There is a charm and ambiance to small business bookstores and toy shops around Philadelphia. The service is personal, the merchandise is high quality and you get a quieter, more relaxed shopping experience as opposed to big-name retailers. Check out this list of great local Philly stores. What is your favorite independent store for kids around town to shop?

    Monkey Fish Toys

     (142.9 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Monkey Fish Toys with two locations has a wide selection of products for infants through the adults as there is a kid in all of us. They have building toys, vehicles, dolls, educational items, action figures, Legos, outdoor play toys, puzzles, travel toys, arts and crafts, activities and so much more. Can't decide? Check out their staff picks. Their staff will also be glad to assist you and your kids at the store.

    The stores feature activity classes for kids as well as special events in both stores. You can also join their Fish Bowl Rewards program.

    Sprouts of Malvern

     (150.4 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  High quality kids items can be pricey and with kids outgrowing clothes and toys so quickly, check out Sprouts of Malvern who prides itself as a consignment store of quality brands of children's clothing, baby and toddler equipment, toys, books, games and much more including Halloween costumes. They feature over 200 brands of merchandise to fit your family's needs. Families are also welcome to consign their own merchandise!

    Generations Toy Store

     (155.3 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  The Generations Toy Store features classic, traditional and new toys, games, puzzles, books and much more for infants through adults. They offer a wide variety of quality brands as well. Their owner carefully selects items that inspire creativity, pretend play, growth and educational enrichment with the added fun of toys. Their staff provide personal service for a shopping experience to remember.

    Kid's Sweet Repeats Consignment Boutique

     (158.1 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Kid's Sweet Repeats Consignment Boutique features name brand high-quality merchandise for children and moms. They have clothing, shoes and accessories in all styles and sizes. They also have a vast supply of baby equipment such as furniture, gates, gear, toys, crafts, activity pads, outdoor toys such as bikes and water tables, and much more. In addition, they carry maternity wear for moms-to-be. You can also consign your own items at their store.

    Nicholas Smith Trains & Toys

     (160.9 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Any type of toy, game or brand you are looking for can be found at Nicholas Smith Trains & Toys. They have everything - from trains, cars and planes to dolls, books and games. They boast puzzles, race cars, model kits, stuffed animals, model trains, superhero toys, musical instruments, pretend play, holiday items, STEM focused items, arts and crafts, classic toys and much more. They also have a lot of smaller items which are ideal for stocking stuffers and Easter baskets.

    Tip: The store is filled to the brim with merchandise in narrow aisles. Strollers are not conducive to the store.

    Lucky Duck Toys

     (164.1 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Lucky Duck Toys is a quaint and cozy toy shop for babies and kids of all ages. They feature unique toys, games, stuffed animals, STEM toys, activity kits, books, puzzles and more. Their friendly staff will assist in finding what you are looking for and show you cool new items as well. Shopping at Lucky Duck Toys is an experience not to be missed for those of all ages!

    Children's Book World

     (165.1 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Children's Book World is the area's premier children's bookstore. They feature a wealth of children's books and knowledgeable staff in a cozy environment. They also host book and author events that children will love with story time, meet and greet sessions with authors, and special activities. This fantastic bookstore also hosts a Summer Sidewalk Sale and discounts on Summer reading books for school-age children.

    Pun's Toy Shop

     (165.5 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Pun's Toy Shop is a specialty store filled with a wide selection of unique and high quality toys for indoor and outdoor play, games, educational and learning items, puzzles, puppets, stuffed animals and more. Their friendly and helpful staff will provide excellent customer service to give you and your kids an award-winning shopping delightful experience!

    Character Development Books

     (167.2 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Character Development Books is a small, comfy and friendly shop in downtown Narberth. They have high-end children's books, games and toys carefully selected for the purpose of child development and education along with music and art type items. You will receive personalized service from helpful staff in this colorful and welcoming store.

    The Nesting House

     (168.9 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  The Nesting House has four area locations for your convenience to buy, sell or trade natural children's merchandise. They proudly feature everything parents need such as clothes and shoes, bath and health essentials, baby and nursery items, baby wearing, and diapering items. They also have toys, books and gifts, new mom and family items and more. Your family can also sell your own items to them. The Nesting House is truly your one-stop shop for everything your family needs!

    Worn Yesterday

     (170.3 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Worn Yesterday on trendy Main Street in Manayunk is a popular boutique featuring new and gently-used clothing and shoes in sizes for infants to high school kids plus maternity wear for moms. They boast high quality name brands for girls, boys and maternity and all of their items are in excellent condition and priced right for your family.

    Momo's Tree House

     (171.0 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Momo's Tree House offers two Philadelphia locations to meet your shopping needs. They have toys, games, activity kits, STEM toys, stuffed animals, bath play, construction themed toys, arts and crafts and much more for infants through adults. Their website allows you to shop by age or category and their stores are clean, airy and bright for a welcoming and non-stressful shopping trip. Their stores also feature children's events including story times and musical programs.

    Tildie's Toy Box

     (171.3 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Family-owned Tildie's Toy Box is your one-stop-shop for exquisite toys for all ages that encourage growth, creativity, learning, exploring and imagining. They highlight toys, games and puzzles for active play, STEM learning, pretend play, arts and crafts as well as books and infant merchandise. They also host special events for children including music events! Their friendly and experienced staff will assist you with shopping services as well as provide personal shopping and free gift wrap.

    Born Yesterday

     (171.5 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Born Yesterday located in the heart of Center City near Rittenhouse Square is a children's boutique featuring high-end brands of merchandise such as Philadelphia themed items, clothing, accessories and toys, blankets and towels and baby equipment such as strollers and carriers. Their talented staff also provide personal shopping and online shopping for your convenience.


     (172.8 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Villavillekula, whose name is taken from the fictional home of Pippi Longstocking, is a children's boutique featuring exciting clothing, shoes, toys and books, accessories and handmade gifts to delight you and your family. They offer a unique shopping experience with items to meet your child's personality as well as their interests, with items in various colors, textures and designs in artistic and creative patterns, including Philadelphia-themed items. They also feature online shopping.

    Happy Hippo Toys

     (179.4 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Happy Hippo Toys offers two South Jersey locations for your Toy shopping experience. They are an old-fashioned toy store with unique, original and traditional toys to inspire your child's imagination, creativity and learning with an extra dose of fun. They have games, toys, dolls and much more including puppets, magic sets, rocking horses, stuffed animals, vehicles and building toys in various brands for all ages. Their talented staff will provide assistance throughout your shopping trip to make it a memorable one!

    Warminster Brick Shop

     (184.5 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  The Warminster Brick Shop is your local go-to store for everything Lego. Kids can build their own mini figurines, check out new and vintage Lego sets, trade in Legos, or pick out the exact pieces and colors you want, even those incredibly hard to find pieces. Enjoy some Lego play time and connect with knowledgeable staff who will help you find exactly what you're looking for! This shop is chock full of Lego fun!

    Busy Bee Toys

     (184.7 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Busy Bee Toys is a toy store with heart. They are family-owned with staff who have backgrounds in early childhood education, social work and homeschooling. They feature locally made dolls, inspiring arts and crafts supplies as well as educational and fun toys, games, puzzles and more for infants through adults. They care about children and their staff can assist in finding the right items for your child or for a gift. The store also features special events.

    Dragonflies & Ladybugs Children's Consignment Boutique

     (186.5 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Dragonflies & Ladybugs is an upscale consignment boutique featuring high quality brands for moms and kids without the high cost. They sell kids clothing and shoes as well as toys and baby and toddler equipment. They also have a vast amount of maternity and nursing wear. All of their merchandise is designer brand name and checked thoroughly to meet their standards of being in excellent condition. This store features daily deals and sales to boot! You can also consign your own items at the store.

    Toy Market

     (189.8 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Toy Market features two South Jersey locations for all your toy needs. They offer a great selection of high quality toys, arts and crafts, activities, games and much more for babies through the kid that lives in all of us. They also feature seasonal classes and workshops for kids to learn through play. Their staff provides excellent customer service to help you find the perfect item. As a bonus, they have some play areas throughout the store to explore and try out items.

    Trainpops Attic

     (195.4 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Take your family on a visit to Trainpops Attic for a genuine train shop experience. They have various train layouts operating throughout the store and a wide selection of train merchandise such as model trains, accessories, scenery pieces and much more. They also complete train repairs and provide free estimates. You can also shop online from their many brands of high quality train items!

    Village Toy Shoppe

     (196.2 mi)

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  The Village Toy Shoppe offers two locations for genuine toy fun. Their friendly and helpful staff will ensure you have a pleasant shopping experience whether you are shopping with your kids or for a gift. The Shoppes are chock full of indoor and outdoor toys, games, stuffed animals, puzzles, books, activities, vehicles, dolls and everything else your children crave for an ultimate playtime. They feature products for babies through adults for a fun-filled shopping experience.

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