The Holidays at Family Fun Hobbies!

Family Fun Hobbies is gearing up for the Holidays and you don’t want to miss out!

It’s time to pull out your calendar (paper or app) and mark some important dates down. Go ahead, go get them, we’ll wait.

1.  Starting today, you and your loved ones can each fill out a Holiday Wish List for us to keep on file. You can do this by filling one out in the store or printing this one out and bringing it in. You will provide us a list of people who would like to come in and shop for you. We’ll contact them, and when they shop at Family Fun Hobbies from December 1 – 12, 2017 they’ll get 15% off everything listed on your Wish List! Seriously, this couldn’t be any easier. You are picking out what you want, you are encouraging friends and family to #shopsmall this season, and they can get it all done in one spot. It’s a win-win!

Print this out and bring it in for us to keep on file for your friends and family!

 

2.  Our World Famous Holiday Gift Envelopes are returning! We’ve done them every year since we opened, and you ask for them every year. Never fear, they are back again!

3.  We are closed for Thanksgiving.

4. Black Friday we have normal hours, but keep your eye out for something special. You just never know, frankly we don’t know, but hey, it’s Black Friday.

5. Small Business Saturday is November 25th. Come #shopsmall at your favorite hobby store, visit with Santa from 6 to 8 pm for free pictures, join in our Board Game night that night and take advantage of our extra staff on hand to get help filling out your Holiday Wish List.

6. We are once again proud to be a Toys for Tots drop off location. Our box is already at the front of the store and is filling quickly. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy or buy something here and we’ll give you 20% on that item. Or round up your purchase at the register and we’ll buy/donate directly to Toys for Tots. Last year we donated 6 boxes of toys and over $680! We can do even better this year!

7.  Holiday Vendor Boutique – Sunday November 26th Family Fun Hobbies is staying open late! From 7 to 9 PM come get some extra shopping done with us along with six Vendors, Christmas Music and more!

8. More things are coming, but the Holidays are all about surprises and gifts right? We aren’t going to spoil them all yet. Don’t go hunting for our “secret hiding spot” either, we don’t have one. It’s all locked in a vault which only we and Santa know the combination to, so save your energy and just keep checking back for more information to come!

 

Finally, and most importantly, November 27th we are celebrating our 8th anniversary all thanks to each of you! Each day we are grateful for what we do and for the smiles you bring to our faces and hearts. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey.

 

New York Toy Fair

New York Toy Fair 2017

Family Fun Hobbies is once again heading to the New York  Toy Fair! So what does that mean?

Click the Pickachu to watch a quick review of TFNY 2016!

114th North American International Toy Fair™
#TFNY is the largest toy, game, and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere!

OWNER: Toy Industry Association

SHOW DATES: Saturday, February 18 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. New York, NY

PARTICIPATION: 1,126 total exhibitors from 31 countries
(Pre-registered as of February 2, 2017) 103 first-time exhibitors

11,000 registered buyers representing more than 4,000 of unique retail outlets

21 of the top 25 Toy Sellers representing the $26 billion domestic U.S. toy
industry

This year, Toy Fair will attract more than 30,000 registrants (including nearly 13,000 retailers, wholesalers, importers, buying groups, and trade guests) from more than 100 countries.

EXHIBIT SPACE: 443,000 net square feet on-site at the Javits Convention Center

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • NYC is a playground this week! At the Javits Convention Center and across the city, more than 1,100 toy companies are showcasing the products that will be under the tree this Christmas to retailers only, it’s not open to the public!
  • As the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair is a massive celebration of play.
  • This year’s marketplace is bigger than ever. The show is the equivalent to more than seven football fields filled with creative, innovative, and skill-building toys and games!
  • Who comes to Toy Fair? There are more than 30,000 attendees from over 100 countries. That’s toy inventors and designers, manufacturers, toy buyers from retailers of all sizes, wholesalers, importers, entertainment executives, and more. If someone is connected to the toy industry, they are probably in town this week!
  • Toy Fair has a dedicated area for new exhibitors called the “Launch Pad.” It is a great place to see new up-and-coming toy inventors as well as international companies looking to expand their product to the U.S. Located in Hall 1E of the Javits Center, Toy Fair first-timers represent 17 countries including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and Poland.
  • Toy Fair is important because play is important. Toys – which are the tools of play – promote the development of children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and fine and gross motor skills.
  • U.S. toy and game sales rose by 5 percent in 2016, according to NPD. This speaks to the innovation and creativity of the industry. Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s growth. Sales jumped 33 percent and represented 9 percent of the industry’s total dollars. Additionally, games and puzzles, dolls, and outdoor sports and toys were the top three performing super-categories, each posting double-digit sales growth in 2016 compared to 2015.
  • From board games and dolls to outdoor toys and e-connected playthings, the toy industry is churning out an incredibly diverse array of products for kids to play with!
  • A well-rounded day of play is important for families. There is room for both traditional toys and digital playthings to help round out the play experience.


Based on data provided by The NPD Group and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce

In the United States:
o The average price of a toy is around $10.
o The estimated three billion units sold across the nation each year generate approximately $26 billion in direct toy sales.
o 2016 ended with a 5 percent increase in overall U.S. toy sales, according to The NPD Group. Growth categories included: games and puzzles (+18%), dolls (+10%), outdoor and sports toys (+10%), plush (+6%), infant and toddler preschool toys (+3%), youth electronics (+3%), and vehicles (+1%).
o Interesting to note: Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s 2016 growth, with sales growing 33 percent to reach $1.8 billion. Collectibles represented 9 percent of total toy industry dollars. Among NPD super-categories, outdoor sports and toys had the largest dollar amount increase at $328 million.

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What does this all mean to you, our customers?

It’s pretty simple really. It means that when you shop with Family Fun Hobbies, you are helping to grow this amazing industry of toys and games. You are helping a small, local business and you are part of a growing trend! To get you involved Katrina and Rob will be posting pictures, updates, videos, surveys….whatever they have time for, to our Facebook and Twitter accounts! We NEED your input so that we are focusing the store in the direction you want it go. As a reward for your help, we will give away all of the #TFNY SWAG we get via random drawing. You just have to interact with us to be entered!

As another reward, we are making room on our shelves for all of the new products. Keep an eye out for in-store sales. Right now all 4M Science and Craft Kits are Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!!!

Watch our Facebook LIVE video for more information!

 

 

 

ticket contest

Movie Tickets Contest!!!

The Hamilton, NJ AMC will be one of a few theaters to Premier “Growing Up Smith” on Friday February 3rd! To help get the word out, the movie promoters have asked Family Fun Hobbies to hand out flyers and to GIVE AWAY SOME TICKETS!!!

The tickets are FREE for you and available for the length of film run at the AMC. See below on how to win a pair!

So what is “Growing Up Smith”? It was described to us as “the feel-good, coming-of-age story of Smith, a 10-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. As the boy’s family tries to straddle the line between embracing the American Dream and persevering their Indian heritage, Smith sneaks out for a taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dons a “Saturday Night Fever” costume, and contends with his parents as they send him to school with a yellow squash instead of a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. And as Smith falls head over heels in love with Amy, the girl next door, he finds in Amy’s father, Butch, the all-American cowboy he wishes his own father could be.”

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Click the picture to buy your own tickets!

Watch the trailer here!

 

So are you wondering how to win a pair of tickets?

It’s super-duper easy!

  1. Comment below why you think you should win a pair of tickets. You MUST enter by 9pm EST Monday, January 30th ! (You must live locally).

  2. Like our Facebook Page (in case for some odd reason you haven’t already) because we will be doing a Live Random Drawing for our Winner! (If you don’t use Facebook, never fear, we will announce our winner here after the drawing).

See we told you it was easy!

Update: This contest is now closed. Thanks for participating and enjoy the movie!