Reader's Pick: What makes Yike's a legendary toy store? Well, in today's age of commercialism and fickle fads, Yikes is steadfast in its stock of traditional toys: Pogo sticks, jacks, plastic roaches, whoopee cushions, potato guns, stuffed animals, plastic cars, even books. Here you will find the true measures of a toy store: Every child is engaged in imaginative play. If you're looking for the latest toy craze, go elsewhere.
Staff Pick: Kid's Center, 1725 N. Swan Road. One of Tucson's best retail treasures is this locally-owned and family-run children's store. Centrally located at Swan and Pima (across from St. Cyril's Catholic Church), this small specialty shop has the class and charm to tower over Geoffrey Giraffe. When you are looking for a unique and monumental gift for that special child under 11, rest assured that the well-informed and helpful staff will lead you in the right direction. Books, plush toys, music puzzles, science sets, games, arts and crafts-the list goes on and on. There is even a Brio train set out for little kids to play with during your visit. No, you will not find Barbie or Pokemon, but you will get personal service, a quality product and free gift wrapping.