If you’re feeling groovy, step back in time with me to the 1960’s. Lots of our favorite candies and toys came out in the 60’s, so let’s get started with a local favorite – the Marshmallow Cone. This light and fluffy snack started production in 1936 by a Cincinnati tailor looking to make some extra money, but didn’t gain popularity until the 1960’s, under new leadership. To this day, every aspect of the MarPro Marshmallow Cone is still done in-house in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Frutola was originally a powdered drink mix, but the inventor found kids eating the powder directly from the package – and Pixy Sticks were born. Today, these sugary delights come in Grape, Maui Punch, Orange, Red, and Strawberry.
Lemonheads. Ah, Lemonheads. This sour then sweet lemon flavored candy has been an American classic since 1962. Ferrara Candy makes almost 2 million large Lemonheads per day! And, not to be outdone by the Lemonhead, Ferrara also pumps out 38,600 pounds Boston Baked Beans a day.
Have you ever played “The Game That Ties You Up in Knots?” Twister, originally marketed towards teens, became all the rage on May 3rd, 1966, when Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played a friendly game on-air.
Designed in 1965 by Denys Fisher, the Spirograph made us all feel like artists! This 1967 Toy of the Year was several plastic circle “gears.” When joined together, with a few colored pens, you could create the most intricate, beautiful pieces of art!
Stop by both Jungle Jim’s location to see all of our Far Out Candies and Toys! We’re sure you’ll see what all the hype is about.
And don’t forget to join us next time as we Take You To the Max with classic 70’s candies and toys...
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SLAPZI is the fast-matching, card-slapping, everyone-laughing picture game!
A big seller at an affordable price, SLAPZI is all about speed! Be the first to match all five picture cards to the correct clue cards and you're the winner! Everyone will be laughing as they think fast and react quickly to figure out the clue.
SLAPZI is super-simple to learn and super-fast to play! It promotes visual perception skills as players view the picture cards and analyze the images. Players use cognitive skills and advance quick thinking as they figure out which card fits into a given category. SLAPZI encourages dexterity and speed as players race to slap the correct card.
Includes 120 double-sided picture cards, 65 clue cards and simple instructions plus instructions for alternative game play.
Stop by The Toy Balloon at both Jungle Jim’s locations to check out SLAPZI, and, of course, everything else we have to offer for kids of all ages!
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The holidays are a fun time for everyone at the Jungle. Join us as we explore our stores in Fairfield and Eastgate and check out all of the holiday cheer.
The S.T.E.M. movement is perhaps one of the most important toy trends in decades. STEM is actually an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH.
STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside the school environment. And what engages kids outside of school? TOYS, of course! Toys that can help kids develop STEM knowledge and skills to increase their readiness for college, careers and life! It’s these skills that kids must adopt in order to stay relevant in today’s tech-centric world. We hope you enjoy these hand-picked selections for the exceptional children in your life!
Stop by to see what The Toy Balloon has to offer your budding scientist!
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For decades, LEGO has helped shape countless imaginations - and, at the same time had imaginations the world over shape them. Made for kids of all ages, LEGO are an educational staple, an infinite source of fun and adventure, and a challenging, mind-sharpening toy - all at once. The Toy Balloon is thrilled to finally offer some of our favorite sets to you!
Ranging from small, easy designs to complex and demanding builds, LEGO sets the standard for learning through play. Follow directions to build entire towns or playsets featuring your favorite superheroes, or create something entirely unique - the only limit is your imagination.
We are very excited to carry LEGO because their products inspire children to learn through play! They provide fun, engaging and creative play experiences that help children develop social, emotional and intellectual skills, laying a foundation that lasts a lifetime. The possibilities for learning with LEGO are endless!
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Stop by Eastgate's Toy Balloon to see our great selection of LEGO sets for all ages including: LEGO City, Duplo, Friends, Creator, Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Star Wars and many more! Stay tuned Fairfield customers! LEGO will also be sold at our Fairfield store in the next few months.
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