Five shops that will keep the kids entertained for hours

Need some time to sweep the floor, prepare a meal, or just some time to sit down and breathe? Here are five places to shop for items to 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 anyone’s tastes. Choose from a range of soft toys, games, stickers and models. Pokemon Nanos – always a favourite.

A Nano model of Japanese anime character Pikachu

I choose you, Pikachu


After checking out the Wallace and Gromit and Friends: Art of Aardman exhibition at ACMI pick up some modelling clay at the ACMI Shop. Pair the clay with one of the many ‘how to make movies’ books 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.

Coloured modelling clay, an animation studio play kit and the Art of Aardman book

Inspiration and the tools of the Claymation trade can be found at the ACMI store

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

Metro Hobbies

Remote control cars, model trains and model making kits can all be found at Metro Hobbies.   A Melbourne feature for over 35 years, this collectables store is loved by adults and children. Grab a 3D puzzle or pick up some Lego.

A submarine, humanoid and double propellered helicopter made from Lego

Choose from a range of Lego kits at Metro Hobbies

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