Holiday Toy Roundup

November 26, 2009 "This year parents are being discerning with what toys they plan to buy," Cheryl says. "Active play toys are again popular where children are encouraged to use imagination and creativity. It isn't about quantity, but rather about quality."

The Glen Town Center is located in suburban Glenview. Visit for more information on all of the featured retailers and toys.

Uncle Milton's Star Wars Science The Force Trainer $119.99
(Wishes Toy Wonderland)
This product is seriously mind-blowing….and we mean literally! The child actually uses his or her brain waves to make a ball move up a clear tube! Use the force with this mind-control headset and Jedi training tower. The innovative wireless headset features brainwave-reading technology. Use the power of your mind to move an object. Advance from Padawan to Jedi Knight to Jedi Master. Features Star Wars character voices and sound effects!

Super Mario Brothers for Wii $49.99
(Game Stop)
Developers at Nintendo have dreamed of creating a simultaneous multiplayer Super Mario Bros. game for decades. The Wii console finally makes that dream come true for everyone this holiday season. Now players can navigate the side-scrolling worlds alone as before or invite up to three others to join them at the same time on the same level at any point in the game for competitive and cooperative multiplayer fun. With the multiplayer mode, the newest installment of the most popular video game franchise is designed to bring yet another type of family entertainment into living rooms and engage groups of friends in fast-paced Super Mario Bros. fun.

Shot Zone Mini Hockey by Franklin $39.99
(Dick's Sporting Goods)
The Franklin Shot Zone™ mini hockey goal with stick and ball set features a goal with a convenient folding design and an InnerNet system design to ensure a secure net attachment. Light weight and easy to set up and includes 2 plastic sticks, 1 goalie stick and 2 soft foam mini balls.

Knee hockey is fun for kids and parents where you play the game all on your knees. You don't need a lot of space to play on your knees and the soft foam balls are safer than a traditional hockey puck and can be played indoors.

Wild Creation's frog habitat $26.99
(Wishes Toy Wonderland)
Who says pets have to be messy and hard to take of? These self contained eco-systems house 2 African dwarf frogs in living gravel and only need their water changed 3 times a year. A few little food pellets popped in the tank twice a week will keep your new pets happy and well fed, too. But watching these guys hop around brings the happiness of pet ownership.

U.S.A Map Floor Puzzle $12.99
(The Book Market at Hangar One)
Learn the name and location of all fifty states through building a oversize floor puzzle! Great way to spend a cold winter day with the kids. Educational and fun for everyone.

E-Z-Roller ride on $119.99
(Wishes Toy Wonderland)
Not a luge, not a bike, not a scooter, the EzyRoller moves like a snake, without chains or pedals, using easy right-left leg movements. There are no chains and no batteries - the EzyRoller moves and turns silently. It offers the enjoyment of new locomotion possibilities that can't be experienced on any other bike or ride-on. This ride on is like no other in that you sit in a sling type of seat with your feet on the "pedals," moving your feet back and forth. A simple principle of physics allows the ride on to pick up speed quickly so you'll be glad for the hand brake. The ride on is suitable for children from 4-14+ and comes with different bars to allow for sizing changes.

Madsen Bucket Bike $1,299.00
Madsen Bucket bicycles are arguably the first urban bicycles designed to transport groceries, laundry, surfboards and kids (though not all at the same time). The Madsen Bucket Bike is a stylish European mode of utility cycling, perfect for green minded parents looking to combine urban errand running with fun kid hauling! Featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine and features a specially designed bucket that can carry a load of up to 600 lbs., hold two children and seatbelts to keep them secure.

Melissa & Doug Hand Puppets $16.99
(The Book Market at Hangar One)
Fantastic character and animal puppets...everyone wants to get into the act! Choose from our floor- standing or tabletop puppet theaters (perfect for hand puppets or marionettes) and prepare to raise the curtain on hours of imaginative play.

Cuddle Budz $22.50
CuddleBudz are lightly scented, soothing, microwavable plush animals. Filled with specially treated flaxseed and scented with lavender. These stuffed animals will relax and soothe a child at bedtime and double as a fun toy during the day. They are eco friendly and a great alternative to a security blanket.

Shred Sled $99.99
(Wishes Toy Wonderland)
This wicked cool descendent of the skate board consists of two boards, coupled with a flexible connector, and 4 in line wheels. This 4-wheel, dual-deck carved board makes it SMOOTHER and EASIER to start carving up the streets. It's fun and much easier to control than older 2-wheel generation boards. It's also great for strengthening the legs and waist muscles. The SHRED SLED is a fun way to exercise and gives you a feeling of carving like snowboarding and skateboarding.
The common feedback: "This board rocks!!"

Quadrilla composer $79.99
(Wishes Toy Wonderland)
The 70-piece Quadrilla Melody Basic Set includes 50 pieces of Baltic birch rails and rubber wood blocks plus 5 tones, certain to appeal to a budding builder who also likes to discover melodies while constructing marble runs. Twenty marbles fill out the set and stay put in two catchall trays once they finish their breathtaking, melodic trip down the rails.

Paw Parazzi pet sets $24.99
(Wishes Toy Wonderland)
Looking for the perfect Holiday gift for your little girl? She'll flip for a pet of her own from Pawparazzi. These irresistible animals appropriate the modern paradigm of celebrity, taking it from sordid to smart. Complete with the requisite essentials like a trendy carrying bag, glitzy jewelry and fun fashions that every thoroughly modern gal can't resist, the pets are intended to be positive role models for Generation Next, aiming to alleviate the self-image pitfalls associated with other perfect, plastic playthings that shall remain nameless.

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