This Saturday November 12 is National Toy Store Day!! What does that mean for you? It means you have the opportunity to celebrate the joy of play with your participating neighborhood toy store and start some of your holiday shopping at a trusted retailer who cares about you!!
Find out all the fabulous details about participating stores and much more right here–> http://neighborhoodtoystoreday.com/
One of the best is right here in the Chicagoland area, Building Blocks Toy Store with locations in Lakeview and Wicker Park to serve all of your toy needs for any occasion!!
When I recently visited, I met the fabulous owner Katherine McHenry and her amazing staff. She makes you feel important, does her best to meet your requests and she is always smiling! Her knowledgable staff is the same way! While I was there I played with some of the toys and it was such a fun visit because kids in the store joined in too. They actually let you try out stuff while you are there. You can feel free to see how your kids interact and if it would be something that would add value to your child’s daily play. That’s something you don’t get to do at those big box stores, caring personalized service where you can try BEFORE you buy.
Here are some of my favorite toys available at Building Blocks Toy Store:
For ages 3+
Imaginative play gets nourished when children create a tasty salad with these vibrant wood vegetables. This 36-piece set from Hape includes the bowl, the vegetables, and dressing—oil, vinegar, and pepper—plus utensils for tossing up some healthy play.
by The Orb Factory
For ages 5+
Bring a little Happily Ever After to any girls’ room with this beautiful new jewelry box from The Orb Factory. The whimsical tale of a Princess and her Frog Prince is illustrated all around this sparkling box. Follow the numbered legend and mosaic over 750 sparkling tiles and jewels… and watch this magical story spring to life!
For ages 3+
Cha-ching!! Playing store comes to life with this talking, interactive cash register that rewards transactions with lights, sounds and voice messages. Holds actual-size money and includes a built-in scanner, scale, coin slot and volume control. Engaging play helps kids practice basic math skills and recognition of coins and bills.
See all the Best toys of 2011 on Astra’s website here: http://www.astrabesttoysforkids.com/2011-winners.asp
Are you excited yet? This is a very small, tiny, minute sampling of the award winning toys available at Building Blocks but I wanted to share to give you an idea of the quality and awesomeness available at Katherine’s Store.
Not close to Chicago but want to still shop this fantastic store? They are online too!!
Right here–> http://www.buildingblockstoys.com/
Disclosure: In accordance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing a material connection because I attended the Building Blocks Blogger Party and received products to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine.