Before you head into Toys R Us, take a moment and remember there are a handful of mom and pop toy stores that are waaaay better and deserve our business. These New York City shops are some of the best in the city. Trust me. I have twins.
These folks ain't kidding around when it comes to Kidding Around. This NYC toy store landmark is charming and small town. What better vibe could a kid ask for? Oh, and their merchandise is top notch and very affordable.
You don't have to a newborn baby to enjoy some of the fantastic items this shop has to offer. From scooters to rattles to tween board games, this place does not disappoint! There is something here for all age groups... even you, if you're comfortable enough in your own old skin to admit you still like to play with dolls.
Unlike Toys R Us, you won't have a stroke upon entering this quaint, neighborhood children's shop. It is stocked with the best, most beautifully well made toys along with incredibly educational games and books. Your kids will love you... for that day, at least.
I love love love a store that can occupy your child while you shop. There are games, toys, scooters and train sets for your tots to amuse themselves with while you shop for more games, toys, scooters and train sets.
I wish I had a room in my apartment that was the exact replica of this quaint little toy shop. This is where I picture Geppetto living and working if he lived in NYC today. There are the perfect blend of books and toys to make any kid or parent leap with joy!
Just because you're a parent now doesn't mean you have to lose your cool... meaning your kid ain't losing it for you. This place offers the best in children's clothing, toys, games and music for the "hip" New York City parent. Before you know it your kid's friends will be referring to you as "the cool one."
While this isn't your typical "toy store" you'd be surprised by how many high-end toys they offer as well as pampering items for mama. Personally, I love their mobiles and puzzles. You might have to shell out a couple more bucks than you would at Toys R Us... but this is quality stuff that can be passed down to generations to come.
This Upper West side shop does double duty when it comes to your shopping experience. Not only will you leave with that musical book you've always wanted, but some of your proceeds will be donated to The Children's Aid Society. We love this place! Every business should take their lead.
This charming mom and pop shop has a wide array of eco-friendly clothing and toys. The staff is super sweet and helpful which is always a plus when trying to find that perfect gift for your picky cousin's 3 year old "princess."
Who wants their home invaded by those cheap plastic toys that fall apart after two weeks pf play? Not me. Not you. Well, here's a toy shop that specializes in natural, eco-friendly wooden toys. Not only does your little one love playing with these toys, but they are not an eye sore to you and your guests. In fact, these toys are so pleasant to admire, you might find yourself displaying them even after your kid leaves the house.
This is like a dream wonderland for kids. Located on the second floor of a pharmacy, you feel like you're the only one who has discovered this secret gem. Your kid will love you that much more for having brought him/her here. After rall they have a train set to play with.