Are Your Kids Tired of Their Same Old Toys?

Are Your Kids Tired of Their Same Old Toys?

By Isabelle Green

Are you frustrated after spending hundreds of dollars on new toys that your kids barely touch?  Are you tired of toy clutter?  Are you tired of picking up toys after your kids?  Would you like to reduce spending and encourage reusing?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Joujouthèque is for you.  

What is Joujouthèque, you may ask? 

Joujouthèque is a toy library where children can borrow toys and games. It is also a place where kids can play and run around in a gymnasium and you don’t have to pick up the mess! 

The concept is simple. Parents pay a membership fee of $35/child per year and their child can take out 2 toys and 1 game. Add another $25 for a second child. You can keep these toys for 2 weeks and then renew if you wish. There are toys for all kinds to peak every child’s interest.   

Some examples of toys are push-and-pull-along toys, ride-on toys, musical toys, tricycles, bicycles, skates, play houses, barns, garages, vehicles, role-playing accessories, costumes, puppets, puzzles, construction toys, building blocks, math and vocabulary games, dominos, cd-rooms and board games. 

That is not all, every Tuesday and Friday from 9:00-12:00 p.m., Joujouthèque offers a play area in a gymnasium where kids of all ages can play with an array of toys, big and small. There is a table with art materials, a table with board games, push or pull along toys, vehicles, tunnels, playhouses, balls, blocks, cars, trucks, puzzles and more. Basically, kids have a blast while parents can sit and chat. 

The fee for this activity is $1.50 for members ($1 if you buy a card of 10 admissions) and $4.00 for non members ($3 if you buy a card for 10 admissions).  

The toy lending library is open on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Joujoutheque is a non-profit organization subsidized by the city.  

For more information or to view their online catalogue of toys, please visit their website at:

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