As we gear up for the holiday season, I wanted to share some fun news: Saturday, November 12th marks the 7th National Neighborhood Toy Store Day! This annual celebration by independent toy shops kicks off the holiday season with special events like face painting, live performances & more to introduce consumers to the benefits of shopping local.
While shopping local supports the community by creating jobs and preserving neighborhoods, the benefits only continue. Local toy stores source products from both big brand manufacturers and small entrepreneurial companies, introducing children to a world of toys that aren't available elsewhere. Many store owners participating in National Neighborhood Toy Store Day have earned the ASTRA Certified Play Expert (CPE) designation, so rest assured, your shopping experience will be in good hands.
|Vivian with her Fuzzeez Husky|
|Check back in a month to see if we've conquered this Rubik Cube!|
|Loving this balance game! Thinking of getting one for Vivian's classroom...|
The gals are loving playing with some of this year's top toys for kids, so I've officially begun keeping my eyes and ears open for this year's Christmas shopping -- which I'll be doing locally, of course! To aid in your holiday shopping, see the below list for top toys of 2016, and if you need help finding your local toy store, try HERE.
2016 ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Award Winners:
b4Adventure - Brand 44 LLC
Choose Your Own Play:
Gamewright, a div of Ceoca
Game Play, 3-5 Years:
Happy (local) Shopping!
Disclosure: I am a Neighborhood Toy Store Day Blogger Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.