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Best Toys for Summer
2011
 

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Lemonade Stand by Alex Ready to set your child's imagination free? The Lemonade Stand by Alex will inspire your little entrepreneur on a hot Texas summer day. The big, colorful, wooden stand has a canvas awning, two oversized wheels and large handle to move it around. A chalkboard front panel and dry erase counter let kids add their own creative touches. Comes with pitcher and 4 cups. Easy assembly; tool included. For ages 3 and up.
HaPe’s My Backyard BBQ Set Summer spells cook-outs with HaPe's My Backyard BBQ Set. A realistic looking BBQ grill with opening hood lets your grill master check and recheck if the food is grilled to perfection. A collapsible side table and wheels are added bonus features.  Food not included. For ages 3 and up.
Step2 Grill & Play Patio Café™ The unique Step2 Grill & Play Patio Café™ combines dining area and grill for a sizzlin' good time. It has dual-sided kitchen and dining area which is raised and has realistic "tile" counter top. Other features include two attached stools, pretend charcoal grill, sink with swivel faucet, two stove top burners with clicking knobs, "stainless steel" oven and refrigerator and a 40" adjustable umbrella which provides shade. Accessory set included; adult assembly required. For ages 2 and up.
Learning Tower from Little Partners The Learning Tower from Little Partners creates a unique situation where adult activities are now accessible to little ones. The innovative design allows a child to stand at counter height without the risk of the tower tipping over, twisting or collapsing. What was once an unsafe, desired task of a two-year old- for example, washing dishes or making a pizza- now becomes a shared activity that allows the child to participate in adult happenings free from the risk of injury. The Playhouse Kit transforms your child's Learning Tower into a versatile playhouse with an easily attachable roof, red curtains, and four different theme signs to create a puppet theater, doll house, drive-thru, or lemonade stand. For ages 2 and up.
Chicco Red Bullet bike The Chicco Red Bullet Bike helps children quickly learn how to get the balance they need to ride a two-wheeled bike; using Chicco Red Bullet makes it so easy for kids to start riding a real bicycle without any fear or difficulty with an ultra light metal frame and height adjustable handlebars and saddle. For ages 3 and up.
Karito Kids® Lulu and Piper Toys you can feel great about?! Karito Kids multicultural line of dolls and books donate a portion of every purchase to children's humanitarian projects worldwide. In fact, The name Karito [`ka-ree`-toe], meaning charity and love of one's neighbor, comes from the constructed international language, Esperanto. These 21” poseable dolls are hand-strung and constructed from vinyl with no phthalates added. To properly model their fashions, the dolls are constructed with a 1/3-vinyl breastplate. To ensure the much-desired “cuddle” factor, 2/3 of the torso is soft 100% cotton and polyester fill. The hair is wigged and can be washed and styled. Our favorites for summer are Lulu, a soccer player and host of a kids' TV show in Kenya and Piper, a junior lifesaver at Bondi Beach who is a committed "greenie" from Australia. For ages 3 and up.
Joovy Tricycoo The Joovy Tricycoo is child-friendly, parent-friendly, and hardwood-friendly! A perfect tricycle for children as young as 18 months but grows with your child to 44 pounds. A perfect way to introduce your child to balance and coordination, one step at a time. Parents first guide children on the Tricycoo with the removable push handle. When engaged, the adjustable push handle overrides the steering on the Tricycoo. Baby surround arms safely enclose your child on the seat. Once your little one gets used to balancing and holding on to the handle bars, the front wheel pedals can be unlocked. We love the quiet, soft wheels that are safe for hardwoods when you want to take inside and details like the bell on the handle bar and large rear basket. For ages 18 months up to 44 pounds.
Prince Lionheart Woody Rocking Horse In 1973, Prince Lionheart began with husband and wife team making and selling rocking horses in their parent's garage. Now, 38 years later and still family-owned, Prince Lionheart's rocking horse is revamped and back with a modern look suited for both girls and boys. MetroMoms will be among the first to see Woody Rocking Horse, which will be available in June. The horse is made from 100% birch, harvested from an FSC Approved (ethically harvested) forest. It is produced to last as an heirloom toy and will be enjoyed from one child to the next. The Oversized rocker prevent tipping forwards or backwards and helps Children develop balance, muscle strength and coordination. Footrests help children balance and position themselves properly. It is easy to assemble (tools included) and holds kids up to 100 pounds. For ages 18 months and up.
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer We love Leapster Explorer™ from LeapFrog, an extraordinary learning experience that encourages children to discover something new every day with endless ways to play and learn--from games, e-Books, videos, and online play to customizable learning skills and more. Activities include cartridge games, downloadable learning apps (games, e-Books, videos, flash cards and more), a camera/video recorder and more. Children can learn school skills like reading, math, science and geography, plus creativity and life skills like music, health and problem solving. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see what their child is playing and learning, and explore ways to expand their child's learning journey. For ages 4-9.
HEXBUG NANO Habitat Set The new Glow in the Dark HEXBUG NANO Habitat Set will entertain in day or night. The robotic creature behaves like a real bug and can even flip to its feet when turned on its back. Children ages 3 and up can custom-build a variety of playgrounds for the insect-like micro robots and there is even an online component that engages older kids for hours of stimulating creative play and discovery. For ages 3 and up.
Prince Lionheart Chop Balance Bike and Whirl Scooter Prince Lionheart’s Chop Balance Bike and Whirl Scooter teach your child how to balance – a crucial skill necessary before transitioning to a two-wheeled pedal bicycle. Your child’s sense of independence and self-confidence will become evident as they learn to balance and steer at their own pace: first walking, then gliding! Designed for comfort and ease of portability, the Prince Lionheart balance bikes’ solid birch wood frame weighs less than 10lbs, has a height adjustable, padded seat, wide and stable 12” and 14” rubber tires, and solid rubber handgrips. These bikes are a great transition from ride on toys to a bicycle. They have a height adjustable, padded seat and are recommended for children ages 2–5.
Eitech Classic Crawler Construction Set Build a variety of tracked vehicles with the C21 Crawler Metal Building Kit by Eitech. With over 360 parts, this high-quality steel set is the next step in building, perfect for those who’ve already mastered Eitech’s Basic sets. Learn different mechanical functions by building each model, chain length is 300 mm. Step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. Kids can build more intricate models by combining with other sets. For ages 8 and up.
Tag™ with Map Pack Tag by LeapFrog brings books—and now maps—to life! Get ready for a cross-country, intercontinental, ever-changing adventure with the world of fun you’ll find. Soar into an around-the-world adventure as you learn fun facts and play games with the two-sided Tag™ World & United States maps. More than twenty interactive games bring fun characters and map facts to life. Tag teaches map skills, world & U.S. geography, famous places and animals and world languages. Meet kid characters from around the country, learn what they eat and how they play, and learn how to say “hello” in their languages. Parents can follow their child’s play and learning progress on the LeapFrog® Learning Path. For ages 4-8.
Prehistoric Anamalzr Move over lions, tigers and bears. Durable and adorable wooden anamalz have moms and Mother Nature herself exclaiming “oh my.” Each pose-able playmate is made from sustainable maple wood and features an endearing touch of color, cloth and cuteness. We have bundled each of the new Prehistoric Anamalz line: Brontosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Torosaurus and the beloved Tyrannosaurus Rex. For ages 3 and up.
Fisher-Price Grow With Me Sit to Stand Scooter The Fisher-Price Grow With Me Sit to Stand Scooter gives kids two ways to ride! Toddlers can sit & scoot on a foot-to-floor ride-on that’s just their size, and just right for their developing motor skills. When they’re ready to stand & ride, it’s easy to convert to a stable, 3-wheel big-kid scooter to stand & scoot! Just flip the deck and raise the handlebar. Brilliant! For ages 18 months to 5 years.
Tiny Love Jungle Park Activity Gym The Tiny Love Jungle Park Activity Gym is a developmental activity gym that fully surrounds your child during playtime, offering an extra large play surface with plenty of activities to choose from. The sliding rings enable flexible toy positioning and its wide open arches give parents easy access. Includes a two-sided electronic toy that can also be used as a free-standing toy as well as a Tummy Time pillow for extra comfort. Minimal assembly required. No tools necessary. Two AA batteries required for operation; not included. For ages 3 months and up.
Junior Belle Époque Doll Stroller An elegant pram, the Junior Belle Époque Doll Stroller from Chicco has been designed to take baby dolls on long strolls. It features high quality fabric, an adjustable sun canopy, a basket, and a baby bag for doll accessories. The carry cot can be turned to face either forward or toward “mommy”. For ages 3 and up.
Teifoc Small Castle Brick Construction Set - 200 Pc. Build your very own castle with the Small Castle Brick Construction Set by Teifoc. Incorporating real, reusable miniature bricks for building, Teifoc encourages imaginative play for all children interested in constructing their own building designs. Safe and soluble sand and corn-extract based mortar creates castles and landscapes. To build a new model, simply soak in water, dry the bricks and start again. It’s as easy as that! For ages 6 and up.
Jungle Croquet by Alex Ready to have a roarin’ good time? The Jungle Croquet set by Alex has 6 wacky wickets made of real wood, and comes with 4 mallets and 4 balls. It's easy to set up and can be played indoors or outdoors. For ages 3 and up.
HaBa Waterpark Starter Set The 12 piece Water Park starter set from HABA will provide fun for kids at the beach, backyard or sandbox. The water park is also ideal for experiments with water flow and gravity. First the water gathers in the water seesaw. Then, when it fills up, the seesaw topples downwards and the water drains out. This versatile play system can be used in the sandpit, on the meadow or at the beach, and can be combined with other materials. For ages 3 and up.
Prince Lionheart Wheely Bugs Prince Lionheart’s Wheely encourages gross motor skills while having heaps of fun. The bright, soft, unisex design is an instant attraction to little girls and boys alike. Tough PU covering is resistant to the inevitable “little accidents” and easy to clean. Our picks: The small Wheely Bug for ages 1.5 and up and the large Wheely Tiger for ages 3 years and up.
HaBa Lotta Doll The Lotta 15" Doll from HABA has a soft, padded body that is very cuddly, red chenille hair, beautiful blue eyes and removable clothes that will also fit other HaBa 15 inch dolls. Lotta will quickly gain a place in the heart of your toddler and preschool-aged child with her friendly embroidered face and beautiful clothes. For ages 18 months and up.
Alex Ready, Set, Stilts! Aim high with Ready, Set, Stilts by Alex. These fully adjustable stilts with soft grip handles work in two stages: Learning to balance with big foot trainers and replacing the trainers with caps to step up to stilt walking. No tools required. For ages 5 and up.
NERF DART TAG Official Competition Jersey, SHARP SHOT Blaster and VISION GEAR Eyewear Get ready for a Dart Tag game wherever you go with the Nerf Dart Tag Sharp Shot Blaster from Hasbro. This new, lightweight blaster features a carabiner styled clip which can be hooked on belt loops allowing players to always be at the ready for when a battle breaks out. Includes four Velcro Tip darts. An essential element of the Dart Tag arena, each Nerf Dart Tag official competition jersey, available in orange or blue, features target panels on the front, back, and sleeves, as well as mesh side panels to keep teams cool in the heat of battle. Your Dart Tag uniform isn’t complete without Nerf Dart Tag Vision Gear eyewear. Featuring a new flexible rubberized coating to keep players comfortable during play and hinged arms for battles on the go, this eyewear assortment is ready for a Dart Tag game anytime, anywhere. Ages 8 and up.
Marky Sparky Skoooch™ The dual-footboard scooter called Skoooch™ from Marky Sparky is durable, stable, and fun and has non-skid grip tape and solid wood footdecks. It has front caliper hand brake, MX style front tire, and foam handlebar pad. Skoooch comes out of the box 98% assembled. Ages 5 and up.
Eitech Classic Tractor with Trailor Construction Set Plow through fields at the farm with the C21 Tractor with Steering Metal Building Kit by Eitech. With over 400 parts, this high-quality steel set is the next step in building, perfect for those who’ve already mastered Eitech’s Basic sets. Learn the different mechanical functions of steering  by building each model. Step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. Kids can build more intricate models by combining with other sets. For ages 8 and up.
Wild Creations Rwemote Control series The Remote Control ("RC") series from Wild Creations look so real they will make your skin crawl! RC Rattlesnake flicks its tongue in and out as it slithers along the carpet or under the kitchen table. Kids can make mom’s hair rise with the realistic-looking moving spider that moves on its own (!) with a “prepare then scare” mode. Simply set RC Tarantula and leave the room, and after 30 seconds it will move randomly for 30 seconds. Did you know the American Cockroach has been measured to move at 50 body lengths per second? The infrared-controlled RC Cockroach can move forward, back, left and right. Like his friend the tarantula, this toy has a “prepare then scare” mode: it remains still for 30 second and then zips across the floor or surface, in full speed, at random directions for 30 seconds! Its independent scuttling legs make it look ultra-realistic. Ages 5 and up.
Pacific Play Tents Get set for an outdoor or indoor adventure with Pacific Play Tents. Climb in through the secret tunnel and meet 2 or 3 of your friends for a prehistoric exploration in the Dinosaur Tent and Tunnel. Through the darkest jungles and the hottest Serengeti, the African Adventure Tent and Tunnel is extra roomy and durable. Setup is quick and easy and both tent and tunnel fold flat for easy storage. Floor is waterproof and storage bag is included. Designed to interconnect with other units to create multiple “dwellings.” For ages 3 and up.
Eitech Beginner 10-Model Construction Set Build up to ten exciting models with the C332 10-Model Beginner Building Kit by Eitech. Encourage tots to build and make tools, step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. Watch as your child learns about the world of science through play, all 280 parts can be attached to each other. One toy figure included. For ages 5 and up.
Star Pilot Young Scientist® The unique Star Pilot Young Scientist® space kit combines technology, invention, culture, fun, and learning --all in one fascinating kit. Young Scientists will explore the night sky using a specialized astronomical device called the Star Pilot™ which navigates the sky and locates the brightest stars and constellations. An attractive and detailed color illustrated manual includes fun astronomical information, experiments, diagrams, and constellation legends from cultures around the world. Learn about the life cycle of a star, discover asterisms such as the Big Dipper, locate 23 constellations in the night sky, make a night-vision flashlight, perform a binocular fusion experiment, and much, much more. For ages 10 and up. 
Superstructs™ Kits Kids will fun constructing with Superstructs™ kits by WABA Fun. The best-selling Superstructs Starter Set features 96 durable plastic and foam pieces. Build a tractor, dragster, dune buggy, or monster truck from the step-by-step guide enclosed, or use your imagination to build other great creations Creativity Goes Exquisitely "Pink" with The Fairy Garden that young builders create themselves. It includes plastic rods, connectors, wheels, and decorative EVA flowers, leaves, and wings. The 175-piece Wacky Machines building set includes 16 large gears and plans to build 7 truly wacky models. Ages 3 and up.
Wild Creations Dig & Discover Authentic Fossil Fish We love breaking out the science kits in the cool indoors after the kids have had it with the Texas heat. The Dig & Discover Authentic Fossil Fish from Wild Creations has everything required to let you live the adventure of a real paleontologist. Dig and bring to light an authentic fossil fish which once swam in a ancient sea in what is now Wyoming! This kit comes with hammer, chisel, lens, stand, googles and a complete booklet about fossilized fish of Wyoming. Ages 6 and up.
Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball The Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball gives toddlers an “I can do it!” sense of accomplishment! Toddler-friendly sure score™ rim guides the ball to the basket. When they’re ready, it’s easy add more challenge. Just lift off the rim! Adjusts to four height positions for “grow-with-me” hoop shoot fun. For ages 18 months and up.
Zoobies Slumber Pets The Zoobies Slumber Pets will make any sleep away comfy and fun by combining oversized plush toys with a built-in pillow and fleece sleeping bag. Furbie the Feline makes for a purrfect friend for nap time, story time, or any cuddle time. Patch the Pinto is the softest, cuddliest pony this side of Texarkana. The pets pillow heads are stuffed with micro beads and a large, super-soft fleece sleeping bag zips inside the body. Recommended for ages 3 and up but safety tested for all ages.
Marshmallow Shooters Blow away the neighborhood with clever, pump-action Marshmallow Shooters from the Dallas-based Marshmallow Fun Company. Each device fires miniature marshmallows approximately 30 feet on a line. The easy-to-fill and refill magazine holds 25 marshmallows and is top-rack, dishwasher safe to clean. With designs like Zebra, Camo, Skull & Crossbones and Peace, the Marshmallow Shooter is fun and provides a soft, hearty laugh on impact. Join the party and pass the marshmallows, it’s time to battle hard and play soft. For ages 8 and up.
My Bubble Mower by Alex Toddlers will love My Bubble Mower by Alex. This battery operated mower makes bubbles as you push it along! Includes 2 bottles of bubbles. Requires two "C" batteries (not included). For ages 3 and up.
WEDGiTS Starter with Design Cards and STiX The perfectly nesting design of WEDGITS™ multi-dimensional Starter Set building blocks by ImagAbility assures that there is no wrong way to build. This open-ended building set introduces the spatial world of angles, color matching and creative free-play designing. The Starter set has large blocks providing fun for the family with toddlers and individuals with special needs. The easy to grasp form of the WEDGiTS blocks are built out of geometric shapes that nest, stack and come to life with every colorful design created. We've combined the set with Design Cards and WEDGiTS STiX, which add to construction by creating extension and linking capabilities to WEDGiTS designs. For ages 3 and up.
Eitech Beginner 3-Model Construction Set Build up to three models with the C331 3-Models Beginner Building Kit by Eitech. Made to teach younger ones how to build and make tools, step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. Watch as your child learns about the world of science through play, all 172 parts can be attached to each other. One toy figure included. For ages 4 and up.
Tonka Strong Arm Bulldozer & Strong Arm Dump Truck The Tonka Strong Arm Bulldozer is a big sturdy free-wheeling vehicle with a multi-action trigger-lever built right in. Pull the lever and the bulldozer rumbles as sparks flash in the arm's window. Squeeze the trigger and the bulldozer’s blade pushes forward clearing everything in its path. Nothing but kid-powered, free-wheeling action the Strong Arm Bulldozer will deliver hours of fun. The Strong Arm Dump Truck is a big sturdy free-wheeling vehicle with a multi-action trigger-lever built right in. Pull the lever and the Dump Truck rumbles as sparks flash in the arm's window. Squeeze the trigger and the bed lifts to dump off any cargo. Nothing but kid-powered, free-wheeling action the Strong Arm Dump Truck will deliver hours of fun. For ages 3 and up.
Habaland Blocks The beech wood Habaland Blocks from HABA are perfect for the youngest. First they can take their time discovering the many different effects of the building blocks then they can create their first buildings. In no time at all they will build little houses or even a tower. The trees and the vehicle with trailer will animate the mini town. The conductor and the load in the trailer are removable. For ages 6 months and up.
Wild CreationsDig & Discover Shark Tooth The Dig & Discover Shark Tooth kit from Wild Creations  contains a gypsum brick hiding a tooth replica in 1:1 scale of the biggest and most famous predator of prehistory: the Carcharocles Megalodon shark (59 ft in length). Plus, a complete set of tools (hammer and chisel) to take the replica out from the brick and clear it accurately and a booklet about sharks to help with the teeth identification. And don't forget four authentic fossil teeth belonging to different prehistoric shark species, a plastic stand to hold them, and a magnifying lens to investigate and discover about each tooth peculiarities. Shhhhhhhaaaaaarrkk! Ages 6 and up.
Picnic Basket by Alex The charming wicker Picnic Basket by Alex contains everything you need for the perfect day out! 18 piece enamel ware set contains wicker basket, 4 plates, 4 cups, 4 spoons, 4 forks and tablecloth. For ages 3 and up.
Chicco Billy Fun Wheels With Chicco's easy to use remote control, your child can “drive” Billy Fun Wheels just like a real truck! The child turns the “intuitive” remote control to the right and the Monster Truck turns right, turn the control left and the vehicle changes direction. Billy Fun Wheels is a complete fun toy truck, with the roar of an engine when it accelerates and a warning signal when driven in reverse. Pressing the center button of the steering wheel activates the horn and real lights light up when the Monster Truck is driven. For ages 2 and up.
My Little Pony Princess Celestia Who is the most regal unicorn Pegasus princess in all of Equestria? It’s the My Little Pony Princess Celestia from Hasbro, of course! This majestic unicorn stands proud at eight inches tall and wears a gorgeous gold crown. Push her sun-shaped cutie mark and watch Princess Celestia as her wings will illuminate and flutter. Girls will love to comb her multi-colored, lustrous locks and decorate her mane with beautiful gem and flower barrettes fit for a princess. The Princess Celestia pony plays enchanting sounds and speaks a number of magical phrases. Requires 2 "AAA" batteries, included. Ages 3 and up.
Oglo™ Sports Only Oglo™ Sports products have the patented Oglo™ Hyper Color Technology which lets them glow in the dark in FULL COLOR. Unlike traditional glow in the dark which glows only in green, these glow in the dark in the same colors that you see during the day – blue glows blue, red glows red, etc. Oglo™ Sports are great for summer - they charge in the sun all day and let you keep on playing after the sun goes down! Set includes Oglo™ Sports Soccer Ball, Oglo™ Sports Badminton, Oglo™ Sports High Bounce Ball, Oglo™ Sports Soccer Flying Ring. Ages 6 and up.  
NERF SUPER SOAKER HYDRO CANNON and SUPER SOAKER THUNDERSTORM Water Blasters Blast your enemies from up to 35 feet away with the massive power of the Nerf Super Soaker Hydro Cannon Blaster from Hasbro. Simply pump to pressurize then pull the trigger to let loose a massive burst of water. Customize your Hydro Canon water blaster with the detachable shield accessory, included. Severe storm warning: the blasting capability in the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm water blaster, the first ever battery powered Super Soaker, will send rivals running for cover. Fire a continuous stream of soakage, no pumping required! For lightning-fast reloads on the go, use the new Nerf Super Soaker Clip System refills. Requires 4 “AA” batteries, not included. For ages 6 and up.
Smithsonian Dino Dig by NSI International The Smithsonian Science and Activity kits from NSI International embrace the uncompromising quality, enduring value, and ultimate authenticity of the Smithsonian name. Excavate a T-Rex Skeleton from deep inside the sand block with the Smithsonian Dino Dig. Assemble the “bones” into a T-Rex Model. It’s science, interesting and educational but because it requires a “digging” and is a bit messy, it is also the perfect excuse to get your budding paleontologist outside. This is a great activity to do on the sidewalk or picnic table! For ages 8 and up.
Fisher-Price I Can Play Baseball The Fisher-Price I Can Play Baseball gives toddlers an “I can do it!” sense of accomplishment whenever they step up to the plate. Sure score™ guide leads the bat to the ball for easy hitting every time. For the youngest batters, the ball attaches right to the top of the bounce-back tee, so they can practice batting over and over again without having to chase the ball. When they’re ready, it’s easy to convert. Just switch the ball and add the sure score guide; it leads the bat to the ball for a hit every time! And when they don’t need any extra help, you can remove the guide to convert it to a traditional stationery tee. For ages 18 months and up.
Teifoc Castle Brick Construction Set - 81 Pc. Build your own castle variation using real clay bricks and cement with the Castle Brick Construction Set by Teifoc. This kit includes over 80 bricks and slates, Teifoc cement with bowl and masonry trowel, and board to construct the model on. The doors and windows are made of high quality synthetic material. Safe and soluble sand and corn-extract based mortar creates castles and landscapes. To build a new model, simply soak in water, dry the bricks and start again. It’s as easy as that!  For ages 6 and up.
SpongeBob Underwater Digital Camera Click, point and shoot with the SpongeBob Underwater Digital Camera by Sakar International. This beautiful blue camera with a great picture of SpongeBob works on dry land as well as down to 30' under the water (or in your bathtub) and can store up to 152 digital pictures. A USB cable is included for easily downloading your photos. The SpongeBob SnapShots software that's included means your little one (or you) can play five games create albums or write a story. Operates on 2x AAA batteries not included. For ages 4 and up.
Little Builders Rattle Blocks Shake, Rattle and BUILD with this brand new Little Builders Rattle Blocks set for toddlers by CitiBlocs 22 piece set contains chunky rattle and other colorful blocks, all designed for little hands. Comes in a sturdy storage pail with carry handle. For ages 2 and up.
Tidal Storm by PrimeTime Toys Tidal Storm by Prime Time Toys is the ultimate water gear set. With it you can turn your next water war into a water commando mission with epic surface battles and deep-dive sneak attacks! The Power-Grip Hydro Blaster blasts water up to 30 feet. The Splash Guard Swim Goggles are one-size-fits-all real swim goggles giving you clear underwater vision to track down your next target. For ages 6 and up.
Fisher-Price Doodle Bears Doodle Bears are back, and they’re just as much doodle, stamp, trace, and machine wash-to-erase fun as you remember. Each Doodle Bear by Fisher-Price comes with 2 dual-tipped washable markers (drawing tip at one end; stamper at the other), plus a stencil with 3 sweet shapes to trace. Decorate your bear, then machine-wash it clean so you can doodle again & again! Available in 3 styles—collect them all to doodle, stamp and draw! give. For ages 3 and up.
Dino-Land Museum Collection™ Playmat from Neat-Oh! International Want the boldness of a beautiful play zone but not the loss of space? Take a step into prehistoric times with the large Dino-Land Museum Collection™ Playmat from ZipBins by Neat-Oh! International! See for yourself what life with the Dinosaurs was like from the volcanoes to tar pits to plant life everywhere! Graze with the other dinos or chase after your prey with the fierce Tyrannosaurus Rex. Museum Collection™ Dino-Land includes 4 museum quality animals and a large wipe clean 2-sided playmat. Ages 3 and up.
Sassy toys bundle Babies love Sassy toys for their bright colors and patterns; parents love them because they are designed to stimulate specific developmental areas during baby’s first year of life. We have bundled some favorites: Soft Swimmers bath toys have varied textures for baby to explore while experiencing the feel of the water while playing with the sponges and squirter (ages birth and up). Stay-Clean Silly Squirts have a 2-piece stay-clean design that helps prevent mold growth and makes cleaning easy while letting baby mix & match characters (ages 6 months and up). Suds n Sun Visors make bathtime or swim time fun, safe, and stylish by protecting baby's eyes and nose from soap, water, and sun. Attach the fun Jitter Bugs to infant carrier, stroller, car seat, etc. When baby pulls down on the jitter bug's teether, he shimmies back with a delightful rattle sound (ages 6 months and up). The Sensory Ball Set's high-contrast patterns help promote development of baby's vision, while graspable areas allow baby and parent to shake toy and introduce rhythms (ages 3 months and up).
I Can Do ThatRichard Scarry's Busytown Eye found it! Game Race around town solving mysteries with the Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye found it! Game by I Can Do That! Games. How many objects can you find? Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm on a fun-filled race around Busytown to solve mysteries and find hidden objects. Drive through lively city streets, an activity-filled farm, an action-packed airport, and a bustling harbor full of silly boats. There’s much to discover on this gigantic, colorful game board that’s over six feet long! As players race through Busytown, they’ll team up every time someone lands on Goldbug—leaving no corner of the board unexplored as they discover hidden objects and race toward Picnic Island. With hundreds of objects to find this game provides hours of fun, while building confidence each time a child says, “I found it!” For ages 3 and up.
Twisted Tie Dye machine by NSI International Everyone loves to Tie Dye - it’s almost a rite of passage! But it is normally such a mess – even when you do it outside. The Twisted Tie Dye machine by NSI International is a no-mess way to make bright, colorful tie dyed t-shirts and other clothing. Just drop your garment into the tube, squirt in the dye, twist and let it dry! Great summer fun. For ages 6 and up.
LEGO® Star Wars™ ZipBin® Battle Bridge Storage Case from Neat-Oh! International Whether you’re fighting the Separatist droid army or simply packing your defeated enemies away for another day of galactic battle, the LEGO® Star Wars™ ZipBin® Battle Bridge Storage Case from ZipBins by Neat-Oh! International makes the perfect storage bin for clone troopers, Sith Lords and Jedi Knights. Use the suspended battle bridge to gain the advantage over the enemy or sneak under them on the space station floor. No matter the battle, once over, all sides fit neatly inside this tool-box shaped case. LEGO Blocks not included. Ages 3 and up.
ClayZee™ Eraser Pencil Topper Kit With the fun and versatile ClayZee™ Eraser Pencil Topper Kit, making cool erasers is not only very easy, but fun! Your finished erasers will amaze your family and friends - the end results are truly fantastic! This kit allows you to create and make cool “Eraser Toppers” for your pencils. Using the molds and tools from the kit makes each project easy and offers you hours of fun! Turning your creations into cool Erasers is simple by use the color indicating curing chamber included in the kit. This makes the whole project safe for the child – there is no dangerous use of hot ovens or the worries of burning. This kit is safe for kids to use and play with minimal parental guidance; it couldn’t be any easier! ClayZee™ Eraser project packs allows your creativity to be endless! Continue to make your own cool and fun Erasers with the extra kits we've added, like Flowers, Bugs, Animals and Food. For ages 3 and up.
Marky Sparky Yippee Gator Meet the jumpiest, bounciest, happiest gator ever, Yippee Gator from Marky Sparky. He loves to stretch, roll around, and roughhouse so saddle up the kids and let them hop on for a gator rodeo. No batteries or motors – feed only kid’s energy and imagination. Ages 2 and up.
Science on a Nature Walk by The Young Scientists Club Science on a Nature Walk by The Young Scientists Club is filled with field experiments. What can be more fun than exploring science through real field experiments on a nature walk? Find animal tracks and fossilize them. Find treasures on a scavenger hunt. Make your own compass. Perform leaf chromatography. Make a bug house. This kit includes all the necessary tools so put on your shoes and get ready to discover and explore. For ages 4 and up. 
LEGO® Ninjago Battle Case from Neat-Oh! International Where can you find the ultimate masters of Spinjitzu? In the LEGO® Ninjago Battle Case from ZipBins by Neat-Oh! International! This battle case double as both a storage case for the Ninjago masters to hide in as well as the supreme battle arena! When it’s time to fight, chose between fire and ice for your showdown. The explosive artwork adds another level of theatre to the masters of Spinjitzu. When the victor is determined and all must return to their layer for another night of fighting in the shadows, store your Ninjago figures, spinners, weapons and cards all away neatly in the LEGO® Ninjago Battle Case! LEGO® Bricks not included. Ages 3 and up.
Fisher-PriceI Can Play Golf The Fisher-Price I Can Play Golf gives toddlers an "I can do it!" sense of accomplishment! Sure score guide ramp makes it easy to putt the ball into the hole; automatic foot pedal ball return makes it fun to pop back out! Wheeled golf caddy is easy for toddlers to tote, and everything fits inside for easy storage and portability. Comes with 2 clubs-one for putting; one for driving-and 3 balls. For ages 3 and up.
LeapFrog Count & Scan Shopper Shop, scan and discover food fun with pretend grocery play! Discover colors, counting and more as you scan food items or the grocery list with the Count & Scan Shopper by LeapFrog. Hear questions and fun learning songs, then explore imaginative play when you press the scanner to any object for even more fun grocery audio! Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning. For ages 2 and up.
Young Scientist® Science on a Tracking Expedition Young Scientists will learn about animal tracking through exciting hands-on science experiments and activities with the Science on a Tracking Expedition by Young Scientist®. Identify animal tracks, learn about the animals that make the tracks, cast animal tracks, play the tracking game, create animal track prints, design an animal track poster, and explore real animal tracks in nature. The eight realistic animal footprint molds, large colorful poster, and eighty animal game cards are some of the unique enclosed items that will aspire all Young Scientists to become animal track explorers! For ages 4 and up. 
CitiBlocs Camo 100 Piece Set Remember when we used to daydream, invent, build and then knock it all down? One toy company has found a way to transform today’s eKid into a kid off the ole’ block. CitiBlocs are the next generation of wooden construction pieces that stack up to a block party in the family room. Best of all, the precision cut blocks of wood are green, crafted from New Zealand pine. The beautifully simplistic blocks are ideal for solo play or a family fun session with grandparents and siblings. The new Camouflage Colors set is perfect for your outdoor enthusiast. Building guide included. Ages 3 and up.
Find It Veggie Tales From the creators of the Award-winning Find It Games comes the latest entry into the world of VeggieTales. Join the VeggieTales characters on a hand held scavenger hunt as you search for objects and characters straight from the best-loved stories in the VeggieTales collection. The fun begins by finding popular icons like the Viking Helmet, rubber ducky and slushy cup. This version of Find It also features authentic characters such as Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus, Philippe Green Pea and Madame Blueberry. These characters, and so much more, are hidden amongst a sea of colorful pellets just waiting to be found by kids and parents alike. Ages 4 and up.
Barbie® ZipBin® Dream House from Neat-Oh! International Where can you find Barbie when she isn’t out on the town or by the beach? In her Barbie® ZipBin® Dream House from ZipBins by Neat-Oh! International of course! This beautiful mansion doubles as storage when the lady at hand needs her beauty sleep. When it’s time to play, open up Barbie® ZipBin® Dream House to find two stories of elegant decoration all fit for a girls’ night or even a romantic dinner. Store anything from Barbie to makeup to even notes passed in class! Ages 3 and up.
ClayZee™ “Stone” ClayZee™ lets you squish it, bend it and shape it into creating whatever you want. Then simply leave in the open air to dry and, WOW, your fantastic creation is ready to use or put on display! The “Stone” Mini Picture Frame kit creates a cool Stone “Mini Picture Frame” for your bedroom or as a gift for your BFF. Using the molds and tools from the kit makes creativity easy and offers you hours of fun! Once your project has dried, simply paint and decorate into any desired effect. When you’ve completed your “Mini Picture Frame” masterpieces insert pictures of family and friends to hand out as special gifts or put on your desk at home, your family and friends will be amazed with your creation as you would never have had your clay project look so real! We've added extra "stone" for added creations. For ages 3 and up.
Marky Sparky Blast Pad Jr. The Blast Pad Jr. from Marky Sparky lets kids use their energy to launch super-soft foam missiles. It collapses for easy transportation and is virtually indestructible. No batteries required – strictly kid-powered and no parts to lose. Ages 5 and up.
I Can Do That Curious George - Hide and Seek Zoo Game Your favorite monkey is in charge of the zoo and everything is going wild! Grab your "walkie talkie" and get ready to play the Curious George - Hide and Seek Zoo Game by I Can Do That! Games. The man with the yellow hat will be calling in to send you on exciting missions all over the zoo. Feed and care for zoo animals, repair fences, and clean up messes. But watch out—when you hear “THE ANIMALS HAVE ESCAPED,” it’s time to spring into action! The other players put on their animal masks and hide. It’s your job to find them. But hurry—the zoo must open on time! Join Curious George for some playful problem-solving and up-on-your-feet hide-and-go-seek fun. For ages 4-8.
Gazillion Bubble Hurricane The Gazillion Bubble Hurricane's motorized rotating bubble wands put you in the midst of a bubble storm! The easy carry handle lets you take the “bubblebration” wherever you go. Each Bubble Machine comes with an 8 oz. bottle of top secret Gazillion Bubble solution that attaches right to the Bubble Machine to continuously feed the wands. Requires 6 AA batteries, not included. For ages 3 and up.
Hot Wheels™ ZipBin® Wheelie Backpack from Neat-Oh! International How do you get your Hot Wheels™ muscle cars safely to and from the track? The sound of screeching tires and smell of burning rubber seem to linger in the air when the Hot Wheels™ ZipBin® Wheelie Backpack from ZipBins by Neat-Oh! International appears. With its’ flashy Hot Wheels® rim and racing treads this pack is ready for the streets. Whether you’re competing on its’ 2-lane drag racing track with the included Hot Wheels® car or just taking your growing collection to a friend’s house, Hot Wheels™ ZipBin® Wheelie is ready to roll!. Ages 3 and up.
Find It Oh, Really! Opinions count as players try to guess how their friends really feel about what matters most. From the seemingly trivial to the highly debatable, "Oh, Really!" by Find It Games reveals players' true feelings about everything from "Emotions" to "Underwear." You'll be rolling with laughter and caught by surprise when players rank 5 random items based on their own priorities. Then just when you think you have someone figured out, they rank "Makeup" ahead of "Memory," making you exclaim "Oh, Really!" Ages 10 and up.
Marky Sparky Faux Bow Marky Sparky designed the Faux Bow with only one goal: To be the best performing toy bow on the market. Every Nerf® enthusiast's jaw will drop at the distance and accuracy of this beast. It out shoots and out distances everything in the class. Comes with 3 perfectly balanced Faux titanium arrows and one 3 arrow quiver. Ages 8 and up.
Gazillion Bubble Football Get ready for a bubble touchdown! The Gazillion Bubble Football adds the fun of bubbles to a traditional game of catch. This soft inflatable is easy to grip and made to go the distance—simply dip the ball into the Gazillion bubble solution, throw and watch as the Bubble Football leaves a colorful trail of bubbles behind. Includes a 4 oz. bottle of the One and Only Gazillion Bubble solution, one Bubble Football and two dip trays. For ages 6 and up.
ClayZee™ “Pottery” Mobiles The ClayZee™ “Pottery” Mobiles kit creates a cool wooden “Hanging Mobiles” for your bedroom. Using the molds and tools from the kit makes creativity easy and offers you hours of fun! Once your project has dried, simply paint and decorate into any desired effect. When you’ve completed your “Mobile” masterpieces, hang it at your desk our put on display around your home. Your family and friends will be amazed with your creation, as you would never have had your clay project look so real! We've added extra "pottery" for added creations. For ages 3 and up.
Hasbro Blythe Loves Littlest Pet Shop: Scooter Vehicle The fashion forward pet-sitting Blythe doll from Hasbro is taking her friends around town in style in the Blythe Loves Littlest Pet Shop Scooter Vehicle. Chic in green tights and a pastel purple helmet, BLYTHE is ready to zip off to her next destination in her kid powered scooter. Tagging along for the ride in a stylish sidecar is an exclusive Corgi pet that comes complete with a helmet of her own and funky green goggles to keep the wind out of her eyes. Blythe knows how important it is to accessorize; the scooter set comes complete with a neon leash and matching skirt, colorful bows, brushes, and more. Ages 4 and up.
I Can Do That Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game - Deluxe Edition Jump into the fun and discover all the new things you can do with the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game - Deluxe Edition by I Can Do That! Games, the physical activity game that celebrates your child’s "I Can Do That!" attitude. Jump into the fun and discover all the new things you can do! Flip over three cards to create a new challenge. Can you slide under the Trick-a-ma-stick with the boat on your head, or jump up and down with the cake between your elbows? There are hundreds of hilarious possibilities for endless hours of fun! For ages 2-4.
Tonka Lights & Sounds Rescue Helicopter Take to the sky with the Tonka Lights & Sounds Rescue Helicopter, now with Hyper-Lighting! This helicopter comes equipped with working doors, a rotating propeller, and cool sound effects. This helicopter is ready to be a part of any rescue operation! For ages 3 and up.
LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket Set a space for fun, learning and sharing! The Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket by LeapFrog helps little learners explore shapes, colors, manners and more. Over 30 audio responses encourage pretend play, and the 14-piece set helps children build motor skills as they sort, match, stack, empty and fill. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning. For ages 6-36 months.
Tonka Chuck & Friends Zig, zag, and tumble with the friendly Chuck The Dump Truck from Hasbro. Compatible with the Fold 'N Go playsets, this new Tumble Tower set allows preschoolers to lend Chuck a hand in accomplishing exciting stunts. Kids will delight in hearing their pal Chuck “talk” to them using signature phrases and sounds. The playset folds to be easily portable and includes a mini Chuck the Dump Truck vehicle. Requires two "AA" batteries, included. Ages 18 months and up.
Prime Time Toys Max Liquidator Blaster Board The Max Liquidator Blaster Board by Prime Time Toys is a Liquidator, kickboard, and shield all in one!. Kids love to float on anything in the pool, and the Blaster Board is the perfect fit. Pull back to fill and blast water up to 30 feet. For ages 4 and up.
ClayZee™ “Wood” Picture Frame The ClayZee™ “Wood” Picture Frame kit creates a cool wooden “Picture Frame.” Using the molds and tools from the kit makes creativity easy and offers you hours of fun! Once your project has dried, simply paint and decorate into any desired effect. When you’ve completed your “Picture Frame” masterpiece, insert a picture of your family and friends and put on your desk at home. Your family and friends will be amazed with your creation, as you would never have had your clay project look so real! We added extra "wood" for additional creations. For ages 3 and up.
Innovative Kids green start™ play, draw, create: trucks & princesses The green start™ play, draw, create by Innovative Kids Earth-friendly reusable drawing and magnet kits. Contains everything necessary for everlasting fun, learning, and creativity! Each kit includes a magnetic dry erase board, over 30 magnetic play pieces, five dry erase markers in assorted colors and a write on/wipe off activity book filled with lots reusable activities and games. Kids will create rough-and-tumble trucks and make up their own on-the-go adventures with the Truck Kitt. What a princess wants a princess gets, and the Princesses Kit has it all. Create amazing princess pictures and make up your own princess adventures For ages 3 and up.
I Can Do That Discovery Garden Game Ready to search the garden for hidden treasures? Welcome to a whimsical garden of fun and adventure with the Discovery Garden Game by I Can Do That! Games. Flip over a card to reveal what colorful bug, lost tool, or buried heirloom needs to be found. Then spin the spinner and peek below one of five secret locations — from the melon patch or flower field to the fruit orchard or vegetable garden. Do you see a match? If you spin "mix the soil", watch out! You'll shake the box and the treasures will slide and hide in new locations. Find the most treasures to win. For ages 3 and up.
Prime Time Toys Splash Bomb 8PC Party Pack Nothing beats the Texas heat like some fun in a cool pool. The Splash Bomb 8PC Party Pack by Prime Time Toys will add hours of enjoyment for the entire family. Pool splash bombs are pint sized, yet radically fun! The set includes 2.75" ball, (2) 5" footballs, 3" pet and 8" Fling, all of which store in a 8" x 8" mash tote. For ages 4 and up.
Twisterz Twisters Toys are safe, easy to use, and perfect for quiet play or travel, and inspire early development skills including creativity and imagination, logic, spelling, problem solving and hand/eye coordination. Twist the rings on The Story Starter to create one of several thousand combinations of story introductions. Alphabet Matcher challenges children to choose a letter and find the five corresponding images that begin with that letter. Word Builder challenges them to build new words by twisting the rings to create different letter combinations. The Clifford Category Matcher challenges children to identify everyday items and twist the rings to match them with their proper category. The WordGirl™ Word Builder challenges children to twist and line up the rings to find words up to six letters long. Letters have number values as well—kids can try and build words that score lots of points! The rings on all twisterz are easily removed and rearranged, creating thousands of possibilities! Ages 3 and up.
Peaceable Kingdom Fish Stix Board Game Fish Stix by Peaceable Kingdom is a visual strategy game. To start, players place 1 fish stick in the center of a table where all players can reach it. Give each player 3 sticks, 1 scoreboard, and 6 fish tokens. Players take turns matching fish by color and direction. For every fish matched, a player moves her fish token that number of spaces on her scoreboard. The first player to move all tokens to 10 wins! Be careful – the direction each fish is swimming can be confusing. This game can be played by adults and younger children too. There’s no reading involved. Ages 5 and up.
Hasbro Miracle-Gro Kids 3in1 Gardening Set The Miracle-Gro Kids 3in1 Gardening Set from Hasbro is a colorful and fun introduction to the wonders of nature and the importance of plant care. The convenient all-in-one gardening system and table-top display keeps everything you need within reach. Inside you’ll find Gro-Pod™ containers with Miracle-Gro Gro-Mix, flower pots, seed packets, plant marking stakes, a planting stick, a display tray, a Gro-Chart™, plant care instructions and the all-important watering can! Whether you choose the vegetable garden or the flower garden variety, you will enjoy watching your plants grow and tracking their progress! Adult supervision recommended. Ages 5 and up.
Peaceable Kingdom Count Your Chickens! Cooperative Board Game The baby chicks have flown the coop in the Count Your Chickens! Cooperative Board Game by Peacable Kingdom. All players work together to help Mother Hen collect her chicks and bring them back to the coop. Kids won't feel the stress of losing or not being good enough because players are playing as a team against a common obstacle and not against each other. Count Your Chickens!™ eliminates stress, empowers a young learner, and teaches kids that playing together can be fun! Kids practice counting and cooperation. Ages 3 and up.
ClayZee™ “Fossil Rock” Dinosaur Fossils The ClayZee™ “Fossil Rock” Dinosaur Fossils kit creates cool “Dinosaur Fossils” so you can start building your prehistoric gallery. Using the molds and tools from the kit makes creativity easy and offers you hours of fun! Once your project has dried, simply paint and decorate into any desired effect. When you’ve completed your “Dinosaur Fossil” masterpieces, put out on display. Your family and friends will be amazed with your creation, as you would never have had your clay project look so real! We added extra rock to use to make jewelry or anything else your imagination creates. For ages 3 and up.
I Can Do That Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC Game Get ready to twist, turn and s-t-r-e-t-c-h with the Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC Game by I Can Do That! Games. Can you put your hand on the letter E—while placing your foot on the letter K—AND still put your ear on the letter Q? You’ve got to be super-stretchy to meet the challenge! In this silly game of physical challenges and alphabet fun, kids spin the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Tornado Tube to deal out letter-to-body-part challenges. Then it’s time to get down on the colorful, oversized Dr. Seuss alphabet mat and stretch and turn and twist to put your body and brain to the test! For ages 3 and up.
Prime Time Toys Pool Party Toss The Pool Party Toss by Prime Time Toys is the classic tailgate game for the pool. Float the fully assembled target, and then challenge your friends. Aim! Toss! Splash! The set comes complete with embossed target ring and (4) Toss N' Splash bags. For ages 4 and up.
Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game The Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game by Peacable Kingdom. is a color-coded matching game that can be played at different levels. The object of the game is to move all the owls from start to the nest before the sun rises. Players take turns, but work together. The basic game is easy enough for first time game players and the game can be made infinitely more challenging simply by adding more owl tokens into the game. This allows the game to age with the child or for older kids (or adults!) to play with younger kids. Ages 4 and up.
ClayZee™ “Cork” The ClayZee™ “Cork” Note Holder kit creates a cool Cork “Note Holder” for your bedroom. Using the molds and tools from the kit makes creativity easy and offers you hours of fun! Once your project has dried, simply paint and decorate into any desired effect. When you have completed your “Note Holder” masterpiece, hang it at your desk so you’ll never forget those important messages. Your family and friends will be amazed with your creation, as you would never have your clay project look so real! We've added a pack of extra "cork" for additional creations. For ages 3 and up.

 


 

the details

Who:

Expectant moms and moms with children up to age 12

What:

Dinner, laughter and opportunities to view the Best Toys for the Summer, and to meet and mingle with other moms/expectant moms

When:

Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm

Where:

The Dream Cafe near the Dallas Galleria at Village on the Parkway, 5100 Beltline, Addison, TX 75240

How:

Moms will draw numbers at the event to determine the order in which they each will choose one Best Toy

Cost:

$35/mom. MetroMoms Insiders receive a $5 discount off their tickets.

RSVP:

Space is limited. Tickets are not transferable. Last day to cancel for a full refund is June 10. Please see our cancellation policy.

Other:

This is a mom's night out; no children will be permitted; no exceptions.

 



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