Our Trip to Brilliant Sky Toys & Books In Atlanta
A special thanks to Brilliant Sky Toys & Books of Atlanta for providing us with a tour of their wonderful store and a gift card to facilitate our review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
About Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
“The first Brilliant Sky Toys & Books® was founded in 2002 in Lansing, Michigan with the singular goal of being the finest upscale specialty toy store in America. Based on the belief that the right playthings give children a gateway to physical, emotional and cognitive development Brilliant Sky Toys & Books provides the highest quality products in an atmosphere that is both active and interactive. Its unique aesthetic approach is vibrant yet warm, exciting yet comforting and exploratory yet safe. From rich colors and woods to low sightlines and custom fixtures the Brilliant Sky sensory experience is unlike any other. Now based in Brentwood, Tennessee and featuring more than 10,000 high-quality specialty products, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is truly the place where everyone can find their way to play.”
As a mother of three children that are very loved by our extended family, we have accumulated quite a collection of toys over the years. Something I have learned from being a mother for over eight years is that I have wasted so much money on poor quality toys. The majority of those plastic toys you see at big chain stores do not age well and they certainly do not survive three children. While being frugal and saving money for my family is a huge part of my life, I am a firm believer in investing in quality products that are going to last. My four year old son has lots of Hape wooden toys that he plays with all of the time and those will be passed down to his baby sister when she gets older. While the price of those toys are slightly higher than many of the toys you will find in department stores, they are very high quality. They aren’t going to break, crack, ware or fall apart because they are quality American made toys. If I attempt to save money by purchasing a ton of cheaper priced plastic toys that will break within the first year of owning them, I am only going to need to replace them instead of handing them down to the next child. That does not save me money at all and it would have made sense just to invest in the quality toys to begin with!
What I love most about Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is that they share many of my own beliefs in that toys should help a child with their physical, emotional and cognitive development. My children are very active, hands in the dirt, fingers in the paint and nose in the book type kids. They are not ones to sit in front of a blinking, beeping and spinning toy that requires little (if at all) involvement from them. My son wants to see how everything works, to take it apart and understand each and every piece, then put it back together by himself. My daughter is a little artist and could spend hours upon hours creating masterpieces for everyone. Then I have my sweet baby girl and I prefer to provide her with toys that don’t contain batteries, just simple toys to help develop her fine motor skills. We can sometimes get overwhelmed by the toy market and not truly understand what is the best ones to provide for our children. Well I am here to share with you a store that only sells the best toy products out there and ones that are going to last for many years in your home.
Upon entering Brilliant Sky Toys & Books I noticed that there was an immense amount of hands on toys available for your child to interact with. My son could have spent the entire day there having adventures with Thomas, using the marble track, kicking around a ball, zipping cars through the isles and touching each and every thing he could get his hands on. The color and vibrancy of the store was very appeasing and while exploring, I saw so many of my favorite brands of toys. I was especially happy to see a vast amount of toys that we already love and own, more specifically the wooden toys. I am obsessed with wooden toys and have replaced many of our plastic ones for them. Knowing that my children are playing with toys made right here in America, where I am assured they are free from lead paint, is very important to me.
I was also thrilled to see some of my children’s most favorite character toys displayed throughout the store! Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Frozen, Scooby Doo, Batman and so much more! We discovered several more favorite toys which included legos, sphero, calico critters, balance bikes… the list goes on! There were sections filled with products for every kind of child and every kind of personality. There were craft kits, games, science kits, bug exploration and education kits, outdoor fun and towers of books. The baby section was wonderful and included my favorite Eric Carle toys and I just had to grab one for my little girl. I could go on and on about the fabulous collection of toys and books displayed throughout the store, there wasn’t a single item that I disliked.
I had such a wonderful experience at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books! The store was immaculate and beautifully organized with so many toys that were easily accessible for little ones to explore on their own while mom does a little shopping. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable of all of the products and provided me with recommendations for the best toys they believed would be good for each of my children. I left with much more insight on toys that I had discovered for the first time and I have a great list of gift ideas for my children now. If you are looking for a toy store with a welcoming atmosphere that is full of quality toys, I highly recommend you visit your local Brilliant Sky Toys & Books. We had the pleasure of visiting one of the two locations on the Atlanta area. If you find yourself in the Sandy Springs area on Thursday, stop by the Brilliant Sky Toys & Books for story time with Miss Tina at 10:30am.
Your Holiday Gift Guide
Here is a selection of toys that we think would be perfect choices for your holiday shopping this year! We hope you enjoy the selections my children and I made and that you find something for the special children in your life!
Brilliance Award Winners
Check out the top 10 winners for the 2014 Brilliance Award!
- Squigz Starter Set (24 pieces)
- Plus-Plus Mini-Basic (480 pieces)
- Lottie Dolls
- Doodle Quest
- Create Your Own Storybook
- Super Stadium Baseball Game
- Sew Cute Sets
- Illustrated Adventure Stories and Illustrated Fairy Tales
- Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls
Connect With Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
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