For nearly two decades, Toys "R" Us has maintained a Toy Guide For Differently Abled Kids, and the mega toy store has just released the most recent version. Updated with new toy suggestions, the guide is a trusted recourse for families, friends, and caregivers of kids with special needs. Along with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible to children of all abilities, Toys "R" Us selected toys that help children with physical and cognitive disabilities develop skills through the power of play. The easy-to-use, color-coded system makes it easy to navigate the guide and find the perfect toy for your tot. Click through for a special collection of featured toys that correlate with 10 essential skills.
I could go on for days on how you can recycle your old gadgets, but what about those times you just need some cash in order to upgrade to a newer model? Well, you can try your hand at selling them on Craigslist or Ebay, but if you've got your eye on a new iPod, then next week is your week, my friend.
Starting on Oct. 17, and running through Oct. 23, you can take up to three used iPods into select Toys R Us locations and receive up to $100 toward a newer model (iPod or iPod Touch) in the form of a Toys R Us "trade up" card. Your old iPods will need to be in working order of course, and payment will depend on the age, model, and condition, but hey — seems like an easy way to make some quick cash off of a gadget that served its time well.
"It is better to give than to receive" is a lesson mom often tries to teach her wee ones. Some companies are practicing what we preach this holiday season. Mommies can feel good about handing off their hard earned money to these businesses knowing that a percentage (be it small) is going towards philanthropic efforts and helping some less fortunate children have a better and brighter holiday.
Call it cash for baby clunkers. Like the federal government's program designed to remove gas guzzlers from the road, Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us are launching a program to draw attention to the number of baby products that should not be handed down or resold to a new generation of lil ones.
Beginning Friday, the stores will launch the Great Trade-In, allowing parents to bring in used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and high chairs in exchange for a 20% savings on the purchase of any new baby item by certain manufacturers – including Britax, Chicco, Evenflo and Graco. The three-week program hopes to target the 70 percent of recalled products that are never returned to stores. Before rifling through your used baby items, be sure to check out our tips regarding hand-me-downs to see if an item can be used again.
It's a toy story. There is no better factory of fun than FAO Schwarz's flagship store. With toy soldier greeters, life-sized stuffed animals and a world-famous walkable piano, the 145-year-old toy emporium has been a wonderland for lil ones and their parents for generations.
FAO Schwarz has been a backdrop in many feature films, including Big,
Baby Boom and Big Business and currently serves as the home of the make your own Muppet Whatnot Workshop and Make paint your own pottery studio.
This week, the luxury shop announced that it was moving under the Toys R Us umbrella, thus saving it from financial distress. Do you have a family tradition or memory tied to FAO Schwarz?
Good morning! It's 4 a.m. and time to go shopping! We know you can't sleep thinking of all of those holiday bargains looming behind the sliding glass doors.
We're here to give you a head start and tip you off to some bargains:
- Toys "R" Us has a list of toy sales that will make you dizzy. All Little Einstein books are buy one, get one free and Leap Frog Learn Around Playgrounds are half price. Doors open at 5 a.m.
- Old Navy also has some steals for the entire family. Tees for the kiddos are $7 and mom can snag a cotton-cashmere sweater for dad for $15. Doors open at 5 a.m.
- And of course Target is another place to hit this morning. Kids pajamas are $10, blockbuster movies are $3, and the Dora the Explorer Power Wheels is marked down to $50. Doors open at 6 a.m.
We know there's football and leftover stuffing, but it will still be there when you get back. Go enjoy some retail therapy and that super-savings high.