Shops that will keep the kids entertained for hours

Need some time to sweep the floor, prepare a meal, or just sit down and breathe? Here are five places to shop for items that will keep the kids entertained for hours.

Readings Kids

‘A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.’ Anon

Readings Kids is heaven for the younger reader in your life. Beautifully laid out with an open plan and a huge range of books especially for children, the store is an outing in itself. Choose from ‘my first’ books to teenage fantasy – there’s something for every age. Make sure you take advantage of the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff to help you discover new worlds for the kids to explore.

Rows of books on a book shelf and a wall with a giant colourful mural

Don’t miss the mural by author and illustrator Marc Martin at Readings Kids

One Stop Anime

Showcasing the world of Japanese anime, One Stop Anime delivers hours of distraction. From Pokemon to ‘My Neighbour Totoro’, there is a toy for everyone’s tastes. Choose from a range of soft toys, games, stickers and models. Pokemon Nanos are always a favourite.

A Nano model of Japanese anime character Pikachu

I choose you, Pikachu


After checking out the Wonderland exhibition at ACMI pick up some modelling clay at the ACMI Shop. Pair an incredible Alice in Wonderland pop-up book with one of the many other Disney-themed souvenirs and leave the kids to their own devices. You’ll be able to sip wine in the bath, keeping only one ear out and one eye open.

Alice in Wonderland pop-up book

Grab a beautiful Alice in Wonderland pop-up book to keep your little ones entertained for hours. Photo by Charlie Kinross

All Star Comics

With great power comes great responsibility and the team at All Star Comics takes its knowledge of comics very seriously. Over two levels the team stocks everything from Star Wars to Aw Yeah Comics. Their award-winning children’s section is perfect for getting reluctant readers interested in turning a page.

Kids books on a shelf including Star Wars and Wonder Woman

Golden books with your favourite comic stars at All Star Comics

Spotty Dot in Royal Arcade

The beautiful collection of designer dolls, wooden toys and decor for little ones will have the kids mesmerised from the moment they walk into Spotty Dot. The shop is a magical space, where your kids will be sure to find something they will fall in love with.

Spotty dot toys

Let the kids be enchanted by the beautiful toys and decor at Spotty dot

For more great places to shop for kids visit our What’s On games, toys and hobbies section.