Kiddlestix

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File this one under “coolest toy store ever.” Kiddlestix, located at 3815 S. Harvard Ave. (on the east side of the street, between I-44 and the Broken Arrow Expressway), offers a colorful profusion of toys designed to stimulate kids’ imaginations and help them learn a little something in the process.

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You won’t find a selection of XBox games here. Instead, you’ll find umpteen different kinds of Sea-Monkeys, scores of hand and finger puppets that look more like art than toys, craft kits, erector sets, ant farms, toy trains, bead tables, lifelike stuffed animals, dolls (and all the pretty pink furniture a baby doll and her owner could ever want), dress-up clothes, jewelry boxes with dancing ballerinas inside, wind-up toys, dinosaurs, magic tricks, board games, soap crayons, tub toys, Noah’s arks, inflatable bugs, knights in shining armor, pirate ships, toy pianos, child-sized acoustic guitars, tooth-shaped treasure boxes for exchanges with the tooth fairy, pretend power tools (including drills and chainsaws), hats that double as puppets, a wide assortment of baby toys, and a gift-wrap table where the employees will render your purchases birthday-party-ready.

I practically had to drag my husband out of the store after he found himself preoccupied with an elaborate display of remote-control construction vehicles that load plastic beads onto a Rube Goldberg-type contraption.

Prices are a little steep on some items (I spent the better end of $50 on a hand puppet for my nephew a few weeks ago, but it was just too beautiful to pass up), but the quality is good, the service is great, and many of the toys are so hard to find, so educationally valuable, or just so flat-out cool that they’re well worth the expense.

I could go on, but I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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(This little ostrich was so cute, I couldn’t resist buying him for my nephew.)

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Kiddlestix is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Grades:
Value: A-
Service: A
Convenience: B
Products: A+
Overall: A

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~ by redforkhippie on February 11, 2007.

13 Responses to “Kiddlestix”

  1. Kiddlestix has been our favorite toy store for years. Skip the malls and discount stores. We can almost ALWAYS find a great selection for our kids and their friends – age baby – 10-ish. The only “bargains” are found on an interesting clearance rack. Other toys are normally priced – with some pricier items mixed in. Great games, building toys, puzzles, toddler toys, Taggies, Crafts, little plastic animals and gorgeous plush toys. They don’t have space or time for junk. It is a good place to find the Oppenheimer and Dr. Mom award winning toys. Just allow some time – especially if your own children are with you. The Harvard store is just North of the Sonic and Gardening Store. This is the place to find children’s presents quickly and painlessly. It doesn’t even scare the Dad’s away. Only minuses- be sure of the shopping hours. The windows are so dark, they are often open- but look closed.

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    I just came upon this website via the blogging baby website. Interesting post. This could have easily been written by me (with just a change or two). Funny to read another\’s story that is so similar to my own.

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  4. Do you carry wwe wrestling figures?

  5. do you have animal rubber bands

  6. This is for my daughter not me

  7. You need to contact Kiddlestix to get the answer to your question. This is an independent site that just reviews local businesses. Indie Tulsa is not affiliated with Kiddlestix.

  8. Kiddlestix looks like a fun toy store. I love the look of the big puppets in the first photo. Looking further down the images there is an original TIM Flying Bird, that I used to have as a kid. I didn’t have it for long as my cat mistook it for a real bird, leapt on it and ripped both wings with her claws. LOL…

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  10. do you have wrap hobby horse?

  11. i love all of these toys i half to get one for mt two girls

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  13. I very rarely will take the time to leave a review… But when any business does as well as this one I feel obligated. First of all it is a local business and the people that work there are so very kind and they all seem to love kids. They have THE best selection of toys, hands down. I was shocked by the variety. Our boys loooove playmobil stuff and their selection far supersedes toys r us. Their toys, for the most part, are different than those of commercial stores. I love their British toy lines that do not require battery’s. Their toys can be a bit on the pricey side, but the quality makes it worth it. It’s a great atmosphere, great location, great staff, and you definitely get what you pay for. I look forward to taking my son here until he is too embarrassed to be seen in public with me ;)

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