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Friday, November 22, 2013

Chicago Toy and Game Fair

The 11th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) is the largest public toy fair in the country. Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. My kids, our friends, and I are heading to Navy Pier, to see 250 toy and game exhibitors present their products. These are also available for purchase, to continue the fun at home. Many of the toys and games are even available to test from up and coming inventors.
My son loves these maze games and he can't wait to get all of them.
Check out some of the ChiTAG Fair highlights.

Saturday, November 23rd:
10:00AM – 2:00PM: Check out the Young Inventor Challenge (YIC) exhibits and delight in the fun and creative toy and game inventions from some of our youngest inventive minds.  Cast your votes for the “Best in Show” and the “People’s Choice” awards and see who goes home a winner.  Registration required. Rules & regulations listed on the website. http://www.chitagfair.com/young-inventor-challenge
10:00AM – 5:00PM: Perfect your Yo-Yo skills with a dynamic performance competition featuring hands-on tips for all skill levels. The immensely entertaining and official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest is open to all ages and will crown the longest standing yo-yo participant the title of champion.
12:00PM – 1:00PM: Meet and eat with your favorites from Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader’s First! You’re also invited to 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: http://www.chitagfair.com/events/501st.ht; Cost: $30 per child, $36 per adult; tournament only open to children ages 6 to 14.)
3:00PM: Help make history with the Girl Scouts of America by playing the Top Trumps Moshi Monsters deck in hopes of setting 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/)
Sunday, November 24:
10 am - 6 pm: 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!  
  • Guinness World Record Attempt - World's Largest Playdate! PlayDate Planet presents a Guinness World Record setting attempt for the largest number of participants in a clapping game! The First 300 registered child participants will receive a toy-filled tote! Adults can pre-register using the form below (children must have a parent or guardian present) or in person before 12:30pm on 11/24 at PlayDate Planet's booth. http://www.chitagfair.com/2013-sunday-events-schedule/guinness-world-record-attempt-worlds-largest-playdate
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Fair Ticket prices
Tickets are $10 adult and $5 per child aged 3 to 13. For large group and school rates, please contact HERE.

Click HERE for ticket info and to print a $2 off coupon.
Complimentary Admission
We offer free admission for people in the following categories. Special programs for these groups are also available. Please contact us at info@chitag.com for more details.
Educators & Librarians (school ID required)
Scouts in uniform (or sash, badge/button, or troop ID)
Retail & Industry Professionals

Bring Your Grandparents Day
Sunday, November 24th is Bring Your Grandparents Day! Children of all ages are invited to bring their grandparents to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Grandparents attending the Fair with their grandchildren will be welcomed into the Fair free of charge.

For more information, visit www.ChiTAG.com, join in the conversation on Facebook, or follow the fun on Twitter @ChicagoToyNGame