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Stellabella Toys

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 always better with the Attractions). For now, let your kids figure things out by doing what they do best: namely, play. Stellabella is stacked to the rafters with toys to nurture any emerging interest, e.g., Rokenbok construction sets for wannabe hardhats, Alex collage kits and sparkly PlayFoam for crafts lovers, Andean flutes for folk musicians in the making. The Inman Square flagship also offers play groups, so tots can connect not just with their interests, but with each other, too.

1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-491-6290,