When an invitation to attend the opening party for Sophie’s Play School, a new toy store in our area, arrived, I didn’t have to think about much more than Hushpuppy’s face at such a toddler-to-do to accept.
I was curious to see the new store, as well, particularly because there aren’t an amazing number of toy stores in the neighborhood, especially since our local Toys ‘R’ Us closed. Plus, the opening of a toy store just sounds fun at any age.
We were greeted at the door by Shelly, the cheerful owner, who told us all about the shop and the events coming up at Sophie’s in the next few weeks. Downstairs is the toy store, and even on first look around, you can see that everything they stock is high quality, with lots of wooden toys and an emphasis on creative, educational play. Up a set of stairs is the space where they will have a whole roster of activities, including story times and talks for parents. Shelly said to check the Facebook page for updated schedule (website coming soon), and I’ll be taking note, as I’m always looking for new things to take Hushpuppy to.
The first order of business at the party was to get a balloon animal. Hushpuppy was shy at first, but became more an more intrigued, finally declaring, “DOG!” as it took shape. She held onto it like it was her Precious for the rest of the morning. Today, she found the sadly deflated remains in her toybox, and handed it to me with a triumphant declaration of “DOG!”. Dog(!) in hand, we ventured inside to check out the goodies. While I snapped a few photos and looked at the inventory, Hushpuppy wasted no time finding a gorgeous wooden toy kitchen to play with. While she was busy cooking her (wooden) lunch, I was admiring a few things around the shop.
How lovely are these pictures? If you’ve seen Hushpuppy’s nursery, you know this is so my style.
And, look at this little table and chair set.
Seriously, just cute little things everywhere.I eventually pried Hushpuppy away long enough to check out upstairs and get her face pained. She saw another little girl getting some flowers painted on her arm, and became very taken with this idea. As she’s been talking about rainbows a lot lately, I asked the face painter if she could do a rainbow ,with flowers. We all loved it, no one more than the proud wearer. (Face painting by Maria’s Face Painting).
Appropriately adorned, we went back downstairs, and Hushpuppy spotted this car track that she was determined to play with. Between the car ramp, the helicopter, and the little petrol pump, I think she would have played with it for an hour, if I’d let her. If you know any toddlers, you know that’s true toy love.My suggestion to head home was greeted with a curt, “no thank you,” so I know this Play School is a hit with her. I’m also quite happy to have this store not too far from home. It’s exactly the kind of place I’ll return to for birthday and holiday gifts that I know I’ll feel great about giving.
I did not receive any compensation for writing this post … aside from a brilliant balloon dog and a fancy-faced kid.