At Parents Guide Illawarra, we have researched the best toy stores around. The following is a list of our favourites in the Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Nowra areas. We hope you get to experience some of these awesome stores in person!
They’re great for a rainy day out, or to explore for birthday gifts. Why not take your kids with you, and let them enjoy being in a store filled with fun, colour, and delight? Better yet, turn screen time into real time imaginative play with Minecraft Lego. Every store also has online buying options, but why not go in person?
1. Toymate, Shellharbour
Top 10 Toy Shops in Wollongong Shellharbour and Illawarra – Toymate, Shellharbour
A store full of toys, wall to wall. Whether you are after Lego, toddler toys, or action figures, you will find them here. They also have a huge range of Pokémon cards for your child’s collection.
Location: Toymate, Shop 233 & 234, 211 Lakes Entrance Rd, Shellharbour, NSW, 2529.
Opening times for Toymate, Shellharbour:
Mon-Wed: 9-5:30pm, Thurs 9-9pm. Fri-Sat: 9-5:30pm, Sun: 10-4pm
Phone: (02) 9121 3913
If you would like to visit Toymate’s online store, click here
2. The Sensory Studio, Fairy Meadow
Top 10 Toy Shops in Wollongong Shellharbour and Illawarra – The Sensory Studio, Fairy Meadow
This store was born from a mum’s search for sensory products for her child. The ‘Little Studio with a Big Heart’. The staff are kind and want to help you. All the sensory toys you could ask for. Included are craft, games, fidget toys, clothing, and much more. You can find so many amazing toys here for any child you are buying for.
Location: The Sensory Studio, Shop 1, 33 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, NSW, 2519
Opening times for The Sensory Studio, Fairy Meadow:
Mon: 9:30-2pm, Tues-Fri: 9:30-4pm, Sat: 9:30-1pm
Phone: 0491 717 163 (during business hours)
If you would like to visit The Sensory Studio’s online store, click here
3. Casey’s Toys, Wollongong
Top 10 Toy Shops in Wollongong Shellharbour and Illawarra – Casey’s Toys, Wollongong
Walking into this store reminds me of my childhood toy shop visits. They have shelves full of colourful toys for every age group. This store is brimming with affordable gifts full of fun and joy.
Location: Casey’s Toys, Shop W018 Wollongong Central (opposite Coles), NSW, 2500
Opening times for Casey’s Toys, Wollongong:
Mon-Fri: 9-5:30pm. Sat-Sun: 9-4pm
Phone: (02) 4227 2233
If you would like to visit Casey’s Toy’s online store, click here
4. Toyworld, Kiama
A family store, with patient and kind staff. This store offers cards and gift wrapping as a part of their service. It’s great for stopping off for a quick birthday gift. Your child will love spending time searching the toys for something special.
Location: Toyworld, 74 Terralong St, Kiama, 2533
Opening times for Toyworld, Kiama:
Mon-Fri: 9-5pm, Sat: 9-4pm, Sun:10-3pm
Phone: (02) 4232 2684
If you would like to visit Toyworld’s online store, click here
5. Starfish Education, Sensory, and Specialised Store, Shellharbour
Your one-stop shop for educational and sensory toys! With knowledgeable, kind, and supportive staff. This store is full of sensory, educational and NDIS approved items. The owner is passionate about education, and providing unique, engaging toys. If online shopping is your preference, Starfish also provides online product information appointments.
Location: Starfish Education, Sensory, and Specialised Store, Shop 4/5 Burra Place, Shellharbour City Centre, NSW, 2529
Opening times for Starfish Education, Sensory, and Specialised Store, Shellharbour:
Mon-Fri: 10-5pm, Sat: 10-2pm
Phone: 0490 515 957
If you would like to visit Starfish Education, Sensory, and Specialised Store’s online store, click here
6. Goldfish Toy Shop, Berry
Top 10 Toy Shops in Wollongong Shellharbour and Illawarra – Goldfish Toy Shoy, Berry
A lot of love and thought has gone into this magical little toy store. This is obvious by the window displays, and the eclectic toy collection.
Location: Goldfish Toy Shop, 3/58 Albert St, Berry, NSW, 2535
Opening times for Goldfish Toy Shop, Berry:
Phone: (02) 4464 3332
If you would like to visit Goldfish Toy Shop’s online store, click here
7. Matty’s Toys & Baby, Nowra
Matty’s has a huge range of indoor and outdoor play equipment. A store packed with toys, and baby supplies, including prams, and trampolines. They offer a fun experience for anyone visiting their store or buying online.
Location: Matty’s Toys & Baby, 4/10 Central Ave, South Nowra, NSW, 2541
Opening times for Matty’s Toys & Baby, Nowra:
Mon-Fri: 9-5pm, Sat: 9-4pm, Sun: 10-1pm
Phone: (02) 4423 5447
If you would like to visit Matty’s Toys & Baby’s online store, click here
8. Toys & Things, Wollongong
A comprehensive hobby shop. Remote control cars, planes, and drones are only a few of the selection of goodies you will find here. The owners have specialist knowledge and they want to share it.
Location: Toys & Things, 341 Crown St, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
Opening times for Toys & Things, Wollongong:
Tues-Fri: 11-5:30pm, Sat 10-2pm
Phone: 0478 901 998
If you would like to visit Toys & Things online store, click here
9. Hola Nanu, Corrimal
There is something for everyone here, including adults. Some products include: STEM activities, wooden toys, and much more. The online store is amazing, and the showroom is open by appointment every day. Nanu runs school holiday workshops with a focus on art, mindfulness, and language. She also runs Spanish classes for children aged 10-months-old to 13-years-old.
Hola Nanu, Corrimal’s showroom is open:
Mon-Sun by appointment only.
Phone: 0400 999 981
If you would like to visit Hola Nanu’s online store, click here
10. Showbags and More, Albion Park Rail
Want the novelty and fun of buying a show bag anytime during the year? This store is for you! They also sell a range of fidget toys.
Location: Showbags and More, 2/45 Durgadin Drive, Albion Park Rail, NSW, 2527
Opening times for Showbags and More, Albion Park Rail:
Sat: 10-3pm, Sun-Fri: By appointment only.
Phone: 0431 063 665
If you would like to visit Showbags and More’s online store, click here
Other options are Target, Kmart, and Big W, who have large ranges of toys to select from. They have locations in Wollongong, Figtree, Dapto, Warrawong, and Shellharbour.
We hope your toy shopping experience is a fun one!
About the Author: Lisa Hagan
Lisa grew up in Thirroul and is a mum of four children. A student to life, Lisa loves learning and searching for the most fun things to do with her kids. She loves exploring the Illawarra and surrounds. Searching for fun and educational activities are her favourites for her kids whom she homeschools.
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