Sure, there's Amazon, and all those big box retailers out there when it comes to finding toys. But in Columbus, there is a great collection of toy-makers and quirky toy shops that have items you'll never find at those other places. Read on a guide to the unique places you can find great toys in this city!

Big Fun, in the Short North Arts District, is a relative newcomer to Columbus. Since opening last spring, Big Fun has filled its shelves with hard-to-find vintage toys and gag-gifts. If there's a toy from your childhood that you're longing to get your hands back on, Big Fun can help you out. Budget at least an hour to peruse this shop full of fun finds.

big funWild Cat Gift & Party north along High Street in Clintonville, is another eclectic shop, but rather than vintage goods, they're focused on the handmade. A large children's section includes whimsical art, clothing and a great selection of hand-made toys. Stuffed animals and wooden toys are usually in stock.

Larson's Toys and Games on Lane Avenue specializes in educational toys. If you're tired of TV show tie-ins, action figures and Disney princesses, this is the place for you! Whether it's yo-yos, train sets or science kits, the kids in your life will love these toys.



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Finally, Little Alouette is an online business with products in several retail locations in Columbus, including Whole Foods. This husband and wife team specialized in wooden baby toys, including teethers, rattles, wooden animals and blocks. No paints, dyes or finishes other than flax-seed oil are applied to these toys, making them incredibly safe and durable.


Where do you like to shop for toys in Columbus?