Once upon a time, there was a small, quaint teacher supply store in Inman Square, where educators would gather materials for children’s classrooms and the occasional parent would stop in for blocks.
But over time the store grew bigger and bigger — adding more products, games, and puzzles that attracted parents and kids alike. Before long it was the most favorite toy store throughout the land. And so a second and then a third popped up in villages around the square.
And now a fourth shop has opened in Dedham, with 2,400 square feet of thoughtfully chosen products, from science kits to dollhouses to cars and, of course, tons and tons of blocks.
Which sounds like a happy ending to us. At least for now.
Stellabella Toys, 244 Legacy Place, at Providence Highway, Dedham (781-329-6290 or stellabellatoys.com).
Opening Our Doors Festival
What: Various museums and organizations host arts groups that offer performances, hands-on activities, music, dance, and more.
Why: Come on in.
When: Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Throughout the Fenway.
The Three Little Pigs
What: An operatic version of the classic for kids.
Why: Squeal in delight.
When: Sat., noon & 2 p.m.
Where: Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway (617-912-9240).
Fall Family Festival
What: Go on a scavenger hunt, do a leaf rubbing, create a dish garden, and take a guided walking tour.
Why: See how their garden grows.
When: Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham (508-877-7630).