Whether they’re educational, built snuggly just for comfort or designed to feed little ones’ big imaginations, there’s no end to the need for toys with kids. These unique local toy stores each offer something special for children’s happiness and development. Find a great deal on that special toy or just spend hours playing, but don’t miss out on Denver’s top toy stores.
3109 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
One of the most unique toy stores in Denver has got to be Plastic Chapel. This one-of-a-kind store specializes in only limited edition collectibles. Wander into the shop and check out its amazing collection of designer toys, urban vinyl, designer and handmade plush, and imported Japanese toys. Plastic Chapel also features local artists to help keep the indy-vibe alive. This is the toy store for all ages. Collectible comics, fashion pieces, music, graffiti and art line the shelves of this hip, fun store.
1122 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
For another wonderful boutique style toy store check out Talulah Jones. Opened in 2002, this warm and welcoming toy store features toys that are designed to educate and inspire. Featuring eco-friendly toys from green companies, most of which are only wooden or cloth, it’s a toy store designed to put parents at ease. Talulah Jones also offers a wonderful selection of stationery, greeting cards and jewelry.
4315 E. Mississippi Ave.
Denver, CO 80246
As much of a bookstore as a toy store, The Bookies offers a huge selection of gifts and toys for kids. The Bookies is another Denver staple, around for more than 35 years. This independent children’s bookstore has a ridiculous number of children’s books as well as tons of great gifts, stuffed animals, crafts and supplies for teachers. Specifically oriented toward schools and school-age children, don’t miss The Bookies’ Tuesday story time.
Jake’s Toy Box
14455 W. 64th Ave. Unit M
Arvada, CO 80004
Jake’s Toy Box is another wonderful educational toy store with a truly touching story. The current owners purchased an already existing toy store in 2010 and renamed it Jake’s Toy Box in memory of their son whose life was cut short by a genetic disease. To honor him, Jake’s Toy Box was born as a place where children of all ages and all capabilities could come and play. Game nights, play time and fun special events make Jake’s Toy Box the city’s most beloved toy store.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.