Santa Cruz county is not known as a magnet for toy shops – and now with the closing of Toys ‘R’ Us, there are fewer places than ever to pick up toys in town. However, tucked away in the Aptos Center is Outside In Kids, a small but lovely toy shop with a good selection of quality toys for children of all ages. They eschew a lot of the super plasticky junk toys such as you’d have found at Toys R Us, and instead focus on higher quality, higher margin toys and books. If you’re looking for inexpensive gifts, this isn’t necessarily the shop for you – you’ll need to head to Target for that. But if you want to browse a good selection of carefully chosen merchandise for children, head on over and check out Outside In Kids. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what they have to offer! Check out the photos in our photo gallery to get a feel for the place and the kind of items you’ll find there.
Tired of giving your kids the same garbage plastic toys that they demand because they saw them on YouTube, TV, or in a movie? Then you will want to attend the Adult’s Only Toy Event at the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery this week!
The MOD will be open after normal hours (5:30-7:30 PM) on Wednesday, December 14th. Leave your kids behind, and come on down to enjoy hot mulled cider, nosh on some treats, and browse the MOD’s unique and distinctive set of toys that are designed not just for fun, but to help your children learn and grow too.
The museum has ordered a lot of new inventory just for this event. As always, there are member discounts on store merchandise, and in addition they will have additional discounts on specific items as well for members and non-members alike. When you’re done shopping for the kids, pick up something for yourself or another loved one – local jewelry designer Mindy Brown will also have distinctive jewelry for sale as well.
The Museum’s store features distinctive children’s educational and scientific toys, books, and games from some of your favorite toy brands including Plan Toys, Haba, USBorne, and Peaceable Kingdom.
If you don’t have time to make it to the event, remember that MOD Memberships make great gifts! You can buy those on-line at the MOD On-line Store.