I live in Kew Gardens and drive on Queens Blvd on a daily basis. I have always been intrigued by a store called "SImply Toys/Pet Zone" and have wanted to go in many times, but every single time I pass by, it is closed. Today, I drove by and it was open! Holy cow, it was so worth that u-turn!!
They have amazing toys. Melissa and Doug, Putamayo CD's, Fancy Nancy & Thomas the tank engines, puzzles, dress-up, art kits, learning books, and more. They specialize in ages 0-5 but have some incredible learning tools and science sets for 5-9. I couldn't believe it! I have been on a search for the past 2 and a 1/2 years for a great toy store in Queens and there is a fantastic one right in my neighborhood! Then they dropped the bomb. They're "restructuring" with new management. Uh oh. That sounded ominous until they informed me that they are getting rid of everything and it's all FORTY PERCENT OFF!!!! I, of course, told them who I was and they offered all Queens Mamas Readers an extra 5% off! I got Fancy Nancy Colorforms, originally marked at $10 for $5.50, and would have done so much more had I had my wallet with me! Seriously, you can't get better than that!
And so, I tell you to run, don't walk, over to Simply Toys (www.simplytoys.info) 113-24 Queens Blvd Between 76th Ave & 76th Rd. in Forest Hills. Their hours are tricky, so here they are:
Thursday 11- 7
Saturday 10- 6
Sunday 12-6. (Yom Kippur dates are Friday 9/17 11-3, Saturday 9/18 closed)
I believe the last day of this sale is Sunday, Sept. 26th. The hours are short and the supplies will run out fast, but believe me when I say it is so worth it to go check this out immediately!!! And don't forget to say you're a Queens Mama Reader and get an extra 5% off!!