Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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Best Party Supplies
READERS, UPSTATE | Fulton Party & Paper Company
1006 W. 27th St., Wilmington, 594-0400
READERS, DOWNSTATE | The Paper Factory
36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, No. 1610, Rehoboth Beach, 226-0403
Best Place for a Kid’s Party
READERS, UPSTATE | Hockessin Athletic Club
100 Fitness Way, Hockessin, 239-6688
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Kids Cottage
35448 Wolfeneck Road, Lewes, 644-7690
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Bowlerama
3031 New Castle Ave., New Castle, 654-0263
Even kids who hate to bowl love Bowlerama. Its Kid Zone pulsates with a cool arcade, and parents love affordable party plans that include pizza or hot dogs, arcade tickets for each kid and 75 minutes of bowling. That comes out to about two games—just enough to tire the munchkins.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | XBOS
456 W. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 653-1800
Birthday packages at XBOS Family Fun Center are reasonably priced. Activities include regular and cosmic bowling, umpteen video games and a range of soft-play units (they resemble giant Habitrails) that let kids climb, crawl and hang out to their heart’s content. A recent addition: Roller Racers—$3 for an all-day wristband.
Best Place to Drive a Go Kart
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix
4060 N. Dupont Hwy., No. 11, New Castle, 656-5278
The European-style track at Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix is indoors, so weather won’t affect racing, whether it’s by 8-year-old birthday partiers or corporate-types on team-building exercises. The facility provides safety gear. It also features an electronic scoring system so all can see race standings, lap speeds and other stats. Karts approach 40 mph on the straights. Yee-haw.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Midway Speedway Park
18645 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 644-2042
Some of the karts at Midway are painted like NASCAR racers. But did you know there are 10 styles of karts and five tracks, including two for young drivers? Outlaw Sprint Karts are fastest. Super Stock Mini-Cup Karts zip around a high-banked oval, like a mini-Monster Mile. Then there’s the over-under Super-8 track with two-seat karts for parents and kids, and a kiddie dune buggy track. Cool.
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