The People

The Animal Kingdom Children's Store is owned and operated by Lindsay Williamson and supported by her business partner and a devoted staff. She has worked and managed in the retail industry for well over a decade of experience. Lindsay resides in State College, PA with her 9 year old daughter, Saoirse (pronounced Seer-shuh) and their two cats. 

A long standing and valuable part of downtown State College, the shop reopened under Lindsay's ownership in 2012. She has since maintained and enhanced the reputation for providing great products, excellent customer service and supporting her community. The Animal Kingdom expanded their business in 2019 to include their acquired sister store, Growing Tree Toys, located just up the street. Both shops have a super friendly staff dedicated to product knowledge, personable service and having fun!


A note from the owner...

Hi there! As modern business people, we realize that being guided by the simple notion that children's lives are enriched by ample time for open-ended, creative, imaginative play is an unlikely and maybe even unfashionable thing to do. It’s passé. It’s antiquated. It’s out of step with our fast-paced, high-tech world. But as parents, not trusting in good-old-fashioned make believe and in children's innate need to interact with simple, natural toys seems completely unreasonable... and maybe even dangerous.

We venture towards protecting the special time in life that is childhood by handpicking products that are smart and well-designed, sturdy and safe, and best of all, FUN. We hope you appreciate our efforts and enjoy our collection of cuddly stuffed animals, baby gifts, battery-free toys, books and high quality children's apparel. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you!


Lindsay Williamson & Team