De-Stress from Life with Stress Balls and Fidget Toys for All Ages

Mellow moods and improve focus with fidget spinners, stress balls, and more from local Seattle shops.

02/17/2023 By Brian Olson

Stuffie Stuff

Adorable Stuffed Animals for Kids from Local Seattle Shops

From huskies to orcas (and every fluff level in-between), this is a lineup of cozy stuffies and plush toys from local Seattle toy stores.

02/13/2023 By Brian Olson

Home Collections

Alice Finch Builds Epic Lego Models

The Bippity Bricks founder creates massive Lego architecture and champions equity and inclusion in the world of toy building.

12/20/2022 By Angela Cabotaje Photography by Chona Kasinger


Help Santa Out with These Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Nostalgic wooden toys from Clover Toys, Flora and Henri, and Fruitsuper, plus building blocks, local gummies, and more.

11/28/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Made in WA

The Toys “R” Hers

Helen Malsed of Magnolia invented the Slinky Dog and Snap-Lock Beads.

08/23/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Made in WA

11 Games, Toys, and Tools Invented in Washington

Pickleball, Pictionary, and Magic: The Gathering all started here.

08/23/2022 Edited by Benjamin Cassidy By Seattle Met Staff


Seattle’s 10 Best Toy Shops for Kids and Adults Alike

Snapdoodle’s educational toys, Archie McPhee’s grown-up-friendly gaffes, and board games as far as the eye can see.

12/13/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

Quote Unquote

Archie McPhee Founder Mark Pahlow Takes Kidding Around Very Seriously

“What’s the right level of absurdity and contrariness that might make this work?”

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams

Retail Spotlight

Toys, Tea Parties, and Mini Seahawks Gear at Satsuma

Jennifer Porter's new Wedgwood shop is a paradise for kiddos (and parents who want to shop local).

11/12/2015 By Dominique Etzel

Time's Ticking

Six Sure-Thing Last-Minute Gift Shopping Stops

Where to grab the goods before midnight hits your gift list

12/22/2014 By Amanda Zurita


PubliCalendar: Donate!

Today's picks for civic nerds

11/26/2014 By Darren Davis


Should You Attend Everfree NW?

The three-day convention for Seattleites who love the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic starts July 5. We’ll help you decide if you should go.



Introducing: City Mouse Studio and Store

Remember the name game at Donna Ryan Photography? It’s over; the West Seattle children’s shop and studio has a new name.

01/31/2011 By Laura Cassidy


Meet the Shopkeepers: Tottini

With this South Lake Union kid’s shop, little ones never have to know about poor design, drab ideas, or wasteful materials.

01/10/2011 By Malika Ritchie


Gift Map III: Kids’ Stuff

Because shopping for quality playthings isn’t always fun and games.

12/16/2010 By Laura Cassidy

The Nosh Pit Edible Gift Guide 2010

Edible Gift Guide Idea #6: Marimekko Nanuk Mug

An affordable gift that kids can grow into.

12/03/2010 By Jessica Voelker

Great People, Links

Behind the Scenes: Blogger’s Blogs

Style Counselor Taylor Kieburtz shows us her links (and then I show you mine)