Seattle families like to play local. We have our favorite neighborhood playground, bouncy houses and covered play spaces for rainy days. And we can choose to buy marble runs, art supplies, wacky tracks and bubble machines from any of several independently-owned toy sellers offering the best birthday presents in town. If you’re ready to give the mom-and-pop stores a try, we’ve rounded up five one-of-a kind stores that sell durable, green and (above all) imaginative toys for kids age zero… to adult.

Clover Toys

A toy boutique in the heart of Ballard, Clover is a favorite stop for kids, especially on Sundays during the Ballard Farmers Market. Creaky wood floors and big front windows surround a slew of giftable toys, games and costumes. Clover displays pint-sized instruments little ones are welcome to shake and strum, as well as a large selection of natural items like colorful stacking shapes from Wooden Wagon.

5333 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
206-782-0715
Online: clovertoys.com

Don’t see your favorite indie toy store on our list? Tell us about it in a comment below.

-Sara Billups

Photo credits: Clover Toys Facebook page, Curious Kidstuff Facebook page, Retroactive Kids Store Facebook page, Planet Happy Toys website, Top Ten Toys Facebook page & Wee Tots Facebook page