Best Old-Fashioned Fun

Terra Toys

Saturdays in some neighborhoods consist of ferrying kids to a series of specialty classes and organized sports. Or endless hours spent staring at a Game Boy. Or vegging out amid a stack of DVDs and CDs. In a tradition that channels the mythical Mayberry, Terra Toys offers a simpler diversion: a good, old-fashioned scavenger hunt. On summer Saturdays, a list is distributed at noon, with thematically arranged items to be collected. Prizes are awarded based on the number of items returned before 6pm. And the awards are worth the search: First place secures a kid a $15 gift certificate to the store. Best of all, everyone gets something just for being a sport and scavenging. Kids eagerly nab the list, hop on their bikes, and make their way around the neighborhood searching for peach pits, business cards, gold foil, a Shakespearean heroine, etc. It's just like in the good old days, even if those days were a fantasy of Hollywood.

Terra Toys
2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-C, 512/445-4489
www.terratoys.com

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