Kids in Santa Barbara

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The dice-throwing disciples at Game Seeker curate a vast collection of time-honored and neoclassical board games and allow customers to try hands at demo games before committing to a purchase. Avid gaming guides steer inquisitors toward vintage favorites, such as Mancala ($9.99) or Monopoly ($22.99), which inspires children to renovate the backyard treehouse into a tree hotel. The word-association challenges of Apples to Apples ($29.99) foster creative comparisons and camaraderie between 4–10 players. Settlers of Catan ($41.99) transports gamers to the hypothetical island of Catan, where they must construct settlements from a limited supply of wood, brick, and fast-food franchises.

537 State St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Beads of Paradise's experienced bauble-buffs outfit artists with a massive selection of beads and tools to design and create jewelry. Scintillating strands of 4-millimeter bicone Swarovski crystal beads ($12–$16) dazzle patrons with their variety of hues. Yellow 8-millimeter tiger-eye ornaments ($14) cast their predatory amber gaze across Japanese seed beads ($4.25/tube), which serve as a buffer between larger jewelry elements and Andre the Giant cameo lockets. The storefront is bedecked with a wide selection of natural gemstones ($16), iridescent crystals, and a range of specialty necklace-fillers. Pendants made from real leaves dipped in gleaming metals ($10–$45) shelter Mother Nature's beauty like a grizzly-bear linebacker. The shop's knowledgeable staff guides customers through the process of choosing a color scheme or the appropriate tool for any jewel-encrusted project.

1792 Callens Rd
Ventura,
CA
US

For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.

Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.

Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.

2340 N Rose Ave
Oxnard,
CA
US

For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.

Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.

Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.

1189 Simi Town Center Way
Simi Valley,
CA
US

The Play Destination is a celebration of childhood, and not just because of its bounce houses. Owners Nicole Hirsty Saine and Keri Stein designed their play center to encourage kids to engage in unstructured play. Games, toys, and activities—all chosen to build physical and mental skills—allow youngsters to make their own decisions and think creatively as they dream up fantastic new worlds and imaginary friends with even fuzzier tentacles. But adults aren't forgotten about—complimentary coffee, WiFi, magazines, and ample seating keep parents occupied.

Structured events do occasionally take place amidst the free play. The Play Destination hosts birthday parties and activities such as art and story time. With kids busy, parents can participate in adult classes, such as yoga or sessions that educate first-time mothers.

28501 Canwood St
Agoura Hills,
CA
US

The founder of online baby boutique California Cozy is a mother of two herself, so she carries products she's personally tested and adored. Perhaps not surprisingly, that's left her store stocked with items from award-winning brands such as Aden + Anais, Barefoot Dreams, and Melissa & Doug. Her celeb-approved collection has been featured in People and Us Weekly, particularly perennial favorites such as Little Giraffe's chenille baby blankets—which snagged Most Ridiculously Soft Baby Blanket in the 2012 Cribsie Awards. The diverse selection also includes mealtime essentials, furniture, and toys, which no doubt led to California Cozy's selection as a finalist for Red Tricycle's Most Awesome Baby & Maternity Shop award in 2012.

26151 Kenrose Circle
Calabasas,
CA
US