Best Toy Stores in Marin

Kids’ birthday parties are an event. No matter what, you’re going to need to get that perfect toy, and you’re going to want something that’ll last and bring joy to your child — or to your new niece or nephew! The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Five Little Monkeys (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Toy Store picks see below.

Our 2023 Shopping category sponsor is California Girl Jewelry.

We’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.

Southern | Central | Northern

Southern Marin

Games People Play


Part of the Sausalito Ferry Company, this hidden gem amidst the boutiques of Sausalito features a full collection of childrens’ toys, books, and arts and crafts. If you need to keep your child occupied for a while, try one of their many different puzzles or nanoblock building sets. Their plushie selection cannot be beat, with options such as Jellycats and original Beanie Babies. The store can get a little crowded, so if you want to really take your time and linger, consider going on a weekday. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

695 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.4151

Central Marin

A Child’s Delight

Corte Madera

We have to recommend Child’s Delight for, well, everything. Books? Hundreds of ’em. Arts and crafts? Got them in spades. Novelty lava lamps? Yep, those too. If you have multiple kids, are on a tighter budget, or need Christmas stocking stuffers for all your nieces and nephews, Child’s Delight is the one-stop-shop for all your needs. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

1600 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera, 415.945.9221

Fairfax Variety


Eclectic and whimsical, this store offers a glimpse into a more classic and old-timey toy shop. Take your first step through the doors to smell warm, old wood and let your eyes feast upon the display of novelties that can be found within. Fairfax Variety has been dazzling kids for generations now and it holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m

61 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.457.2580

Toy Crazy


Located in Marin Country Mart, Toy Crazy provides high-quality specialty toys with an educational flair. The staff are used to parents coming in with their kids, so while you are encouraged to not let your kids knock over a display stand, you can give your kid one of the special miniature shopping carts and keep them distracted while you make your purchases. They boast an impressive selection of baby toys as well as things for kids a bit older. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2211 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur, 415.925.1775

Northern Marin

Five Little Monkeys


Boasting a reputation as one of the best toy stores in Marin, they provide helpful staff, classic toys, and even gift wrapping service if it’s the night before Christmas and you need something fast. Despite the brightly colored advertising, don’t be fooled into thinking that the store is only for ages 10 and below, as it offers some games that are sure to be fun for a slightly higher age range as well. If your kid is sick at home, don’t worry, for they have a large online catalog and offer free shipping. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

852 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.898.4411


California Girl Jewelry: 2023 Best of the County Shopping

Mother and daughter duo Mariel Baker and Denise Forbes source their own gemstones from all over the world. Specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces, CGJ has over 3,000 loose gemstone and hundreds of finished pieces in their showroom of varying colors and cuts.

What makes CGJ unique?
We hand select the best gemstones available in the world. Even with pavé diamonds, we use the highest quality colorless diamonds.
What inspired you to start California Girl Jewelry?
While working in NYC, Mariel discovered the world of rare colored gemstones. She befriended a jeweler in the Diamond District in New York, and designed her jewelry while adding rare colored gemstones to her collection.
Why Marin?
We operated a very small boutique in San Francisco for over five years and realized that most of our clients were from Marin, and since we both live here, it was a natural choice.