Beado Toy Recall

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Much as we love the new Beado toy, the company has found that they must make changes in the manufacture, and recall any Beado with date code "02910". If you bought the toy from us, you can exchange it at the store (a full refund requires receipt), or you can mail it back to the company for a refund.

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From their letter:

"Rhine Toys Inc. Recalls Beado Toy Due to Choking Hazard (Part #1501, Date Code (02910)

Some of the wires of the toy have insufficient adhesive, allowing for the wires to come loose from the hubs and allowing the beads to slide off and pose a potential choking hazard to a child.

Product was sold from March 2010 to May 2010.

Consumers should immediately stop using this product and return it to the store where it was purchased to receive a full refund or replacement toy.

(877) 887-4433"


Free Event – Paint Your Own Train!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Choo Choo! Come to Terra Toys on July 15, 2010, 1:00 to 3:00pm to paint your own train. Terra Toys provides materials and instruction, including a wooden boxcar or tanker that fits on any standard wooden railway (cars are made by the same company that makes Thomas the Train Wooden Railway). See you there!

Fairy Tea Party 2010 a Big Success!

Friday, June 18th, 2010


This year’s Fairy Tea Party was a big success! Over the course of the two-hour event, more than 100 excited kids participated. Many arrived in delightful costumes with wings, glitter, capes. Children made the rounds to several tables, each station providing the next step in the fairy-making craft, and ending with tea and cookies. Kids also received tickets for free face-painting three doors down at our new children’s shoe store, kidOshoe.

In fact, the whole party was so cool that our Gretchen made the front page of today’s Austin American-Statesman’s Metro section.
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If you liked this event, check out next month’s event: Paint Your Own Train! July 15th, 1-3pm – more details soon…

Saturday In The Park

Monday, June 7th, 2010


Little Julia made a playdate to spend a Saturday in the park (she thinks it was the Fourth of July). People talking, people laughing, a cart selling sno-cones – can you dig it? She thinks she’ll take her sketchbook so she can doodle some of the doggies and unicyclists as they go by.

Yellow Flower Dress by Twirls & Twigs, sizes 4-6X, $51.00; Hot Pink Leather Sandals by Bear Feet, sizes 5-12, $64.00; Purple Sunglasses $7.50; Flower Sparkling Journal by Pecoware $10.00

Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.

Art Toy Promises Bright Future

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Sketch Art LED, $50, ages 8+

Sketch Art LED is a cool new design toy. Like a lite brite for the new generation, it is made up of illuminated color pegs. But unlike the old model, this one has no pegboard – the entire surface is usable, so you’re not limited to a pixel-grid. Each peg has two short metal legs which, when pressed through the soft foam surface, connect to the current underneath and light up. There’s also a light cord that can be shaped and woven around the pegs to add extra flair, and set to be continuous or blinking for even more nighttime fun.

Though it can be used with just fingers, it comes with tools for more precise insertion and extraction. And because use is slightly more sophisticated (and possibly pokey) it’s recommended for ages 8+.

We have one set up and turned on – come by and give it a try.


Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.

Terra Toys’ Annual Fairy Tea Party

Monday, June 7th, 2010


It’s time again for our most popular event of the year – the fairy tea party! Kids of ALL ages are invited to dress up as fairies or goblins, witches or warlocks, and come make a fairy craft. Cute and fun, and the cookies are always scrumptious. Thursday, June 17th, 1:00 to 3:00p.m. This is a free event.

Littlefoot, Big Style

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hey, buddy! Remember those dinosaur movies our parents grew up with? Oh boy, are they classics! I hope they’ll play them at the old arthouse theater. We’ll go casual in jeans and tees, but I think I’ll dress it up with a most excellent vest that I found when I was shopping with Mom at the toy store last week.

Green Dino Tee by Charlie Rocket, sizes 0-24 months, $25.50; Nicholas Vest by DMO Baby, size 6-24 months, $47.00; Black Jeans by NANO; Casual Shoe by i-Walk, infant/toddler sizes 3-8, $48.00

Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.