Whether you’re five years old or simply a kid at heart, nothing beats a trip to the toy store. In today’s consumer driven society it’s often difficult to find a place where you can not only shop but spend a little bit of time browsing and simply having fun. We’ve searched the world for some of the best toy stores in existence and present them to you in the hopes that you will enjoy them as much as we have!
FAO Schwarz – New York City, New York
Remember the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks? When Tom’s character suddenly grows up he has no other choice but to learn to adapt in the adult world, but that didn’t stop him from taking a trip to Toys R Us, where he played with whatever he could get his hands on. He ended his visit with a song and dance on the largest keyboard in the world – built right into the floor!
FAO Schwarz is perhaps one of the most famous toy stores in the city of New York. Founded by Frederick August Otto Schwarz and his three brothers, the concept for the store was created almost 150 years ago.
Children of all ages enjoy running around the New York FAO Schwarz store, located right in the heart of famous Fifth Avenue. It’s here that you’ll find everything you could possibly imagine, from dolls to action figures, games to science projects, and even eco-friendly alternatives.
Inside most FAO Schwarz stores you’ll also find a handful of incredible “Build-Your-Own” workshops where you can create Muppet Whatnots, monsters, and your own dolls. FAO Schwarz has activities and toys to occupy boys and girls from all walks of life!
The LEGO Store – Chicago, Illinois
As a child I remember spending hours on the floor after a holiday trying to piece together elaborate cities and displays made out of nothing but Legos. The folks at LEGO must have a set of geniuses on staff at all time, because the new kits they come up with constantly amaze both children and adults alike.
Chicago’s dedicated LEGO store can be found in Westfield Shoppingtown. To celebrate the grand opening of the store, LEGO staff and area children worked together to construct an incredible mural of the Chicago City skyline.
Visitors to the LEGO store will enjoy browsing the hundreds of themed products, stopping at incredible LEGO workstations, and viewing the pre-constructed LEGO creations. Buy a custom set or create your own masterpiece. The sky’s the limit with LEGOs.
Ambassador Toys – San Francisco, California
Ambassador Toys was founded in 1997 with a unique goal and purpose. Every toy designed and sold by this incredible company is designed to educate children about other cultures while teaching them respect for others.
With four stores in California, two of which are in the San Francisco area, Ambassador Toys has had a significant impact on the community. The Guardian even awarded them with the “Best Toy Store You Wish Had Been Around When You Were a Kid” award in their 25th anniversary edition.
You name it and Ambassador Toys probably has it. There are hundreds of entertaining options including action figures, arts and crafts, bikes, books, dolls, foreign language toys, kites, puppets, science sets, and tons more!
The Fun-est Toy Store Ever! – Ephrata, PA
Yes, the name is correct. In Ephrata, PA you’ll find The Fun-est Toy Store Ever, stocked wall to wall with toys for children of all ages, including newborns and toddlers. It’s here that you’ll find toys from some of today’s most popular lines, including Thomas & Friends, Webkinz, Playmobil, and more.
So what really makes this store special? There aren’t too many stores that encourage children to come in and play, let alone linger and stay. The Fun-est Toy Store Ever will be happy to host your next birthday party, rending their party room for as many hours as you’d like to stay. They’ll help you get things rolling by providing you with a couple of themed activities and then leave the rest up to you.
Make sure you say hello to Swizzles when you stop by. This lovely duck lives right at the store and is always looking for a few kids to share his toys with!
Toys R Us – New York City, New York
Inside this enormous store you’ll find a number of themed areas. Little girls will love shopping for accessories in Barbie’s Dollhouse while little boys will have a blast hunting for treasures with T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Don’t want to spend all day shopping? Try taking a ride on the spectacular 60-foot indoor ferris wheel!
Older children and teens particularly will enjoy a trip to the “R” zone. Filled with all things electronic, they’ll be sure to find their favorite video games, music, and DVDs.
Toys are meant to be enjoyed. No matter what toy store you visit you should be able to touch, try, and play with samples while enjoying your time with your children. Visit one of these incredible toy stores and you’re sure to have an unforgettable time!