Winter Clearance Sale!

8 Jan

Everything in the store* is now 30% off!  We’re gonna sell it all until we have enough room for all the new Awesomeness we will bring in from Toy Fair.  So, if you want to stock up on Legos or if you want to save $60 on a Ginormous Squishable – Hurry in before it’s all gone!

*Does not include employees, owners, fixtures, office supplies, charitable merchandise, copy rights, air rights, or other items we don’t usually sell.

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Stocking Up

16 Oct

This is the time of year when we stock up for the holidays.

Lennor Assesses Lego Mountain

Nearly every day we are receiving truckloads of new toys that we are trying to squeeze into the store as we prepare for the December onslaught.  If you want to scoop up the best toys (like the 52 cases of Legos we just  unpacked) before the merry hordes clean the shelves, now is your chance!

Sparkhouse Gets Dicey

2 Jul

Grumman always goes for the boxcars

If you start seeing groups of Sparkhouse kids shouting and rolling dice, do not be alarmed.  Tenzi is a simple game that kids(6+) and adults can enjoy.  Each player gets ten dice to roll (and occasionally stack) until they get the right combination to shout “Tenzi!”  There are several game variations you can play in teams or solitaire, and they are all surprisingly addictive.

You can think about how the game develops pattern recognition and strategic use of probability, or, you can just have fun with it.  Remember, Einstein once said,”God doesn’t play dice with the world, but if He did, it would be a heckuva party game!” *

*Ok, Einstein didn’t really say that.

Cool for the Pool

1 Jul

Grumman thinks more fashion should be indestructible.

Crocs may be aesthetically (ahem) questionable, but Optari takes the best things about the shoes (indestructible material, customizability, and that tactile gummybear feeling) and adds enough style to make some awesome bags.  We brought them to Sparkhouse for the kids, but I think they’ll be just as popular with adults

New Graphic Novels

6 Jun

  I remember my old comic books fondly, but none of them were anywhere near the quality of the “graphic novels” available today.  Librarians and teachers have discovered that the format is a fantastic way to engage “reluctant” readers, but everyone can enjoy the pairing of a great story with great artwork.

The Sparkhouse Kids are all fans of the genre, and we are very happy that we now have a wide range of the best titles in stock.

 We’ll also be adding new titles as fast as we can, so let us know if you have any favorites you would recommend.

 

 

Grumman and Einstein have been tearing through the new books as fast as we get them in!

What’s a Mic-o-Mic?

22 May

Grumman’s new copter

Mic-o-Mic is a building system simple enough for kids 5+  but awesome enough for everyone. There are Mic-o-Mic cars, trucks, boats and many other options.  Grumman built the helicopter, “Cuz I’m a real fly guy. Of course.”

New Rick Riordan!

2 May

Digging Into “The Serpent’s Shadow”

Grumman is already half-way through “The Serpent’s Shadow,” the newest book from Rick Riordan. He loved Riordan’s earlier blockbuster books, including The Percy Jackson Series and the Heroes of Olympus. This is the third book in the Egyptian themed Kane Chronicles, and Grumman is thoroughly engrossed despite, “an appalling derth of giant robots.”