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Friday, October 26 2018 22:53

Learning Express Announces their 2018 Holiday Top Toys

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As we enter one of the most unusually competitive holiday seasons in recent memory, despite the closure of Toys "R" Us in the U.S., parents and other gift-givers have more options than ever for where to by toys. Local toy stores still exist, and one company that's been around for a few decades is Learning Express. While it might be a chain with around 110 locations, each store is a local, family-owned franchise that's catered to the communities that they serve. That means that while each store may be a little different, they're all focused on delivering what kids want. Staffed by toy experts that can demonstrate the latest toys as they stay on top of current trends, they also offer a personal touch with services like holiday and birthday registries, free gift-wrapping, in-store pick-up and a host of regular events (which I've taken my girls to on occasion). In addition to launching their 2018 Holiday Catalog, Learning Express has named their Holiday Hot Toys of 2018, so it's time to take a look...

“This holiday we are focusing on the ‘toys kids want.’ This includes hot, new, trending items as well as classics like construction sets,” said Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO of Learning Express Toys. “Our stores are focused on helping their customers find the best toy for every child—ages 1-99—whether their interest is in art, sports, tech, games or gadgets, then providing free gift wrapping to make the shopping experience quick and easy. Many of our stores offer assembly and local delivery to help parents avoid the late hours of putting their toys together. We want to put the fun back into holiday shopping.”

Unlock Your Creativity:

Play Unplugged:

Think Fast:

Build to the Sky:

Tech You Can Touch:

Rock Out:

Fidget Away:

While this list represents what Learning Express has deemed to be the "hot toys" from a company standpoint, be sure to check out your local store to find out what's hot in your area as individual store owners are constantly keeping tabs on what kids are into locally. Additionally, Learning Express has stepped-up to take over as the 2018 National Corporate Sponsor for The United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program! Get donation details here.

Want even more great gift ideas? Check out The Rock Father's Holiday Wish Guide™!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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