Thursday, February 17, 2011

Planet Happy

  As a nanny I am always looking for fun indoor places to play in the winter.  Today, Nellie and I discovered Planet Happy (2914 Northeast 55th Street Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 729-0154 Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm) and I'm so glad we did!  It is a store filled with toys, books, arts and crafts, and even animals.  Buttercup, the resident pygmy hedgehog lives right by the front door.  Usually she is curled up in her log sleeping the day away, but we got a rare glimpse of her today in all her spiky glory. We were also greeted by the chirps and coos of lots of tiny birds from within their aviary, which happens to be an old-fashioned turquoise "coolerator" refrigerator.  Placed right next to the avaiary is the crafts table where buttons, magnets and mirrors can all be created for just a dollar or two, while enjoying the peaceful fluttering of the birds.  Nellie chose to make a small button today, before playing with the train set and trying out the swinging hammock. It was a great way to spend the morning being creative and supporting a local business, whose mission is admirable. For every $10 spent at Planet Happy, a tree is planted!  And better still is their strict Product Criteria, every toy is labeled for its ability to meet specific standards- Fairly traded, Organic, Socially Responsible, Recycled, Mom-owned, Green, and Natural.  Love it! 
  Planet Happy sure made us happy today, we will definitely be going back.  Hopefully we'll see you there!
Nellie holding up her Planet Happy button she made

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