Toys R Us, New York City
SO much better than FAO Schwartz, even though the guide books will telll you otherwise. Hugely busy because of both its size and location at Times Square, as you enter you'll see a huge ferris wheel with carriages featuring your fav. kids' characters, for example Barbie and Jimmy Neutron. There are 3 floors - lego, Barbies, stuffed animals, candy. It really has everything that you could want if looking for a present for a child, and enough to keep kids occupied for hours. Not as exclusive as FAO but this also means that it's cheaper.
What to buy: A Statue of Liberty 'Jeffrey the Giraffe' (Toys R US mascot is Jeffrey). A good souvenir of your trip and cheap.
What to pay: Average.
This place is so grand, I was surprised they don't charge admission to look at the toys. The Ferris Wheel (ok, so they do charge for that) attracted our attention at first (you'll have to wait in line if you want to ride in the Barbie car), but once inside we explored 3 floors of amazing displays of toys.
There's a life-size dinosaur whose head and eyes move (and who lets out a roar when you least expect it!), and incredibly intricate lego models (I want to meet the one who puts those together!).
Kids will love it (no matter how old).
Its... just one word " WOW"
What to buy: from anything to everything...
from the smallest to the biggest...
from barbie to starwars characters...
from teddy bear to panda bear....
from lego to Bobo the clown.....
What to pay: depends on how deep is pocket...
The Toys R Us in Times Square is a tourist attraction in itself. I don't know if anyone actually buys any toys here!
Before you even walk in, notice the changing window advertisements, plastic sheets that just keep on rotating out. As you enter the front doors, you'll see a HUGE Ferris wheel INSIDE the store! Cool! You can buy tickets for the Ferris wheel in the basement area - about $2 each if I remember right. The cars of the Ferris wheel are all toy-related - from Toy Story, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Mr. Potato Head, etc. Fun!
After your ride, check out the giant Jurassic Park T-Rex, run around inside Barbie's Dollhouse (and see some schmantzy collector Barbies) and then, of course, CANDYLAND! That's why we're here! That's why we came!
And now that you're on a sugar high, why not take another spin on the Ferris wheel. Wheee!
What to buy: Toys, of course. But I'm a big girl, so I go for the sugar. Candyland has all the candies you remember from when you were little. Pop rocks? Got 'em. Ring candy. Yep. Candy necklaces. GIANT Tootsie Rolls. Every possible color of M&Ms. Even Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. Grab a bag and start samplin' (pay for them samples, please). More fun than Hershey's Chocolate World! :)
Located in Times Square, the New York store of Toys R Us is a kid of any age's dream. Equipped with all of the toys you could possibly imagine from latest movie figurines (they had mini Hugh Jackman Wolverine's at the time I was there) to Barbie to Matchbox cars to Monopoly it has more toys than you can imagine. Not only this, but there is the whole experience of just being in an over the top glamofied version of a toy store ala time square style. Inside you will find a ferris wheel, moving Jurassic Tyrannasaurus Rex, spiderman swinging from his web, GI Joe Climbing the walls and the worlds biggest monopoly board I have ever seen. It will literally keep you enthralled for hours as you even discover toys from your past that you didn't think were still around these days... Aaaah to be a kid again! Well, for a while in this store we were....
What to buy: In this shop... toys toys and more toys
What to pay: Depends on what you are buying
At Toys R Us in Times Square there is a big Ferris wheel inside that you can check out and what seems to be unlimited amount of Toys.
This place is like a Miny Disney Land.
Lots of interactive games for children and great toys.
There is also a Merry Go ROund in this store.
What to buy: Every type of toy imaginable.