First off, I love bookstores – old, new – love them. So many inspiring stories, wonderful tales, all in one place. As a kid, I loved spending days curled up reading a good book. I used to spend hours at the bookstore trying to find that special book that would take me away on a exciting journey.
I used to spend hours in Indigo (pre-kids), flipping through books and magazines. After I had kids, I wanted to share with them the wonders of books and to stretch their imagination. So, when the opportunity came up to visit IndigoKids I immediately jumped at the chance. We had been to a few IndigoKids locations and my 5 year old son always had fun exploring the small section that was dedicated to kids.
We were floored when we visited the IndigoKids on the Queensway. It was huge compared to other Indigo locations. My son had fun bouncing around playing with the toys, train sets, reading books and making new friends. He even got to zip around the store in those cool scooters (although for safety reasons and fear of crashing into displays we told him to stop). I loved how everything was in the open and very hands on for the kids. There was lots of space to move around and with a stroller this is a must. I loved the pre-wrapped gift section – perfect for when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to shop for a gift. My son’s favourite part was the reading area, particularly the big tea cup and the train sets.
IndigoKids was definitely a thumbs up for our son, but us parents also enjoyed it. The first thing I saw when I walked in was a display with all retro toys. I immediately felt nostalgic especially after seeing the Snoopy snow cone maker, one of my childhood favourites! My husband and I got a kick out of seeing toys we grew up playing with. It was a nice moment to be able to share that with our son.
We recently just had baby #2 so dividing our time between the baby and our 5 year old has been challenging. Our family trip to IndigoKids was a nice way to do something just for our 5 year old. He got to choose anything he wanted. After spending hours in the store exploring all the toys and books, he ended up choosing 2 books and 2 toys. He loves the Cars movie so naturally he chose a Cars book and a classic favourite that was introduced to him by his grandmother in BC, Ferdanand. For the toys he chose a whoopi cushion because he loves fart noises and he’s a boy and a toy called Pop It that has two cones that you pop a ball out of and catch with.
We couldn’t believe we spent over 3 hours in that one section! Who knew shopping at IndigoKids could be considered a family activity. If you get a chance to, check out the new locations (Queensway and Newmarket)! It’s brighter and bigger. The staff is also very friendly and helpful. My son is already planning the next trip and has his eye on a few books and toys!
And, now for the giveaway…. Simply do the following to be entered to win an IndigoKids prize pack that includes a Laptop Lunches Bento System in either the Daisy or Confetti pattern (winner’s choice) AND a Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party book!
3) Then, comment below on this post letting us know us know you completed entry #1 or #2 – or leave two comments if you did both!!
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only… sorry!!! Winning Wednesday will close on Sunday evening. Winner will be chosen via Random.org on Monday and announced on this post as well as emailed.
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to: Aysha Gil