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2017 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Cambridge
Put another gold star on the reward chart for this shop: In addition to the Lego sets and Melissa & Doug puzzles your kids demand, […]
2016 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Whether you’re shopping for an infant or a 12-year-old, this toy heaven has just about every plaything imaginable. Choose from polka-dotted sidewalk chalk, marble maze […]
2014 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

So often, toy shopping is an experience in extremes: You’re either wading in aisle-to-aisle plastic packaging or browsing precious baubles curated to please parents’ aesthetics, […]
2013 Best Toy Store

Curious George

Cambridge
Anatomy of a Winner: We all shed tears when our favorite impetuous primate and his long-suffering companion, the man with the yellow hat, lost their […]
2012 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge
What you won’t find here: Bratz dolls, shoot-’em-up Xbox games, and Disney Princess overload. What you will find: instruments, fantastical costumes, and puzzles you’ll be […]
2011 Best Toy Store

Persnickety Toys

North Adams
You won’t find any beeping plastic doodads here. The name of this shop evokes both the fantastical nature of the toys on sale and the […]
2011 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Boston
This locally grown stalwart earns our salute by appealing to kids and parents alike. Stocking time-honored brands like Alex, Gund, and Manhattan Toy at a […]
2009 Best Toy Store, Children's

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge
Playtime is a serious business for this locally owned favorite, which packs its sizable stores (including a new Burlington outpost) with 2,000-plus toys that skew […]
2008 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge
You’ve got years to share the benefit of your lessons learned with the next generation (video-game mastery is not a marketable skill; Elvis Costello is […]
2007 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Boston
Finding the right playthings can be something of a tightrope walk—they need to be educational but not boring, creative but not too messy, fun but […]
2006 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge
Toys that don’t require multiple batteries or power cords took a hit after the advent of the Xbox. But Stellabella has brought them back in […]
2005 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Brookline Village
Scorning soulless plastic and cynical corporate tie-ins, Henry Bear’s makes a specialty of medieval castles, wooden blocks, dinosaur hand puppets, and dolls ready for teatime. […]
2004 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Cambridge
The best toy stores have irresistible playthings and eye-popping colors, which is why Henry Bear’s Park in Cambridge is our winner. From dress-up dolls to […]
2003 Best Toy Store

Stellabella Toys

Cambridge
Children grow up way too fast. But at Stellabella Toys, everything slows down—at least long enough to free the inner child—in as many parents as […]