Gazillion Bubble Invites All to Celebrate National Bubble Week

Resized,Gazillion Bubble Car with KidsThis week is National Bubble Week, which originally began in 2000 as a way to celebrate spring. For kids, bubbles are a fun outdoor activity during spring and summer, while for adults they symbolize peace, harmony, and beauty. There is currently a Gazillion Bubble Show in New York City, as well as an exhibit at the So Cal Children’s Museum focused on bubbles. [Read more...]

Kurio Teams Up with YouTube Kids App

Techno Source Kurio MotionKD Interactive and YouTube have entered a partnership whereby all new Kurio tablets sold in the U.S. will come preloaded with the new YouTube Kids app. Existing Kurio users will be able to find the YouTube Kids app in the Content Management section of their parent owner account and add it to any child profile.

The YouTube Kids app is packed full of age-appropriate videos, channels, and playlists. It features popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers, and creators all around the world. For parents’ peace of mind, videos in the app are narrowed down to ensure that only relevant and appropriate content for kids is shown.

Adora Launches Third Designed by Kids for Kids Program

Mar9.AdoraContestAdora is on the search for its 2016 Young Designer to help design an outfit for an 18-inch Friends Doll to be available in next year’s Friends line. The Designed for Kids by Kids Program is in its third year, and was created to empower young girls to get creative and design something they’re proud of. [Read more...]

NRF Predicts Imports to Rise as West Coast Ports Work on Backlog

nrfAccording to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise an unusually high 16.9 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports begin to dig out from a backlog of cargo, which built up during the just-concluded contract negotiations with dockworkers.
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Hasbro, Demi Lovato Team Up to Introduce New Twister Moves Line

LovatoHasbro has joined forces with recording artist, performer, and actress Demi Lovato to introduce new ways to move with the Twister Moves line. Lovato will be calling for fans on social media worldwide to play along in The Biggest Game of Twister Ever, and on Tuesday, will take over the Twister Twitter Handle (@Twister) to kick off the campaign.

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ToyBacker Launches First-Ever Crowdfunding Site Dedicated to the Toy Industry

ToyBacker.com LOGOToyBacker has launched toybacker.com, the first crowd-funding site dedicated solely to the toy industry. The site will serve as a hub for creative toy innovators of all types to share their ideas, gather funding, and bring their products to fruition with the financial support of the consumer. [Read more...]

Hasbro Named as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company

Hasbro logoThe Ethisphere Institute has recognized Hasbro Inc. as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company, a designation for organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level. Hasbro has been designated among the World’s Most Ethical Companies since 2012. [Read more...]

Toy Industry Donates Record-Breaking Amount of Toys for Children in Need at Toy Fair 2015

TF DonationA record-breaking 44,000 playthings were donated to The Toy Bank at the close of the 112th North American International Toy Fair in February, according to the Toy Industry Association. Two hundred and seventy companies donated the items, which were valued at $612,000. [Read more...]

New York Lawmakers Try Again to Pass Toxic Toy Bill

On Monday, Republican Senator Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright of New York said they would reintroduce legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children’s toys. The measure, which failed to pass the state Senate last year, would require manufacturers to phase out the use of benzene, mercury, cadmium, and cobalt. [Read more...]

Stephen J. Pasierb Named President and CEO of TIA

StevePasierbHeadshotStephen J. Pasierb will join the Toy Industry Association (TIA) at the end of April as president and CEO. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the growth, development, and oversight of the TIA, and will succeed current president and CEO Carter Keithley, who will retire at the end of April.

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