Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
C, E at Spring St.; N, R at Prince St.
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This sprawling, colorful 6,200-square-foot children’s bookstore is enormous enough to wander around and play in for hours. Young readers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more will find a library’s worth of fare; skilled, kid-lit-savvy staff gently guide youngsters and parents to books, authors, and subjects of interest. Beyond books, find the expected plethora of Scholastic toys, games, and educational software, not to mention a Hogwarts–sized lode of Harry Potter paraphernalia, a twelve-foot-high doghouse complete with a larger-than-life, bright red Clifford, and a ten-foot-long Magic School Bus that the kids can pretend to drive. The store offers story times a few mornings a week, and an auditorium located downstairs is the site of frequent events. Teachers and parents will appreciate the well-stocked Educational Resources department, while children can enjoy a themed birthday party in the large event room, which accommodates 30.
Story time is at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, though there are no story times during December.Toys
This massive bookstore is also packed with toys, puzzles, and videos inspired by Scholastic titles (Magic School Bus, Harry Potter). Kids from pre-K to age 12 hang out, read, and fiddle with interactive displays.