Local toy stores tend to focus on educational play and encouraging the imaginations of children. By focusing on toys that are innovative and fun, community toy stores help enrich the lives of local children. In Minnesota, many small community toy stores exist to serve the community. Independent local toy stores tend to have interactive displays or toys that children can play with in the store. Spend a fun afternoon at any of these fantastic toy stores.

Creative Kidstuff
Edina Galleria
3555 69th St.
Edina, MN 55423
(952) 926-4512

A neighborhood toy store with six locations in the Twin Cities and suburbs, Creative Kidstuff always comes up in a chat about toy stores. Creative Kidstuff focuses on education and creativity by offering toys that range from Leggos to science kits. Its stock is always seasonal, offering outdoor play during the summer and creative indoor activities for the winter months. Creative Kidstuff carries art supplies and kits for new projects along with personalized merchandise. The staff is always friendly and helpful, providing advice and gift wrapping. Check out the weekly story time hour, birthday clubs or just show up to play with some of the toys on display.

4306 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 877-8090
www.heartfelt.comLocated in the tiny village of Linden Hills, Heartfelt provides opportunities for children to play creatively and have fun. With a large selection of toys from Minnesota companies and handmade items, Heartfelt is a small business that supports other small businesses. It offers crafts on a daily basis for kids to stop in and make something. Heartfelt also provides space and activities for birthday parties and summer camps. Check out the cute treehouse in the store for some play time while browsing.

Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store
2050 Marshall Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 646-5252

Choo Choo Bob’s is an entire store dedicated to toy trains and fancy collectible trains. This toy store has been open almost 10 years and is enjoyed by locals and kids all over the state. Inside of the store are several interactive train tables for kids to play with while parents watch or shop. Choo Choo Bob’s carries all of the popular brands of train sets, those made for the younger kids and some made for older kids, or kids at heart. Engineer Paul offers a story time several times a month and birthday parties can be accommodated in the two large party rooms.

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Lark Lane
Kellogg, MN 55945
(507) 767-3387

Located in southern Minnesota, Lark Toys is considered a destination toy store for those in Minnesota. With one of the greatest selections of vintage toys, classic favorites and current popular toys, one can browse for hours. The centerpiece of Lark is the handcrafted wooden carousel that runs throughout the day and is a joy for local parents and their children to ride or watch. A cafe is also located in the store for treats or homemade fudge. Check out the bookstore or play a round of miniature golf while you’re there.

ABC Toy Zone
122 17th Ave.
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 286-8440

ABC Toy Zone is a family-owned store that provides fun toys and learning activities for kids of all ages. With four locations in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities, ABC Toy Zone has been a favorite store for shopping and playing. The location in Rochester is on the Miracle Mile Shopping center and is enjoyed by the local community. Check out the large selection of early learning activities and teacher supplies.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.