Shopping at local toy stores has never failed me. The unique, top-quality items are unexpected and always welcome. Whether you’re looking for a different game, active playthings, or toys that will last- shop local and you won’t be disappointed.
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association encourages us to shop local for unique toys by celebrating local toy stores on November 10, 2018. Come shop with us across Lake County at the best local neighborhood toy stores!
Brainstorm’s selection is fantastic, and it has a wide range of toys on display throughout the store along with dedicated play space to explore items I have only found online. Touching, manipulating and watching my kids play with toys before buying them is a huge bonus, but I must say that the free gift wrap is what gets me every time. The staff knows what kids like and are available to help you at any time. Shelves are filled with art supplies, crafts, games, explorative activities and imaginative play things you won’t find at the big box stores. If an inspirational toy is on your mind for a child, check out Brainstorm, and don’t forget to ask for the complimentary gift wrap!
If you want to give an actual item (read: not gift cards) to a bigger kid, check out Ron’s Mundelein Hobbies where you’ll find the most unique and best quality remote control (RC) helicopters, planes, trucks, cars, drones, and vehicles that can battle. I may or may not have picked one up for the big kid I married. Norm’s shop is primarily about model trains- ALERT! ALERT! He has TWO trains that he gladly turns on for his customers; my three-year-old and I watched for half an hour and could have stayed longer. The shop boasts unique toys in the front that would make any train or vehicle lover go mad: die-cast cars/planes, slot cars, and balsa wood gliders are only a few of the options available. Item prices are competitive, but nothing beats the ‘try before you buy’ policy Ron’s Mundelein Hobbies employs.
There is a special place in my heart for Snickelfritz as I’ve shopped there for special toys most of my life. The knowledgeable, friendly staff is sure to help you find just what you’re looking for. With shelves bursting full of goodness, you cannot leave this store without finding something you’ve never seen. The store boasts imaginative, creative and building-type toys for all ages. Grab a gift and get it wrapped for FREE!
Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore located on Highland Park’s main shopping street is a little slice of childhood nirvana. The store offers the latest toys, books and accessories loved by newborns through eight years old. The store is staffed by, and all the toys are hand-picked, by a team of full time certified K-8 teachers ready and willing to answer your questions and guide you to the perfect toy.
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
21540 W. Field Parkway, Deer Park
(847) 438-8300 | Facebook
Learning Express Toys believes service and knowledge do make a difference. They offer many cool services such as a Birthday Registry, Free Gift Wrapping, Free Personalization, and a Frequent Buyer Program! Skill Builders for special needs children.
When you shop local this season, be sure to let them know Little Lake County sent you!