450 Central Park Avenue
If you have a gifted child (have you ever met a Westchester parent who doesn’t?), or just one that’s so bored he’s threatening to expire, take him here. This second store (the flagship is in SoHo) launched by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, really does live up to its promise to ‘bring learning to life.’ Or, equally important to make learning fun. Customers try DVDs and videos and test toys, books, and games. Choose from among 3,000-plus books, toys, games, and CD-ROMS in various curricula. A cozy, corner book section offers child-sized tables and chairs, and shelves are stocked with a slew of educational workbooks and materials for test prep—everything a stressed-out parent may need. FYI: The store sponsors frequent special events such as author readings, character visits, and story-times at no charge; check the event calendar online at www.scholastic.com or by calling the event hotline at (914) 725-7201.