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What Happens When A Small-Town Family Visits The "World's Largest"... Whatever!

PHOTO FRIDAY: Big Fun Toy Store, Cleveland, OH

I included the Big Fun toy store on our Cleveland itinerary for its name, obviously.

Big Fun

It’s not the world’s largest toy store (that would be the Toys R’ Us in Times Square), but it lives up to its name by giving you a really enjoyable trip down memory lane!  Big Fun, which has been around for almost 20 years, has two locations. We went to the one in the Coventry neighborhood. Both are stuffed to the brim – literally from floor to ceiling – with an amazing array of toys, collectibles, novelties and gag gifts.


Their own description says it best: “a cathedral of counter-culture, a warehouse of nerdabilia and nostalgia.”

toy store

Matt spent his time peering into the Star Wars memorabilia showcase. The Boy was awestruck by the Nintendo game cartridges that pre-date his existence. The Girl looked through drawers of cheap plastic toys; the kind you end up with in party favor bags.

It’s the old school stuff that really called out to me. I was partial to the Happy Days character action figures (especially Potsie; wasn’t he such a doll?!), and the full line of bacon products:



  1. Leigh said,
    August 24, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Sounds like we could do some damage in that place! Happy Days, I’m intrigued now, what else could we find?!?

  2. Mike said,
    August 24, 2012 @ 4:09 pm


  3. Zoe French said,
    August 24, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Love that giant Lego Man head! Seems like a really cool store!!

  4. August 27, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Cool stuff! so many choices for my kid… 🙂

  5. Bryce said,
    August 28, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    My childhood came flashing back to me with all those Sesame Street toys!

    As a fan of big numbers, I thought you’d appreciate this infographic I found from Embassy Suites:

    That’s a whole lot of orange juice…