VTech’s InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet Awards Parents’ Choice Award

VTECH ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA, LLC LEARNING APPVTech, a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, announced that its InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet, one of the first children’s learning based tablets with Wi-Fi, has been selected as a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner by Parents’ Choice Foundation.

VTech’s InnoTab range offers children their own tablet that opens up a world of age-appropriate educational content across the widest variety of curriculums, from downloads to software cartridges, combining innovative technology with a developmental learning tool that grows with a child and makes learning fun.

The InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet features a secure wireless connection to VTech’s comprehensive app store, the Learning Lodge, where children can explore more than 350 educational games, e-books, videos, music, and more; pick their favorites; create a wish list; and send the list right to their parents’ e-mail. Parents can then approve the wish list, which sends the purchases wirelessly, directly to the InnoTab 2S.

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Horton’s Kids Receives ICTI Annual Award for Children’s Charities

ICTIDay2Press-9[1]Horton’s Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering the children of Washington, D.C.,’s Ward 8, was presented with the global toy industry’s ICTI Annual Award for Children’s Charities during a ceremony this afternoon at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Established by ICTI in 2003, the annual award honors a nationally acclaimed, independent charity that has made significant contributions to the advancement of children’s health and wellbeing. The recipient is nominated by the toy association hosting that year’s ICTI annual general meeting and selected from among nonprofit organizations across the host country. [Read more...]

JumpSport’s iBounce Encourages Kids to Jump Safely

JumpSport_iBounceLifestyleWhiteBackgroundHRJumpSport Inc., makers of the iBounce Kids Trampoline, has an iPad mount (also fits Kindle and other tablets) that shows animations of RompyRoo, the jumping kangaroo in three different adventures. Kids are able to get off the couch and exercise and they venture with RompyRoo in Hop-Along with Rompy Roo – Where Is Mr. Fuzzy?, Let the Games Begin, and The Grand Finale. In addition, learning numbers, colors, and letters are all part of a brief bouncy session. This trampoline with a technology twist allows kids to jump and play, as kids love to do, in a safe way.

The National Parenting Center has awarded a Spring 2013 Seal of Approval to JumpSort for making jumping on a kid’s trampoline a smart move. The JumpSport iBounce Kids Trampoline is for kids ages 2 to 5 or up to 80 pounds.

Toy Industry Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open

Members of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and other toy industry stakeholders are invited to submit nominations of deserving candidates (living or deceased) for induction into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, the TIA says in a news release. Selected candidates will join 62 current members of the hall of fame during a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 14th annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony on February 15 of next year. The nomination period will extend from May 28 through June 28. Membership in TIA is not a prerequisite for submitting a nomination.

Nominees for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame should have longstanding experience in the toy industry; unimpeachable integrity and respect among his or her peers; have made outstanding contributions to the industry and/or to TIA; and be recognized for various accomplishments. Examples include innovative product or marketing introductions; manufacturing process changes, which significantly improved processes or products; a prominent role in promoting the public’s awareness and appreciation of the importance of toys in the lives of children, or promoting the public’s awareness of the toy industry as a significant and responsible member of the business community; and service on the TIA board of directors, or in other important capacities in or related to toys and youth entertainment.

Additional information on the Toy Industry Hall of Fame is available online. Questions and completed nomination forms should be directed to TIA’s Stacy Leistner (646) 520-4858 by June 28.

Nominations for Annual Pink Power Mom Program Now Open

image001The Pink Power Mom Program, now in its 7th year, announced the call for this year’s nominations starting on Mother’s Day, May 12. Every year, Kids II recognizes and rewards eight women for their fight against breast cancer and honors these incredible women as Pink Power Moms. The Pink Power Moms are selected due to the inspiration they give their families, friends, and others battling breast cancer, as well as because of their resilient spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Since 2006, the Pink Power Mom program has made a difference by supporting deserving moms who are breast cancer survivors and their charities throughout the U.S.  The program currently boasts a total of 48 women and more than 55 charities throughout the nation, all of whom have inspired and empowered people in their communities. By thinking globally and acting locally, the program has created a compassionate network of resources for women and families affected by breast cancer. [Read more...]

Transformers Prime Earns Emmy Awards, Hub Garners Nominations

TransformersHasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro Inc., received a trio of Daytime Emmy Awards in Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Transformers Prime from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The wins were also hailed as achievements by The Hub Network, on which the animated series airs.

Transformers Prime received early victories for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Character Animation (Arato Kato), Background Design (Jason Park), and Storyboards (Kirk van Wormer).

In addition to its success with Transformer Prime, The Hub Network received 17 Daytime Emmy Award honors, the most ever in its two-and-half year history, with 14 nominations, as announced by NATAS. The Hub Network received the second most nominations of any kids network, behind only Nickelodeon.

For the first time, The Hub Network received three top programming nominations, including two for Outstanding Children’s Series for The Aquabats! Super Show! (FremantleMedia Enterprises and The Magic Store) and R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series (Front Street Pictures in association with The Hatchery, LLC.), as well as one for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for Dan Vs. (Film Roman Inc., a Starz Media Company, in association with The Hatchery, LLC.).

The Hub Network also received nominations for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program (Dan Vs.), Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Curtis Armstrong as Dan in Dan Vs.), Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design and Styling (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program (Dan Vs.), Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Outstanding Achievement in Makeup (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Outstanding Original Song—Children and Animation (“If You’re a Guy,” Littlest Pet Shop), Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), and Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series (R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour: The Series).

Delta Children, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Donate Cribs to Phildelphia Families in Need

Delta Children donated 200 new cribs—valued at $60,000—to Pennsylvania United Medical Association (PUMA) in Warrington, Pa. The donation was made possible with the help of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S), a non-profit organization that connects companies and children in need.

Joe and Gloria Shamie

Joe and Gloria Shamie

The Safe Sleep demonstration was held at PUMA, where Delta Children’s Co-President and K.I.D.S. Board Member Joseph Shamie stressed the importance of a safe crib and offered tips to the families.

K.I.D.S. implemented the distribution of the cribs on behalf of Delta Children to the families in need.

V-CUBE Receives Honor from Greek Exports Forum

vcubesVerdes Innovations’ V-CUBE has been given an honorary award by the Greek Exports Forum for its success as a newly established export company. The Greek Exports Forum, an internationally recognized body, consists of esteemed businessmen, investment bankers, and government officials and promotes some of the most well-known Greek brands globally.

Viewers Get Chance to Be on TV with The Hub’s Family Game Night Sweepstakes

FGNSweeps_LogoThe Hub Network is holding a “Family Game Night” Sweepstakes, in which fans of the popular family game show will have an opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend a live taping of the series and, pending eligibility, get a chance to be a contestant with his or her family. The sweepstakes kicks off during the “Family Game Night” Marathon, to be April 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight. “Family Game Night” is produced by Hasbro Studios and Zoo Productions.

During the “Family Game Night” Marathon, The Hub will present a secret code word during each hour of the five-hour marathon. Viewers will be asked to enter the code at hubworld.com/fgn by April 11 at 11:59 p.m., and they can enter each code once for a maximum of five entries. [Read more...]

Smart Toys and Games Launches SmartMax Construction Photo Contest on Facebook

PrintSmart Toys and Games Inc. invites SmartMax enthusiasts to participate in a Facebook photo contest to highlight their SmartMax construction talents for a chance to win a monthly SmartMax prize package. SmartMax builders can submit photos between the first and last day of each month and one winner per month will be announced on the SmartMax Facebook page.

U.S. residents can submit photos to contest@SmartToysAndGames.com. Each entry should include full name, age, and shipping address. Some shared photos will be posted on SmartMax’s Facebook page. There is a limit of one entry per month.

SmartMax allows children to explore the world of magnetism in a safe way, thanks to the large, strong, and easy to manipulate pieces. All SmartMax products, from the basic building sets to the themed vehicles, complement one and other and can be used together in structures.

For more information about Smart Toys and Games, visit www.SmartToysAndGames.com.