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Highlights: ChiTAG 2014 (X-Cube)

Highlights: ChiTAG 2014 (X-Cube)

ChiTAGFair is always a fun experience for our entire family but last year we took a different spin and let our young correspondents interview inventors and company representatives. Because they enjoyed it so much (and everyone else thought ...
More K’NEX?  Of Course, We Need Them!

More K’NEX? Of Course, We Need Them!

Ever since my children received their first K’NEX set many years ago, our family has had a love affair with the brand. Our first set was one of the Ferris wheels. Since then we’ve also had the KNEXosaurus Rex Building Set (with motor to mak ...
Bringing the Guardians Home

Bringing the Guardians Home

By any chance did you see or hear about the list of upcoming movies involving the Marvel Universe? There are a LOT of them scheduled all the way into 2019 and most hinge on a prior movie. In other words, several are sequels. We’ll be ...
Can’t Decide? See Our 2014 Gift Guide!

Can’t Decide? See Our 2014 Gift Guide!

Over the course of the year we have the opportunity to learn about, try out and play with a number of products. We learn which brands are quality, which have the latest advancements in technology and which are just outright awesome. Because ...
All the Music and None of the Biting

All the Music and None of the Biting

We saw so many cool new toys and games at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair this year. And among the standouts for us was a group of singing birds at the corner of Spin Master‘s booth. When we first passed by the DigiBirds there wasn ...

Highlights: ChiTAG 2014 (Leslie Scott)

This past weekend was our annual trip to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. On Friday night at the Tagie Awards, I had the opportunity to sit with Leslie Scott, inventor of Jenga and her family.They are so charming and I had a wonderful time ch ...

The Zombies Have a New Weapon

There’s no doubt that we’re huge fans of the K’Nex line of toys. Whether we’re building a roller coaster, recreating a world from Super Mario Brothers or battling each other in Plants vs. Zombies, we enjoy building a ...
Girls and Dolls

Girls and Dolls

I really need to learn not to underestimate my kids. Miss M said she wanted to play an instrument in the band in addition to her orchestra and symphony activities. I figured she would be overwhelmed by the extra practice time and be ready t ...
ChiTAGFair: Meet Inventors, Play Games

ChiTAGFair: Meet Inventors, Play Games

Last Monday I told you about meeting with Bridgestone to learn about winter tires and Friday I gave you a view behind-the-scenes at Papa Murphy’s. It’s really cool to be able to talk to people who run the show, ask questions, ge ...
Thrift Treasure:  Take the Train

Thrift Treasure: Take the Train

If I were to mention the US Playing Card Company or Bicycle (one of their divisions), you’d probably think of the standard deck of 52 cards. Maybe they’d have a fancy back or custom design, but would still have the typical four ...