When it comes to finding the best toy stores in the US, there are plenty of options to choose from. From Child World to LEGO Store, American Girl Place to Charles Ro Supply Company, each of these stores has something unique to offer children and adults alike. Child World was one of the largest toy retailers in the US until it closed in the early 90s. Lionel Corporation began its journey in the early 20th century and is known primarily for its trains.
Zany Brainy was a chain that lasted only a decade from 1991 to 2001 and was owned by F. A. O. Schwarz.
It took a more educational stance with its puzzles and games. American Girl Place is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is the dream of any doll-loving child. It has been named the best independent toy store in Southern California by L. Parent and the best toy store by Pasadena Weekly and New Times Weekly. It is also on Forbes Traveler's list of the 10 best toy stores.
LEGO Storeis one of the most popular toy stores in the US with 91 locations across the country.
The biggest LEGO store is located in Mall of America and features a 2,000-square-foot indoor playground, a 9-foot-tall pirate ship, art classes, a myriad of hands-on play stations, and a party room. Big Fun Toy Store began in 1991 with a mishmash of vintage and rare collectibles and has become one of Ohio's favorites. It has been named the best toy store in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Truckee several times. LARK Toys is run by a local family and allows visitors to take a look behind the scenes and see how toys come to life in the workshop. It has many LEGO sculptures that are larger than real life (including one that rises on several floors), a Pick A Brick wall where guests can select whatever colors and sizes of bricks they want, a station to create their own minifigures, an interactive construction area, and much more.
McDonald'sis actually the largest retailer of toys in the world with about 20% of its purchases including a Happy Meal that comes with a toy. Games of Berkeley claims to have the largest selection of toys on the West Coast which could explain why customers have loved it for more than 40 years. In addition to toys, this place has a giant indoor Ferris wheel, an animatronic T-Rex and a variety of New York monuments made of LEGO. Quake Collectibles is a quaint little store that specializes in vintage collectible toys from the 70s and 80s.
Mattel Toy Store also offers a charity sales program for charities that meet the requirements of the 501x3 program.