Kristin Bushong

About Kristin Bushong

I liked my seasonal job at the Growing Tree Toys' warehouse so much, I decided to take on a permanent position in January 2010. Much of the store's selection matches my preferred activities, from arts and crafts to games and puzzles. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, playing the tuba and hanging out with our cat and rabbit! I'm from California and still hooked on my Bay Area sports teams, but you can often find my husband, son and I at State College Spikes games, at the park, or at Growing Tree Toys! In 2005, we had a fun-filled wedding at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, complete with visits by zoo animals!

When I was a kid the coolest birthday party I had was… at Tilt, a very fun (but as I now see, sadly defunct) arcade and family fun center in Cupertino, CA. It was my ninth birthday and my one and only sister had just been born premature a few weeks earlier. My party went on as scheduled, and I also had the luxury of having some extended family from Pennsylvania attend! At a stressful time it was a fun day of pizza, soda and cake, and of course, tokens, tickets and mediocre prizes.

When I was a kid the coolest thing that ever happened to me in elementary school was… the fact that I was on national TV several times! Our school was chosen to be pen pals with another in Minnesota. We chatted (literally) over these awesome Minitel's, little computers that plugged into our phone lines. "Homework" was literally going home and emailing our pen pals. I know I was interviewed about how "cool" it was, or something, and it replayed EVERY HOUR on CNN Headline News for an entire day. I look back and thank the school for leading me to my computer addiction today.

When I was a kid my very best friend and I used to… make up crazy ways to make money. (I was matron of honor at her wedding, and told this story.) One time we insisted on starting a "fruit stand" outside her house. (Mind you, in the middle of the day exactly NO traffic would be going by.) So her mom drove us to the store, bought all the fruit, and helped us set up. At the end of the day, when no one but her mom had bought anything, she bought it all back from us. I believe we went back to recycling aluminum cans after that...

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Pro Hockey is Back!

Tweet Fans of the National Hockey League rejoiced this weekend as the NHL and players union agreed to a deal to get back on the ice, ending a half-season long lockout. We’re happy to finally see the players play again! With cold and snow in many parts of the country, and along with the NHL […]

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Teeny Tiny Nanoblocks are Great Big Fun!

Tweet Have you ever been to the Taj Mahal? Or have you seen a koala bear up close? Not only can you see these and more, you can build authentic replicas AND hold them in the palm of your hand! Check out Nanoblocks – building sets that are like no other! Nanoblocks are similar to […]

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Lights for Life: Helping Kids and the Planet

Tweet Each exciting holiday season, there are new toys, tasty treats, and lots of family fun. But with that often comes quite a bit to discard, and hopefully, recycle! While we know to break down cardboard to recycle, keep gift bags for next year, properly dispose of the tree, and maybe even compost uneaten food, […]

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Five Festive Cookie Recipes

Tweet My family loves to spend time in the kitchen – cooking, baking, and eating, of course! My almost 18-month old is getting his first “taste” of baking cookies this holiday season. He especially enjoyed rolling Snickerdoodle dough balls in sugar! We have ten recipes on our list this year, and thought we should share […]

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Top Ten Toddler Toys

Tweet Toddlers are so busy! We have put together a great list of ten toys that are perfect for this budding age group, helping them use their skills while developing new ones. Enjoy! Water Symphony Bath Toy This fun toy for the tub is a perennial favorite of Growing Tree Toys’ shoppers. The eight colorful […]

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Six Preschool Games for Gifting

Tweet Are you shopping for gifts for young children? Check out some toys that are fun to play and challenging for the mind – our fun selection of Preschool Games! We have games that are quiet, noisy, for group play, for solo play, and everything in between. Read on for more on a select six […]

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