Next time you're hunting for that perfect gift—whether for Christmas or your little one's birthday party—head to one of these fantastic toy stores in NYC. Peddling everything from puppets to high-tech gadgets to plush toys, these kidcentric shops make it easy to find a winning present. You may even find some top picks from these stores in our holiday gift guide for kids!
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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.Read more
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.Read more
Although it’s now owned by Toys "R" Us, this three-story emporium is still the ultimate NYC toy box. Children will marvel at the giant stuffed animals and LEGO figures, and there are lots of opportunities to create custom playthings at the Madame Alexander Doll Factory, Styled by Me Barbie area and Muppet Whatnot Workshop.Read more
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.Read more
With a 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel and a 20-foot-high animatronic T. rex, this store has become just as much a part of the delirious Times Square spectacle as the iconic neon and LED lights outside. Other attractions include a Willy Wonka candy shop, a make-your-own robot lab and a Babies "R" Us department.Read more