Tuesday, October 18, 2011

chicago toy and game fair (w/giveaway)

don't let your kids make their christmas lists until they have been to the chicago toy and game fair!  there is no better way to see what the latest and greatest toys are until you have been to the fair, and, in most cases, tried out the toys for yourself.

last year our family had an opportunity to experience the chicago toy and game fair for the first time ever.  we had no idea what to expect when we showed up but we didn't want to leave once we got there.  the kids had an opportunity to try out toys like a gigantic etch-a-sketch, nerf guns, razor bikes, new games (like ninja to ninja that everybody in our family really likes).  we are already looking forward to attending this year's show and seeing all that there is to see, and even getting to try out some of this year's hottest toys for ourselves.

here are the details for the largest toy and game fair in the country:  on november 19 and 20, kids and their families have the opportunity to meet inventors of toys and games; preview, play and purchase the season's top toys and games; observe live stage entertainment, free tournaments and contests, a star wars breakfast, costumed characters roaming the Fair; and play with giant-sized interactive toys and games.

last year, bill was more excited than any of the other kids to get his picture taken with darth maul, a storm trooper and darth vader.  i'm guessing tate will have a little more interest in some of those guys this year.

if this sounds like something you would like to see, i have a coupon to get $2 off admission.  the regular price is $10 for adults and $5 for kids (3 and under are free).

you can also enter here for a chance to win a family pass for the weekend to the chicago toy and game fair.  just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite toy or game from when you were growing up.  is it still available today?  have you bought it for your kids?  i will choose a winner on saturday, october 22.  if you don't win, check back because i will be giving a family pass away each week leading up to the day of the fair.

my family will receive free passes to the fair. i received all the information, as well as the passes to give away, from the chicago toy and game media group. regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.


  1. Not sure how to sign up for the give away, but sign me up!
    Karin Csora

  2. A few of my favourite toys growing up ... my Care Bears dolls, Connect-Four, and Light-Brite. My favourite game would have to be Red Light Green Light or Mother May I. So much fun!



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