We have been hit twice by the toy recalls. First it was James and his Tender, a pal of Thomas the Tank Engine. They sent an interim replacement engine (I forget who it was), and about 4 weeks later James et all were returned to us, lead free.
Sadly, the replacement engine was then recalled. It is rare that a company, rather than an individual, can garner sympathy from me but the recall letter was so pathetic I actually did feel sorry for them.
Like any other parent affected by these recalls; I am trying to avoid the situation in the future.
For your shopping pleasure, I have put together a Recall-Free Christmas List for Young Grand Rapidians. Hopefully, it will help you in your gift or suggestion giving this year.
My friend Chris has a daughter the same age as A.P. Recently they had us over for lunch, and the two of them cozied up on the couch to read this magazine. They were howling at the ‘jokes’ and having quite a conversation about the activities.
- Any wooden toys from Owl Craft (just a coincidence – no association with the magazine).
My sister and I discovered this place on our trip to Amish Country. Not surprisingly; they do not have a website but the toys are incredible, wooden, and hand made. No sirens or flashing lights here. Call (260) 593-2651 for a catalog. They are in Topeka, Indiana and they ship all over.
- A membership to John Ball Park Zoo.
- A membership to Meijer Gardens.
The Children’s Garden is so amazing! My friend 3inunder3 packed a picnic dinner and took her family to the summer concerts. When she lived here, that is. She moved in April and I am still grieving.
Why Schuler? It’s fun place for the kids to shop. The children’s section is very nice and if you go on a Saturday when they are having story time, the readers are great and the kids get a treat. They are also most agreeable to ordering items they don’t have in the store.
Any other suggestions? Leave a comment!