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West Seattle shop is a hub of discovery

Curious Kidstuff offers art classes inside the West Seattle toy store.

Joshua Huston


West Seattle is home to a growing number of kid-centric shops, perhaps none more so than Curious Kidstuff. The toy store has been a neighborhood staple since 1998, and owner Ann Walker has cherished watching her customers grow up. When Walker started Curious Kidstuff, she wanted to “create a place where children could feel free to explore and have toys that provoked creativity.” She’s done that and more. 

On most days, the store is packed with kids playing with learning toys, puzzles and games while their parents shop for the perfect purchase. The caring staff wraps gifts, helps customers find the ideal item and provides a warm environment for both children and adults. 

Photo: Joshua Huston

A neighborhood staple since 1998.

Curious Kidstuff carries a wide range of high-quality toys, books, games, puzzles, wooden trains and construction toys. The $1 gift wrap is a bonus for the time-strapped birthday party attendee. The store offers art classes Mondays and Fridays at 10 am for children 18 months and up; the first class is free. 

The store has a wonderful space for birthday parties, including an age-appropriate art class, balloons and party favor bags, along with setup and cleanup. They also sell pre-made party favor bags. 

Photo: Joshua Huston

Gift-wrap any of your toy finds for $1.

Curious Kidstuff is a West Seattle icon, and Walker feels blessed to be in the toy business. “I will never be rich, but being in the presence of children for all these years has made me wealthy,” she says. 

4740 California Ave. SW, Seattle, curiouskidstuff.com

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