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Best Toy Stores In Los Angeles

May 6, 2014 5:00 AM

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When buying toys for your own child or as a gift, it can be hit or miss. Don’t focus on the one-hit wonder but rather seek out Los Angeles’ unique toy store favorites. These toy shops will not only help you discover products that will enthuse, but will also give you and your child an awe-inspiring experience as you peruse the shelves.
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JennyBec’s
11710 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 820-0500
www.jennybecs.com/index.php

A true take on the small town toy store, JennyBec’s is a magical place for both parents and children. Whether planning for your first child or your third, the esteemed staff will help you create a room perfect for your baby to grow into. Known for its one-of-a-kind furnishings and fine crib and bed linens, JennyBec’s is also your one-stop shop for toys, books and gifts. Opening in Santa Monica in 2004 and then moving to the Brentwood area in 2009, JennyBec’s loyal clientele continues to shop for their children and grandchildren.

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The Green Bean
5060 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 739-0870
www.thegreenbeangoods.com/Welcome.html

As your children go through the stages of early childhood, they will grow into toys and out of them. The Green Bean is a unique toy store that caters to parents who want to toss the old and discover something new to stimulate and inspire their kids. The community-oriented shop offers parents a vast assortment of toys and kid-friendly products or re-sale. In addition, The Green Bean also has a variety of handmade items, music and clothing. While you are shopping, check out the store’s music and art classes and live performance schedule. The upcoming months are filled with several classes to choose from including Intro to Ballet & Tap and Family Song.

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Little Junebugs
27 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 440-7300
www.littlejunebugs.com

Focusing on little ones’ big imaginations, Little Junebugs is a store filled with endless possibilities. The toy boutique features an array of playful and unusual gifts and toys that cater to each little artist pursuing creative endeavors, whether at home or in the sandbox. Encouraging children to create and enjoy the process, Little Junebugs offers monthly craft activities that can either be done at home or in the store’s Make & Believe studio. Little Junebugs opens the Make & Believe studio to children suffering from chronic illnesses and provides Camp Make & Believe, a unique program where campers can choose crafts to make. Each project is $10 and Little Junebugs is committed to donating 50 percent of each sale directly to Camp Make & Believe.

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(credit: Gerald J./Yelp)


Kip’s Toyland
6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-8334
www.kipstoyland.com

Open seven days a week in the historic Farmers Market, Kip’s Toyland is a destination that has fascinated children of all ages for many years. The shop features retro toys and contemporary must-haves and has been the spot in Los Angeles for many Hollywood A-listers throughout the years. Known for his savvy toy instincts, you will find Kip at the toy store daily giving out advice on the hottest toy trends or the perfect, classic gift. Since 1945, Kip’s Toyland has featured the industry’s top toy brands including Lego, Lincoln Logs, Barbie, Hasbro, Parker Brothers and Fisher Price.

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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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