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. 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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  5. 7 Magical Gifts for Merry Mermaids

    7 Magical Gifts for Merry Mermaids

    I truly believe that Charleston is the best place in the world to live; just ask any travel magazine or any of the new residents migrating here in droves. Seriously, there is a reason why people from all over the world choose to either vacation or settle down here, and I believe I know the main reason. This lovely city of ours has mermaids. Yep, real live mermaids!

     

    The Weeki Wachee Mermaids grace us with their shimmery presence once a year, for a few short days, at the SC Aquarium downtown. I take my kids every year, and they love watching those beauties swim gracefully through the Great Tank. The magic of believing in mermaids fills our heads as we plan our aquarium excursion this weekend.

     

    We know the myths and the legends, but what if they really do exist? Imagine the possibilities, and the undersea life mermaids and mermen lead...if only for a few hours, on an ordinary family visit, right here in our hometown. Wonder Works Magic Makers believe in magic, so we will see you there.

     

    Did I mention that SC Aquarium members receive 10% off in all four of our stores? Just show your membership card at the register when shopping our magical mermaid selection - so much to choose from for every mermaid-loving believer in your family!

     

    Encourage the magic of mermaids long after the Weeki Wachee mermaids have gone back to their grottoes with these fabulous finds:

     

    Blankie Tails Mermaid Blankets

     

    Blankie Tails Mermaid Blankets - Adults and kids alike can snuggle up in these super soft mermaid blankets that give the illusion that legs are now fins. Crawl inside and experience the coziness of these "blankies" that never lose their softness, no matter how many times they get tossed in the washing machine!

     

    Rainbow Mermaid Tail

     

    Speaking of imaginative play, why not fulfill those mermaid dreams with a quick-dry lycra mermaid tail? Gliding just under the water's surface at the neighborhood pool, flapping a realistic, multi-colored Fin Fun Mermaid Tail? It's an aquatic fantasy come true, and yes, these fabulous fins are available in adult sizes as well as kids' sizes!

     

    Little Mermaid Dive Wands
    Little Mermaid Dive Characters

     

    Younger mermaids in the family can practice diving, with or without their tails, by swimming to the bottom in search of The Little Mermaid Dive Wands and Dive Characters. These weighted, water-proof toys are brand new this summer, and feature everyone's fave mermaid, Ariel!

     

    Mermaid Hair Kit

     

    Whether wearing your new tail, or headed to a party, this Mermaid Hair Kit is certain to turn heads! Inspired by our oceanic sisters, this kit includes green/blue temporary hair color mists (perfect underwater camouflage), mermaid scale stencils and makeup, and stick-on gems for a flawless mermaid effect!

     

    Sequin Mermaid Lunch Tote

     

    Want to freshen up while swimming or hanging out with fishy friends? The Sequin Mermaid Lunch Tote is a perfect carrying case for all of your mermaid accessories (and snacks)! With a simple swipe of a hand (or fin, your choice), the mesmerizing greenish-turquoise sequins change to black! A great looking bag for a mermaid on the go!

     

    Sequin Mermaid Tail Pillow
    Mermaid Pillow

     

    Mermaid Pillows - There are two styles available, both favorites of the merteen and mermom crowds! The absolutely stunning Sequin Mermaid Tail Pillow is lovely to look at, delighting all senses when "magic" sequins are gently rubbed causing a shimmering, color-changing effect! The Mermaid Pillow features a classic mermaid beauty mid-swim, with delicate beaded accents on her tail! This pillow looks fabulous on a summer porch swing, or as an accent pillow on a bed or favorite chair.

     

    Really Mermaid PopSocket

     

    Really Mermaid PopSocket - I'd like to think that merfolk have evolved and adapted just like us humans. I just can't envision mermaids hanging out on rocks to get the attention of passing ships, not in this day and age. Rumor has it they use cell phones to communicate with each other, as well as land dwelling mammals and the random sailor every now and then. PopSockets help keep phones steady and easier to grip while taking pictures, answering a call, or watching a video...especially handy for those with a little webbing between the fingers!

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  6. 5 Must-Have Outdoor Toys for Spring

    5 Must-Have Outdoor Toys for Spring

    The flowers are blooming, the beach is beckoning, and Spring is definitely in the air! After we all survived the great snowfall of '18 here in Charleston, it's time to get outside and play!

     

    If climbing, swinging, riding, and jumping are on your family's warm weather to-do list, then you can't go wrong with these must-have active toys for Spring and Summer!

     

    With nothing but sunshine on the horizon, it's time to get the whole family outside and moving! Turn your backyard into the ultimate personalized playground with these best-selling outdoor toys for kids of all ages:

     

    Swurfer - Made locally on John's Island, this solid maple swing is the talk of the lowcountry! Its unique shape and wooden contoured handles give users a sensation of flying! Just like kite-boarding without the water! But no need to worry, the little ones can have just as much fun as big kids on this swing! Children as young as 4 years of age enjoy sitting in the super comfy curvature of the Swurfer, gently swinging in the summer sun. The perfect outdoor swing for all ages!

     

    Swurfer Swing

     

    EDIT: BRAND NEW to the Swurfer family! The Swurfer Kick is the lightweight, affordable, perfectly proportioned swing alternative for younger kids and families on the go:

     

    Swurfer Kick Swing

     

    Dreamcatcher Swing - This colorful, handwoven swing by B4Adventures is big enough for everyone to get a turn on the swing! Up to four kids can swing together, and the steel frame holds up to 400lbs., ensuring a fun time for all!

     

    Dreamcatcher Swing

    For all in one backyard fun, try the Ninja Line Intro kit for your little ninjas! This sturdy kit is easy to install and provides hours of exercise, strength training, and of course FUN! Seven hanging obstacles are included, with more obstacles available for purchase to keep the course fresh for kids of all ages! Add the hanging climbing rope and the rope ladder for an extra fun, challenging playtime!

     

    Ninja Line

     

    Even toddlers can get in on the fun of going for a bike ride! Whether it's a ride around the neighborhood, or an adventure on a bike path at a beautiful county park, the whole family can ride together. The Mini2Go Scooter is an ingenious scooter for even the youngest in your brood...with the turn of the included tool, this scooter goes from a sit-on trike to a stand-up 3 wheel scooter! The Mini2Go grows with your child, providing years of riding fun!

     

    Mini2Go Scooter

     

    Lastly, for indoor/outdoor fun, grab an inflatable Farm Hopper. These farm animals are ready to give toddlers a ride, even on rainy days! Choose from a dog, pig, rabbit, or a cow! Kids love to hop to it on these sturdy cuties!

     

    Farm Hopper

     

    Happy Spring y'all!

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