The joke many adults tell is that as children when visiting FAO Schwarz they were led to believe that it was a toy museum instead of a toy store. The store is huge. When we were kids we all said it was a block long. I’m not sure if this is accurate but the two story amazing world of toys, games and activities is truly marvelous. The “toy soldiers” standing outside the store ushering passersby in, makes the experience start off truly magical.
Entrance to this unique toy store is free but it is hard to refrain from buying many of the unusual products displayed, often with engaging demonstrations by the many toy experts working at FAO Schwarz. We were definitely enamored by the impromptu magic show, the erasable markers, the sticker maker, temporary glitter tattoos and the huge floor piano. There are whole sections selling Barbie Dolls and their accessories, there is a Steif teddy section, of course Lego and Playmobil sections, even Build a Bear has a section in this all-encompassing toy store.
The store is located across from the Rockefeller ice rink in the Rockefeller Plaza and is easy to visit on the way from one place to the other.
If you think only children enjoy this toy wonderland, I’ll be the first to tell you that there were at least equal amount of adults visiting as kids (many without little ones). I for one, was excited to return with my kids to show them this remarkable toy store with its two story toy clock at the entrance.
Posted: December 3, 2019
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30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111
Sunday: 10 AM-7 PM
Monday through Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10AM – 9 PM
During Holiday Season they have extended hours.
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 18 minuets
Lakewood: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Monsey: 1 hour