About Us

Tidepool Toys and Games opened its doors for business on May 21, 2011. Located oceanfront on the boardwalk in beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware, Tidepool Toys is just a few steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. We carry kites and beach toys as you would expect to find in a boardwalk store, but also carry a wide variety of specialty toys, games, plush, puzzles and crafts. We are a neighborhood toy store that just happens to be located right on the beach.

The motto, "Toys with a Porpoise", reflects our goal to have quality toys that have strong play value and bring a smile to children's faces. We use our experience as parents to pick toys that we would want for our own children, and many of our products were tested in our own home by our son and daughter over the last 9 years.

We get asked about our name sometimes. Tide pools form when the waves are big and water rushes over the beach to get trapped behind higher sand. They are a safe place for kids to play away from the pounding surf, and always a favorite of our kids.

We stay open year-round to serve both visitors and our local customers. We enjoy meeting new families who are vacationing in the Bethany area, and we also get to see our local friends and neighbors who are enjoying the beach or a walk on the boardwalk. We sponsor several events at our store throughout the year.

In April 2014, we opened our second location down the beach in Fenwick Island to serve both of Delaware's "quiet resort" towns. In 2015, we opened our seasonal location in Fenwick on the Viking Golf boardwalk. In January of 2019, we purchased Kids' Ketch in Lewes.

Whether you shop at our stores in Fenwick, Bethany, or Kids' Ketch in Lewes, we want you to have a pleasant shopping experience. We stand behind our products and service. If you are dissatisfied in any way, let us know and we will personally do our best to make things right. – Owners Sandy and Lori Smyth