Best Toy Store in Boston

2014 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

So often, toy shopping is an experience in extremes: You’re either wading in aisle-to-aisle plastic packaging or browsing precious baubles curated to please parents’ aesthetics, not kids’. Stellabella, however, has…Read More

2013 Best Toy Store

Curious George

Cambridge

Anatomy of a Winner:
We all shed tears when our favorite impetuous primate and his long-suffering companion, the man with the yellow hat, lost their Harvard Square home in 2011. Luckily,…Read More

2012 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge

What you won’t find here: Bratz dolls, shoot-’em-up Xbox games, and Disney Princess overload. What you will find: instruments, fantastical costumes, and puzzles you’ll be tinkering with long after the…Read More

2011 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Boston

This locally grown stalwart earns our salute by appealing to kids and parents alike. Stocking time-honored brands like Alex, Gund, and Manhattan Toy at a variety of price points, Henry…Read More

2011 Best Toy Store

Persnickety Toys

North Adams

You won’t find any beeping plastic doodads here. The name of this shop evokes both the fantastical nature of the toys on sale and the owner’s choosiness in selecting only…Read More

2011 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Cambridge

This locally grown stalwart earns our salute by appealing to kids and parents alike. Stocking time-honored brands like Alex, Gund, and Manhattan Toy at a variety of price points, Henry…Read More

2008 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge

You’ve got years to share the benefit of your lessons learned with the next generation (video-game mastery is not a marketable skill; Elvis Costello is always better with the Attractions)….Read More

2007 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Boston

Finding the right playthings can be something of a tightrope walk—they need to be educational but not boring, creative but not too messy, fun but without an overabundance of grating…Read More

2006 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge

Toys that don’t require multiple batteries or power cords took a hit after the advent of the Xbox. But Stellabella has brought them back in the form of high-quality educational…Read More

2005 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Brookline Village

Scorning soulless plastic and cynical corporate tie-ins, Henry Bear’s makes a specialty of medieval castles, wooden blocks, dinosaur hand puppets, and dolls ready for teatime. Toys run the gamut from…Read More

2004 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Cambridge

The best toy stores have irresistible playthings and eye-popping colors, which is why Henry Bear’s Park in Cambridge is our winner. From dress-up dolls to Go Fish!, this educational outlet…Read More

2003 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge

Children grow up way too fast. But at Stellabella Toys, everything slows down—at least long enough to free the inner child—in as many parents as kids. More of a play…Read More

2002 Best Toy Store

No Kidding

Brookline

Talk about misnomers. There’s nothing but kidding—and playing and learning—going on within these walls. The many nooks and crannies burst with craft supplies, musical toys, scientific playthings, and dolls, and…Read More

2001 Best Toy Store

Stellabella

Cambridge

Only enlightened children need apply. Stellabella, you see, is a completely gun-free shop that specializes in educational toys. But before you start criticizing what political correctness has done to childhood…Read More

2000 Best Toy Store

Stellabella

Cambridge

Kid alert: This well-laid-out shop in Inman Square has lots of room for wandering feet, plus fun and interactive on-site activities for curious minds. There’s a play area with a…Read More

1999 Best Toy Store

The Construction Site

Waltham

When architects, engineers, and toddlers play side by side, you know you’ve found a unique toy store/ Other places might have more variety or flashier displays, but this small storefront…Read More

1989 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Cambridge

Classic toys, dolls, and children’s books. Enough to bring out the Peter Pan in anyone…Read More

1988 Best Toy Store

Irwins

Cambridge

The older Irwin’s was a sentimental favorite, but the name lives on and the new Irwins still has what little Sarah and Benjamin want…Read More

1982 Best Toy Store

Children’s Workshop

Cambridge

Toys, games, and clothing, and workshops in magic. Run by two former teachers and coprincipals…Read More

1981 Best Toy Store

F. A. O. Shwarz

Boston

The toys may be cheaper elsewhere, but Schwarz lets you browse with leisure…Read More

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