Our Favorites From The Chicago Toy & Game Fair

(Disclosure: My family attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair as media and received some free toys and games. I also purchased some items there. All thoughts are my own.)

Last Saturday morning we spent time playing at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. There were lots of great games and toys, some that we had seen before and many that were new to us. Here are some of our favorites we found:

Tenkai Knights

Tenkai Knights are small bricks that turn into figures about the size of LEGO men. My boys both loved these even though they are a bit too young for them (the package says 6-14). There are also larger sets to build that go with these Tenkai Knights.

Chuggington Trains and Track Sets

We love Chuggington at our house and have many of the trains and sets. The folks from Chuggington set up this tall track by hooking together multiple sets and all the kids went wild over it. These trains and track sets would make a great gift for preschoolers!

Pokemon Battle Arena

Jacob, my 5 year old, has just gotten into Pokemon lately. He enjoyed playing with the characters that went along with this Battle Arena but the arena itself was a little too advanced for him. This would make a great gift for the Pokemon lover who is about 7-9 years old.

Pop The Pig

Pop the Pig is a fun game for preschoolers that both boys enjoyed checking out. It will be under our Christmas tree this year.

Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts is the perfect activity for a rainy day. Kids build a structure with the pieces and then use a blanket or sheet to create a fort. Lucas loved sitting inside the igloo fort they made.

 Overall, we had a ton of fun. So many new games and toys were added to our Christmas list!

Chicago Toy & Game Fair {Giveaway}

The North Pole might as well be in Chicago the week before Thanksgiving, as over 25,000 visitors will head to Navy Pier to shop and play with thousands of toys and games on display from over 250 exhibitors. The 10th anniversary Chicago Toy & Game Fair, the largest public toy and game show in the nation, features the holiday season’s newest offerings from some of the bestselling brands in the world, as well as critically acclaimed, award-winning games from independent retailers.

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held at Navy Pier in Festival Hall A on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th.

Highlights include:

All Weekend:

– Giant-sized games such as: Bananagrams, Perplexus, Doggie Doo, Word on the Street, Pajaggle, and more
– Settlers of Catan North American Catan Championship
– Meet the Moshi Monsters
– Autographs from renowned toy and game inventors
– Free contests and game tournaments
– Speed Stacks sport stacking demonstrations and tournaments


-Young Inventor Challenge
-Stars Wars Lunch (Additional Cost)
-Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest
-Top Trumps Guinness Book of World Records Attempt


-Stage Performances from Radio Disney, Blues Clues LIVE! presented by Naperville’s Center Stage Players, Elan Dance
Company, Ben’s Bubble Show, Lil’ Buds Theater and more.
-Boy Scouts Top Trump Tournament ((Boy Scouts are admitted into the Fair an hour early)
-Pony Royale Princess Party (Free pony to each girl, while supplies last.)


FREE ADMISSION FOR: Teachers, librarians, members of the military, Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform, children under 3 years of age. On Sunday, grandparents accompanied by kids admitted free of charge.
$10: ages 14+
$5: ages 3-13
(Click here for ticket info and a $2 off coupon)

Win Tickets!!

I will be giving one weekend Family pack away each week!

Winners Chosen: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15

How To Enter:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

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2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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6) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends November 15, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this information. I received tickets last year and it was a lot of fun so I wanted to offer tickets to my readers this year even though I can’t attend. This giveaway is only for tickets to get into the fair and doesn’t include travel, parking, or any other expenses. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Doodle Roll {Review and Giveaway}

I discovered Doodle Roll at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair and thought it was a great concept and would make a wonderful stocking stuffer or travel companion.

Doodle Roll is a portable art activity kit that comes with crayons and a roll of paper. It has 15 feet of paper so it will keep the kids busy for a while. It’s also great for when you have more than one child wanting to color because there is enough paper for everyone. If that wasn’t enough, the package is designed for safe, easy tear off of the paper and if you want to keep it all on one roll the paper can easily be pushed back into the dispenser.


Doodle Roll can be purchased online or at a local retail store.

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One reader will win a Doodle Roll activity kit


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3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

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5) Tweet: “Win a portable art kit from @doodleroll and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

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7) Blog about this giveaway

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered (find them here)

Giveaway ends on January 16, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a Doodle Roll to review but all thoughts are my own.)

BROBO Review {And A Cute Video For The Kids}

One of my favorite toys from the Chicago Toy and Game Fair was the stuffed animals of BROBO and friends. I am not a huge fan of stuffed animals at all because I just feel they sit there and take up a lot of space but these little guys are so cute that they just won me over. The company let me pick one to take home to my children and I chose TREX the dinosaur. I like that the tag has a little bit about the kids new friend. It says, “TREX likes pizza, sharing, drawing, knock-knock jokes, and pizza.” Must really be a fan of pizza just like my little guys! These are very soft plush animals and feature an easy clean surface. Check out the boys loving on their new friend, TREX:


BROBO and his friends also have a video on YouTube that I discovered. It’s a song to help kids learn numbers and Jake watched it with a huge smile and wanted to keep watching it over and over again:

Coming in 2012 they will have light up BROBO robots. I saw the prototype at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair and they lit up when you put their hands to their chests.

Their website is not up yet but BROBO and his robot friends can be found on Facebook.

(Disclosure: I received a BROBO robot to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Chicago Toy And Game Fair {Ticket Giveaway}

The largest public game and toy fair is coming to Chicago November 19-20, 2011. At the Chicago Toy and Game Fair you can play, preview, and purchase the hottest new toys and games so it is a great way to kick off your Holiday shopping. There is lots to do for the whole family including live entertainment, free tournaments and contests, Star Wars breakfast, giant-sized toys and games, and costumed characters roaming the fair. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child and ages 3 and under are free. You can find more information on their website here.


Four readers will each win a family pass to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair

(One winner will be chosen per week- 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14)


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1) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS

2) Tell me what your child’s/grandchild’s favorite toy is

3) Check out ChiTag’s website and tell me what you are most looking forward to

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Write a blog post about this giveaway and include a link to this post

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which you entered

8) Stumble, digg, or social bookmark this giveaway

9) Tweet “Enter to win a family pass to ChiTAG from @aliciamarie112 (4 winners!) at www.makingtimeformommy.com

10) Comment on one of my non-giveaway posts

Giveaways end on four different dates with four different winners. Winners chosen Monday, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14.

(Disclosure: I received a family pass to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair and will be attending the media preview. All thoughts are my own.)

Chicago Toy and Game Fair Ticket Giveaway

Do you live in the Chicago area or will you be visiting this month? I have a family pass to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) to give away.

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the only toy and game fair open to the public. Every Fall funseekers come from far and wide to join us for two whole days of previewing and playing the hottest and latest new toys and games! Come to be dazzled and enchanted, come to learn and explore, come to mingle and participate in a magical community event but most of all, come to have fun!

2010 Dates and Hours

Saturday, November 20 : 10am to 6pm

Sunday, November 21st : 10am to 5pm

HOW TO ENTER (Leave a comment for each):

Leave a comment below letting me know you are interested in going.

Tweet: “#Chicago area tweeps: enter to win a family pass to #ChiTAG the Toy & Game Fair from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

(If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry! I have a couple more chances to win in the coming weeks!)

Giveaway ends November 7, 2010 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: Thanks to Child’s Play PR and Team Mom for sponsoring this giveaway and for giving my family a ticket to ChiTAG as well.)