Wednesday, November 2, 2011
wonder! a toy store for parents and kids alike
the first thing my kids and i thought when we walked into wonder! was..."wow!"
if you are tired of the same old birthday party choices, wonder! has a customizable party space to offer unique event options that fit with a variety of interests and desires. parties include decor, activities and creative party planners. kids can make their birthday lists at the store so parents of the party attenders really can have a "one-stop shop" (and party).
the founder of wonder!, shane christensen, really wanted this to be a "a destination where you could buy everything you could ever dream of for infants and young children, but at the same time make shopping actually fun for the entire family."
the kids thoroughly enjoyed their experience at wonder! i was a little concerned at how open the play space was to the shop itself. i thought for sure lilianna would spot me shopping and come running. she was so engrossed in all the activities and had so much fun, however, she didn't seem to miss me at all. in fact, even if she had spotted me, i think she would have preferred to stay where she was.
in the works is an opportunity for kids to take ipod touches around the store to make their christmas wish list. it can then be sent to grandmas and grandpas. i like this idea in theory; i feel like my kids are too prone to asking for the first thing they see, instead of making careful choices.
i do look forward to taking advantage of some of the programming and events sponsored by wonder! today animals from the lincoln park zoo will be at the store from 4.30 to 6.30. i know my kids really enjoy events like that. wonder! is located at 250 s waukegan road in deerfield, il.
if you aren't in the area, you will want to check out their website, shopwonder.com which should be up and running soon.
my kids and i were invited to a sneak peek of wonder! we also received a goody bag from them. regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.