570 Columbus Ave
|Cross street:||between 87th and 88th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu noon–7pm; Fri–Sat 11am–8pm; Sun 11am–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to 86 St|
If your tot is less-than-impressed with typical cats and dogs, this specialty shop is the place to find the perfect, non-traditional pet. Kids who have been begging for a pecular creature will be floored by the variety available here, ranging from exotic birds and milk snakes to lionfish and dart frogs. Believe it or not, boarding and grooming are even available for reptiles and birds. Getting a critter that has unique needs? The staff will lend a hand in setting upaquariums, terrariums or vivariums and can observe problem birds to help improve their behavior. Real animal-lovers won't want to miss out on weekly children's storytimes and after-school programs in the store.