Monthly Archives: February 2011

21st Century Toys For Modern Kids at 2011 Toy Fair

Can you imagine having the job of toy trend specialist? According to Reyne Rice, who tracks international toy trends for the toy and youth entertainment industry, it’s “the best job in the world.” Last week, Reyne was on 24/7, scouting … Continue reading

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Have a Special Memory About Play? This Video Contest’s For You

The National Museum of Play at The Strong is an awesome museum completely dedicated to exploring the world of play, located in Rochester, New York. I have visited twice and was completely taken away—it is simply magical. My dad and teenage sons visited two summers … Continue reading

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Crazy Nail Colors

I got to see my adorable niece Ida (5 yrs) and nephew Reggie (almost 3 yrs) yesterday, as well as their parents—my sister-in-law, Caitlin and brother-in-law, Jonathan. This is always a treat for me because I love playing with them, … Continue reading

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When Toys Come Alive in a Virtual World

The nature of play continues to evolve in new and interesting ways. Depending on the child, kids today have as much fun playing in the real world as they do playing in virtual worlds.  This morning, I attended a preview of Activision’s next … Continue reading

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Toy Fair Takes Over New York City

It’s that time of year again, when the annual American International Toy Fair–this year marks the 108th event at the humongous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center–takes over New York City, Having spent 6 years overseeing public relations for Toy Fair, … Continue reading

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GE’s Dancing Elephant Brings Memories of Fantasia

Seeing General Electric’s commercial this weekend which features an elephant gaily dancing to Sing, Sing, Sing instantly triggered memories of the 1940 Walt Disney masterpiece, Fantasia. One of the most highly regarded of the Disney classics, Fantasia is a symphonic … Continue reading

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Playing with “Oscar”

One might speculate that we are all “playing” a bit too much online these days, checking and posting on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Linked In or whatever your favorite online destination may be. In addition to being fascinated by play, … Continue reading

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