This past October 12, 2012, my older boys Julian (11) and Noah (8) were lucky enough to be asked by What's Up Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Erin Ruddy to be "Official Toy Testers" at their annual toy testing event.
|The holiday issue of What's Up Magazine, featuring the results of our toy-testing day will be available in mid-November!
The boys had a rare early school dismissal pass (from Mom) and we headed off to the GO Train (part of the fun!) to head downtown.
|Julian, Noah and I waiting for the GO Train to take us to the toy show!
We were chosen because I write for the magazine, I am also a loyal reader and I am also a blogger. Thirty-five kids were invited along with other readers, contest winners and bloggers.
This year's event was held at Toronto's CN Tower, which made it extra cool.
|I took this pic just before we entered the CN Tower.
What a perfect day!
What's Up Magazine and Erin have been very supportive of my writing career (if you can call it that!) - and I have gotten a number of great opportunities to write feature articles for them. Like, where I get paid. Like, really well.
To read some of my past What's Up articles, click here.
Anyhoo...back to the toy show!
My boys and I got to go around to all of the toys and try the out - and then fill out forms to let the magazine which ones we liked, which ones we didn't and why.
|Noah and Julian trying out Roxx!
Here is a YouTube video about the event! (Julian and I make very brief appearances but Noah is the star of the show!)
For their services, the boys were treated to loot bags and their names were entered into a draw for some bigger toys. And Noah was lucky enough to win the scooter that both he and Julian had on their "Top 5 Toys" list from the show!
|My boys with their loot and giant smiles.
|The elevator in the CN Tower has a glass floor.
|The boys on the deck!
|Look...the Skydome! (Or as they call it now...which we hate...The Rogers Centre)
Home of the Toronto Blue Jays!
|We are really far up Mom!
|Taking in the amazing views of Toronto.
Then...we - of course - had to have some fun on the famous glass floor!
|Here is Noah pretending to be falling off the tower.
|Here is Julian pretending to fall off.
I told him he didn't look scared enough...
|...Ah! That's better! LOL
Thanks to Erin Ruddy and What's Up Magazine for a fun day!