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2016 Family Favorites – Services & Shopping

You’re way too busy to waste valuable time schlepping around town searching for the best shops and services for your family. With these parent-approved picks, we take the guesswork out of everything as small as haircuts and as critical as estate plan

5 Kid’s Apps Colorado Parents Love

1. Early Learning Academy

2. Endless Reader

3. PBSKids

4. Reading Rainbow

5. Starfall

Birthday Parties

Top Five

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Gymboree Play & Music

Royal Princess Parties of Colorado

Wands and Wishes

The Winner

Royal Princess Parties of Colorado

720-982-0045 |

Royal Princess Parties of Colorado brings your child’s favorite characters to life with visits from performers dressed in theatrical quality attire. It’s not all princesses, by the way; in addition to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the Mermaid Princess, you”ll have dozens of superheroes and mascots to choose from. Visits start at $80, and include meet and greets, make-up or tattoo sessions, photos and a song.

Children’s New Clothing Store

Top Five

Crazy 8


Hanna Andersson

Nest Children’s Boutique

The Children’s Place

The Winner


Three metro locations

877-449-6932 |

From dressy duds to comfortable play clothes, swimwear, sleepwear and accessories, local moms go to Gymboree for variety, value and, of course, style. Hip, quality clothes are sold in sizes newborn through 12. If you’re looking for a steal, don’t miss the Gymboree outlet in the Colorado Mills shopping center.

Estate Planning & Wills

Top Five

Laura A. Mathews Law, P.C.

Law Office of David Urban, P.C.

Law Office of Lyndsey Richard

Paladin Law

Wills & Wellness Estate Planning

The Winner

Law Office of David Urban, P.C.

44 Cook St., Suite 100, Denver

303-780-7355 |

An estate plan is bigger than a will — it’s a seamless coordination of plans and documents detailing medical decisions, guardian appointments and more. It’s David Urban’s client-centered approach that attracts our readers to his law office, where the solo practitioner focuses on an array of interrelated practice areas that”ll help you and your family prepare for the future.

Family or Child Photographer

Top Five

Blue Pebble Studio

Crystal Spelic Photography

Mars Photography by Maria Sevostyanova

Sarah Renee Photography

Skipping Rocks Photography

The Winner

Sarah Renee Photography

303-619-8945 |

Photographer Sarah Renee is passionate about capturing the little moments that last a lifetime, and her formal training in photojournalism translates well to newborn, family and wedding photography. Sarah captures each client’s unique personality via fun and intimate photo shoots done on-location in the city, at clients” homes or in Sarah’s Denver studio.

Hair Salon for Kids

Top Five

Cool Cuts 4 Kids

Jack & Jill Children’s Salon

Little B’s Salon

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Sweet & Sassy Salon

The Winner

Cool Cuts 4 Kids

Six metro locations

800-345-7811 |

Cool Cuts 4 Kids makes the haircutting experience fun for kids and easy for parents. An expansive menu of services accommodates newbies and big kids alike; there’s even a special – and affordable – first haircut package. Trained stylists are prepared with a fully stocked arsenal of techniques for various temperaments as well as special needs, and movies and Xbox games are available when children need a distraction.

Home Furnishings

Top Five

American Furniture Warehouse


Renew Upscale Resale & The Blue Chair

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

Room & Board

The Winner


9800 E. IKEA Way, Centennial

888-888-4532 |

At IKEA, you aren’t just grabbing a Scandinavian-style end table for the living room; you’re embarking on an interactive shopping experience. From faux plants and affordable picture frames to couches, dining tables and bathroom sinks, this store stocks every home good imaginable. Children love romping around the kids section, where they can play with toys while you peruse bedroom and playroom displays.

Kid-Friendly Shopping Center

Top Five

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Colorado Mills

Flatiron Crossing

Park Meadows Mall

The Orchard Town Center

The Winner

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver

303-388-3900 |

Let your kiddos run around at the dinosaur-theme indoor playground, grab a chocolate-covered strawberry at Bissinger’s and hit a few stores – Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Gap and Nordstrom, for starters – before catching a flick at the AMC Cherry Creek 8 cinema, located inside the shopping center. With an array of fast food and upscale dining options, you”ll hardly go hungry while exploring this reader-approved mall.

Local Toy Store

Top Five

Beyond the Blackboard

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books

Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe

JAKE’s Toy Box

Timbuk Toys

The Winner

Timbuk Toys

Four metro locations |

Originally founded as an old-style toy store on a quiet street in a historic neighborhood, this local mom-owned shop has retained its charm while growing its brand. Readers appreciate the friendly atmosphere, superior customer service and sense of community. Kids of all ages like the hand-selected and thought-provoking toys; many of which are on the floor to sample.

Mom Getaway

Top Five

Glenwood Springs

Massage Green Spa in Highlands Ranch

Motion Fitness and Massage

TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon in Evergreen

The Broadmoor

The Winner

Motion Fitness and Massage

2570 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver and

5455 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge

Escape the daily grind with a killer workout at Motion Fitness and Massage; then after you sweat, unwind in one of two treatment rooms, where guests have access to a variety of acupuncture and massage services including a signature hot stone massage. Consider starting a nutritional challenge, too, by joining a private Facebook group centered around fitness and nutrition coaching.

Resale Clothing Shop or Event

Top Five*

Back on the Rack

Cotton Kids Consignment

Just Between Friends

Kid To Kid

Little Britches Kids Resale

Once Upon a Child

*Tie occurred in this category

The Winner

Just Between Friends Consignment Events

Four metro locations |

Savvy moms aren’t shy about stocking up on gently used clothes. Just Between Friends consignment events offer bargain shoppers steeply discounted and gently used maternity and children’s clothes, toys, baby equipment and gear. Check online for details on event dates, times and locations.

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