It’s school vacation again and we have fun events all week, starting with Marathon Monday and ending with a book signingon Saturday with the creators of An Octopus Named Mom! Check out the details below.
Mon -Marathon Day. All day. Drop by either store during the race for a free USA pinwheel! Go racers!
Tues -Parachute and Duck-call Making. 2-3pm. Make things soar through the sky and learn the art of duck calls!
Wed -Game Day. All day. Come in and play a game and take it home for 20% off!
Thurs - Story time and Craft w/ Mackenzie. 2-3pm.
Fri -Wooden Train Derby. 11am-12pm. Bring your own train and race for the best time for prizes!
Sat -An Octopus Named Mom Book Signing / Story time. 2-6pm Join us for this very special event with the creators of the new book, An Octopus Named Mom. Meet the authors, hear the tale, and craft octodoodles!
Here’s a cool new toy for summer days and nights: the AFO flash flyer! A spinning “boomerang” propelled by a pull of the cord, the flash flyer will return to you after soaring through the air. Its coolest feature, however, is that it lights up! Try it at night in the yard or take it to the beach after dinner for extra vacation fun. Our family tried it together this past weekend after dark and it provided truly spectacular excitement as the whirring, glowing red halo of light floated back to us. It comes in red and blue and creates a dazzling circle of light while aloft. Check out the video above.
The flash flyer will provide hours of delight (recommended for ages 7+), and will amuse boys and girls keen on Beyblades for its similar motion. It can fly up to 40ft. in the air! It performs best when outside, but it’s light enough that it can be used in appropriate indoor spaces without marring surfaces.
Waboba, the makers of the ball that bounces on water, have introduced a new outdoor ball, this one for land. The Street Ball is a geometric oddity with many sides, so you don’t know where it will bounce! About the size of a tennis ball, it’s great for Wall Ball. Or bring it to the playground and see what it does.
$9.99. Ages 8+
We’re also super excited about FyrFlyz, which recently won the Platinum Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award. From the creators responsible for Magna Doodle, FyrFlyz (pronounced “fire flies”) is an updated take on the Yo-yo that lights different colors in the dark. Kids, tweens, and teens, can use it to perform different tricks, much like a yo-yo, except there are two strings to hold and the motion is horizontal, not vertical. While the central objects spin they draw lines of colored light, making a picture of whatever trick is being done. There are so many tricks to learn! Watch the video below for an introduction and an idea of some of the tricks that are possible:
$10.99. Ages 8+
These are unbelievable: a clown fish and a shark that swim in air, maneuvered by remote control. In the video (below) you can see kids’ faces wide-eyed and screaming with fear and delight. What fun! Stop by to pick one up for a summer birthday party; it will certainly get attention. We recently purchased a helium tank so you can visit us to fill up again. (The Air Swimmers are made of reusable mylar). They are a product of the William Mark Corp. based in California whose tagline is: “We sell wonders!” and they sure do!