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Learn All About It Toys to participate 3rd Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Warwick, RI, October 18, 2012 – On Saturday, November 10th 2012, Learn All About It Toys, will join hundreds of locally owned stores from across the country to celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day. …

Warwick, RI, October 18, 2012 – On Saturday, November 10th 2012, Learn All About It Toys, will join hundreds of locally owned stores from across the country to celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

Learn All About It Toys will be offering a number of free events throughout the day, including a music performance at 10:30am by Jamie Barrett. Barrett has appeared at the store a number of times and highlighted the event in years past. In addition, there will be an appearance by the North Pole Postman in his only RI toy store appearance this year. ‘Post’ Mark, as the kids call him is the elf who works in Santa’s mailroom. He helps Santa go through the thousands of letters he receives each year and will customize Santa’s responses in letters back to your children.

"Neighborhood Toy Store Day is about celebrating the role the local store plays in the community. We are highlighting the expertise your local store has in selecting just the right innovative, exclusive and engaging toy to help your child grow and learn through play," explains Kathleen McHugh, President of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA).

“We encourage parents and children to explore the selection in our store and consider products that promote the growth and development of their child’s play, imagination, and learning. Our recommendations center around what the child can do with the toy, rather than what the toy does for the child,” added Jen Dronzek, who co-owns the store and is also a licensed speech-language pathologist.

And consumers can be confident that more of the dollars spent in local, independently-owned stores, stay in the community—25% percent more in contrast with national chains, according to the 3/50 Project. Resident business owners pour more money and energy back into the community in the form of everything from tax dollars to charity donations to participating in local initiatives and events.

McHugh urged shoppers to take this opportunity to be part of a celebration of community and to get to know their neighborhood toy store on national Neighborhood Toy Store Day: “I’m confident they will discover a universe of play possibilities, right in their own neighborhood.”

Learn All About It also has a number of other great events upcoming:

• Saturday, October 20th - Science Night/Fall Ale & Wine Tasting at 4:30pm. This award winning event will feature very cool and fun science experiments with local science teacher Jenn Asay. For the adults, a complimentary tasting of ales & wines with recommendations from the Savory Grape Wine Shop in East Greenwich. Free event, with signup required.

• Halloween Party - Monday, October 29th at 4:00pm. Enjoy crafts, play stations, give-a-ways and more! Free event but sign up is requested.

• Hairstyling day for your doll - Thursday, November 1 from 3:00-5:30pm. The store is partnering with Snip Its (Garden City) for a hair styling day for your doll. Give your doll’s hair a makeover and you can also assist the professional stylist. Cost is $7 and an appointment & pre-payment is required.

Learn All About It Toys specializes in toys, games, puzzles, arts & crafts, science, construction, creative play, and multimedia for all ages. Independently owned and operated, the store opened in March 2008 and is often noted for its unique product selection and kid-friendly atmosphere. With its front to back view, organized product layout, various products to sample, and weekly activities, play times, and story times, Learn All About It is a great place for the entire family to shop and attend events. Many events are free and sign-up is preferred for craft activities.

The store hours are M-Sat 10-7 and Sun 12-5. For additional information, please contact Jeff Dronzek:

Learn All About It Toys

Cowesett Corners Shopping Plaza (with Stop and Shop, Babies R Us, Petco, and Christmas Tree Shops)

300 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886

401-921-5951

jd@learnallaboutittoys.com

www.learnallaboutittoys.com

About Learn All About It

Learn All About It Toys is a privately owned, independent toy store specializing in educational toys, games, puzzles, arts & crafts, science, pretend play, construction, outdoor fun, books and multimedia for children of all ages and the entire family.

About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)

With more than 1300 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is the largest association for companies in the toy and children’s products arenas. ASTRA and its member companies promote the growth of the toy industry by delivering products that serve children’s best interests. For more information, visit www.astratoy.org.

Because Community Matters, ASTRA members thank you for shopping locally.

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