130 S. Barrington Pl., Brentwood
This ages-old toy shop in Brentwood Village is literally packed to the gills with all the classics, from Lego, to Bruder trucks. It's family-owned, old-school, and they happily gift-wrap, making it the perfect stop before a birthday party. There are plenty of small grab and go toys, too, to keep little ones occupied.
225 26th St., Brentwood
Situated in the Brentwood Country Mart, the racks at Poppy are exquisitely tasteful, from the mini striped shirts from Petit Bateau to the Makie t-shirts stamped with zebras. The pricetags match the taste level, which makes this better for gifts than wardrobe basics.
Brentwood Art Center
13031 Montana Ave., Brentwood
Brentwood Art Center's classes cater to all kinds of artistic interest, from drawing techniques to comic book illustration. During the summer and winter breaks, Brentwood Art Center also offers one-week and two-week day camps for kids aged 5-13 where they get to try painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking.
11710 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Bruder trucks, stuffed animals, and a giant wall of books make this pretty popular with the under 12-set—and a host of retro toys like slinkies, et al, make parents even more inclined to bring out their wallets. These guys do quick and great gift-wrapping, making this a go-to for birthday party presents.
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