Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, a visiting a toy store can be a magical experience, filled with possibilities. Sometimes it’s fun just to browse or let kids bring their allowance to find something special and sometimes you need to find the perfect gift. Find a Calgary toy store near you.
This unassuming store is hidden away just east of Chinook Centre and is packed with imported and educational toys as well as sturdy playthings made of wood, high-quality and safe plastics, and recycled materials. Castle Toys has been providing toys and gifts to Western Canada for over 30 years. They carry a wide range of Brio, Breyer, Bruder, Corolle, LEGO, Melissa and Doug, Playmobil, Ravensburger, Schleich, WOW Toys, and many more reputable brands of quality toys. They have an extensive collection of beautiful dollhouses, dollhouse furniture and characters, and other nice items.
Address: Suite #101 – 5718 1A Street SW, Calgary, AB
Cherry Tree Lane
Calgary’s newest toy store, Cherry Tree Lane opened an online shop in late 2020 and now has a physical shop in the community of Crescent Heights. They share a space with Besties floral cafe, in the historic Tigerstedt block, with ample parking behind the building. They are open Tuesday to Sunday and have a great selection of Grimms, Grapat, and Sarah’s Silks among many other coveted international brands, plus toys from local toymakers, too. They have a STEM toy collection and a curated selection of books. In short, they have a passion for all things play and they are waiting to inspire your imagination. You can still order online and enjoy local delivery or free local pickup in Calgary.
Nestled in Chinook Centre, this toy store is full of hard-to-find toys for both kids and more grown-up toy collectors. The store carries a ton of Lego, with sets that will please even the pickiest Lego enthusiast in your family. Other popular items include their Mario Cart remote control cars, games, a vast array of educational toys, and Kid Robot Japanese collectable figures.
Address: Chinook Centre: 6455 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
While most of us know Chapters and Indigo as great places to buy books, they also stock a number of educational and high-quality toys, games, and puzzles. Selection will vary from store to store, but you should be able to find toys based on your kids’ favourite books (Curious George, Peter Rabbit, Olivia, etc), arts and crafts sets for a variety of ages, and quality wooden toys and puzzles for babies and toddlers.
Most kids like LEGO, and some kids adore it. This colourful, well-designed store features consumer-friendly play areas (during non-COVID times), a “Pick A Brick” wall where you can buy blocks in bulk, and, of course, about a zillion different Lego building sets. During non-COVID times, the Build-A-Minifigure station is also a huge hit.
Address: Chinook Centre: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB
With four locations in Calgary, Mastermind Toys is filled with classic, educational, and popular toys for kids. They also have games, puzzles, and books, and they “search the world” for the best products to inspire and delight your kids. Find STEM-related toys, Calico Critters, LEGO, Playmobil, and more. During non-COVID times, you’ll also find in-store events throughout the year.
This huge, award-winning toy store is worth the short trip to Okotoks. The store prides itself on carrying top-rated toys that have an educational element and are safe and, if possible, eco-friendly. Look for loads of fun craft sets, construction toys, science kits, games, and puzzles.
Address: 30 McRae St, Okotoks, AB
Toys R Us
These are the big guys, and while they may not specialize in unique or hard-to-find toys, in a pinch you’ll probably be able to find something that will suit the kids on your gift list. Toys R Us carries most major brand-name toys and toys licensed from major movies and TV shows, and their in-house brand often has items that are similar to expensive brand-name toys, but at much less expensive prices.
Who’s Who in the Zoo
If you ever happen to be in the Calgary Airport, make a stop at Who’s Who in the Zoo. Their main store is located on the Departures level, with additional stores for travellers behind security. They have an amazing selection of toy and model aircraft, plus stuffed animals, toys that wiggle, move, and squeak, and travel items. And just so you know, the first 30 minutes of parking is free in the short-term Calgary Airport parkade.
Address: 2000 Airport Rd NE, Calgary, AB
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can enjoy these toy stores at any age! But if you’re looking more for unique game shops, check out Games People Play Inc at the North Hill Centre, Mind Games at Northland Village, or The Sentry Box, downtown.
Happy playing, Calgary!