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A lego set of Flinders street that includes Flinders Street Station and Federation Squaer.
Photograph: Legoland Discovery Centre

The best toy stores in Melbourne that deliver

These are the best toy stores in Melbourne that offer deliver or click and collect

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Time Out editors
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It can be tricky to find ways to keep your kids occupied and entertained during lockdown, so why not try ordering some fun new toys and activities from these stores in Melbourne? These top-notch stores specialise in seling well-made toys ranging from quirky puzzles to handcrafted wooden toys. The best part is that all of these stores offer delivery or click and collect to make your life even easier. 

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Dafel Dolls & Bears
  • Shopping
  • Melbourne

This tiny store makes excellent use of space, lining the walls with collectable dolls, teddies, golliwogs, miniature cars, soft toys, dollhouses and furniture. Dafel Dolls & Bears have been in the business since 1945 so it's acquainted with all kinds of playthings, even offering an on-site toy doctor.

Best for: teddy bears, dolls and porcelain miniatures 

Online shopping: Yes! You can order for delivery through the Dafel Dolls and Bears website, and shipping is free for orders over $145. 

  • Shopping
  • Docklands

If you were a kid in the 1990s there’s a good chance you remember going to the Lost Forests. These toy stores were based on a book series of the same name and were notable for featuring an OTT rainforest decor and lots of fantasy toys to "adopt". Take your pick from flying koalas, whistle-billed flatapus, gigalot possum, bookworm, irrelephant or sticky beak (which looks a bit like a hairy echidna). 

Best for: fantasy toys, children's books, themed clothing and accessories

Online shopping: Yes! You can shop online for delivery on the Lost Forests website.

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Geppetto’s Workshop
  • Shopping
  • Sassafras

Be prepared for a nostalgia hit when you arrive at Geppetto’s Workshop — this store stocks the type of toys you’re only likely to see in Disney movies. Find marionette dolls, hand puppets and finger puppets, jack-in-the-boxes, kaleidoscopes and other collectables. It’s worth visiting just to experience its old-world charm, with puppets dangling from the ceiling just like in Pinocchio.

Best for: puppets, stuffed bears and educational toys and products.

Online shopping: Yes! You can browse the selection on the Geppetto's Workshop website and place an order for delivery. The shop also takes phone orders and offers click and collect from 11am to 3pm daily. 

Stranger Than Paradise Gifts opened in 2015 with a small, hand-picked range but has since grown into a toy wonderland where you can spend hours browsing for the perfect gift for kids and adults alike. Although small in size, the store is packed to the absolute brim with 1960s-inspired vintage bots, party games, ceramic animal light fixtures and otherworldly knick-knacks that you won't find anywhere else.

Best for: games, puzzles and crafts

Online shopping: Yes! You can order for delivery through the Stranger than Paradise Gifts website. The shop also offers click and collect. You can arrange a time to collect your order by giving them a phone call at 03 9328 1663.

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The Teddy Bear Shop
  • Shopping
  • Melbourne

Packed with teddy bears, dolls and other stuffed toys, The Teddy Bear Shop is home to one of Melbourne’s largest stuffed toy collection. Stocking reputable brands such as Charlie Bears, Steiff, Hermann, Nici, Russ and Gund, it’s clear these guys take the teddy quite seriously. Each bear comes with a birth certificate upon purchase.

Best for: stuffed bears and animals of all kinds 

Online shopping: Yes! The shop delivers anywhere in Australia, and you can place an order through the Teddy Bear Shop website

This open, airy toy shop has a rustic vibe to it. The store prides itself on bringing art, wonder and love to its products and tries to stay away from commercial toys. Let your kids go on an adventure with pirates, princesses and fairies as they let their imaginations run wild in a colourful fairytale-like toy store.

Best for: toys for all ages including babies, toddlers and children aged four and older. 

Online shopping: Yes! You can place an order for delivery through the Hugs for Kids website. The shop offers $8 flat rate shipping with next-day dispatch.

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Anime fans can rejoice at Critical Hit. Whether you want to cosplay as your favorite anime character or deck your room out in the cutest Japanese plush toys, this is the place to go. Stocking an extensive range of all things anime, this toy shop has everything from Pokemon to Dragon Ball Z and even Harry Potter. Critical Hit isn’t just limited to toys – you will also find merchandise, figurines, games, manga and posters.

Best for: anime and manga related toys and merchandise.

Online shopping: Yes! You can order online through the Critical Hit website, and any order over $99 gets free shipping. 

Legoland Discovery Centre
  • Kids
  • Malvern East

Firstly, who isn’t a fan of Lego? Whether you’re eight or 48, these little building blocks have let the most creative minds run free for decades and now there is a whole shop dedicated to it right here in Melbourne. The Lego themes are constantly changing to keep things fresh and exciting, so arrange a playdate with the little ones (or your mates) and even walk away with some limited edition sets.

Best for: Lego, of course. 

Online shopping: Yes! You can order online through the Legoland Discovery Centre website or do contactless click and collect via the Chadstone Concierge. 

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Honeybee Toys
  • Shopping
  • Malvern

This family-owned shop is a hub of eco-friendly sweetness. Over ten years old, Honeybee Toys specialises in non-toxic and wooden toys sourced from sustainable European forests. From baby toys to dollhouses to trucks and scooters, the shop has made an effort to cater for all ages of childhood. 

Best for: handcrafted wooden toys. 

Online shopping: Yes! You can order online through the Honeybee Toys website. The shop ships Australia-wide for a $9.50 flat rate. If you spend more than $180, shipping is free.  

Big Dreams
  • Shopping
  • Collingwood

The shop formerly known as Small Dreams has moved to a bigger space (hence the name change) to accommodate their growing range of toys, clothing and other treasures for kids. The folks at Big Dreams are against the ‘often impersonal and prescriptive plastic toy range’ found in department stores. Instead, the shop supports the idea of interactive play that also stimulates the imagination, as it feeds the developmental learning process. Big Dreams avoids manufactured plastics, opting for natural wooden materials that educate kids during playtime.

Best for: wooden games, toys and puzzles.

Online shopping: Yes! You can browse the selection on the Big Dreams website and place an order for delivery.

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