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Best Toy Stores in Washington, D.C.

May 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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With almost everything being digital these days, it is a little surprising that toy stores still exist. Many classic games are now available as online games and as apps. But since you can’t get a fuzzy hug from an iPad and playing a board game with an actual board is still fun, there are still toy stores in Washington, D.C. These toys stores have great toys for your kid and the kid at heart.

Full of Beans
5502 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 362-8566
www.facebook.com/DCFOB

Sometimes it can be hard to think of a gift for someone who is brand new to the world, especially if you want something thoughtful and unique. Full of Beans has you covered with clothing, books, toys and more for kids. You can find a toy that you know will hold a special place in your kid’s heart. As one of D.C.’s oldest children store, Full of Beans should definitely be on your list when you are shopping for gifts for children.

Doodlehopper 4 Kids
228 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-2262
www.doodlehopper.com

When you consider young children have been known to have more fun with the packaging of a present than the actual present, anything can be a gift. Doodlehopper 4 Kids carries everything from Snowtime, an indoor snowball fight toy, to Ooga Booga, a cavemen memory game. And it has several brands, including Dora The Explorer, Scholastic, American Girl, Hasbro, Hello Kitty and many more. For fun, quirky and educational toys, try this Chevy Chase gem.

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
645 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1059
www.labyrinthgameshop.com

Recently there has been some talk about whether letting young children play with digital products are effecting their development. Whether these products are hindrances or not, classic board games and puzzles like chess are known to be good for child development. They teach various skills and keep children entertained. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles is all about non-electronic games and puzzles, you won’t find any at this specialty store. You will find brain teasers, educational games, role playing games, travel games and more. Sometimes old-fashioned products are the best.

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Barstons Child’s Play
1661 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 230-9040
www.barstonschildsplay.com

With nearly 30 years of providing toys to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Barstons Child’s Play definitely knows toys. From costumes and puzzles to trains and games, this shop has a lot to keep your kid of any age entertained. If your kid loves to build model cities with blocks, play chef with a kitchen set, pretend to fix a car with a tool kit or study microorganisms with a microscope, you can find something for them at this fantastic toy store. You will go in for a birthday gift and leave with gifts for yourself.

Anglo Dutch

5460 Westbard Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 951-0636
www.anglodutchpoolsandtoys.com

Pools and toys go hand and hand. What’s more fun than playing with a toy while playing in the water? While Anglo Dutch does sell pool products and pool toys, it also sells other toys as well. So while you are getting supplies for your kid’s pool party, you can also get toys and games like Operation for your nephew’s birthday. Have fun in or out of the pool with toys from Anglo Dutch.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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