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Storybook Land Founder Passed, But Park Lives On As One of New Jersey’s Best Family Amusement Parks


Storybook land amusement park outlives it’s founder, Ester Fricano (read more about the amazing life story of Ester Frianco’s creating Storybook Land and legacy here….RIP Ester.). This blog post is about all the fun we just had at Storybook Land, which looks like it was gingerly placed in the Forrest, says one Mom in the park. This New Jersey amusement park located close by the New Jersey shores is perfect for a day trip. It is easy to see everything at this 60 year old park (yup Storybook Land is celebrating its 60 birthday this year and a prominent birthday cake is front and center when you enter the park) is kept new looking with regular updating and lots of artistic creativity that one would expect from a park based off of children’s literature. To celebrate Storybook Land’s 60th Birthday there will be a parade, character meet & greet and more from noon – 4pm July 11 & 12. Once you buy your tickets, one doesn’t feel nickel and dimed. Starting with free close parking and the ability to bring in your own food as well as the park being more about the experience than merchandising and upselling the children are less inclined to ask for sweet treats and soviegners. Of course there is tucked away shops blended in throughout the park to grab a refreshment and soviegners if you choose, but it’s not so that my child even thought to ask every few minutes as is the situstion with many other amusement parks. Out of sight, out of mind so we got to enjoy what we came for, which was the attractions and the feeling like we were surrounded by some of our favorite children’s books.   No matter how many cars in parking lot, never any lines for the rides, says a local Dad.

Anyone, including our children diagnosed with sensitive skin that get Eczema induced by allergies to the sun should not find an issue at this New Jersey Amusement Park thanks to the mature trees and lanndscape that provides plenty of shade throughout this park. Storybook Land isn’t just a Summer attraction. The season opens in March with early ticket sales and passes. The Easter Bunny visits with and egg hunt, Christmas in July, Classic Car Shows, Pirates & Princess Adventure Weekend, an Alice IN Wonderland Tea Party, Trick-or-Treating and Santa’s Visit is just some of the fun planned during the season. Just to Highlight Two Off Season Events: Storybook Land also is known for its South Jersey Christmas Tradition starting mid November running through Christmas as Santa appears in his chimney 5pm, waves his magic wand and turns on over one million lights for all to enjoy the rides, attractions and snack bars. Check Storybook Land Website for Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade date/time. October 1-22nd enjoy Halloween Fun with Haystacks, Cornstalks, Pumpkins and Fall Fun at Storybook Land culminating with Trick-or-Treat Weekend where free bags are give with paid admission to the park for kids in costume. Check website for Halloween at Storybook Land. Read more about New Jersey Attractions HERE.

SIMON BRINGS FREE FUN LAB TOUR TO FAMILIES, OCT 12th AT OXFORD VALLEY MALL


SIMON BRINGS FREE FUN LAB TOUR TO FAMILIES, OCT 12th AT OXFORD VALLEY MALL

Free Event Oxford Valley Mall Fun Lab, Oct 12th

Oxford Valley Mall Provides Parents and Kids with an Interactive Event that Encourages Fun through PBS, Care Bears™ Strawberry Shortcake™ and More

Langhorne, PA — Kids and parents can plan to have a blast as the Simon® Fun Lab Tour rolls into town this weekend. The tour will be making its way across Pennsylvania, stopping at Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, PA on Sunday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Simon Malls’® Fun Lab tour offers families around the country a fun and immersive experience with hugely popular and loved kids brands. The interactive events will feature activities hosted by Oxford Valley Mall, Simon, PBS, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Families can walk through engaging themed “Fun Zones” featuring exciting activities for kids of all ages, including:

PBS Fun Zone – There’s always something new to discover when you visit the PBS KIDS Fun Zone! Stop by and explore the newest digital apps from WILD KRATTS and DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD; get up and get moving with CURIOUS GEORGE’S Monkey Jump game; and play and imagine with the newest PBS KIDS toys. With PBS KIDS, anytime is learning time, and learning has never been more fun.

#ShareYourCare with the Care Bears! – Happy? Silly? Caring? Show off your personality just like the Care Bears do when you create your very own Belly Badge! Once you make your badge, get your picture taken with it and post it to the #ShareYourCare wall. Get a peek at the new Care Bears home entertainment from Lionsgate, and make sure to check out the softest and most cuddly, huggable Care Bears plush ever that will be on hand from Just Play.

It’s a Berry Good Time with Strawberry Shortcake – Do you have a Berry Best Friend? Visit the Strawberry Shortcake friendship bracelet making station and create a special, one-of-a-kind piece for your sweetest friend! There will be lots of Strawberry Shortcake toys to play with as well from The Bridge Direct, plus previews of the new Strawberry Shortcake DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Kids will also get a chance to try out all the new Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake apps at the iPad station.

Game Zone – Test your skills at Corn Hole, Plinko, Spin Wheel and other strategy thinking games for the chance to win prizes and for some friendly family competition.

“Simon’s Fun Lab tour aims to deliver families an enjoyable hands-on experience in a safe environment that’s close to home,” said Jim Malervy, Director of Marketing at Oxford Valley Mall. “This year’s set of super fun offerings will give kids the chance to get creative and energized in a controlled, family-friendly place.”

The Simon Fun Lab is one of several educational entertainment programs and seasonal events held throughout the year in conjunction with the Simon Kidgits Club®. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit www.simon.com/kidgits. For more information about Oxford Valley Mall, please visit or http://www.oxfordvalleymall.com

About Oxford Valley Mall

Oxford Valley Mall is a two-level, super-regional mall located at the intersection of East Lincoln Highway and Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Oxford Valley Mall has more than 150 retailers and is anchored by JCPenney, Sears and Macy’s. For additional information on Oxford Valley Mall, visit http://www.oxfordvalleymall.com
or follow the mall on Twitter @[OxfordValleyPA](http://www.twitter.com/OxfordValleyPA)
or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/shopoxfordvalleymall.com

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit [simon.com](http://www.simon.com)

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number-one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit [pbskids.org](http://www.pbskids.org), pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Care Bears

First introduced by American Greetings in 1982, Care Bears has become one of the world’s most popular and beloved children’s properties, known to children and adults through consumer products, greeting cards, and an animated CGI television show. The Care Bears share hearts and hugs with children, helping them understand feelings and emotions through love, music, belly badge magic and Care Bear hugs.

About Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake debuted in 1980 as a line of social expression products, as well as toys, videos, games, crafts and books. Today, the little girl with the big personality is winning the hearts of a third generation of consumers on multiple platforms.

About AG Properties

AG Properties (AGP) is the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation. Built upon the successful re-launches of Care Bears™ and Strawberry Shortcake™ licensed products, AGP develops multi-platform campaigns for its properties through digital media, entertainment, marketing and merchandising. In addition to Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, AGP’s active classic brands include Holly Hobbie™ and Madballs, as well as new properties Boofle™, Packages from Planet X™ and Twisted Whiskers™. Children can experience AGP online at http://www.agkidzone.com

For more information on AGP, visit http://www.agpbrands.com

JOIN MISS MARILYN FOR END OF SUMMER FUN (free)


JOIN MISS MARILYN FOR END OF SUMMER FUN (free)

My daughter and I would go 1-2 times a week and we made friends with Moms & their children. We went to the Newtown Kids Music Round & the Yardley Kids Music Round.

Also Time To Sign Up For Your Fall Kids’ MusicRound Semester with Unlimited Attendance between Yardley and Newtown!!!!!!

Free Events;

Thursday – September 11 at 4:15 – Lower Makefield Farmer’s Market

Would love to see everyone – also please tell your friends with little ones abut the importance of Kids’ MusicRound classes for their children. I appreciate that so much!

Like My Facebook Page “Kids’ MusicRound with Miss Marilyn for all updates!”

www.KidsMusicRound.com
215-752-7010
Marilyn@KidsMusicRound.com

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Grey Nun Academy Ignites Passion for Learning in Yardley PA


Igniting a Passion for Learning, Beginning with Preschool

Young children are famous for asking why. They have a need to know, to explore, to discover, to learn about the world around them. Grey Nun Academy knows that fostering the natural inquiring spirit of our youngest students, while encouraging their curiosity and insatiable need for answers is the key to igniting a passion for learning that will help them blossom into lifelong learners.

The youngest students at Grey Nun Academy – Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten – embark on a journey that engages them in age-appropriate learning individualized to their varied learning styles. Small classes provide the ideal environment for children to explore their potential, share ideas and investigate the world around them.

GNA offers half-day and full-day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classes taught by experienced, caring teachers. The curriculum is based on a multi-sensory approach to learning, using inter-disciplinary themes and offers early introduction to music, art, movement, Spanish and technology. Making a transition from home to school is a new and exciting opportunity for young children. The Pre-K3 class at GNA is for children who are three on or before September 1st, and focuses on hands-on learning that allow them to, approach activities with imagination, and learn about friendships. Grey Nun’s Pre-K4, for students who are four on or before September 1st, builds on the activities the younger students enjoy as they also begin to develop the skills that allow them to be successful in Kindergarten, and beyond. The Pre-K4 curriculum includes Reading Readiness, Math Readiness, Oral Language Development, Motor Coordination Development, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development.

As a community committed to providing strong academics, a nurturing environment and unsurpassed education, Grey Nun Academy prides itself on providing a warm, friendly, fun and interesting full-day Kindergarten for students who are 5 on or before September 1st. Grey Nun strives to meet the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the students in an encouraging atmosphere. The students are encouraged to wonder, to seek answers, to question and be curious while exploring their environment. This is integral to igniting their passion for learning, and is evident throughout the Kindergarten curriculum. Children are immersed in a language-rich environment, where they actively participate in a wide variety of multi-sensory language and literacy situations, and experience natural learning opportunities that develop early reading and writing skills. The children begin their journey to become lifelong readers and learners as they develop an understanding of both spoken and written language. Hands-on activities in math allow students to develop thinking, reasoning and problem-solving strategies as they learn how to use math in real life.

Understanding that every child has unique gifts, possessing special abilities, interests, talents and approaches to learning, Grey Nun offers each student the tools they need to succeed.

For more information, visit www.GNAEDU.org, call for private tour or visit the school at 1750 Quarry Road in Yardley for an upcoming Open House: October 19th 12-2 PM, October 22nd 9-11 AM or November 5th 9-11 AM.

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Grey Nun Academy

 

Breast Feeding Awareness


St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Raises Awareness of Breastfeeding

PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2014 — To celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will host a breastfeeding awareness week August 4-8, 2014 at the hospital, located at 160 East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.

The event will help raise awareness for the importance of breastfeeding and provide helpful information to hospital employees and the community. Throughout the week, tables with informative materials on breastfeeding, staffed by St. Christopher’s employees, will be set up in three locations: the Lower Atrium at the main hospital, in Ambulatory Pediatrics on the first floor of the main hospital, and in the lobby of the Nelson Pavilion, located across the parking lot from the hospital.
St. Christopher’s currently has a hospital-based Breastfeeding Committee comprised of nurses, and Certified Breastfeeding Counselors (CBC). A CBC is a person who receives training and competency verification in breastfeeding, knowledge of milk production, prevention and management of breastfeeding complications, feeding difficulties and handling and storage of breast milk. The group assists mothers who are learning to breastfeed, as well as provides support and education to breastfeeding or pumping mothers and staff.

“Currently, our group sees about 170 newborns per month,” says Deborah Sandrock, MD, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), physician at St. Christopher’s. We assist moms in obtaining personal items to help with breastfeeding and work closely with home care visiting nurses who are involved with our patients. We also have a MILK warmline that provides breastfeeding support to moms if they have questions or concerns between appointments.”

The purpose of the Breastfeeding Committee at St. Christopher’s is to increase the rates of breastfeeding at St. Christopher’s and to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk. Lactation Consultant services are a part of outpatient newborn visits for breastfeeding families, as well.

“Breastfeeding may help to lower the risk of SIDS in babies, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, childhood leukemia, ear infections, obesity and asthma,” says Dr. Sandrock. “Breast milk is also easier to digest than formula and is rich in nutrients and antibodies.”

Dr. Sandrock adds that breastfeeding may also lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression in women.

St. Christopher’s Hospital
Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine.

A 189-bed hospital, St. Christopher’s is committed to delivering high quality family-and patient-centered care to children throughout the greater Delaware Valley. Its highly acclaimed programs include a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Level IV NICU, a Heart Center and Oncology unit. Hospital services also include the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the area. Thanks to our nursing excellence, St. Christopher’s achieved Magnet status in 2009. Numerous St. Christopher’s physicians are frequently recognized in regional publications as “Top Docs” in their fields of expertise. In 2012, St. Christopher’s announced a $110 million expansion to include two new structures. The Critical Care Tower, which features advanced technology while incorporating families’ needs, will house 50 critical care and 60 Level IIIC NICU beds. The Center for the Urban Child will provide children with comprehensive services to help break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness.

To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit www.stchristophershospital.com or call 215-427-5000. Find us on social media at facebook.com/stchrishospital, stchrishospital.blogspot.com, youtube.com/stchrisvideos, pinterest.com/stchrishospital, and on instagram at @stchrismarketing and twitter at @stchristhospital.

Cat In The Hat at The Arden Theater was a blast!


Arden Theatre Company presents Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

My daughter and I were thrilled to get opening night tickets to see The Cat in the Hat at The Arden Theater in Philadelphia.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
Based on the book by DR. SEUSS
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Directed by DOUG HARA and STEVE PACEK
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
On the Arcadia Stage
April 16 – June 22, 2014
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106Box Office
215.922.1122
tickets@ardentheatre.org

Single Tickets Tickets: $16-$36

Groups of 20+
$12-$16

You can get tickets HERE: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=22337&event_val=E137&schedule=list

It was a fun filled night for the press and their children!

We got to do some fun crafts and activities prior to the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My kiddo LOVED being crafty and it was a great warm up  for what to expect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show is just long enough to keep the little ones interest and it’s  so entertaining!  I was impressed with the Q&A session for the kids after the show.  The actors go out of their way to make them feel involved.  We really enjoyed it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arden Theater is the perfect venue to introduce your kiddos to acting and the theater experience.   Check out their classes!

ARDEN DRAMA SCHOOL
Theatre Training for Kids & Teens

Classes are designed to enhance the experience you and your family have at Arden Children’s Theatre while providing theatre education and training to children of all ages. Our diverse programming, taught by theatre professionals, encourages collaboration and active imaginations. Interactive and fun, our classes teach kids to work together, boost their self esteem, develop skills, and broaden their horizons. Whether you are looking for 8 week commitment, a one day workshop Arden Drama School has something for everyone!

 

 

Mama’s Holiday Hot Toy Gift Guide 2013


Mama’s Holiday Hot Toy Gift Guide 2013

 


Hasbro FurReal Friends TrixieFURREAL FRIENDS TRIXIE, THE SKATEBOARDING PUP PetSkateboarding Remote Control Puppy

The coolest canine to hit the half-pipe, FURREAL FRIENDS TRIXIE, THE SKATEBOARDING PUP pet is an adorable show-off pet that puts kids in control and brings lots of silly, laugh-out-loud fun. Children can pose their TRIXIE, in more than 30 positions on her hot pink skateboard. An easy-to-use two button remote control rides Trixie’s skateboard forward, backward, and even in circles. Every skateboarding star needs a soundtrack for her performance, and cool music and puppy sounds will play from the remote. After a day of riding, Trixie can come off her board for cuddle time. {I love that Trixie comes off her board for cuddle time and just isn’t a toy that does one thing, children lose interest after the novelty wears off and then the toy is banished to some box in the basement, but with Trixie she has staying power. She has a lot going for her with how cute and soft she is, to the musical rides as she entertains and she has a community online to communicate with other FurReal Friends!} www.HasbroToyShop.com

 

 SHOWCAM 2 in 1 Digital Cameraa child's SLR camera

Playskool's projector camera for childrenKids can instantly show the fun with the new ShowCam camera from Playskool! This innovative new device is a 2 in 1 digital camera and projector designed especially for youngsters. It is as easy as click, switch, and SHOW for kids to create a silly show all on their own with instant projection! Push the Silly button to choose from a variety of silly stamps, instant stories and fun animations all with silly sound effects transforming photos into fun filled “SHOW-tos.” Then, with a simple flip of the brightly-colored front switch, kids can change from camera to projector mode and INSTANTLY share their cool “SHOW-tos” for friends and family to admire. Press the orange shutter button in projection mode and kids will get an instant photo slide show, and then hit the Silly button to enjoy surprise themed slide shows.  The kid-friendly ShowCam Playskool camera features easy to use, simple controls, big buttons for little fingers and kid-sized hand grips.  It holds up to 1000 images, has a large color LCD screen on the back, and a USB port making it easy to save, print and email images. Kids will love this cool device modeled after grown-ups’ cameras; this is a kid’s SLR camera! Comes in: grey, blue and green version or a white, pink and purple version. HasbroToyShop.com


Cyber Hoops Basketball NERF N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP SetNerf N Sports Cyber Hoop Set for Basketball lovers

Shoot. Score. Share! The N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP set lets players turn any room into a virtual stadium and challenge themselves or friends to a basketball showdown. To begin play, fans simply download the free CYBER HOOP app on to their iDevice. Once the app is downloaded, players can select from one of five basketball challenges to start shooting hoops! The CYBER HOOP set transmits players’ scores to the iDevice and the app provides exciting commentary, tracks game stats and captures games on video. Players can share their coolest shots from each game in an epic highlight reel or even play virtually with friends online via the app! The The CYBER HOOP app is available for free download exclusively at the App Store℠ and is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), iPad mini, and the iPod Touch (4th and 5th Generation) and works with iOS 6.0 or later. Ages 8+ www.HasbroToyShop.com

 

BEYWARRIORS SHOGUN STEEL OCTAGON SHOWDOWN SetBeywarriors Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Set

This is the ultimate SHOGUN STEEL BEYWARRIORS showdown! Everything needed for a BEYWARRIORS battle is in one place with the OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set. This intricately designed arena allows BEYWARRIORS battlers to spin, crash, and ricochet against one of the eight walls for optimal BEYWARRIORS battling! The OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set includes an exclusive stadium, two customizable BEYWARRIORS battlers, two ripcords for launching, and two collector cards that can be used to unlock features to battle Beybladers online at www.BeybladeBattles.com. {The arena’s size is perfect to keep the exciting interchangeable (tops) figures battling. It’s one of those games anyone can play and no batteries necessary. Easy Setup!!} HasbroToyShop.com

 

B Daman Battlefield B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD Arena

Players must master power, speed and precision to keep up with the frenetic marble shooting play in the B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD arena, inspired by the B-DAMAN TV series. Players start on opposite sides as they shoot at the rows of blocks in the center of the arena. Blasting away yellow blocks reveal red blocks. The player that blasts three out of five red blocks into the opponents’ territory wins. Set includes one deluxe target play set with 25 blocks, completely enclosed arena walls, two B-DAMAN figures, two B-DAMAN Wide Magazine Accessory pieces and 20 marbles. {For Ages 6+ because the marbles could shoot out of the arena. No batteries needed!}. HasbroToyShop.com

 


 MY LITTLE PONY FEATURE PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE PonyMy Little Pony Twilight Sparkle

Interactive My Little Pony ToyIn the land of EQUESTRIA, studious TWILIGHT SPARKLE represents the element of magic. Now, the magic is in your little one’s hands with the PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE figure, a moving, talking pony that comes to life! The PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony is the most interactive MY LITTLE PONY friend to date. This magical pony will respond to touch and motion; simply touch her cutie mark and she will move her head and blink her eyes as she awakens. Brush her mane and she will hum songs and speak whimsical phrases as she’s being pampered. Her iridescent turquoise wings and unicorn horn illuminate with a touch, creating enchanting patterns of light. Push her along and watch as PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony’s wings flutter as if she was getting ready to take flight! Ages 3 + {This pony is bigger than she appears in the photos, she’s about 12 inches high and is exactly as the description states, your My Little Pony lover will not be disappointed with this hot new toy!} HasbroToyShop.com

 

KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM Building Set

KRE-O CITYVILLE Building SetOut of the zoo and into trouble. A rampaging gorilla has escaped the KRE-O CITYVILLE zoo and is wreaking havoc downtown. Will the KREON CITYVILLE citizens be able to stop him? KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM building set includes 431 gorilla escapes KRE-O CITYVILLE zooKRE-O pieces needed to build a skyscraper with breakaway windows, helicopter with SONIC MOTION rotors and zookeeper capture vehicle. Comes complete with seven KREON figures and an additional mystery KREON: VANCE VALOR, DR. MAYHEM, BANANA BOY, TN TEETER, AMY APEKEEPER, COLONEL BULLET and ZAPE the evil gorilla. Includes an exclusive QR Code to unlock KREONs in the CITYVILLE INVASION app. {This is for an older child, most likely 8+ at the least unless you don’t mind putting together a lot of tiny pieces. I’ve done this before with other sets from Hasbro for my daughter and then she was able to enjoy it just fine. It’s really cool that this new toy is compatible with Lego, so your child or you (hey, parents like toys still too) can enjoy imagining and creating all sorts of fun, especially with the newly introduced sonic motion feature.} www.HasbroToyShop.com


 Furby Boom!

new generation Furby

A whole new generation of Furby critters is about to hatch! Furby has a mind of its own, and the way you treat your Furby will shape its personality — so the more fun you have with it, the better! The more you talk to your Furby and interact with it, the more English it speaks! Pet it, tickle its tummy and pull its tail Pull to make sleep, introduce Furby to other Furby’s and play games, get eggs and raise virtual Furblings with the free Furby Boom App (optional) works with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone with iOS 5.0 or later. App is not compatible with prior Furby generations.

{My daughter & I have played for hours with our Furby Boom and we’ve only owned it for a short time. We are so excited…and so is our Furby, to be the proud parents to many new eggs and hatchlings. We are filling up our Furby city pretty quickly on the app. Even without the app, we have a blast with Furby, especially every time we hear: Woot Woot…cracks us up! This is a definite for ages 6 and up. My little one is 5 ½ and is teaching me how to find my way to xray our….ahem, I mean her Furby! You’ll see how cool it is and then let me know if you aren’t feeding your Furby all kinds of things just to xray it and make sure it’s still in good health. It’s adorable!} www.hasbrotoyshop.com

THE ZELFS™ VENUS FLY TRAP SPIN SALON PLAYSETZelf goes to the Salon

The Zelfs™ will look their best after a visit to be primped, curled and crimped at the Venus Flytrap Spin Salon! With this hair-raising playset, girls can twist and twirl their Zelfs’ hair to give them a fun new look. The Spin Salon comes with an exclusive Zelf named Tressa, twirls and swirls each Zelf’s hair with just a push of a button and comes with two hair extensions, one hair clip, a tiara, hair brush and a collector’s guide, making it the ultimate place for the Zelfs to hang out. Girls can also store their Zelfs in the playset once the Venus Fly Trap Salon snaps shut! {I had to Google this one, because I had no idea what a Zelf was, besides thinking they were adorable. Here is what I found for those of you that are like me, and have no idea… ‘The Zelfs’ live in an enchanted garden full of surprises called Zardenia. They dwell in different fabitats tucked all over the garden…in the trees, mounds of rocks and even dark corners’ There’s lots more about them out there too. Many collect all types of Zelfs and each as a special power when loved. I will say the hair didn’t twist as easily or neatly as the photo shows, but still this is a winner with all the cool drawers and hair accessories. Who doesn’t want their Zelf to be able to go the hair salon. No batteries needed!!! Awesome toy!}

 
THE TRASH PACK™ TRASH WHEELS™ JUNK YARD PLAYSET

Trash Wheels Junk Yard Play SetThe Trash Wheels™ Junk Yard Play Set is the only place to fix and repair the Trash Wheels! Through imaginative play, kids can get creative with how they repair their Trash Wheels. Whether they need a new engine or are ready to go to the Scrap Heap, the Junk Yard is the place to go. With one Junk Yard Playset, two Trash Wheels vehicles and a collector’s guide, kids will have everything they need to complete their Trash Wheels collection. But they should watch out for the crushing yard to avoid getting squished! {I hesitated to put this one in, as a girl and only having a daughter I had to put myself in a young boy’s mind to really review this product for this gift guide. I found out that a lot of boys love trucks, all types of trucks, including trash trucks. They also like to crush and launch things. This toy does all that and more, so at first a skeptic now I’m sold your child will enjoy this toy if they are into the activities I just described.}

 

 

Two Chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toys From Spin Master


Zoomer

Robotic Dog ZoomerZoomer is playful, funny and he’ll steal your heart in an instant. Just like a real dog you’ll need to teach him everything a puppy needs to know. Call his name, teach him lots of tricks and watch how excited he gets when you reward him with a real good belly scratch. Kids Robotic Dog Zoomercan run play and laugh as Zoomer excitedly wags his tail and responds to their commands. Zoomer is smart as a whip and can understand English, Spanish and French. He even follows your movement with his cute puppy eyes. Download the free iOS or Android app to learn everything there is to know about training Zoomer. Before you know it he’ll be laying down, rolling over, playing dead and more! When you adopt Zoomer into your home he can’t help but feel like a real part of the family. {awl, I’ve been saying I want to get a dog, this may be the perfect answer to my question…should I get another dog? Zoomer is just as adorable as his picture here. This robot toy dog is definitely the answer to your child wanting a pet and you not wanting another live being to be responsible for! Tip: Use a clear speaking voice and no batteries needed! Zoomer was chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toy!}

 

Flutterbye Fairy magicallty takes flightFlutterbye FairyFlutterbye Fairy by Spin Master

 

Turn a young girl’s dreams into reality as they watch Flutterbye Fairies effortlessly dance through the air. Every enchanting flight puts the magic directly in their hands. Flutterbye’s gracefully glide across the sky guided only by the hands of young girls. There’s never been a more magical experience. Put the magic in their hands with the charming flight of Flutterbye Fairies. {Tip: I would fly her inside in an open space, there is a learning curve to using your hands to help her fly in the direction you want, keep the base nearby so you can hit the button to stop her quickly if necessary. This flying fairy is durable enough for us to learn how to control it and for it to stay looking great! Awesome toy! Flutterbye Fairy was chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toy!}

The Atmosphere levitating toyAir Hogs Atmosphere by Spin Master

Soar to new heights with the Air Hogs Atmosphere! This powerful levitating sphere requires no remote control and hovers above any surface! Its spherical shape allows the Atmosphere toy to smoothly bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight. You are the controller with the high-tech Hovering n air is the Atmosphere from Spin Masterhovering power of the Air Hogs Atmosphere! {Tip: Keep base nearby in case you need to deactivate quickly as your child is learning, read flying into mom’s stuff…lol}

 

 

Kawaii Crush DollsKawaii Crush Dolls

In the Kawaii Crush world each girl shares her one true love by expressing her love through her fashions, lifestyle & accessories. Imagine a world alive with smiles. In the world of Kawaii Crush there is an assortment of happy and unique characters who express what they love, or what their crush is, through fashion and accessories. Each Kawaii Crush girl comes with mix and match outfits and more. Kawaii is Japanese for “cute,” “lovable,” or “adorable.” Shown here is the Kawaii Crush Happy Mall Set

 

 Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center

 

Disney's Doc McStuffins Get Better CenterCreate a space full of imaginative play for your child with the Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center. This play set allows your child to play pretend as they diagnose Lambie with the Big Book of BooBoos, or even as they check out her x-rays. It includes everything needed to give the included lamb doll a checkup with a scale, growing chart and play x-ray machine. You can even give her bandage stickers to take her ouchies away, too. The Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center Play Set includes checkup center, otoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, roll of stickers, two x-rays, scale, Lambie figurine, cell phone, and three peg board holders. Some assembly is required. It’s recommended for children three years of age and older.

 

Doc McStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends

Doc McStuffins Magic Talking Doc

Kids help Doc McStuffins take care of some of her closest friends with this Doc McStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends. A 12″ Doc McStuffins Doll comes complete in her medical fashions and magical stethoscope. When you press her stethoscope against her stomach, she will say different iconic phrases from the show as well as sing the “Time for Your Check-Up” song. Place Lambie or Stuffy on their respective images on the Magic Clinic Table to hear different phrases. You can even press the bandage button to hear additional phrases from them. When Lambie & Stuffy are both on the Magic Clinic Table together, they will talk to each other and sing the “I Feel Better” song. Set includes Doc Doll, Lambie and Stuffy figures, Magic Clinic Table, doctor’s bag, stethoscope, otoscope, and thermometer. Eight AG13 batteries are required and included.

 

Doc McStuffins Stuffy Play Set

doc mcstuffins make me better stuffy playset

Keeps Your Aspiring Little Doctor Busy for Hours as Disney Junior’s favorite dragon, Stuffy, is the star of the Disney Doc McStuffins Make Me Better Stuffy playset. Little doctors-to-be will love to nurture and heal Stuffy, just like Doc McStuffins does on her hit TV series. This Make Me Better Set includes an articulated figure of Stuffy, as well as Doc-inspired accessories just like a real doctor has, including an interactive tool with actual lights and sounds. The best fun with the Doc McStuffins play set is when her patient gets a big boo-boo and the ouches can only be taken away with a removable color-change cast that has special designs that are only revealed by using cold water. Parents and children will adore this high quality, interactive toy for years to come. This Doc McStuffins Make Me Better can also come with Doc McStufins’s Lambie instead of Stuffy.

 

Little Passports

fun educational geography of the world toy by Little Passports

Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. Recommended age 5 to 10 years old. The link above will get you the World Edition for $10.95 a month.

 fun educational geography of the United States toy by Little Passports

With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities. Recommended age 7 to 12 years old.

{My daughter has been receiving the Little Passports World Edition  (link to another post I did on Little Passports) for almost a year and just started the United States Edition about 6 months ago. As a teacher, I myself was concerned if she was being confused her by doing them both at the same time or by starting the countries before the states. Now I think doing both programs at the same time actually allows for so many teachable moments of similarities and differences between states, states and countries and the world in general and for understanding the concept that “The United States” is just one of many countries that make up the entire “The World”. She & I talk about so many concepts, just this week we discussed the continents when “India” arrived and they mentioned it looks like a slice of pizza at the bottom of the Asian Continent. So of course, I brought up the 7 continents she learned about in preschool last year….we pointed them all out by name as we talked about why we use “continents” as a way of grouping countries on the world map and she quickly located “India”, the slice of pizza, and put the little push pin sticker on so proudly…I’m even smiling now as I remember the moment, I was so proud of her. This program is so much fun and a must get for any child you know no matter what the age, you can use as much or as little of the program as they are ready for. My daughter isn’t ready for the worksheets or the online activities just yet, but I save the boarding passes and the worksheets along with everything else her pen pals send for when she is ready for those parts of the program because I’ll go back and do them with her! As a parent and a teacher, this product should be used in classrooms everywhere, it brings fun to a lot of confusing concepts for children and fun always equals learning and remembering! Mom is even remembering!}

 

 

animal realistic replicas SafariLtdHand Painted Replica by SafariLtd

Safari takes pride in the realism of replicas. Every detail, from the texture of an animal’s fur to the glass-like appearance of its eyes, is designed for accuracy. Replicas are also individually hand-painted. It is our dedication to authenticity and education that sets our replicas apart in the industry. Each purchase of our products has accompanying educational information that can be found on our website. The selection of replicas is so huge the catalog (which is beautiful itself to look through) is almost an inch thick full of every animal you can think of, different human and magical replicas, famous buildings, landmarks and so much more.

 

TOOBS
Safari Ltd. TOOBS® packaging makes their sets a great choice for traveling. The tube container is an easy way to keep your child’s toys together without taking up too much space packing. Each tube is an assortment of whatever collection your child loves, whether it’s a specific animal, a category of animals (dinosaurs, birds of the world, farm animals, reptiles, sea animals, etc), humans such as warriors and knights, babies, musical instruments, landmarks, buildings of the world and so much more.

 

Peacock
This Peacock replica spreads its magnificent tail feathers, showing off its shimmering colors. The gift of flight comes to life in the Wings of the World collection. This group features some of the most vivid colors and intricate details of any models. Like all Safari Ltd® toys, our winged friends are professionally sculpted, individually hand painted, and value priced. Collectors, bird lovers, and children can all find inspiration from these lively replicas.


{I may keep this one replica for me, it’s beautiful & I love peacocks. I have been giving TOOBs to children as gifts since before my own child was born almost 6 years ago. These replicas have caught my eye in whatever store they were displayed. You know which ones I’m writing about, because you just can’t help to stop and take in the attention to detail and beauty of at least a few of the pieces when walking past}.

Awareness of Autism through Starabella Books & Music

Starabella

Starabella is a new series of award-winning, narrated musical picture books for kids ages 2-8 about a very courageous little girl with learning differences who expresses her thoughts and feelings through music. When she is happy, her eyes shine like stars. Though the Starabella books are based on a little girl with autism, the stories appeal to anyone who has felt different. Starabella demonstrates the special gifts children with extra challenges often bring to the world. Starabella shows children that we are all special and allows them to feel empathy, enabling them to make positive social choices rather than turning to bullying and discrimination. {It’s my opinion after reviewing these books that they not only send extremely urgent information into society as so many children relate to these stories and with amazing stories like Starabella’s being read to children/students, we can help change the way children interact with one another, but they are also a hit with readers…my daughter loved following along as a beginning reader in Kindergarten! These books are wonderful for new readers as children can follow along by listening to the CD, which has lots of sections to keep the children on the page they need to be. At the end of the book are all the lyrics for the songs sung throughout the book for you and your child to learn and sing together. More experienced readers will enjoy the book with or without the CD!}

 

PT-D200 Label Maker

Brother Label Maker

PT-D200 makes organization a breeze with quick access to fonts, symbols, frames or Deco Mode patterns or use the 2-line, name badge designs to create labels for meetings and events. The large, built-in memory stores up to 30 of your favorite labels – so reprinting them in the future is a snap. Uses durable, easy peel, laminated “TZe” series tapes up to 12mm wide – perfect for indoor or outdoor use. The graphical display lets you preview text and layout prior to printing, so you know exactly how your label will look before you print! Create professional, fun and decorative labels on your kid’s toys, books, school supplies, backpack and even on your little one’s lunch box and accessories. This label maker saves time for on the go parents! Link to all products related to the best label maker  {I find this label maker extremely valuable when I label clothing, shoes, costumes, dress-up, coats along with toys sport’s equipment, school supplies and books that leave the house…this way whoever finds them (or if there is a question as to which child owns what…lol) always knows who to return the item too…which I know saves money, because I don’t have to buy the lost item again. I even use labels when I’m loaning out things of my own, such as books, etc. I love the different label maker color tapes I can use for fun! This Brother PT-D200 adapter instead of using batteries.}

 

**Wherever you see italicized information inside these brackets, {it is added genuine information, opinion and/or tips from myself} related to the products in this gift guide that is in addition to the description of the item. All of these items I have either bought, received to review (after I requested to review the item because of my interest in the item) and/or I may own the product already and just think it’s that great of a product that I had to include it in the gift guide to help everyone, especially parents, find the best this holiday season for their little ones and loved ones.**

 

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