Boomerang Toys

Boomerang Toys

With recently opened stores at Staten Island and the World Financial Center, Boomerang Toys has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Specializing in a wide range of educational and creatively inspiring toys for children; expect to find wall-to-wall boxes of city-scape puzzles, Crayola sets and crafting supplies guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing. Expect a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the multifarious range of traditional train sets, dolls and building blocks on display.

Kidding Around

Kidding Around

Winner of New York Magazine’s Best Indie Store 2009, Kidding Around sets itself apart from its behemoth counterparts with an emphasis upon tradition and creativity. This privately owned store is geared toward the kinds of costumes, playhouses and building games that inspire children, rather than placate them. With an extensive $5 and under range, you’re guaranteed to find something appropriate for kids of any age.

Halloween Adventure MegaStore

Halloween Adventure MegaStore

From the latest Twilight inspired get-up to the Toy Story character outfits; Halloween Adventure Megastore in the heart of New York has it all. Primarily geared toward the Halloween and festive season, the store has become affiliated with the widest collection of fancy dress, theatrical and niche costumes on the planet. Prepare to be transported as soon as you step through the robust doors of this fantasy adventure land where staff swoop past on broomsticks, and checkout operators are dressed as tin knights. Be prepared to spend a few hours browsing this outlandish store which also stocks a quantitative array of …continue reading

American Girl Place

American Girl Place

For little girls who thrive in a world of dolls and fantasy, the relative newcomer to the New York toy store empire is a 43,000 square foot utopia, filled with one of the largest collections of dolls and related apparel on the planet. From historic porcelain miniatures dressed in period costume, to the latest Tiny Tears – girls will be spirited away to a land of make-believe tea parties and baby-costumes for endless hours of entertainment. Dedicated to treating each customer as a little lady, the store also houses an affluent diner (for which booking is sometimes advised) within which they …continue reading

F.A.O Schwarz

F.A.O. Schwarz

Famed for it’s life-size interactive floor piano, singing clock-tower and puppet park, F.A.O Schwarz is considered the toy empire of New York – featuring in landmark “kids” movies such as Big and Home Alone 2. Visitors will find more than just a shelf-lined toy-store as Schwarz also lends itself to the thematic and theatrical stores of which New York has a plenitude. Once you’ve explored the farthest corners of the store which include such attractions as the The Muppet Whatnot Puppet Shop and the interactive “Design-a-Costume” department, head back to the huge floor piano for some great theatrical entertainment and children’s …continue reading

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