KL & Surrounds
NEW AINO Living
Ground floor, The Waterfront @ Parkcity, 5 Persiaran Residen, Desa ParkCity, KL (03 6280 8012); Lower ground 2, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 5638 3099); First floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, PJ (03 7722 1811/aino.com.my) AINO specialises in home furnishing and kitchenware. We like their wide range of functional and contemporary products that bring interior design to a new level. Not only that, they also stock a small range of toys and décor for children. Check out their website to see what else they have in store. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6206 3618/www. facebook.com/carousel.publika). Christmas comes early for young’uns and the young at heart during visits to Carousel, a vintage London-style toy store with giant window displays and a couple of life-sized Nutcracker figurines at the entrance. The welcome appearance of model airplanes, jackin-a-boxes, rocking horses and toy soldiers, among other playthings from a bygone era, elevates this vibrant red-and-white shop beyond the ubiquitous toy chains in town. Daily, 10am-9pm.
First floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7722 2672); First floor, Quill City Mall, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2602 2129); First floor, Atria Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS22/23, PJ (www.hamleys.com). The oldest toy store in the world, Hamleys has fired the imaginations of London kids since 1760. Now, Malaysia can also boast of three Hamley stores in 1 Utama, Quill City Mall and Atria Shopping Gallery. Enter their magical stores for brands the likes of Barbie, Disney Princess, LEGO, Hot Wheels, Playskool, Fisher-Price, Star Wars, Transformers, Thomas & Friends, Hasbro Gaming, Upin & Ipin and many more. Hamleys also stock their own range of cool toys, many of which have an educational twist. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Janie & Joe
First floor, Bangsar Village I, 1 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 9128/ www.janieandjoe.com). This family-run business offers good quality brands that help kids learn and be creative while they have fun. Find canal-building equipment from Aquaplay, wooden dolls houses from KidKraft, handcrafted dolls from Madame Alexander, do-it-yourself marble runs from Quercetti plus much more. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Second floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (03 2287 8133). This colourful toy store offers educational toys and figurines for children and adults alike. The collections are based on characters from comics, cartoons and movies. There is also a good range of collectibles like Barbie dolls and popular European board games. Brands such as Hasbro, Mattel, LEGO, V Tech and a host of arts and crafts products are sold here as well. Daily, 10am-9pm.
NEW Petit Tots
(07 352 3651/www.petittots.com). Originally from San Francisco, Petit Tots is an online store that curates toys including kids’ dining sets, play toys, décor and even bath products. Our fingers are crossed that they one day open a physical store – we just can’t get enough of their products!
Toys ‘R’ Us
Various locations nationwide (www.toysrus.com.my). Toys ‘R’ Us is the kind of place kids dream about, we know we did. With its huge selection of toys ranging from fun family games and educational toys to sports and outdoor items, play along with your kids with family games such as the ‘Toy Story’ Andy’s Room Challenge Mat. Or build a mini playground for your little one with outdoor toys like the Ladybug sandbox, slides, ball pits, Sunshine playhouses and cool white police motorcycles. Divided into different sections based on toy categories, you’ll lose yourself in here, no matter how old you are.