4466; https://kellerhaus.com

Greater Manchester: Van Otis Chocolates
341 Elm St., Manchester
627-1611; www.vanotischocolates.com

Northern NH: Chutters
Littleton and Lincoln locations

Child Photographer

Photography by Genevieve

Children’s Local Book Store

Gibson’s Book Store
45 South Main St., Concord
224-0562; www.gibsonsbookstore.com

Greater Manchester: Bookery Manchester
848 Elm St., Manchester
836-6600; www.bookerymht.com

Children’s Shoe Store

Alec’s Shoe Store
1617 Southwood Drive, Nashua
882-6811; www.alecs-shoes.com

Children’s Toy Store

321 Nashua St., Milford
Find on Facebook

Seacoast: Noggin Factory
53 Washington St., Dover
742-0012; www.nogginfactorytoys.com

Northern NH: Toy Chest
2703 White Mountain Hwy., Conway
356-7176; www.toychestnh.com

Multi-location: Josh’s Toys and Games
NH locations: Salem, Nashua, Manchester


Chiropractic Associates of Bedford
765 South Main St., Dartmouth Commons Manchester
626-3900; www.askachiro.net

Greater Manchester: Amoskeag Chiropractic
55 Amoskeag St., Manchester
624-8000; www.nhchiropractors.com

Lakes Region: Awakening Chiropractic
7A Grange Road, Tilton
729-0009; www.awakeningchiropractic.com

Seacoast: Crossroads Chiropractic
629 Calef Highway, Epping
679-3222; www.crossroadschiropractic.com

Greater Concord: Performance Heath Spine & Sports Therapy
91A North State St., Concord
724-2297; www.performancehealthnh.com

Clothing Consignment

M&C Clothing and Gifts
135 Route 101A, Amherst
886-6727; www.m-c-clothing-and-goods.myshopify.com


Queen City Cupcakes
790 Elm St., Manchester
624-4999; www.qccupcakes.com

Greater Nashua: Bite Me Kupcakez
4 Mound Court, Merrimack
674-4459; www.bitemekupcakez.com

Northern NH:  White Mountain Cupcakery
2 Common Court, North Conway
730-5140; www.wmcupcakery.com

Lakes Region: Lakes Region Cupcakes
1002 Union Ave, Laconia
527-8286; Find on Facebook

Greater Manchester: Cupcakes 101
132 Bedford Center Road, Bedford
488-5962; www.cupcakes101.net

Dance Studio

Dance Inspirations
45 Chenell Drive, Suite 2
Concord: 856-8545; www.danceinspirations.com

Greater Manchester: Dimensions in Dance
84 Myrtle St., Manchester
668-4196; www.dimensionsindance.com

Greater Nashua: The Dance Company
130 Route 101A, Amherst
864-8374; www.thedancecompanyonline.com

Environmental and Educational Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
23 Science Center Road, Holderness
968-7194; www.nature.org

Greater Manchester: SEE Science Center
200 Bedford St., Manchester
669-0400; www.see-sciencecenter.org

Seacoast: Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Blvd., Rye
436-8043; www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

Greater Concord: NH Audubon McLane Center
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord
369-4329; www.nhaudubon.org

Equestrian Center

Lucky 7 Stables
154 Litchfield Road, Londonderry
432-3076; www.lucky7stables.com

Greater Manchester: Different Drummer Farm
55 South Road, Candia
483-2234; www.differentdrummerfarm.com

Family Dentist

Lindner Dental Associates
72 South River Road, Bedford
624-3900; www.lindnerdental.com

Greater Manchester: Hoertdoerfer Dentistry
4 Elliot Way, Suite 306, Manchester
669-1251; www.bruinsdentist.com

Greater Nashua: Nashua Family Dentistry
25 Riverside St., Nashua
546-7460; www.nashuafamilydentistry.com

Seacoast: Exeter Family Dental Care
193 High St. Exeter
772-3351; www.exeterfamilydentalcare.com

Greater Concord: Generations Dental Care
9 Triangle Park Drive, Concord
225-6331; www.generationsdental.com

Greater Salem: Haas Dental Associates
4 Manchester Ave., Derry
434-1586; www.haasdentalnh.com

Family Fitness Club

YMCA of Greater Nashua
Merrimack and Nashua locations

Seacoast: The Works Family Health and Fitness
23 Works Way, Somersworth
742-2163; www.theworkshealthclub.com

Greater Concord: Concord Family YMCA
15 North State St., Concord
228-9622; www.concordymca.org

Monadnock Region: Hampshire Hills Athletic Club
50 Emerson Road, Milford
673-7123; www.hampshirehills.com

National chain: Planet Fitness
627-5566; www.planetfitness.com

Family Mental Health and Counseling Services

Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
401 Cypress St., Manchester
668-4111; www.mhcgm.org

Greater Concord: Riverbend Community Mental Health
278 Pleasant St., Concord
228-1600; www.riverbendcmhc.org

Greater Manchester: Bedford Family Therapy
10 Commerce Park North, Unit 1A, Bedford
606-1233; www.bedfordfamilytherapy.com

Seacoast: Seacoast Mental Health
Portsmouth and Exeter locations

Greater Nashua: Greater Nashua Mental Health Center
15 Prospect St., Nashua
889-6147; www.gnmhc.org

Family Pediatrician

St. Joseph Hospital Pediatrics
Nashua and Milford locations

Greater Concord: Concord Pediatrics
248 Pleasant St., Suite 1700, Concord
224-1929; www.concordpediatrics.com

Greater Manchester: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatrics
5 Washington Place, Bedford
695-2500; www.chadkids.org

Family Restaurant

Puritan Backroom
245 Hooksett Road, Manchester
669-6890; www.puritanbackroom.com

Greater Manchester: Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
58 Route 27, Raymond
244-2431; www.thetuckaway.com

Lakes Region: Hart’s Turkey Farm
233 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
279-6212; www.hartsturkeyfarm.com

Northern NH: Woodstock Inn Brewery
135 Main St., North Woodstock
745-3951; www.woodstockinnbrewery.com

Local multi-location: La Carreta
6 NH locations

Family Ski Resort

Pats Peak
686 Flanders Road, Henniker

Family-friendly Bank

TD Bank

Family-friendly Credit Union

St. Mary’s Bank

Gymnastics Facility

Flipz Gymnastics
14 Chenell Drive, Concord
224-3223; www.flipzgymnastics.com

Greater Nashua: Gymnastics Village
13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst
889-8092; www.gymnasticsvillage.com

Greater Concord: Granite State Gymnastic Center
1316 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
935-9816; www.granitestategymnastics.com

Greater Manchester: YMCA Allard Center Gymnastics
116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown
497-4663; www.graniteymca.org

Holistic Medicine and Health Services Practitioner

Whole Health Concord
91 North State St., Concord
369-4626; www.naturalmedicine.com

Greater Manchester: Northeast Integrative Medicine
360 Route 101, Unit 7, Bedford
647-0600; www.northeastintegrative.com

Greater Concord: New Dimensions Family Care
102 Pleasant St., Concord
275-9585; www.drcindicroft.com

Greater Nashua: Living Natural Inc.
22 Concord St., Suite 6, Nashua
594-0002; www.livingnaturalinc.com

Hospital or Medical Center

St. Joseph Hospital
172 Kinsley St., Nashua
882-3000; www.stjosephhospital.com

Greater Manchester: Elliot Hospital
4 Elliot Way, Suite 401, Manchester
669-5300; www.elliothospital.org

Seacoast: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
789 Central Ave., Dover
742-5252; www.wdhospital.org

Greater Concord: Concord Hospital
250 Pleasant St., Concord
225-2711; www.concordhospital.org

Greater Nashua: Southern New Hampshire Health
8 Prospect St., Nashua

Northern NH:  Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/CHaD
1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon
650-KIDS; www.chadkids.org

Ice Cream

Hayward’s Ice Cream
Nashua and Merrimack locations

Greater Manchester: Puritan Backroom
245 Hooksett Road, Manchester
669-6890; www.puritanbackroom.com

Greater Concord: Arnie’s Place
164 Loudon Road, Concord
228-3225; Find on Facebook

Monadnock Region: Kimball Farm
158 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey
532-5765; www.kimballfarm.com

Lakes Region: Jordan’s Ice Creamery
894 Laconia Road, Belmont
267-1900; Find on Facebook

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

Indoor Play Place

579 Endicott St. N., Laconia
366-4377; www.funspot.com

Greater Concord: Krazy Kids Indoor Play & Party Center
60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke
228-7529; www.krazykids.com

Greater Manchester: Sky Zone Trampoline Park (closed)

Multi-location: Altitude Trampoline Park
Concord, Merrimack, Pelham

Kid-friendly Museum

SEE Science Center
200 Bedford St., Manchester
669-0400; www.see-sciencecenter.org

Greater Concord: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive, Concord
271-7827; www.starhop.com

Greater Manchester: Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash St., Manchester
669-6144; www.currier.org

Seacoast: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington St., Dover
742-2002; www.childrens-museum.org

Kids’ Favorite Breakfast Place

Parker’s Maple Barn
1316 Brookline Road, Mason
878-2308; www.parkersmaplebarn.com

Lakes Region: Tilt’n Diner
61 Laconia Road, Tilton
286-2204; www.thecman.com

Kids’ Favorite Breakfast Place (multi-location): Tucker’s
1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
206-5757; www.tuckers.com

Greater Salem: MaryAnn’s Diner
4 Cobbetts Pond Road, Windham

Seacoast: Friendly Toast
113 Congress St., Portsmouth
430-2154; www.thefriendlytoast.com

Greater Manchester: Red Arrow Diner
61 Lowell St., Manchester

Kids Hair Cut

Sweet Snips
105 Lafayette Road, Hampton Falls
601-7610; www.sweetsnips.com

National Chain: Snip-its
317 Amherst St., Nashua
889-0000; www.snipits.com

Learning or Tutoring Service

Parker Academy
2 Fisk Road, Concord
228-4209; www.parkereducation.com

National chain: Sylvan Learning Center
Bedford, Hampton Falls, Rochester, Portsmouth, Salem locations

Local Party Supplies Store (tie)

J & J Party & Janitorial Supplies
68 Route 101A, Amherst
672-8555; www.jandjpartyandjanitorial.com

Party Center
290 South Broadway, Salem
898-1089; www.partycenterstores.com

Martial Arts Studio

Manchester Karate Studio
371 South Willow St., Manchester
782-0010; www.manchesterkarate.com

Greater Manchester: Bedford Martial Arts Academy
292 Route 101 West, Bedford
626-9696; www.bedfordmartialartsacademy.com

Lakes Region: White Tiger Karate
20 Canal St., Franklin
998-9012; www.whitetigerkarate.net

Multi-location: Tokyo Joe’s Studio
Nashua and Milford locations

Mini Golf

Chuckster’s Family Fun Park
9 Bailey Road, Chichester
798-3555; www.chuckstersnh.com

Greater Manchester: Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield
424-2292; www.melsfunwaypark.com

Lakes Region: Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf
3253 Route 3, Meredith
366-5058; www.piratescove.net

Movie Theater

Regal Cinemas
100 Technology Drive, Hooksett

Multi-location: Chunky’s Cinema
NH locations: Manchester, Nashua, Pelham

Music or entertainment venue

Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St., Manchester
668-5588; www.palacetheatre.org

Musical Instruction

Manchester Community Music School
2291 Elm St., Manchester
644-4548; www.mcmusicschool.org

Greater Manchester: Bedford Youth Performing Company
155 Route 101, Bedford
472-3894; www.bypc.org

Greater Nashua: Nashua Community Music School
5 Pine St. Ext., Nashua
881-7030; www.nashuacms.org

Greater Concord: Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St., Concord
228-1196; www.ccmusicschool.org


St. Joseph OB/GYN Associates of Southern NH
Hudson and Merrimack locations

Greater Manchester: Bedford Commons OB/GYN
201 Riverway Place, Bedford

Concord Obstetrics and Gynecology
250 Pleasant St., Concord
225-2711; www.concordhospital.org

Greater Nashua: Full Circle Midwifery Care
168 Kinsley St., Nashua
595-3951; www.fullcirclemidwifery.com


Lindner Dental Associates
72 So. River Road, Bedford
624-3900; www.lindnerdental.com

Greater Manchester: Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics
113 Mammoth Road, Manchester
623-8003; www.nhorthodontics.com

Greater Nashua: Elliott Orthodontics
27 Loop Road, Merrimack
424-1199; www.elliottorthodontics.com

Concord Pediatric Dentistry
248 Pleasant St., Suite 1700, Concord
224-1929; www.concordpediatrics.com

Party entertainment or entertainer

Wildlife Encounters
923-1168; www.weecocenter.com

Pediatric Dentist

Concord Pediatric Dentistry
16 Foundry St., Suite 101, Concord
224-3339; www.concordpediatricdentistry.com

Lakes Region: Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region
369 Hounsell Ave., Gilford
527-2500; www.childrensdentistnh.com

Greater Manchester: Lindner Dental Associates
72 South River Road, Bedford
624-3900; www.lindnerdental.com

Greater Salem: Haas Dental Associates
4 Manchester Ave., Derry
434-1586; www.haasdental.com


900 Degrees
50 Dow St., Manchester
641-0900; www.900degrees.com

Greater Nashua: Lui Lui (Greater Nashua)
259 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua

Greater Concord: Constantly Pizza
39 South Main St., Concord
224-9366; www.constantlypizza.net

Lakes Region: Tilton House of Pizza
298 Main St., Tilton
286-7181; www.tiltonhouseofpizza.com

Seacoast: La Festa Brick & Brew
300 Central Ave., Dover

Greater Manchester: Pizza Man of Hooksett
254 West River Road Hooksett

Regional chain: Sal’s Pizza
7 NH locations

Place for Arts and Crafts

Muse Paintbar
42 Hanover St., Manchester
421-6500; www.musepaintbar.com

Multi-location: You’re Fired
Bedford, Salem, Concord

Place to Buy a Family Car

Manchester, Nashua, Plaistow, Stratham locations

Restaurant for Date Night

Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
58 Route 27, Raymond
244-2431; www.thetuckaway.com

Greater Manchester: The Copper Door
15 Leavy Drive, Bedford
488-2677; www.copperdoor.com

Multi-location: The Common Man

Scenic Outdoor Adventure

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
1712 Lost River Road, North Woodstock
745-8031; www.lostrivergorge.com

Spa Day for Mom

Serendipity Day Spa
23 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke
229-0400; www.serendipitydayspa.com

Greater Manchester: Chill Spa
1224 Hanover St., Manchester
622-3722; www.chillspa.com

Lakes Region: The Common Man Inn & Spa
21 Water St., Claremont

Greater Nashua: Innovations The Salon & Spa
228 Naticook Road, Merrimack
880-7499; www.innovationsnh.com

Seacoast: Wingate Salon and Spa
139 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham
772-8400; www.wingatespa.com

Sporting Event for Families

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Swing sets and outdoor play systems

16 Route 125, Kingston
642-4500; www.swings-n-things-countrystore.com

Urgent or Immediate Care Center

Milford Medical Center — St. Joseph Hospital
444 Nashua St., Milford
673-3014; www.stjosephhospital.com

Greater Manchester: Elliot Urgent Care at River’s Edge
185 Queen City Ave., Manchester
663-3000; www.elliothospital.org

Greater Concord: Concord Hospital’s Walk-In Urgent Care Center
60 Commercial St., Concord
230-1200; www.concordhospital.org

Greater Nashua: Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire
112 Spit Brook Road, Nashua
577-2273; www.shealth.org

Multi-location: ConvenientMD Urgent Care

Water Park

Water Country
2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
427-1111; www.watercountry.com




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