1. School's Out and Summer is Here!

    School's Out and Summer is Here!

    School’s out, the kids are bursting with energy, and Wonder Works is here for you! The kiddos have been sitting behind desks for far too long, and all anyone wants is to be outside enjoying the summer vibes and fresh air!

    Do you wonder how it used to be so easy to get out of the house, but now it can feel like a hassle with kids and all the gear needed for parenting?

    Make summer easy with fun, at home, ACTIVE games! Yes, we have B4 ADVENTURE products just for you!

    B4 Adventure products are designed to get your kids off the couch or tablet and running outside to play. They will never want to leave the backyard!

    Ninjas are being born all over with the incredible Ninja Line. The Ninja Line is easy to put up between two trees and includes different obstacles that attach with ease. Some of the obstacles include rings, ladders, knots and more! Similar to the idea of monkey bars, but WAY COOLER AND FUN.

    Not only do you build your own kid-friendly backyard gym, kids build overall strength AND their confidence. A customer’s son said, “I can’t wait to complete the Ninja Line and become a real Ninja Warrior!”

    For sports lovers, we have the answer for those who are getting bored with just kicking the ball around. If you want something new to grab their attention, say no more… we have a GINORMOUS SOCCER BALL. Upgrade your soccer ball now, and the fun will never end! Younger kids love pushing the ball and chasing it, while older kids enjoy passing and playing soccer games with a ball made for giants.

    Playing with a giant soccer ball all day can get very tiring in the Charleston sun, but no need to go back inside! The Aqua Sprayer is the perfect cool down water sprayer that can shoot up to 40 feet! Your children can turn into a water ninja by running around, hiding behind trees, and jumping out to spray their friends. The Aqua Sprayer is also a great companion for the pool and the beach!

    Your perfect summer day is now coming to end with the sun setting and the calm breeze cooling you off. The family is all home and the kids inevitably get a second burst of after-dinner energy. Finish your day with a family swing session in your backyard with B4 Adventure’s Dream Catcher Swing. This swing brings color to your yard and is great for all ages.

    All of these products are found online AND in our four stores. Stop in now to say hello and start your summer adventure!

    Is your child monkeying around all day? Why not monkey around on the NINJA LINE?

    Ninja Line

    Soccer is fun… but soccer can be 10x cooler with this GIANT SOCCER BALL.

    Giant Soccer Ball

    Summer is hot… especially here in Charleston. Cool down with the AQUA SPRAYER.

    Aqua Sprayer

    Grab a friend and enjoy a summer evening swinging on the DREAM CATCHER SWING.

    Dream Catcher Swing

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  2. Splish Splash Summer!

    Splish Splash Summer!

    Hot temperatures and muggy humidity are the norm for Charleston in the summer, and even us locals sometimes find it hard to get relief. Taking a dip in the cool, blue water of a swimming pool is a surefire way to beat the heat! And this summer, there are some fabulous new pool toys for all ages, from toddlers to adults, to make pool time even more fun!

    We all want our kids to get out and play, but when it's hot outside, finding an outdoor activity can be a real challenge.

    Not only is swimming and splashing in the water fun, it's also great exercise for all ages! Creating and playing games in the pool is an easy way to incorporate fitness while building underwater skills. Kids love racing each other, or going on a treasure hunt for weighted toys that sink to the bottom!

    Brightly colored dive toys are perfect for this type of pool game. They also serve double duty in swim lessons for those just learning to get their feet wet!

    Frozen Dive Characters

    Add Bling 2.0's cute and clever anti-fog swim goggles, decorated with everything from faux candy to squishy tentacles, and underwater vision won't be a problem!

    Have teens or adults in your group that want to get in on the fun of a water game? Try a Waboba Sol or Cracket set (plastic bat and Big Kahuna ball) for an exciting game of catch!

    Waboba

    In the mood to just sit back and have a relaxing float in the pool? Big Mouth floats have the perfect inflatables for all ages. Toddlers can have fun with the big kids while staying safe and cool in a Lil Tinysaurus or Lil Rainbow pool float.

    The design of these floats allows little legs to kick freely in the water, while the dual chambers ensure stability! Teens and adults can make a splash poolside with super trendy, giant Avocado, Unicorn, or Jellyfish float! Sure to turn heads and get the pool party started!

    Donut Pool Float

    Stop by one of our four Wonder Works locations to see these and other great summer products!

    See you in the pool!

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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. 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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  5. 11 Screen-Free Toys to Spark Creative Play

    11 Screen-Free Toys to Spark Creative Play

    Bicycles zooming, barely muted giggles from the perfect hide-and-seek spot, a furrowed brow on a kid lost in thought...these are the little moments that make childhood magical.

    Being a kid is all about getting creative - making, learning, doing, growing. Little minds are absolutely brilliant, soaking up all the new information and experiences they encounter every day. It's the coolest thing to watch their gears turn and see how they pull all this stuff together, creating a totally unique way of looking at the world.

    Ironically, in this amazing age of information, kids are getting less creative. This isn't just grousing about kids these days, there's actual data to back this up.

    So how do we combat this?

    A great way to start is by taking the Screen-Free Pledge. Commit to just one week of screen-free entertainment, and flex those creative brains! Go outside, play a game, or build something new.

    Let's get started with 11 of our favorite screen-free toys to spark creativity in kids of all ages:

    Swurfer Kick

    1. Swurfer Kick

     

    Kickboard USA

    2. Kickboard Scooters

    Happy Hedgehog

    3. Happy Hedgehog

     

    Spin Again

    4. Spin Again

     

    Fire Chief Costume

    5. Role Play Toys

     

    Surfer Dudes

    6. Surfer Dudes

     

    Auto Moto

    7. Auto Moto Transforming R/C Car

     

    USA Map Floor Puzzle

    8. Puzzles

     

    Boom Bash

    9. Boom Bash

     

    Plus-Plus

    10. Plus-Plus

     

    NinjaLine

    11. NinjaLine

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  6. Meet Silhouette Artist Clay Rice

    Meet Silhouette Artist Clay Rice

    Our favorite son of the South, Clay Rice, will be in our Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley stores this weekend!

    This world-renowned artist and children's book author is a favorite visitor of ours, a true gentleman that hails from three generations of extraordinary silhouette artists. Having Clay in our stores always causes a flurry of excitement, for customers and staff alike.

    His gentle nature and impish grin immediately put everyone at ease, especially the subject of the silhouette at hand. Even the most restless child suddenly sits still, watching in awe as Clay swiftly trims a piece of plain black paper into a perfect likeness of him or her.

    A few minutes and a flurry of scissors is all it takes for Clay to create an original masterpiece to hang in the family home. Taught this unique art form by his grandfather, Carew Rice, Clay Rice is a master 21st century folk artist who still travels the South creating his art.

    It's no wonder he was described by author Pat Conroy as a "great talent who combines soul and passion."

    As I'm sure y'all know, we Southerners are sticklers for tradition, and taking children to have a hand-cut silhouette is certainly a low country tradition. Walking into a room, seeing a past generation of a family's young children hung alongside the current generation, you know you are in a true southerner's house.

    Made popular in the early 1800s, these "shadow portraits" were all the rage, long before the invention of photography. In this digital age, silhouettes have become a lovely reminder of simpler days, as well as a unique heirloom for families to cherish.

     

    As well as his awesome talent as a silhouette artist, Clay Rice is also an accomplished children's book author. His award-winning books combine simple, heartfelt text with absolutely stunning silhouette scenes. Each book hearkens the reader back to the joys of childhood...the mysteries of the moon in the sky, or the inner workings of a child's imagination.

     

    Clay is always happy to sign his books as well, so feel free to bring your favorite to our stores when you see him. If your child hasn't experienced a bedtime story by Clay Rice yet, we always have his titles in stock.

     

    Visit our Event page to reserve a spot today! Can't wait to see y'all!

    Missed this event? No problem! Clay visits us a few times every year, so you'll have another opportunity soon!

    Sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest to be first in line next time Clay schedules a Charleston silhouette session.

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