I spent a mid-November weekend in Manhattan and although the Christmas season had not yet officially “kicked off” yet with the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Plaza, many of the stores throughout the city were ready, decorated and fully stocked for holiday season.
I am not one to get an early start on my Christmas shopping, but we did make a point to visit the two largest toy stores in Manhattan: Toys R Us in Times Square and FAO Schwarz. This was a more manageable task since we didn’t have our three energetic kids with us!
Toys R Us is definately a major tourist attraction with their indoor ferris wheel, but FAO impressed me more with their efforts to promote green toys.
We were welcomed into the store by the slogan Seasons Greenings. Their campaign is centered around the book When Santa Turned Green which is featured throughout the store accompanied by numerous little green toys that match the story. There are puzzles with Green Santa (made from recycled materials) as well as wooden blocks and soft toys appropriate for a wide range of ages.
Throughout the store you will find green, eco-friendly and organic toys for all ages. There are green kitchen toys, soft organic fabric dolls and gentle imaginative toys that don’t require batteries. There are even little reversible Santa toys – red Santa on one side, green on the other.
FAO has always offered top-of-the-line quality toys. Their new green toys are certainly no exception. To see their full selection of their green toys online check out FAO. I wonder if they practice green shipping?
The Manhattan store is not as I remembered it. I had not set foot in the world famous toy store in many years. Honestly, I don’ think I had been in there since the movie “Big” sent people in droves to check out their life size piano. (Yes, I’m aware that Tom Hanks was still quite young in that movie and that we are both getting old).
The BIG piano is no longer featured at the store, but the toy is still available. In case you didn’t have a chance to catch one of their live performances (or are too young to remember the movie), here’s a clip:
FAO Schwartz looked very different before going green, way back…well…when I was just a little younger!