If you get a spare half hour, I really can't recommend enough catching Shelagh Delaney's Salford on YouTube. It will give you an insight into A Taste of Honey, which is getting a new revival from the National Theatre in London.
Kids often get the coolest thing, including design these days if this midcentury-inspired Retro Kids Table from Kidsen is anything to go by.
If you think kids' toys just mean clutter, you really haven't seen something like Qubis Haus. It's a super-cool dolls house and a coffee table.