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Editors’ Choice


Kids are always celebrated at this classic New England seaside restaurant, right from the entrance, papered with coloring pages from the weekly contest that scores a coupon for a free meal. Tuesdays, kids eat free with a paying adult, but the main attraction is on Fridays, when Jason Willinger travels from table to table, performing sleight-of-hand, passing out neon-glow necklaces, and crafting engaging balloon animals. It’s perched on the edge of Long Beach—let the kids chase the seagulls before and after dinner.

2B Wilson Rd., Nahant, 781-593-7500,


Readers’ Choice

Flatbread Company

The first location into what has grown to a 14-restaurant empire, this wholesome pizzeria fascinates kids with its massive wood-fired oven and bits of dough to play with.

5 Market Sq., Amesbury, 978-834-9800,