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Shop local for toys this holiday

Get those Christmas lists together, tomorrow (Saturday) is Neighborhood Toy Store Day across the country. Our own local classic toy store, Mass Ave Toys will be open. Katy Mann from Indy with Kids (www.indywithkids.com) is here to share some great ideas to help get you a jump start on the holidays!Product #1

Intro Statement: Mass Ave Toys is known for its great selection of HABA toys… high-quality wooden toys which make great gifts.

Product Name: HABA’s Walk Along Tool CartKey Features:

  • Encourages your little one to start walking
  • WOW! Christmas gift
  • Tiny tools included
  • Plush carpenter along for the ride
  • $109.99 at HABAusa.com

Product #2

Intro Statement: Get your little one thinking with…

Product Name: HABA’s Brain Builder Peg SetKey Features:

  • Fun game with 3 levels of difficulty
  • On one side of the card is the answer, the other side is how to build the structure
  • 20 different cards to choose from or build your own!
  • $24.99 on HABAusa.com

Product #3

Intro Statement: Here’s a great toy that will help your child get creative!

Product Name: PlayFoam from Educational InsightsKey Features:

  • Kids can create shapes, squish it and then start again
  • Completely mess free
  • Never dries out and can be taken anywhere
  • 4-pack is $4.99, 8-pack is $8.99 on Amazon.com

Product #4

Intro Statement: Kids love to discover new things…

Product Name: GeoSafari® Jr. My First Telescope also from Educational Insights

Key Features:

• Toddler friendly telescope

• They can see the moon and they don’t have to focus

• They just put their eyes in the goggles

• $24.99 on www.Amazon.comProduct #5

Intro Statement: Hot Wheels is an American classic… now you have…

Product Name: Hot Wheels PlayTape from InRoad Toys

Key Features:

• Kids can create their own city for their Hot Wheels cars

• This is BRAND NEW for the holidays from InRoad Toys

• Mess-free tape, both straight roads and curves, that stick anywhere

• Great stocking stuffer

• Between $4.99-$5.99 on www.InRoadToys.com

Hot Wheels PlayTape will soon be available on www.InRoadToys.com for $19.99. It’s not currently available now. Should be by the end of the month.

You can find more information on all of these products at www.BrilliantBabyProducts.com.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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