Toy bank - aka the Taipei City Parenting Resource Center

Those of you who are parents probably know that kids tire of toys very quickly. So the Taipei city government has this great resource for parents with kids ages 0-6 years old, the toy rental bank! Also known as the Taipei City Parenting Resource Center

It is located right outside of the Shandao MRT station (exit 5) on the blue line.
捷運善導寺站5號出口 Here's the page with the location in Chinese

The building is very stroller friendly, the toy bank is on the third floor but there's an elevator that will take you right up. They are open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-12:30 and 14:00-1700. Similar to other government play centers, they are closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Similar to a library, you have to register to get a barcode to borrow toys. Parents can borrow two toys per child and keep them for two weeks. You can also go online to extend that time by 1 more week.

The website says you can register online to get your barcode but when I tried to enter our passport and then ARC numbers none of it worked so we had to go in to register ourselves. The first time you borrow toys you will need an ID (passport/ARC) to confirm your child's age. The toys need to be returned during their operating hours.

For foreigners, they are more used to those who come in with passports as it took awhile for us to get our barcode with our ARCs.

There are shelves lined up with all sorts of toys:

There are also toys that are at the center for kids to play with when the parents are browsing through the toys. If you are there on weekday mornings there won't be too many people as when we took this photo we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

Our kids had a great time and we came away with our two toys.

They also welcome donation of toys in good condition.


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