As any kid can tell you the only way to know if a toy is any good is to test drive it first, so Happy Up Inc. enforces a strict DO PLAY policy, as well as offering help from toy experts, party times, Kindermusik, fund raisers and more. All that — plus toys to suit kids of any age — make this a great destination for play. Happy Up Inc. is located at 8107 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63105, and 6654-A Edwardsville Crossing Dr., Edwardsville, IL, 62025. Call 314-725-2455 for the store in Clayton and 618-656-9596 for the Edwardsville location.
My Room Rocks | Chesterfield Mall and West County Center
Shoppers can create their own custom dollhouses at My Room Rocks. It also features crafts, jewelry, sports items, science fun and more gift items. My Room Rocks offers a special wish list program to make Santa's job a bit easier. My Room Rocks is located inside Chesterfield Mall at 29 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MO, 63017; and inside West County Center at 80 West County Center, St. Louis, MO, 63131. Call 636-812-2772 for the Chesterfield location and 314-822-5225 for the West County Center location.
Bright Idea Toys | Town and Country
Sneak a little learning into playtime with a visit to Bright Idea Toys. This local toy store offers a variety of fun learning products for brain-powered play. Bright Idea Toys is located at 1050 Schnucks Woodsmill Plaza, Town and Country, MO, 63017. Call 636-386-8300 for more information.
Puzzle Warehouse | Kirkwood
If your child enjoys a great puzzle, you're in luck! St. Louis happens to be home to Puzzle Warehouse, which advertises that it is the largest jigsaw puzzle distributor in the United States. Puzzle Warehouse has been shipping puzzles across the country online since 2003, and also operates a 13,000-square-foot retail center in Kirkwood. Find thousands of puzzles in various sizes, shapes and difficulty levels for puzzlers of all ages and interests. Puzzle Warehouse is located at 665 Leffingwell Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63122. Call 314-856-4030 for more information.
Toy Tyme Play & PARTaY Room | Chesterfield
If your child loves a good game of pretend, visit the Toy Tyme Play & PARTaY Room at Chesterfield Mall for a large selection of dolls, cars, trains, kitchens and more. Toy Tyme also hosts parties and offers playtime hours. Toy Tyme is located inside Chesterfield Mall at 29 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MO, 63017. Call 636-733-0088 for more information.
Frisco Train Store | Valley Park
Is there a more timeless, classic gift than a really great train set? Many of us have fond memories of listening to that determined little "chugga-chugga" punctuated by the joy of a playful "toot toot!" Share that fun with your child with a trip to the Frisco Train Store. Shop dollhouses, kitchens, castles and, obviously, tons of trains! Frisco Train Store is located at 24 Front Street, Valley Park, MO, 63088. Call 636-529-1660.
Circle of Knowledge | Sunset Hills
From science kits to toddler Noggin Stix, Circle of Knowledge has a wide variety of toys for curious kids. Circle of Knowledge is located at 10980 Sunset Hills Plaza, Sunset Hills, MO, 63127. Call 314-821-5150.
The Teachers' Lounge | South County
Stock up on gifts to give kids a jumpstart on learning at The Teachers' Lounge in South County. Find what's trending now or classic gifts including art supplies, books, puzzles and more. The Teachers' Lounge is also a great spot to shop for your child's A+ teachers. The Teachers' Lounge is located at 21 Ronnie's Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63126. Call 314-843-2227.
Imagination Toys | Ladue
One of the oldest and most established local toy stores in St. Louis, Imagination Toys specializes in educational, developmental and creative toys. Imagination Toys is located at 9737 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO, 63124. Call 314-993-6288.
Play Simple Toys | St. Peters
Spark your child's imagination with classic toys like puzzles, games, dolls, pretend play items and more. Play Simple Toys is located at 7521 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO, 63376. Call 636-397-8697.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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