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Toystores continued
 

Geppetto’s Toy Box
10 Christopher St., near Greenwich Ave.
212-620-7511
nyctoys.com
This magical shop offers exquisite handmade toys and mobiles alongside everyday classics. You’ll find Mozart’s Magic Cube ($34.95) and Colorforms ($6.95–$20.95) as well as Steiff teddy bears ($75–$170) and rocking horses ($125).

Heights Kids
85 Pineapple Walk, near Henry St., Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
718-246-5440
If you want your Dora- and Barney-loving children to convert to higher-end imaginative puppets and costumes, this 2,000-square-foot shop is a good place to take them. You’ll find primarily European brands like Playmobil, Habba, Brio, Corolle, and Selecta.

Hom Boms
1500 First Ave., near 78th St.
212-717-5300
This standard-issue toy store is filled with familiar games, dolls and movie tie-ins. Upper East Siders may find their supersize strollers jammed in the narrow aisles, which are stacked with toys galore, from Curiosity Kits and Playmobil sets, pink and navy-blue doll strollers (yes, the latter are for boys), to art supplies, and much more.

Ibiza Kidz
56 University Pl., near 9th St.
212-375-9984
Come here for a small but eclectic inventory of development toys, soft books, activity gyms, machine-washable area rugs in fantastic shapes (fire engines, frog princes), and colorful kiddie umbrellas and tutus. Also available are the popular Folkmanis puppets and Gund stuffed animals. Tuffets disguised as ponies, giraffes, and zebras are around $135.

Karikter
19 Prince St., near Mott Street
212-274-1966
This housewares boutique isn’t strictly a toy store, but it does stock figurines of the Smurfs, Babar, and the Little Prince ($4.50-$6.95), and a nice selection of illustrated books ($9.95). While cartoon characters like TinTin may not ring a bell with the younger set, parents will certainly appreciate them–and so will young teens, given the chance.

KB Toys
kbtoys.com
You’ll find skateboards ($15–$30). You’ll find water guns, inflatable rafts, stuffed animals, and more than 300 video games. You’ll find a full line of action figures, from Harry Potter to Shrek ($4.99 to $29.99). In short, you’ll find nearly every toy imaginable.

Toys have an educational slant at Kidding Around. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)

Kidding Around
60 W. 15th St., near Sixth Ave.
212-645-6337
kiddingaroundnyc.com
Most of the toys here promote learning by doing—kites, puppets, bug-collecting containers, kits of all kinds. The Mystery Rock kit ($26) allows kids to act like archaeologists and dig up bones; a weaving kit ($12–$104) will keep creative types entertained for hours.

The Laughing Giraffe at the Monkey’s Wedding
800-281-9621
laughinggiraffe.com
Good intentions notwithstanding, the online shopping experience at this virtual store is limited. Categories include Arts and Crafts, Games, Kites (which, with no images, becomes an exercise in trust), Puppets (the donkey and badger are our favorites), Make Believe, Puzzles (from 35 to 9,000 pieces), and Toys and Trains.

Little Extras
676 Amsterdam Ave., at 93rd St.
212-721-6161
If your toddler is bored with rubber duckies, come here for a great collection of hand, finger, and stick puppets ($4–$66). Little Extra also has standards like piggy banks ($30–$40) and growth sticks ($30).

The Manhattan Doll House Shop
236 Third Ave., near 20th St.
212-253-9549
428 Second Ave., near 24th St.
212-725-4520
The final word in spiffy dollhouses has homes modeled on everything from Colonial mansions to city brownstones ($100–$4,000), plus unusual accessories (menorahs, musical instruments). There’s an extensive collection of Madame Alexander dolls and a hospital to repair antiques.

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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