The Inaugural Youth Artisan Market is happening on Dec. 6th during Deck the Hill (Nob Hill’s newest iteration of Shop and Stroll). Stop by various Nob Hill businesses between 6 pm and 8 pm and see what entrepreneurial kiddos have for sale – sewn purses, origami, drawings, jewelry, sculptures, ornaments and lots of other crafty stuff! Look for the tree signs in business doors – that lets you know there’s a youth artisan inside. Bring cash to purchase from Youth Artisans and a reusable bag for them to put your purchases in. Support a hyper-local teen powered economy!
Wednesday December 5th:
Free make and take: create a lace snowflake! Best for ages 6 and up (6 and younger can work as a team with an adult). Weave a pipe cleaner through the holes in the lace, cinch tight, and voila! A fancy flake to keep or gift. Stop by between 10 am and 5 pm to make your flake.
Visit us on Saturday, Nov 24th for friendly suggestions about your holiday shopping! Our FREE DIY gift wrap station will be set up for all your wrapping needs.
On November 18, 20 and 21st, kids ages 3-18 can stop by the store and request a free scarf to leave for someone in need – just ask at the cash wrap, and they will need to color the heart on the tag (they can do it in store!). Then just have them find somewhere non-obtrusive to leave it as a welcome surprise for anyone who needs a little extra warmth. Tie it around a pole at a bus stop, around a tree in a park, on a statue downtown, etc.
Stop by on Saturday, November 10th for Neighborhood Toy Store Day! Trade us by telling a clean joke in exchange for a marble, and enter our guessing jar contest for a chance at Perfect Paint Set!
Stop by during business hours between November 6th and 11th to help fill “Ouch Pouches” with funny drawings, warm wishes and sewn felt hearts for kids who have had to visit the ER! All ages and abilities welcome; needles, thread, stuffing etc will be provided to those people who wish to hand sew.
People ages 3+ can create a DIY, upcycled CD spinner at our free make and take event from Tuesday October 16th through Sunday October 21 during our regular business hours. Plan on about 10 minutes to make your cool spinner!
The weaving project is best for ages 4 through 104 due to the fine motor skills required but younger kids can work as a team with a grown-up!
Head a little west of Color Wheel Toys on Friday, September 21 and see the reconfigured, interactive parking spaces in front of Slice Parlor as part of Parking Day 2018. Learn more about Parking Day!
September’s Free Make and Take Projects Include…
Beginning Friday, September 14th until Thursday September 27th, stop by during store hours and make a free beaded necklace featuring wooden beads and glowing beads! This project is best for ages 3 and up due to potential choking hazards. Plan on about 10 minutes to complete your beaded statement necklace.
Add a building or infrastructure to our cardboard train village during business hours until 6 pm Thursday, September 13th. All materials provided – watch our model train zip by our growing village, made from all sorts of arty materials! If you can’t bear to leave your building behind, you can take it home instead of adding it to the town.
On Saturday September 1 come by during our Grand Opening for a free blank puzzle to design and use yourself or send to a friend. Tell us a family-friendly joke in exchange for a free marble, and test out lots of toys! We’ll see you there between 10 am and 6 pm.
We’re almost ready to open for the season! Can’t contain your curiosity? Need a birthday gift with free gift wrap pronto? Stop by during our sneak peek hours Tuesday – Friday 11-3, and Saturday and Sunday 10-2. We’ll start our full schedule in September!
On Saturday July 21st, visit us at Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill! Stop by and say hi, make a free festive headband, and vote on which new toys should make an appearance in the shop. Look for Color Wheel Toys on the south side of Central, right next to Flying Star. We’ll be there from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Summerfest ends at 10 pm).
Paint a pot at Spurline Supply Co Sunday, May 6th between 1 pm and 3 pm. Drop in, paint it, plant it – perfect for Mother’s Day! $10 per planted pot.
Sat and Sun 4/28 and 4/29 from 10 am – 7 pm – we’re popping up inside the Nob Hill Flying Star and setting up a mini toy shop! Free gift wrapping for that perfect b-day gift.
Visit our booth at the UNM Sustainability Festival on Thursday, April 19 from 10-2 on Cornell Mall by the SUB! We’ll be making friendship bracelets out of fabric scraps – get crafty with leftovers from NDI’s costume shop.
Stop by the Recycled Art Fair at Open Space Visitor’s Center from 10-4 Sat April 14 and Sun April 15th and enjoy Color Wheel Toys’ free make and take projects made with discarded materials.
Saturday February 17th at 2 pm: Some Like it Hot, a $10 workshop using heated tools to make cool projects! Shrink plastic in the toaster oven, iron on prints made with sand paper, use warming trays to make encaustic artwork…. it will be hosted at Spur Line Supply Co – call (505) 242-6858 to reserve your spot, or stop by in person to sign up! Best for people ages 6 and up – younger artists can attend as a team with a parent.
January 6, 2pm – $10 Print making class at Spur Line Supply Company – call (505) 242-6858 to sign up and reserve a spot
January 20, 2 pm – $10 Re-made stuffed animal class at Spur Line Supply Co – call (505) 242-6858 to reserve your spot, or stop by in person to sign up!
Note: There’s a free gift wrapping station available all month long for presents that need or want to get wrapped up right away.
Saturday December 2nd: people ages 3 and up are invited to stop by between 10 am and 5 pm to pick up a free finger light to wear to the Twinkle Light Parade! The parade is between Washington and Girard and begins at 5:15 pm. Look for the NDI Dancers, supported by Color Wheel Toys!
Sunday December 3rd: Free make and take ornaments all day from 12 pm to 5 pm.
Wednesday December 6th: Free make and take ornaments all day from 10 am to 6 pm. Best for people ages 3 and up.
Thursday December 7th: Stop by Olo Yogurt Studio in Nob Hill during the Shop and Stroll from 5 pm to 10 pm and make a free holiday card at Color Wheel’s card making station.
Work on it Wednesday December 11th from 1 pm to 5pm: Add sparkling silver stickers to giant snowflakes made from 6 pack rings to create beautiful decorations to beautify the area outside Color Wheel Toys
December 31st – close our physical location
at Washington and Lomas for the season.
November’s the beginning of “Work on it Wednesdays”! Stop by any time between 1 pm and 5 pm and contribute to a communal art work or community project. It’s free, fun, and you can stay for 10 minutes, an hour, or longer!
Wednesday November 1: Help make a work of art using oil pastels, hammers, and fake flowers to adorn the fence outside the store. Perfect for those who love drawing and whacking!
Wednesday November 8th: Create thoughtful and festive cards for veterans recovering from illness at the VA – cards will be distributed in advance for Veterans’s Day (Sat Nov. 11).
Wednesday Nov 15th: Use screwdrivers to attach caps, lids and other items to a wooden art piece. It will build and reinforce fine motor skills, and it’s meditative and enjoyable.
Wednesday Nov 22nd: dip in to a variety of ongoing projects and try your hand at using unusual materials to make beautiful artwork!
Wednesday Nov 29th : Add sparkling silver stickers to giant snowflakes made from 6 pack rings to create beautiful decorations to beautify the area outside Color Wheel Toys
September and October 2017
Friday, September 1 2017- We’ve officially popped up and are open for business!
Tuesday September 12 2017 – Free drop in make and take all day – Beaded necklaces, featuring glow in the dark beads. One necklace per crafter, please!
Friday September 15 2017 – Grand Opening celebration, all day 10 am to 6 pm– join us for tiny toy giveaways all day as well as hands on activities/toy testing throughout the store.
Tuesday September 19 2017 – Free drop in make and take all day – Stick and rubber band journal for drawing or writing
Tuesday September 26 2017 – Free drop in make and take all day – CD spinner top (best for ages 3+, features a marble)
Tuesday October 3 2017 – Free drop in make and take all day – design a fancy magnet for your fridge or other metallic surface that needs sprucing up!
Tuesday October 10 2017 – Free drop in make and take all day – Beaded necklaces, featuring glow in the dark beads. One necklace per crafter, please!
Hey, it’s Fall Break!
Thursday October 12 – Free drop in make and take all day – CD spinning tops
Friday October 13 – Free drop in make and take all day – design your own puzzle
Tuesday make and takes resume:
Tuesday October 17th – Free drop in make and take all day – Stick and rubber band journal for drawing or writing
Tuesday October 24 – Free drop in make and take all day – design a fancy magnet for your fridge or other metallic surface that needs sprucing up!
Saturday October 28 – kids ages 3 to 14: stop by in costume for a non-candy Halloween treat from the treasure chest!
Tuesday, October 31 – kids ages 3 to 14: stop by in costume for a non-candy Halloween treat from the treasure chest!