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Cambridge (Inman Square) – 1360 Cambridge Street
Somerville (Davis Square) – 196 Elm Street
Plus locations in Burlington & Dedham
This award-winning store offers over 200 of the best-loved specialty toy brands. CBS Boston calls them a “wonderland of toys,” and praises their helpful staff; Best of Boston praises their not-too-overwhelming feel and their ethnically diverse baby doll selection.
Henry Bear’s Park
Arlington – 685 Massachusetts Avenue
Brookline – 19 Harvard Street
Cambridge – Porter Square Shopping Center
Providence – 736 Hope Street
Founded in 1976, this well-loved store has a reputation for a great variety of toys for all ages and a welcoming environment. Best of Boston praises their selection, saying that it “makes it that much easier to say yes to the child who just won’t leave without a present,” and the Mommy Nearest blog praises their “old-fashioned feel” that’s refreshing in this era of big-box stores and Amazon.
Boing! JP’s Toy Shop
Jamaica Plain – 667 Centre Street
If I didn’t work at Magic Beans, I’d probably be a huge booster for these guys simply because I live in JP and anything that’s this close to my house wins automatic accolades. (Have you taken the kids to JP yet? You know that we have a zoo and an Arboretum, right? Do you know how amazing fall leaves look in the Arboretum? You should check it out!)
Ahem… anyway, Boing is serious about playtime: their mission is “to actively promote and support the philosophy that good play helps build good minds.” That doesn’t immediately sound like a ton of fun, but just peer in their front window, crammed with toys, and you’ll change your tune quickly! CBS Boston calls them “a great little toy shop with a lot of heart,” and NotForTourists.com says that “Boing! is a rare miracle: a toy store which respects the sanity and intelligence of parents and offspring alike.”
The Curious George Store
Harvard Square – One JFK Street
This Cambridge landmark is irresistible for all ages, and if you’re in Harvard Square with kids, you’re going to wind up in there at some point. Along with tons of merchandise celebrating everyone’s favorite tiny simian, they’ve got other toys and books galore. Best of Boston praises their reading nook and stroller valet (oooh la la!), and Mommy Nearest likes how the layout of the store “invites kids to roam and discover on their own.” I personally appreciate that they have a pretty substantial book section.
Eureka Puzzles and Games
Brookline – 1349 Beacon Street
If you’re looking for a strategic, logical, or problem-solving challenge, this is the place for you! Specializing in “things that make you think and have fun,” Eureka’s selection boasts “over 1000 jigsaw puzzles, over 1000 mechanical puzzles, 1500 games, 1000 puzzle books of all types, and about 500 items directly related to Science.” Holy cow! They also host game nights and game camps.
CBS Boston’s reviewers loved how you can find a gift for absolutely any age in this store, and Mommy Nearest praised how their staff “seems especially knowledgeable and utterly devoted to its quirky merchandise.” And if there’s anything we love at Magic Beans, it’s other folks who are super geeky about their products…