After her daughter was born with a neurological condition that affects her speech and motor skills, Kim Norris soon realized the important role toys play in a child's learning processes. Kim, a longtime resident of Bel Air, decided to open a toy store that would offer unique toys to inspire imaginative growth in children. Some of the services provided by Tiddlywinks include hands-on play, personal shopping and fund-raiser opportunities. A Tots & Dots class is offered Thursdays at 9:30 am to all kids age five and under at $5 per child, limited to the first 15 children. The parent-child interactive class is led by a former Harford County kindergarten teacher, is 45 minutes long and is designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Tiddlywinks hosts birthday parties for all ages and does all the work; all you have to do is provide the guests and refreshments. As a token of appreciation, teachers and therapists are entitled to discount shopping at Tiddlywinks.
- Hours: Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm; Sun closed
- Handicap Accessible: Yes
- Founding Date: March 2009
- Payments accepted: American Express, Cash, Debit Card, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Products: Toys, books
- Services: Classes, Gift certificates, Gift wrapping, Shipping
- ATM: No
- Public restrooms: Yes
- Parking: Free lot, On-street: metered
- Private events: Yes
- What makes this community special?: The kids.
- What is the most popular toy or game ever sold at the store?: Japanese Erasers, Silly Bandz and Ugly Dolls
- Toy and game brands: Plan Toys USA, Ugly Dolls, Calico Critters, Schleich, Le Toy Van, Alex Toys, Schylling, Lego, eeBoo, Darda Toys, Green Toys Inc., Little Adventures