Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) {GIVEAWAY}

I'm going to be really honest here.  I adopted my current blogging schedule so that I could meet the criteria necessary to secure the credentials that would allow me to attend this year's ChiTAG when I went to apply last year, around this time, and realized that I didn't even come close to what they were looking for in a blogger.


That was a bit of a wake up call for me as a blogger. Now, I love this venue as a way of being able to share what we are doing here at Indian Boundary Line Homestead; the thought rambles that run around in my head; and just sharing a little bit of me, really.

I also like the perks, too, and I'm quite picky about which ones I will go after and/or accept.  Because, really, I don't want this space to become a place to shill stuff.  That's not what it's about.

I've been very fortunate to be able to attend some pretty amazing events as a blogger, as well as offer opportunities for my readers to experience some pretty cool things as well (that's really only as of late, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep that up).

So, here it is ChiTAG season - and I applied to attend as a blogger months ago, and I just got cleared to attend yesterday - YIPPEEE.

Like, really - YIPPPEE!!!  I am so geeked about going to this event!

And, AND!  I have a giveaway *insert big smile*

Okay, here is the link to learn more about ChiTAG if you are not familiar with it.

Founded in 2003 by the Chicago Toy & Game Group, the ChiTAG Fair commemorates the toy and game industry as the global hub for consumers, inventors, trade, and media to preview, play, and purchase the hottest new toys and games, while rediscovering the classics and meeting the inventors behind the ingenuity of play.
Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 and Sunday, November 23, 2014. As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the public, ChiTAG Fair returns to Navy Pier in Chicago, the world’s top city for toy and game inventors, for a weekend of fun-filled discovery, interactive events, and of course, play.
For $10 per adult ticket and $5 per children’s ticket, fair attendees can explore the booths of more than 150 toy and game exhibitors, participate in engaging contests and tournaments, enjoy live stage entertainment, and much more. 
The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. is a family of toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments.

Seriously, what is not to like about this event?!

Here are some highlights that I think are cool and should be pointed out -
{Saturday, November 22}
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest on ChiTAG Stage- Perfect your technique with a dynamic performance competition featuring hands-on tips for all skill levels. The immensely entertaining contest is open to all ages with the longest standing yo-yo participant taking home the title of champion.
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Legoland Discovery Center Girl Scout Program- Make your own scene using LEGO® bricks and mini figures and snap photos for each frame of your comic. Edit each photo to make your visua
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Star Wars Character Luncheon in the Lakeview Terrace Room- Meet and eat with your favorites from Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader’s First. Registration required. | Cost: $30 per child, $36 per adult | Tournament for children ages 6 to 14.


{Sunday, November 23}
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Grandparents Day- ChiTAG celebrates fun at all ages and on Sunday grandparents get in for free! Bring your grandchildren along and enjoy the fun together.
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Legoland Discovery Center Girl Scout Program- Make your own scene using LEGO® bricks and mini figures and snap photos for each frame of your comic. Edit each photo to make your visual story come to life.
TBD Mayfair Games Boy Scout Badge Design- Join Mayfair Games for a special workshop on Game Design. Participants will receive a special design kit from Mayfair containing components.

For a full list of event, click here.

Also, Mayfair Games is offering FREE admission to all Boy & Girl Scouts who attend in uniform 

I love companies who support Scouting!  

AND - Educators with ID are FREE as well.  That includes all of you homeschooling parents who happen to have Educator ID's *wink*

Okay, for the giveaway - comment on this post and tell me what your favorite board game is. Deadline to enter is 11:59pm on Thursday, November 13th and I will randomly draw a winner at 7am on Friday, November 14th.  The winning comment will receive a Free Weekend Family Pass to attend ChiTAG with no limit on the number of family members.  The pass is good for both Saturday and/or Sunday. 

Oh, but wait - if you don't win the giveaway I do have this to offer you.  Click on the photo below to print and receive $2 off your admission.

Oh, and I'll be having another giveaway for a Free Weekend Family Pass go live on Monday, November 17th as well.
Good Luck! And, thank you for your comment.


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    1. I have heard wonderful things about that game and can't wait to check it out at ChiTAG.

  2. We love board games--it's hard to select just one favorite! :) One that we really enjoy is Forbidden Island. (But I have to say I still like some of the classics, like Scrabble.)

    1. I have never heard of Forbidden Island, Chris. I will have to look into that game as well. Looks like I may need a bigger closet to hold all of the wonderful additions that will be forthcoming.

  3. I've never heard of this. Sounds like a cool event. Fingers crossed!

    1. This will be my first year attending. I'm really excited!

  4. I'm old school - love Jenga and Pictionary!

    1. Cheryl, sorry but the deadline to comment was 11:59pm Thursday. I drew the winner at 7am this morning.
      I will have another giveaway for ChiTAG go live on Monday, November 17th, though.
      Thank you for commenting, though.

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