Toy Shopping at the Toy Box in Kitsilano

Comments 78 by Rebecca Bollwitt

There aren’t too many shops that when upon entering, my eyes get wide, a big smile forms, and I look forward to browsing every shelf and stand for intriguing and exciting finds. At least, I didn’t expect the amount of awesome energy I would feel when I first stepped into the Toy Box on West Broadway last week, and discovered its playful and positive atmosphere which is all about being young at heart.

Shopping at the ToyBox in Kitsilano

Toy Shopping at the Toy Box in Kitsilano

While the Toy Box by Toy Jungle has been a neighbourhood fixture for 42 years, owners Misti and Gary Mussatto moved the store into this location at 2933 West Broadway and had a grand re-opening celebration just this month. The pair, who were named “Toy Retailers of the Year” for Canadian independent toy stores in 2004 also own and operate The Toy Jungle locations at Morgan Crossing and at Park Royal.

Starting with a blank canvas, Gary transformed every inch of the West Broadway shop into a toy factory, with themed decor from floor to ceiling.

“The most special thing we offer is our team, the people who work here really care about kids and they care about the toys.”

I enjoyed my visit to the Toy Box so much because while the store had a playful factory theme, it allowed for much more than simply having a child enter the store, grab a toy, and take it to the cash register with mom or dad in tow. Every inch of the shop lends itself to an experience.

You can sit an play with trains, games, and puzzles. You can follow the Toy Jungle’s signature characters around the shop as they appear in various locations and, my favourite part, kids can ring the exclusive birthday bell when they come in on their birthday. The setting sparks your imagination.

Kids can also put on a hard hat and become “Toy Inspectors” for the day, actually assisting with market research that goes into the creation of the Tooky’s Picks recommended toy lists available at the counter.

At the grand re-opening of the store Gary said: “We like people that just want to play. We encourage people to play everyday. Just to come in and to see toys and games, things that might inspire them, and want to actually play. It’s a little escape from the every day.”

For an aunt like me, who isn’t on top of the latest brands and trends in the toy world, the best part of my Toy Box experience was discovering Tooky’s Picks which are toy suggestions based on age, gender, and type of child — from energetic and creative kids to the imaginative and nurturing. These lists, named after the store’s mascot character Tooky, helped me find the best toys for my nephews aged 6, 10, and 12 and thanks to toy specialist Neil’s recommendations, I believe found the perfect gifts for them.

Of course each area of the store is sorted by age group and you’ll spot popular brand names, like Playmobil and LEGO, along with some locally-designed toys like Cobble Hill puzzles.

Enter to Win

Discover and experience the Toy Box and Toy Jungle for yourself by entering to win a $50 gift card that you can use at either the Toy Box in Kitsilano, Toy Jungle in Park Royal, or Toy Jungle at Morgan Crossing in Surrey. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win a $50 @ToyJungleToyBox gift card from @Miss604

Follow the Toy Jungle on Facebook and Twitter for more information, and plan a visit to one of the shops for the full experience. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Update The winner is @MsHurtubise on Twitter!

78 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. LisaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 10:58am PST

    Awesome prize! looks like such a fun place to shop and play:)

  2. matthew mFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:11am PST

    Great store.

  3. marisa.pFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:21am PST

    Toys!! I love The Toy Jungle. They have an epic array of vintage candy too! My $50 is going to buy a junk load of bottlecaps!!

  4. StevenFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:23am PST

    Toys for Christmas -anytime! 🙂

  5. christopheFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:27am PST

    Me me me!

  6. Michelle WFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:44am PST

    This would be perfect for Christmas shopping for my niece and nephews!

  7. Tracey FlattesFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:50am PST

    Such a great store!

  8. ShaunaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:54am PST

    Love this store, so happy they re-opened!

  9. Billy TruongFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 12:20pm PST

    He took the Who’s feast, he took the Who pudding, he took the roast beast. He cleaned out that ice box as quick as a flash. Why, the Grinch even took their last can of Who hash.

  10. lindawwwwFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 12:28pm PST

    Just in time for Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. StephanieFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 12:47pm PST

    Awesome prize.

  12. CassidyFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 4:12pm PST

    Cool Toy Store for sure! My kids would love to get something from there!

  13. GittaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 5:00pm PST

    Oh yes please 🙂

  14. Clare GFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 5:05pm PST

    We love Toy Jungle in Morgan Crossing! They have such great stuff!

  15. MelissaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 7:18pm PST


  16. LindaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 7:20pm PST

    Great contest. Got 10 grandchildren to please.

  17. meredithFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 8:01pm PST

    I came here all the time when i was little 🙂 so many great memories. Live their new location.

  18. BFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 8:44pm PST

    We love the toybox it’s our favourite local toy store, so happy they are back!!

  19. EmiliaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 8:50pm PST

    We love going there.

  20. Barb WFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 9:01pm PST

    Amazing selection of toys…

  21. BethFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 9:10pm PST

    I’d love to win this to buy my daughter her very first doll 🙂

  22. LaelFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 9:18pm PST

    I haven’t been before, it looks like a great place to check out.

  23. Dayna WilsonFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 9:41pm PST

    I’ve heard good things about this place. Can’t wait to check it out.

  24. leanneFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:09pm PST

    Great store! My kids would be thrilled.

  25. leanneFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:10pm PST

  26. MayaFriday, November 28th, 2014 — 11:41pm PST

    Excited to check this out!

  27. LucSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 12:14am PST

    I’d like some new toys.

  28. KamSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 12:26am PST

    This would be perfect to get a gift for 4 year old nephew!

  29. HayleySaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 1:01am PST

    I would love to win this and get something for my Niece <3

  30. angela griffinSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 5:59am PST

    This would be great… I need to buy some presents for the kids!

  31. mike gismondiSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 6:00am PST

    I could use this for my son!

  32. ShirleySaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 11:22am PST

    Time for nostalgia!

  33. MagSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 11:24am PST

    Thanks for the chance.

  34. AlbertSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 11:48am PST

    Love shopping for toys!

  35. AndrewSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 1:13pm PST

    This would be a great prize.

  36. Jen RSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 1:39pm PST

    I love the Toy Jungle! This would be great for picking out Christmas Gifts for my kids!

  37. janSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 3:31pm PST

    love toy shopping

  38. Julie VerhoevenSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 4:36pm PST

    Great store with helpful staff

  39. RebeccaSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 4:51pm PST

    Would love to get some cool stuff for my niece here!

  40. LoriSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 5:37pm PST

    I’d like to check out the toy Jungle at Morgan Crossing

  41. DarcySaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 5:38pm PST

    This prize would be great for a few of my many nieces and nephews.

  42. Sherry FSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 7:39pm PST

    I love shopping at Toybox for my Grandchildren….hope you pick me.

  43. PierreSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 8:19pm PST

    Toys, Toys, Toys

  44. Kim ReesSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 10:21pm PST

    Great store, sorry they moved out of Coquitlam centre.

  45. Jeff SSaturday, November 29th, 2014 — 10:38pm PST

    It would be great to check out The Toy Box for Christmas gift ideas.

  46. Jenn SSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 2:59am PST

    You are never too big or old for toys.

  47. Lori JacksonSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 10:19am PST

    Incredible! Thanks for the chance!

  48. DebSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 11:23am PST

    Great prize

  49. WallySunday, November 30th, 2014 — 11:30am PST

    Please pick me!

  50. erinSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 12:48pm PST

    Looks like a fun store!

  51. JoanneSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 12:49pm PST

    I love a good toy store!

  52. AnnieSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 2:50pm PST

    I walked right in front of the new store last Sunday. I thought it was gone for good when they closed down their former location. Local stores like this one cannot disappear so I’m glad to see it’s back!

  53. JenSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 9:51pm PST

    I love this store!!!

  54. joeSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 10:57pm PST

    I never win so pls pick me!

  55. Ron SSunday, November 30th, 2014 — 11:00pm PST

    Perfect timing for Christmas!

  56. HelenMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 9:08am PST

    Great toy store.

  57. KimMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 11:37am PST

    Even though their lego is overpriced I’d like to check out their new location.

  58. StaceyMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 12:46pm PST

    Great store, awesome givaway!

  59. AlexMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 12:54pm PST

    Great prize for some kid xmas shopping

  60. CandiceMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 2:07pm PST

    would love to take my Nephew here

  61. GwenMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 2:18pm PST

    I am glad the Toy Box is back in business.

  62. LanceMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 3:00pm PST

    It’s pretty scary when the staff in the Morgan Crossing one recognize us due to the amount of times we go in there. 🙂

  63. CourtenayMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 5:05pm PST

    Great store and amazing prize! This is awesome!!

  64. ClaireMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 5:35pm PST

    My kids would be delighted!

  65. LindaMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 7:43pm PST

    I would love to pick up something for my niece.

  66. Erin WMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 8:37pm PST

    This would really help with my Christmas shopping! My daughter wants a game for Christmas.

  67. JaneMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 8:54pm PST

    I’ve got 10 grandkids. This gift card would be great!

  68. brianne sheppardMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 9:06pm PST

    THis is such a great store.. and a gc right before xmas would be so lovely!

  69. Jennifer P.Monday, December 1st, 2014 — 10:29pm PST

    These stores sound super fun, I love the energy I can feel just from reading the post! The set up looks great in the photos too – LOTS of fun stuff, organized nicely, and a fun hands on set up for the kids – I will have to check them out with mine!

  70. ShannonMonday, December 1st, 2014 — 10:38pm PST

    I love this store!

  71. StotesTuesday, December 2nd, 2014 — 6:07am PST

    These are great stores!

  72. Emily HTuesday, December 2nd, 2014 — 7:12am PST

    Cool! I’d have so much fun shopping there!

  73. KristyTuesday, December 2nd, 2014 — 8:31am PST

    Great store! 🙂

  74. SeanTuesday, December 2nd, 2014 — 8:49am PST


  75. DonnaTuesday, December 2nd, 2014 — 9:36am PST

    I still love toys as an adult! Especially stuffed animals

  76. KatherineTuesday, December 2nd, 2014 — 10:38am PST

    Santa’s helpers!

  77. KarenWednesday, December 3rd, 2014 — 9:40am PST

    Toy store? I love toys…

  78. Online Toy Store In AustraliaWednesday, April 29th, 2015 — 12:56am PDT

    Wonderful video ! Thanks to share this toys blog .

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