Another in our ongoing series: What We Did This Summer.
While we were tooling around the Monadnock region this summer, we stumbled upon a rather amazing toy store hidden behind an unassuming store front in a strip mall in Peterborough, NH, about thirty minutes northeast of Hillsborough.
In the store, my daughter made a beeline for the exceptionally well-stocked play area, which on that particular day had several musical instruments, a chalkboard for impromptu art, a mini-puppet theater, and various games scattered about. She could have stayed there for hours. My husband, who had drifted into the area after her, was quickly ensnared by what appeared to be a nearly impossible puzzle similar to PlaSmart’s Perplexus Maze Game.
Having tucked my husband and daughter safely away, I embarked on some serious shopping.
First up was the Aisle of Scientific Wonder–a line of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves packed with experimental goodness. With offerings that ranged from traditional chemistry, physics, engineering, and meteorologysets to the more hippy-ish make your own toothpaste kits, the aisle had enough variety to keep me happily browsing for quite some time.
Somehow I managed to make it out of that honey-trap with only three boxes tucked under my arm. Then I stumbled on the crafts section, which was stocked with still more fabulous ideas, including old-timey knitting dolls, make-your-own mosaic sets with stones that could be cut with a child’s scissors, jewelry-making kits, and simple sewing kits for children age 5 and up.
Across from the crafts section I found still more great toys–construction sets and animal habitats made of eco-friendly materials; some strange compound called Bubber that you can work like Playdoh but which never dries out; a complete collection of wooden cars, trucks, trains, and buses (and the requisite wooden tracks to run them on); costumes for playing dress-up; enough dollhouse furniture to stock a small city; and a pint-sized version of Williams-Sonoma.
On and on I prowled, my stack growing ever higher.
By the time I wandered into the clothing section, my stack of potential purchases tipped precariously over my head. Oh, if only price were no object.
Things being as they are, though, it was time to make some choices. So I recruited the troops. Within a very few minutes, my husband and daughter had whittled the pile down to something that would actually fit in the car.
In the end, we left with a set of handmade juggling balls, the National Geographic Dinosaurs & Fossils Experiment kit, and a very long list of ideas for Santa.
- Lots and lots of toys, educational and otherwise
- Clothing, both new and consignment
- Nursing & Maternity items
- Nostalgia-inducing candy shop
- A play area to keep shopping-adverse companions–both young and old–amused while you browse
So would we go again?
Yes. In the meantime, we’ll browse their wares online.
|Where||The Magic Flute Toy Shop
|What||A unique toy shop specializing in eco-friendly, fair trade and educational products.
|Address||Monadnock Community Plaza
1 Jaffery Road, Suite 9
Peterborough NH 03458
|Magic Flute Child
|Hours||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 – 6:00
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 – 7:00
Sunday: 10:30- 3:30
Many thanks to Kendal J. Bush, who graciously agreed to let me to use her beautiful photographs of the store.