Once upon a time a toy was not just a toy, but a childhood memory in the making. This tradition lives on at Larson's Toys & Games, today's version of the cozy neighborhood toy shop.

1617 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, 614-486-7701, larsonstoys.com

Once upon a time a toy was not just a toy, but a childhood memory in the making. This tradition lives on at Larson's Toys & Games, today's version of the cozy neighborhood toy shop. Family owned and operated, this charming workshop of wonders features a zoo of oversized stuffed animals, brightly colored puzzles and young patrons sprawled on the floor happily playing with a favorite find.

From old-fashioned favorites like jacks-in-the-box and wooden trains to Sustainable Earthlab science kits, Larson's offers only the very best toys to delight the imaginations of babies, adults and every age in between.

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