This weekend I had the chance to stop by the Fairhaven Toy Garden in Bellingham, Washington.
This 1,900-square foot shop encourages families to play with puppets, pick costumes and test out a toy carâ€™s wheels. Anyone over age 10 can try their hand at needle-felting pocket-sized rabbits and sheep at the storeâ€™s Saturday workshops.
Shelves of yarn and art supplies keep creative kids happy. A window-side table encourages families to sit and color with wax crayons and Lyra pencils.
The Toy Gardenâ€™s Waldorf-inspired owners supply wooden building toys, colorful roving, moldable beeswax and other natural playthings.
Even if you donâ€™t win, you might drive to Fairhaven for a felting workshop. As one of the store’s owners told me: â€œMostly adults show up!â€Â But it would be a fun late-morning jaunt with your tween.
After the toy store, play tag in the village green, near the store, or explore the rest ofÂ Fairhaven with your child. It’s a relaxing way to spend the day.