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Have a slice with extra cheese at Al's Pizza

It’s a proven fact that kids can survive on three basic food items—chicken fingers, French fries and cheese pizza. Apparently, when kids get a hankering for cheesy gooey goodness, they ask their parents to take them to Al’s Pizza (several First Coast locations), home to the Best Cheese Pizza.

Functional strollers, stylish diaper bags, maternity wear and adorably chic nursery décor make Lulu’s (4413 Town Center Pkwy., 381-4843) at the St. Johns Town Center the Best Baby Gift Store, for mom and baby alike.

Kids love bouncing around at Pump It Up (11840 Beach Blvd., 646-1441), and parents love it, too—mostly because their kids come home tired. The party packages make it an easy choice for the Best Birthday Party Location.

Parents of finicky eaters know Chick-fil-A (various locations) serves the Best Chicken Fingers and Fries in town. No argument from us.

Target (various locations) consistently offers affordable, functional, and, best of all, cute threads, making it the region’s Best Children’s Clothing Store.

The Museum of Science and History (1025 Museum Cir., 396-6674) makes learning fun. Planetarium shows and hands-on exhibits are just a couple of reasons MOSH was voted the Best Family Rainy Day Destination in the city.

St. Augustine is a nearby destination for Jacksonville’s Best Family Weekend Getaway—the Oldest City boasts miles of beaches, casual eateries, landmarks like the Castillo de San Marcos and lots of kitschy shopping on St. George Street.

Let the kids eat with their hands at Taco Lu Baja Mexicana (1183 Beach Blvd., 249-8226) in Jacksonville Beach, voted Best Family-Friendly Restaurant. Rest easy knowing the food is fresh and staff is friendly (and that margaritas are always available—for the parents, that is).

Great Clips (various locations) provides the Best Haircuts for Kids, whether it’s baby’s first or a quick appointment before picture day at school. It’s cheap and there’s usually one nearby.

Susan Hanson and Christina LeMarr of Sentimental Visions Photography (655-9310, sentimentalvisions.com) know and understand that kids grow up fast. They capture fleeting childhood moments beautifully, capturing the Best Photographers title in the process.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (370 Zoo Parkway, 757-4463) brings kids face-to-face with wild, exotic and endangered animals, making it the Best Place to Run Wild. Plus, they’ve got a carousel and a cool train ride that circles the whole park.

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