The first ever Play Fair took place Valentine’s Weekend- February 13th and 14th. We were proud sponsors for this event and the Apple Moms attended Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and afternoon sessions. Our kids ranging 3-7 had fun at the various booths including Crayola, Nickelodeon, Thomas & Friends, MooseToys, LEGO, TTPM, Batmobile and more.
There were also meet and greets, and stage shows with various characters, TV and internet stars. While it was a bit chaotic and the polar vortex that hit NYC that morning didn’t help. This event was basically sold out and no one expected how great the turn out was going to be. Starting at the Bat Mobile, Jack (my son) ran off, we contacted security but found him while they started their radio alert, impressed by their response, but happy we found him quickly so we didn’t need to do the whole drill. Another excitement was Sir Topham Hat and Thomas the Tank Engine were there to0 in a special Thomas booth with train tables, puzzles and coloring along with a special Thomas Show
Imaginative play was EVERYWHERE, coloring new sheets, making their own crafts too, building with LEGOS and racing them down shoots. NICKELODEON had one for he best booths for kids- computers to play new Game Shakers game and code, Spongebob face painting, dress up and pictures on Shimmer & Shine’s magic carpet, drive with blaze. A new Paw Patrol Pup is coming Tracker- and the kids were able to go in Look Out and slide down like the pups. Next there were able to dress up and train like the Ninja Turtles with cloth eye masks and racing through tunnel and then acting like a turtle which mimicked their moves on screen.
There were characters meets in the back where lines were made, which can be a struggle for some kids to wait, but nothing more than a ride or meet and greet at Disney. My kids met Shimmer and Shine, Sky Whale, Dora, PJ Masks and Paw Patrol. They saw a screening of We Bare Bears and the Game Shakers on the Toys R Us Stage, Jack was super excited about this. TTPM gave kids a chance to record their own toy review with an upcoming new and cool toy.
Although the NERF booth had a very long line, so we skipped, everything else was mild/moderate. Kids, toys and playing, lines and crowds had to be expected. I know the morning session had some harsh frigid weather they waiting in line for. That wasn’t planned, so they did move the line indoors in the afternoon.
Tips for next Play Fair:
- Using schedule posted online, decide MUST DO attractions
- Make an agenda with times so you know where eon have to be upon arrival fill in with other booths, and use floor map to coordinate
- Bring a bag to hold pamphlets and giveaways while walking around.
We can’t wait again for next year.