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Valco strollers on sale

Valco is usually one of the last stroller manufacturers to receive their next model year inventory, so when all the other sales have come and gone, Valco is just getting started. The 2006 Runabout models aren’t expected until the end of April or later, so we’ve been able to negotiate some nice deals with our good friends at Valco, including ... Read More »

A new world order

Erno Rubik’s puzzles have been entertaining people of all ages since 1977. His newest puzzle, Rubik’s World, takes a familiar shape and subjects it to the same scrambling as his famed cube. It seems like it ought to be easier than the Rubik’s Cube, but I was one of those impatient kids who just moved around the stickers to solve ... Read More »

Recall: My First Mobile Phone

International Playthings is issuing a voluntary recall of this popular toy phone. They have found that the antenna can break off, creating a choking hazard. No injuries have been reported. We are working to contact our customers who have purchased this product, but if you have one, please take it away from your child immediately. You can call International Playthings ... Read More »

Belle of the Balls

OK, so check this out. This is a ball-shaped ice cream maker, the Ice Cream Ball. You fill one end with half & half, vanilla and sugar, then you fill the other end with ice and rock salt. Shake it, roll it, and pass it ’round for 10 minutes, stir it, then give it another 10 minutes of activity and ... Read More »

Riding in style

The 2006 Bumbleride collection is out, and these are some very pretty strollers. The fabrics are so sophisticated they seem almost ahead of their time. But not quite. The new and improved Flyer is the most eagerly anticipated of the ’06 lineup, and demand is so high that availability will be somewhat limited for the next few months. The team ... Read More »

Graco thinks big

The new SafeSeat from Graco has arrived, and although it’s been a very quiet product launch, this is one of the most important new arrivals of 2006. Until now, parents have generally accepted that they will need a minimum of three car seats to get from infancy through childhood. Even under the new standards, infant car seats can accommodate babies ... Read More »

When bugs go boom

Little Kids is a company most famous for their no-spill bubble tumbler, a ubiquitous summertime favorite, but this year, they are adding a new, very cool item to their outdoor repertoire. Big Bad Booming Bugs is an electronic observation station for curious kids to learn all about the creepy crawlers in the backyard. For the squeamish, there’s a clever Capture ... Read More »

It’s smart, but is it a buggy?

Check out the new Smart Buggy from Phil and Ted’s, and you’ll discover a sort of cross between a stroller and hand truck. We spent a good amount of time puzzling over one on Friday, and IMHO this is a very innovative concept, but it may still need to work out some kinks before it’s a true success. The good: ... Read More »

Play School

School Days, by Lako Games, is a new game we discovered at Toy Fair. Designed for ages 4 and up, School Days caught our eye because we thought it was fun, which is pretty unusual with games for the very young. It’s a classic board game format, where players navigate along a path, trying to be the first to reach ... Read More »