6 reasons to go to Chicago Toy & Game Fair | NPNparents.org
Written by: Amanda Simkin
Don’t let the 60-degree weather in Chicago fool you—lights are going up on trees and holiday music is taking over the airwaves. The holidays are almost here! And if you are anything like me, coming up with great gifts for the kids in my life is a struggle. I mean, I don’t want to be stepping on small figurines every time I walk through my living room, nor do I want to spend a ton of money on poorly made toys that fall apart within a week. That’s why my family and I are taking a trip to ChiTag at Navy Pier this weekend, and so should you!
If you haven’t heard of ChiTag before, let me give you a run down. It is the best way to have a hands on-experience with the hottest toys and games available this holiday season. Many of the inventors of the toys and games are there to answer your questions, as well as provide some insight on what inspired them to create a certain toy or game.
Here’s why your family should attend ChiTag:
- You can try out the new toys and games without having to buy them yourself so you know if something will be a hit or bust with your kids without shelling out any cash.
- There are a wide variety of toys and games at different price points. We love picking out stocking stuffers, more substantial gifts, as well as items for our work gift exchanges.
- It is a perfect way to support the independent creators of the products and purchase items directly from them, to ensure that small businesses like theirs thrive.
- If you aren’t sure what to put on your holiday list, it is a great place to see all of the toy and game options that are out there and come up with some great gift ideas for the kids (young or old) in your life.
- There is constant entertainment! Many of the toy and game booths have live demonstrations, characters, and other presentations that make it a lively and fun event for the whole family.
- All families are welcomed and celebrated at ChiTag. Families of those with special needs can join the Lekotek Super Power Sensory Hour on November 19 and 20 for free, gaining exclusive and early access to the fair before it is open to the general public.
See you at ChiTag!
Amanda Simkin, a lifelong Chicagoan, created her blog (queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com) to share how she celebrates motherhood in Chicago. She offers “insider’s guides” for both well-known and off-the-beaten-path family-friendly gems. Her fans include Red Tricycle Chicago and Chicago Parent Magazine.