FAO Schwarz

in Midtown

New Yorkers mourned the loss of this landmark toy store (c 1862) when it closed its famed flagship on Fifth Ave in 2015 (you might remember Tom Hanks playing a giant floor keyboard there in the movie Big). It was resurrected in this new Rockefeller location in 2018, looking jazzier than ever. Even the keyboard has made a comeback upstairs.

It really is retail nirvana for kids, with giant spaceships to clamber over, magic shows, plentiful toy demonstrations, a colorful candy bar and loads of different zones stuffed with toys. Highlights include the 'pit crew' area where car fans can customize their racers, the clockwork stairwell and the neon-lit top-floor piano lounge. Expect to feel like a kid in a candy store, whether you're nine or 90.