The specialist mega toy store (yes, mega) stocks everything your child would ever dream of playing with. In their boys’ zone is an array of cars and action figures while doll houses and karaoke sets can be found in the girls’ zone. They also have a family zone and cyber zone with board games, TV and computer games, puzzles and so much more. They have numerous stores in Gauteng, two in KwaZulu-Natal, one in the Free State and one in Mpumalanga, so check out their website for contact details.
The Toy Factory Shop
The Toy Factory Shop, as the name suggests, is a factory shop fully dedicated to the play needs of little ones. Branded toys from Barbie to Ben 10 and Disney can be found here, not to mention iPod docks and electric scooters. They really have everything a youngster could want and it’s all far cheaper than commercial toy shops. The owner also assures us that the products are not damaged or imperfect in any way. The stock is all end-of-range and new, meaning you get great toys at a considerably better price. You can thank us later.
With their toys divided into age/gender, pretend play, arts and crafts, educational, puzzles, wooden toys, wheels and other, you’re given a range that caters to your kids’ specific toy needs at this family-run business. Polly Potter’s also offers online shopping for your convenience.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us, the well-known and trusted retailer available nationwide offers a wide range of toy options in their different categories and hot deals on their site. Your kids won’t want to leave the store once inside…
Babies R Us
Babies R Us is a division of Toys R Us, which specialises in merchandise and toys for babies and toddlers. You get everything from walkers and strollers to soft rattle toys and wooden building blocks – in case you have a little architect on your hands.
Founded by William Hamley in 1760, Hamleys has been making children’s dreams come true in their toy stores. The store is well known internationally and its branches in South Africa can be found in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Splurge on your kids in this wonderland.
They describe their stores as fantasy wonderlands – and with every item every prince and princess could ever want under their roof, they are exactly that. Take a browse through Baby Boulevard (with items for 0–24-month-olds), girls’ and boys’ sections, Lego Lane, Barbie House, Princess Place and Soldier Street. Every one of their five stores is unique, so we encourage you to visit each spot to find the one you – and your little one – love most. Find them around CT: V&A Waterfront, Peggity’s Toys, Canal Walk, Tyger Valley, Cavendish Square and Blue Route Mall.
What started as a small family-run store in 2009 selling only Lego has now grown into three well-loved toy stores in Pretoria and Centurion. Their focus is on quality toys that give good value for money, including all major brands like Lego, Playmobil, Top Model, Burago and many more. They’ve since expanded into ecommerce, stocking over 6 000 products, so check out their online store as they offer free door-to-door delivery for orders over R499. Find them at Byls Bridge Promenade in Centurion, and Grove Mall and Irene Village Mall in Pretoria.
This fun store in Hermanus stocks every baby item, toy and game imaginable, appealing to both young and young at heart. They’re constantly sourcing new products to keep up with the latest international toy trends to keep all boys and girls happy. Find them at 16 Mitchell Street in Hermanus.
By Cleopatra Shava
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