Kids
1994 Readers Poll
1994 Critics Picks
Best Baby Presents

Pregnant with prenatal and post-partum paraphernalia.

Expecting the Best
3900 N. Lamar
512/452-2438

Best Branch Library

Though most of our branches provide excellent programming for kids, the downtown location wins out -- its sheer size alone makes it the best candidate, allowing for the widest variety of activities to pique any youngster's interest. Events are scheduled throughout the year, but summer is definitely the best time to check them out.

Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina
512/974-1010
www.austintexas.gov/library

Best Children's Bookstore

Ethnically diverse, politically correct, but above all else: fun, fun, fun.

Toad Hall
1206 W. 38th, Ste. 1101
512/323-2665

Best Children's Clothing

The most fashionable way to put a gap in your wallet.

The Gap
Gap Kids, Barton Creek Square, 512/328-6288
2354 Guadalupe, 512/482-0355
Gap Kids, Highland Mall, 512/452-5440
Gap Kids, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., 512/257-1774

Best Children's Entertainer

We sure had a hard time tracking her down. Consider yourself in on a well-kept, if popular, secret.

Best Children's Musician

He can lift you up with his elevator song or bring you down with the tune of the sad cow (moo-hoo!).

Joe McDermott
339-9528
www.joemcdermottmusic.com

Best Children's Resale Clothing

When you're between paychecks and Gap Kids is out of the question.

Between Friends
8108 Mesa
512/346-1656

Best Children's Shoe Store

Aspiring Imelda Marcoses must trot their wee peds right on down to this land o' shoes.

Sandy's Shoes & Toys
2525 W. Anderson, Bldg. 1, #150
512/452-8697
www.fb.com/sandysshoes

Best Children's Video Selection

This just in: the French dubbed Return of Jafar with English subtitles for beginning readers everywhere.

Blockbuster
1112-A N. Lamar
512/440-7710
www.blockbuster.com/

Best Place To Have A B-day Party

For something like six bucks a kid, you can kick back, let the monsters raise a little hell, and, get this: you don't have to clean up.

Pandemonium Playland
502 E. Highland Mall Blvd
512/452-9800

Best Playscape

We sort of miss playing the war zone game now that the fence is down, but we can't deny that there are lots of cool options.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
512/974-6700
www.austintexas.gov

Best Swimming Spot

What's it all about? Algae. More butt-bruising fun than any store-bought Slip'n'Slide.

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
512/867-3080
www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

David Brendan Hall

Best Toy Store For Kids

For those who prefer gentle giraffe mascots over gigantic rats with buck teeth.

Toys R Us
4025 Capital of Texas Hwy.
512/441-7216

Best Way To Spend A Lazy Afternoon

Aw, Chuck E. Cheese, don't feel so put out - even you have to admit the new playscape is fabulous.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
512/974-6700
www.austintexas.gov

 
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