Toy Stores Unite to Celebrate – and Share Their Top Toys!

“Who are the people in your neighborhood?” This classic question from the king of children’s television shows, Sesame Street, comes to life this weekend for your local toy store! Local, independently-owned toy stores across the country will celebrate National Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 13th – and we are proud to say that we have been serving our “neighborhood” of State College, PA for more than 30 years!

And as a specialty toy retailer, we are also proud to be a part of ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailer Association, who is not only behind the National Neighborhood Toy Store Day, but also just announced the Best Toys for Kids 2010 Award Winners. We know you have tons of “top toy lists” to comb through this holiday season – including our own, which you can find here – but this list was actually compiled from votes of member toy stores across the nation! Some of the ASTRA Best Toys were already on our top toy list, so we are going to highlight some of the toys you haven’t seen on our blog before – all fun and engaging!

Young Ones

Green Block Set

We know that there are lots of baby and toddler toys from which to choose, but ASTRA toy stores had more than a few favorites to share! From the new Green Block Set from Green Toys to the pull-and-go fun of Henrietta the Pull Along Hen to the hippity-hop play of the Rody Horse – which is Ellen’s favorite – gift givers really can’t go wrong!


We have already featured some of the award-winning games, but ASTRA has given us 2 more game options that are great fun for both kids and the family! If you have steady hands and TONS of patience, then Perplexus just might be the game for you. I do like to play this one-player game, but it kills me that I don’t have the time or energy to finish it! For more family fun, Spot It! is sure to lead to some laughs through its fast-paced play! Plus, it’s so terribly convenient to carry – you can play it almost anywhere!

perplexus Puzzle Game


Did you know that science can be LOTS of fun? Adults – banish all your memories of that dreaded Physics class and embrace the amazing kits that are available for young, energetic minds! An oldie but goodie, Snap Circuits Junior is one of our all-time best selling science kits. Who knew learning electronics could be so easy? And, little environmentalists will love the new Sustainable Earth Lab Science Kit from Thames & Kosmos. This kit introduces kids to sustainability through hands-on experiments, helping cultivate a new generation of scientists that can save the world!

Snap Circuits Jr. 100 Electricity Kit

These are just a few of the many toys that were voted “the best” by toy store owners – people that sell these toys everyday! To view the complete list of Best Toys for Kids 2010, visit the ASTRA awards website at And, if you have time on Saturday, be sure to get out and support your local toy store. We love being the toy store in “your neighborhood!”

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