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Your favorite places to eat, shop, and play!

BEST CHILDREN'S STORES

Infant Toys
TOYS "R" US
"The Worldwide Authority on Kids,
Family and Fun"
Multiple locations


Educational Toys
THE GREAT BIG TOY BOX
"We're full of the best toys for your child's future"
835-2627 Edina


Best Games
GAMES BY JAMES
"Games for all ages"
Multiple locations


Best Toy Store
CREATIVE KIDSTUFF
"Whimsical, Wonderful, and Wildy
Imaginative Playthings!"
5 locations

MULTI-MEDIA


Best Overall Bookstore
BARNES & NOBLE
"Booksellers Since 1873"
Multiple locations


Selection of Children's Books
THE RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP
"Children's Books, Etc."
St. Paul, MN
224-8320


Selection of Kids' Software
BEST BUY
"Now That's a great deal!"
Multiple locations


T.V. Station - Family Programming
KTCA/CHANNEL 2
"Twin Cities Public Television"


Radio Station
RADIO DISNEY
"We're all ears"


Video Store
BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO
"Go Home Happy"
Multiple locations


Music Store Children's Recordings
SAM GOODY
"Goody Got It"
Multiple locations

JUST FOR MOM AND DAD

Beauty Salon - Spa
SPALON MONTAGE
"Twin Cities Best Spa and Salon"
Edina
915-2900


Restaurant
STUART ANDERSON'S CATTLE COMPANY
"Voted America's #1 Steakhouse"
6 Restaurants in the Twin Cities


Bed and Breakfast
SCHUMACHER'S INN
"Historic European Hotel & Restaurant"
New Prague 758-2133


Jewelery Store
HELZBERG DIAMONDS
"If It Comes From The Heart, Shouldn't It
Come From Helzberg Diamonds?"
Multiple locations


Florist
BACHMAN'S
"Helping make your life beautiful"
21 metro area locations


Clothing Store
DAYTON'S
Multiple locations


Health Club
LIFE TIME FITNESS
9 Twin Cities locations
947-0003


Bank
NORWEST
"Banking to the Nth degree"
Multiple locations


Mini-Van
DODGE CARAVAN


Family Car
FORD TAURUS

CLOTHING

Department Store: Children's Department
KOHL'S
"That's More Like It"
Multiple locations


Infant & Toddler Clothes
NORDSTROM
Mall of America


School-Age Clothes
GAP
"Fall into the Gap"
Multiple locations


Teen Clothes
OLD NAVY
6 Twin Cities locations 1-800-OLD NAVY


Children's Shoes
STRIDE RITE
"Give Them The Best"
Multiple locations


Kids' Outerwear
JC PENNEY
Several Stores


Maternity Clothes
MATERNAL INSTINCTS
The Galleria, Edina 927-4527


Kids' Consignment
ONCE UPON A CHILD
"Kids' Stuff With Previous Experience"
11 metro locations

ENTERTAINMENT

Museum
MINNESOTA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Downtown St. Paul
225-6000


Live Theater
CHILDREN'S THEATRE COMPANY
Minneapolis 874-0400


Family Event or Festival
STATE FAIR
"The Ultimate in Summer Family Fun"
State Fairgrounds in St. Paul


Indoor Playground
EDINBOROUGH
Edina 893-9890

Local Performer(s) for Kids
TEDDY BEAR BAND
"You're in the Show!"
861-3570


Apple Orchard - Farm
EMMA KRUMBEES
"Home of Emma Krumbee's Restaurant, Bakery,
Orchard and Year-Round Family Fun"
Belle Plain 873-3006


Best Summer Camp - Program
YMCA
"We Build Strong Kids,
Strong Families, Strong Communities."
Call 292-4100 for the nearest location.


Best Place for Live Kids' Music
KNOTT'S CAMP SNOOPY
Mall of America 883-8600


Minnesota Resort
BREEZY POINT RESORT
"Minnesota's Family Resort"
Breezy Point, MN 1-800-328-2284

RESTAURANT

Top Price
KINCAID'S
"Steak Chop & Fish House"
Bloomington 921-2255


Medium Price
APPLEBEE'S
"Neighborhood Grill & Bar"
Multiple locations


Budget
MCDONALD'S
"Did Somebody Say McDonald's?"
Multiple locations

Coffee Shop
Caribou Coffee
"Life is short. Stay awake for it."
Multiple locations 1-888-CARIBOU

Ice Cream Shop
Dairy Queen
"Hot Eats/Cool Treats"
Multiple locations

Take-Out Restaurant
Leeann Chin
"Chinese Cuisine"
Multiple locations

Bakery
Wuollet Bakery
"Purveyors of good taste since 1944"
Multiple locations

Best Restaurant Food
T.G.I. FRIDAYS
"Everyday is Friday"
Multiple locations


Pizza
PAPA JOHN'S
"Better Ingredients. Better Pizza"
Call 688-PAPA for
the closest location


Restaurant for Breakfast
PERKINS FAMILY RESTAURANT AND BAKERY
"There's Always Something New Cooking at Perkins"
Multiple locations

Kids' Menu
SIDNEY'S
"Sidney's is proud to make the best, affordable"
Multiple locations


EATING TOGETHER


Bagel Shop
BRUEGGER'S FRESH BAGEL BAKERY
"Totally, completely obsessed with freshness"
Multiple locations


Deli
BYERLY'S
"Best Twin Cities Deli"
11 Twin Cities locations


Health Food Store
GNC
"Total Health Stores"
Multiple locations


Grocery Store
CUB FOODS
"Low Price Leader"
30 Twin Cities locations

FAMILY RETAILERS

Bike Shop
PENN CYCLE
"Minnesota's #1 Choice For Bikes"
Multiple locations


Musical Instruments
SCHMITT MUSIC
"America's Favorite Stores for People Who Love to Make Music"
Multiple locations


Shopping Center - Area
MALL OF AMERICA
"There's a Place for Fun in Your Life"
Bloomington, MN 883-8800


Camping & Sporting Goods Store
GALYAN'S TRADING COMPANY
"Are You Serious About Your Sports? We Are!"
731-0200, Woodbury,
869-0200, Richfield,
525-0200, Minnetonka


Arts & Crafts Store
MICHAEL'S ARTS AND CRAFTS STORE
Multiple locations


Furniture Store
SLUMBERLAND FURNITURE
"Wake Up To What's New"
Multiple locations


Childrens Furniture
TREASURE'S ISLAND
"Your Dearest Treasures Are Your Children"
927-7913 Minneapolis
454-6625 Eagan


Garden Center
FRANK'S NURSERY AND CRAFTS
Multiple locations


Pet Supplies
PETSMART
"Where Pets Are Family"
Multiple locations


Party Supplies
PAPER WAREHOUSE
"Party More, Spend Less"
Multiple locations


Eyewear
VISION WORLD
21 Twin Cities locations


Adult Consignment
NULOOK CONSIGNMENT
"Women's, Children's and Maternity Fashions"
Minneapolis 925-0806
Store Where Kids Spend Their Own Money
TARGET STORES
Multiple locations


Hardware: Home Improvement
THE HOME DEPOT
"Minnesota's Home Improvement Warehouse"
7 locations in the Twin Cities

SERVICES

Day Care
KINDERCARE
"Learning Centers, Inc."
1-800-707-7979 for a center near you


Hourly Child Care
CLUBKID
"An Hourly Child Care Adventure"
Burnsville 435-6263,
Edina 831-1055,
Minnetonka 545-1979,
Roseville 631-1492


Haircuts for Children
GREAT CLIPS
Multiple locations


Children's Portraits
PROEX
"Photo & Portrait"
Call 882-1111 for a Proex near you


Party Destination
CIRCUS PIZZA
"Nobody Throws a Birthday Party Like Circus Pizza"
Multiple locations


Music Instruction
MACPHAIL
"Center for the Arts"
Minneapolis, MN 321-0100


Best Lactation Consultant
MOTHERS MILK
"Your Baby Deserves Mothers Milk"
925-0988
424-5378
944-3435

 
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