By Jesse Marx
By Chris Parker
By Jake Rossen
By Jesse Marx
By Michelle LeBow
By Alleen Brown
By Maggie LaMaack
By CP Staff
"Every day is Friday."
"Kids love McDonald's!
Kids rate McDonald's 'Most Favorite'
year after year."
"Pizza Hut pizza is a great-tasting food
the whole family can agree on.
We offer dine-in, carryout and delivery.
Pizza Hut pizza is fun to eat!"
Family Restaurant and Bakery
"There's always something new
cooking at Perkins."
"Neighborhood Grill & Bar"
Bruegger's Fresh Bagel Bakery
34 locations in the Twin Cities
"A wholesome staple for the home
and office, Bruegger's offers the highest quality, most authentic bagels available
in the Twin Cities."
Ice Cream Shop
"Visiting a Dairy Queen store is a family tradition. People grow up going to our stores and pass that tradition on to their own kids."
"Purveyors of good taste since 1944."
10 metro locations plus St. Cloud
"Being a Family Favorite means attention to details--it's making life a little easier, and shopping a little more fun."
Health Food Store/Co-op
South of the Franklin-Lyndale intersection
"For 25 years we've been a great place to come for food you know is fresh, delicious, and safe to feed your family. We offer the best in quality and we buy from local producers whenever possible. As a cooperative, we're a business that believes in community. Everyone is welcome to shop here and taste the co-op difference!"
Overall Family Bookstore
Barnes & Noble
"Families love our stores because we
provide a comfortable setting in which
to explore the world of books together
as a family. In addition to offering the
greatest selection of books for every
member of the family, we also create
exciting, fun-filled activities and appearances by everyone from nationally
touring children's authors to the
author down the street."
The Red Balloon Bookshop
"Children's Books, Etc."
Family TV Station
"Is it because Channel 2 is the only station whose bottom line is the enrichment of children's lives? Or that it's the number one television resource in Minnesota classrooms? Whatever the reason, it's nice to know Minnesota Parent readers appreciate what we work hard to do every day."
"We're all ears"
Video Rental Store
"Go home happy"
"Goody got it"
Family Web site
"A great family resource that includes local calendar information from your favorite local parenting publication, Minnesota Parent."
Just for Mom & Dad
(formerly known as the Horst salon)
6809 York Ave. S.
"Excellent services that nurture and replenish people. Phenomenal staff that truly cares about the customer, the environment, and one another!"
Restaurant for Romance
8400 Normandale Lake Blvd.
"Steak, Chop & Fish House"
Bed & Breakfast
406 Main St.
"Banking to the Nth degree"
Place to Buy Your Family Vehicle
Family Clothing Store
"Fall into the Gap"
"Thanks for voting us a Family Favorite!
Old Navy has great clothes at great prices for adults, kids, and baby. Old Navy makes shopping for the whole family fun and easy.
Call for the store nearest you."
"Give them the best"
Nu Look Consignment
4956 Penn Ave. S.
"Women's, children's, and maternity Fashions"
Once Upon A Child
"Kids' stuff with previous experience"
10 West Seventh St.
Seventh & Wabasha
Downtown St. Paul
"Minnesota Children's Museum is at the heart of where fun meets learning. It's where kids can touch, climb, push, pull, and press it all! Children ages six months through ten years and their adult guests can explore six galleries packed with
extraordinary hands-on adventures."
The Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Avenue S.
Minnesota State Fair
"The ultimate in summer family fun"
Local Kids' Entertainers
Teddy Bear Band
"You're in the show!"
"Home of Emma Krumbee's Restaurant, Bakery, Orchard and year-round family fun"
(612) 292-4100 for the nearest location
"We build strong kids, strong families,
Minnesota Resort/Vacation Spot
Breezy Point Resort
"We sincerely care about our guests and employees. The effort from our CEO to our busboys has proven to be the secret of our success."
Children's Toy Store
"Creative Kidstuff is a store full of wonder and excitement, and now also a national
mail-order catalog. At all of our stores you'll
discover thousands of imaginative playthings
to touch your child's heart, hands, and mind. Imaginative. Fun. Playful.
Endlessly and wildly creative."
Games By James
"Board games to play with family
Overall Toy Store
"We believe our business is built one
customer at a time, and we are committed to making each and every customer happy!"
"Where love and learning grow"
Best Children's Haircuts
"Ten thousand kids a month would tell you
it's because of the great time that they have had
at Kid's Hair. Their parents would say it's because they can't believe how cute their child looks
with a real, professional cut from a children's
specialist. We think that it's because we love
our clients so much."
Best Children's Portraits
(612) 882-1111 for the location nearest you
"Photo & Portrait"
Best Place for Kids' Birthday Parties
"After 19 years and over 250,000 birthdays, we know how to throw a party! The latest,
greatest games, the best prizes, terrific food, and more! That's why more kids and parents love Circus Pizza for birthdays!"
Best Music Instruction
for the Arts
1128 LaSalle Avenue
"As the second largest community music school in the nation, MacPhail can offer the best music instructors, classes and ensembles to kids and grown-ups of all ages."
Best Computer Repair
The Geek Squad
1213 Washington Ave. N.
Kids' Theater Instruction
Stages Theatre Company
(formerly Child's Play Theatre)
1111 Main Street
"We have been providing kids throughout the state of Minnesota with exceptional theater programming since 1984. All of our programs are run by the area's finest theater artists. We are wholeheartedly committed to the enrichment and education of youth and children in a professional theater environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth."
"Free childcare for kids 12 and under; great kids classes and events; summer camps and Adventure Days; Red Cross swimming lessons; rock climbing, kayak, and scuba instruction."
Erik's Bike Shop
multiple metro locations
"Since 1977, Erik's Bike Shop makes cycling with the youngsters fun. Choices abound, from Minnesota's largest selection of DYNO BMX to trail-a-bikes and Burley Child Trailers. All bikes receive a free Lifetime Parts Warranty."
Musical Instruments Shop
multiple metro locations
"Everything in music! Best selection of
the best brands. Quality instruments, personal
service, convenient locations.
Budget-conscious purchase plans.
Family-owned and -operated since 1896."
Sporting Goods Store
Arts and Crafts Store
Michael's Arts and Crafts Store
Family Furniture Store
"Wake up to what's new!"
"Helping make your life beautiful"
"Because pet lovers read Family Favorites"
Party Supply Store
"Party more, spend less"
"Put your Pearles on"
"What makes the Home Depot a Family Favorite? The store's low prices, convenient hours and guaranteed customer satisfaction."
"Best Buy has a wide variety of consumer
electronics for every member of the family. We improve people's lives by making technology and entertainment products affordable and easy to use."