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Top Toy Stores In Connecticut

May 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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Toys and games can fill hours of time with fun and play. Imagine, create, learn skills, reinforce lessons, form friendships and even learn about sportsmanship as a result of play. There are toys from childhood that leave lasting positive memories. See what unique and interesting toys and games these stores can provide for your children.

Giant Steps
226 Kings Highway E.
Fairfield CT 06825
(203) 873-0754
www.giantstepstoys.com

Giant Steps is an interactive toy store from babies on up. It is a fun place to take toddlers and have a play date. The store has a free jungle playground to enjoy that includes a giant treehouse, 3-D puzzles, giraffe slide and life-sized foam pieces to play with. Older children can perform on stage and imagine in Legoland. There are even free classes for you and your baby/children to enjoy. See what they like to play with. The toys have everyday low prices. This is a place worth stopping in with your children.

Amatos Toy & Hobby
283 Main St.
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 229-9069
www.amatosnewbritain.com

Amatos has been around since 1940. The store has toys and games for all ages. You will find puzzles, dolls, crafts, games and more. If you are looking for a hobby, you will find remote-controlled cars, helicopters, planes and boats. There are model kits for making ships, rockets and cars. You will find the best selection of model trains. Have a certain scale in mind? The store carries tracks, buildings and accessories in every scale. If your model train or radio control vehicle needs repair, Amatos can handle it.

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The Toy Room
153 Greenwood Ave.
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 791-0531
www.thetoyroomonline.com

The Toy Room opened in 2006 and carries toys for infants and children. The store has games and crafts, dolls, science and building kits, puzzles and infant toys. You will also find educational and developmental toys, and toys for special needs children. Pretend play outfits are perfect for the child with a vivid imagination. Gift certificates are available. Gift wrapping is included.

Evan’s Toy Shoppe
1647 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 230-2840
www.jordiestoyshoppect.com

Lori and Michael opened Evan’s in 1992. Love Playmobil? Stop in and see which sets you are missing. There is an entire room filled with them. The owners hand pick each toy that is sold in the shop. Calico critters are one of the best sellers. Arts and crafts for every age are available to keep your children creating. Magic sets are a great way to build confidence and communication. Stuffed animals, kitchens and play food are all toys that spark imagination. Free wrapping is included.

Lee’s Toy and Hobby
935 Poquonnock Road
Route 1 Groton, CT 06340
(860) 445-4411
www.leestoyandhobby.com

Want to introduce your children to science? The owner of Lee’s Toy and Hobby is a former teacher and can help make science fun. This mom and pop shop says it doesn’t sell products, it sells fun. Do you want to add to a collection? The store has inventory for stamp and coin collecting, as well as sports cards and accessories. Breyer horses, dollhouse furniture and diecast vehicles are available.

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