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A store that's a toy testing lab in Bothell



Rowan Lago and Juniper Poage put toys to the test.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

Located within Bothell’s Country Village is Toys That Teach, a small, independent toy store packed with innovative, thoughtfully designed toys that encourage creativity, exploration and excitement in children of all ages.

The store has been locally owned for more than 30 years, and the proprietors pride themselves on having lots of toys to test and play with — something you just can’t find online.

“We try hard to pick toys for the shop that are more than just a one-trick pony,” said Esther Schaeperkoetter. “It’s also important to us to have a price tag that is reasonable and fair. I’ve heard more than once that you can find something for less in our store than on Amazon!”

The store also includes a free gift-wrap station, reading corner and — always a customer favorite — a dress-up area. Additionally, store employees are extremely knowledgeable about every product the store carries, from books to science experiment kits, stuffies and games. One of the owners, Scott Loveless, posts his toy picks on the store’s website, and its Facebook page is updated regularly with new toy suggestions.

Toys That Teach can be found in Bothell’s Country Village Shopping Center and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. After searching out new toys, enjoy Country Village’s daily train rides, playground with a pirate ship, duck pond and live animals including ducks, chickens and geese.

Toys that Teach, 23716 8th Ave. SE, toysthatteachbothell.com.

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