I persuaded my husband and stepson to go shopping with me by promising good food and a toy store. My sights were set on the parade of cute gift shops and restaurants further north. But I had forgotten the magic of Lark Toys.
Entering the store is a bit like stepping into a Willy Wonka village. A vintage toy museum runs along a long hallway leading into a candy shop with a large rotating carousel. Llamas wander around the grounds waiting to be petted. A large room of wooden toys runs into a room full of costume hats and wigs with noise makers, hula hoops and pogo sticks nearby. The book collection is large and diverse enough to be an independent bookstore. I stared at a room stocked floor to ceiling with family games. I thought about how long it had been since we’d played a simple board game.
My husband and stepson try on hats and make faces in the mirror. They head along to the noise makers and kazoo sounds fill up our quiet space. As we leave, my stepson hops into the Whirlybird. We can barely tear ourselves away. I feel refreshed and I’m reminded once again of the value of play.
How do you play?
Polly Scott shoots images like these with a Canon Rebel T3 and spends her weekends going on fun family outings like this one to the local toy shop.
Todays prompt: cards
Tomorrow’s prompt: evergreen