Silly Goose Kids isn’t like most toy stores, and that’s a good thing. Instead of a big-box environment filled with deeply-discounted, soon-to-be-forgotten toys, this wholesome, independent shop stands with parents through every step of a young child’s development with high-quality, educational, and yes—fun toys. If you’re ready for a refreshingly different toy-shopping experience, head to the Danforth neighborhood, where Silly Goose stocks an incredible array of parent-approved toys, books, and crafts that keep little ones playing and learning at a time when playing and learning count the most. Bring your kids and let them pick out whatever toy strikes their fancy—it’s a win-win situation in a store where everything is educational. Your littlest ones will make a beeline for colorful toys like the Franky the Hanky Whale, Rocking Alligator, and Tranquil Turtle Sleep Machine, which combines a nightlight and lullaby soundtrack to calm even the most fitful sleepers. Older kids might appreciate a piano play mat like the one from the Tom Hanks movie Big, or a magnetic world map puzzle. And any child with an inclination toward art and science will enjoy a jewelry-making kit, rainbow loom, or build-your-own solar robot. If that’s not enough to get you in the door, take a look at the shop’s schedule of classes and activities, which range from Song Time for Baby to storytelling sessions. The time you spend together with your child is the most valuable commodity of all, and that’s definitely not something you can order online.