Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Arizona Gem

This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of discovering a somewhat hidden "gem" right here in Arizona, The Toy & Play Oasis. I am always on the hunt for fun, new, & educational activities & places to go with the A2Zteam. Well, a few weeks back I happened to come across an event being in some magazine about meeting Ariel. I had never heard of the venue it was being held at, but being the venturous family that we are, I knew we were all in to give it a try. My Ariel enthusiast was especially excited to meet her absolutely favorite princess! So, this weekend the ladies dressed in their princess best (Zye sported a shark shirt to help Ariel feel right at home, lol) & we set off on the new adventure, approximately an hour drive from our house.

We arrived at the toy store a half hour early. I knew the kiddos would be so excited to look around the "prestigious" toy store before everything began (...and I needed to leave a window for us to book if it looked like it was going to be a total bust-lol). As soon as we pulled up to the toy store, I knew that I was in love. It could not have been more my taste with the sky high ceilings painted...well, like a sky & Dr. Seuss flare on the walls. We were immediately greeted by 1 of the owners who was so sweet she could give you a toothache. I loved the intimate feel you got from the place, so far from places like Toys R' Us & the other commercial toy stores out there.

The girls slowly made their way down the aisles looking at each & every toy in detail. The store had more unique, creative, & good quality toys than you typical see these days. The girls were especially taken back by all the diy dollhouse stuff in the back of the store. All the details from tile, wallpaper, light fixtures, & everything where right there at their fingertips (for daddy to buy & make for them lol). Once we turned the last corner, the girls finally got to see the main highlight this store is known for-The Play Oasis!

This little play area could not have been more jaw dropping. The walls were decked out in Dr. Seuss mural & a chalkboard wall area where kiddos were free to color. It had everything a kid could dream of playing with from a fully stocked toy kitchen, to a play workout equipment, to a train table, to a baby area, to a magnet table, to.....EVERYTHING. And the cleanliness? I was beyond pleased.

The ladies quickly put on their socks & immediately entered the play area grinning from ear to ear. The owner had bought each child a special mermaid mosaic craft  as a gift that they could do at any of the kiddo sized tables that were scattered about. There were also beautiful mermaid cupcakes, organic juice, & water set out for the kiddos to enjoy with Ariel later on.

The ladies immediately scattered across the large room to begin trying out everything. Zye chilled with daddy for awhile, but eventually even he got in on the action in their colorful area set aside for babies. After about 45 minutes of play, Asher spotted Ariel in the parking lot. How did I know? "Mommy, mommy, Ariel knows how to drive!?", she shouted at the top of her lungs all the way from the other side of the room.

The Ariel character came in & immediately began to greet all of the shrieking princesses, admiring their dresses & giving them hugs. She taught them some fancy princess moves (twirling, waving, etc), took a group shot, & then read them a fun mermaid story. After that she serenaded the girls with "Part of Your World" & sent them off for cupcakes. She took the time to come around & greet every single child & look at the artwork they had created with their mermaid craft. Aidy & Ashy had brought her special gifts from home & she enthusiastically received them. After all the cupcakes were devoured, Ariel finished up the fun play date by actually getting in on the toy action & playing with the kids.

All in all it was an absolutely wonderful time & the ladies did not want to leave. We enjoyed the experience sooo much & will definitely be back for 1 of their normal play times. It was more than worth the drive! I believe the every day price for the oasis part of the store is $6 normally & you must wear socks.

I highly recommend paying this place a visit if you got younger kiddos.

-M&M Momma

Sunday FUNday!










Splash pad fun...Always!






What a cute little photo bomber

Sticky wall? Yes, please.

contact paper + construction paper= HRs of fun!

Ready to meet Ariel

Tink

Sophia


Ariel, "The 1 with legs, Mommy"

Ariel with the fin in the back



Don't cry, we will find you a prince outfit

Ready to party!

Everything was amusing



Peeking at The Oasis




Sooo excited, but socks 1st!



Working on their mermaid crafts




My princes




Feel the burn











Addie's favorite spot!

Ariel noticed Aidy's gown.
If you wanted to make a 5 year old's day,
YOU DID.




Thanking Ashy for the gift

Mesmerized by Ariel's voice













Teaching them how a princess waves















Magnet fun!



Why can't every day end with
a pj run to the Red Store, lol
(Where is Aussie's other shoe?)