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The Best Toy Stores in Toronto

Posted by Libby Roach / September 3, 2015

toy stores torontoThe best toy stores in Toronto cater to more than just the latest fad gizmo that every kid is clamouring for. These shops stock unique toys, provide excellent service, and inspire creative play, the key to learning at any age. Whether you're a parent or you're kidless and need to come up with a hit birthday gift, you're likely to find what you're looking for at these places.

These are the best toy stores in Toronto.

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Mastermind

Mastermind

This mini chain of stores features some stellar educational options as well as crafty kits, outdoor toys and books. Known for its education offerings, Mastermind finds the right balance between play and learning that helps to make buying items here a guilt-free proposition for parents. More »

Toys R Us

Toys R Us

This mega chain has been around for decades stocking the most popular toys for kids of all ages. While some locations are downright lackluster, the Dufferin Mall store is typically well-stocked and the shop in Vaughan Mills has the best selection for baby gear in the Toronto area. More »

AGO Kids Store

AGO Kids Store

When you want something truly unique, AGO Kids Store has the ticket. With themed souvenirs and collectibles from their rotating exhibits, if your mini Emily Carr needs some kitted out stationary or paint by numbers Picasso, this place stocks it. More »

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

This Danforth shop has a well curated selection of eco-friendly and educational toys, as well as the popular stuff that's on every kid's wish list. Free gift wrapping and exceptional service are big pluses at this popular store. More »

Kol Kid

Kol Kid

While clothing and gear dominate a good portion of Kol Kid's Queen St. store, the remaining square footage is a slam dunk for memorable gifts, like hand knit Bla Bla stuffed animals. Kol Kid also carries sensory toys aimed for those with special needs. More »

Scooter Girl

Scooter Girl

Don't let the name fool you, this popular shop in Roncesvalles stocks scooters for both sexes, including many made in Canada and Toronto options. Shoppers feel good supporting local, especially at this shop who donates directly to Redwood Shelter. More »

Toy Terminal

Toy Terminal

Toy Terminal specializes in both North American and European toys. The space is organized by age, and staff are friendly and available to help you choose from a variety of items that you're unlikely to find at the big chains. More »

Kidding Awound

Kidding Awound

This Yorkville area toy store is known for carrying a wide selection of on trend toys as well as gag gifts. Think hipster moustache pacifiers, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans or Bacon Soap, perfect for stocking stuffers and loot bags. More »

Swag Sisters

Swag Sisters

Think outside the big box and check out this gem on Gerrard near Coxwell. Swag Sisters specialize in eco-friendly high quality gear and are known for their top notch "easy peasy" loot bags. More »

Silly Goose Kids

Silly Goose Kids

More of a community hub than just a toy store, Silly Goose Kids on Danforth has a wide selection of hands-on toys and arts and crafts kits, but parents keep coming back for the free workshops, sing-alongs and story times. More »

Toytown

Toytown

This tidy shop on Avenue Rd. has been in the biz for over 60 years and features new and retro board games, play sets and trinkets to satisfy every age group. More »

Little Peeps

Little Peeps

While Little Peeps carries a wide range of clothes, backpacks and books, their toy game is pretty strong with cutesy tea sets, eco-friendly wood play toys, and deluxe stuffies from Webkinz. More »

Playful Minds

Playful Minds

The square footage might be small, but the merchandise is mighty at this store on St Clair West. Stocking the popular stuff as well as a ton of hands-on activities and board games, friendly staff will point you in the right direction in case you're a non-breeder. More »

Mini Circuit

Mini Circuit

This store may have gotten its start back in the '80s selling and fixing mini-ride toys, but have since grown with their clientele to offer plush toys, kitchen sets, and yes, still lots of motorized ride-ons. More »

Indigo Kids

Indigo Kids

While each location is slightly different, if your kid is hooked on American Girl Dolls, only the Yorkdale or Eaton Centre locations carry the slightly creepy doll line. Free crafts, author book signings, plum bonus points and free gift wrap make the Canada-wide chain a popular option. More »

Discussion

6 Comments

CaligulaJones / September 4, 2015 at 10:52 am
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Wow! FIVE stores that are actually east of the Don. Nice of the rest of Toronto to recognize that there is more to Toronto than a few streets downtown.
The Chekan replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / September 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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The thing that you've got to realize is that citizens (and tourists) don't care about anyplace outside of downtown Toronto, CaligulaJones, and won't be visiting there even if there's interesting restaurants or stores. Having light rail lines would have helped people like those parts of Toronto better, but certain assholes who consider themselves smart voters fucked that up.
You / September 4, 2015 at 03:48 pm
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mean Toronto is not against kids? I'll never forget this, every time I'd take my daughter downtown, she was maybe 4-5 she would make a comment that"Toronto is against kids" lol!
Theo / September 4, 2015 at 07:46 pm
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Even though it is small, I would be inclined to include the Intergalactic Travel Authority/Story Planet, just because it is so much fun.
Phil / October 15, 2015 at 05:32 pm
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Another great store that isn't listed here is Ava's Appletree in the Upper Beaches (on Kingston Rd). They have a fantastic selection of unique wooden toys and natural baby products.
Krissy / December 21, 2015 at 05:59 am
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The owners of Swag Sisters at Coxwell and Gerrard are basically child whisperers, they know exactly what to buy for every age and they stock plenty of unique and hard to find items. Awesome spot if you're east, a total gem.
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