Get ready to establish some indie cred with your little one when you take them to the coolest, most tricked-out and fun independently owned toy stores in the metro area. Stocked with dolls, trains, puzzles, customizable gifts and plenty more, here are the mom-and-pop shops worth a play date visit.

Doodlehopper 4 Kids

Free in-store events like story time, artist demonstrations and a train table that is always in motion make this toy store a hot spot for the preschool set. Meanwhile, a Birthday Club and free gift wrapping make it one fantastically fun place to pick up an affordable gift before jetting off to the next princess or pirate-themed party.

228 W. Broad St. (Falls Church, Va)

Do you have a favorite neighborhood toy store? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason

Photos courtesy of Barston’s Child’s Play via Facebook, Fair Day’s Play, Desiree L. via Yelp, Sullivan’s Toys and Art Supplies via Facebook, Doodlehopper 4 Kids via Facebook, Tipo’s Toy Box