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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Celebrating Popcorn Month!

Tweet Today we are taking a closer look at an iconic American snack food – Popcorn! Did you know that October is officially “Popcorn Poppin’ Month”? I just learned this on a neat website by the Popcorn Board,, that provides a great overview on this healthy snack. A good place to start is to […]

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Interact with Playmobil’s Future Planet!

Tweet Playmobil has the neatest world themes and environments, from everyday life to the exciting and whimsical. Some of Playmobil’s new themes, like the Top Agents, have electronic features and more to make the toys truly “high-tech!” One of the latest is the characters of the Future Planet, the E-Rangers and Dark Rangers! These busy […]

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High-Tech Tips for Stargazing

Tweet Have you looked at the night sky recently? We were so impressed earlier this summer with the Curiosity landing, but when the weather allows, there are so many neat things to see just by looking around the sky! But what exactly are you looking at? Or how can you know when to look for […]

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Celebrate Alaska Day!

Tweet Each year, October 18 is a special day in the 49th state of the U.S.! On October 18, 1867, the territory of Alaska was formally transferred to the United States. This transfer was made official during a flag-raising on Fort Sitka, the site of much of the celebration today. Alaska Day is the culmination […]

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Enjoying Autumn Outdoors with Kids

Tweet In the fall season, “outdoor play” means different things depending on where you live! It may involve scenic colors with crunchy leaves, or perhaps it’s finally when the summer heat has subsided enough to actually enjoy time outside! Or if you’re really lucky, maybe there is snow on the ground! Regardless, Autumn is an […]

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Wild Ways to Have Baseball Fun

Tweet The 2012 Major League Baseball regular season has come to a close and now it is time for an exciting postseason! The new Wild Card format this year lets two extra teams earn a spot in the playoffs, with each league’s Wild Card game set for tomorrow, Friday, October 5. While it is fun […]

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