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Visiting #Hersheypark #PepsiAtThePark #ad

Disclosure- I received free tickets to the park in order to facilitate this review. This is a sponsored post in cooperation with Pepsi. All opinions are my own and honest. Now that summer is here, and the heat is definitely on, the sweetest place on Earth aka Hershey Park in nearby Hershey, Pa is a great place to visit.  You smell the chocolate as soon as you arrive- but even before you get there, the Hershey Kiss light … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Events, Play, Summer, Travel

The Top 5 STEM BUILDING Toys for Girls!

The Top 5 STEM BUILDING Toys for Girls!

STEM STEM STEM: That’s all we’ve been hearing lately. It’s everywhere. The New York Times, The Huffington Post. On CNN. On The Today Show. Being that it’s all around us, we as Moms should know what it is automatically, right? WRONG. I polled a group of Mommy friends and while they all nodded enthusiastically “YEP I KNOW STEM!!” They didn’t know specifically what it meant. “It’s like educational things like toys that teach the kids!” “It’s things where they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Building Toys, Counting, Design Your Own, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Play, Science, Toys (All Ages), Toys (School Age)

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

If you’re a classic toy lover like me, you may already be familiar with the iconic Ambi® brand, the manufacturer of infant and toddler toys with a fabulously retro design and feel. In years past, only a few items were available in the US for purchase. Now, the ENTIRE 44 piece Ambi collection is available in the US, under the direction of Galt Toys!!! For forty years, Ambi® Toys have been developing infant toys with a purity of design and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Activities, Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Birthday Gifts, Building Toys, Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Musical Toys, Play, Pre-schoolers, Shower Gifts, Swimming, Toddlers, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M)

Design your very own Dolls house with Lundby

Ok. It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with doll’s houses, Lundby doll’s houses in particular.  I received my first Smaland house over a year ago and it continues to bring my family and I great joy, laughter, and enough creative brainstorming to outlast any other toy in our house. Here’s a bit of background info for you: This beautiful, Swedish-designed doll’s house is the perfect starter home for your dolls. The 5-room house arrives empty, just waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Building Toys, Crafts, Design Your Own, Dolls, Imagination/Creativity, Play, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents: Art Splash! Great Summer Exhibitions, Festivals and Programs for the Whole Family!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents: Art Splash! Great Summer Exhibitions, Festivals and Programs for the Whole Family!

With my kids home during the day and on the weekends during the summer, it’s hard for me to come up with fun activities and outings to keep them entertained while staying on budget. Parents, does this sound familiar? This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art is kicking-off Art Splash, a new series of exhibitions, festivals, and programs specifically created with families in mind. Exciting interactive play spaces, daily hands-on art activities, and special events will … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Arts, Contests, Educational, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Summer, Toddlers

BigJigs® Fairy Town Train Set

BigJigs® Fairy Town Train Set

I’ve been impressed recently by the toy market’s commitment to reversing typical child gender roles. Last year, for example, Corolle released a green and blue toy baby stroller for little boys to push around. I’m a firm believer that children should be able and encouraged to play with whichever toys they’re drawn to; whether it’s a little girl wanting to play with trucks, or a little boy wanting to play with baby dolls. It’s great … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Imagination/Creativity, Play, Uncategorized

A One-of-a-Kind Block Set

A One-of-a-Kind Block Set

Blocks are pretty much a staple in every household with children.  Building sets ranging from Legos and Duplo to the old-school (and, as some will argue, for engineers in the making) Erector sets, to basic wood blocks teach children to use their imagination. The Sportos™ Build-a-Sport blocks from Rosie Hippo owner Kimberly Bloom seek to engage kids’ minds and bodies by building designs of their favorite sports as well as those that will be seen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Building Toys, Educational, Exercise, Featured, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, Sports, Uncategorized

Save on a One-Month Membership at Gymboree! (Groupon)

Save on a One-Month Membership at Gymboree! (Groupon)

Music and play are good for the brain and the soul! Groupon has a great deal to help you save on a one-month membership for any Gymboree Play & Music location in the United States. Consumers will typically save 60% off a one-month membership. Deal: Save on a one-month membership to Gymboree Play & Music! (Deal lasts: 12:01a EST, August 17 through 11:59p EST, August 18) … Read entire article »

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Guidecraft Kitchen Helper

Guidecraft Kitchen Helper

What’s the most indispensable tool in our kitchen? The Guidecraft Kitchen Helper. We love to involve the kids in our cooking and let them perform experiments in the sink. Yesterday, my kids stuck cloves in oranges to make mulled cider.   The other day, we made Stone Soup using the recipe in the children’s picture book.  Every weekend when Daddy makes pancakes, the kids drop chocolate chips into theirs.  And they love to decorate the cookies that Papa … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Contests, Featured, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers

Plan Toys Foosball Table Top Game (12 Days of Giveaways)

Rainy, sleety, snowy days got you stuck inside? Plan Toys has a new table top soccer (foosball) game that’s fun for ages 3 and up. We’ve been having a lot of fun with this game, which I think would also be a hit with teens and adults, too. You are probably already familiar with the rules of the game: try to move the ball into your opponent’s goal by turning the handles to rotate the dowels and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Contests, Featured, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)