Best of Boston

2001 BEST Toy Store

Stellabella

Only enlightened children need apply. Stellabella, you see, is a completely gun-free shop that specializes in educational toys. But before you start criticizing what political correctness has done to childhood fun, check out the selection: nature projects, musical instruments, colorful science puzzles, and bulk art supplies. Better still, look at what the kids are doing. They’re singing songs, painting, listening to stories, riding on oversized stuffed animals: just plain playing. Prices are reasonable, and the staff is beyond helpful. It’s like one big PBS special come to life.

1360 Cambridge St. Cambridge 617-491-6290 stellabellatoys.com/