Go Shop!

One-stop shopping? Specialty boutiques? Where to find the toys and clothes they'll cherish.

Creative Kidstuff
Creative Kidstuff


LEGO store at MOA

One of the truly bittersweet elements OF FAMILY LIFE: ALL THAT STUFF. Bitter in that it clogs up your house. Sweet in that you adore how it looks on your kids, or how much their favorite “lovies” become a part of your family. You slept with your Rubik’s Cube, your head on your Shaun Cassidy pillowcase (or something like that). Your kids do it too, just a little differently. And since the Twin Cities is chock-full of businesses that cater specifically to kids and families, let them do it locally, too.


American Girl

Bloomington, 877-247-5223
A bistro, doll salon, and more. Squeeee!

Creative Kidstuff

Multiple locations, 612-876-3980
Our homegrown, locally owned toy store chain that teaches as much as it delights.

Do Good Diapers

Minneapolis, 612-990-2183
A cloth diaper delivery and pick-up service that does the dirty work for you.


St. Louis Park, 952-926-7871
Both an art shop and unique creative space for kids—with open-studio time and birthday parties!

Mall of America

Bloomington, 952-883-8800
With an enormous variety of stores and attractions, it’s a family vacation on its own.


My Little One

Excelsior, 952-474-4914
This momma-owned, neighborhood-loving store carries high-end brands up to size 12 girls and size 7 boys.

Nu Look Consignment

Minneapolis, 612-925-0806
High-end family consignment that began as used maternity. Hello family-friendly—again.


Multiple locations, 612-623-8123
Totally cool and eclectic toys, clothes, products, and gifts—and locally owned.


St. Paul, 651-695-5559
A one-stop, locally owned shop for naturally made toys, diapers, and more.

Peters Billiards

Minneapolis, 612-866-8433
All the cool kids have a Ping-Pong or pool table from Peters.

Polarn O. Pyret

Edina, 952-225-3154
The finest Euro clothes for American mommas and kiddos.

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Pop Quiz, Parental Units: Why Do We Live Here?

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Go Play!

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Science Museum of Minnesota

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Get a head start on your child's development, whether at school or play.

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