Holly Jolly Local Finds: Shopping for the Kids
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Holly Jolly Local Finds: Shopping for the Kids

Amidst the overwhelming array of toys and tech available, diving into Christmas shopping for kids can be a challenge. Yet, the perfect starting point might not be the big box stores but rather the local businesses within Genesee County.


Choosing to shop locally isn't just about finding gifts; it's a way to foster community, uplift neighbors, and access top-quality products. In the spirit of the holiday season, here's a guide to some wonderful local businesses deserving of your support:

Nestled in Batavia, Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle is a delightful hometown store that evokes a nostalgic charm of a bygone era. Established over a century ago, Adam Miller continues to specialize in timeless toys that do not rely on batteries. From classic board games and bicycles to Slinkys, pogo sticks, a vast array of puzzles, model cars, and beyond, children will discover endless entertainment. This holiday season, veer away from technology and gift the children in your life with timeless classics that never go out of style!

The David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena in Batavia presents ideal presents for the active kid or family on your holiday shopping list – single and family season passes! As the sole indoor ice rink in Genesee County, this arena boasts a standard NHL-size rink. Skaters have the opportunity to enjoy open skate sessions or engage in skate and shoot activities, offering a fantastic way to embrace the joy of gliding on the ice.

At Foxprowl Collectables situated in Batavia, you'll discover an array of the most distinctive and diverse toys and collectibles you've been seeking. This is the ultimate destination for those in pursuit of gifts tailored for comic book and pop culture enthusiasts. The store boasts an extensive selection featuring hundreds of figures, comics, and pop culture paraphernalia spanning from the 1970s to now!

House of Bounce stands as the freshest and most exciting kids' attraction in Genesee County! Nestled within Batavia's Harvester Center, it's a leading indoor play space designed for children, providing an engaging environment to play, jump, climb, and embark on explorative adventures. Complete with a rock wall, foam pit, soft play area, sensory bean construction box, large inflatables, a video gaming wall, cornhole boards, and an array of activities, this makes for an ideal gift for any child in your life—particularly during the winter months in Western New York.

At Northwoods Alpacas, a treasure trove of coziness awaits! Discover a delightful array of stuffed toys, warm sweaters, snug mittens, and an assortment of other alpaca-inspired gifts. These charming alpaca-themed items make for ideal holiday gifts, promising both comfort and cheer for the season. There's truly something special to warm hearts and hands during this festive time of year at this unique boutique!

At Norton's Chizzelwood located in Alexander, discover meticulously crafted, handmade gifts of exceptional quality meant to be cherished across generations. Delight the child in your life with a gift designed to endure, ranging from desks and vanities to distinctive 4-in-1 flip chairs and rockers. What's more, these rockers can be uniquely personalized, adding an extra touch of special charm for your child this Christmas!

For those thrill-seeking kids in your life, a season pass to Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park makes the perfect gift. This expansive 1,200-acre park located in Corfu is a haven for adventure, featuring seven world-class roller coasters, over 45 family-friendly rides, and the region's largest waterpark. The waterpark includes attractions like a massive wave pool, a relaxing lazy river, thrilling water slides, cabanas for a luxurious retreat, and a large interactive kiddie waterpark, promising endless fun and excitement for the entire family.

At The Art of Mandy in Le Roy, immerse kids in the world of creativity through their weekly art classes led by a skilled instructor. Delight the young ones by gifting them a certificate for a guided painting class, encouraging them to unleash their creative talents in a fun and engaging environment.

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