Best Houston Toy Stores

June 9, 2011 2:58 AM

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If the idea of wandering the towering aisles of that big-box toy store makes you break into a cold sweat, you’ll appreciate the one-on-one attention and handpicked selection at some of the best Houston toy stores. These shops are not only a great place to find that perfect gift, but they also make a fun day trip destination for you and the little ones – providing just the perfect amount of stimulation, without overwhelming the senses. – Amber Hilton
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Toys to Love

1715 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 599-0099
www.toystolove.net

Voted 2010’s Best Toy Store by the Houston Press, Toys to Love is a locally-owned shop near the Galleria. Considering the location, you might expect to find an upscale, pretentious shop, but Toys to Love is about as unassuming as they come. If you want to venture back to a time before children relied solely on video games and electronics for their entertainment, you’ll love this store, which focuses on nurturing children’s physical, emotional and social development through a variety of toys. Categories from the store’s online catalog include arts & crafts, musical toys, educational toys, dolls & accessories, puppets & plush, pretend/role play and construction, just to name a few. Whether you shop in store or online, the Toys to Love staff will help you find just the right toy for that special child (although the online inventory isn’t updated daily). Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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FUNdamentally Toys

1963 W. Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-4400
www.fundamentallytoys.com

Another locally owned shop, FUNdamentally Toys is conveniently situated in the River Oaks Shopping Center near downtown Houston. This Houston toy store is a unique mix of classic toys and new trends, with a focus on learning, development and fun. The crew at FUNdamentally Toys realizes that it’s quite easy to catch a child’s attention with a new, flashy toy, but it’s quite another thing to keep their attention, especially in the digital age. Time-honored and tested toys that are sure to stay with a child for years to come are what you’ll find here. FUNdamentally Toys also makes a conscious effort to avoid toys that promote violence or gender stereotypes, while selecting those that promote good, clean fun and development. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Nan’s Games & Comics Too

2011 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-8700
No website

Whether you’re shopping for that older child that has a love of games, comics and collectibles, or the adult that is still a child at heart, Nan’s Games & Comics Too is one of the best Houston toy stores to check out. The staff here is helpful, although you’ll definitely feel the laid-back comic book shop vibe as soon as you walk through the glass door. What brings Houstonians back time and again is a selection that can’t be beat. Whether its games, figurines, graphic novels, anime, collectibles or comic books, Nan’s Games & Comics Too, likely has what you seek. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

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