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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.

Shelves lined with books in front of a brightly coloured wall mura

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

Harry Potter shop at Myer Bourke Street

Myer’s new Harry Potter pop-up store is the only destination in Australia where you can snap a selfie holding onto the trolley at Platform 9¾. There are also plenty of other attractions to keep kids busy while in store, including the Wizarding World Invisibility Cloak photo stand and the Harry Potter flying car. The store also stocks loads of official Harry Potter merchandise to keep them occupied at home too, including costumes, books and an extensive collection of character toys. Don’t forget to check out and Santaland while there!

Store showing blue Ford Anglia flying through air and shelves of harry Potter merchandise in background

Harry Potter store at Myer

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.

Lego model of yellow Pokemon character, Pikachu.

I choose you, Pikachu!

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.

Shelf in store with Star Wars and Wonder Woman books

Golden books with your favourite comic stars at All Star Comics

Spotty Dot at Queen Victoria Market

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.

A toy llama in foreground with other colourful kids toys in background

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

Curious Planet at Melbourne Emporium

The Australian Geographic stores have re-branded as Curious Planet. They still stock a wide range of educational products including, telescopes, globes and games. Check out their other quirky gift ideas including  the NASA-developed Astronaut Crunchy Ice Cream or the Galaxy Star Projector and Sound Machine.

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