We love Creative Kidstuff! It’s been a favorite store of ours since my oldest (now 12) was young. They have an amazing assortment of educational games, books & toys. Earlier this summer, my girls and I stopped in to the Linden Hills location on a day of fun as part of our Summer Bucket List. Did you know that Linden Hills is actually the first Creative Kidstuff retail location & has been open since 1982? So when Samara asked if I’d like to go to their Grow with Goodness Event at the St. Paul location on her behalf, my youngest (age 8) and I were excited.
Grow with Goodness is Creative Kidstuff’s current showcase of in-store items they sell that support the idea of the farm to table initiative. It was an adorable display just inside the front doors so you & your kids will definitely be drawn to it upon entering! From corn shaped pens to recipe books, it really does a nice job of highlighting what farm to table is and how kids can be a part of this movement. They even have kits available where you can grow your own carrots, onions & radishes!
I also learned that Creative Kidstuff has an ongoing charitable commitment called Buy a Toy, Give a Toy. As described on their website:
Creative Kidstuff, in partnership with Sensational Beginnings, GreaterGood and Soles4Souls facilitates the donation and distribution of product surplus to children worldwide who otherwise would not be able to enjoy high quality toys and benefit from the power of play. Every purchase made at Creative Kidstuff contributes to this initiative through the Buy a Toy, Give a Toy program.
During the months of August-September they have another amazing opportunity to give back. Donations are being collected and will be used to purchase chickens, supplies, as well as provide the training for raising the chickens, to a remote Haitian village where the food supply is dangerously scarce.
Also present at the Grow with Goodness Event was Mama’s Happy, a boutique that offers upcycled and vintage merchandise. They currently have 3 locations (St. Paul, St. Louis Park and Independence). A display of various fall decorations had been created from items found only in thrift shops and were great ideas for how you and your kids can make beautiful decorations for the home. Pretty sure that even this uncrafty mom could even handle some of the projects we saw and I loved the tip about looking in thrift shops for craft supplies!
And how can you really talk about farm to table unless food is involved?! Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield provided delicious treats for the evening. Crudité with vegetable, hummus or spinach dip for those craving a healthier bite and pumpkin bread along with the most amazing coconut confections with or without dark chocolate (um, with please!) definitely found a spot on my little ones plate! Lakewinds is committed to offering natural and organic foods, locally sourced whenever possible, to their members. You can find them in Richfield, Chanhassen and Minnetonka.