About

Welcome to Animal Instinct 
We are an eclectic mix of unique and traditional toys, games, books for all ages, as well as the "hottest" trends on the market. We take pride in offering a hand-picked selection, sure to inspire the young and young-at-heart alike. In our cozy space as Animal Instinct for more than 30 years, we stock such timeless treasures as Lego, Papo, Sesame Street, Ravensburger and White Mountain Puzzles, Hansa, Green Toys, Melissa & Doug, Douglas Cuddle Toys, and Mary Meyer plush and a long list of favorites and new hot trends. With our focus on children's play, educational toys, and related products, you will find within our category selections, the best educationally oriented, skill building products including STEM-focused items from both large and small companies.

March 17, 2017: Jonathan, founder, and owner of Animal Instinct announced he was handing the baton to The Goldenrod, Inc. of York Beach Maine, new owners of Animal Instinct. As an institution providing locals and visitors extraordinary experiences for more than 121 years in York Beach, they share very similar core values. 
A great fit
The Goldenrod, also owns the Beach Funatic, a specialty shop with a whimsical mix of beach supplies, kites, toys, games, books, and gifts. Our retail manager, Lisa manages both locations. Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in specialty retail. With respect for the past, Lisa has her eyes on the future. The new Animal Instinct will make your heart sing as you enter, like seeing an old friend. With the soul of an old-fashion toy store and a youthful, lively spirit, there is a new energy... and a few upgrades. 

We invite you to experience our wide collection of unique and traditional as well as the "hottest" trends on the market. We still have the extraordinary collection of books, for toddlers to grown-ups including many NYTs bestsellers. We offer toys, games, puzzles, science projects, plush animals and much more! Let your inner child instinct explore. Visit Animal Instinct and Play, Learn, Laugh, Enjoy! It is sure to inspire young and young-at-heart alike. 

We offer old-time neighborhood customer services such as 
* Continental US shipping  *Phone orders welcome. *Complimentary gift wrapping year-round. *Call Ahead; We'll have it waiting *Special requests are always welcome
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