Editors Picks: Hot Toys of the Year!

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Your kids will love the feel, touch and experience of toys with a visit to King Arthur’s Court this season.

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Strolling down Madison Road in Oakley Square, my 8-year-old, Will, asked, “Mommy, can we go in there?” He was pointing at King Arthur’s Court. Will and my 3-year-old, Eva twiddled their fingers in excitement. We walked in. Immediately, I knew this was going to be fun.

Newly renovated castle doors open to a world full of every toy you can imagine — and a cozy environment with pure play and enjoyment in mind for all ages. The wooden train sets caught our attention, then it was the royal purple stage with velvet curtains. The aroma of freshly popped popcorn and brewed coffee filled the air.

Beyond an abundance of Playmobil toys, Lego sets, STEM kits and other delightful play things, there’s also a gigantic T-Rex and The Dungeon room complete with a lounge for parents, hanging Hugglepods for kids, a kid-friendly archery course, a Mountain climber and even a zip line.

King Arthur’s encourages play and imagination — and we didn’t want to leave. I know I’m going back for what will fit perfectly under our Christmas tree!

King Arthur’s Court is located at 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati in Oakley Square. For more information about their toys, birthday party packages, events and more, call 513-531-4600.

Enter to win TOYS! See which ones we are giving away below and enter to win under the “Contests” tab through the end of November!

PLAY-DOH KITCHEN CREATIONS POPCORN PLAY FOOD SET (We’re Giving One away!)
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 3+ | $14.99
Once you pop, you definitely can’t stop with this fun Play-Doh popcorn set allowing kids to create their very own pretend popcorn masterpieces with fun pretend toppings added to the mix, too!

OCEANFRONT PLAYHOUSE
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 3+ | $399
This fun house is loaded with hours of imagination and pretend play including a working doorbell, a clock with movable hands and even a functional mailbox. Built with 100 percent cedar lumber and treated with a child-friendly, water-based stain.

YBIKE EXPLORER 3.0 GO KART (We’re Giving One Away!)
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 5+
Your big kid will feel confident during outdoor adventures! Easy grip handles, pedal-operated front tires, a lightweight frame and adjustable to grow.

FURREAL CUBBY, THE CURIOUS BEAR (We’re Giving One Away!)
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 4+ | $99
This cuddly bear hugs and talks back, goes on your kids’ favorite adventures, plays peek-a-boo, dances, plays soft sleepy time music and more!

KIDOOZIE FUNTIME TRACTOR (We’re Giving One Away!)
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 3+
Your little farmer will have a blast with this interactive tractor the five animals with realistic
sounds that come along for the ride!

PLAYSKOOL MR. POTATO HEAD MOVIN’ LIPS ELECTRONIC INTERACTIVE TALKING TOY (We’re Giving One Away!)
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 3+ | $24.99
Attach the mouth, press the buttons and watch Mr. Potato head talk! Includes songs like “Lips Are Movin” by Meghan Trainor.

MODARRI DELUX PACK STREET TRACK
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 4+
Vroom vroom! Hit the road, swap out parts and kids can customize their racing experience with 20 pieces of soft and durable EVA foam track, a PRO car with extra parts and it’s easy to put together and take a part.

PLAYMOBIL – GHOSTBUSTERS ECTO – 1
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 6+
Who you gonna call? This speedy action vehicle has a light and original siren sound your Ghostbuster fan will love, plus plenty of space for proton packs and ghost traps thanks to its nifty detachable roof.

GEOSAFARI JR. KIDNOCULARS: KIDS BINOCULARS
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 3 – 6
Designed perfectly for your little tot or preschooler, this scientific toy supports STEM learning and lets kids explore their environments.

MY ROBOTIC PET – TUMBLING HEDGEHOG
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 3 – 6
Build a robotic hedgehog! Includes 172 building pieces plus a built-in sound sensor. It’s programmed to react to different sounds; teaches kids about gears, motors, LEDs and more!

MONOPOLY VOICE BANKING BOARD GAME
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 8+ | $29.99
Monopoly has really upped its board game! This interactive game features lights and sounds and an interactive Mr. Monopoly banking unit.

BEYBLADE BURST TURBO SLINGSHOCK CROSS COLLISION BATTLE SET (We’re Giving One Away!)
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 8+ | $49
A quadruple rail system propels tops through the rails and into the Battle Ring from both sides! HIt the battle ring and defend yourself, or switch to slingshock mode to make it a bit more interesting!

KID TRAX MARVEL SPIDERBIKE
Available at major toy retailers
Ages 3 – 5 | $149
This four-wheeled, kid-sized vehicle with awesome superhero features includes an easy push-button system plus horn and engine sound effects.

HABA – KULLERBU WINDMILL TRACK SET
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 2 – 8
The perfect starter set for your little! He can get creative building his one track system with the wide range of track and accessories.

YELLOW SCOPE SCIENCE KITS
yellow-scope.com
Ages 8+ | $49.99
Kids can learn about DNA and genetics with this new biology kit and do fun activities and experiments!

HOG WILD – BIRDIE GOLF (We’re Giving One Away!)
King Arthur’s Court
Ages 6+
It’s the newest game on the green! Allows your kid to create their own fun course with real golf action. Good news parents — the birdie tail keeps the ball in play, no matter how hard a kid swings! This classic game introduces real golf skills while playing it safe.

MAGICAL TALES B&W GYMINI (We’re Giving One Away!)
tinylove.com
Ages 0+ | $59.99
Let your little one have a ball and build their little skills. Parents, you will enjoy tracking your little’s development with the expert guidebook!

MAGIC TALES 4-IN-1 HERE I GROW ACTIVITY CENTER (We’re Giving One Away!)
tinylove.com
Ages 6 mos. + | $99
Compact and portable, this little gym is meant to aid Baby in walking plus assist with sensory development.

Sensory-friendly Toys

CRABBY (We’re Giving One Away!)
puzzlepiecesohio.com
Ages 12 mos+ | $19
This toy mesmerizes with lifelike movements. Encourages gross motor skills, active play, cause-and-effect learning and imaginative play.

 

TEACHING TACTILES (We’re Giving One Away!)
puzzlepiecesohio.com
Ages 3+ | $18
A bag loaded with rich textures. The shapes and sizes let kids strengthen senses and fine motor skills. Find the pieces only by touch.

 

ROLLAGAIN TOWER (We’re Giving One Away!)
puzzlepiecesohio.com
Ages 12 mos+ | $40
Encourage fine motor skills, cause-and-effect and more. Lift the ball from the switch at the bottom and watch as other balls roll down in unison.

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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