Over the years, my wife and I had amassed a pretty impressive library - one that had at some point grown too impressive, and the lack of space after becoming parents (despite a move to a larger home) forced a major downsizing. Now, as our girls get older, the library is increasing in size once more, and there is not a room in this house that is devoid of books (yes, that includes the bathrooms). Between purchases and review copies, we've had some interesting reads this year, and tonight I'm sharing a few that would make fine gift ideas this holiday season - titles you're unlikely to find front-and-center, but should.
It's a BIG week for PBS KIDS, as the Holiday season officially launches on November 26th with the perennial favorite, CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas on PBS stations nationwide. It also marks the long-awaited debut of ODD SQUAD, the all-new live-action math series for kids, along with gearing-up for holiday-themed episodes from favorites like PEG + CAT, THOMAS & FRIENDS, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD and more in the weeks ahead. Check out the full programming rundown and previews below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...
I've written about the Hess Toy Truck several times here on THE ROCK FATHER, but since it's been an East Coast tradition, we never owned one until earlier this year when we were out in Pennsylvania and managed to score a Hess Miniature Truck at a Hess Express location. The Hess Toy Trucks have always been fascinating to me since they're a true American classic - launched in 1964 as an affordable, high-quality toy - and one that's become a phenomenon loved by families and collectors alike. This year, they've taken the trucks online, and in honor of the Hess Toy Truck’s 50th anniversary, Hess Corporation has released the first-ever Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck, an individually numbered tanker truck with a replica of the original 1964 tanker trailer inside. Thanks to the folks at Hess, we now have one - and I'm including this as a must-have in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Just look at how beautiful this is... packed with play features and more than 100 working LED lights...
As the Holiday Season officially kicks-off this week, it's only right to start spreading some holiday cheer tied into my most-anticipated holiday film of the year - WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 (I was on-set in Vancouver for the filming of it earlier this year). Larry the Cable Guy stars alongside WWE's Santino Marella in the sequel to the 1996 Holiday classic (my favorite Christmas movie of all-time), and we're gonna give all of you a chance to win a copy on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack!
With the Holiday Season officially upon us. it's time to start thinking of those "big" gifts - the ones that kids will remember and talk about for the rest of their lives. One cool item is a ride-on toy, and Long Island, New York-based GiGGo Toys is producing some new rides that will have the kids rockin' the road (sidewalk) in style. Hot off the release of their Little Indian Vintage Motorcycles comes a new ride-on for kids ages 2-4: The NYPD Motorbike! To help roll it out, my friends Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy have partnered with THE ROCK FATHER and a few other friends to get one lucky reader hooked-up with one of these for their own little ones. If I were a kid, I'd want one of these to play CHiPs (but then Ponch and Jon would probably be pursuing me). Ready for a shot at glory?
Having two car-obsessed girls here at home, I've written at length in the past about girls being underserved when it comes to toy cars. Back in November of 2012 (can't believe it's been two years already), I did a guest post for TTPM entitled "Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl," then writing about Addie since Little Finn was just four months old at the time. Our journey into the world of toy cars had just begun, rekindling a passion of my own youth in the process. In the time that's passed, we've both bought and received countless toy cars, trucks and vehicles, many of which have been reviewed here at Rock Father HQ and shared with all of you. Now comes what is perhaps the first instance of a company addressing girls directly, with Jada Toys' introduction of their Girlmazing line of R/C vehicles.
Ready for something really cool? The Ubisoft's RABBIDS are bustin' out of your TV screen and jumping into their own graphic novel series from Papercutz, and to celebrate, they've teamed with THE ROCK FATHER and some other cool pop-culture websites to help spread the word with the Rabbids #1: Bwaaaaaaaaaah! Sweepstakes! Just in-time for the Holidays (Rabbids are a great gift idea), we're giving readers a chance to win BIG with one (1) lucky family scoring a $500 Toy Store Shopping Spree + a copy of the Rabbids #1: Bwaaaaaaaaaah! Graphic Novel, and twenty (20) runners-up receiving a copy of the book! Enter using the widget below!
With so many cool entries so far in the 2014 Holiday Wish Guide on THE ROCK FATHER, it's only appropriate to think of some of the youngest members of our families and any new parents and parents-to-be that may be on your holiday shopping list. What better gift can you give than one of the safest car seats on the market, that just so happens to be the only seat they'll ever need?! That's why THE ROCK FATHER is excited to be teaming up with Viva Veltoro & Thrifty Nifty Mommy to offer a Diono Radian RXT giveaway - just in time for the holidays!
If you have a little "Mousekedoer" at home, then they probably need some cool Mousketools to help get the job done... whatever that may be. For some cute DIY-action infused with the colorful vibe of Disney Junior's MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE comes a new line of tools and accessories from Just Play Toys that make great, and surprisingly affordable gifts.* We received the Handy Helper Tool Box, Handy Helper Workbench and Mousekedoer Deluxe Tool Set, all of which I'm including in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.
Since adding the VTech InnoTab MAX Android Tablet (sent here for for review) to my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide a few weeks back, I've had a number of friends inquire about our personal experiences with it - me being overly cautious, perhaps even being considered a "party pooper" when it comes to letting my girls run wild with the "screens." What do I think? Quite simply, at $109 (and I've seen them on-sale for under $100), it's a very good tablet. This 7" high-resolution 1020x600 unit is sturdy, responsive and has some great parental control features, but that does not mean it's 100% perfect. Here's some thoughts...
With the Holiday Season upon us, there is no doubt that millions of children will be seeing their dreams come true through the gifting of some wonderful toys. But where should those toys be put? A timeless wooden toy box is a great place to start, and this year the folks at WoodToyBox.com have partnered with my friends Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy for a giveaway - one that I'm sharing, too! These gorgeous toy boxes are sold for $295, and a custom box is being offered to one lucky winner!