Nov 092012

Neighborhood Toy Store Day logoThis coming Saturday November 10th is the third annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a day to celebrate the local toy stores in your neighborhood. You can find participating toy stores at

The new Neighborhood Toy Store website has been dedicated to help parents, who are looking for the best toys, and it is there to help you locate a store near you, where you can find these toys. The website is also a great resource for parents, as it features articles with expert advice on toys and play time. Neighborhood Toy Store Day is coordinated by non-profit organization ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

The participating toy stores will host local in-store events for families including craft projects, live performances, and you may find special toy discounts in connection with Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

Why should you shop at your local neighborhood toy store?

  • For every $100 spent in local, independently-owned stores, $68 returns to the community in form of taxes, salaries, charitable contributions etc.
  • For every $100 spent at national chain stores, only $43 returns to the community in form of taxes, salaries, charitable contributions etc.
  • Shopping locally gives a sense of community
  • Shopping locally helps community development
  • Shopping locally helps economic stability in the community
  • Shopping locally often provides better customer service
  • Independent toy stores often carries high-quality, boutique and speciality products, which you may not find at big box stores.

Check out some of the award winning toys, which are sold at neighborhood toy stores.

Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road

kids car trackKidoozie Deluze Build-A-Road with Elevator


The Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road with Elevator by International Playthings won ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 Award in the role play category. The set includes more than 240 pieces, including an elevator lift and a turn-around ramp, and it has more than 12 feet of interchangeable track as well as two cars. No tools are needed to set up the track, but the two cars included in the set do need batteries. car track


My boys love the Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road with Elevator, because it is full of action. Not only is it full of speed and action, but they can also make the track in many ways due to the flexibility of the roadway. The roadway is easy to put together, and the elevator as well as the rotating turn-around ramp makes this roadway fun, exciting and exhilarating for young kids with creative minds.



The colorful roadway is easy to put together, and each individual piece can be put together to make up the exact roadway that you want. The Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road with Elevator is recommended for kids ages 3 and up, and it is easy to put together for the little ones. This race track is a hit with my boys, and it is sure to make a great gift this holiday season.


OGO sport Raq

Ogo Sport RAQ from OgoSport

If you have active children, the cool OGO Sport RAQ will make a great gift this holiday season, because it is a fun outdoor game with high-quality discs as well as a fun flux ball. The game is simple, and there are lots of possibilities. Whether you want to use the flux ball that comes with the game, or you want to get creative with a water balloon or other balls in your home, the OGO Sport RAQs functions like a hand trampoline for balls.

OGO Sport Raq

The OGO Sport RAQ is the winner of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 Award in the active play category, and it surely is a simple way to keep active. My kids have several racquet type games, but the OGO Sport RAQs differentiates themselves from our other games with the trampoline type racquets with elastic mesh nets.

The OGO Sport RAQ game is recommended for children ages six and up, and it can be found in independent toy stores across the country.


Feed The Wozzle

Feed The Woozle from Peaceable Kingdom

Feed The Woozle from Peaceable Kingdom, is a fun game for the little ones. There are three different ways to play the game depending on the age group of the children playing. If you are playing with your preschooler age 3 and up, there is a very simple version of the game, where the child simply feed the Woozle with a spoon.

Feed the wozzleTo up the difficult level, you can include the spinner and kids will now have assignments such as doing bunny hops or walking  backwards toward the Woozle with a snack token on a spoon, or you can make it to the last level by closing your eyes and following the other players directions as you attempt to feed the W0ozle.

Feed the Woozle is a simple game with colorful and high quality materials that will thrill the youngest players, and the older kids loves spinning the spinner. Feed the wozzle







Puppet-On-A-Stick from Educational Insights

puppetsPuppet-on-a-Stick from Educational Insights is a fun set of three pupputs on a stick, which kids can use to make plays and create imaginary games. My three-year-old loves the Puppets-on-a-Stick, and his favorite is Fex, because of his one eye. The puppets Kai, Lex and Fez are fun, and easy to use, and they put no limits on your child’s imagination.

The Puppets-on-a-Stick can be made to move in two ways, either by using the lever on the side of the stick, or by pulling down on the ball at the bottom of the stick. This makes it easy for kids of all ages to use the puppets-on-a-stick, and while these puppets are recommended for kids ages 4 and up, my three-year-old son has no problem playing with them or making them move.


Participate In Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012

You can participate in Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012 by visiting a toy store in your community this Saturday November 10th. Check out to find participating toy stores in your neighborhood.

You can also learn more about Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Facebook: New Facebook site:   Facebook/TheWoohooFactor and on twitter   @TheWoohooFactor.                 


Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received complimentary toy samples from ASTRA sample for the purpose of writing a reviews, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with the toys provided by ASTRA.

  2 Responses to “Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012 – Saturday November 10th”

  1. Oh! I’m sad that we moved recently away from my favorite locally owned toy store 🙁 They carried such cute things that you just don’t see everywhere. I guess I will have to search my new town.

  2. Will have to check our local “The Chalkboard” store to see if any specials they may have.. it is our favorite place to go, when we need a gift. The kids like playing with all the toys that are on display, we can actually see what each toy looks like outside of the packaging.. it is also a favorite for teachers to shop for visual aids and toys they need for their classrooms… I love browsing all the selections they have, you can spend a afternoon inside and the kids don’t get bored!

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