Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Want a sneak peek at the hottest toys for 2014? Our team of editors launched a new award program at the annual International Toy Fair—FamilyFun Toy Fair Favorites.
Each year, we walk the floor at the Javits Center in New York City, looking at hundreds of toys, all with the goal of finding the very best to share with our readers. Normally, you’ll see those finds on the pages of the magazine throughout the year, culminating in our annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards. This year, we wanted to share some of the toys we’re most excited about with you earlier. You’ll find our 20 picks here, beginning with this super-sweet Hello Kitty Cupcake Cafe.
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Monday, November 25th, 2013
Good Morning America aired a great segment on FamilyFun’s Top Ten Toys of the Year this weekend. Not sure who enjoyed the toys most–the reporter or the kids! In case you missed it: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/top-ten-toys-year-20989057
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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Hello everyone and welcome to Favorite Things! I’m Ellen Harter Wall, the products editor at FamilyFun. Part of my job is to sort through the hundreds of new items we receive to find the best to share with you, both in the magazine and here on this site. It can be overwhelming, but I have a small army of testers, including my three boys and other staff members and their kids, who are more than happy to help.
I’ll be posting about the finds that pass the test: beautiful picture books, funny apps, great family games, sweet DVDs, and more. And I’ll also include the occasional classic, just to remind you of those family favorites that may have slipped your mind. Plus, watch for guest posts from other staff members!
When I first saw the press release for the new Angry Birds Star Wars line of toys from Hasbro, I knew they would be a hit. Really, what child (or parent, for that matter), doesn’t want to fling a plastic Luke Skywalker Bird at a Stormtroooper Pig and blast apart the Death Star? I know I sure whooped louder than a Wookie when I did just that. My favorite has to be the Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star Game ($29.99), Ages 8 and up.
Be sure to check out our Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards for more holiday gift ideas, as well as our ToyHopper app , which has hundreds of FamilyFun recommended toys, games, DVDs, and more.
Over the months, I hope you’ll find plenty of kid-pleasing birthday gifts, toys that bust boredom, maybe a parent-sanity-saving thing or two, as well as inspiration for your next family movie night. Thanks for reading!
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