Independent Toy Stores in Southeast Michigan
Ready to start your 2012 holiday shopping? Check out these local shops for great gifts your family and friends will love receiving as much as you enjoy giving.
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Address: 415 N. Fifth Ave., Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Play mats, snow gear and strollers? Check! You'll find toys, clothes and furniture for babies through tweens at this store. They carry organic, fair-trade and U.S.-made products. Open until midnight during "Midnight Madness" Friday, Nov. 30.
Address: 114 E. Fourth St., Rochester
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Looking for Playmobil sets? Froggy's Toy Stop has plenty, along with Madame Alexander dolls, Calico Critters and nooks filled with traditional toys. Kids can even cozy up by the hearth to read a good book. Call the store for extended holiday hours.
Address: 5 N. Washington St., Oxford
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
Games, toys, magic tricks and more: This shop has something for every age and interest. Stop in and check out the board games, remote-control spaceman, Department 56 collectibles, sock monkey clothing and even boy and girl versions of Elf on the Shelf.
Address: 550 Forest Ave., No. 8, Plymouth
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
If you're looking for engaging toys, Genuine Toy Co. is the place. They have award-winning family games, science and craft kits, challenging puzzles and more. You'll find pretend play items for tots, too.
Address: 17420 Hall Road, Clinton Township
Holiday hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 11, closed Nov. 22, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 24, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 10-15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 17-21, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec 22-23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24, 8-10 p.m. Dec. 26. (Note: Any dates not listed are regular store hours of 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday)
This shop stocks games, crafts, magic gadgets, LEGOs, plushes and more. There's something for the entire family, including classics like Monopoly (they have many versions) and Uno, as well as strategy games. Suitable for kids – and fun for adults, too!
Address: 5530 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
You're encouraged to play before you buy at this store. They have tons of toys to work the body and mind, from craft and science kits to Spooner Boards and Perplexus. Fun for everyone – and free gift-wrapping! Call for special promotions and hours.