I have a deep appreciation for local toy stores, it runs in my families blood so I just get giddy about going to a local store! I could write to you everyday about the neat things we have found at our local stores! My mother worked in her mothers toy store as a child and today her step brother owns the beautiful little place in my favorite part of Kansas City called Brookside! I think it is the neatest little shop in KC and the girls get excited just walking through the store!
This Saturday November the 10th is the 3rd annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day! Lots of stores across the US are hosting events to get your out and shopping local and honestly if you have a toy store around you, please check it out! Once you go local you will never want to go back ! If you need to find a local place around you, you can discover the WOOHOO Factor over at yourneighborhoodtoystore.org! The website and event are held by the non profit organization that helps local toy companies get the word out! Just as much as I can get lost in a toy store, this website is just as amazing! Oodles of information, awesome toy ratings and honestly just an amazing resources for moms like me who want to get quality safe toys for kids!
Tomorrow I highly recommend getting out and doing some local Christmas shopping and helping a small business in your community! Doing this puts money back into your community and can give your community 25% more than what a big box retailer can do!
Check out yourneighborhoodtoystore.org for more information on toys that can fits yours families needs and desires! You can find awesome wooden train kits that are extremely durable and beautifully crafted, some cool science kits for your kids to test out at home and fun little goodies to stock your stockings with! Some many of these toys encourage creativity and open-ended play, how can you not love that!!
(This is a post I was asked to write to encourage my readers to shop at local toys stores and get the word out about ASTRA's awesome site yourneighborhoodtoystore.org! I rarely ever do any reviews but since I really care so much for local shopping and have family ties to these amazing stores, I had to write about it!! I was given toys to test out for doing this review.)