Austin’s Best Children Shops for Adorable Clothes and Entertaining Toys
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to find the perfect gift for the little ones in your life. Luckily, Austin is home to a number of locally-owned, high-quality children shops with clothing, toys and more for the city’s youngest residents. Take a look at our shopping picks below!
Alexa James Baby
1515 West 35th St.
Shoppers will enjoy an aesthetically pleasing shopping experience at Alexa James Baby, thanks to interiors designed by Claire Zinnecker and offerings that are thoughtfully curated for cute kiddos. The shop, which is inspired by kids’ stores in New York City, sells charming brands like Estella, Meri Meri and Nellystella. Owner Karina Drake has created an adorable, peaceful environment with products that will bring comfort and style to children’s wardrobes.
1003 West 34th St.
Picket Fences carries classic and trendy products for both new babies and big kids. Kathryn Kenjura Hall started as a part-time employee before eventually purchasing the store from previous owner Aimee Laughlin, and Picket Fences remains a longtime local favorite after 30 years in business. Whether you’re looking for a set of bedding for a crib, decor for a nursery or unique gifts for young folks, the staff here will help you find the right answer to any shopping request.
2005 Southern Oaks Dr.
Classic Childhood is outfitting stylish youth with sustainable and timeless children’s clothing. Handmade in Austin, the team at Classic Childhood uses pre-loved shirts as the fabric for their European-inspired designs. They even give customers the chance to honor loved ones by repurposing a shirt to create a customized heirloom outfit for a child. Check out their precious collection of items made in collaboration with local figures, including Lauren Petrowski and Rachel Thornton.
2805 Bee Caves Rd., Unit 414
PerriBerri is the largest specialty retailer of Barefoot Dreams products in the U.S. Locals can make a visit to pick up a baby blanket or a cozy outfit for a new mom! The Rollingwood boutique also carries gifts and pajamas for kids. Founded by Perri Beathard in 1997, PerriBerri has amazing goods for parents and children alike.
2002 South Congress Ave.
Letterpress PLAY is more than a toy store. With a focus on sustainability and a mission to share the beauty of letterpress printing, founder Kyle Hawley has created a creative, welcoming space for kids to explore. Find high-quality products from local artisans, plus their own handmade paper toys, greeting cards and upcycled notebooks.
403 West 2nd St.
5501 Burnet Rd.
Shoppers will find toys galore at Toy Joy, one of Austin’s best toy stores since 1987. From more educational science-based toys to novelty items and everything in between, Toy Joy is every kid’s paradise. With locations downtown, in Hyde Park and at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Toy Joy is spreading the fun all around town.
Lemon Drop Children’s Shop
2118 South Congress Ave.
Lemon Drop Children’s Shop brings a whole lot of joy to South Congress! The yellow-striped silver Airstream parked at The Lawn is the brainchild of owner Emma Davis, who was inspired to open the business after becoming a mother herself. The inventory at Lemon Drop is colorful and whimsical, ideal for the young and the young at heart.
This luxury clothing and gift shop has just about everything you could want for the children in your life. There’s fashionable bubbles and rompers for newborns, sleepwear and outerwear for bigger kids and a wide range of toys and home items to add to a kid’s room. Plus, they carry a bevy of festive, holiday-themed options for this time of year!
Bright Beginnings Boutique
3010 West Anderson Ln.
It doesn’t get much cuter than Bright Beginnings Boutique. The well-curated store carries reasonably priced and high-quality clothing and accessories for children — and it’s all adorable. There are pastel-colored onesies for newborns and super stylish outfits for bigger kids. Bright Beginnings is a must-visit for expecting parents, grandparents and anyone else looking for the perfect baby items.
Kinda Krazy Kids & Kompany
3736 Bee Caves Rd., Unit 4
The stock at Kinda Krazy Kids & Kompany ranges from puppets, puzzles and plush animals to clothing, costumes and shoes. The West Lake Hills locale celebrated their 19th anniversary this November and invites locals to come in and find a new favorite toy or outfit from tons of wonderful and whimsical options. And kiddos can join in on the fun in the store’s playroom!
2438 West Anderson Ln.
Terra Toys started by making hand-crafted wooden toys in 1978 and has since grown into a 12,000-square-foot store selling an innumerable amount of entertaining activities for families. Many of their offerings aid in development and education, as well as being enjoyable for play! With so many options available, there’s something for every boy and girl at Terra Toys.
SparkleKids Upscale Retail
4800 Burnet Rd.
Resale shopping isn’t just for adults! SparkleKids buys high-quality children’s clothing to sell to their customers, creating a sustainable option for clothing for ever-growing kids. The shop specializes in brands like Matilda Jane, Lilly Pulitzer and so much more. SparkleKids also carries locally made items from Austin makers, making it a one-stop shop for kids’ shopping needs.