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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Play Ball! Outdoor Fun with Baseball Toys

Tweet You know it’s spring when Major League Baseball is underway. Boasting over two weeks of games played without a rainout, the early spring weather has cooperated as well. Whether your child is on a team and eyeing the big leagues, or you’re looking for a new activity for the backyard or the park, our [...]

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Earth Day 2010: Gardening Fun for Kids

Tweet This second post of our Earth Day 2010 series highlights one of easiest ways to not only help the Earth, but enjoy the great outdoors. Nothing says “green” like gardening, and what better way is there to teach your kids about sustainability and healthy eating? Here we showcase a few of our favorites from [...]

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Earth Day Posts All Month Long at the Growing Tree Toys Blog!

Tweet The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and was started by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. (Read the whole history here!) On that day, in the height of social activism, 20 million Americans took to the streets to shed some light on growing environmental concerns. This is the first in a series [...]

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Fun April Events for Your Family!

Tweet Well, if you didn’t already know, yesterday’s fun blog post was our salute to April Fool’s Day! Now that your calendar is turned to April, we wanted to highlight some special (and fun!) days and observances in the fourth month of the year. Celebrate all month long. April is also National ___ Month! So [...]

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Remembering an Elastic Multitasker

Tweet I can’t think of another toy that has such a specific use for both indoors and out, but is just as fun wherever you choose to play it. I’m talking about none other than a Chinese Jump Rope! For several years of my young life, I wouldn’t go anywhere without my purple and green [...]

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Automoblox: In the Fast Lane!

Tweet Manufacturer of the coolest wooden cars around, Automoblox had some exciting news to share recently: Automoblox announces their sponsorship of Highcroft Racing. The Automoblox logo will be featured on the rear of the #1 HPD ARX-01c chassis that Highcroft will campaign in this year’s American Le Mans Series. (via Facebook) How cool is that? [...]

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