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Whimsic Alley: A Magical Store For Harry Potter Fans

Contributed by Christina Simon, author of Beyond the Brochure: An Insider's Guide to Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles. Check out her blog for ongoing advice on private elementary schools and parenting information.

Although the Harry Potter series has concluded, it  will surely continue to fascinate kids for generations to come. Along  with the books and movies, the store, Whimsic Alley, is an essential  part of any kid’s Harry Potter experience.

Designed  as a store-within-a-store, (based on the shopping district where Harry  Potter characters shop), Whimsic Alley is truly magical. The owner, Stan  Goldin, a good friend of my dad and step-mom, was gracious enough to  give me a tour of the store recently.

Whimsic Alley has everything a Harry Potter aficionado could want. Costumes, ties, a Harry Potter branded toy store, a bookstore, fairies, dragons,  quill pens, a potions room, accessories, a hat shop and–the most  popular store– a wand making shop, where more than 50 types of Harry Potter wands are created. The vibe is magical, friendly and completely  captivating.

Birthday Parties are extremely  popular at Whimsic Alley. The party room is large and designed to  replicate a Harry Potter location. The store will create gorgeous custom  invitations for your child’s party. There are a variety of party  options, including a basic party, The Warthogs Party and more. Parties  include 2 “professors” (party facilitators) who make wands, teach wizard  skills or a potion- making course with partygoers. Party packages  include food and all the set-up, making it super-easy for parents! And,  parties for adults are also a big hit. The day I visited the store,  staff were getting ready to host a party for Paramount Pictures.

If you have a kid who is fascinated by all things Harry Potter, Whimsic Alley is a must-see!

Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036 (3 blocks W. of La Brea Blvd, Miracle Mile District)

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