TOYS – PAST AND PRESENT — AT LARK TOYS

Sitting along side a road in scenic southeastern Minnesota is a happy place where fantasy meets childhood memories.  Lark Toys is just the place to “Let your worries go.” From toys (old and new) to the carousel to miniature golf and great ice cream and candy, Lark Toys will keep adults and children entertained for hours.

Lark Toys was born out of the crafted wooden toys Sarah and Donn Kreofsky created for their sons. They soon started to sell them and you could find them in 2500 stores nationwide. Focusing their efforts on retail they opened a small store in their factory and it blossomed the magnificent place it is today. The toy museum was initially started with their own favorite toys and soon people were donating their favorites to the museum.

This is a very economical day trip.  The only charges are for mini-golf, riding the carousel and food items.  You can get snacks, sandwiches and desserts that include 16 flavors of great ice cream.   Also, the gift shop is filled with amazing and unusual items.  I could easily do my Christmas shopping there.

As a child of the 40s and 50s I found the display of their toys engaging as it was literally “a walk down memory lane”. The toys are encased in glass show windows that line the corridors.

The collection of mechanical tin toys is awesome.

 

I never played with dolls but I loved my dollhouse and was thrilled to see one just like it.  Even the furniture was the same.

MY DOLLHOUSE

Games, Puzzles and more.  Who remembers these?

Books — worn from reading and rereading.

The carousel is an exquisite piece of art that was designed by Donn. Over a period of nine years. Tim Monson, head toymaker and Bill Stark, a local artisan, carved the animals and artist Mary Eversman hand-stained them.

The carousel runs every 30 minutes and costs $2 to ride.   (Under 3 yrs FREE with paying adult)

Sarah landscaped the 18-hole miniature golf course and it is a work of art and heart.

Adults 18+     $7    Students & Seniors    $5    Under 4 yrs    FREE with paying adult

MINI GOLF

Sarah and Donn retired in 2008 and entrusted their legacy to Kathy and Ron Gray and Miranda and Scott Gray-Burlingame. Kathy, Ron, Miranda and Scott share the Kreofsky’s philosophy of bringing to the public “a unique, enduring place for families to get away, relax and refresh.”

Please visit their website

http://www.larktoys.com/

2 Comments on “TOYS – PAST AND PRESENT — AT LARK TOYS

  1. Great article. I stopped by LARK toys a few years ago and it really was amazing. I wish I would have gotten a few more pictures. Definitely planning to go back one of these days. Great website!

    • Thanks Seth. Lark Toys is amazing. I’m particularly fascinated by the carousel. To say the animals were unique would be an understatement. I enjoy your blog. Keep hitting the highway!

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