Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review + Giveaway: LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Westchester): "My Best Birthday Ever! Thanks Mom!"

Two birthday boys race at the Racers Build and Test at LEGOLAND Westchester

WHAT: Crazy Cheap BUT High Quality Birthday Party Idea at LEGOLAND Discovery Center- Westchester
DOES: saves you money, makes an amazing memory, models out-of-the-box thinking to your kids, great solution for crowd-phobic LEGO kids
INVEST:  One day of absence at school and one day off work- yes- sorry but true + admission fees as needed- try to find a coupon; Tix $15-$18 for child over 2; $18-$22 for adult; 2 year olds are free.
Meant for ages 3-10 but I think 4-8 would have the BEST time.  Depending on agenda younger and older kids could have lots of fun too. My ten year old is dying to go.
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: Free Family Pack of Tix (4 total)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Constructive Eating: No More Fights at the Table

Mindful eating promotes joyful eating and joyful eating promotes healthy eating

WHAT: Constructive Eating's  Construction and Garden Fairy Set
INVENTORS: Carter and Jackie Malcolm
DOES: allows your child to be more actively involved in feeding himself/herself
INVEST:  $19.95 (for utensils only) plate ($14.95) additional items available
1+ ? (depends on you and your child)
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: One set includes the utensils, plate, and mat!  Woo-hoo!Your choice theme (garden or construction)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review + Giveaway: LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall: Building Kids' Gratitude One Brick at a Time

Recognize this store? New Yorkers and visitors to NYC may know.  It's at Rockefeller Center and this place is always PACKED! photo: LEGO

WHAT: More on Gratitude and LEGOs
DOES: sharing a new trick at Pick A Brick and updating you on the impact from previous Pick A Brick adventures
INVEST:  $7.99 for the small container; $14.99 for the large container
Pick A Brick blocks can be a choking hazard so I would aim for at least 3+
GIVEAWAY PRIZE:  LEGO Creative Bucket 10662- this one is new to me- has the new eyes! 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Announcing Readers' Favorite Toy of 2013

WHAT: Announcing Toys Are Tools' Reader's Favorite Toy of 2014
And also the winner of the Amazon gift certificate!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Got Toys 'R Us Gift Card?

Cartoon It! by ThinkFun- Is it really only $2.00 now?  I have to go there to find out!  Can anyone say... emergency birthday gift?  I LOVE this game.
Read my full review of Cartoon It! here.

Happy New Year!!!!  Are you shopping today? 

WHAT: What to do if you have a Toys 'R Us Gift Card
DOES: Savvy Shopping Hints from ME!   The nearest Toys R Us to me is only a 15 minute walk away and so I find myself hunting there occasionally.  Sometimes I get REALLY lucky.  Maybe today is your lucky day too. 
THANKS to: Number 7's mom for suggesting I write this.  She's right!  A lot of kids get Toys 'R Us gift cards for Xmas. Let's shop smart with them!