Lego * Hape * Janod * Playmobil * Djeco * ScHleich * Bruder * Skip Hop * Faber-Castell * Think Fun * Jellycat * Steiff
In a time where every cupcake must be organic, gluten-free and made with unicorn tears, and every toy must teach concepts a child can use to solve global warming, it’s good to know there’s someplace where a kid can truly be a kid! Enter our world of On the Park and Big Blue Whale. The two Texas toy stores offer a truly unique and nostalgic retail experience that preserve the innocence of play. That’s not to say a child can’t learn something from a trip to either shop. Between the wild hats and animal masks, dragon figures, and cuddly stuffed animals, opportunities for imaginative play peek around every corner!
Owner Vanessa Wodehouse is a mom, who was at some point also a kid, and wanted to create a magical world in her neighborhood that would delight children and adults alike. In the summer of 2014, Big Blue Whale opened on 19th Street in the Heights. It quickly became the go-to spot for Heights parents to purchase birthday and holiday gifts. Wodehouse has a great eye and passion for vintage toys, board games you’ve never heard of and cheeky items for kids of all ages.
Fast forward to January of 2018, Wodehouse was introduced to the very lovely Karen and Fred Rosenberg, owners of On the Park in Kingwood, which had been a neighborhood staple for 23 years. The couple were planning their retirement and were hoping to find someone to carry on their beloved candy and toy store. In January of 2019, Wodehouse took ownership and is happy and honored to preserve another place where childhood and imagination are celebrated.
In addition to On the Park and Big Blue Whale, Wodehouse also owns the sweet women’s shop Mary & Moss, also on 19th Street in the Heights.