Connecticut’s kids are some of the luckiest around with so many great places to find the best toys. For every age group and every interest, local treasure spots offer a variety of items that are sure to inspire, entertain, engage and educate. Help your child’s imagination run wild and relive your own childhood memories with a visit to some of the most fun places in town. From traditional to today’s latest releases, these are the places where happiness awaits.

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The Wooden Toy

1275 Silas Deane Hwy.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 529-1945

The Wooden Toy started out offering a quality selection of mostly wooden toys in 1989. Since then, the store has grown and evolved into one of New England’s largest toy stores. The staff has a combined experience of more than 100 years and helps visitors choose the perfect toy for any child from birth to teens. The store carries more than 10,000 books and toys including items from brands such as Babalu, Corolle, Elf on the Shelf, Learning Curve, Lego, Peaceable Kingdom, Playmobil, Pressman Toy, Ravensburger and Scientific Explorer. Online shoppers may choose from more than 4,000 items, and anything in the store inventory is available upon request. Shipping service and gift wrapping are a bonus as are the play tables that keep little ones busy while you shop.

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Geppetto’s Toys
682 Main St. South
Woodbury CT 06798
(203) 266-4686

Family owned for more than 20 years, Geppetto’s is a magical place to shop for children of all ages. The recently expanded store now offers more of the toys guaranteed to surprise and delight every child on your shopping list. Experienced and knowledgeable staff members will guide you on your quest through action figures, puzzles, games, learning toys, dolls, vehicles, collectibles, bath toys and books. Timeless names such as Gund, Steiff and Madame Alexander will bring back memories of your own childhood and allow you to share rich tradition with your little loved ones. Visit the website for convenient online ordering. Both virtual and in-store shoppers may take advantage of gift wrapping available for most purchases.

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Necker’s Toyland
191 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-5783

With a long, rich history in the community, Necker’s Toyland is a destination for shoppers on a quest for rare and hard-to-find toys. From holiday and special occasion items to traditional games, plush and costumes, a wonderland of possibilities awaits for children of all ages. Choose from a wide selection of early development toys to promote infant and toddler growth, or engage and activate an older child’s imagination through science, magic and model building. Spice up your family’s together time with a fun and challenging board game or two, or fuel your child’s creativity with crafts and activities. For indoor or outdoor play, boy or girl, infant or teen, Necker’s Toyland is that one place that has it all.

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Kiddy Korner Toy Store
100 West Rd.
Ellington, CT 06029
(860) 871-8198

Kiddy Korner Toy Store offers toys, games, puzzles, books, software, crafts and school supplies that are fun and educational for infants through pre-teens. As an establishment owned by operators of a preschool and day care, the items available are chosen from the perspective of what really interests and benefits the development of your young child. Find just the right toy to inspire hours of play from such makers as MindWare, Winning Moves Games, Fundex and Marky Sparky. Kiddy Korner Toy Store offers a stress-free shopping environment with play areas for kids and available services such as gift wrapping and registries for birthdays, baby showers and Christmas. A teacher discount program for enhancements and additions to your child’s experience away from home make this one of the area’s best toy stores.

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Toys Ahoy!
43 Main St.
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-2067

For more than 30 years, Toys Ahoy! has been in the business of putting smiles on the faces of children of all ages. Choose from products by more than 100 local, national and international vendors including Melissa & Doug, Folkmanis Puppets, Thomas Wooden Railway, William Britain’s toy soldiers and Connecticut’s own Wiffle Ball. Find seasonal and outdoor toys for all interests. Choose books from publishers such as Dover and Usborne as well. Childrens’ belts, sailor bracelets and youth watches top the list of apparel items available. A frequent buyer discount makes it easy to keep kids playing happily for less. Toys Ahoy! will prepare goodie bags to meet any budget for your child’s next party. Gift wrapping services and gift certificates are always available.

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