Last year, one of the best events I had a chance to attend was the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (read my report here). For 2013, ChiTag is back for it’s 11th Annual event, taking place November 23-24 at Navy Pier, right at the heart of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. It’s the only public event of it’s kind, allowing kids and grownups of all-ages to get a peek and play with some of the hottest upcoming toys and games, all while taking part in special events and shopping at the same time. The Rock Father and ChiTag have teamed-up to get six lucky families hooked-up with weekend passes to the show, one per week leading up to the big event. Want to join us at Navy Pier?
Special Events at ChiTag include:
Showcasing the best Toys & Games from around the globe. Build towers, play in tournaments, meet characters from Star Wars to Moshi Monsters and more more more! The 2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the place to discover “what’s hot for the holidays”. Come out & Play!
Saturday, November 23
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Star Wars Character Lunch & Top Trumps Tournament
Meet and eat with your favorites from Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader’s First. | Try your hand at a Stars Wars-themed rendition of the award-winning card game based on “War” for the chance to win a medal | Registration required. | Cost: $30 per child, $36 per adult | Tournament for children ages 6 to 14. http://www.chitagfair.com/events/501st.htm
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Young Inventor Challenge (YIC)
Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18; this showcase exhibits imaginative original toys or games from aspiring inventors. Prize packages are awarded to “Best in Show” in junior and senior categories, along with two runners-up and one “People’s Choice” recipient. | Registration required. | Rules & regulations listed on website. http://www.chitagfair.com/events/yic.htm
3 p.m. Girl Scouts Rally To Attempt World Record
Make history and experience a lifelong Girl Scouts Memory. Come and play the Top Trumps Moshi Monsters deck to set the Guinness World Record for the “Most People Playing a Card Game at the Same Time in the Same City.” | Registration required for Girl Scouts.
http://register.girlscoutsgcnwi.org/ (code 88889)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest on ChiTAG Stage
Perfect your technique with a dynamic performance competition featuring hands-on tips for all skill levels. The immensely entertaining contest is open to all ages with the longest standing yo-yo participant taking home the title of champion.
Sunday, November 24
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mac King the Magician Performances
Famed magician and comedian Mac King will be showcasing his humorous comedy magic with impromptu performances throughout the festival. Find him at the center of the crowd at the ChiTAG stage, or teaching a few tricks from his Magic-in-a-Minute line of products. Wherever you might spot him, make sure to take a second for a bit of entertainment, illusion, and laughter – and grab an autograph afterwards!
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The Fine Print: Promotion open to U.S. residents only, ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen at random on, about, or after October 18, 2013, and will be notified via email. Prize provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair, and delivered via email. Not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Winner must live within driving distance of Chicago, travel, parking and accommodations are up to you.