Earth Day 2015

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Our friend the Lorax™ has a lot to say about Earth Day and his efforts to preserve the environment.  After all, the “gruff but loveable” character became the voice of the trees in the classic Dr. Seuss™ story of The Lorax.  The beloved story reminds us that although the Earth cannot speak, we need to speak up and protect our environment.  That’s why in 2008, Dr. Seuss Enterprises partnered with Conservation International and Random House Publishing to launch The Lorax Project.  This innovative program was designed to support environmental conservation, including the many animal species that call the Earth home.
Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22, since 1970.  That makes 2015 the 45th anniversary! Want to know another fun fact? …

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The Story Behind “Big Blue Whale”

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When you find yourself walking down historical 19th street of the Houston Heights shopping district, there are several boutiques and shops you may come across. Perhaps you find yourself inside a thrifty antique store, or seated in a comfy chair of a charming café. But, if you are in search of curious toys and a sea of games, then you will probably find yourself at Big Blue Whale toy store.
Step inside, and you’ll discover a plethora of toys for kids of all ages. From baby and elementary age toys to plush, games and even books. Owner Vanessa Wodehouse opened Big Blue Whale in the summer of 2014. Vanessa always knew she wanted to own her own business. With a background of 20+ years in the non-profit arena, including positions in children’s programming, she thought opening a toy store made perfect sense!…

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In January 2015, we released a brand new soft doll collection. After months of research, and thoughtful changes to design, the S.C.O.U.T. collection was born! This trendy doll line includes three female characters along with a poodle companion and six outfit accessories.
What makes this collection so special is the message within the name of this unique assortment of characters.  S.C.O.U.T. stands for Smart, Curious, Open, Unafraid and True. These are qualities that many parents would like to instill in their young daughters as they make their way through adolescence. This is why the S.C.O.U.T. doll collection is geared towards girls ages five to eight – a time of discovery and learning via social interactions and experiences.
Every girl is unique in their own way, and the characters in the S.C.O.U.T.…

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Prepped for the Park


March 30 is national “Take a Walk in the Park Day”. So we’ve put together a list of 10 things you should do before your next park venture! Getting the kids ready for any trip can be an adventure all on its own, but having a list makes the job a little easier.   Take a look at our 10 pointers to help you prepare for your next walk in the park!
1. Check the Forecast – walking isn’t as fun when the weather is not on your side. Extremely hot temperatures or really windy conditions can be just as upsetting as a mid-walk downpour.   Don’t let the weather put a damper on your next outing!
2. Dress for the Weather – although it’s spring, the weather is still unpredictable!…

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Spring Cleaning Your Playroom


Organizing is a challenge. Organizing for your kids is an even bigger challenge. It’s been said that organizing while you have kids is like trying to brush your teeth while you eat Oreos, difficult and almost pointless. I will admit, it can be trying, but it’s so worth it. Here are some tips to make it easy, stress free and even FUN!
1.  Instead of asking your child what they want to donate (the answer will always be nothing!), give them a box or laundry basket and ask them to fill it up. Often, they will do this quickly and easily.   It’s all about getting rid of the excess and moving along the items that have fallen between the cracks.Explain to your kids where their old toys are going.…

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Gearing up for Spring 2015!


The ground is beginning to thaw and temperatures are finally starting to rise. Spring is on the way! The first official day of spring is March 20. So what are your plans for the 2015 season of blooming flowers, light showers and budding trees?
Perhaps this is the time of year you take an annual trip to a sunny destination, or when you gear up for planting a fully stocked veggie garden. Maybe this is when your little ones are getting antsy for their favorite spring and summer time sports. Whether you have it all figured out, or haven’t even realized the seasons are changing, you’ll want to check out the Spring Fun Checklist of activities we have put together!
Print off a copy and see how many things you, your family and friends can cross off this season!…

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Spring Photo Contest

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Spring is just around the corner! Manhattan Toy wants to know what you are looking forward to doing.
Enter our #springisintheair photo contest on Instagram and share what exciting things you just can’t wait to do this spring. All qualifying participants will automatically be entered into our drawing for a chance to win $150 in Manhattan Toy product.  (Open to U.S. and Canada residents only) Below is everything you need to know about the contest. For additional information visit our contest page at
Good luck and happy instagramming!


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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss from your friends at Manhattan Toy! On March 2, help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by participating in the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. According to the National Education Association (NEA) website, 2015 marks the 18th year of the Read Across America year-round program that “focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources”.   Join in the fun by participating in events and activities happening now and throughout the month of March!
How can you join in the annual celebration? There are a couple of places you can go to find out more about activities, books to read and events in your area! The National Education Association website is chalk full of information on the event.…

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New Traditions: Valentine’s Day 2015

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Valentine’s Day is a time to remind the one you love just how much they mean to you. As tradition may have it, couples young and old often find themselves buying flowers, chocolates or even taking their “sweetheart” out to dinner.   But how are traditions born? Somewhere along the way, someone must have decided that going out to dinner, or surprising your loved one with a dozen roses was the best way to show your love.   But, what if you want to include your children in your Valentine’s Day celebrations? Whether you’re first time parents, or a family of five looking to start a new tradition, we’ve got five family-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas for you!
1.) Throw a Valentine Inspired Party
This year, February 14 falls on a Saturday.…

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Setup a Grinch Christmas Kid’s Table For Christmas Dinner!


Tonya Coleman here from Soiree Event Design and I am so excited to be guest posting today!  Christmas is fast approaching and I know we are all finishing up our last minute shopping!  In my house, I host Christmas dinner with my family every year and each year, I LOVE to setup a really cool themed table for the kids to eat at.  Remember those days when you were a kid and had to have your Christmas table at the dreaded “kids table”!

Well, this is a kids’ table your kids will LOVE to eat at!  This year I was inspired by the fabulous Dr. Seuss Grinch Collection at The Manhattan Toy Company and knew right away this would be the theme for this year’s kids’ table.  …

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