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Events at Growing Tree Toys

We know that kids love to come to Growing Tree Toys to see and play with all of the wonderful toys, but they especially love to visit us when we have a fun, in store activity or event. Our wide variety of activities offer kids a chance to show off their creativity, while making cool, imaginative projects to take home or give as gifts. From our much-anticipated summer Kidtivities™ to Children’s Day at Arts Festival, we offer children fun crafts and activities that lead to some amazing creations. Best of all, we provide the necessary staff and supplies, so parents can sit back and enjoy watching their creative geniuses get to work!

Upcoming Events at Growing Tree Toys

Thomas Day! Meet Logan!

Saturday, August 9
Growing Tree Toys, Downtown State College

Growing Tree Toys is now an official Thomas Specialty Station, one of only 20 in the nation, and we would like to celebrate with you! On Saturday August 9th, from 10AM to 3PM, join us at our store location for a day of Thomas family fun that includes:

- Meeting Logan- the newest engine on Sodor
- Temporary Thomas Tattoos
- Take home balloons
- Art activities
- Photo opportunities with Thomas and Logan
- Story time

PLUS, register to win the Grand Prize of a Thomas the Train Play Table and a Train Set!
Visit our Facebook page to RSVP to this fun event and stay tuned for additional information!

Presenting -- Our 2014 Summer Kidtivities™!


Get our your calendar and pick your kids' favorite activities! Scroll to the bottom to see full descriptions of each. Spots will fill up quickly for these FUN activities. Stop by (202 S. Allen Street) or call to register and reserve your space: 814-237-3655.

Activity Day & Date     Times        Charge   Age Groups
Fabulous Stepping Stones Fri., June 13 11am - 2pm $3 For All Ages
3-D Sparkly Fun Tues., June 17 11am, 12pm, & 1pm     FREE Ages 4 and up
Creativity...Unleashed! Thurs., June 19 11am, 12pm, & 1pm FREE Ages 4 and up
Zooming Critter Creations Tues., June 24 11am, 12pm, & 1pm $3 Ages 5 and up
Design Your Socks Off! Tues., July 1 11am, 12pm, & 1pm $3 Ages 3 and up
Come by on Children's Day (Wed., July 9) of the Central PA Festival of the Arts (Arts Fest)!
Volcano Alert: Eruption Today! Tues., July 15 11am & 1pm $5 Ages 6 and up
Volcano Alert: Eruption Today! Thurs., July 17 11am & 1pm $5 Ages 6 and up
Space-tastic Mosaics Tues., July 22 11am & 1pm $5 Ages 6 and up
Space-tastic Mosaics Thurs., July 24 11am & 1pm $5 Ages 6 and up
Fit for Royalty! Crowns to Color Tues., July 29 11am, 12pm, & 1pm $3 Ages 4 and up
PixelPops - The Hedgehog Way Thurs., July 31 11am, 12pm, & 1pm $3 Ages 6 and up
Create a Master-plate! For your Grandparents Tues., August 5 11am & 1pm $7 Ages 3 and up
Create a Master-plate! For your Grandparents Thurs., August 7 11am & 1pm $7 Ages 3 and up

Kidtivities™ - Class Descriptions

Fabulous Stepping Stones!
Squish and squeeze the stone mixture, pour it and then get ready for the fun! Add hand prints, names and colorful stones, all in your very own style. Take home a treasure for your garden!

3-D Sparkly Fun
Younger children will delight in the sparkly, glittery sticky foam pieces used to create their very own 3D picture. The end result: a job well done, lots of confidence and a perfectly sparkly picture to take home. Choose between an owl or robot.

Get involved in a purely open-ended, do-what-you-want, create your- own-thing and let's-get going activity. We will provide all kinds of stuff. Kids will be guided by their imagination and get to use problem solving skills and thinking skills and even get some advice from their friends. A true adventure awaits us all.

Zooming Critter Creations!
Start your engines...oh no wait until we design first! Start with a smooth car form, and with magic foam create a sleek or funny body for the car. Add on some decoration, crazy stickers and googly eyes: presto a WizziMal! Each will be totally unique!

Design Your Socks Off!
Here's to the end of plain and boring! Kids will design socks that will have their whole group of friends laughing out loud. Using fabric pens to color the design, everyone will be smiling when the socks are finished. What a fashion statement!

Volcano Alert: Eruption Today!
This class is science with an explosive finish! Build a volcano from plaster, paint it, add the necessary exploding ingredients and watch the magic! Learn about volcanoes too. You can erupt your volcano over and over, as long as Mom doesn't mind the clean up.

Space-tastic Mosaics
This activity was a huge hit last year, so we brought back a new version this year! Peel and stick plastic squares to create a no-mess, fantastic, hang-it-in-your-window mosaic. Challenging, fun and the results are really cool. Mosaics are an age-old art, begin your exploration of the process today.

Fit for Royalty! Crowns to Color
There will be no other princess or pirate quite like you! Kids will create colorful patterns on their crowns, using safe, non-toxic markers that are machine washable and crowns can be re-colored if they fade a bit. What color will your crown be?

Pixel Pops- The Hedgehog Way
Building up and in 3D is always a challenge, so kids will enjoy constructing this tiny PixelPops pet. Following along with a template, construct layer after layer and watch your pet emerge, be careful not to put his nose where his feet should be! We love this craft activity!

Create a Master-plate! For your Grandparents
Imagine seeing your art work every day at dinner; or giving your grandparents a really special, made-by-you gift. Using paper templates, everyone will draw their own picture, (it helps to think ahead on this one.) The templates are sent away to be transformed into a dish-washer safe keepsake. Remember: Grandparents day is Sept 7th!

Also, visit our Facebook page of events for more information on all of these fun projects!