An exterior shot of Funky Monkey, an independent toy store...

An exterior shot of Funky Monkey, an independent toy store in Greenvale. Credit: Photo by Dick Yarwood

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has named Saturday as Neighborhood Toy Store Day to encourage families to shop locally to support their community.

The nationwide shopping event is just in time to kick off the holiday shopping season and to introduce consumers to the benefits of shopping at independently owned toy stores.

"Locally-owned toy stores add charm and character to neighborhoods across the country and provide families with a unique selection of high-quality toys not typically found at big box retailers," Kimberly Mosley, president of ASTRA, said in a recent news release. "Neighborhood Toy Store Day recognizes the role independently-owned toy stores play within the community, as well as the families each store serves."

Funky Monkey (360 Wheatley Plz.) in Greenvale will be hosting a free, child-friendly event. Families can learn how to fly a drone and land on the discount of your choice (10, 15 or 20 percent off any one item $15 or more) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you're looking for more local toy stores, here are a few on Long Island:

Einstein's Attic (79 Main St., Northport)

RayJay Inc. (260 Altessa Blvd., Melville)

Funni Business (27 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay)

M.J. Beanz (345 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview)

Wisecan Inc. (220 Engineers Dr., Hicksville)

SMCCI (111 Plymouth Blvd., Smithtown)

The Dolphin Bookshop (299 Main St., Port Washington)

Fun Stuff Toys (3639 Merrick Rd., Seaford)

La Toys Etcetera (82 Columbia Ave., Cedarhurst)

Lainie's Way (216 Main St., Port Jefferson)

For a full listing of events and more information, visit