Do you remember how it felt to walk into your local toy store when you were a kid? That feeling of wonder and excitement? The way you would examine and touch every toy, and anticipate what treasure you might find on the next shelf or in the next aisle? I’m a little astonished myself, but I just had that exact experience when I visited the newest Mastermind Toys in Langley, BC!
Mastermind Toys is Canada’s premier (and most fun!) toy and book retailer. They have eighteen stores in the Greater Toronto area, another nine in the rest of Ontario, one store in Calgary, and their newest store in Langley, BC. Mastermind Toys is also known for their full-service website and online shopping, but as much as I love shopping from my couch in my pajamas, sometimes there’s no substitute for actually touching and handling items. So I was really excited when I heard they’d opened up a store not 15 minutes from my home!
I was invited to take a tour of Mastermind Toys’ newest store and check out some of the fun items on their Hot Holiday Picks List. Mastermind Toys believes that the best toys engage and inspire, and I couldn’t agree more! As soon I stepped into the store, I could see it was a different experience than what I was used to. This is exactly what I think of when I think “toy store”.
Mastermind Toys carefully curates their toy collection. They have a huge selection of about 12,000 quality toys and books, but they check out five to six times more toys than they accept. Only the best make the cut. They select toys that kids will want to play with over and over again. No disposable toys here!
I brought my 3 year old and 15 month old daughters with me, and they were both in toy heaven! The store is really parent and child-friendly. The knowledgeable staff pay attention to what will be at your child’s eye level when they’re stocking the shelves, and the aisles are designed to fit strollers comfortably. There are no massive floor to ceiling displays, so you can easily find your child when she inevitably wanders off to visit the seven foot giraffe or the giant stuffed panda.
You can see Kay made a new friend! Tee loved the store too and had a great time looking and touching all the toys. She told me, “There was lots and lots of cool stuff!”
Rainbow Loom – Hot Holiday Pick!
Have you heard the buzz about the Rainbow Loom? This is one of the most popular toys on Mastermind Toys’ Hot Holiday Picks List. Mastermind Toys kindly provided a kit for me to review, and I even got a hands on demo by Lisa the Toy Whiz!
It’s such a simple idea, but I can absolutely see why this keeps kids occupied for hours. You loop the colourful elastic bands on the plastic peg board and use the included hook to weave them together into beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings, lanyards, or whatever else you can think of. This is the perfect toy to engage and inspire!
The Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry Book I received along with the Rainbow Loom has full instructions for dozens of patterns, and kids can create their own patterns too. Pair the Rainbow Loom and this book for a fantastic gift for any tween girl (and older). The instructions are pretty detailed and might be intimidating for younger kids under 8. Luckily, Rainbow Loom has over 80 how-to videos available on their Youtube channel. I have a niece who I know will be over the moon when she looks under the tree this Christmas!
Like Mastermind Toys on Facebook to get information on all the fun sales, events, and giveaways! For every new like on their Facebook page this holiday season, Mastermind Toys will donate $1 to the Kids Help Phone! (This only makes me love them more!)
In celebration of their new Langley store, Mastermind Toys has generously offered a $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner to do some holiday toy shopping! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S., 18+. The gift certificate may be used towards shipping costs, if any.
Check out my other open giveaways listed in the right sidebar!
Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Kristen!
Disclosure: I attended a blogger event at Mastermind Toys and received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.