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    Guys & Dolls

    We change our items regularly. We want every visit here to be a new and different experience for our guests.  One thing that we’ve insisted on having here from the beginning is dolls. We’ve had life-sized baby dolls. We usually have a doll house full of peg dolls.  Right now, we have Barbies and Kens. Whatever kinds of dolls we have here, one thing we never call them is “girl toys.” There have been times that we’ve heard mothers say to their sons, “if your dad saw you playing with those doll babies, he’d have a fit.”  Do boys need dolls? This is not surprising to hear from parents who…

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    Positive Words Leave Lasting Positive Results

    Earlier this week, I was watching a child playing with MEGA BLOCKS in our Sprouts area.  She was very carefully adding one block, admiring her work and deciding which piece would be next.  These moments are what we strive for every single day. We get excited when we see our visitors using their imaginations. Our mission is to foster a lifelong love of learning through play, so naturally, an engaged child validates our work here. The Hardest Question to Hear After a few minutes of putting together what looked like a car or a spaceship, she looked up at her aunt and asked the question that we never want to…

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    We’re Hard to Find, and Even Harder to Forget

    Let us describe the scene when someone comes for their first visit. The GPS says, “You’ve Arrived!” The visitor looks around and sees a pizza shop and a tax office. The visitor decides to park their car on Main Street and walk to find 102a. There is no 102a on Main Street. We get it! The first time we came to 102a West Main Street, we were lost too! We had to call the owner of the building to direct us to the door. It’s definitely not easy to locate downtown. Sometimes, we like to pretend that being difficult to find is part of our charm. It’s like a scavenger…

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    Is it the End of Play?

    Play is dying. Yes, you heard that right.  The lover of all things play-related has admitted that the death of play is imminent. Each day we are getting closer to the end.  No, it is not a sudden, tragic death. The death of play has happened so slowly, that some of us haven’t even noticed how close to the end we really are. What’s really killing play? “I’m bored!” has become the new mantra of childhood.  Our children are spending less and less time outside, where the best type of play occurs.  In fact, children today spend less than half the amount of time our parents spent as children outside,…