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Chicago Toy and Game Fair 2012 #Highlights

Last weekend I got to take my family to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. The kids now look forward to this outing every year. My oldest son, especially, loves going there and trying out the games. This year, though, I was a little disappointed. It seemed like there were less companies that came and we finished the whole floor before lunch time. There seemed to be less games that Buddy could try, so he was a little disappointed. There also seemed to be more of a crowd there, so whatever games there were to try, bigger kids were hogging them and he couldn’t get a chance.

Chitag 2012

The kids still had fun trying things out. They all want a PlasmaCar now. Monkey and Buddy were both excited to see Speed Stacks there. (It came down to a HUGE kicking and screaming tantrum from Monkey because she wanted some Speed Stack cups. I had to take her to the bathroom until she finished. hello embarrassment!)

One of my favorite companies, USAopoly, who created Telestrations, came out with some really cool Mario games! I want  to get Buddy Mario Chess and Little Man Mario Checkers! I did end up buying one game for our family called The Presedential. It’s where you have to run against your opponent to win the Presidential race. It’s supposed to help you understand the electoral college. (After this year’s election, I’d really like to understand it better!)

We got a bunch of cool looking games to try out at the fair: Fruitominoes, Bananagrams, Appletters, Magic Feather, Don’t Rock the Boat, Pony Royale and Puppet on a Stick.

Note: My family received media passes and a swag bag with the above mentioned games in it. All opinions are my own. Thank you to Chicagonista and Banangrams for hosting us. 

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a “baby “chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she’s still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She’s since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. Jake would LOVE the Mario chess!
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