This weekend we made our first visit back to the Rangiora Toy Library since the Christmas holidays. And look at all the stuff we came home with – the kiddo couldn’t believe his eyes when he woke up from his nap and found his toy supply revamped.
We borrowed a Little Tikes slide, a Little Tikes mailbox, a Little Tikes zoo/fort type thing, plus a ride on toy and a wooden duck puzzle. We get to keep these for two weeks. And what’s great is we haven’t spent a fortune on toys and they won’t be cluttering up the house when the kiddo has got bored with them.
It’s a great way to keep your kids entertained with different toys. But it’s also a great way to trial some of the more expensive toys you might be thinking of buying – you can make sure the kids really do love them before you part with your hard earned cash. I checked out some of the prices of the toys we borrowed this week and the Little Tikes slide retails online for $240.99 at http://www.toyplanet.co.nz. That’s some serious cash and the kiddo would have to promise he was going to use it until he was 27 in order for me to spend that. (Also, just a little aside – when I checked the US Little Tikes site the same slide is $55 US dollars – which converted at $66 NZ dollars today. Wow, are we getting ripped off. But that’s a whole other topic!).
If you’ve passed the toy library sign but not got round to joining up before, get down there. It’s a fantastic way to keep your kids supplied with great toys without spending a fortune. They have everything from big ride on toys and dressing up costumes to musical toys, exersaucers and walkers. There’s so much to choose from and stuff to suit all ages.
A year’s membership costs $130 if you just take a straight membership. But you can halve that cost to $65 if you do want volunteer ‘duty’ at the toy library. This just involves helping out for three hours one Saturday morning or for a couple of sessions on Wednesday evenings when they are only open for an hour and a half. You might be checking toys that people bring back, washing toys, or just generally helping with whatever needs to be done.
The Rangiora Toy Library is open Saturdays 9.30-12.30 and Wednesdays 6pm – 7.30pm.