Irresistible Folkmanis Puppets 

Folkmanis creates a menagerie of incredibley realistic puppets in a wide range of species! Folkmanis puppets include plush animal hand puppets in various sizes as well as finger puppets. Some even have built in mechanisms to move certain facial features. Guaranteed this is one of the most played-in sections of the store!

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:22AM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

TY Beanie Buddy Olaf

Welcome OLAF! The very popular character from the very popular Disney movie Frozen has arrived in the Dundas store. Olaf is a Ty Beanie Buddy and we have no doubt he is going to be very popular at Turtle Pond!

(As usual, with items that are likely to sell out quickly, we reserve the right to limit quantities.)

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:13AM by Registered CommenterSusie in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Kickstart learning with these fun brain boosters!

Slowly but surely the school routines are kicking back in (it’s hard to get up early!). The kids are getting back into the swing of things too at home and in school. There is a diverse variety of learning tools available for all learning types. These are just a few examples! Melissa and Doug reusable learning mats range from simple letters & numbers to more complicated division & math problems. Practice spelling with the family favourite Speedeebee from Blue Orange games or grab some magnetic letters and have fun building words. Work on math our popular, interactive teaching cash register or have fun with Brainbox family games, a play-based learning aid available in numerous subjects like World History, The World, ABCs, Science and more. Smarty Pants trivia from Melissa & Doug are “brain-building” cards that are super fun for individuals or groups-check out the video below.

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:32AM by Registered CommenterSusie | Comments1 Comment

We're Your Giant Plush Headquarters!

Kangaroos, elephants, bears, sharks, giraffes - you name it and we've likely got it in our collection of Melissa & Doug giant plush. The collection represents animals from all over the world - if you don't see the animal you're looking for, please ask and we'll do our best to track it down.

We also have a large selection of dog breeds, from small to large. Come check them out! Durable with wipe-clean fur and realistic markings and features, our oversized plush collection is a menagerie to be admired.

Posted on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12:05PM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

On-the-Go Entertainment 

Whether you need something to entertain during a car trip or plane trip, or you just want to pick up a few small things that are easy to keep track of and can be played anywhere, there are plenty of options. From some of the most classic games to newer games with some pretty progressive designs, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

20Q Mega Screen Edition

Artificial intelligence at its finest, 20Q Mega Screen Edition is one of the most popular travel games this summer! Think of something, anything, answer the questions posed, and 20Q will "read your mind" in 20 questions or less.



Sliding Games & Mazes

Single-player games like Temple Trap, City Maze, and Angry Bird Playground are all-in-one products that are easy to keep track of and offer long-term fun for kids who like solving puzzles and mazes. The varying challenges increase in difficulty so they won't become boring once the challenge is solved. In temple Trap, arrange the stairs and walls to create a pathway through the Temple but lookout, becasue the walls are constantly shifting! Solutions for the labyrinth are possible from a few moves to up to 50 or more.


Fun for the Younger Set

Imaginetics have always been a go-to for travel fun when it comes to entertaining younger preschoolers. There are a wide array of styles to suit all sorts of interests, from fairies and puppies to dinosaurs and polar friends. Each set includes a book-like play scene that keeps the magnets inside when it's time to fold it up an put it away. 

Waterfuls are pure fun, easy to carry, and simple to manage. Just fill up the game and reseal with the secure plug. Players can press the buttons without strateg,y just for fun, and watch the hoops fly up - by chance, eventually the hoops will land in just the right spot. 


Kanoodle & Kanoodle Genius

It seems we just can't get enough of the logic game Kanoodle and its counterpart Kanoodle Genius. These solitaire games are brain-twisters in their own right and conveniently designed with built-in game boards with pieces that fit right inside the pocket-size case. Solve 2-D and 3-D puzzles by rearranging game pieces: pick a puzzle from the book, set up the challenge and place the remaining game pieces to solve the puzzle. Kanoodle Genius includes 200+ brain-busting puzzles to solve. If you've completed the puzzles of the original Kanoodle, you'll love the even more challenging Kanoodle Genius. 


Activity Books

'Our popular Scratch & Sketch series is fun for kids, tweens, teens, even adults! Scratch away the black coating on each page to reveal patterns, swirls, and holographic colors, making images appear like magic! Shrink-wrapped with a wooden stylus for drawing on black-coated paper. 64-page book includes 20 scratch-off, 20 illustrated, 20 sketch pages and a wire bound hardcover. There are many different themes to choose from.

Melissa & Doug's line of On-the-Go activity books includes Water Wow, Colour & Carry, Colour by Numbers, and Colour Blast, and magic Velvet books complete with everything need to colour and draw on the fly. And, they're the perfect size for little laps.

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 12:52PM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

7 Awesome Board Games for Anytime! 

Has your family cottage trip ever included an exhilarating round of board games? The bellows as the competition gets intense, the pitting of one team against the other, maybe the odd accusation of cheating. It’s the perfect kind of unplugged fun, and if your cottage is like most Canadians', you have a stack of dusty games piled up under the coffee table, ready to be pulled out after dinner or on a drizzly day.

While your family may be perfectly happy playing that beat-up old box of Scrabble one summer after another, consider adding some new and still completely awesome board games into the mix. (recommended ages are only a guideline).


1. Melissa & Doug Suspend, 8+

Easy to understand but much harder to master, Suspend is a unique balancing game that comes with 24, rubber-tipped and notched wire pieces that are hung from a tabletop stand. Each player takes a turn adding a new piece to the ever-changing vertical structure, shifting the balance and increasing the difficulty level. Test your skill - and your nerves! - while challenging cognitive and hand-eye coordination skills. 


2. Pandemic, 8+

This co-operative board game has been named one of the best new games around - and it IS! Four diseases have broken out around the world, each with the potential of wiping out an entire region. 2-4 players will each take on the role of one of five top specialists: researcher, dispatcher, operations expert, scientist, medic. The best part of this game is players are playing together, rather then against each other, to beat the plagues by discovering the cures before any of the losing conditions set out in the game are reached. Excellent for kids but also a great game to play with a group of adults.


3. The aMAZEing Labyrinth by Ravensburger, 7+

Labyrinth presents an exciting race for treasures and a moving maze. Shift the walls of the labyrinth to clear a path and collect all your treasures. The catch? The walls shift constantly and present many traps to avoid. Gain the advantage over the other players by inserting the extra tile to move walls and open passages of the Labyrinth. 



4. Ticket to Ride USA, 8+

In this cross-country train adventure, players collect matching train cards and play them to claim routes and make connections across the USA. The longer the connections are, the more points the player earns. If a player connects two distant cities, draws train car cards, or builds the longest continuous route, he or she will collect even more points. The highest score wins this train-tastic railway adevture game.


5. King of Tokyo, 8+

This easy-to-learn, fast-paced game for 2-6 players lets players take on the role of gigantic robots, mutant monsters, and an array of aliens all vying for the position of King of Tokyo. In the fight between gruesome creatures and some out-of-this-world characters, only one will win the crown and take on Tokyo by either destroying the city or ending up the sole-suriving monster. This is another top pick in newer games you won't want to miss!


6. Blokus, 5+

This awesome abstract strategy game is perfect for the family and suits the younger board-gamers out there. Designed for 2-4 players, Blokus a multi-award winning game played on a square board divided into 20 rows and 20 columns. 84 game tiles are split into 21 shapes in each of four bright colours. Based on polyominoes of 1-5 squares, tiles must be played based on colour order with blue going first, followed by yellow, red, and green. Following rules on how they can be placed, players will lay their tiles. The final score is based on the number of squares in each player's unplayed pieces.


7. Monkeying Around, 4+

Another fun family game (that requires no reading) that's great fun for younger players too, Monkeying Around is a straight-forward balancing act that includes a palm tree on a swamp base and a bunch of colour-coded monkeys. Each player will rotate the spinner to see how many monkeys they need to hang. With a cautious eye and steady hand, hang the monkeys without bringing down the tree top. 

Portable Ping Pong 

Having a ping pong table in the middle of your dining room would definitely be a dream come true for some! The only problem...well, the obvious! You need somewhere to eat. Schylling has found a pretty incredible solution for this conundrum: portable table tennis! With a net that attaches to almost any kind of table, now you can turn your regular (and somewhat boring) dining room table into a ping pong arena of excitement. This set includes 3 net posts, one net, 2 paddles, and 2 balls.



Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:16PM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away....

Star Wars Origami combines the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars. This book definitely puts an original spin on an ancient art. There are 36 models, each clearly explained, and range in difficulty from the smallest Youngling to the experienced Jedi Master. Introducing origami definitions and basic folds, Star Wars Origami is a great way to create and keep the icons of the classic movies.


Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:30AM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

Nowhere to Go: Strategy for Two

Trap your opponent in Nowhere To Go Game, this step-by-step strategy game for two! Each player places his or her spy piece on one of the two starting spaces. Then each player places five blockers at random anywhere on the board. Players take turns moving their spy pieces as many spaces as they (at least one space) like across any bridges that are not blocked. Players end their turns by placing a blocker on any bridge. The first player to trap the other spy with blockers wins. Recommeneded ages 8+

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:46PM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble & X-Men

The newest Marvel and DC Comics LEGO sets are on the shelves-but likely not for long! Sets include Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble & Marvel X-Men. There are lots of awesome LEGO minifigures in these sets: Captain America, The Sakaaran, Nova Officer, Magneto, Falcon and more!

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:21PM by Registered CommenterSusie in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment
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