Summer is time for the family road trip! Follow Kids Activities Blog and Julie Blair and her family as they travel 8 states in 30 days for the ultimate road trip story ¦
You could go to Taos, New Mexico, to ski or see a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But the best time to be hand might be at Twirl Toy Story and Play Space, a magical destination that's free for all.
Push open a series of brightly colored gates made of upcycled treasure and enter a carnival for the senses: There's a climbing structure, a wading pool with waterfalls and a pond of bubble solution with a dozen wands waiting.
Hula hoops, scooters and balance boards beckon.
Moms and dads can plunk down in a series of popsicle-colored chairs and take a siesta in the shade.
Or, if they're really cool grown-ups, they ™ll skip down the path to a sandbox and treehouse then up the stairs to ”holy cow! ”an indoor playroom.
There, you can hunker down with Legos, magnets and art supplies.
My big kids had the most fun hiding in identical egg-shaped chairs in the upstairs playroom; Charlotte found the blocks and princess figurines.
But that's not all.
Inside the first floor of the funky adobe are more types of toys for sale than Santa's ever seen.
I bought my nephew and goddaughters a Ya ™ll Ball that is the size of a small car when inflated as well as marble runs kids construct themselves.
We also picked up fabric shoe accessories shaped like wings that attach to laces, a tin of magnetic dress-up dolls perfect for road trips and sneezing powder.
Better yet, Twirl wrapped and shipped my goodies for the cost of a Sonic meal, guaranteeing that my kiddos in Michigan and Maryland will receive their birthday gifts on time.
When we checked out, I noticed a little boy asking the manager for something in a secret whisper.
She lifted a conspiratorial eyebrow and handed over something teensy from behind the counter.
I like to think it might have been fairy dust.
At Twirl, you just never know.