LARK Toys

LARK Toys A step out of time to revive, refresh, and reconnect. Toys, books, games, fudge, a unique carousel, a museum, and more! Family owned and operated.
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GPS setting: try entering 171 Lark Lane. Our street address is correct, but GPS doesn't always like that as well as our original address. Driving from Rochester between July and Oct 2017? There is bridge construction just before the junction of MN 42N and Hwy 61. Save time by taking the following small detour: • driving on 42N, pass Plainview • pass SVJ statues at top of hill on left • pass sign reading mile marker 26 • turn left onto the next gravel road - 170th Ave • drive carefully since there may be deer • follow this road to the parking lot of LARK Toys on your right

LARK GALLERIES - We've been taking a lot of photos for people, one at a time. Perhaps others would like to see the same ...
04/18/2020

LARK GALLERIES - We've been taking a lot of photos for people, one at a time. Perhaps others would like to see the same ones. Here are some looks at our shelves as we wait out this time separation. We offer no-contact "purple bench pickup" in front of the store or we can ship to you directly. Email and phone calls are the easiest ways for us to find your requests and help: [email protected] and 507-767-3387. We miss you. (Note: we still have some jigsaw puzzles, but we're hoping to receive more soon.)

Happy birthday, Mary Catherine Eversman. Seven years ago we had to say goodbye to one of the best women we've ever known...
04/16/2020

Happy birthday, Mary Catherine Eversman. Seven years ago we had to say goodbye to one of the best women we've ever known. Ever since, the colored lights in the stand by the LARK Carousel have been shining in her honor, and the tie-dyed VW in front of LARK reminds us of her gifts in art and her wonderful quirky, hilarious sense of humor. Her spirit will always be a part of LARK Toys, and she is missed.

THANKS: We are living through a crisis, a time warp, a profound challenge. Wise Mr. Rogers said to look for the helpers....
04/15/2020

THANKS: We are living through a crisis, a time warp, a profound challenge. Wise Mr. Rogers said to look for the helpers. We are feeling grateful today for so many acts of kindness and support we have experienced. Bev Hall, director of our Wabasha library, dropped off a requested book today. Dave Knox, a local pastor, spent some time outside our store just before Easter recording a special blessing on LARK Toys. Warren Zabel, president of Peoples Bank in Plainview and Tim Scanlon, our accountant, have helped us with emergency funding applications. The Wabasha Port Authority offered a helpful loan. And terrific LARK friends have ordered jigsaw puzzles, Easter gifts, scooters, and kites to be sent while we are closed. If we act as though we are all in this together, surely we have a much better chance of finding our way up the bank to the other side.

Where in the World is LARK Toys?On this Covid-19 mask! Very creative!
04/14/2020

Where in the World is LARK Toys?
On this Covid-19 mask!
Very creative!

Where in the World is LARK Toys? Crushing cancer in style! 💜💜
04/11/2020

Where in the World is LARK Toys?
Crushing cancer in style! 💜💜

For last minute Easter baskets, we have jelly bellies, salt water taffy, fun Haribo gummies, and some other ideas. We ar...
04/10/2020

For last minute Easter baskets, we have jelly bellies, salt water taffy, fun Haribo gummies, and some other ideas. We are offering no-contact pickup in front of our store. Call if we can help. 507-767-3387

Wish you were here to ride our carousel. Some Jellycat bunnies are trying out the rabbit while you are away and wishing ...
04/08/2020

Wish you were here to ride our carousel. Some Jellycat bunnies are trying out the rabbit while you are away and wishing you a happy Easter.

NOTICING: As many of the usual elements of our days have been removed temporarily, we have some space to notice things. ...
04/08/2020

NOTICING: As many of the usual elements of our days have been removed temporarily, we have some space to notice things. While walking around with 5 llamas and a dog today, we noticed Irving's beautiful llama shadow on the parking lot and the more spring-like horizon. It made our hearts smile. Better days are ahead.

Puzzles on Tuesday
04/07/2020

Puzzles on Tuesday

04/06/2020

For all LARK friends who expressed interest in puzzles, bunnies, Easter gifts, math puzzles, and other cool stuff. Thank you for your support. We are working as fast as we can to put orders together and ship. If you ordered a puzzle or puzzles that you want shipped, please make sure we have your address and credit card. We'll be in the store by 9 again tomorrow, and you can call. 507.767.3387. This is a really odd way to shop and do business, but we are living in a very odd world, right now. If we can help, we are glad to do so, and we deeply appreciate your support during this time. We will post pictures in the morning of puzzles we still have available. We are also doing personal shopping, if you need help with the other categories of toys, games, books, gifts that we sell. Calling is probably the best way to tell us how we can help. Wishing you well and safe and strong.

04/05/2020

Friends: If you'd like to order any of the things we've been posting, please email us ([email protected]) with what you want and your address, and phone after 9 tomorrow morning with a cc number (for security). Thank you so much. If you have questions, we'll answer them as fast as possible tomorrow.

Okay. Here are 1500 and 2000 puzzles we have.
04/05/2020

Okay. Here are 1500 and 2000 puzzles we have.

PUZZLES (Not shown are 1,500, 2,000, and up. We can photograph these if you like.) Please email if you are interested in...
04/05/2020

PUZZLES (Not shown are 1,500, 2,000, and up. We can photograph these if you like.) Please email if you are interested in having us send to you, or phone after 9 Monday morning. [email protected] 507.767.3387

OUR KITES: in response to a request.
04/05/2020

OUR KITES: in response to a request.

In response to requests for more Easter basket ideas:
04/04/2020

In response to requests for more Easter basket ideas:

For no reason except it's cute, here's the Bandito Warmie we just received with our Warmies order. If you don't want to ...
04/03/2020

For no reason except it's cute, here's the Bandito Warmie we just received with our Warmies order. If you don't want to hug a dog, a rabbit, a hippo, etc., you can warm this guy in the microwave and hug him. Funny.

Calvin and Meg are wondering what happened to the greening grass they were excited to see. Ah well, they still have on t...
04/03/2020

Calvin and Meg are wondering what happened to the greening grass they were excited to see. Ah well, they still have on their good winter coats, and it won't last long. Happy April 3rd!

04/03/2020
Frog pond

Today’s calming video... watching the pond on hole 9 of the mini golf course.

We’re adding a link to our paper chain for each day we’re “sheltering.” We miss you all!
04/01/2020

We’re adding a link to our paper chain for each day we’re “sheltering.” We miss you all!

For those who prefer dragons, fairies, or monsters (rather than bunnies), there are these.
04/01/2020

For those who prefer dragons, fairies, or monsters (rather than bunnies), there are these.

04/01/2020

APPRECIATION: Just want to express our thanks to Rep. Angie Craig (MN district 2) for the very helpful hour-long webinar she just held, including a chamber rep and an SBA rep to let small businesses know what options are available through the recently passed CARES act. We are all in uncharted territory, so it's comforting to feel we have an advocate and supporter in Congress as we work our way through this.

Hello friends. We've been continuing to send out jigsaw puzzles into the altered world of staying at home. and now we've...
03/31/2020

Hello friends. We've been continuing to send out jigsaw puzzles into the altered world of staying at home. and now we've had some requests for Easter basket/gift ideas. Social distancing is continuing, but this holiday will come just the same. In addition to candy (jelly bellies or salt water taffy) we have the things in the photo and many more. If you want something here. please send us an email to [email protected] and we will give you prices and/or other photos of items in our store. Sending you good energy as we wait this out apart-together.

A photo of our 1000 pc Ravensburger and Springbok puzzles (and a couple of eeBoo too) as of this afternoon, for folks wh...
03/30/2020

A photo of our 1000 pc Ravensburger and Springbok puzzles (and a couple of eeBoo too) as of this afternoon, for folks who are in need. We are doing parking lot pickup for those who are close, or shipping for those who are not.
We also have 500 pc (with regular size pieces and x large pieces), 300 XL, 200, 100, and smaller. Also Ravensburger Escape Puzzles (759 pieces) and some White Mountain puzzles in 1000. We'll be glad to take more pictures if there's something else you are seeking. The easiest way to order is to email us at [email protected]

More puzzle photography for those interested in White Mountain Puzzles. Here are the ones we currently have in stock. We...
03/29/2020

More puzzle photography for those interested in White Mountain Puzzles. Here are the ones we currently have in stock. We are shipping or we can arrange curbside delivery. You can email us to order ([email protected]) and we'll do a cc over the phone, or you can bring a check or cash to pick up.

Most of us right now are sitting in our individual "boats," trying to keep our loved ones and ourselves safe from a viru...
03/29/2020

Most of us right now are sitting in our individual "boats," trying to keep our loved ones and ourselves safe from a virus that has turned the world upside down. Nia teaches cultivating a state they've called RAW: relaxed, alert, and waiting. In her weekly letter (called Brain Pickings), the wonderful Maria Popova included an illustration from a lovely book we recently got in our book store called LISTEN. It seems especially relevant to this moment. Even though the child in the boat is alone, there are stars and reflections in the water and a bright bird that may be singing. Somehow, there's hope. We need it. May we each listen and find some.

Home is where we all must stayAnd yet we have a need to playEaster or someone’s birthdayGive us a call... we’ll find a w...
03/24/2020

Home is where we all must stay
And yet we have a need to play
Easter or someone’s birthday
Give us a call... we’ll find a way!

Using phones and photos, we’ve been able to help some customers find the right toy, game, scooter, book, or gift. We’ll be glad to help you, too.

Pages from a charming new alphabet book give us some ideas what to do with our time. The writer, Ruth Krauss, collaborat...
03/23/2020

Pages from a charming new alphabet book give us some ideas what to do with our time. The writer, Ruth Krauss, collaborated with Maurice Sendak for many wonderful books in the past.

03/20/2020
National Eagle Center

One of the most amazing places to visit ever, now online with Scott as tour director!

Murdock received word that his leprechaun, Patty MacDoodle, has returned to Ireland, now that St. Patrick's day is done....
03/19/2020

Murdock received word that his leprechaun, Patty MacDoodle, has returned to Ireland, now that St. Patrick's day is done. He wrote Patty a letter today, hoping that they could get together later in the year, along with Murdock's favorite elf, Sprinkles. Boppa found him a stamp so that he could send off his missive to Ireland.

Friends: LARK TOYS WILL CLOSE TEMPORARILY beginning Wed., March 18. We will evaluate often in accordance with the advice...
03/17/2020

Friends: LARK TOYS WILL CLOSE TEMPORARILY beginning Wed., March 18. We will evaluate often in accordance with the advice of our governor and the wise leaders in our medical and scientific community, and will reopen as soon as we possible can. Meanwhile, if you are in need of a LARK-made toy, a jigsaw puzzle, a journal, a cuddly plush, a book, or another item we sell, send us an email to [email protected] or call us us at 507-767-3387. We will be happy to ship it to you or to offer curbside pickup in front of the store. We will miss you in this "quiet time," and we send you air hugs, love, and good energy.

03/12/2020
the happiness at LARK Toys

the happiness at LARK Toys

Happy Friday Postponed

Since the prevailing wisdom is advising us to avoid gathering in large groups, we are choosing to postpone our March Happy Friday.

Meanwhile, LARK Toys is open for business and we are excited to greet you. We are sanitizing enthusiastically.

Signed,
Miranda, Kathy, and the Happiness Band
💜

Fun and challenging new choices in the Curiosity Shoppe.
03/11/2020

Fun and challenging new choices in the Curiosity Shoppe.

Happy Friday has been postponed.
03/10/2020

Happy Friday has been postponed.

HEALTHY SELF-SOOTHING OPPORTUNITIES — Amidst the stress of our times, we need to take care of ourselves. Here are some t...
03/09/2020

HEALTHY SELF-SOOTHING OPPORTUNITIES — Amidst the stress of our times, we need to take care of ourselves. Here are some terrific choices for the week ahead in the happiness.
TUES. MAR. 10 - 10 am - 11 am Yoga with Marie
TUES. MAR. 10 - 6 pm - 7 pm Nia with Miranda
WED. MAR. 11 - 6 pm - 7 pm Yoga with Marie
THURS. MAR. 12 - 10 am - 11 am - Nia with Miranda
FRI. MAR. 13 - 10:15 am - 11 am - Happy Friday for kids & families
SUN. MAR. 15 - 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Intro to Forrest-Inspired Yoga with Elle

Edamame is on the menu at LARK Toys. Miranda and Scott cooked some this morning. With a little sesame oil and kosher sal...
03/08/2020

Edamame is on the menu at LARK Toys. Miranda and Scott cooked some this morning. With a little sesame oil and kosher salt, it's a treat.

03/08/2020
Big wheeling

Spring was in the air today. Murdock did a few rounds of the back parking lot on his big wheel, and in general, most of us rejoiced at warmer temps and more light!

Happy Birthday to Tove!
03/05/2020

Happy Birthday to Tove!

And here comes Kale with a cart full of frogs! Must be spring soon.
03/05/2020

And here comes Kale with a cart full of frogs! Must be spring soon.

03/05/2020
Tim cutting out a toy

Sometimes we peer through the window into the shop and watch Tim at work, cutting out toys. It is always amazing to see such skill.

Where in the World is LARK Toys?... Little Harbor - Tampa Bay, Florida!
03/05/2020

Where in the World is LARK Toys?... Little Harbor - Tampa Bay, Florida!

Our Museum Russian Nesting Doll Collection (Matryoshkas) has a new home. Here's today's big project in pictures.
03/02/2020

Our Museum Russian Nesting Doll Collection (Matryoshkas) has a new home. Here's today's big project in pictures.

Progress on the Driftless Bluffling Habitat: a very cool tree, and a bridge
03/01/2020

Progress on the Driftless Bluffling Habitat: a very cool tree, and a bridge

Leprechaun quest update: Murdock's trap was sprung this morning. A couple of the chocolate gold coins had been nibbled, ...
02/28/2020

Leprechaun quest update: Murdock's trap was sprung this morning. A couple of the chocolate gold coins had been nibbled, and a leprechaun hat was left behind. Murdock was very excited.

We celebrated for lunch at the Town and Country (Patti put a candle in Miranda's French Toast) and we celebrated in the ...
02/28/2020

We celebrated for lunch at the Town and Country (Patti put a candle in Miranda's French Toast) and we celebrated in the afternoon with (Grandma Gwen's recipe) chocolate pie and white buttermilk cake! So happy to celebrate!

Happy birthday to our dearly loved daughter Miranda. You've made life an extraordinary adventure and still do every day....
02/27/2020

Happy birthday to our dearly loved daughter Miranda. You've made life an extraordinary adventure and still do every day. We are proud of the woman you are.

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63604 170th Ave
Kellogg, MN
55945

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Family-owned and operated, LARK Toys is a place to play, refresh, and reconnect with family and friends. All are welcome. GPS setting: try entering 171 Lark Lane. Our street address is correct, but GPS doesn't always like that as well as our original address.

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Well it's next month. This time I'll let you guess where in the world Lark Toys is.
Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Florida.
Will the mini golf be open this weekend?
Lark Toys Americas Top Toy Store and Friendliest in the World. They have it all.
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Lost dog in the area! Please share...
Last year for Christmas I bought each of my grandkids a scooter from Lark Toys, best Christmas present ever, they love them. I’m quite sure one of them will become a champion scooter rider. Thank you Miranda and Kathy. Any ideas for next year?
Great place to eat!
LARK in Times Square!
I met the owner of Lark Toys yesterday in the Apache Mall in Rochester! Hello from Amy Sonsalla.
Metropolis, IL