Readers’ Choice 2019: Toys

SAN FRANCISCO

Ambassador Toys

(415) 345-8697  EMBARCADERO CTR.

(415) 759-8697  WEST PORTAL

ambassadortoys.com

Ambassador Toys, with two San Francisco stores and others in Palo Alto and Truckee, focuses on educational books, music and toys “teaching children about the world,” says president Linda Kapnick. “We do not carry any guns or toys of violence.” Brands include Lego, Madame Alexander and Steiff.

 

EAST BAY

Mr. Mopps’

BERKELEY

(510) 525-9633  •  mrmopps.net

Berkeley’s Mr. Mopps’, with a toy shop and book annex, avoids mass-market products and features mostly low-tech toys that foster open-ended play and inspire creativity. The store is a source of Equal Read books, celebrating diversity in children’s literature.

 

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA

Cheeky Monkey

MENLO PARK

(650) 328-7975  •  cheekymonkeytoys.com

Located in Menlo Park, Cheeky Monkey is a local, family-owned and operated, independent toy store, in business since 1999. It specializes in finding just the right toy for anyone, newborn to adult.

 

NORTH BAY

Five Little Monkeys

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

5littlemonkeys.com

With six locations around the Bay Area, award-winning Five Little Monkeys focuses on being a community based, hands-on toy store providing unique, high quality toys in a fun and friendly environment. Great care is taken with the toy selection, emphasizing creative toys for imaginative minds that are educational, sustainable, and have exceptional play value. Convenient catalog ordering also available.

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