Goregaon East

Creative Minds is a toy and book library at Goregaon East in Mumbai. The library caters to children between 1-8 years. They have two plans: the first plan give an option of three toys and a book (you can also take two books and two toys) for a week; in the second plan one can take three toys and two books and keep it for 15 days.

The library is well stocked with toys and books mainly for the children of different age groups. They have a good variety in terms of puzzles both wooden and cardboard. They also have some ride-on toys which my child enjoys taking every time. There are big toys like a trampoline and a slide which can be taken for a party. I am member with this library for over a year but still I manage to get new toys every week. I have only repeated toys if my child wanted to keep it longer. The staff consists of two friendly women who are always ready to help. Once I couldn’t go there for over a month due to the busy schedule, one of the women told me to make a list of toys and give it to her so that she can send a person to home-deliver the toys every weekend.

However, the toys have been used by different children over a period of time, so wear and tear on the toys is visible e.g. a sticker peeled off from a side or so. There are times when the toy is cracked or a piece of puzzle is missing. But, the lady apprises you beforehand. Also the number of books is limited. For the older children the options are even fewer. So options wise one has to compromise when it comes to books.

Library is situated on the ground floor of the bungalow and is a small place. It is a calm, serene place and the child gets enough opportunity to choose toys. I have never seen another child choosing the toys at the same time, so I have the library to myself whenever I go. There is a table and a chair for children to read though I haven’t seen anyone reading.

To sum up, Creative Minds is a good place to explore since the children get bored of the same toys over a period of time. The quality in terms of value for money is also decent. The membership for three months costs about Rs 2900, long term plans are even more cost effective. They also have an option of stalling the membership in case you are travelling, but you have to let them know in advance. It is a good place if one keeps the expectations on a lower side. I will recommend at least a 6 months subscription at this place and your child will be happy with three or four new toys which he/she will get every week.

Timings: 10:30am to 3:30 (Tuesday, Sunday and Public Holidays Closed)

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