The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' gift shops might be home to one of the Triangle's most sought after toys.
They've been having a time keeping plush olinguitoes on the shelves. It's the toy version of a newly discovered species found by a team that included N.C. State professor Roland Kays, who also serves as director of the Biodiversity Lab at the museum. The tiny, big-eyed animal lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador.
It looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear, according to scientists. In other words, it's adorable. I'm told the next shipment of of the plush version should have arrived early this week. It retails for $19.95.
Other last-minute gift ideas found at the museum's gift shops include:
- For those stuck at a desk all day, there's Newton’s cradle desk toy. Help your loved ones while away the time by watching these balls bounce back and forth. $14.95.
- My kids can't get enough of Living Sands. The materials look like sand, but really feels like cookie dough. It's 100 percent non toxic and antibacterial, Living Sands won’t stain and easily removes from your hand. Get a 1.5 pound box of Living Sands, three sculpting tools and one sand roller for $28.
- Kids can scratch and sketch dinosuars, sea creatures and birds with these Scratch & Sketch Art Activity books. $12.95 each.
This is the second in a quick series offering gift suggestions from local museum gift shops. For more last-minute gift ideas, check another post with ideas from Morehead Planetarium.