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I've been talking-up Disney Junior's Vampirina for months, and now that the series is officially out, families have quickly fallen in love with The Hauntley family and their adventurous daughter, Vee (Vampirina). Perhaps learning from past experience in which fans of a hit series have to wait months (sometimes years) as their kids constantly ask "when are the toys coming out?," Vampirina launched with a full line of fun products, and at the center of that is a fantastic line of toys from Just Play. On October 13 - yes, Friday the 13th - I will be joining The Toy Insider for their first-ever #Vampirina Twitter Party! We'll be giving friends and followers chances to win some of these incredible new toys! To participate, you must RSVP, so be sure to do that now!

The Toy InsiderWe've all been there - a smiling child looking up at you, basking in the pride that comes with a job well-done as they show off their latest masterpiece. Then you see how much of the paint has made it not onto the paper, but onto the table, the floor, the wall, their clothes... and perhaps the family pet. It's adorable, yet maddening, and in the past the reaction has been to just shake it off while heading for the Magic Eraser and whatever spray cleaner might be nearby. Crayola Color Wonder has been tackling some of that mess for a bit, particularly with their markers and travel kits, which we've used often. Now there's the Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad - a painting set that refreshes an idea that painting doesn't have to be a huge mess. My colleagues at The Toy Insider sent us a set for review here at Rock Father HQ, and this is one of those things that I had to break into and try out before the girls even got a chance. 

Over the past few weeks, the ramp-up to the holiday season has kicked-in, and with that comes speculation on what will be the hottest toys for 2017. Each fall, retailers, experts and speculators alike weigh-in with their hot toy lists, but the two best are ones I'm very partial to: The Toy Insider's Holiday Gift Guide and THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine's Holiday Wish Guide™ (coming soon). As a member of The Toy Insider Parent Panel, for the second year I've contributed a "Rock Father Pick" to their guide, joining my colleagues in highlighting a favorite from the 42 toys featured in the Hot 20, STEM 10 and Tech 12 lists. But that's just the start of things! Beyond those 42 toys, this year's print guide features more than 230 toys from nearly 100 different manufacturers, and an additional 150 toys can be found online, representing more than 130 toy companies in total (you won't find a more comprehensive list). Look for the print guide in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, on newsstands on October 10th. Preview the 42 top picks below!

Ready to go into the night so you can save the day once more? Well, even if you aren't, I bet your kids are! Here at Rock Father HQ, we're always ready for some fun with PJ Masks, and with that I'm excited to tell you that I will once again be joining The Toy Insider for another #PJMasks Twitter Party! On Friday, September 15, 2017 from 11am-12pm EST we'll be talking about the latest PJ Masks toys from Just Play, many of which are rolling into stores right now - just in-time for Holiday 2017! It's important to note that you must RSVP to be eligible for prizes!

According to The Rock Daughters™, the characters from Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom are friends of Peppa Pig and her family. Not sure how that works in their fictional worlds (or if they ever truly collide), but the kids are onto something - both come from the folks at eOne, both originate from the UK, both have become big hits Stateside, and now they both have toys from Jazwares. This Friday (9/1/17), I'll be joining The Toy Insider as we talk about the new Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom toys, available now exclusively at Target! Of course, we'll also have some to give away, but you must RSVP and participate in the #benandhollyparty to be eligible! 

It's not too early to be thinking about the holidays, and when it comes to gift-giving for tech-savvy kids, the folks at KD Interactive have a full suite of products that are worth of a look! Join The Toy Insider this Friday, August 4, for the #KDInteractive Twitter Party taking place from 11am-12pm ET for a chance to win some of the hottest new kid's tech! The Kurio Watch 2.0 Smartwatch, Kurio Snap Camera, Kurio Next Tablet and Aura Drone will all be featured as The Toy Insider shares information on each, along with serving-up chances to win! You must RSVP to participate: http://bit.ly/KDIntRSVP

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