Oct 29

We’re making a list

We’re making a list

Well it’s Halloween week, but at Glass Alley, we say it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Our friend Claire and her toddler son spent the morning at Dawn Price Baby last week, playing with some of their favorite toys for the holidays and starting his official wish list. Read all about their fun day and let us know in the comments if you’ll be joining us for Toy Day on November 8!


Typically, I’m a purist about the holidays. I like Thanksgiving to have its own fanfare and I don’t want to start thinking about buying presents until after we’ve finished all our turkey leftovers. But when Dawn Price invited my son, D, to spend the morning at their Mosaic store getting a sneak peek at the season’s newest toys in preparation for their first annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day, I thought it sounded like too much fun to pass up.

D is almost two and still a little shy around strangers, but as soon as he saw this race car, he knew this was the place for him. Needless to say, this is at the top of his wish list.


He also loved these trucks and cars and as a mom, I love seeing him having a blast with toys that don’t have lots of lights or annoying songs (I can’t be the only one who has had the daylights scared out of them when accidentally bumping one of those motion-sensing toys in the middle of the night).

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This wooden hammering toy was a big hit as well (get it?)—D got out his toddler “aggression” by hammering the colored balls before they rolled down the xylophone underneath.


At the end of the morning, D had a wish list of tried-and-tested toys on file at Dawn Price Baby. I can share the list with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and with all this lead-time, I’ll have more time to enjoy the holidays this year. The only drawback to a morning at the toy store is that D didn’t want to leave, but Dawn said she took that as a great compliment.

The Details: On Toy Day, November 8, the Mosaic store will have an ice cream truck, Reston will have music 10-2, the Capitol Hill location will have face painting 11-4, and Georgetown will have balloon-making 12-2. They’re also accepting donations for Toys for Tots at all of their stores, so bring your little ones and let them pick out their favorite toys for Santa, grandma and grandpa—I can say from personal experience that it’s a lot more fun than trying to sort through thousands of reviews on a website!


The official Dawn Price Baby wish list.