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Lakeshore Learning Materials is a colorful national retailer that has proven to be an eye-popping paradise for parents, teachers and children alike. Games, crafts, kits, educational materials and art supplies sit piled high on the shelves inside this Hazard Center mall storefront in Mission Valley. So the story goes, single mom Ethelyn Kaplan opened a toy store in 1954, and in the decades since, the retailer has expanded into educational supplies and multiple outlets across the United States. Lakeshore’s mission is to create “innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning.” From infants to 6th graders, a wealth of educational fun awaits store visitors, and the many hidden treasures make for perfect birthday presents, holiday gifts or anytime buys for the curious kiddo in your life.

7510 Hazard Center Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Baby Trader's resale collection overflows with gently loved clothing, toys, books, accessories, and furniture that help new parents pamper their budding brood. The selection of threads spans from infant to toddler sizes, and all secondhand clothing must be laundered before the staff even considers reselling it. Parents can prepare homes for new arrivals with Baby Trader's selection of car seats, strollers, cribs, and highchairs so newborns can maintain eye contact during dinner conversations.

5282 Baltimore Dr
La Mesa,
CA
US

The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

704 Pier View Way
Oceanside,
CA
US

Symbolize It creates personalized gifts, emblazoning acrylic and glass memorabilia with photos and names of loved ones. Their individualized products range from lightweight acrylic photos to coasters, wine glasses, mugs, and clocks.

1761 California Ave, Suite 103
Corona,
CA
US

Though they?re surrounded by ocean and sandy beaches, the kids at Seascape Kids Fun never get wet. That?s because the seaside sights are actually murals, all part of the indoor playground's oceanic theme. Designed for kids of all ages, the three-story facility includes an Aquarium Play Room, where youngsters explore a play structure that circles a range for launching foam balls.

Island- and ocean-themed parties include time in both Seascape playrooms. Face painting and pizza feasts can also enliven parties, while donuts treat guests during morning pajama parties. While their kids scamper about, guardians can relax by surfing complementary Wi-Fi or pretend-read Finnegan's Wake in public.

4771 E Hunter Ave
Anaheim,
CA
US

My Giggle Place was founded with the idea of creating a place for kids and parents to come together and learn from each other, connecting fellow parents and their children in a warm and supportive play space. Kids slalom down the chutes of plastic slides and sink into the soft, brightly colored orbs at the ball pit, all the while giving parents time to share advice on diapers or time-out philosophies. Children explore their creative impulses through puppet shows and karaoke at the Giggle Theatre or put their personal touch on frames at the craft center. The play space also offers an infant area, a building zone, a gym, and a library where toddlers can brush up on Dr. Seuss. Visitors also develop discipline and self-defense skills through My Giggle Place's tae kwon do program, with classes offered throughout the week.

160 Imperial Hwy
Fullerton,
CA
US