Back in the Swing

11 May

cow piano     We are back, and better than ever!  While the construction was going on we took the opportunity to rearrange and renew the store.  Come on in and check out the new stuff and the new layout.    See you soon!

We’ll be right back!

29 Apr


It’s a crazy world.  Sometimes it’s chock full of awesomeness, and sometimes a pipe bursts under the toy store floor.  The important thing is that, after we reconstruct the floors, Sparkhouse will resume it’s quest to be the best toy store in the universe.  So please bear with us during this interruption, and look for our re-opening soon!

Winter Clearance Sale Final Blowout!

25 Jan

From Friday (1/25) to Sunday (1/27), EVERYTHING* in the store is now 50% off !!

Sparkhouse is still chock full o’ 2012 awesomeness and we need to make room for all new, even awesomer stuff.  If you’ve been busy and haven’t had a chance to come by the store, you have one more chance this weekend.  Stock up now because after the sale we will be CLOSED FOR INVENTORY from Jan. 29 – Feb. 4.  We will reopen on Feb. 5 for our regular hours.

Hope to see you this weekend!

*Still does not include employees, owners, other customers, fixtures, office supplies, charitable merchandise, copyrights, air rights, or other stuff we don’t usually sell.

Winter Clearance Sale!

8 Jan

Everything in the store* is now 30% off!  We’re gonna sell it all until we have enough room for all the new Awesomeness we will bring in from Toy Fair.  So, if you want to stock up on Legos or if you want to save $60 on a Ginormous Squishable – Hurry in before it’s all gone!

*Does not include employees, owners, fixtures, office supplies, charitable merchandise, copy rights, air rights, or other items we don’t usually sell.

Stocking Up

16 Oct

This is the time of year when we stock up for the holidays.

Lennor Assesses Lego Mountain

Nearly every day we are receiving truckloads of new toys that we are trying to squeeze into the store as we prepare for the December onslaught.  If you want to scoop up the best toys (like the 52 cases of Legos we just  unpacked) before the merry hordes clean the shelves, now is your chance!

Sparkhouse Gets Dicey

2 Jul

Grumman always goes for the boxcars

If you start seeing groups of Sparkhouse kids shouting and rolling dice, do not be alarmed.  Tenzi is a simple game that kids(6+) and adults can enjoy.  Each player gets ten dice to roll (and occasionally stack) until they get the right combination to shout “Tenzi!”  There are several game variations you can play in teams or solitaire, and they are all surprisingly addictive.

You can think about how the game develops pattern recognition and strategic use of probability, or, you can just have fun with it.  Remember, Einstein once said,”God doesn’t play dice with the world, but if He did, it would be a heckuva party game!” *

*Ok, Einstein didn’t really say that.

Cool for the Pool

1 Jul

Grumman thinks more fashion should be indestructible.

Crocs may be aesthetically (ahem) questionable, but Optari takes the best things about the shoes (indestructible material, customizability, and that tactile gummybear feeling) and adds enough style to make some awesome bags.  We brought them to Sparkhouse for the kids, but I think they’ll be just as popular with adults