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by: scardosi
Thursday 20th , 2014

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Most of us enter the holiday shopping season with both excitement and dread thinking about the busy stores, the best deals, or what the perfect gifts will be! The most fun I have shopping is for all the kids in my life – little cousins, nieces and nephews who can’t wait to play with the new toy or book I bring home from work. Working in the Busy Bee Learning Store at Kidspace means that I give a lot of toy advice to friends and family about what to buy their children. And I LOVE to give toy advice and recommend books!  1970 Cubebot

Children's toys offer various skill building opportunities from creativity and problem solving to cooperation and logic. Of course they are fun, but as parents, teachers, and caregivers, we can select a variety of toys and books that help develop abilities and interests through gift giving at the holidays.  At Kidspace, we focus our exhibits, programs, and products on nurturing the potential of each child. The categories I like to keep stocked to accomplish this include early learning, science and engineering, picture books and beginner readers, bugs and gardening, games and role play, arts & crafts, dinosaur and animal, and last but not least, active play.

The 2014 best sellers at the Busy Bee Learning Store include some artistic toys, learning tools, and builders that keep both kids and adults busy for hours. 

1971 Bubber

1.    Plush Snakes

2.    Bubber

3.    Magformers

4.    Cubebot

5.    Squigz

1972 Magformers

 

Stocking Stuffer Recommendations:

1964 Discover with Dr. Cool

1.    Dr. Cool’s Mini Dig Kits

2.    Fly Eyes

3.    Little Stage Puppets

4.    Pocket Scope

5.    3D Sticker Pack

1965 3D Stickers -Peaceable Kingdom

 

Picture Book Recommendations:

1966

1.    Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Willems

2.    Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman

3.    Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea

4.    While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill

5.    Wild by Emily Hughes

1967

A museum store is not your average toy or book store, it's so much MORE! We help you take the experience of Kidspace home offering a selection of items that provide open-ended learning and play. Tell us what your kids’ favorite Kidspace exhibit, art project, or Imagination Workshop focus is and we’ll find the right toy for you to buy.

Are you looking for discounts? If you are a Kidspace member or a member of a participating museum for Holiday MADness, you’ll get 20% off merchandise and reciprocal admission Thanksgiving Weekend!

Have a geat holiday and see you in the Busy Bee Learning Store!

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Susan Cardosi-Albert, Retail & Communications Manager, has been with Kidspace Children's Museum since 2005.  Previous work includes the Los Angeles Zoo and COSI Science Center after gaining a BA in Broadcast Communications.