Benson Tait

Benson Tait

Feb 24, 2024. 1 min read

Parenting

Find Your Nearest Toy Library in Sydney

Do your little ones whinge about being bored despite being surrounded by a plethora of toys? You're frustrated, and we understand! Lucky for you, we have a little (or becoming not-so-little) secret for you… a Toy Library!

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These places are like Santa's workshop because they’re full of fabulous toys, games, dress-ups, puzzles, and other things made to teach and entertain your kids. Even better, the membership costs next to nothing compared to a cart full of brand-new toys.

What is a toy library?

Toy libraries work like regular libraries, except they are jam-packed wall-to-wall with quality children's toys and activities instead of books. We're talking shelves filled with everything from board games, sports gear, jigsaw puzzles, musical instruments, construction sets, outdoor play equipment, imaginative sets, cars, and everything you could dream up for kids aged 0 – 8 (ish) years old!

They operate through an affordable yearly membership that lets members borrow 3-4 toys at a time, usually for up to 3 weeks (this varies from toy library to toy library). New toys are often added as stock rotates through new purchases and donations.

Why use a toy library?

1. Save money

The Choosi Cost of Kids Report 2023 reported that the annual cost per household of toys and games in Australia is $423. When you compare that to the average cost to join most toy libraries, which is less than $100, you gain unlimited access to second-hand toys all year. It's a no-brainer! Cha-ching!

2. Beat boredom

Are rainy weekends driving you to the brink as you're stuck indoors with restless and bored kids? Have you ever resorted to turning kitchen items into makeshift musical instruments in a desperate attempt to keep them entertained for hours? Luckily, those days are over!

With a vast array of toys on constant rotation, you'll become the household undisputed MVP, delighting your kids with fresh, exciting playthings time and time again. Say goodbye to the dreaded "I'm bored" complaints and the parental guilt of parking them in front of Disney all weekend.

3. Enjoy without the clutter

We've all been there – the agony of stepping on rogue Lego bricks, the morning stumble over Barbie shoes artfully scattered in doorways. Here's the solution: let toy libraries grace your home with new games and activities, sans the overwhelming clutter!

Toy libraries offer a reprieve, allowing you to reclaim your living space and alleviate some of that parenting stress. Welcome back to the joy of walking freely around your house!

4. Promote Sharing Values

Our sweet kids aren't always the best at sharing their toys without World War III kicking off. Toy libraries help kids learn to have patience and take turns. Borrowing community playthings teaches respect and responsibility better than any lecture we dish out! 

5. Eco-Friendly Sustainability

Tired of drowning in plastic waste and cardboard packaging piling up in landfills faster than Dad's beer fridge on State of Origin night? Toy libraries are the eco-friendly solution, tackling the issue of kiddie clutter waste while imparting valuable lessons on sustainability to the little ones.

By sharing quality toys designed to last for years, toy libraries significantly reduce the disposal of flimsy plastic junk every week. It's a win-win for parents and the planet – a high five to responsible parenting and environmental consciousness!

Sydney's Toy Libraries

Ultimo Toy Exchange  

Address: 97 Quarry St, Ultimo, 2007
Email: ultimotoyexchange@gmail.com

Opening times: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm (by appointment) 


Bondi Toy Library    

Address: Waverley Library, 32-48 Denison St, Bondi Junction, 2026
Email: bonditoylibrary@gmail.com

Opening times: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9am - 1pm, Saturday, 9am - 12pm


Lane Cove Toy Library 

Address: 57A Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview, 2066
Email: lanecovetoylibrary@gmail.com

Opening times: Saturday 1pm - 4pm


Randwick City Toy and Game Library

Address: 669/673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra, 2035
Email: contactus@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Opening times: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm, Sunday 12pm - 4pm


EarlyEd Cubby House Toy Library

Address: 3 Starkey St, Forestville, Sydney, New South Wales, 2087
Email: cubbyhouse@earlyed.com.au

Opening times: Monday 12pm - 2.30pm, Thursday 10am - 2pm


SECC Toy Library

Address: 1007 Botany Rd, Mascot, 2020
Email: toylibrary@secc.sydney

Opening times: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm


Sunny Corner Toy Library

Address: 12 Station Rd, Auburn, 2144
Email: coordinator@sunnycornertoylibrary.org.au

Opening times: Tuesdays 1pm - 5pm, Thursday by appointment, Saturday 11.30am to 3.30pm


Cumberland Toy Library

Address: 2 Lane St Wentworthville, 2145
Email: sofia.vouzakis@cumberland.nsw.gov.au

Opening times: Monday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 5pm, Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm, Sunday 2pm - 4.30pm


St Ives Toy Library, St Ives

Address: St Ives Shopping Village, 166 Mona Vale Road, St Ives, 2075
Email: stives.library@krg.nsw.gov.au

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm


North Ryde Library Toy Library

Address: 201 Coxs Road, North Ryde, 2113
Email: rydelibrary@ryde.nsw.gov.au

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 2pm


Middle Dural Toy Library

Address: Sunnyvale Rd, Middle Dural, 2158
Email: middleduraltoy@gmail.com

Opening times: Saturday 10am - 12pm


Wollongong Toy Library

Address: 82 Bong Bong Rd, Horsley, Wollongong, 2530
Email: wollongongtoylibrary@gmail.com


Sutherland Special Needs Toy Library

Address: 123 Flora St, Sutherland, 2232
Email: team@ssntl.onmicrosoft.com

Opening times: Thursday 10am - 1pm

Benson Tait

Benson Tait

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A man who loves design, technology, food and his family of two young girls and a smart gorgeous wife, who is on a mission to make parenting easier and help kids flourish for a happier home.

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