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Our Favorite Twin Cities Independent Toy Stores

Mischief Toy Shop – Grand Avenue, St. Paul | photo by Twin Cities Mom Collective

Supporting local businesses is an important value of Twin Cities Mom Collective. We are lucky to have many amazing family-owned toy stores right here in our community with incredible selections for children of all ages. Studies show that even moving 10% of your shopping to local businesses can bring millions of dollars to your community. Consider adding these toy stores to your list when looking for gifts! Guarantee they will brighten you day.

Air Traffic | Burnsville, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Roseville

A great family-owned business for all your outdoor games, like disc golf and kite flying.

Brickmania Toys | Minneapolis

A great location for LEGO and other brick building enthusiasts now moved out of their former Mall of America location and back into NE Minneapolis.

Games by James | Burnsville, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Roseville, Edina

Games by James specializes in games but also carries hobby items and some toys. If you are looking to add some fun to your family game night, this is the place for you!

Good Kids | White Bear Lake

GoodThings Kids offers “Play Experts” to help you find the perfect gift for any child.

Heroic Goods and Games | Minneapolis 

In this toy store that carries “goods of heroic proportions” you’ll find comic books, video games, board games, and puzzle-inspired fun.

Hub Hobby Center | Richfield, Little Canada

Hub Hobby Center claims the title of the largest hobby shop in the Midwest. They not only carry anything you could need for traditional hobbies (model trains, radio control, model rockets, plastic models, etc.), but their merchandise now includes games, puzzles, toys, science projects, art and craft kits, and a whole host of other items too numerous to mention. 


Kiddywampus | Hopkins, Chanhassen

Created by a lawyer and mother of three, Kiddywampus aims to provide a selection of the most unique toys, books, and accessories for creative, imaginative, and curious kids. They also offer weekly classes, summer camps, and year-round special events. 

Kinoko Kids | Minneapolis

Kinoko focuses on classic, quality toys, books, art supplies, decor, gifts, and vintage finds for kids ages 0-10…and beyond.

Legacy Toys | Bloomington, Minnetonka, Edina

Legacy Toys strives to be an experiential toy shop.  They encourage families to laugh, play, and grow together because they believe that making the world a better place for our kids is the best legacy they can have.  

Mischief Toys | Saint Paul

Mischief Toys is a family-owned store that grew with their family. Once Peapods, Mischief now carries a variety of curiosities, hands-on educational toys, outdoor activities, books, art and creative kits, science kits, and more!

Owl and Octopus | Wayzata

Relatively new on the Toy Store scene, The Owl and The Octopus opened in November of 2018 in Wayzata. They combine small-town charm and a friendly, knowledgeable staff with an extensive modern inventory.

Pacifier | Minneapolis, St Paul, Edina, Wayzata

Pacifier carries a selection of carefully curated products and merchandise for parents who are looking for boutique brands, organic fabrics, and other unique and fun gifts. 

Pinwheels and Play Toys | Minneapolis

This place is packed full of fun in multiple rooms. Also just around the corner from the beloved children’s book store Wild Rumpus if you want to make it a multi-stop shopping trip.

Something Safari | Excelsior

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Something Safari – Excelsior, MN | photo by Twin Cities Mom Collective

Small but mighty toy store in downtown Excelsior. What it lacks in space, it makes up for in variety.  They’ve creatively used every square inch of space to ensure that there is a wide selection of books, games, educational toys, costumes, puzzles, sensory toys, fidgets, and more!

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