1. The Holidays Just Got Easier with Layaway at Wonder Works!

    The Holidays Just Got Easier with Layaway at Wonder Works!

    Fa la la la la! The countdown to Christmas has begun at Wonder Works! Beginning September 5, Wonder Works will offer Layaway in our Mount Pleasant and West Ashley stores! Layaway will help you lock down the hottest toys of the season in time for holiday celebrations. Plan ahead and avoid the stress of last-minute shopping - no crowds, no fuss, and you're sure to nab the season's hottest toys before they fly off the shelves. Visit us today and begin your holiday shopping!  

    4 Top Secret Layaway Advantages from the Wonder Works Elves to you!

     

    1. Decrease Holiday Stress with Layaway.

    Start your layaway today! Shop now and avoid the holiday traffic! You pay 1/3 at the beginning and the rest later. We elves will keep track of all your orders; it's easy!  

    2. We Wrap Your Gifts For You!

    Just call us by December 14th requesting complimentary wrapping and pick up your wrapped gifts on December 15th! Now that's magic!  

    3. Share Your Layaway with Family Members!

    They can pitch in and purchase some of the toys from your layaway. Your child's wish list is bound to come true!  

    4. You Will Have All Of The Hottest Items

    All of this year's trendiest toys will be safe and secure in your layaway, even if the store has sold out!   If you have any questions about Wonder Works layaway policies, please call or visit one of our four Charleston stores and a magical Wonder Worker elf will be more than happy to help!   Happy shopping!

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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. Hooray for Screen Free Week!

    Hooray for Screen Free Week!

    Did you know that the week of April 30-May 6 is Screen-Free Week? Yep, it's time to unplug (except for work and studying), and give our tired brains a rest.

    As wonderful as most technology is these days, the distraction screens cause in us and, especially, in our kids, needs to be shelved every once in a while. For this one glorious week, all families, schools, and communities are encouraged to unplug and remember what is was like before we carried mini-computers in our pockets.

    As a society, it almost feels as if without our devices, we would be totally lost. According to Time magazine, adults check their phones an average of 47 times a day...for kids ages 12 and over, it's almost double. It's time to unplug, time to explore, time to reconnect with each other.

    You are not alone if the panic of trying to find a family activity that kids will enjoy doing without a screen sends you into a tailspin. Here are a few suggestions for all ages to get out and play, brought to you by Charleston's own Magic Makers!

    Building Sets - Creating a structure out of a pile of bricks or shapes is satisfying for any age. The sense of accomplishment and self-confidence kids feel after completing this sort of task is immeasurable. There is a certain excitement when a sealed box of Magna-Tiles, LEGOS, or just plain wooden blocks, is opened. That proverbial light bulb in all of us illuminates those growing brains, and creativity is unleashed. With no screens, imagination kicks in. Entire families have the opportunity to ask themselves, "What will we build today?"

     

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    Board Games - It's pure pleasure watching little ones learn good sportsmanship, strategy, and team building through games. But at some point, kids start losing interest. Out come those pesky devices, again. Don't they know the noise of a cat video (no matter how cute) can never compare to the laughter and groans of a family sitting together to play a board game? A weekly family game night, absolutely no screens allowed, is the perfect way to reconnect with our kids. Remember how much fun charades was when we were growing up? It's time to force our offspring to make fools of themselves in front of family, just like we did. Maybe they'll learn a little something, too.

     

    Tenzi Dice Game

     

    Go Outside - Those of us lucky enough to live in the lowcountry know the magic of Magnolia trees, biting bugs, sandy beaches, and so much more! When the natural view is as breathtaking as it is in South Carolina, screens can just be downright ugly. Leave the devices in the car, go outside, and play. It sounds so simple, but over-scheduled families can have a tough time enjoying nature. Make outdoor time family time. As Mary Poppins once said, "Let's go fly a kite!" Pick your fav local beach or county park, grab the kids and go! Having a beach as a backyard opens up so many opportunities for families to spend time together, sans technology. Take advantage of it, and enjoy that gorgeous coastline!

     

    Kidz Slider

     

    All of us at Wonder Works are tickled pink about Screen Free Week! Good old fashioned play time was the cornerstone of Christine Osborne's mission when she and Dan started this company, and it remains our guiding principle to this day. When Wonder Works was founded in 1990, the world wide web was in its infancy and none of us could have dreamed of the major role it would play in our families' lives. Screen Free Week is a great opportunity to show our kids what life was like when we were little, when we had to be coaxed inside and away from swings, sprinklers, and bike rides. Let's take this week to appreciate our families and friends, without searching for an outlet or a charger.

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