Calling all builders! BRICK FEST LIVE Chicago

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What: Brick Fest Live Chicago, Lego Fan Experience

Who: Kids of all ages, and their super awesome parents

Where: Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont IL 60018

Why: Because building with blocks/Legos helps your child develop:

*motor skills

*hand-eye coordination

*spacial skills

*divergent/creative thinking

*social & language skills

AND IT WILL BE SUPER DUPER FUN!!

TIPS: 1. kids under 2 attend for FREE. 2. there’s a Groupon for that. 3. wear comfortable shoes & a colorful outfit for pictures 4. make an agreement with your kid prior to attending if you do not want to shop the pop-up Lego store. 5. ENJOY!

GIVEAWAY: Enter here to win a family 4-pack of tickets. Enter by Sunday 9/27/15.

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lego ivy  lego nora walsh kerr

lego amanda simkin  lego mia  lego masterbuilder

Thank you to my Chicago Moms in Business friends for these pictures: ChicagoKids.com, CatBird Baby, Easy Tax Appeals, Eva Ho Photography, Queen of the Land of Twigs ‘N Berries

Everything is awesome!

toyshopkeeper

Summer Carnival at Building Blocks

SUMMER CARNIVAL EVA WITH BALLOONS

The Building Blocks team and I had been tirelessly preparing for “Summer Carnival” for the past 2 months. At 6am Carnival day,  it was raining nonstop but I was still hopeful. The rain came down even harder while we were setting up at 8am. Even under our tents, the sidewalk was accumulating water. Then I started to become unsure whether a small portion of the 180+ families who had registered would even come to play. Luckily, as if someone pushed the big red button, the rain stopped exactly at 10am–at carnival time! It was very rewarding to see smiles everywhere and hear parents say “thank you for this. We love having you in the neighborhood”.

summer carnival

Can’t have a carnival without a prize wheel

SUMMER CARNIVAL PRIZE WHEEL

or entertainment by Musical Magic

or cool games like Archery with Two Bros Bows

TWO BROS BOWS SUMMER CARNIVAL

Everyone loves pampering, by Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa & Beauty Boutique

SUMMER CARNIVAL MANICURES

and hair braiding (& cool punk hair spray), by Rock Candy Salon & Spa

SUMMER CARNIVAL HAIR BRAIDING

Sticky Mosaics were a big hit

SUMMER CARNIVAL BOY WITH STICKY MOSAICS   SUMMER CARNIVAL STICKY MOSAICS

and so were balloons!

SUMMER CARNIVAL EVA WITH BALLOONS   summer carnival dad with baby balloon

Thank you to everyone who came to play with us! Shall we host this event again? Any suggestions on how to make Summer Carnival more fun? Please post in comments.

Until our next playdate,

Katherine-toyshopkeeper

Green is the new black!

green toys sports boat

To say that I love everything about Green Toys doesn’t closely express how truly passionate I am about these products. Every parent wants these for their kids and kids prefer these awesome toys. Let me tell you why:

PARENTS:

-so durable, not even a sumo wrestler can break them (ok, maybe a sumo wrestler)

-made in the USA out of 100% recycled milk jugs. Even the packaging is minimal and 100% receycled materials. Can we ask for any purchase for our that makes us feel that much better about being a do-gooder for our planet and our country??

-super safe & nontoxic. When they get dirty, just put it in the dishwasher. I like the top rack.

green toys construction truck

KIDS:

-are you sick of your parents telling you that you can’t bring a toy to the bath? Tell them Green Toys are waterproof and even more fun with water!

-do you like to play at the beach or in a sandbox? Who doesn’t?? All the Green Toys are easily washable from dirt and sand!

-these toys are fun! Get lost in your own world with a submarine, rocket ship, helicopter, tea set, tractor, tugboat, watering can, tool set and many more cool toys to choose from!

I love offering Green Toys at Building Blocks Toy Store and my kids have been enjoying them for years. My son’s favorite toy for 2 the past years is his Green Toys Seaplane and and my daughter’s favorite is the Fire Truck. Dump Truck is the earned the title of “Mayor” of our sandbox.

I’M GIVING AWAY A TREASURE BOX FULL OF MY FAVORITE GREEN TOYS TO A LUCKY WINNER!!! ***

1 Ferry Boat with 2 Cars

1 set of Building Blocks

1 3-part Train with 2 cute figures

1 Airplane

1 Recycling Truck

My kids approve of my selection…

green toys tai linh chest

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN HERE

Entries through 8/31/15

Forever Green,

toyshopkeeper