Founded in 2006 by a lawyer and mother of three, kiddywampus is an interactive toy store that aims to provide a selection of the most unique toys, books, and accessories for arty, curious kids. This is a really fun store to explore, but you just want to buy everything. I don't think I've ever walked out empty-handed. The Hopkins store is located just down the block from Stages Theatre and is fun to visit before or after a matinee. In fact, Hopkins Mainstreet is just fun to walk, so I try to plan extra time for a walk whenever we get there.
Newly opened in September, 2020. The Chanhassen location is also located in a charming small town. Combine a toy store visit with a matinee at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and/or a stroll through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Chanhassen hours are:
- Weekdays: 9am-8pm
- Saturday: 9am-5pm
- Sunday: 11am-5pm
Birthday Parties at Kiddywampus
Starting at packages for 10 kids, the store hosts fully-staffed birthday parties in its large party room. The store personnel help with everything from unloading and setup, projects & activities, to food service and pack up. Party themes and additional information can be found here.
While you are at it, check out the Birthday Bins program. It works like a gift registry, but a little more physical. Kids can visit the store three weeks before their birthday to fill a bin with their favorite toys. Those wanting to purchase a gift can look through the bin to choose a toy. Kiddywampus will help out-of-town gift givers over the phone. You do not need to host your birthday party at Kiddywampus to take advantage of this program.
Kiddywampus 2020 Expansion
Besides adding a new location, during the spring of 2020, Kiddywampus Hopkins expanded and completely renovated. Updates included a renovated party room and a brand new play space. The new 450-square-foot indoor Play Space is a pay-by-the-hour play space for kids ages 0-5 and their families. However, this all happened as Covid-19 closings began and, as of yet, we have not heard that play is available.
- What to expect for the indoor playground. Image courtesy of Kiddywampus.
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Maker Space Closed in 2017
The maker space was closed in 2017 to make room for a growing toy and game selection. You can still participate in staff-led projects at birthday parties and special events, which we try to add to our calendar.