The 5th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day will be held on Saturday, November 8th to help kick off the holiday shopping season!  Participating stores will host local in-store events for families such as face painting, magic shows, craft projects, live performances and special discounts.  To find a local event near you, visit

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There is something so exciting about walking into a toy store.  The thrill of what you might find is still as strong as an adult as it was when I was a child.  A great toy store has a mix of familiar stapes along with unique play things that you have yet to discover.  Our favorite neighborhood toy store is Oh My Darlings in South Haven, Michigan.

South Haven is our adopted beach town where we spend every weekend, and school vacation week, we can.  The downtown is picturesque and filled with ice cream shops, boutiques, wine tasting rooms and the cutest toy store.  We can't walk by without stopping in.

Once inside, you are greeted by an old fashion candy wall where spare change can score you a delicious treat!

Oh My Darlings has books, gifts and keepsakes for newborns to big kids.

Shopping at our favorite neighborhood toy store is my secret for finding one of a kind gifts for everyone on my holiday list.

neighborhood toy store day

Get ready to discover the best new toys in town!  The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has put out its list of the best toys and they are available at your neighborhood toy store now.  Here are a few of our family's faves...

Sands Alive lets you mold, squish and shape this moldable indoor sand compound for a unique playtime experience. Similar to cookie dough, yet fluffy like a cloud, the Sands Alive is organic, anti-bacterial, and water soluble, Sands Alive will never dry out.

PipSquigz by Fat Brain Toys are colorful suction toys that provide tactile, visual and auditory stimulation for babies 6 months and up.  They are a must have in our house to keep Will entertained in his high chair!

The Architetrix Constructor Set by Hape is a toy that encourages kids to think outside the box with this unconventional construction set. Build spatial-reasoning, critical-thinking and problem solving skills while creating a variety of structures.  Kit includes 33 green bamboo building rods and 14 translucent nodes.

The Royal Princess Playhouse by International Playthings is super easy to set up and provides a play space for hours of imagination and fun.

Weaving is fast and simple with the LoopDeLoom! Children can weave almost anything, from cell phone cases to scarves, thanks to spinning pegs that speed up the weaving process. Children can weave just about anything with 120 feet of yarn.

Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toy Company arouses curiosity, stimulate the senses and engages the imagination with the new Teeter Popper!  This unique toy improves core strength, balance, coordination and gross-motor skills all in one. Play with Teeter Popper by rocking it, rolling it, sitting in it, or standing on it for endless fun.

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To see  the entire list of winners, visit  It's a great starting point for your holiday shopping!

Learn more about Neighborhood Toy Store Day at or on Twitter at @TheWoohooFactor.  Shop local and support businesses in your community!