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Toy Stores Mason City IA

It’s just like the old saying about a man and fishing: you give a child a toy, and they’ll play for a day; you teach a child to use their imagination, and it’ll last a lifetime. Find games and toys that encourage creativity and positive play. Check below for related information, products and services.

Eastside Trains Radio Contro
(641) 423-1748
1631 4th St Sw
Mason City, IA
 
North Iowa Arms
(641) 357-3545
810 N 8th St
Clear Lake, IA
 
Donna's Angels
(515) 839-5766
2005 320th St
Woolstock, IA
 
Don Marcie's Toys
(712) 732-2073
311 Flindt Dr
Storm Lake, IA
 
Stout's Distributing
(563) 388-9572
5119 Tremont Ave
Davenport, IA
 
Oak Leaf Collectibles
(641) 424-0333
23 5th St Sw
Mason City, IA
 
Your Old Friends Doll Shop
(641) 424-0984
23 5th St SW
Mason City, IA
 
Ron's Game Room
(515) 955-9831
529 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
 
Discovery Toys
(563) 332-7388
3854 Prairie Ln
Bettendorf, IA
 
Elaine's Dolls
(712) 423-3454
1023 10th St
Onawa, IA
 

Kids Toys, Educational Toys for Kids, Baby Toys, Toddlers Toys

Five toys worth having kids for...

So, okay, be honest... when you were little you imagined that one day you would grow up and no one would be always telling you what not to do. You would go to an amusement park all day, you would stay in the pool an extra hour, you would stay at the ball game until the end of the 9th, rather than leaving in the 8th to avoid the crowds. Some day, you would have a big slot car set and a train that ran from room to room, a remote powered boat for the pond, and maybe even a personal helicopter. And then adulthood crept in and for most of us found new people to "suggest" to us that we didn't really want these things anymore.

But now we have kids! And isn't that one of the reasons, we had them - so we could get back to all those things we've been putting off for all these years? I'm not talking about some sad "glory days" kind of living through them, but refinding the joy of life a kid has. For most of us, there is no fear that we're going to revert back to some Peter Pan state of denial of adulthood, we mostly just want to re-experience the joy of some of those things we haven't done or thought of in twenty years.

So, here's a list of toddler toys, all of which are within your adult grasp:

1. Pinball machine - They aren't as expensive as you might think (some are around $1000) and if in good shape, are virtually indestructible and the solid state ones are even easily repairable. For that reason and as a pinball purist, I recommend machines from the '70s and not the later digital varieties. Multiple player games are better for families and kids. If you live in Northern California, my favorite place is Pinball Revival . Ron and Jim are great guys, the prices are reasonable, and they have a no-questions, 60 day in-home guarantee that renews with each visit. I kept the quarter slot operational so I have some control over how much the machine gets played. All the kids love it and I also get a chance to play from time to time.

2. Slot car set - it's amazing how even a small set like the battery operated one I bought my three year-old daughter, can get the juices going. Rev up your engines and let it rip, just be careful around those turns.

3. Remote controlled balloon - this is an amazing thing. If you have 9 foot or higher ceiling, you can pilot your balloon all around the house. And, because it's a balloon and not a plane, the chances of blinding your pet dog or tipping over a priceless vase are zero. Now you'll just need to paint Goodyear on the side and you're in business.

4. Trains - Train dreams can come true. If you dreamt of one day having a room or house where trains run freely through the walls and bookcases, you now can live out the fantasy. All it takes is money, space, and the wife that almost none of us have. However, there are smaller sets of trains that are great fun. Scoff at the little wooden trains from Brio, Imaginarium, and Thom...

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