1. 5 Ridiculously Fun Father's Day Gifts

    5 Ridiculously Fun Father's Day Gifts

    "Hey Dad, can I call you later?"

    "No, you can call me Dad."

    Roll your eyes all you want... you know you love him.

    Father's Day is coming up, and in typical Dad fashion, he says he doesn't want anything special. But he IS special, and you want to make at least half the fuss over him that you made for Mom a month ago.

    But you've already gotten him golf balls, novelty mugs, and fishing poles. And how often doesn he really wear a tie? So it's time to get creative.

    Show Dad how happy you are to humor his punny wisecracking - I mean, how grateful you are for his fatherly wisdom - with these ridiculously fun gifts for Father's Day, his birthday, and every day in between.

    We know shopping for dads can be tough. What do you get the guy who has everything?

    Well, we think we've got him figured out. Click below to shop our 5 favorite gift ideas, or stop into your local Wonder Works today and ask a Magic Maker!

    Even better, go ask your mother.

     

    Charleston Hooker

    For the Grill Master: The Charleston Hooker

     

    Bulzibucket

    For Playful Dads: Bulzibucket

     

    Copper Corkcicle

    For Dads on the Go: Corkcicle Canteen

     

    Golf Pool

    For Competitive Dads: Golf Pool

     

    Dad Joke Socks

    For Funny Guys: Dad Joke Socks

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  2. Create It! Make It! Take It!

    Create It! Make It! Take It!

    Summer time is craft time, and that means it's time to get messy!

    As always, Wonder Works' merry band of Magic Makers has your kid covered. Every year about this time, our team gets together and picks the most fabulous, magical, fun crafts ever. This year is no exception, and we can't wait to see y'all in our stores for our Create It, Make It, Take It classes!

    These STEM inspired classes fill up pretty quickly every year, so register online at WonderWorksToys.com today to hold your child's spot!

    Each class is only $8.00 per child, and each craft gets to go home with the artist!

    Here's a short list of my gang's favorite classes:

    Make Your Own Stepping Stone

    I love this craft! Easy to personalize, this is a treasured piece of art for a garden, beside a pool, or as a welcome stone for family and friends! Ages 4 and up!

    Thinking Putty Workshop

    Kids ages 5 and up create their very own Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty to squish and squeeze! Mix and match colors with the help of a CMT expert!

    Cute Clay Confections

    Calling all kids with a sweet tooth! This super cute craft teaches kids ages 6 and up the science of baking, while making confectionery delights from quick, air-drying clay!

    Squish, Squash, Sculpt

    This fantastic Playfoam craft will delight the senses and tickle creative minds! Ages 5 and up will learn the magic of sculpture, while stretching their imaginations!

    Check out the flyers below, visit a Wonder Works store, or look inside our summer catalog for this year's complete list of classes. See y'all there!

    CMT Schedule

    CMT Details

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  3. Summer Catalog: Do, Shop, Play

    Summer Catalog: Do, Shop, Play

     

    The Wonder Works Summer Catalog is here!!

    Do you and your family love flipping through bright, colorful pages filled with fun? Check your mailbox and your local Wonder Works store for our wonderFUNtastical Summer Catalog!

    Get inspired with the summer's hottest gifts and games for all ages! Plan birthday gifts and summer fun from the backyard to the beach...or inside with the air conditioner on high - Charleston summers don't mess around!

    Plus, see this year's schedule for our always popular Create It, Make It, Take It summer activity series. Join us at our Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley locations for crafts and activities with your neighborhood Magic Makers. We provide the supplies and direction, you get summer fun and a cool project to treasure (or give as a gift).

    Spots fill up quickly, so sign up today!

    Not on our mailing list? Passionate about going paperless? Well, good news! You can still enjoy that classic browsing experience with our dynamically digitized eCatalog!

    Navigation is simple - just like a real catalog! Use the arrows on the left and right of each page to flip through (you'll even hear that satisfying flippy sound as you turn each page). Click the top or bottom of each page for options to save, bookmark, or share.

    Get inspired to visit your local store, browse our site for more creative gift ideas, or scroll down to the bottom of this post for a shoppable selection of our favorite catalog items!

    Don't forget to read through to the back cover for a special surprise! (Hint: It's a number that starts with 2, ends with 5, and saves you money on one fabulous gift!)

     

    Stock up on summer vacation supplies, plan your summer activities, or just start getting some brilliantly fun ideas for birthdays and special treats! Summer is here, and we're ready to play!

    Click to View our Summer Catalog!

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  4. Mattel Summer Celebration

    Mattel Summer Celebration

    It’s time for a summer celebration…. MATTEL STYLE! It is the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels, and Wonder Works is celebrating with an event filled of wheels, barbie, and FUN!

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2nd, from 9:00am-2:00pm at Wonder Works West Ashley.

    Hot Wheels is the #1 selling toy in the world… That’s right, the world! The first Hot Wheels car produced was a Camaro, like the one that Rick Hendrick is bringing! There will also be a Mattel store within our Wonder Works store with… drum roll please… BRAND NEW merchandise.

    Come join the fun and get a FREE toy, FREE treats, and you can even MEET BARBIE from 10:00am-12:00pm. The fun doesn’t stop there! Charleston Animal Society will be joining us and raffling off a giant teddy bear!

    We are welcoming summertime with Mattel and lots of….MAGIC! We hope to see you there! #magichappenzhere

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  5. The Lady Behind the Wonder

    The Lady Behind the Wonder

    Birthdays only come once a year, and we hope they get more magical every time! This year Wonder Works is celebrating the 60th birthday of our owner, Christine Osborne. 60 must be the new 40 because she sure is energized and ageless!

    Christine is a mother of two (but really 200!) and a grandmother of two. She has received numerous awards from being recognized as the founder of “The Best Toy Store in the South” to being “One of Charleston’s Most Influential Women.” She has published works in multiple national and toy industry websites and magazines. Christine’s charisma and bright outlook radiate through Wonder Works Toys and all of the people connected to it. She has magic!!

    When I first met Christine she told me, “Never lose your quirks! They make you who you are and they are special just like you!” Each day she is a walking example of someone who isn’t afraid to be herself. She can be silly, goofy, crazy, and FUN! Christine embraces who she is and every quirk that comes along with her. No wonder she inspires such amazing toys.

    Christine went on to tell me, “Everything connects in life and comes full circle, you will see.” Here’s one story of her magic: One day a woman was outside trying to push a couch into a U-Haul all by herself. Christine watched as no one went to help the poor lady, so Christine offered her a helping hand. The woman was exhausted and said that the couch just would not fit. Christine immediately said she would buy it from her! They hauled the old wicker couch onto Christine’s porch, and she’s been sitting on it watching the world go by ever since.

    Two years passed, and one random morning Christine thought about the woman and wondered how she was doing or where she was now. That day she was on a conference call and got reconnected with the woman’s husband, Jack! Now Jack is a part of our Wonder Works Family.

    Christine runs her life and this company on kindness. This is just one of the many stories depicting how Christine is constantly helping others “just because.” She does not do it to gloat or receive anything. She helps because she wants to and wants to give to others. Christine is making this world a better place.

    Our talk continued with Christine explaining that “one child can make a difference.” Part of the Wonder Works mission is to facilitate the growth and development of local child entrepreneurs and to support "kids for a cause."

    When a young one walks into Wonder Works with a smiling face and newly made product, Christine is even more smiley and excited! She said, “You never say no to a child. You never close that door for them.”

    Christine has been passionate about children, kids with disabilities, and helping others since she was a young girl. Before opening Wonder Works, she worked at Southern Pines Hospital where she worked as an Occupational Therapist and as the hospital’s Marketing Director.

    Christine once told a young girl at MUSC Children’s hospital, Harper Drolet, that for every like she gets on a picture on Facebook Wonder Works would donate a toy to the hospital. As days passed it was like after like after like… resulting in 10,000 likes! Harper was jumping with joy. Christine said she would sell her house, take out a loan, and do absolutely whatever it took to give this little girl her 10,000 toys. Wonder Works national toy vendors heard about this and ended up donating 10,000 toys in Harper’s name!

    Harper Drolet passed away three months after that donation. Every Thursday since then, every child at MUSC hospital receives a FREE TOY. Receiving a present is singularly uplifting, for those who receive, as well as for those who give. Christine said, teary eyed, “I know that every Thursday, every sick child in that hospital is feeling less pain.” Magic Happens Here is not just a hash tag or a joyous mantra, it is the truth at Wonder Works.

    Christine is described as, “Exuberant, magical, quirky, energetic, loveable, whimsical, and wonderfuntastical” by her coworkers. Now those are some great words to be described as!

    If you want to connect with Christine and Wonder Works stop by our stores for some fun, follow us on social media, or shoot us an email. We love to hear from our customers. Send Christine your birthday wishes on this wonderfuntastical May 16th and have a big slice of cake for her!!

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  6. Summer Magic: Ginormous Unicorn Sprinkler

    Summer Magic: Ginormous Unicorn Sprinkler

    Summer is right around the corner...it's so close I can taste the iced tea and smell the suncreen on my kid's cheeks when we cuddle.

    There are so many reasons to love summer - no school, long days, sand in our toes, and especially the hours of outdoor play in our sun-splashed backyard.

    Want to make the summer of 2018 even more magical for your family and friends? It's simple with the brand spanking new inflatable Ginormous Unicorn Sprinkler from Big Mouth! 

    At almost 7 feet tall, this mythical beast dwarfs all other backyard sprinklers! Just imagine stepping out your back door and seeing this giant sprinkler, spraying water out of its enormous horn, to the delight of every overheated member of the family!

    Toddlers, with their natural sense of wonder and imagination, adore playing hide and seek around the unicorn's lovely legs. Older kids can lay on the grass, cool off in the falling water, and daydream the day away. Teens and tweens will make this giant unicorn the life of the birthday party, and the star of Snapchat!

    Truly a dream come true for all ages!

    The super easy set-up and durable vinyl, two features Big Mouth is known for, are a great bonus for the adults who are in charge of summer fun. Inflate and fill with a garden hose for a fantasy afternoon of fun at family picnics, birthday parties, campgrounds, and grassy backyards!

    Summer magic is guaranteed with the biggest and bestest sprinkler on the block! There's no shortage of ways to play - or of neighborhood kids who can't wait to get in on the fun!

    The Ginormous Unicorn Sprinkler is has gone viral this summer. You'll see it pop up on every social media feed and YouTube videos your kids are glued to. It's sold out of local stores all over the nation. Magically, we've managed to wrangle a small but steady stream of these rare beasties to keep us stocked throughout the summer.

    Click here to to shop online today!

    If we happen to be out, never fear, we'll restock soon! Sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on social media to hear the moment they return!

    Start planning your own Instagram-worthy spinkler photo shoots with inspiration from these real-life summertime folickers:

    Unicorn Sprinkler Tag

    Water Tag!

    Unicorn Sprinkler Birthday Party

    Guest of Honor at your Unicorn Birthday Party!

    Unicorn Sprinkler Pool

    Extra fun at the pool! (Maybe you'll even make a rainbow!)

    Unicorn Sprinkler Trampoline

    A cooling rain shower as you bounce!

    Unicorn Sprinkler

    Water your lawn with MAGIC raindrops!

    Unicorn Sprinkler Toddler

    Make a new best friend!

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