Mildred & Dildred is a small, locally-owned toy store in North Tucson. Located on the lower level of La Encantada shopping center, the whimsical turquoise building with bright red doors and airy glass displays features toys and games for youngsters. You’ll find rag dolls, puppets, arts & crafts supplies, books by local authors, tea sets, play kitchens, and more.
Though the store isn’t big in space, it makes up for it in character. The employees are helpful, kid-friendly, and “goofy” (their words – not ours). Plus, the store features regular free plays and storytimes on the front lawn. Past favorites have included Pinnochio, The Tortoise & the Hare, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Frog Prince. You can stay up-to-date on events and sales by subscribing to the Mildred & Dildred e-newsletter.
Prices tend to be on the steep side, but the selection is top-notch and the store is locally-owned. Autumn Ruhe, a Tucson native, set up shop in 2007 after getting a degree in art history and working at Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles (a toy store in Tucson that closed in 2011).
If you go, be sure to check the giant wooden cradle by the check-out counter for sale items!
AT A GLANCE
Location: Lower Level of La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, Tucson
Phone Number: 520-615-6266
Hours: M-W 10am-7pm; TH-SAT 10am-8pm; SUN 11am-6pm
- Small Play Area
- Whimsical, Hand-Selected Gifts
- Locally-owned by a Tucson native
- Complimentary gift wrapping
- Free story times (Tuesdays at 10:30am; Thursdays at 3:30pm), children’s plays, and holiday events
- Birthday Club – Kids who sign up get a $10 coupon in the mail and a sticker.
Social Media: Mildred & Dildred on Facebook