being MVP: Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2013 + Contest!

Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2013 + Contest!


I received products courtesy of ASTRA for this review; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


A trip to the toy store is always fun for my kiddos, especially now since Mason can also get his play on. We love to visit our local Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat because not only does it boast a gorgeous front window, the high quality toys inside are appealing to my tots. The store is clean and organized and has wonderful customer service. The sales associates are knowledgeable and can help you find a gift for any recipient. The bonus is the free gift wrapping! The selection is different than what you would find at a big box retailer. The toys are unique and well-made and definitely on my children's wishlists.



Did you know that the 4th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Saturday, November 9, 2013? 

Participating local stores will host in-store events for families (such as activities, craft projects, live performances and/or special discounts) to help kick off the holiday shopping season and celebrate the joy of shopping for toys! Neighborhood Toy Store Day introduces families to the fun of shopping locally and celebrates each toy store’s commitment to the community.  The annual event is coordinated by the non-profit organization ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. To find a local Neighborhood Toy Store Day event near you, visit the website yourneighborhoodtoystore.org


We received two products for review from ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids 2013 list: Calico Critters Supermarket and Green Toys Seaplane. Kenzie was all over the Calico Critters Supermarket when she saw the box. It's a play supermarket that features more than 100 pieces of food, decorations and a shopping cart. It took a while to fold all the paper boxes because they were so itty bitty as well as place stickers on the food items. It is recommended for children 3 and up and Kenzie was a pro at playing with. She did, however, ask where the "friends" were that were shopping in the store. I guess I need to add that to her wishlist of items. While the supermarket is a fantastic toy that can be played with for hours, it's not great for wee ones, like Mason, in the vicinity because he started putting the paper food items in his mouth and destroying them.


The Green Toys Seaplane fare much better with Mason as it was one piece and large. He was fascinated by the propellers! It is made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs and can float in the bathtub or pool. Mason will be taking this in the tub soon. I love that the Green Toys Seaplane contains no BPA, phthalates, PVC or external coatings. It's perfect for children 1 and up and won the category of Early Play of ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids 2013 award.




Shopping locally for these and other toys fosters a sense of community and provides economic stability to your area.  In addition, independent toy stores tend to carry many of the high-quality, boutique and specialty products not typically found at big box stores. 
To celebrate the fun of shopping for toys at the local toy store, ASTRA has launched the first ever “I Heart My Neighborhood Toy Store” sweepstakes
Through November 8, 2013, log onto www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org and enter to win the following:

  • A grand prize vacation package to select all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic courtesy of Thomas & Friends
  • Featured prizes including gift baskets or gift certificates from Kidoozie, earlyyears, Calico Critters and Playmobil (retail value: $250 per prize)
  • A gift basket of assorted Best Toys for Kids winning products from ASTRA (retail value: $250)

The Benefits of Shopping Local…

  • Local businesses create jobs, preserve neighborhoods and reduce sprawl.
  • In comparison to chain stores, independent local businesses put a significantly larger share of revenue back into the local economy in the form of taxes, salaries and more.
  • In addition, independent toy stores tend to carry many of the high-quality, boutique and specialty products not typically found at big box stores

Make sure to connect with Your Neighborhood Toy Store on Facebook and Twitter.



I received products courtesy of ASTRA for this review; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know Green Toys made a plane! My boys would love that. We have their dump truck already.

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