No matter your age, there is a timeless sense of magic, excitement and surprise that hits you upon setting foot in a toy store. So many choices available – action figures, stuffed animals, games, electronics, comic books and so much more – can often leave the customer walking around in circles in a state of awe. For others, a mad rush to the predetermined toy is required to ensure that the beloved item is still in stock. Either way, it is only with smiles from ear to ear that you’ll be leaving these top toy stores in Baltimore.
2101 Essex St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Baltimore’s go-to store for gaming and collectible needs, Canton Games has an extensive list of board games, action figures, toys, comic books and more to satisfy even the most demanding toy shopper’s needs. The shop has the largest selection of board and card games in Maryland with more than 300 different games in stock, plus there’s even more available by special order. For toys, items include themes of Star Wars, Spiderman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft and the list goes on. Also, mark your calendar as new comics arrive on Wednesdays and special deals run frequently. Check the store’s website or stop in to visit and be wowed by the selection.
Shananigans Toy Shop
Wyndhurst Village Shopping Center
5004-B Lawndale Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21210
Children of all ages will feel as if they’re stepping into Santa’s workshop when they walk into Shananigans. There’s a large selection of toys with popular items such as GI Joe, Hot Wheels, Lego, Matchbox, Melissa & Doug, Polly Pocket, Thomas the Tank Engine and Transformers, to name a few. Additionally, find games like Cranium and a variety of Hasbro games – making this toy store a great place to shop for birthday and holiday gifts. If you’re searching for something special, call ahead and the friendly staff is always happy to help.
1623 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
With two great locations in Baltimore, the second being on Quarry Lake Drive, and the option to shop online through the website, aMuse is both a convenient and diversified toy shop. From books and puzzles to parachutes, dolls and stuffed animals, there is something for every age starting from just months old all the way up to 10+ years old. Older kids will appreciate special craft sets to create your own friendship bracelets, pottery, pillows and more. Additionally, there’s plenty of school-geared products like chemistry test labs, grow-your-own crystals, bubble science and dinosaur fossils. You can count on aMuse Toys to help make playing and learning indistinguishable.
Cards, Comics & Collectibles
100 Chartley Drive
Reisterstown, Md. 21136
Since 1984, Cards, Comics & Collectibles has been serving the greater Baltimore area and presently runs at six times its original size. Shoppers can expect to find lots of comics, old and new, including Locke & Key Alpha, Sons of Anarchy, Legenderry, Six Million Dollar Man, Turok, Twilight Zone and many, many more. However, the store also has a good selection of graphic novels, card games, toys and even baseball cards. For comic book lovers, this store hosts the annual Baltimore Comic Con, a not-to-be-missed event that will be held Sept. 5-7, 2014.
For a fun, casual place to celebrate being a geek, whether it’s love of a card game or a favorite superhero, Legends is the place to go. Find the game board you’ve been looking for with popular products like A Game of Thrones: The Card Game and The Settlers of Catan, or the more unique like Arkham Horror, Pirate Fluxx, Guillotine and Munchkin. Plus, don’t miss free board game night on Saturday evenings where you can bring a game from home or play one from off the store’s shelves. There are tournaments and game nights held regularly on Wednesdays through Saturdays, so stop in for a fun way to meet other game enthusiasts from the area.
Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at beazellblog.com and Examiner.com.