1. Stuff Your Stockings with Nowstalgic!

    Stuff Your Stockings with Nowstalgic!

    It’s that time of year again! The season is upon us. It’s time to take on the daunting task that is holiday shopping. Buying gifts can be stressful at times. The kids have probably already handed you their nice long wish lists, but what about the stockings!? Santa may need a little help figuring out what to stuff in those stockings this year. Have no fear, Wonder Works is your one stop shop for stocking stuffers!

    Wonder Works has the best selection of exciting knick knacks and gadgets from Nowstalgic. These toys may be small, but they pack a big punch! Bright Bugz are perfect for a budding magician or anyone who wants to fool their friends! Kids can practice different slight of hand tricks with the two light up “bugs” that slide right onto their fingers. Make the Bright Bugz look like they’re jumping from hand to hand, or flying in one ear and out the other! Kids can also download the interactive app for even more fun tricks!

    In the same category are Squirmles. These furry little critters are cute and so fun to play with all day! The trick to these is that they’re attached to a very thin, almost invisible clear string. This gives the illusion that the Squirmle is moving on its own! Kids have a blast maneuvering the Squirmles around different obstacles, between their fingers, and coming up with new tricks of their own.

    For the crafty kid, finding Nowstalgic’s Super Elastic Bubble Plastic in their stocking would be a dream come true. Kids can make their own giant plastic bubbles that they can hold, toss, catch, juggle, and throw! It’s so quick and easy, the kids will be playing with their colorful bubble creations in no time.

    Find all of these exciting Nowstalgic toys and more at any of our four stores, or click below to shop online!

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  2. Black FriYAY!

    Black FriYAY!

    Happy Friday, everyone!

    With turkey in our tummies and more leaves in the yard than on the trees, our thoughts are turning ever more toward the holiday season before us. Can you believe there are only 32 more days til Christmas, and 29 til Hanukkah is here?? Which of course means the holiday shopping season is off with a bang!

    Come visit us in stores today for Black Friday deals for the whole family - from 20% off to awesome doorbusters at even bigger savings!

    Stay tuned for even more deals throughout the coming days - including Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and more!

    Even better, the hottest toy of the season, FINGERLINGS MONKEYS, have confirmed shipment to arrive in our stores within the week! Reserve yours today with our presell program at the Wonder Works location nearest you. See stores for pricing and availability. Limit 3 per customer.

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  3. Turkey Day Travel Tips

    Turkey Day Travel Tips

    With Thanksgiving less than a week away, it's time to start making those annual holiday travel plans. This year, AAA is predicting almost 51 million people will be hitting the roads, the skies, and the rails next week - that number has increased by 1.6 million travelers compared to last year. Parents should just let that number sink in for a moment, take a few breaths, and try not to panic. Go on...I'll wait. Ready for some tips to make traveling with children easier? Well I've got more than a few suggestions; the Magic Makers at Wonder Works Toy Store are always here to help!

    One of my best childhood memories is of my mom and dad packing myself, along with two sisters, into our wood paneled station wagon for the 6 hour drive to Grandmother Betsy's in Raleigh for Thanksgiving every year. The drive there was full of your usual sibling poking and prodding, while mom blindly threw tootsie-rolls and crackers in our general direction to keep us quiet. Dad usually just kept staring straight ahead at the West Virginia turnpike, sipping from his thermos full of strong coffee, and dreaming of my grandmother's oyster stuffing and homemade ham biscuits. The drive to North Carolina was usually the same, everyone restless and bored, asking my parents "How much further?" every hour, on the hour. The ride home was a totally different story.

    One year, when my sisters and I were aged 5, 6, and 9, my Aunt Mary came up with a brilliant idea to keep us happy and quiet for the long drive home. I've used this trick with my own children at least a dozen times over the years, perfect for the dreaded nine hour drive to D.C. to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends. As we were leaving, Aunt Mary handed my mother 3 bags, each containing 6 wrapped gifts. She instructed my parents to give us one present each every hour, but only if we kept our hands to ourselves and our neverending questions concerning how long we would be in the car, to a minimum. I can say, with no doubt whatsoever, that it worked like a charm!

    If any parents are interested in this ingenious idea, stop by your favorite local Wonder Works and check out the toys featured in our stores around the cash register area. I know you will find affordable, magical, easy to wrap and pack goodies for everyone riding in the car or train, and I guarantee a fabulous flight!

    For those parents with a shorter travel itinerary, these are my favorite products for kids while traveling...



    Jumbo Squishies - soft and slow rising fun shaped Squishies are proven to reduce stress and anxiety in kids (and adults)!

    3-D Colorables - kids can color and inflate toys to keep them entertained while encouraging their growing imaginations! Markers and straw to inflate included!

    GeoMatrix - ultra cool, colorful 15 piece triangles, rectangles, and squares that contain the strongest known magnets on earth! Won't fall apart and won't end up spilling into the aisles, tripping an airline host/hostess!



    Blendy Pens - kids can create 190 different color combinations with washable, blendable markers! Grab a sketch pad and watch the creativity flow!

    Imaginetics USA Map - the magnetic puzzle game that helps teach US geography - especially fun for checking off all the states you'll pass through!

    Rubik's Cube - yes, it's the original favorite from the '80's...challenge kids to solve the utimate brain teaser!

    Sing-along Pro Bluetooth Microphone - no need for a karaoke machine to sing your favorite songs, everyone in the family gets a turn!  Singing in the round has never sounded so good!


    Safe travels!

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  4. Collaboration is Key!

    Collaboration is Key!

    It’s a tale as old as time. It’s play time and all the kids want to play with that one specific toy. Although there are endless options to choose from, there’s always that one toy that is coveted like gold. You’re dreading this moment because now you must choose who gets to play with the toy first. If only there were an awesome toy that they could play with together!

    Introducing the new double-sided play sets from Melissa & Doug! These sets encourage collaborative play, as well as creativity and imagination. All of the kids can play together at once! Kiddos can choose between the role of a checkout clerk or a shopper with the Fresh Mart Grocery Store. With the Star Diner, they can take on the role of the server or a guest awaiting their meal! Kids will work and play together to come up with hundreds of different scenarios that will keep them occupied for hours on end. These are the perfect sets for play dates and multiple kids, and are and amazingly fun way to encourage social development!

    We encourage hands-on play, so pop in to one of our four locations to check out these sets. Kids can test them out right in our stores! It’s always a wonderfuntastical day at Wonder Works!

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  5. Game On!

    Game On!

    Now that all of the Halloween candy has been eaten, and the carved pumpkins have been thrown away because one more day in this southern humidity would mean a mushy mess, it’s time to look forward to the start of the official holiday season! This time of year is my absolute favorite. Holiday shopping, parties, and the thing I love to do the most, celebrating with my family and friends.

    As the years go by, my holiday gatherings have steadily continued to grow, as I’m sure all families have experienced. It’s always a blessing to gain an in-law, a new niece/nephew, or a grandchild. The same goes for my friend circle - it’s ever expanding as new people join my tribe and welcome me into theirs.

    When more people come into our lives, holiday party invitations become more frequent, and the leaf for the dining room table is a must. This all adds up to a longer gift list, because let’s face it, ‘tis the season!

    Luckily, I have found the perfect gift this year for everyone on my list. This gift is fabulous for all ages and genders, and can be enjoyed throughout the year: board games!

    Thinking of bringing another boring bottle of wine to your neighbor’s party? That vino will be put on a table with the rest of the bottles and last less than an hour. Try bringing a board or card game for the host, a unique gift the whole family can enjoy long after the party is over!

    Story Craze allows adults and kids to create imaginative stories together, and isn’t that what this season is really about? Another great game to give is the fast paced, multi-player Tenzi or Tenzi Party Pack! Players choose 10 colored dice to roll to win the game, and each pack contains 14 different ways to play!

    Games are gift long remembered and appreciated after the all of the guests have gone home. These are great games to be played with large groups of friends as well! Relatives of all ages gather each year for big family dinners, the one day out of the year no one is staring at a screen (at least as long as food is on the table). Once the cleaning up is done, and the family has caught up on the past year’s events, give everyone an excuse to stay sitting down together.

    Time is precious for all of us, and I know we all have family members we get to see only once or twice a year. Discourage relatives from flopping down on the couch and reaching for the remote or their smartphone. Bring out a game, and let the fun begin!

    The cooperative game Pandemic encourages players to work together and find a cure for alien diseased bacteria that’s threatening the existence of the human race! Follow clues and save humanity...sounds like fun, doesn’t it? If young children want to play with the adults, CODENAMES Disney is great fun for all ages. Kids love following the hints on included, illustrated cards to find their favorite Disney character! For out of town guests, I find that the game CharlestonOpoly, or a Tate Nation puzzle, to be a thoughtful souvenir of their visit.

    This holiday season, gather friends and family for a little competition and togetherness with games.

    Game on!

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  6. All They Want for Christmas

    All They Want for Christmas

    The Wonder Works Holiday Catalog is here!!

    There's something special about flipping through a catalog - seeing all the brightly colored toys laid out side by side, imagining EVERYTHING from that one page wrapped up neatly for you to tear into, hearing the satisfying swoosh of the page turning - it just builds anticipation like nothng else can. But in today's digital world, it can be hard to keep track of phsyical info. That's why we've digitized our holiday catalog!

    Discover the perfect gift as you browse the latest and greatest toys for active kids, tech-obsessed smarties, LEGO maniacs, imaginative types, babies and toddlers, crafty artists, and games for the whole family to play together!

    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. And best of all, every product features a clickable link that takes you straight to the product page right here on our website, where you can learn more about it or toss it in your virtual cart with ease!

    Don't forget to read through to the back cover for a special surprise! (Hint: It's either a coupon code,* a cute puppy, or both!)

    Happy holidays from our family to yours! Let's make this happy season the holliest and jolliest of them all!

    *Log in or create an account to redeem coupon codes (and be the first to hear about the next one - or two, or three, or more!)

    Click to Shop our Holiday Catalog

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