The Toy and Game Expo is being held this weekend at the Ernst & Young Centre at 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa ON. Admission is 12$/Adult for the day and you can save 2$ if you purchase your ticket on-line ( http://toygameexpo.com/visitors/tickets/ ) or bring a food donation for a $2 discount on your ticket! Children 12 and under are FREE! The show will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday November 03. The kids and I went to explore, preview, purchase and play with the newest and hottest toys and games.
This is an amazing hands on expo that had lots of surprises in store for this momma! The exhibitors range from toy stores, inventors, comic book stores, magazines, and of course all kids of toys and games. A big hit was the oversized games the kids can play. The hands on means that the kiddos try before they buy. You may be surprised at what gets your child’s imagination going and truly entertains your child.
The kids loved the huge dinosaur stuffy, an enormous “The Settlers of Catan”, a bigger than life “Connect 4”, a spot where 122,000 bricks of Lego were piled high and the oversized Twister-Inspired game was a hit as well. My two kiddos and their two friends had hours of hands on fun. I had a chance to shop and chat with the exhibitors.
One toy that I never thought of getting the girls is the phenomenon known as “Speed Stacks“. My daughter and her friends were in awe of the 7-year-old who could stack the cups so easily and fast! The girls were stuck to this exhibit and tried to beat their last best time. The exhibitors showed real patience teaching the kids the rules and technique behind this art.
The second surprise toy that caught my youngest attention is called the Maker Junior Doodling Robot Kit. This is a DIY robot that is made out of a Solo cup, 3 markers, wires, a DC motor, a battery and a cork. The cork offsets the motor, much like an uneven load of laundry in the washer, causing the robot to dance about and leave a doodle behind. My 6-year-old was in awe and asked to take one home. How could I refuse such a great toy? Fun and educational.
Overall the Toy & Game Expo was a hit and well worth the price of admission. You will find what you are looking for and a whole lot more. Enjoy!