Monday, October 15, 2012

Win 4 Free Tickets to ChiTAG--Chicago Toy & Game Fair #chiTAG

ChiTAG or The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is one of our family's favorite annual events!!   This year we'll be celebrating 10 years of ChiTAG fun with 6 weeks of great give aways for our readers.   

On our Winning Wednesdays we'll pick a new family 4 pack winner EVERY week starting now through 11/14-that's 6 winners!   

We'll be featuring our past, photo filled ChiTAG coverage, original hot toy reviews, inventor features, and more every week as we count down to ChiTAG on November 17th & 18th.   Enter here for your chance to win.   Enter early and often.   Entries from prior weeks do carry over.

*Wait for Rafflecopter to load up right here (if you've gone through RSS feed or are scrolling down the blog and don't see it, click on the actual page title or "a Rafflecopter giveaway link" and it should pop right up).   Enter like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.

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Thanks to ChiTAG for once again providing us with 6 sets of 4 tickets for our give aways.

**Click here for a $2 off coupon per ticket and more ChiTAG info.**


25,000 Visitors Expected To Kick-Off Holiday Season at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair the Weekend before Thanksgiving

The North Pole might as well be in Chicago the week before Thanksgiving, as over 25,000 visitors will head to Navy Pier to shop and play with thousands of toys and games on display from over 250 exhibitors. The 10th anniversary Chicago Toy & Game Fair, the largest public toy and game show in the nation, features the holiday season’s newest offerings from some of the bestselling brands in the world, as well as critically acclaimed, award-winning games from independent retailers.

“We’re so excited about this year’s Fair,” said Mary Couzin, founder and CEO of the Chicago Toy & Game Group which hosts the Fair as the culmination of an entire week of industry conferences and playful events. “For our 10th anniversary we’re pulling out all of the stops with more toys, giant-sized games, awesome tournaments and contests, specialty programming and much, much more. It’s like a giant interactive and bottomless toy box!”

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held at Navy Pier in Festival Hall A on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th.

ALL WEEKEND - Giant-sized games such as: Bananagrams, Perplexus, Doggie Doo, Word on the Street, Pajaggle, and more - Settlers of Catan North American Catan Championship -Meet the Moshi Monsters -Autographs from renowned toy and game inventors -Free contests and game tournaments -Speed Stacks sport stacking demonstrations and tournaments.


*(10AM-6PM) Stars Wars Lunch (12 Noon – 1PM): Kids and adults alike can dress up as their favorite characters for an interactive lunch and playtime that features a Star Wars-themed Top Trumps tournament. $30/$36 kids under 12/adults. Tickets will sell out, but are available for purchase now at

*Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest (10AM-4PM): A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs) that will be judged by former Illinois and World Champions as well as a quarter-finalist from the hit TV shot “America’s Got Talent.” Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. Sponsored by Cat ‘n Mouse Toy Store.

**Top Trumps Guinness Book of World Records Attempt (3PM): Girl Scouts from all across the Midwest will join together in an attempt to break the world record for the most people playing a single card game at one time.

***Young Inventor Challenge (10AM-2PM): Nearly 200 young inventors in two age groups (6-11, 12-18) will display their original inventions of toys and games to be voted on by the public as well as professionals from the United Inventors Association of America. Previous participants have had their inventions licensed by major toy companies. Sponsored by PlaSmart.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18: (10AM-5PM) Stage Performances from Radio Disney, Blues Clues LIVE! presented by Naperville’s Center Stage Players, Elan Dance Company, Music from 4 A.M., as seen on Fox-TV’s The X-Factor, Ben’s Bubble Show, Lil’ Buds Theater and more.

Boy Scouts Top Trump Tournament (9AM): Boy Scouts are admitted into the Fair an hour early.

ADMISSION:  $10: ages 14+ $5: ages 3-13
FREE ADMISSION FOR: Teachers, librarians, members of the military, Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform, children under 3 years of age. On Sunday, grandparents accompanied by kids admitted free of charge.

The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. is a family of toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. The Chicago Toy & Game Group consists of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair; the International Toy & Game Inventor and Industry Conference; the Social Media @Play Conference; the International Summit for Professional Inventors, the Toy & Game Inventor Awards; Games for Educators; and Discover Games. For more information become a fan at or follow the fun on Twitter @ChicagoToyNGame.

Check out ChiTAG's main site here.

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