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Box of Bricks

Third floor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Pu­tra, KL (03 2201 4532); Sec­ond floor, Suria KLCC, KL (03 2181 0127); First floor, Sun­way Pyra­mid Shop­ping Mall, PJ (03 5611 2429/ www.box­of­bricks.com.my). Box of Bricks is the equiv­a­lent of a well stocked li­brary, ex­cept that in­stead of mag­a­zines and leather-bound books, there are shelves full of neatly ar­ranged LEGO kits. Any LEGO-crazed kid (or adult) could spend hours pe­rus­ing the Star Wars, Scooby Doo, Frozen and Simp­sons themed sets. There’s even a sec­tion of the store where kids can build their own LEGO cre­ations. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Carousel

Level G3, Pub­lika Shop­ping Gallery, 1 Jalan Du­ta­mas 1, KL (03 6206 3618); F-06, G Vil­lage, 35 Jalan Desa Pan­danus, KL (03 9201 3450/ www.face­book.com/carousel.pub­lika). A visit to Carousel is like Christ­mas come early. The vin­tage Bri­tish-es­que toy store with gi­ant win­dow dis­plays and life-sized Nutcracker fig­urines guard­ing at the en­trance is whim­si­cal to say the least. The wel­come sight of model air­planes, jack-inthe-boxes, rock­ing horses and toy soldiers from a by­gone era gives this vi­brant red-and­white shop a touch of dif­fer­ence com­pared to other ubiq­ui­tous chains in town. (Pub­lika) Daily, 10am-9pm; (G Vil­lage) Daily, 10am-9.30pm.

Ham­leys

First floor, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, 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 (03 7732 8419/ www.ham­leys.com). The old­est toy store in the world, Ham­leys has fired the imag­i­na­tions of kids since 1760. Malaysia boasts of three Ham­ley stores in 1 Utama, Quill City Mall and Atria Shop­ping Gallery. In ad­di­tion to fea­tur­ing brands such as Bar­bie, Dis­ney Princess, LEGO, Hot Wheels, Playskool, Fisher-Price, Star Wars, Trans­form­ers, Thomas & Friends and Has­bro Gam­ing, Ham­leys also stocks its own range of 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 stocks high qual­ity brands that help kids learn while hav­ing fun. Find canal-build­ing equip­ment from Aquaplay, wooden doll houses from KidKraft, hand­crafted dolls from Madame Alexan­der and much more. Daily, 10am-10pm.

NEW The Loot Chest

Fourth floor, da:mén, 1 Per­siaran Ke­wa­ji­pan, USJ 1, Subang Jaya (03 8021 5220/th­elootch­est.com). Spe­cial­is­ing in video games, toys and col­lectibles, The Loot Chest is one of the first stores to open in the new Asian life­style mall da:mén. ‘Game of Thrones’ fans are sure to gush over the wide ar­ray of sullen look­ing vinyl char­ac­ters from the TV show. It also seems that Poké­mon is still in fash­ion, as there is a whole room ded­i­cated to the fic­tional char­ac­ters. If a PlaySta­tion game catches your eye, you can test it out in the con­sole room be­fore pay­ing up. Daily, 10am-10pm.

York House

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. Many a col­lec­tion is based upon char­ac­ters from comics, car­toons and movies. Look out for col­lectibles such as rare Bar­bie dolls, fun-shaped pool floats and Euro­pean board games. Daily, 10am-9pm. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

AINO Liv­ing

Ground floor, The Water­front @ Parkc­ity, 5 Per­siaran Res­i­den, Desa ParkC­ity, KL (03 6280 8012); First floor, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, PJ (03 7722 1811); Ground Floor, Jalan MS/1, Ma­rina Square, Miri, Sarawak (018 970 2466/aino.com.my). AINO spe­cialises in home fur­nish­ing and kitchen­ware. We like the wide range of func­tional and con­tem­po­rary prod­ucts that bring in­te­rior de­sign to a new level. Not only that – AINO also stocks toys and home dé­cor for kids. Check out the web­site to see what else is in store. (Desa Parkc­ity & 1 Utama) Daily, 10am-10pm; (Miri) Mon-Thu & Sun, 9am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-10pm.

Petit Tots

(07 352 3651/www.pe­tit­tots.com). Orig­i­nally from San Fran­cisco, Petit Tots is an on­line store that cu­rates kids’ din­ing sets, ap­parel, toys, dé­cor and bath prod­ucts. Think mer­maid one­sies for ba­bies, world map wall de­cals and other cu­riosi­ties. We’re keep­ing our fin­gers are crossed that a brick and mor­tar store will open soon – we just can’t get enough of the unique prod­ucts! Cus­tomer ser­vice call cen­tre hours: 9am-6pm.

Toys ‘R’ Us

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www.toys­rus.com.my). Toys ‘R’ Us is stuff kids’ dreams are made of. With its huge se­lec­tion of toys rang­ing from board games and ed­u­ca­tional toys to sports and out­door items, this renowned toy shop has some­thing for ev­ery kid, re­gard­less of age. Di­vided into dif­fer­ent sec­tions based on toy cat­e­gories, the store makes it all too easy to lose track of time.

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