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Warning: Hexabits are addictive

One day, a salesperson sat down at my desk and pulled out a plastic baggie filled with small, flexible hexagon-shaped pieces that interlocked. A new construction toy. I don’t think I paid attention to another word he said. I was totally captivated by my creative efforts, and I was reluctant to return his sample an hour later. Now Hexabits have ... Read More »

Zip-up dee doo-dads

When it comes to organizing the playroom, the smaller toys are usually the hardest to conquer. But now, along comes a new product that not only provides a natural storage space for small pieces, but also enhances playtime by converting into colorful, themed playmats. ZipBins use a series of zippers to transform from storage box to playmat in virtually no ... Read More »

Sidewalk sale preview

This weekend is our famous annual sidewalk sale, when we unload all of our floor model, old and refurbished strollers. We’ve got some amazing deals this year, and in addition to strollers, we’re also selling off some car seats, high chairs and tricycles. There are other great deals, too, on diaper bags, gear and lots of toys. So if you’re ... Read More »

Things are looking up, baby.

There’s a reason why mobiles are a staple item for most new parents. They provide babies with an excellent focal point and healthy visual stimulation. Some mobiles are designed to gently lull an infant to sleep with slow revolutions and soporific music, while others are veritable airborne amusement parks ideal for capturing enough rapt newborn attention that a tired mom ... Read More »

The Ultimate Maclaren: Now Available

Maclaren just keeps raising the bar on luxury. First, they introduced a series of designer Quest strollers, with fabrics by Kate Spade, Lulu Guiness and that most British of plaids, Burberry. Now, they are shipping the brand new CF6506, a stroller so high-tech and luxe that it’s apparently too cool for a normal name. The CF6506 is based on the ... Read More »

Spectrangle: strategy at its best.

This game caught my attention from the moment I saw it, because of its unique triangular packaging. When I read the basic premise of the game, I was impressed and brought one home to try it out. My fiance agreed to play a round with me, and some intense competition ensued. It was incredibly fun and engaging, even for adults. ... Read More »

Hunting for treasure?

Between the Da Vinci Code and the Pirates of the Carribean, treasure hunting is officially in vogue. You can aim high, by trying to scoop the treasure out from under the teams of NBC’s new reality show, Treasure Hunters, or you can join the hunt for a buried Volvo XC90 (an excellent family car, if you can find it). Or ... Read More »

If they’re Not Bloks, what are they?

We’ve just received our first shipment of Not Bloks, a new mega-size construction toy that looks like a lot of fun. Inspired by cardboard box play, these are big sheets of corrugated plastic, and they attach using velcro to form large structures, like playhouses, tunnels, rocket ships, etc. I like that they’re so open-ended, and that they will engage parents ... Read More »

We’re two!

Tomorrow marks two years since we first opened our doors in Brookline. We’re celebrating for the next ten days, culminating in the annual Coolidge Corner Sidewalk Sale, where we will be following our tradition of offering amazing deals on open-box, refurbished and floor model strollers. We have over 50 strollers going on sale, and as soon as our list is ... Read More »