Faire Stories Entertainment is home to interactive musical theater for kids. Each performance features original music and unexpected twists on traditional fairy tales, creating immersive, complete shows and experiences. The visits available range from simple character visits, to meet and greets, to full-on interactive musicals that involve a variety of characters, including princesses, pilots, Santas and historical characters.
Voted Best New England Restaurant, Best Service, and Most Romantic Restaurant by Valley Advocate, Chandler's Restaurant bursts with a spectacular array of traditional New England surf ‘n’ turf. Dinner diners can ease into a seasonal menu with the local-goat-cheese plate, featuring toasty doubloons of crostini, augmented with caramel apple, fruit preserve, and walnut pesto ($12). Culinary artists bind a variety of locally sourced produce and meats into miraculous entree options, which include traditional New England bouillabaisse ($30), a miniature ocean of tomato, saffron, and butter broth, dotted with islands of clams and mussels, and lapping at a golden garlic-toast shore, where a fresh fillet of fish basks, slathered in lobster aioli. Lunching mouths can discuss the benefits of collecting cocktail umbrellas while tasting the menu's BBC beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips ($14.50) or an armada of sandwiches, from the Pilgrim, a mound of roast turkey breast festooned with sage dressing and cranberry sauce ($9), to the house-smoked pastrami reuben ($10.50).
Behind Magical Child's enchanting green and gold, Main Street–esque storefront, sunlight floods shelves of educational and imagination-stimulating toys, books, and games. Towering stuffed animals peer down on train sets—the way Clifford the Dog peers down on real trains—and puzzles from Melissa and Doug, alongside packages of Legos and Hasbro board games. A cornucopia of colorful wares permeates the shop, in which eyes can turn in no direction without meeting the glare of an alluring item. Racks of gently used clothing outfit children of up to 6 years of age, and a selection of more mature gag gifts and brainteasers grants older patrons diversion from humdrum office lives and asparagus-steaming socials.
At The Pottery Paintin' Place, ceramic renderings of Darth Vader and Princess Leia join mugs, plates, and piggy banks atop a series of shelves. Visiting artists pluck one of these achromatic items from its waiting place before coating it in a colorful design and handing it off to a staff member, who fires it in the on-site kiln. Each piece of art emerges from the kiln able to withstand ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, and most apocalypses.
The shop's master potter, Brian Murphy, further encourages artistic expression with pottery-throwing courses, during which participants design their own ceramic creations. The newly expanded party area holds up to 24 painters, who can partake in refreshments brought from home during one- to two-hour celebrations. On-site summer camps and after-school programs cater to the younger crowd with tie-dyeing, glass-fusing, beading, and homework-torching.
Bender's Mattress PhD lulls bodies to sleep on a fleet of brand-name mattresses and pillows. Taxonomize sheep atop a selection of Innomax pillows ($17+) or avoid cricks with a Tempur-Pedic neck pillow ($89). Customers no longer content to swaddle themselves in tinfoil at bedtime can try the Classic full ($199) or Caress twin ($199) mattresses. Memory foam mattresses ($339+) conform to individual bodily impressions, and specific Tempur-Pedic mattresses ($1,299+) earned an ease-of-use commendation by the Arthritis Foundation and ranked a Consumers Digest Best Buy.