Shopping in a new town is one of the great adventures of vacation. Great, unless you're trying to shop with little children in tow. Then it can be a bit more of a challenge. Unless, of course, you're shopping at a great toy shop.
Lucky for us, South Carolina has lots of charming, unique and delightful toy stores, perfect for the child in all of us
Check out six of our favorites:
O.P Taylor's, Greenville
O.P. Taylors on Main Street is a little like Doctor Who's space ship-it's bigger on the inside! This toy store just keeps offering more surprises and discoveries as you continue to explore. Combine a visit to O.P. Taylor's with an afternoon finding the Mice on Main throughout downtown Greenville and a stop at the candy counter in Mast General Store. You'll have one great shopping day for both parents and kids!
Toy Isle, Pawleys Island
When you're visiting the Grand Strand, make sure you check out Toy Isle. The shop has lots of games, toys and stuffed animals, but what makes it so perfect are all the beach toys. From friendly octopus buckets and starfish shovels, to terrifying shark kites and lightening-fast skimboards, Toy Isle has everything little ones (and the kid in all of us) need for a great beach adventure.
Monkey's Uncle Toy Store, Beaufort
Monkey's Uncle Toy Store is nestled right in the center of lovely historic Beaufort. With lots of charming classic toys and exciting modern ones too, in a charming, antique building on Bay Street, Monkey's Uncle is a lot like Beaufort itself - a mix of the best of old and new.
Be Beep, Columbia
This little toy store has been a fixture in the Capital City since 1986. It's extensive selection of toys offers fun options for every age child, from games and stuffed animals to crafts and building blocks. You'll even find oldies parents will remember like Slip 'n Slide and pick-up sticks.
Wonder Works, Mount Pleasant
Whether you're shopping for a newborn or a teenager, you'll find a cool gift at Wonder Works. Specialty brands sold here include Bruder, Calico Critters, Fat Brain Toy Co., LEGO, and JellyCat. Pick a category: trucks, trains, science and nature, puzzles, books, arts and crafts - this store has it all.
With a name like Hakabohu, you know this store is going to be magical. Make bathtime fun for your toddler with the Submarine Spray Station. For the even younger set, there's NogginStik, a developmental rattle with a soft, soothing sound and three light-up colors that encourage visual tracking. Other top-selling toys include Kidoozie Funtime Tractor, Mermaid Jewelry and the Three Little Piggies Game.