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Rob and Cherry Pickering always dreamed of owning a toy store; visits to toy stores were even a priority on family vacations. This year the timing was right and they set up shop in the huge bavarian-style Schnitzelbank building in Kenmore. Not just a toy store, Snapdoodle Toys is all about community building. The Pickerings invite customers to hang out and play so they offer numerous play tables for sampling the games, toys, trains, and crafts. There's also a dress-up section (with a great selection for boys too) and free lattes and tea while you shop. Rob is a former educator and stay-home dad so he knows what kids like and what parents appreciate.

Snapdoodle offers weekly storytimes, art classes, and family game nights too. They sell a huge variety of quality toys, games, and puzzles for all ages. A large selection of toys come from local Northwest companies such as Fuzzytown and Find It Games. We love the huge birthday party room where you can host up to 20 little ones for a fun celebration complete with an organized craft. Seriously...what kid wouldn't want their birthday party at a toy store?! (PS: The room is also available for community groups such as Girl Scout meetings etc...) Snap to it and head over to Snapdoodle for some serious F-U-N!

Snapdoodle Toys
7330 NE Bothell Way (Kenmore)

Stay Tuned: Fans of whimsically colorful and casual children's clothing, (a la Hanna Andersson and Zutano), will love the new and surprisingly affordable Naartjie store opening at the end of June in Redmond Town Center. Naartjie (pronounced nar chee, a small citrus fruit) is a delicious clothing line which originated in South Africa and offers fashions for newborns up to size 10.
Redmond Town Center - Opening June 26 (with major sales opening weekend)

A friend indeed: Pregnant women in their ninth month are used to checking in...
Gettin' Twiggy With It: Designer, organic, modern clothes for kids newborn through five years...

Other tidbits.....

Kid-Friendly Wallingford and Phinney Ridge: These famil- friendly 'hoods in the heart of Seattle offer good eats, great shopping and cool activities. Read more.

Street Smarts: Oodles of kids classes at your fingertips. Read more.

Surf's Up: Summer is the perfect time to break wih your girlfriends, and we've tracked down just the right opportunity. Read more.

Ice Cream, You Scream: Check out our picks for the best ice cream and frozen yogurt. Read More.


New Stories We're Working On:

Train Spotting: Best Places to check out choo choos in Seattle and the Eastside.

New Mama Guide: You've been there and done that. What would you tell a newly preggo pal are the best stores, products and services for a new mom?

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