We hear you, O Parents. We, too, would sometimes rather lie down in oncoming traffic than take a small child on a shopping expedition at a big-box store. But if you’re a parent, chances are you may have also survived a trip or 100 to Costco for all of those cult-favorite products — yes, even with your kids in tow. And if you have, you may already know that the megastore has a surprisingly good selection of toys for kids of all ages.
Whether your kids are invited to a bunch of birthday parties this year or you’re out buying gifts for their own big day, Costco can be a great way to sneak in that bit of toy shopping while doing…all the other errands that fill your life. Why not pick up a new LEGO set while grabbing a three-month supply of toilet paper? Stock up on dish soap and slime kits! The only thing we don’t recommend? Trying to buy Costco’s giant plush bear at the same time as your groceries. Unless an 18-wheeler is your typical ride, that is (online shopping solves SO many problems).
Ahead are our top picks for toys at Costco. Just don’t let your kids see this slideshow unless you’re ready to make a purchase — or get whined at until you do.
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A version of this story was originally published February 13, 2020.