Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2018 (Giveaway)

Thanks to ChiTAG for sponsoring this post and hosting my family for the past several years.

It’s hard to believe that the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (lovingly referred to as ChiTAG) is only about a month and a half away! The 2-day toy and game extravaganza will be held at Navy Pier, Festival Hall A, on November 17th-18th. This is one of my family’s favorite events to go to and it really starts our holidays off right. My kids love checking out all the new games and toys that are on the market before they make their Christmas wish lists. (See our favorites from last year here.) Plus, the Saturday of the fair is the same day as the Festival of Lights Parade on Michigan Avenue so you can make a day of it in the city!

The 16th annual Fair is the largest non-hobby toy and game fair open to the public in North America and we love that it happens in one of the best cities in the U.S.- Chicago! There is something for everyone at the fair but here are some special events that will be happening during the 2018 fair:

  • NERF Laser Ops Course
  • Enter the Young Inventor Challenge
  • Beer Garden with Popular Adult and Party Games
  • Baby and Toddler PlaySpace
  • Meet Santa and Meet Princess-Etch-A-Sketch
  • Stratego National Trounament
  • Interactive Exhibits, Test out Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves
  • Photo Ops: Snap a photo with some of your favorite characters from Star Wars!
  • Meet Toy & Game Inventors from Around the World
  • Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays
  • Yo-Yo Championship – Contestants from Coast to Coast
  • Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show
  • Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows, Contests
  • Sensory Power Hour for special needs families (Details coming soon!!)

You can purchase your tickets to the fair here. Also, educators, librarians, and scouts in uniform get in free.

This year I’m also giving away a free weekend family pass to the fair (2 adults + 4 kids max – value $128). Enter below.

Good luck!

 

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Chicago Toy & Game Fair (Giveaway)

Thanks to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair for sponsoring this post.

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) is coming back to Chicago next month! This is, by far, one of my boys’ favorite events of the year. Imagine an expo hall full of fun games and toys to check out. As a parent, I love it because I can get some ideas for Christmas presents and buy them at wholesale prices while we are at the fair.

The 15th annual ChiTAG is being held November 18th – 19th, 2017. It’s the same weekend as the Festival of Lights Parade downtown so my family loves to make a day of it on Saturday! Here are some of the exciting things this year’s fair features:

  • Giant Soggy Doggy will be at the fair Saturday and Sunday! Come join and see if you get soaked!
  • U.S. National Rummikub Championship Tournament {Register here | must be 18 or older} Winner gets all expense paid for 2 to Israel for World Rummikub Tournament.
  • Young Inventor Challenge (deadline October 28th)! Amazing Prizes & Meet Toy and Game Executives and Inventors + Meet the Last Year’s Winners of Ship of Treasures!
  • Meet Inventors! Come say “hello”, take your photo and get inside knowledge on what it takes to invent a game or toy! You’ll be able to say you knew them before they were hot!
  • National Yo-Yo Championship: Over 50+ Professional YoYo Competitors from Coast to Coast Saturday, November 18th!
  • Play for Peace Art Sculpture by Chicago toy inventor turned sculptor Jeffrey Beslow
  • Photo Ops: Snap a photo with some of your favorite characters from Star Wars!
  • Demo Areas: Play and test the hottest toys and games with your family, friends, and other attendees like Legos playsets, Build or Boom, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, Rummikub Twist, Fish Food, all new Doggie Doo, Greedy Granny, Ultra Dash, Marbleocity, Automoblox, Magformers, Tileblox, Clicformers, Ice Cool, King Frog, Reef Route, Woo-Hoo, Flower Fairies, Peter Rabbit Secret Garden, 8-Bit Art Mario and many more!
  • LIVE Unboxing: Check out live unboxings from our Play Influencer team!
  • Holiday Shopping: Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays and take advantage of the many “ChiTAG exclusive” discounts.
  • Local Entertainment: Interact with Chicago’s local play celebs – Ben’s Bubble Show, Mercy Magic, meet Princess Etch, and many more!
  • Stage Performances: Kids LIVE Brush-A-Thon, The Good Time Kids, Young Inventor Challenge, Élan Dance Company, Improv by Kevin Reader and Chicago Kids Media are live on stage Saturday and Sunday!
  • Interactive Exhibits: Experience a fun filled day with hands-on displays encouraging and promoting the world of play! There are fun crafts like Make your Own Fairy Garden, Ultra Dash Challenge, Marbleocity Marble Coaster and Automoblox Build and Race!
  • Giveaways! Many exhibitors will be giving away toys and games throughout the day.

I love how family-friendly this event is and that includes being inclusive of those who have special needs. Super Power Sensory Hour is a free event that allows families of children with special needs to navigate, acclimate and easily access the fun of the fair with less crowds and less wait time. (More details on Super Power Sensory Hour and tickets for special needs families can be found here.)

General admission tickets for children and adults can be purchased here. Use the code ChiTAGPLAY for 50% off the ticket price. (Teachers and Scouts in uniform get in free!)

TICKET GIVEAWAY!! I’m giving away 4 family weekend passes for ChiTAG. Each free family pass is good for 2 adults + 4 kids (max). Enter to win below!
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Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2016

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) is coming back to Navy Pier for another weekend of fun, November 19th and 20th. This is the only toy and game fair that gives the public a chance to learn about (and play!) with the hottest new toys and games. Last year my boys were excited to see Shopkins and Skylanders there and can’t wait to see what fun new things will be at the fair this year! Many of the game and toy inventors will be there as well and I always enjoy meeting them and finding out how they came up with their ideas.

Here are some of the fun things you’ll find at the fair this year:

  • Walk inside the World’s Largest PomPomWow!
  • Inventor Meet and Greet throughout both days!! Want to meet the inventor of BopIt? Operation? Jenga? Nerf? Twister? You can say “hello” and get inside knowledge from all – they’ll at the Fair. Also meet upcoming inventors and try their products out. You’ll be able to say you knew them before they were hot!
  • Yo-Yo Championship – Contestants from Coast to Coast
  • Attend the Star Wars Lunch
  • Enter the Young Inventor Challenge & Young Tech Challenge (free!) Amazing Prizes & Meet Toy and Game Executives and Inventors
  • Test drive vehicles from RazorPeg Perego and RadioFlyer Mini Tesla!!
  • Mommy & Gracie Show Unboxing! Did you catch last year’s unboxing?? https://youtu.be/wslvGlPjDQs
  • IllumiCraft STEM-based Craft Party with Gift
  • Upon A Craft Line Holiday Project
  • Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show
  • Test out New Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves
  • Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows, Contests, Laser Tag, Crafts, Characters, GameTruck, Knockerball and much more!

For those families who have children with special needs you’ll want to check out the Super Power Sensory Hour hosted by The National Lekotek Center! ChiTAG will open its doors one hour early for these children and their families, providing them with free admission and an exclusive experience from 9-10am, before the fair opens up to the general public, allowing kids with special needs to navigate, acclimate and easily access the fun of the fair. As a mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum I love that they are doing this!

For $3 off of admission to the fair you can register here and use the promo code CHITAG3.

Hope to see you there :)

 

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}

(Disclosure: I am receiving free tickets and attending their complimentary media breakfast but thoughts are my own.)

Kick off your holiday fun! Go to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, the largest toy and game fair in the US that’s open to the public. Come out to preview, play with the hottest new TOYS and GAMES from around the world, and meet the inventors who created them. Other fun includes: tournaments, contests, meet costumed characters, see Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew, live stage entertainment, contests, and much much more!

I went two years ago and found lots of great new toys and games for my family.

Where:

Navy Pier, Festival Hall A

When:

Saturday, November 23, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Click here for ticket info and a $2 off coupon.

GIVEAWAY:

3 people will win Weekend Family Passes to ChiTAG

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Tell me what your favorite game or toy is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends November 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and 18 or older to win. This giveaway includes tickets only. All other fees including parking/travel are the responsibility of the winner.

Reverse Charades {Review and Giveaway}

I’m sure you are all familiar with Charades- the game where one person acts out a word for their teammates to guess. While regular Charades is fun, Reverse Charades will have you laughing until your sides hurt. Imagine a team full of people acting out the same word {but not able to talk or communicate with each other} while one person attempts to guess what the word is. The team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as they can. Words like: synchronized swimming, piñata, paparazzi, dogpile, leapfrog, pillow fight or CPR. My first one was Dentist. Imagine acting that one out as a team when nobody knows who is the dentist and who is the patient because you can’t discuss it! Take a look at the video above for a demonstration of this game. It’s hilarious!

If you are still looking for some Christmas gift ideas I really think anyone 6 and over would love this game! Reverse Charades would make a great party game and the Junior edition of the game is wonderful for family bonding time.

BUY IT:

Find out where you can purchase the game here.

WIN IT:

One person will win their choice of Reverse Charades or Reverse Charades {Junior Edition}

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Leave a comment telling me what word you think would be funny to act out as a team.

2) “Like” Reverse Charades on Facebook

3) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Follow Reverse Charades on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Enter another one of my giveaways (found here)

8) Subscribe via email or RSS (look in the upper right corner)

Giveaway ends January 22, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received a copy to review but all thoughts are my own. 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.

BUY IT:

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

“Like” them on Facebook

WIN IT:

One reader will win a Doodle Roll activity kit

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Tell me who you think would love a Doodle Roll

2) Follow @DoodleRoll on Twitter

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

6) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS (look in upper right corner)

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.)

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.)