RECOMMENDED: All shopping for kids in NYC
Next time you're hunting for that perfect gift, head to one of these fantastic toy stores. NYC parents will love browsing the shelves, stocked with everything from puppets to high-tech gadgets to plush toys. These kidcentric shops make it easy to find a winning present, whether on your way to a celebration at our favorite birthday party places or trying to make it a stellar Christmas for kids. Not sure what you're looking for? Get some inspiration from our all-ages holiday gift guide!
Toy stores in NYC
Acorn stocks more educational and community-minded toys than you can shake an artisan-made rattle at. Play tents in bright colors replace the old-fashioned pillow-and-blanket fort, and a wooden animal menagerie has all the variety of Noah’s Ark without the pesky religious literalism.
At this Kelly green, 1,100-square-foot spot with a backyard for events, whimsical housewares, novelties and whatever owner Ann Cantrell deems “best in show” crowd the shelves. Its rotating lineup is heavy on items for little ones, so spoil your nieces and nephews with adorable stuffed animals, puzzles, DIY craft kits and more.
Shop for all the tykes in your life, from little babes to toddlers to tweens, at this Bay Ridge shop, stocking all sorts of playthings. You'll find funky mobiles, plush pals, challenging games, art sets and scooters—plus, the staff can help with age-appropriate toys within your budget.
This cozy shop located on a sleepy stretch of Ninth Avenue is stuffed with durable kids' clothing from labels like Imps&Elves and Splendid. Browse blankets and muslin "sleeping bags" by aden+anais, accessories like shoes, hats and umbrellas, and a toy stash of such covetables as mini kick scooters and Jellycat stuffed animals.
Teich Toys & Books
Picking out new toys for your tots? Skip the big-box stores and pop down to this Abingdon Square spot. The shop is filled to the brim with toys like handmade stuffed animals, puppets made of recycled sweaters, wooden heirloom-quality toys and old-fashioned battery-free entertainment (think Slinkys and the like). There’s also a wide selection of books and a cozy place to read. Just look for the giant wooden locomotive in the corner! Plus, the store hosts a weekly Sunday fun day, featuring entertainment like balloon artists and tastings of jams and jellies from local farms.
Owner Carol Adams has transformed her successful store Babylicious into Torly Kid—a one-stop shop for both tots and tweens. Best-selling lines like Tooby Doo, Lunchbox and Appaman are now stocked in bigger sizes as well as small. The store also has an extensive collection of party favors.