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Children’s Shopping, Gifts & Activities in Downtown Issaquah

Issaquah is beautiful. If you’ve never walked down Front Street and soaked in the nostalgic surroundings of Olde Town, then you’ve missed out. Issaquah is where I suggest you go. The old Shell station, now museum and party rental venue, is always a hit! In downtown Issaquah, not only will you find boundless eateries to choose from, but area has so many kid-friendly options.

Local Insight From LIS BROWN

“As to my favorite stores, we have spent years (decades actually I think) shopping at the White Horse Toy store in Gilman Village where I always find unique and creative toys there for kids of all ages – truly it is my favorite toy store of any I have shopped! It was an annual tradition for my 4 kids to go with Grandma in advance of their August birthday’s… When visiting we always had to make an obligatory stop at the ever popular candy/ice cream store, Paisley Parlour, for an ice cream or soda fountain treat (no matter the weather) and of course some candy to take home for later. Stopping here AFTER the toy store is especially critical as it may be the only enticement compelling enough to tear the kids away from all the treasures they had just discovered at White Horse Toys… (Grandma had this process down to a science.)”

The Issaquah Farmer’s Market is a great place to preview hyper-local wares, buy a fresh bouquet of flowers, or find new fare you’ve never even seen before! They’re only open May through September, but if you can manage a free Saturday morning/early afternoon, it’s a great place to soak in the sun!

Specializing in children’s consignment, toys, gear, and furniture, Small Threads for Kids is a great place to find second hand treasures for yourself or friends. By both accepting donations and consignments, they’re able to provide their shoppers with an assortment to wares to choose from, but also low prices, making them more accessible.

Carter’s for kids is located in the Issaquah Highlands and is a great place to venture for every day clothes. You can shop in-store or online, so it fits every lifestyle, while their variety means they’ll have what you’re searching for – or something like it.

Looking for something…fun? White Horse Toys is located in Issaquah off Gilman Boulevard and carries over 17,000 toys in their 3,000 square foot shopping space. You’ll find toys, games, and crafts from floor to ceiling when you stop in, with featured brands including Creativity For Kids, Creative Education, Mud Puppy Press, School Zone, Hasbro, and more!

Music & Arts is a great place to go for something creative, whether it be instrumental, rentals, lessons, or general musical education. They have something for all levels and is a great neighborhood music store. Have a broken instrument? They do repair-work too!

It’s great year-round, but especially with the rain not too far off. Issaquah’s The Little Gym offers kids a great opportunity to have fun, learn a new skill, experience new things, and even host a birthday party!

Also located in Issaquah, the Eastside Baby Corner is a phenomenal organization that helps families across the great Seattle are by collecting and purchasing children’s items and distributing them through local social service agencies. Whether to donate, volunteer, or more, they’re a great place to check out – and maybe even hold a drive!

Whether you’re looking for a gift or some place to exert some residual energy, Issaquah is a great place to hang out! Did we miss somewhere? Let us know in the comments below!


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