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.
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.
(This little ostrich was so cute, I couldn’t resist buying him for my nephew.)
Kiddlestix is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.