We’re here for our fifth season! Grand opening week is Sept 22nd – Sept 26th. Stop by, say hi and enter a drawing for fun boxes of toys & goodies, free finger traps for those over 5, and tell us a family friendly joke in exchange for a marble. Everyone over 3 wears a mask this year – thanks in advance for keeping us healthy all season long!
We’ll mail you a free paint-your-own-art card, respond by March! Email your request to email@example.com.
All December long: Enjoy our art display sponsored by the City of Albuquerque. There are light displays glowing all over Nob Hill, including mostly along Central Ave from Girard to Washington – the BioPark Society lent the River Of Lights sculptures to the city to light up the neighborhood and it’s truly wonderful.
Our display is called Many Hands Make Light Work, and you can use your hands to interact the the lights outside to make fancy colored shadows on the ground, among other things. It wraps around both sides of our shop, glowing each night from 5 pm to 9 pm.
December 15th – Dec 20th: Free take and make craft kit – festive necklaces! Each kit makes 2 necklaces, perfect for siblings or a child to make one to keep and one to give as gift to a neighbor or relative. We include everything you need in the bag but it’s for ages 3+ since all the parts are choking hazards. Wooden beads, plastic beads, soda tabs and jingle bells so your jewelry makes noise! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a kit, once you get your confirmation email you can swing by during business hours, knock on the door and we’ll get it to you.
December 9th – 13th Free Weekly Take and Make: Make paper garlands! Each kit makes 2. Some are Christmassy and some are more winter, so let us know if you have a preference. Email us at email@example.com to reserve your kit. We’ll confirm your kit is waiting for you, then stop by during customer service hours to pick it up. No supplies are needed though you can decorate the shapes before stringing them for extra art fun!
Free Weekly Take and Make Nov 24- Dec 6: It’s the return of our kindness scarves! This one is specially for kids. Request a scarf by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll let you know one is waiting for you during business hours! Stop by and pick it up, then at home, a child can write or draw on the tag. Their job is to find a place in Albuquerque to put it where someone who needs it will find it. The tag explains it’s not lost and anyone can take it. If you have 2 kids at your house that want to do this, let us know and we’ll save ya 2.
Want scarf tags to this with your own extra scarves ? Check our resources pages for a printable PDF.
Wed 11/18- Sat 11/21: Free weekly Take and Make – Pinecone mice! The kit has everything you need, just add your own glue. Good for ages 3+, pinecones cane be pointy. Just email us at email@example.com to reserve your kit and wait for a confirmation to be sure there will a kit waiting for you when you stop by. No purchase needed or expected, we just like putting creative options out into our community.
Saturday, November 14th: Neighborhood Toy Store Day! We’re celebrating virtually this year on Facebook, posting all of our favorite nostalgic childhood influences all day. Post yours in the comments. 🙂
Free Take and Make Nov 10-12: A weaving kit! It has 2 cardboard looms, easy instructions and enough fiber for 2 weavings. Best for people ages 5 and up! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your kit and wait for a confirmation to be sure there will a kit waiting for you when you stop by. No purchase needed or expected, we just like putting creative options out into our community.
Free Take and Make Nov 3- Nov 6: DIY Lantern Kit! You will need scissors and a string of holiday lights. It’s okay if some of them are burnt out. Email us to reserve your free kit at email@example.com . No purchase needed/expected and if you’d prefer we bring it to you on the curb just knock during business hours and let us know.
October 27th – Oct 31st:
Free take and make: come get a kit to make 2 doodle drawing spinners! We include instructions and everything you need. If you want to be certain there’s one there for you, email us to reserve a kit. You can chance it if you’re in the neighborhood – pop in and request a kit. No pressure to shop – we genuinely like getting creative play materials into the hands of our community.
October 20th – 22nd:
FREE take and make: It’s the opposite of last year; instead of coming in to make a free project and taking it with you, you’ll come get it (we can even bring it to you outside the shop) and you take it to make it at home! Due to a limited supply, you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and claim yours; wait for a confirmation email before you swing by the store. We just want to make sure everyone who comes by to get a kit actually has one waiting for them, so it doesn’t waste your time. This week’s Take and Make: make a reusable grocery bag or set of cloth face masks from a tee shirt! No sewing required, instructions and supplies included – you just need scissors (even kid’s school scissors are okay as long as they have metal blades). Email us to reserve your kit for pick up.
October 13th – October 17th:
Join us for our 4th seasonal grand opening! We’ll be celebrating all week long with a fortune teller fish giveaway (stickers available instead for those 5 and under), enter a drawing for some nifty toys, sidewalk chalk outside and plenty of window shopping if you need to wait – we currently have a limit of 4 customers in the store at a time. We can also bring your free fish/stickers to you outside if you prefer to say hi and be on your way. We are also excited to host a Youth Artisan, Crafts by Lili, on Saturday October 17th from 11-2. She’ll be outside the store at a table selling her handmade wares.
Do you live near the Nob Hill neighborhood, or visit it often to enjoy the cute shops and tasty restaurants? We know times got weird fast, but we still love the colorful, historic neighborhood and want to highlight the places and art we love. Feeling creative? Show us your vehicles for the #NobHillCarShow ! Play doesn’t have to take a break.
12/17-12/20: Create a free paper and fabric holiday garland! This craft is best for people ages 2 and up. Plan on 5 to 10 minutes to choose your shapes and thread them on the fabric. Enjoy a fancy decoration or give it as a gift!
Free DIY gift wrapping supplies are out now until Dec 24th – everything you need to wrap your packages including paper, bows, ribbon, tape, and labels. You can even bring your other packages in from the car to wrap those up too, just show an employee so they know what’s up.
Tuesday Nov 19th – Friday Nov 22nd: Be kind – leave a scarf for others to find.
Kids ages 3 and up are encouraged to choose a free scarf from our basket, add a design or personalized message to the tag and then take the scarf with them and put it somewhere in Albuquerque where someone who needs it will find it. You can stop by Color Wheel Toys between 10 am and 6 pm to do this. Plan on 5 – 10 minutes to get a scarf ready for community delivery.
The 2nd Annual Youth Artisan Market Application is due by Tuesday, Nov. 19th if you want to be considered for this year’s market Dec 5th!
Sunday Nov. 10th – Saturday Nov 16th – Design custom tail feathers for our giant turkey made of repurposed materials. Use drawing supplies to decorate fancy feathers and tape them on – try 1 or 10, he needs a full tail. This drop in activity is great for any age!
Saturday Nov. 9th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day! We will be giving away Newton’s Inertia Beads or a Klutz Sew-your-own-cookie key chain kit to the first 20 kids who ask for one of them. You can also enter to win a big basket of cool science items and if you tell us a joke, we’ll give you a free marble. Test and try lots of toy samples and as always, enjoy free gift wrapping for your purchases. See you between 10 am and 6 pm!
November 5, 6, and 7: Free make and take – create a weaving on a cardboard loom! This project is best for ages 7 and up, but younger kids can work as a team with an adult. You don’t have to finish it in the store – we’ll get you started and then we can send you home with some free materials and instruction so you can finish it there. Stop by between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm to weave with us!
October 18 through 30: Decorate the Disco Pumpkin! Help add sequins and beads with pins during store hours.
Make and take a free felt spiderweb decoration on Tuesday October 15th, Wednesday October 16th, and Thursday October 17th on a drop-in basis during store hours. This project is best for people ages 6 and up but younger kids can work as team with their parents if they want to try it!
There is a new Second Sunday art walk happening in Nob Hill each month. Here’s a map to see participating businesses! We will be hosting 3 community art projects at the store between 12 pm – 5pm on Sunday, October 13th.
Grand opening Sunday, September 1 from 10 am – 6 pm. Tell us a family friendly joke to get a free marble!
Visit us at The Railyard Market Sunday, July 28th between 10 am and 2 pm and try our free make-and-take – assemble super cool swirling tops that draw while they spin!
Find us at Route 66 Summerfest near Amherst and Central from 4 pm til dusk this Saturday July 20th to make giant bubbles!
Stop by The Source ( 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE ABQ 87106) Saturday, June 22 between 10 am and 2 pm for free face painting and participating in some large scale community art projects from Pando Little School!
We’re closed for the season but offer a selection of toys for sale (at our same reasonable prices!) at Spur Line Supply Co. They’re located at 800 20th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 right next door to Mama’s Minerals!
Wednesday, December 26th: Do you love sticking stickers? Stop by and work on our in-store sticker mural (or make a mini-work of art to take home if you’d like) until our last day of the pop-up shop. Now, we’re not going to cover the whole store (as seen below) but seriously we have like 40,000 stickers so come stop by and get ready to apply!
The locally famous Jason Witter of WitterWorks will be on hand with lots of his goodies for sale and he’ll sign books, too. Free gift wrapping til 8 pm. Celebrate Nob Hill’s Deck the Hill – lots of local businesses will have special activities and deals tonight!
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!
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