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Retro Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Ride-On for Kids

The official licensed Wonderlanes Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, designed by Beyond Infinity, is a 12V battery powered ride-on vehicle for kids. the red, black, and white van is available to purchase on Amazon.

Do you want to go back in time to the 1960s? So please drive your own Battery-Operated Volkswagen T1 Camper Van! This Samba bus is equipped with 2 Opening Doors, Light up Dashboard, Sound Effects, Working Head Lights, Tail Lights and Battery Capacity Indicator. Young little drivers will be entertained. With the 12 Volts Battery Power, it can reach a maximum speed of 3.7 mph. If you are 3 years old or above and weigh under 88 pounds, please don’t hesitate and grab your Volkswagen T1 Camper Van. You will be thrilled.

Order HERE.

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Super Heroic Sneakers

Super Heroic, is looking to change the way kids play and think about self empowerment with a brand new line of running sneakers.

Founded by Nike’s former global design director, Jason Mayden, these sneakers are designed from the ground up with youngsters in mind. Mayden was inspired to start this project when he had a hard time finding active shoes for his child that weren’t just pint-sized versions of adult running shoes. 

Their shoe known as the Tumblr V1 Galactix features a unique design with a dual density midsole, rubber outsole, and sleek upper with a stretchy rubberized band for support. No more laces to come undone and trip over!

Check out this video of my daughter Elli unboxing her shoes:

The packaging is incredibly unique and fun. Each pair of shoes is stored in a shuttle-inspired tube that makes fun noises when twisted open. A backpack that morphs into a cape and colorful stickers are also included.

You can order Super Heroic shoes HERE for $80 in one of three colors; space purple, black, or blue.

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I Am Neil Armstrong By Brad Meltzer

My 8 year old daughter, Elli adores the Ordinary People Change the World book series by Brad Meltzer. His upcoming book is about the beloved astronaut Neil Armstrong whose journey to the moon is the focus of the fifteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling collection of biographies about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

The 40 page hardcover book will be released on September 11, 2018 and you can order it HERE. Age range 5-8 years.

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Dinner DJ, An Interactive Dinner Set for Kids That Emulates a Record Turntable

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Get your dinner spinning with DIinner DJ ($28). Interactive melamine dinner set has a “tone arm” combo spoon-knife-fork, interactive twistable knobs and a record-style spinning plate… all to help make you the master DJ of dinner! Crank up the fun factor with Dinner DJ!

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The Dinner DJ is available for pre-order at Fred & Friends.

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Land of Nod Jetaire Camper Play Tent & The S’more The Merrier Campfire Set

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One of the exciting perks of writing a blog is finding packages at the front door with unique items to test, try out and often times keep. It’s like Christmas for me every day.

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This week two boxes arrived that were filled with one of my favorite items to review in the last 6 years.

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Land of Nod was kind enough to send me their Jetaire Camper Play Tent and the S’more The Merrier Campfire Set. The official tester was my wife Patricia who set up the set in 5 minutes and my 5 year old daughter Eliana who was elated to arrive home from school and see a beautiful realistic fabric camper occupying our Family Room.

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The camper is made of cotton canvas, measures 79″ W x 38.5″D x 46″H and features embroidered and patchwork details such as an awning and curtains that look just like the real thing. The Jetaire Camper Play Tent ($249) features seven windows, an embroidered license plate, logo and patchwork tires.

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To enhance your child’s camping playtime Land of Nod also offers the 20 piece S’more The Merrier Campfire Set ($69) which includes 4 plush logs, 14 plush stones, a plush hot dog, a plush marshmallow, 2 roasting sticks and 2 plush fire flames.

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My crafty wife purchased a battery operated lighting set at Home Depot for $14 and added it to the ceiling of the camper for nighttime play. Now my daughter only wants to read books and play in her camper. I cannot recommend these items highly enough for their ease of setting up, sturdy construction, fun features and the endless hours of fun and make believe you will share with your children!

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Sesame Go: A New Video On-Demand Service to Access Your Furry Friends in Full-Length Episodes, Anytime

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Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, today announced Sesame Go, a new subscription video on demand service which provides the latest and greatest collection of full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street on the internet. Sesame Go is powered by the Kaltura MediaGo OTT Solution.

Sesame Go provides a safe, ad-free environment to watch your favorite Sesame Street content while using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Available as a web service through any internet browser, and optimized not only for Mac and PC computers but also for tablets and mobile devices, Sesame Go provides families with a child-friendly platform to instantly watch the latest full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street, plus hundreds of episodes from prior seasons and Sesame Classics Volume 1 and 2. The service also includes episodes from seasons one and two of Pinky Dinky Doo, the animated series for children ages 4-6 produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza, which uses storytelling and games to guide the characters through lessons in vocabulary and problem solving. Subscribe to Sesame Go at www.sesamego.com for $3.99/month or $29.99/year.

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Pwints: Art For The Young & The Young At Heart

Pwints gathers some of the best artists and illustrators working today and has them create brand new prints that would be perfect for a child’s room.

Artist such as Kevin Tong, Drew Millward, James Flames, Ken Taylor, Tom Whalen, Dan McCarthy and Dave Perillo have created whimsical colorful beautiful affordable art that you will be proud to hang and enjoy in your child’s room (or your room)!

The prints are made in limited batches by small, independent American companies. Only the highest quality paper, inks, and processes are used. Furthermore, almost all of our products are exclusive to the site, so you won’t find them anywhere else.

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Alphabet Factory by Kevin Tong – $35.00

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Circus Bear by Drew Millward – $25.00

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Dino Buddies by James Flames – $30.00

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Fox by Ken Taylor – $30.00

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Frankenstruct by Tom Whalen – $20.00 

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The Fall (Triceratops) by Dan McCarthy – $30.00

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The Solar System by Dave Perillo – $25.00

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Our House In The Woods by Teagan White – $30.00

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Will Transform San Francisco Into Gotham City For Batman-Themed Wish From Five-Year Old Miles

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Five-year-old Miles has leukemia. Described as “a sunny, positive little boy,” Miles finds strength in the super hero characters that he loves. Next month the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation will help everyone find strength in Miles when they make his dream of becoming Batman come true.

Miles’ big day as Batman happens on November 15th, when the San Francisco/Gotham Police Chief will put out a call for help cleaning up our city. Miles, along with a grownup Batman sidekick, will jump into action answering the chief’s call and taking to the streets of San Francisco in the “real” batmobile. The people from Make-A-Wish Bay Area, describe the plot of Miles’ real-life comic book day:

“After rescuing a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks in Nob Hill, and capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batman will eat his lunch at the Burger Bar in San Francisco – directly above Union Square. While at Burger Bar, he will get a call on his batphone to go to the window – where he will look down and see a huge group of volunteers jumping up and down asking for Batman’s help. Why?

Because the Penguin will be kidnapping a famous Gotham City mascot! The getaway car will be visible on Union Square (a convertible so that everyone can see what is happening), and the chase will be on!

After catching the Penguin, Batman will make his final stop at City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of Gotham City will thank him and give him the key to the city. We plan on having hundreds of volunteers and donors collected to cheer and thank our Batman!”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation promises more details about the event will follow soon and, of course, everyone in S.F. is welcome to come out on November 15th to cheer on the hero this city deserves.

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New York Public Library Unveils Top 100 Children’s Books of The Last 100 Years

The New York Public Library (NYPL) today unveiled its first-ever list of the top 100 kids books of the last 100 years, curated by librarians, called “100 Great Children’s Books.” Marking the occasion, acclaimed children’s book creators Judy Blume and Eric Carle (who both appear on the list) participated in a panel discussion at the library’s Trustees Room and read from their popular works.

You can check out the list HERE.

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Batman Car Seat With Built-in Cape

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KidsEmbrace, a company specializing in child safety equipment, has released a crime fighting Batman Car Seat with built-in cape that is sure to keep your toddlers cozy and safe while driving. The car seat is available to purchase ($155) online from KidsEmbrace at Amazon.

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