Kiddlestix Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

This beloved Tulsa toy store has been the savvy shopper's secret weapon for three decades.



Jana and Chuck Doyle

Since 1987, Kiddlestix has been the savvy shopper’s secret weapon.

You can walk into the local toy store just hours ahead of a birthday party, select a gift for the child based on age, enjoy free gift wrapping, and head to the party with a guaranteed winner. The unique toys — many made of long-lasting materials — are plentiful for kids (and adult kids) to handle and experiment with in the store.

When Jana Doyle and her husband, Chuck, purchased the store three-and-a-half years ago from the longtime owners, they knew it was imperative to keep Kiddlestix’s experience the same.

“A big part of it is customer service. You can either walk in on your way to a party, or — and many people may not know this — you can call ahead, say you want a $25 present for a 5-year-old, and we’ll have it wrapped and even take it out to your car,” Doyle says.

“We do like to have a blend of classic toys and the flashy remote-controlled toys kids love,” she says. “Parents want to have something that’s going to last, so things can be passed down. Kids don’t realize sometimes that they want that, too. They want the thing that won’t break down.”

Because Kiddlestix has been a mainstay in Tulsa for more than three decades, the Doyles enjoy watching second-generation customers enjoy some of the same toys their parents had.

“We have so many people bringing in their kids. Our manager has been here for 20 years,” Doyle says. “Why change something that works so well?”

Still, the toys are the stars of Kiddlestix, and the owners are proud to offer classic items, with a mix of the trendy things kids add to their holiday wish lists.

What are some of the most popular items today?

“Unicorns and llamas — and sloths. Even the llamas and sloths have horns, like unicorns,” she says, pointing to just some of the numerous plush toys. “Kids just love them.”

 

Kiddlestix

3815 S. Harvard Ave. | 918-749-8697 | kiddlestixtoys.com

Kiddlestix has a wide variety of STEM learning sets to show kids how to build a robot. The Alien Robots science kit includes 10 models. $25 and up;  for ages 6 and up. HoverQuad remote  cars shift and move  in many directions. Some are “chameleons” that take on the colors of the light-up tracks (sold separately). Starting at $24.99;  for ages 3 and up. The Kumi Kreation bracelet maker is popular for kids who want to make and trade bracelets with different patterns and colors. $39.99. For ages 8 and up. The three-string Loog guitars come in various colors with cards to teach chords. You also can download a free app so kids can learn to play songs. $79.99; for ages 3 and up. Kids enjoy tactile toys, like Squishy figures, because they’re fun to hold. $4-$15. For ages 5 and up.

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