Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Tomorrow, November 12, is Neighborhood Toy Store Day! Small toy stores across the country will be celebrating the joy of play to launch the Holiday shopping season. Shopping at local owned toy stores is wonderful because you get great customer service and knowledgeable staff, special services (some have free gift wrapping!), and best of all you are keeping your hard earned money in your community.

Many stores will be having special events to celebrate this special day. You can see a list of stores participating here. If you live in the Chicago area, Building Blocks Toy Store will be having costumed characters, giveaways, entertainment, and more at their events.

Check back tomorrow when I will share the 2011 “Best Toys For Kids” list from ASTRA, The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

(Disclosure: I recently went to an event at my local toy store but all thoughts are my own and I was not compensated for posting this information.)

Building Blocks Toy Store

Building Blocks Toy Store (located in Chicago)

15th Anniversary Sale

 20% off everything in stock!!

 October 21, 22, & 23

Friday, October 21: 10am – 7pm

Saturday, October 22: 9:30am – 6pm

Sunday, October 23: 9:30am – 5pm

Stock up on gifts – Did you know you can return anything at anytime, even without a receipt? They have a great exchange/return policy!

And don’t forget:  You’ll also get one entry for every $25 you spend as part of their 15th Anniversary GIANT Giveaway

Find out more about Building Blocks Toy Store on their website.


My family and I attended a “Boogie With Building Blocks” event at the Building Blocks Toy Store in Wicker Park. The boys had such a fun time playing with the train table and the Thomas trains. I loved the selection of items the store had. I had looked all over for “dot” painters and not had any luck but Building Blocks had them! The best thing about the store was that the prices were reasonable. I often think of smaller toy stores as being really expensive but I didn’t find that this was the case at Building Blocks Toy Store.

We enjoyed relaxing in the “Blogger/Media” area (courtesy of ChiIL Mama), I got a mini-manicure next door at JUKO Nail & Skin Rescue, and we loved the fantastic gift bag we got. A huge thanks to Building Blocks for having us and I’m looking forward to the next event there! :)

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but I did receive a gift bag from the store and a mini-manicure while I was there. All thoughts are my own.)