Summer is here!

Hip hip hooray the sun is back! Dilly Dally is bursting with summer fun. Kites, bubbles, buckets, shovels, sidewalk chalk, bug viewers, rugged trucks for the sandbox, boats and ocean creatures galore – we’ve got tonnes of fun stuff for enjoying the summer.

Fly a balsa wood plane, check out creepy crawlies under a magnifying glass, build a stellar sandcastle at the beach or toss a ball around in the yard. Our front table is packed with summer goodness. There’s no excuse for being bored in the summer!

We’ve got sand toys a plenty – buckets, shovels, sand shapers, watering cans and more. Everything you need to fill your beach bag!

You know it’s been a good day when your shoes are full of sand. Judging from the legion of kids digging, building and playing in the sand over the long weekend at beaches all around the city, sand play toys are an absolute summer essential.

Spending the day out in the sun? Matter Company makes fantastic, safe sunscreen for little ones. These Canadian made, chemical-free sun care products safely block harmful UVA and UVB rays and keep delicate skin protected by creating a natural physical barrier to protect against the elements. Natural oils of shea butter, sesame seed oil and jojoba oil offer added protection while moisturizing and soothing sensitive skin. Comes in a cream and a rub on stick.

Lazy summer days are perfect for flying a kite, sailing a wooden boat at the pond or looking up close at flowers and bugs. Pick up a bug viewer or pair of binoculars and watch your kid become an expert nature observer. We’ve got great toys for exploring nature and making the most of these sunny days.

In our opinion, no summer is complete without sidewalk chalk! Kids love scrawling and drawing on the ground, and people passing by get a lift from seeing dull concrete transformed into playful creativity. Pick up a bucket of chalk and you’ll ALWAYS have something for the kiddos to do.

Need more summer inspiration? Our front window has been covered with more finger and nose prints than usual, so we know the little ones are having fun spotting all the creatures and critters playing in the waves. Nothing makes us happier than a window full of happy little hand prints.

Pop by the store to see all the fun summertime cheer! And enjoy that sun.

Easter Delights

The bunnies have taken over! If you are looking to lend the Easter Bunny a hand this year, we have everything you need, including the baskets. Choose between three sizes, and three colors, or pick up one of the cute little egg or bunny baskets. They all come with pastel paper fill to nestle sweets & treats in. Come grab a basket, and stock up on books, toys, and other delights!

These cuddly creatures are just waiting to hop into Easter baskets, or follow a new friend home. Since these soft and cuddly bunnies and chicks have been out on our front table we have heard delighted squeals from kiddos and parents alike. There’s something so timeless about a soft bunny to love and cuddle! We have a range of styles and sizes to suit everyone.

One of our very favourites is the unbelievably sweet lop eared bunny finger puppet. It kind of makes your heart swell up a little, it’s so darn cute. The fuzzy chick finger puppet is another crowd favourite. Its freshly hatched look really appeals and it’s nice and soft for cuddling. We also love the beautifully crafted and hand painted wooden bunnies and chicks. They’re ideal in a basket or perking up a shelf or window ledge.

The always-popular Playmobil eggs are back again- each bright plastic egg holds an original figure with a few extra accessories. We have four to choose from!

Also from Playmobil and new this year is The Easter Advent Calendar. This super cute countdown calender has 10 windows to open with a new surprise each day. So fun!
Jurassic eggs are a great, off-beat option for older kiddos. Chip away at the hollow egg to reveal the mini dinosaur skeleton inside! Interactive Easter sticker books, mini sticker book sets and rad books of temporary tattoos are sure to please as well. Cute little erasers or sets of crayon rocks tuck into baskets beautifully too. We’ve got lots of fun little items to make an Easter basket bountiful.

Spring is here!

There’s just something about Spring that feels like magic. Colourful flowers start bursting out everywhere you look and the sun reminds us just how awesome it is. Birds chirp just a little louder, and everyone seems to have a smile at the ready.

It’s a great time to get outside and PLAY! It’s the time of year for bubbles, kites, balls and bats. For gardening, running around the park and marveling at the wonder of bugs. For feeling the sun on your face and dirt on your fingertips.

Here’s a round up of our Spring collection of toys and outdoor delights.

Spring is an easy time of year to get outside and get active. From sand play toys for the sandbox or beach to skipping ropes and Spooner boards, stop by to outfit your outdoor tickle trunk. And of course, no Spring day can be properly celebrated without some awesome bubbles!

We’ve got a bunch of outdoor greats. Break out a picnic game or a picnic set to celebrate the warmer weather. Kids are also are loving the kites, balls and bats and flying discs – we’re doing our best to keep them in stock! Bug viewers and bug books galore are perfect for those obsessed with the world’s creepy crawlers.

It’s definitley the time of year to get your hands dirty in the garden. Kids LOVE having their own tools to help out. We’ve got everything they need – garden tool sets, work gloves and books, games and sticker books to get them excited about the garden.

Yay for Spring!


snap circuits

Want to build a flying saucer? How about a burglar alarm? Snap Circuits make learning about electronics easy and fun!

The sets come complete with an instructional manual and guidelines for 100 – 300 projects depending on the set you get. No tools are required.

Suitable for ages 8 and up, these multiple award winning science kits have been a hit since we brought them in.

teething toys with style

We just love these fabulous teething necklaces! These charming, retro-inspired necklaces are made specifically with parents of babies and toddlers in mind. Made out of 100% silicone, they are completely free of BPA, phthalates, cadmium, and lead, making them safe for teething babies to chew and suck on. The soft beads are gentle on gums and emerging teeth, and the necklace itself has a breakaway clasp for extra safety. A perfect addition to your wardrobe if you are looking for kid-friendly accessories, or for comforting teething options.

If necklaces aren’t quite your style, but you like the look of the bright silicone, we also have teethers. Made out of the same material as the necklaces, these knobbly rings have multiple textures and two rings for baby to gnaw on.

These have been a real hit with moms at the store. Pop down to check out all the colour options in person!

Dilly Dally Gift Guide

We have two great ways to explore gift giving at Dilly Dally. First of all, check out our Pinterest guide. There are gift idea boards for babies, toddlers, kids 3- 5, kids 6 -8 and kids 9 and up. Lots of images and ideas to get the ideas flowing!

Secondly, have a look at our downloadable PDF gift guide, packed with ideas for a range of ages as well as info about developmental needs at different ages and how different toys can meet those needs.

****Click any image below to download the full gift guide****

Not sure what to get all the good little boys and girls on your list? Check out our 2013 Gift Guide for lots of suggestions for all ages.

The guide is sectioned by age and type of toy. So, if you’re shopping for a 4 year old who loves to play outside, we’ve got suggestions for you! A 7 year old who love arts and crafts? We’ve got it covered.

Just click any of the gift guide images above to download the complete guide, and drop by the store for way more suggestions in person. We love helping people find just the right gift!

Woo hoo contest!

We’re giving away presents! Every day from November 25th to December 15th, we’ll be giving away a daily prize. You can enter to win each and every day! It will be something new each day – no two days will be the same.

We’ll post a photo of the daily giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can enter to win on all three platforms. All you have to do is comment on or share the photo of the prize and you’ll be entered to win! The winner will be announced in the comments on that giveaway. All prizes must be picked up in store.

So check us out each day and see what the elves at Dilly Dally are giving away!

most adorable magnets

We are excited to have these stylish magnet sets back in stock! Choose between Garden, Farm, and Ocean themed sets. Each set comes with 24 individual magnets, and makes a great addition to magnet boards and fridges.

We also have more of these magnetic stacking toys. Mix and match the bodies of your robots to create one-of-a-kind machines, or rearrange the jungle animals to make the silliest new creatures you can!

backpacks have arrived!

It’s back-to-school season, and that means backpacks have arrived!

We love the details on these animal backpacks! The wings on the bee are the sweetest.

These sweet quilted bags are a soft, lighter option for younger kiddos. Perfect for daycare or a trip to grandma and grandpa’s house.

The charming designs on these these backpacks are available in two different sizes- both will fit all the school supplies you’ll need. Come by the store and try them on!

lunch boxes and bags

Are you all set for school lunches? Come check out these adorable lunch boxes! Perfect for making a day at school more fun and delightful.

We also have re-useable lunch and snack bags. These kid-friendly bags are non-toxic and dishwasher safe. Perfect for slipping into a lunch box or backpack.

Check out the full selection in store!

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