Every kid in Roland Park knows Shananigans Toy Shop. It’s been a staple at Wyndhurst Station for decades. For the last 11 years, it’s been run by the Stelzer Family.
What made Flora and her husband switch to toys from their respective careers in real estate and photography? Their son, David. David had worked at Barston’s Child’s Play and was immersed in the toy industry. When the opportunity came up to purchase Shananigans, it was a no brainer for the family to change gears and work together on a new-to-them venture. Their collective business experience and industry knowledge was a winning combination. (If you’ve ever talked with David at the store, you know exactly what I mean! No one quite has a passion for toys — or games — like he does…).
Flora kindly showed us around and shared some of her favorite holiday gift giving ideas. Here are some of our favorite finds!
Whether you’re shopping for babies, kids, tweens, teens — or those who are just kids at heart — Shananigans has something for everyone on your list. Hands down, our favorite find was the Girls Coloring For Change coloring book. It was created by Hope Sacco and Anna Doherty, two Roland Park Middle School eighth graders, as part of a national entrepreneurial competition for kids. (Spoiler alert: They won!)
Have a kiddo that’s crazy for Klutz art kits? Now their little brother or sister can get in on the craft action! Klutz recently released a series of art kits perfect for the preschoolers in your life — allowing them to take egg carton crafts and handprint art to the next level. (Yes, turkey handprints just got (cool)er!). Not to mention these kits are excellent keep ’em busy activities for snowy days.
Think craft kits are just for elementary school-aged kids? Think again! Shananigans carries Craftivity kits for older kids. Perfect for budding fashionistas or designers.
Now this is really (cool). Hot Wheels just went ‘smart car.’ Hot Wheels® AI uses computer enhanced Artificial Intelligence to help guide cars around the track. But players should watch out! The AI also controls rival racers who will stop at nothing to over take and speed to victory.
Need an adorable stocking stuffer for the babies in your life? Tolo animals are delightful and indestructible. And baby paper? Well, it’s just plain fun.
Older kids who love architecture or model building will love the ArcKit GO+ kits! There are no set instructions – just components. They just follow their imagination!
Thames & Kosmos, the creators of your favorite science kits, have created a new Barbie STEM Kit. A full-color storybook manual guides guides an exploration of physics and engineering. Kids will construct 7 different models, including a spinning closet rack, washing machine, and greenhouse — all with their new doll.
Last but not least, we couldn’t leave these guys off the list. Sweet little plush animals bring your kiddos’ favorite bedtime stories to life. Who could resist Elmer?
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Photos by Laura Black.