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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!

Great Snowy Books

I love snow, and winter is my favorite season. So to celebrate the wonderful frozen water that falls from the sky, I’ve gathered some great snowy books.

1. The Snowy DayEzra Jack Keats

When the little boy wakes up, the world is covered in snow. This story follows his adventures while playing outside and trying to avoid the big kids’ snowball fights.

 

2. The Long WinterLaura Ingalls Wilder

I read this series over and over as a child, especially this one.

The Ingalls’ town is hit with a blizzard, and, even though it is fun in the beginning, the snow, which reaches the rooftops, has cut off the train. People are running out of food quickly. Will someone figure out a way to save the town?

 

3. The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeC. S. Lewis

Narnia is stuck in winter, having not seen summer for many many years. But when Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund discover the wintery land in the wardrobe, the snow begins to melt.

Follow the Pevensies’ adventures in Narnia!

 

4. Curious George in the Snow– Margaret & H. A. Rey

 Join Curious George for a hot beverage before he rockets down the snowy mountain! Curious George reaches the bottom of the mountain safely, but not without causing a ruckus along the way.

 

What are some of your favorite snowy books?

-Sam

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day. 

 

New Year, New George!

With the new year under way, I’d like to show you some new books and toys that will be available now and in the near future.

First up, we have two new Curious George books. In saves-penniesCurious George Saves His Pennies, George sees a train he wants to buy in the window of a toy store. He decides that he is going to save his money to buy it, not realizing how long and hard it will be to save. Once he finally saves enough, George heads to the toy store, only to lose his piggy bank on the way!  How will it end? Come on by to find out! The book also comes with a  punch out bank that can be used to teach your kids about money.

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In Curious George Makes Maple Syrup, George runs out of syrup on pancake day! Where is he going to find more? With the help of his friends, George learns how sap from a maple tree is turned into his favorite breakfast topping. Your kids will love learning the process with their friend, Curious George!

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Just in time for Graduation Season, this 8″ Curious George stuffed animal makes a perfect gift for graduates of all ages. Graduation George will be released in March, but you can reserve yours today!

Our final new addition to our line of Curious George products is also from Gund. He should be arriving shortly but until he does, can you guess what is special about him? Take your guess in the comments section and then click on the mystery photo to see him and order yours!

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.

Curious About Discounts

discountOne of the questions we hear all the time is “Do you offer any discounts?” The answer is yes! We offer the following discounts every day:

Teacher Discount – 20% off all regularly priced items with valid School or MTA ID*

Military Discount – 10% off all regularly priced items with valid Military ID*

Museum of Science Members – 10% off all regularly priced items with valid membership card*

WGBH Members – 10% off all regularly priced items with valid membership card*

Our newest discount is to thank our neighbors at Harvard University for their continued support.

Harvard Faculty & Students – 10% off all regularly priced items with valid Harvard ID*

If you don’t fall into any of those categories, there are still ways to save! Join our newsletter by sending us your email and you will receive information about our store, our events, and more. There is a coupon included each month! . You can also sign up for our new loyalty program to begin earning rewards on every purchase!

*Discounts are valid on regular priced items excluding LEGO products. Coupons, discounts, and special offers may not be combined unless specifically stated.

Celebrating Thanksgiving at Curious George

       

There is nothing quite like Thanksgiving in New England and The Curious George Store is thankful to be able to spend it here with your families in Harvard Square. To show our gratitude for a wonderful 2013 we’re offering a thankful story time, a new and improved loyalty program, discounts on selected Thanksgiving books, and a Pinterest board full of ideas and goodies to celebrate Thanksgiving.

            Friday, November 22nd – Thanksgiving Story time and Activity 10:30 am

 

happy-thanksgivingIt’s time for turkey, stuffing, and some fun Thanksgiving stories and activities! Join us today as we read stories about being thankful, even for the littlest things. Stick around after story time for fun coloring and activities. Please note, due to the impending holidays this is the last story time of 2013.

This story time is free and open to the public.

 

Be sure to pick up your copy of Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George while you’re here for story time.  As our book of the month we are offering this title at 20% off both in store AND online. In addition, we have oodles of other Thanksgiving titles in store at 20-25% off! Looking to save even more? Be sure to check out our new loyalty program!Tday 1

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I’ve become addicted to Pinterest. I can’t help it.  For me, the best part, is that I get paid to make YOUR life easier! Where else can you go to find ideas on how to start a family tradition, how to set your table, and most importantly, crafts, games and activities to keep the family entertained while the turkey is cooking!?  Be sure to check out and follow our Thanksgiving board as I hack my way across the internet looking for time (and sanity) savers.

Lastly, I’m proud to announce that we will be closed on Thanksgiving and open normal business hours on Black Friday to ensure our staff gets to spend quality time with their loved ones. We wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays and look forward to seeing you in December!

 

 

Introducing Our New Loyalty Program!

LoyaltyProgramFeature To say thanks for another great year, we are introducing our new Loyalty Program! Instead of getting another pesky card that bulks up your wallet, any and all of your credit cards can be used as a rewards card linked to your account!

What does it mean to be a loyalty member? First, you’ll get $15 cash back with every $150 spent online or in store.  You’ll get offers and coupons catered specifically to you and we’ll even waive the in store credit card purchase minimum! Get started today and we’ll reward you with 20% cash back on your first purchase! It’s perfect timing with the holidays quickly approaching.

Have one of our old loyalty cards? No problem, redeem them before December 31st and receive 30% off of your total purchase.  We are also offering advanced coupons to our Newsletter recipients only. To sign up for the program, click here.