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by American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   July 29   |   0 Comments
What does it take to run a successful toy store? Product know-how, business savvy, and a great sense of FUN! Meet Tom and Marlene England, owners of Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts in downtown Frederick, Maryland. Known to zoom around on Plasma Cars or take a Flying Turtle for a spin (hey, someone has to do it!), these two know how to have a good time. We caught up with them to talk about their toy store expansion, summer reads and how to kick-back with the kids.

by American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   July 15   |   1 Comment
Children are fantastic inventors. Whether they are dreaming up time portals or dismantling toys to see how they work, their innate curiosity is boundless. Thames and Kosmos science kits celebrate that limitless imagination by cultivating your child’s inner scientist. With a line of more than 80 different kits, T&K is frequently a specialty retailers top pick for kids’ toys. Their Air-Stream Machines kit was a 2013 ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Pick.

by Alyssa LaFaro, edplay   |   July 9   |   0 Comments

 As summer approaches, the prospects increase for family vacations, otherwise known as car/boat/airplane rides from hell, especially when there are small children to keep entertained. Parents will be shopping for toys, games and books that offer quiet, long-lasting, non-messy fun to get kids from place to place. 

by Susan Palsir Huber, Twirl Toy Shop   |   June 17   |   0 Comments
Gorgeous sandy beaches make some of the country’s best playgrounds!  Water, waves, sun and sand are the perfect warm-weather combination for active children.  Family time spent on the beach can be significantly enhanced with a few must-have toys that promise to keep kids busy, engaged and (hopefully) tuckered out at the end of the day!  Here are five fabulous beach toy recommendations from Twirl Toy Shop.

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