Shopping for old-fashioned toys at Kid’s Fantasy World Toy Store is like a taking a step back in time.
Located in the Copperas Cove Terrace Shopping Center, the small store offers many traditional toys to engage a child’s mind.
Husband and wife team Juan and Belkys Quinones opened the store in 2011 after dreaming about it since they were high school sweethearts. He surprised her with the shop for her 55th birthday.
“Toys are fun, especially when they help children learn,” Belkys Quinones said.
The Quinones have three adult daughters, all in the military. Their strong belief that education starts in the home helped propel them to open the family and education-oriented toy store.
Interactive story books, such as “Mother Goose” and “Casper, the Ghost” sit on the store’s neat shelves close to ballz and Gabba Gabba plush dolls and colorful toys for infants. Hot Wheels, Dora the Explorer and science and arts and crafts toys line the walls and floor.
While the store features some PlayStation games, it offers more toys, such as Lego building kits, that encourage coordination and motor skills.
A Spanish and English high school teacher for eight years, Belkys Quinones knows the importance of learning.
‘powered by imagination’
“These toys and games teach early learning skills like counting and reading. They’re powered by imagination, not batteries,” she said.
Juan Quinones agreed.
“It’s great to know the computer but children also need to learn socializing games that bring family members together.”
Kid’s Fantasy World is a one-stop toy shop featuring everything from greeting cards in both English and Spanish to toys and gift wrapping.
The Quinones deal directly with top toy manufacturers Mattel, Disney and Lego.
“We can’t compete in size with major toy stores, but we offer personal service and hard to find toys at reasonable prices,” Juan Quinones said.
The store is not just for children, as adults buy toys for themselves, ranging from beanie babies to military model kits.
A popular item is the Monster High dolls, especially the male figure that can sell for up to $300 elsewhere but costs less than $30 at Kid’s Fantasy World.
One out-of-state toy collector spent hundreds of dollars at Kid’s Fantasy World on items he couldn’t find in other stores.
“We try to find the best toys for our customers, who we treat like family,” Belkys Quinones said. “We are blessed with many repeat customers.”
Kid’s Fantasy World Toy Store is at 508 Suite B, Copperas Cove Terrace Shopping Center, U.S. Highway 190.