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2014 Toy Fair

Toy Fair BannerOur buying team just returned from the 2014 Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City and we have some exciting new toys coming our way that we wanted to share with you. Alicia Keys 1

Alicia Keys was the special guest for the opening of Toy Fair. Surrounded by the Power Rangers, she welcomed everyone and cut the ceremonial ribbon. Once the ribbon was cut, the crowd was set forth to see the newest and best toys from around the globe.

The sheer number of toy companies was overwhelming! We walked up and down aisle after aisle finding you fun, new toys for your families. In the coming weeks we’ll be receiving new items from Melissa & Doug, Gund, Safari, Apple Park, Areaware, and many more! We’ll also be bringing in some new companies! Be on the lookout for Hexbugs, Plan Toys, and many more!

Toy of the Year Winners

Begin Again TOTY We’ve been carrying Begin Again Toys in our store for a few months now and we think they are awesome. Their Animal Parade A to Z Floor Puzzle was one of our favorite items from them, and apparently others agreed because it was named Specialty Toy of the Year by The Toy Industry Association. We will be carrying this item again, along with many other items from Begin Again Toys. Goldie Blox TOTY

Winner of the Educational Toy of the Year, GoldieBlox, took the US by storm for fourth quarter 2013. The whole line of their products will be shipping to us soon. Each of their three designs comes with a story book that doubles as an instruction booklet to design an engineering experiment. Once you’ve completed the story, you can take apart your device and create new and original experiments.

Lisa Louisa New GeorgeWhen we arrived at the Gund Booth at Toy Fair, we were super excited to see three new Curious George stuffed animals that will be released this year. The first, you can get a sneak peek of to the right. Teach Me Curious George will be released in early March 2014. Complete with buttons, velcro, loops, and ties, George will teach your child basic motor functions. Unfortunately we were not able to take pictures of the other two Curious George items, but believe me… They are super cute and will definitely be on your little ones’ wish lists!

Jamie LegoJimmy LegoWhile Toy Fair was a work event, our team still managed to have some fun! We got to hang out with a giant Emmet (from The Lego Movie) made entirely of Lego bricks. He was over 6 feet tall! Jimmy and Jamie are both big fans of the movie and LEGO and couldn’t help but snap a few pictures with Emmet.

Louisa ZombieLouisa, our General Manager, zombie-fied herself at the Razor Scooter Booth.

Grumpy LisaLisa, our Operations Manager, found her spirit animal in Grumpy Cat at the Gund Booth.

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I became the World’s Softest teddy bear at the World’s Softest Booth.Jamie Snoopy

Jamie, our Owner and Buyer, got to meet Snoopy!

Keep an eye out for all of our new toys. Some items have already begun trickling in, so come by and check everything out!

January 25th is NOT Opposite Day!

(psst, it totally is.)

For every up, there is a down, for every square, there is a round, for every high, there is a low, and for every to there is a fro!

To celebrate Opposite Day, here are some of my favorite opposites books for children of all ages!

Opposites Concept Books

Opposites!A great way to help your little bitty ones learn about words and concepts is with these great opposites books. For the classic Curious George fan, Curious George’s Opposites is perfect. If super heroes like the Flash are more your speed, you’ll love the heroes and villains in Super Heroes Opposites. If you know someone who is crazy for the classics, Babylit’s Sense and Sensibility Opposites Primer is perfect to introduce little ones to classic literature and the concept of opposites!

Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond

Red Cat and Blue Cat are complete opposites, and their differences often RedCatBluCat-1lead to bared teeth, flying claws, and hissing! But when they learn to work together and learn from each other, they find out that their differences are what make them the perfect team, as well as individually special.

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Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich

Carter Goodrich is one of my favorite author/illustrators, and his character design for Disney Pixar is nothing short of awesome. I absolutely love his books about Mr. Bud and Zorro, especially this first one. When Mr. Bud is forced to welcome Zorro into his life, he hesitates to want to share and change his beloved schedule, and his space! The new little guy poses an annoyance at first, but as they get to know each other, they find that sharing isn’t the worst thing when you’re sharing with a friend.

If you love all of these opposites suggestions, please join us for the

Opposite Day Story Time and Activity on January 31st at 10:30 am

In celebration of January 25th NOT being Opposite Day, we will NOT be reading books about opposites. Sometimes, someone who is completely different from you in every way can turn out to be your best friend! We will be reading some of the Elephant and Piggie books, Red Cat Blue Cat, Say Hello to Zorro, and Strega Nona Meets Her Match.

Stick around to color pages of opposites, and even make your own opposites flash cards!

I hope to see you there!

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Felisia, Your Friendly Neighborhood Events Coordinator

Big Wishes Gift Drive

Our holiday book and toy drive is on! We are so excited to be teaming up with Magic 106.7 and The Home for Little Wanderers on the Big Wishes Gift Drive. Last year we raised over $10,000 in books for Cradles to Crayons, and this year, with your help, we’re aiming to double that amount!

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Come by the store and check out our window display. The snowman will fill up a little more with every donation!

On Sunday, December 8th, Magic 106.7 will be hosting a live broadcast from our store from 12pm-2pm. Come by to enter the raffle for some great prizes. If you donate a gift during the broadcast, you will save 30% off your total purchase*!

Curious George will even be making a special visit to thank everyone for their donations!

Can’t make it into the store? You can donate here and we will do all the work for you!

*Excludes Lego Products. Discounts cannot be combined with any other offer.