Online shopping from big box stores may be a necessity these days, but there’s still something to be said for getting out of the house to support local businesses. If you’re looking for puzzles, games, crafts and more to keep little ones entertained, these brick-and-mortar LA toy stores and gift boutiques are worth a visit—whether for curbside pickup or some in-person, socially distanced shopping. Read on for all the details.

 

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Huzzah!

Grown-ups just want to have fun and at Huzzah! in Venice, you can. The mom in you will love the selection of alternative, non-mass market toys the store specializes in (read: no animatronic baby Yoda dolls making the same noise over and over), while the big kid in you giggles over the “grown-up toys” like a Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure. Your toy-loving tykes can explore educational toys that are actually way cooler and more entertaining than they imagined.

Don’t Miss: Toys like the new and improved Speak & Spell learning toy from the '80s or their ginormous unicorn sprinkler are great ways to keep cooped up kids both educated and active (while having fun in the process). Huzzah understands that littles and parents alike are looking for new and interesting ways to beat boredom and have certainly risen to the challenge! 

Covid Considerations: Masks are required and the store closes every day at 3 p.m. If you aren't ready to brave the interior just yet, Huzzah offers free curbside pick-up for anything purchased online (or over the phone). 

2122 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice
310-452-2900
Online: huzzahtoys.com

 

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Toy Crazy

The Brentwood Country Mart already exudes idyllic nostalgia, which makes it the perfect home for a quaint-feeling toy shop like Toy Crazy. These classic, timeless toys define inspired playtime and will remind you of your own childhood while being equally delightful for your pint-sized players. Every item for sale, from classic board games to unique outdoor toys, is meticulously hand-picked by the owner, and seasoned toy connoisseur, Melissa Moore, to ensure the most engaging, get-them-off-the-couch play experiences for your little ones (which is now more important than ever!).

Don't Miss: What's the only thing better than an awesome toy store? One that's right next to an amazing ice cream shop. Sweet Rose Creamery has 2 reserved spots in the Brentwood Country Mart valet lot for curbside pickup. After toy shopping, call the creamery to place an order, pull into one of their parking spaces and they'll run out your ice cream to you.

Covid Considerations: Toy Crazy requires masks worn for anyone entering the store and only allows 5 shoppers in at a time so adequate social distancing is maintained. Employees stand behind acrylic shields at the registers and also wear both masks and gloves at all times. 

225 26th St.
Santa Monica
310-899-5696
Online: gotoycrazy.com

 

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Miracle Mile Games and Toys

Voted LA’s Best Alternative to Toys R Us by LA Weekly, this neighborhood boutique toy store has all the stuff we love, along with a staff exceptionally well versed in all the toys on hand. While Miracle Mile Toys is currently only open for curbside pick up, they sure do have a great system in place for you to feel like you're there in person. Just call the store and leave a message and the store manager will get back to you lickety-split! She can then even give you a Facetime tour of the store for customers who simply can't figure out what they want (or who wants their kids to see the goods first hand). 

Don't Miss: Think globally, shop locally.  Talk about one of a kind products: here's where you can stock up on not-so-easy-to-find toys that you’ll kinda want to steal from your kids. Like the "Kid Activist" doll from the Lottie Dolls line, a 500-piece round "Women March" puzzle, or a set of hand-painted wooden "community helper" dolls made with sustainably forested wood and painted with non-toxic materials. 

Covid Considerations: Miracle Mile Games and Toys offers curbside pick-up of all items ordered via phone or online each day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

5464 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile
323-389-1733
Online: instagram.com/miraclemiletoyhall

 

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Tom's Model

More like a collectible shop than a full-on toy store, Tom's Model deserves a mention based on its cool factor alone. Known for their extensive collection of both common and rare Funko POPs (vinyl figures depicting licensed characters from your favorite franchises), this unique hobby stop also offers hard-to-find Lego kits, pop culture character backpacks, and even has a collection of battery-operated animal toys! Nestled into the heart of the downtown LA toy district, Tom's Model certainly values function over form so don't expect to walk into a kid-themed play space. What they lack in store aesthetics, however, they make up for in selection and product knowledge so it's best to visit the website and know what you want before heading over. 

Don’t Miss: Harry Potter fans will love the newest Dumbledoor POP featuring his phoenix Fawkes or if that's not your teenie toy-lover's thing, how about a 3-in-1 Monster Burger Truck Lego kit? 

Covid Considerations: Masks are required to enter the store and hand sanitizer is provide both upon entry and at departure. 

501 East 4th St.
Los Angeles
213-680-0888
Online: toms-model.myshopify.com

 

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Yolk

If you're looking for cool stuff that appeals to all ages, this Silver Lake boutique store has a little bit of fun for everyone. From distinctive gifts and quality toys to kids' clothing and creative homewares, Yolk is the place to go for the kind of unique flair not generally available from mass-market stores. Stop in to snag a one-of-a-kind gift (did we mention they do free gift wrapping on-site?) and you may end up leaving with one (or three) things for yourself!

Don't Miss: Their line of adorably hysterical food-themed socks are a must-have (who doesn't need burrito socks in their lives?) and their charming boys and girls bathing suits are sure to cause quite a splash this summer!

Covid Considerations: Yolk offers curbside pick-up every day for items ordered online or via phone. If you don't feel like venturing out, you can request next day delivery for a flat $10 fee. For store visits, face coverings are required and distancing is enforced. Forgot your mask? No worries, they sell some pretty fashionable ones for both adults and kids so you can buy one there and while you're at it, you might as well throw in a bottle of their very own brand of cucumber and honeydew scented hand sanitizer gel!

3910 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
323-426-9391
Online: shopyolk.com

 

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Treehaus

We love neighborhood spots that also give back to the community and Treehaus in Atwater Village is one of the best! This eclectic boutique started out as a pop-up shop in a vintage VW bus and has grown into a stylish hub with high-quality offerings. There's everything from kids acoustic guitars in every color imaginable to "pinky swear" hand salt and pepper shakers and, because helping others holds a special place in their hearts, the owners also hold bi-monthly art sales and contribute a portion of all proceeds to local charities. This is the kind of shopping we can get behind!

Don't Miss: Moms can stock up on their fashionable new summer line of apron dresses, pocket skirts, and breezy culottes that are great for feeling lovely while lounging.

Covid Considerations: Treehaus is limiting customers to 4 at a time in the store and masks are required to enter. They have also placed hand sanitizer near the front door and ask that you use it before browsing. If coming inside is not an option, you can shop online and request non-contact pick-up OR spend $50 or more for free shipping! The staff also wears masks and disinfects the store between customers. As if all of this weren't enough, Treehaus also sells masks and for every one sold, one mask is donated to those in need.

3153 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village
323-230-6776
Online: treehausla.com

–Jenifer Scott

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