For years we’ve talked about going – this year we made that happen! See what we have to say about the 2017 Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Plus, what top 10 toys stood out from the crowd! Affordable virtual reality set, anyone?
Chicago Toy and Game Fair
To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into when we decided to head to Chicago for the Toy and Game Fair. Now that I’ve been, let me give you a little bit of insight into what CHITAG is really all about. . .
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair, also known as CHITAG, is the assembly of toy and game manufacturers at Navy Pier. This event takes place once a year.
At CHITAG, each involved manufacturer sets up a small table to display their newest and brightest toys or games. They typically have the product set out so you can play with it and see if you really like it – that’s the fun part! Plus if you do, many of the displays had product available for purchase on the spot at a discounted price.
While CHITAG is open to the public, it does require a purchased ticket to enter.
CHITAG 2017 Highlights
Truly explaining CHITAG and all of its possible adventures isn’t easy – so let me go ahead and show you.
Top 10 Hottest Toys of CHITAG 2017
What were our top picks of CHITAG 2017? We walked every square inch of the Chicago Toy and Game Fair and these are the toys that won us over in the end.
1. Merge Virtual Reality
In my opinion, Merge VR stole the show! This relatively inexpensive system uses the power of your cell phone, combined with a Merge Cube and an optional headset to bring virtual reality opportunities right into your hands. My kids loved it!
2. UGears Mechanical Models
UGears caught my eye right away. These mechanical models are something you build yourself using the precut pieces in the kits. Not only are they intricate and totally cool looking but many of them actually move or drive across the floor once built. This is because of the working gears – how awesome is that?
We’ve been playing with Magformers for quite some time now, but they made my list because I never realized how many options they have for play! At CHITAG, we were introduced to kits for making cars, Ferris Wheels, and so much more!
The possibilities of play with Magformers keeps them in the top 10!
Light up building blocks? Yes! We love to build in our house and these take the fun one step further. You’ve got to check these out.
5. Ice Cool by Brain Games
If you ask my kids what their favorite game was at CHITAG 2017, they will say Ice Cool. I’ll agree – this new game is quite inventive while also being fun.
Ice Cool is a game in which the players try to make it around the “school” by flicking their penguin pieces from room to room (without being caught or “tagged” by the hallway monitor). It’s not as easy as it looks.
6. Doggy Doo by Goliath Games
Even though I thought this game was a bit gross, the kids found it hilarious. Seriously, the point of the game is to get the dog to poop during your turn. . .
It even makes fart noises. I’ll leave it at that.
7. Sphero Mini
Here’s another toy that surprised me with its use of technology! Sphero Mini used facial recognition to move a ball around the table in front of us. When my daughter tilted her head to the side, it would move. The same with smiling or frowning – they both gave the ball a command to follow.
I mean, what?!
I put Klask on this list because I loved it! It’s a good old-fashioned game that ignited giggles in every single member of my family. Think of it similar to tabletop hockey (but different).
PlayFoam is a fun and squishy – everything my kids love. Plus, it comes in small packages that are great for stocking stuffers! I sort of love this stuff.
10. Star Wars
No surprise here, Star Wars toys are where it’s at! We found Star Wars Monopoly game, themed card games, and so much more.
I’ve listed a few of my favorite picks below. . .
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