SIMON SAYS … SHOP! Simon Says (635 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-482-8013) is all about the kids. This charming boutique stocks cute vintage-inspired T-shirts, shoes, accessories, piggybanks and dishware by top designers such as Paula Quintana and Charlie Rocket. Open daily.
BOOKS GALORE Bright and colourful decor, knowledgeable staff and a great book selection makes Mabel’s Fables a preferred stop for both parents and kids. Peruse piles of classics and modern literature at this cozy shop. Open daily.
DRESS UP TIME Le Petit Pois (645 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-322-8288) specializes in hip designs for kids—and parents who want to dress their children in style. Soft fabrics from Italy and strong craftsmanship ensure long-lasting wear. Tue.-Sun.
MORE THAN A CUPCAKE With its chic modern look, helpful staff and upwards of 70 different varieties of sprinkles, Lollicakes (559 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-482-2253) takes two childhood favourites—chocolate lollipops and cupcakes—and brings them together in one decadent mouthful (cupcakes are topped with a chocolate lolly). Mon.-Fri., Sun.
THIS BANANA IS TOPS Quirky and colourful, Top Banana is the place to bring your little monkeys. Featuring a wide range of games, stuffed animals and toys, this haven is chock full of the latest and greatest for kids such as Bruter trucks and Schleich knights. Open daily.
LITTLE SHOP OF GOODIES Serious miniature collectors should head to the Little Dollhouse Company, which has everything from clothes to furniture and custom-built dollhouses made on-site (prices range from $200 to $3,000 and up). Open daily.
PLAYTIME IS ANYTIME From vintage toys to the latest in children’s fun, The Toy Shop is a true wonderland of excitement for all who pass through its front doors. One of North America’s oldest toy shops delivers the playtime goods—from rocking horses to hula hoops—and top brand names including Playmobil and LEGO. Open daily.
SOLE APPROVAL Scan the neatly arranged shoes, sandals and dress shoes at Olly‘s to find the perfect fit. With shoes for all age groups, and many brands available, Olly’s can make even the pickiest shoe-shopper happy. Open daily.
KING OF KIDDIE FASHION For ultra hip parents, the place to shop for funky, original fashions is Kingly’s (1078 Queen St. W., 416-536-2601). Owner Dia Kingly has been outfitting stylish kids in bold patterns and bright colours for 13 years. Open daily.
ZOO APPEAL Quirky and original gift baskets make Spotted Zebra a true haven for those looking for cool gifts (starting from $65). Books, food and others items for children, tweens and teens are also available. Mon.-Sat.
Before or after hitting the stores, experience the best of Toronto’s attractions and restaurants, see 10 Steps to Family Fun.—Donald Langley