- Graphic novels, sci-fi and games line the shelves at Merlyn’s.
Figpickels Toy Emporium Figpickels is a place where kids can be kids and grown-ups can feel like kids again, too. The shop offers fun for all ages, including hands-on displays, a German carousel and items ranging from the latest games to old-fashioned toys. The Coeur d'Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2800
Merlyn's Merlyn's is a utopia for video games, board games, card games and more. But don't just stop in to buy something and leave — there are usually casual games and tournaments to join at the tables in the back. 15 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-0957
Shenanigan's Toy Emporium & Sweet Shop Shenanigan's has everything a family with kiddos might need for a successful afternoon outing in downtown Coeur d'Alene — ice cream, candy, coffee and toys. Cool off with some homemade ice cream during warmer months, and pick up a Frisbee to toss around in the park. 312 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-664-0955
Uncle's Games, Puzzles and More Uncle's offers the largest selection of puzzles and games in Spokane, as well as a variety of gaming events throughout the week to bring local gamers together. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable, so you can count on them to help you find the perfect gift for game and puzzle enthusiasts of any age. Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 891-7620 | The Liberty Building, 404 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-4607
The White Elephant Since 1946, the family-owned White Elephant has stocked its shelves with anything and everything a Spokanite might need to have fun. They offer a variety of items for camping, hunting, and fishing, but their expansive toy selection is a big draw, with aisles of games, Playmobil and Nerf guns at discount prices. 1730 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 328-3100 | 12614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 924-3006
Whiz Kids Whiz Kids' motto is "smart toys for smart kids," and they mean it. The games, books and toys here aren't the cheap plastic you'll find at big-box stores. They're well-made and designed to spark creativity and enhance learning. Next time your kiddo has a birthday party to attend, stop by Whiz Kids and pick up a cool wooden puzzle, a science kit or an Erector set as a gift. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 456-8697