FIFTY FEST was AMAZING!!!!
On Saturday, July 30th, Gingerbread House Toys celebrated 50 Years with an Anniversary Party called FIFTY FEST! Our parking lot was full of FUN! And it was all free! It was our way of saying THANK YOU for 50 years of support! Soooo many people came out and enjoyed the fun! Here's a map of what was at the party!!
Featuring Local Influencers in the Dunk Tank!
Pastor Ted Max from Vale Church at 10am!
Principal Freeman from Washington Elementary at 10:30!
Eric Hansen from McLean County CASA at 11am!
And at other times throughout the day, costumed characters like Pirates, Mermaids, and Superheroes were in the Dunk Tank! It was dunking fun for the kids all day long!
Mobile Sensory Museum plus FOAM!
Butcher Block Food Truck!
HUGE Prize Giveaways!
Hundreds of you found the Activity Tent and signed-up to win one of these HUGE prizes!
Plus Other Activities Included...
- Squad Car from Bloomington Police w/Sgt. Fermon!
- Fire truck from Normal Fire!
- On-site music provided by 101.5 WBNQ!
- Zoo Lady!
- Funbelievable Balloons!
- Popcorn Machines!
- Snowcone Machines!
- Coffee Cart from CoffeeHound!
- Activities from The Proving Ground!
- Carnival-style games, including a High Striker!
Treasure Tokens for Free Toys!
For the last 2 months, kids have been collecting Treasure Tokens at our local Treasure Stops, and hundreds of kids redeemed them for FREE TOYS at Fifty Fest! Token bags were full of alllll their tokens! We had to restock the Prize Booth!
Redeem Tokens for FREE TOYS!
Toys had different colored stickers on them, and certain numbers of tokens unlocked different levels!
Last Minute Tokens!
If you weren't able to collect Treasure Tokens in advance (or didn't get as many as you'd like!), there were also plenty of last-minute ways to get MORE tokens during Fifty Fest! Including at the Dunk Tank and the High Striker!
Here was the Treasure Stop Schedule and the Token Treasure Map! It was so much fun! Thanks to all the local businesses who participated!
Miller Park Zoo | July 5, 11am - 1pm
- AB Hatchery | July 7, 3pm-5pm
- Compassionate Crumbs | July 9, 8am-10am at the Farmer's Market Downtown Bloomington
- Bobzbay | July 11, 2pm-4pm
- Coffee Hound Downtown | July 13, 9am-11am
- Theo's Microcreamery | July 15, 4pm-6pm
- Sugar Mama | July 16, 8am-10am at the Farmer's Market Downtown
- Children's Discovery Museum | July 18, 10am-12pm
- The Proving Ground | July 20, 4pm-6pm
- Flingers Pizza Pub | July 22, 4pm-6pm
- Crafted | July 25, 10am-12pm
- Iron Coyote Challenge Park | July 27, 2pm-4pm
Here Were Our Bonus Token Days!
Every Saturday in July, we also built the hype for Fifty Fest by hosting special Token Bonus Days! Here was the lineup!
- Saturday, July 2: Chicago Wax Hands from 10am - 3pm and Communication Junction at 11am
- Saturday, July 9: Barnyard Discoveries from 10:30am - 2pm, with a special reading of Narwin the Narwhal by Christy and Chris Books, and activites from Developing Melodies at 11am
- Saturday, July 16: Kickoff of the 50th Anniversary Sale! Everything outside under the Tent was 50% off!
- Saturday, July 23: Free T-Shirt Day! We gave out dozens of free 50th Anniversary T-Shirts (in both kids and adult sizes)!
Parking & Info
The Fifty Fest Fun Zone was directly in front of our store, and the perimeter was marked-off by orange snow fence. Tons of you parked in the regular parking spots found in the remainder of the large Foundry lot, and in overflow parking to the south, near AB Hatchery. All the surrounding streets were full too!
And the weather was perfect!!
FIFTY FEST was our way of saying THANK YOU for 50 years of support!
Thanks for bringing the kids to the biggest party of the summer on Saturday, July 30th at FIFTY FEST!