November 12: Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Whether you’ve heard of it or not, this Saturday is Neighborhood Toy Store Day!  This is the day were small independent stores across the country do something special to celebrated being apart of your community.  Pretty cool huh?  Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that cool — but once you look into what some of the stores in your area are doing to celebrate I think you’ll see what I’m trying to say.

In my neighborhood in Chicago, there are THREE small local toy and game stores that are joining together to celebrate.  *Play is a children’s toy, book and gift store run by my pal Ann Kienzle in Logan Square, Cat & Mouse is my local game shop in Bucktown and Building Blocks Toy Store is a little further away from me but it’s a classic toy and game store in Wicker Park and they’ve come up with a deal where if you visit all three stores on November 12th you get $30 — one $10 gift certificate to each store.  How cool is that?!

Other stores are doing product giveaways, raffles and charitable contributions or they’re providing special entertainment like bands, face painting, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, game tournaments, yo-yo demonstrations, Hexbug races, and much, much more.

You can find out what’s going on in YOUR neighborhood by visiting the Neighborhood Toy Store Day website (click HERE) or look up your favorite local store on Facebook or Twitter and see what they’re up to!