If you are reading this article, then you may be on a mission to track down a particular toy for a birthday present... or perhaps you're looking for an activity book for a road trip ahead... or maybe it's a rainy day and a toy shop is fun way to pass an hour - while the kids press every button in the shop! Every parent in Canberra will have a favourite place to get birthday presents and toys, however if you need to do the rounds looking for that particular toy that you can't find anywhere else, that LEGO set that isn't made anymore, then check out the following big toy shops around the city and suburbs. You should find what you're looking for, and more!
TOYS R US at Majura Park Shopping Centre is a Canberra favourite, as it has literally everything you need in the one place - from toys to craft, bikes to Barbies and swing sets to Shopkins. Everything is laid out in age and brand, making it easy to walk along and find what you are looking for. The prices are competitive and have reductions throughout the year - which is good time to stock up the present cupboard or buy things for Christmas. Our family have found it a handy place to buy larger items such as fold out kid's couches, craft tables, bikes, water play sets, scooters, ride on toys and slides. It is a one-stop-shop for all things kids, with Babies R Us also located next door. See here for details.
Also in the same centre is Big W and ALDI and across the road is IKEA, for soft and traditional wooden toys. If you're looking for play centres for more rainy day entertainment, Lollypop's Playland is located next door to Toys R Us and Småland can be found inside IKEA.
TOYS R US at Belconnen is equally as impressive, located inside the large Belconnen Westfield Shopping Centre. It has all the same range and features of the Majura Park outlet, in the convenience of a larger shopping centre to price compare with the department stores. Also take a look at K-Mart, Target and Myer in the same centre. See here for details.
TOYWORLD at Fyshwick is tucked away in the busy industrial suburb, however it is worth tracking down if you still haven't found what you are looking for. As well as having a good range of toys, particularly LEGO, they also have an extensive hobby section with an interesting array of supplies for kids and adults hobbies. In particular, if you have remote control helicopters and cars, they have the latest toys on the market and spare parts to keep them going. There are also old school favourites such as slot cars and model aircraft kits, as well as a large paint range to finish off any hobby or touch up. Although not as large as the two Toys R Us locations, it has a good range, with many products not available in other stores. See here for the latest catalogue and details.
* Warning - if you take your kids with you to these stores, you may never leave!