Family Favorites Readers Picks



Family Friendly

T.G.I. Friday's

multiple locations

"Every day is Friday."


Cheap Eats


multiple locations

"Kids love McDonald's!
Kids rate McDonald's 'Most Favorite'
year after year."

Best Pizza

Pizza Hut

multiple locations

(651) 488-8888

"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

multiple locations

"There's always something new
cooking at Perkins."


Kids' Menu


multiple locations

"Neighborhood Grill & Bar"


Bagel Shop

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

Dairy Queen

multiple locations

(612) 830-0204

"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."



Wuollet Bakery

multiple locations

"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

The Wedge

South of the Franklin-Lyndale intersection


(612) 871-3993

"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!"

Grocery Store


Cub Foods

multiple locations


"Low-Price Leader"

Overall Family Bookstore

Barnes & Noble

multiple locations

"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."

Children's Books

The Red Balloon Bookshop

St. Paul

(651) 224-8320

"Children's Books, Etc."


Family TV Station


(Channel 2)

"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."


Radio Station

Radio Disney
(1440 AM)

"We're all ears"


Video Rental Store

Blockbuster Video

multiple locations

"Go home happy"


CD Store

Sam Goody

multiple locations

"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

Beauty Salon/Spa

Juut Salonspa
(formerly known as the Horst salon)

6809 York Ave. S.


(612) 925-4343

"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.


(612) 921-2255

"Steak, Chop & Fish House"


Bed & Breakfast

St. James Hotel

406 Main St.

Red Wing

(651) 388-2846




multiple locations

"Banking to the Nth degree"


Place to Buy Your Family Vehicle


multiple locations

Family Clothing Store



Target Stores

multiple locations


Infant/Toddler Clothes

The Gap

multiple locations

"Fall into the Gap"


School-Age Clothes

Old Navy

multiple locations


"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."


Children's Shoes

Stride Rite

multiple locations

"Give them the best"


Maternity Clothes

Motherhood Maternity

Ridgedale Mall



Mall of America



Adult Consignment

Nu Look Consignment

4956 Penn Ave. S.


(612) 925-0806

"Women's, children's, and maternity Fashions"


Kids' Consignment

Once Upon A Child

multiple locations

"Kids' stuff with previous experience"




Children's Museum

10 West Seventh St.

Seventh & Wabasha

Downtown St. Paul

(612) 225-6000

"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."


Live Theater

The Children's Theatre Company

2400 Third Avenue S.


(612) 874-0400


Family Event/Festival

Minnesota State Fair

State Fairgrounds

St. Paul

"The ultimate in summer family fun"



Como Zoo/Park

St. Paul


Local Kids' Entertainers

Teddy Bear Band

"You're in the show!"

(612) 861-3570


Apple Orchard/Farm

Emma Krumbee's

Belle Plain

(612) 873-3006

"Home of Emma Krumbee's Restaurant, Bakery, Orchard and year-round family fun"


Summer Camp/Program


(612) 292-4100 for the nearest location

"We build strong kids, strong families,
strong communities."


Minnesota Resort/Vacation Spot

Breezy Point Resort

Breezy Point

(218) 562-4204

"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

Infant Toys

Babies "R" Us

multiple locations


Educational Toys

Creative Kidstuff

multiple locations

"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

multiple locations

"Board games to play with family
and friends"



Overall Toy Store

Toys "R" Us

multiple locations

"We believe our business is built one
customer at a time, and we are committed to making each and every customer happy!"

Best Daycare

New Horizon

multiple locations

"Where love and learning grow"


Best Children's Haircuts

Kid's Hair

multiple locations

"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


multiple locations

(612) 882-1111 for the location nearest you

"Photo & Portrait"


Best Place for Kids' Birthday Parties

Circus Pizza

multiple locations

(612) 593-2770

"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

MacPhail Center
for the Arts

1128 LaSalle Avenue


(612) 321-0100

"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.


(612) 343-4335


Kids' Theater Instruction

Stages Theatre Company
(formerly Child's Play Theatre)

Hopkins Center for the Arts

1111 Main Street


(612) 979-1123

"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."


Breastfeeding Resource

La Leche League

multiple locations


Family Retailers

Health Club

Lifetime Fitness

multiple locations

(612) 947-9000

"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."


Bike Shop

Erik's Bike Shop

multiple metro locations

(612) 869-BIKE

"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

Schmitt Music

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


multiple locations


Arts and Crafts Store

Michael's Arts and Crafts Store

multiple locations


Family Furniture Store

Slumberland Furniture

multiple locations

"Wake up to what's new!"


Garden Center


multiple locations

"Helping make your life beautiful"


Pet Store


multiple locations

"Because pet lovers read Family Favorites"


Party Supply Store

Paper Warehouse

multiple locations

"Party more, spend less"


Eyewear Shop

Pearle Vision

multiple locations

"Put your Pearles on"


Hardware/Home Improvement Center

The Home Depot

multiple locations

"What makes the Home Depot a Family Favorite? The store's low prices, convenient hours and guaranteed customer satisfaction."


Electronics Store

Best Buy

multiple locations

(612) 941-2000

"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."

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