Just off the historic Taos Plaza, down a quiet alley, visitors will notice a quaint entry for an unassuming non-profit toy store that exceeds all expectations. Twirl instantly transports parents and children into a charming space filled with toys that spark creativity, imagination, and educational discovery. The charm of the store continues to reveal a wonderland filled with more than just toys, but outdoor playscapes and classes that combine for an experience that enriches an entire community.

"Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein

Every toy purchased inside the store helps support the free playscapes available to the public and diverse learning classes that educate children of all ages. Children can choose from a variety of high-quality educational toys, games, and crafts that inspire play-based learning in the home while also encouraging positive parent/child interaction.

The store is carefully curated for visitors to find the best age-appropriate toys. Teachers can also find a wide range of classroom supplies that offer opportunities for hands-on classroom learning and exploration.

The Twirl store was a delightful discovery during one of our first stops on our journey and hopefully the beginning of an organic pattern that will emerge.

The original Taos slider gallery:

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The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The mission of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is to provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

They are one of the first nature education facilities for children in the state of Texas, provides services to nearly 200,000 visitors annually. The Arboretum also provides nature education for more than 10,000 children annually.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary located on the western edge of Memorial Park. It is managed by the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Board of Directors and staff under an agreement with the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Sean Couch

Strategist & New Philanthropist at the J.W. Couch Foundation

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