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Dad Makes Mini Target And Starbucks For His Daughter Who Misses Going Out During Quarantine


As the lockdown due to Coronavirus keeps getting longer and longer, parents are on a daily spree to make their kids feel less bored at home. When the lockdown prevented a California family from visiting Target and Starbucks, a frequent fun ritual, Diego Gonzalez decided to create mini versions of these.

Mini Target
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

The Kern County police officer built, Target cash counter and Starbucks stand for his daughter Mila, on his day-offs. His daughter loves going to Target, and is very fond of Starbucks cake pops, at the Target corner.

Mini Target And Starbucks
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider
Mini Target
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

Since they could no longer visit the stores, Gonzalez recreated the mini version in his daughter’s playroom. The details were perfect with him designing, Mila’s Target name tag and “employee of the month” plaque to a miniature coffee maker toy, fake mini cake pops, and real Starbucks aprons

Gonzalez got the Target name tag from a local Target store that lovingly donated the real Target name tag to him!

Mini Target And Starbucks
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

Her “employee of the month” plaque features an adorably frustrated Mia, as she almost started crying by the end of the photoshoot (we feel that!)

Mini Target
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

By the end of it, Mia immediately recognized the Target store and started playing with it. The mini version had actual gift-cards, real food, a miniature red shopping cart, and a wet floor sign, to imitate the real store much as possible.

Mini Target And Starbucks
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

For the Starbucks stand, he used left-over wood from another home renovation. He has no building or construction experience and this was his first-ever project!

Mini Target
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

Both playsets took around 2 weeks to complete with the daddy-daughter duo having a great time together building them. The stand had adorable coffee-themed toys, aprons from an actual Starbucks, and print-out stickers with Starbucks logo! They also re-used the small cups they had from before.

Mini Target And Starbucks
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

Mia’s playroom Target and Starbucks set even has a seating area!

Mini Target And Starbucks
Diego Gonzalez/ Insider

“We are a really close family, and this project did unite us even more,” Gonzalez told Insider.