Have you ever thought about bathing in gemstones? I have. I love the feel of a tumbled stone in my hands. When I was younger I often carried one in my pocket... I called it my worry stone. I loved the way my thumb perfectly fit in the groove on the side of the green and blue stone. I have no idea where that is now, but it was a favorite object. One of those that you don't forget.
This place brought up so many of those feelings for me. This is the Scratch Patch in Seattle. You walk in the door, and it is a two room shop, only about 300 sq ft in all. In both rooms there are about 2 inches of rocks all over the floor. Beautiful rocks. You can discover which rocks are what by comparing to this handy laminated chart that you can carry around the store with you. It was amazingly fun!
Logan had a really hard time with this store. It was small and a bit over crowded (I think we had 17 kids and 7 adults... in 300 square feet). So I didn't get to play near as much as I wanted to, but my older two had a BLAST.
I think we will have to go back when it is just the four of us. Aside from Logan's reaction to the over crowed conditions (over stimulation is strong in our family) I think it was my favorite field trip of 2010 so far! I think we could have spent hours there discovering our own pieces of treasure. And on top of that, it was right next to the Woodland Park Zoo... where we spent the rest of the afternoon.