a to z toys
January 29, 2008

A to z alpha

728 W 41st St
Miami Beach, FL 33140
+305 532 5250

Open Hours: 9a-6:30p sun, 9a-7p m-th, **9-sundown fri, closed sat

kiddlywinksSometimes that which we love is also the most deeply flawed. So it is with this great toy store. TO LOVE: This is hands down the best toy store in all of Miami when it comes to quality and the range of toys they stock. Hard to find (not made in China) lines like Haba, Selecta, and Plan sit on the shelves with Baby Einstein, Ravensburger, Brio, Playmobil, Papo, Thomas the Tank Engine, great dress up, cool science toys, balls, hoops, and tons more. NOT TO LOVE: This store should be about three times the size, because things are so piled up you can’t get a stroller in the door, and you take the chance that your kid might be crushed in a cascade of boxes at any moment. You definitely can’t see everything that’s there, even though it’s all excellent. A frustration for self-sufficient shoppers everywhere. ALSO: this store caters to the orthodox community and the owner is observant, so the closing time is VERY erratic on Friday afternoons and they are closed all day Saturday, two of the busiest toy hunting times for non-observant birthday party attendees. However, if you love good toys, the positives outweigh the negatives, and it’s worth going back. Just call ahead to make sure they are open, or you risk frustration.

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gr8 tat2 maker
November 28, 2007

DIY tattoo

Spin Master Toys
Suggested Retail: $14.99

make iconEducational toys? Bah! In a town like this where there’s more skin hanging out than good sense, why should Miami Ink be for adults only? At last, some genius at Spinmaster has come up with the answer–the GR8 TaT2 Maker. (Get it? It’s hip tween speak, yo.) Why mess around with mere toys when you can have “your very own pretend play tattoo parlor.” Clearly playing doctor is for sissies. If this thing works as well as it promises, I think crafty DIY-ers could have a field day. It’s like a Print Gocco for your bod. Give me a few Mojitos and a bare patch of skin and now we’re talking fun.