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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 19th 2011

Do you want to make one of your days in New York City perfect for the children? Then, schedule a short visit to each one of New York City's best toy stores, then top it off with a visit to one of the candy stores. Your children will think they've been transported to the perfect world.

If you can't decide which toy store to visit first, think about doing it according to size. You might want to start out at one of the smaller ones, and let the oldest and most famous one in New York City be your last stop for the day.

FAO Schwarz, 767 5th Avenue

This is the toy store made famous by being featured in the movies Home Alone 2 and Big. (If you recall the scene from this movie, you know it's the one where Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia are dancing on the big floor piano). You can actually do that, as well as some other fun, free activities. These include playing games in the Rec Room or riding one of the motion simulators.

Allow yourself plenty of time to browse through the store. You should have no problem there, because it's open from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM Monday-Saturday, and from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday.

Toys "R" Us, Corner of 44th Street and Broadway (Times Square)

Sure, there's probably a Toys "R" Us in your city (there are even other locations in and around NYC—residents are never far away from one), but does the one in your city happen to be in Times Square? Or does it have a 60-foot Ferris Wheel inside the store? What about a 21-foot dinosaur that operates by motion sensors?

Did we also happen to mention the candy shop? What about the fact that you can actually play with some of the toys, such as the oversize Barbie dollhouse or the Lego® building blocks? Drop by Monday-Saturday from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM and see what else the NYC Toys "R" Us has to offer.

Toy Tokyo

This is a relative newcomer on the New York City toy store scene, but it has managed to make a name for itself in that short period of time (it opened in 2000). You have to actually be looking for the shop to find it, because it requires climbing a set of old, not-very-safe looking (but they are) stairs to get to the location on 91 2nd Avenue. (There's a second location at 1427 27th Avenue, Astoria, Brooklyn if you are closer to that area).

This is mainly a doll/figurine toy store, but it has something for everyone, from Japanese Samurai to Indiana Jones and Star Wars figures. You can even decorate your own doll, if you wish.

Boomerang Toys, 119 West Broadway

This particular toy store focuses mainly on toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. You can find one-of-a-kind items as well as name brand toys and other merchandise. If you have older children, though, you don't have to plan two trips to two different stores. There are some toys for older children, including board games, science kits, and other items.
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Why? Because who doesn't love toys
When: Check with the respective store
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on the toy
I don't care how old I get, I will always go to toy stores and enjoy it haha. FAO and Toys R' Us are my favorites. It's even better because the people are actually nice there -- I guess it's easier to be that way when you work around toys all day!
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