Toys aren't just about making your kids happy - they can also be important educational tools as kids learn and develop their skills through play. If you're shopping around for something to entertain the little ones with, try hitting up some of these toy stores around the Klang Valley.
The selection of toys at Janie & Joe is carefully curated to ensure that only high quality, fun and educational toys make it onto the shelves – and they also specialise in toys for children with special educational needs. The brands offered here are hard to come by anywhere else and include Djeco, BrainBox Games, Seedling and EverEarth.
One of the oldest and most well-known toy shops in the world, Hamleys started in London way back in 1760, and entered the Malaysian market in 2013 with its first flagship store in 1 Utama Shopping Centre. It carries an impressive range of toys from giants such as Hasbro and Mattel, but also has its own range toys like stuffed animals and remote control toys. Just visiting the store is a treat for kids as there’s always entertaining activities, competitions and character visits.
Toys can be fun learning tools for children, even at a very young age, and the selection at Mum Little Tots in OUG is designed to cater for children from as young as six months to over four years old. Toys like puzzle cubes, activity blocks and memory games focus on developing problem solving and logic skills, but there are also story dolls and ‘pretend play’ toys to spark imagination.
For most 90s kids – and perhaps even before that – Toys “R” Us was the toy store to be at every festive season. Claiming to be ‘the largest child-related product specialty chain store in the world’, you’ll find everything from prams and sports equipment to swing sets and board games. The usual favourites like Hot Wheels, Barbie dolls and Nerf guns are also well represented. There are 16 shops in the Klang Valley alone so there’s always one round the corner.
Designed like a traditional European toy store with a large windowed storefront and colourful striped awning, this Publika shop instantly tempts children (and the child at heart) to wander in and explore all the colourful playthings on sale. Skateboards, hoverboards and scooters are popular here, but wooden creations like the dollhouses and kitchen sets are so pretty, we’re putting them on our Christmas wish lists too!
Located on the second floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre, York House is packed to the brim with toys – so many that they even line the entrance! Their selection doesn’t just stop at the regular Hasbro, Mattel and Lego offerings and you’ll also find arts and craft supplies, pool toys, and even quadcopter aircrafts for the big boys (and girls!)
Besides physical toy stores, there are plenty of online toy shops that you can order toys from and LittleKindle falls into this bracket. They focus on electronic learning toys that are handpicked from abroad, but there’s also plenty of your regular dolls, children’s books, action figures as well as arts and crafts. Their hottest product currently is the InnoTV, which is touted as ‘an educational video gaming system for children’.