COMMENTARY: Indoor Toys to Defeat the Colder Weather Blues

I could have sworn that yesterday was the first declared day of summer. Man, it totally flew by! Though I love autumn now, I remember hating the changing of the leaves as a kid—it meant no more pool parties or beach days, and very limited outdoor play as fall turned to winter. Fear not, kids of 2013: there are so many new toys to make indoor play equally as exciting as those water guns and slip ‘n slides. Though I can’t help you with the pool situation (even I will miss the sunshine and water combo), I can give you a list of some of the hottest remote-control and robotic toys for indoor play to get you through the colder weather.

zoomer-150x150For parents who don’t allow dogs in the house, get rid of the constant begging and pleading from your kids with Zoomer, from Spin Master. He does everything that a real dog does—except shed hair and pee in the house! He’s cute and interactive, and he listens and learns commands. The trainable robotic pet will sit, bark, run, play, and even roll over on command. He even lifts his leg when commanded to “Go pee.” Kids can teach Zoomer more than 60 tricks, and the more time spent with him, the more he does—a lesson in pet responsibility. He responds to Spanish, French, and English. He is spotted like a Dalmatian, and he answers to his name, Zoomer! It’s absolutely adorable, doesn’t need regular vet visits, and won’t beg you for food. Win-win! He loves when you pat his head or tickle his tummy; like a real dog, he can’t help but wag his tail. [Read more...]

Children at Colorado Air Force Bases Gifted with Toys and Games

Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services to spread joy to military children. To celebrate the Month of the Military Child, which honors courageousness and the unique challenges faced by children of our nation’s troops, the companies brought toys and games to nearly 3,000 children at Air Force bases throughout Colorado Springs. This event marked the first of many slated for this year under the TIF/BGCA Play Comforts partnership, a national toy distribution program to serve every branch of the military.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and “like” The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Bicycle Cards Kicks Off Yearlong Program

Bicycle Playing Cards, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has kicked off a nationwide program promoting card playing. The yearlong program will invite families to rediscover card playing, emphasizing that cards are a great way for igniting relationships, reconnecting, and engaging in friendly competition.

As a part of the program, game show and TV host Chuck Woolery will invite families to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest “Hearts” tournament. The event, held at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif., will benefit The Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to providing free legal services for impoverished and abused children, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hollywood and Burbank.

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