Thursday, November 10, 2016

CHITAG Weekend 2016

One of my favorite events of the year, CHITAG, is coming up later this month  It's a wonderful event celebrating the latest in toys and games.

Not only do you get to find out about some of the latest and greatest toys that are coming out this season (just in time for the Holidays) - you also get to meet toy inventors, see cool and fun events (this year there is a Yo Yo championship and a giant bubble show scheduled, among others)

A couple of years ago we saw the coolest walkaround dragon/dinosaur I've ever seen.

But one of the things that I like most is that they host a school-based game invention contest, where kids can invent their own games, and then get judged by both professional game designers and the public.  I've seen some amazing creativity, and professional level artwork in the past, and I love to just hang around and talk to the kids who are so passionate about what they created.

The other thing is that not only do kids get in the action, but so do adults. There will be adults who are just starting out also, seeking representation, floating their labor of love ideas to see if they would work.  I love that ChiTAG gives these guys a chance to meet the public even if they are not quite ready for prime time (though many just need the break) It's the best of all worlds.

And readers of this blog can get $3 off entry! Register online here and use the promo code CHITAG3

You can get more information about the event at


  • One of the educational interactive games we found at CHITAG.
    Walk inside the World's Largest PomPomWow!
  • Super Power Sensory Hour 9:00 am – 10:00 am hosted by The National Lekotek Center providing early access to families of children with special needs 
  • Inventor Meet and Greet throughout both days!! Want to meet the inventor of BopIt? Operation? Jenga? Nerf? Twister? You can say “hello” and get inside knowledge from all – they’ll at the Fair. Also meet upcoming inventors and try their products out. You’ll be able to say you knew them before they were hot!
  • Yo-Yo Championship - Contestants from Coast to Coast
  • Attend the Star Wars Lunch
  • Enter the Young Inventor Challenge & Young Tech Challenge (free!) Amazing Prizes & Meet Toy and Game Executives and Inventors
  • Test drive vehicles from RazorPeg Perego and RadioFlyer Mini Tesla!! 
  • Mommy & Gracie Show Unboxing! Did you catch last year’s unboxing?? 
  • Ben's Bubble Show.  Photo courtesy Ben.
    IllumiCraft STEM-based Craft Party with Gift
  • Upon A Craft Line Holiday Project
  • Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show
  • Test out New Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves
  • Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays 
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows, Contests, Laser Tag, Crafts, Characters, GameTruck, Knockerball and much more!

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