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Children's Toys, Latest News and Gift Ideas!

As your local neighborhood toy store, we've got information to share about our community, new toys, and gift ideas you might have never thought of! 

Summer Kidtivities with How-To Videos!

$5 Activity Every Week!

Summer Kidtivities! Come out and Play Today!   Quantities are limited and we can't order more! So when they're gone, they're gone! Act fast!   Starting May 27th, each week we're featuring a new Kidtivities kit …
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Play Today! with Amahi Ukeleles!

Listen to our perfect harmony!

Sound ON! We’re singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ on ukeleles! It’s our toy show...Play Today!   This week, Becca & Mikaela showcase some harmonizing vocal chops as they play with Amahi Ukeleles! With several fun-looking …
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Play Today! with Mermaid Potions

Watch our New Episode!

Every Mermaid Princess needs a magic potion! It’s our toy show...Play Today!   This week, Becca & Mikaela play with Mermaid Potions, using enchanted ingredients from under the sea to mix up some mer-magic of …
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Wink Alliance Donates $13,750 to Marcfirst!

Official Press Release

| April 13, 2021 |   Gingerbread House Toys Donates $13,750 to Marcfirst   | How 500 Stuffed Animals turned into $13,750 |   How do you raise thousands of dollars to help kids in the Bloomington-Normal …
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Play Today! with Zip & Go!

Watch our newest STEM episode!

Why ring a bell in 1 boring step when you can ring it in 27 exciting steps?!   It’s our toy show...Play Today!   This week, Becca & Mikaela play with Zig & Go, the …
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Play Today! with Cosmic Mini Golf!

So nice we played it twice!

Just taaaaap it in! Give it a little tappy tap taparoo!   If you only watch one episode of our toy show Play Today!, make it this one! Complete with hilarious commentary and shocking hole-in-ones, …
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Books for Babies! Stock the NICU

March 8-31, 2021

Together we can help the littlest warriors learn to recognize the voices of those who love them, through the power of storytelling! "When our granddaughter was born at St Francis in Peoria, she was transferred …
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Play Today! with Fidget Toys!

Check out our newest episode!

Watch Becca & Mikaela play with Fidget Toys    Keep those hands busy! This week on Play Today!, Becca & Mikaela play with a huge variety of fidget toys...popping, squeezing, and stretching them to their …
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Winners of 2021 LEGO Building Contest!

Ages 3-13 Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021 LEGO Building Contest Winners! THANK YOU to all contestants for building with us this year!!!   And remember to stop by the store to pick up your LEGO creations this week! …
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Play Today! Episode 12

featuring DIY Miniature House

Help kids start exploring architecture and interior design! This week on PlayToday!, Becca plays with the DIY Miniature House, the perfect rainy day weekend project that promotes building, patience, and creative thinking. It even comes with …
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Play Today! Returns!

featuring Plus-Plus

Play Today! is back! Kicking off Season 2, we are building entire jungles from a single shape!   This week on Play Today!, Becca & Mikaela play with Plus-Plus: the award-winning construction toy allowing kids to create …
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LEGO Building Contest | Feb 15-27

Build it at your house, then bring it to our House!

Our 7th Annual LEGO Building Contest is February 15-27!   Your kid could win a $50 prize if their custom LEGO® creation is selected as the winner in their age category!      Build it …
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It’s the Puzzle Rally!

Let’s donate 100+ old puzzles to local assisted living facilities!

January 22 – 31 is the 4th annual Puzzle Rally at Gingerbread House Toys! We love puzzles, especially in the winter months of January. But the only thing better than working on an old puzzle …
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2020 Best Toys for the Holidays

Wink's Top Picks for Every Age!

When children play, they’re doing more than having fun – they’re learning and growing!   But what toys are best for the littlest learners? My toddler is learning so fast! How can I help them …
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Announcing the Wink Alliance with 2020 partner Marcfirst

Official Press Release

For Immediate Release November 14, 2020   GINGERBREAD HOUSE TOYS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF THE WINK ALLIANCE WITH INAUGURAL PARTNER MARCFIRST   How a shop dog became the symbol for helping kids in our community   …
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12 Days of Giving

September 1st

On the 12 Days of Giving, the Gingerbread House gave to me… a way to give as easy as can be!   We are so excited to announce our fifth annual 12 Days of Giving …
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The Foundry Grand Opening

June 13th, 2017 by Kate Greene

Join Green Top Grocery, The Gingerbread House, Bloomington Cycle & Fitness and The Coffee Hound for a day filled with music, fun, sales and promotions! This Saturday, June 17th from 1-5pm! Event Schedule:  1-5pm at Green Top Grocery enjoy LIVE JAZZ …
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Friends and Family Sale!

October 3rd, 2016 by Kate Greene

20% off the ENTIRE Store! We want to say thanks. Thanks to all our friends and family who stick by us through this adventure! We appreciate you all and want to say say thanks. Our …
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12 Days of Giving

August 18th 2016 by Kate Greene

On the 12 Days of Giving, the Gingerbread House gave to me… a way to give as easy as can be!    We are so excited to announce our fourth annual 12 Days of Giving …
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The Gingerbread House Finds New Home in Community

June 28th, 2016 by Kate Greene

Bloomington, Ill., June 28, 2016 – They say wherever you hang your hat is home. This week, the Gingerbread House has announced it will hang its hat in a new location beginning in early Spring 2017. …
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Teacher Appreciation with the Dailey Method

May 1st 2016 by Kate Greene

May 2nd - May 7th   In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are excited to give a 20% discount and a coupon for a free three day exercise class from our generous friend's at …
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