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Toys not only make kids happy, but they build skills and memories that can last a lifetime. Choose a unique and special toy for that next birthday or holiday gift that the child in your life is sure to remember for a long time. Here are some great places in Pittsburgh to get some special toys for kids of all ages. Who knows, you may even find a little something that appeals to the kid in you.

Castle Toys and Games
12033 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 933-0060

With locations in Wexford and Beaver, Castle Toys and Games offers creativity and adventure to children of all ages. Castle Toys and Games has anything a kid could want from bikes and scooters to trains and dolls. For the spring and summer, there is a great selection of kites, pool toys, boogie boards and outdoor games. To foster creativity, there are games, art kits, science kits and models to build. No matter what your child likes to do, Castle Toys and Games certainly has something that he or she is going to love.

Phantom of the Attic
3766 William Penn Highway
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 856-4403

Located in Monroeville, Phantom of the Attic offers comic books, role playing games and graphic novels for kids of all ages. Nothing brings out nostalgia like leafing through a favorite comic book from your childhood. At Phantom of the Attic, you can build those same memories for the kid in your life. From classics such as Spider Man and Batman to X-Men and Pokemon, kids can live and relive the lives of their favorite heroes and follow them in all of their adventures.

Kaleidoscope Dolls
1000 Ross Park Mall
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 369-0220

Located in the North Hills at Ross Park Mall, Kaleidoscope Dolls has a great selection of dolls, bears and plush animals that are sure to be the favorite cuddly friend of the kid on your list. From play dolls and bears to collectables, Kaleidoscope offers a wide selection for both young and old children, plus clothing and accessories. Kids can even create a 20″ look-alike doll. For a special treat, Kaleidoscope will host a birthday, tea or pajama party to make your child’s day extra special.

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Lynlott Miniatures and Dollhouse Junction
223 Commercial Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 781-6445

Located in Highland Park, Dollhouse Junction is the perfect place to get a gift for any dollhouse enthusiast. At Dollhouse Junction, you can purchase dollhouses of all shapes and sizes and all of the beautiful accessories to go in them. There are miniatures of anything you would have in your own home in a variety of styles to suit any taste. Dollhouse Junction also offers decorating advice, custom pieces and restoration of old pieces so that you pass down some well-loved pieces to a new generation of collectors.

Imperial Train Company
450 Penn Lincoln Drive
Imperial, PA 15126
(724) 695-7552

Located in Imperial, Imperial Train Company has everything from starter trains to advance collector pieces for kids who are serious about their love of trains. Imperial Train Company sells standard, O, H, N, S and HO gauge trains with plenty of track and model accessories to outfit your very own railway town. Imperial Train Company also offers repairs and restoration if you are looking to pass down a special piece. Imperial Train also offers Thomas the Train and sports-themed trains for children with varied interests.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at