Top independent toy shops in Edmonton

We all know of a few big toy stores of the large franchise variety where you can buy all the toys your kids want from watching those pesky commercials. But, if you’re searching for something a bit different for that special kid or kid-at-heart, support these locally-owned shops who offer something that you can’t find elsewhere. You’ll be helping to keep the local, independent toy store landscape alive.

Princess & The Pea Inc

1
9654 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 4B2

Located in the Crestwood strip mall, Princess and the Pea carries a good selection of quality toys that may even last for the next generation, plus clothing and accessories. Here, you can find scooters, card games, educational toys and classic wooden toys, such as blocks and rocking horses. If you’re trying to teach your little ones a second language, they have the First Hundred Words books in Spanish, German, Russian, etc. For the artsy-type, they carry Andy Warhol puzzles and magnets in iconic Campbell’s Soup tin cans.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton

2
11211 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 4A1

Don’t worry, you won’t need to pay admission to get in here. The Telus World of Science gift shop is located right inside the main entrance. Every time I visit, I end up buying something really cool (like fake snow for a friend that moved to a warmer climate). The store obviously has an educational/science focus, but also carries a wide range of toys, puzzles, games, gleaming crystals and gorgeous sun catchers that appeal to people of all ages.

Comex Hobby

3
1778-8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2

With one location at West Edmonton Mall and another at Kingsway Mall, Comex Hobby is the place to go if you’re searching for anime plastic/plush figures, build-your-own car models and a few educational toys, such as telescopes and mind puzzles. If you’re into cosplay, they also have a few accessories to pull together your outfit.

Whyte Knight Toys & Games

4
201-10326 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z8

If you’re a collector, the narrow staircase winding up to this second floor Whyte Avenue shop may be worth it. The stuffed-to-the-rafters store has enough vintage collectibles, games and comics to keep you happily browsing for awhile. You may feel a pang of nostalgia as you find action figures from your childhood or a lunchbox that you used to carry.

Wee Love Baby Boutique

5
1052 91 St Sw, Edmonton, AB T6X 0P2

If you’re looking for a gift for a younger child (mostly the under six years old crowd), you’ll love the selection of wooden Melissa & Doug toys, books, stuffies and those pedal-less Strider bikes you may have seen around. This husband-and-wife operation also carries all the baby gear you’ll ever need.

Collector's Edge

AB

For pop-culture lovers, Collector’s Edge might just have your favourite television/movie paraphernalia (Gremlins, Family Guy, South Park), and action figures. Remember when Beanie Babies were all the rage? This store carries a load of them, along with other stuffies.

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