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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Chicago Toy & Game Fair (CHITAG) at Navy Pier by Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Chicago Toy & Game Fair (CHITAG) at Navy Pier

30Seconds was excited to once again partner with the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (CHITAG) for for its annual #30Seconds Twitter Party featuring CHITAG Week! When CHITAG is in the house, the fun factor ramps up even more as we talk all things PLAY! Read on to learn more and how to get 50 percent off tickets!

Q: So excited to have you here tonight. Can you please tell us a little more about CHITAG?

We are so excited that this is the 17th year for CHITAG, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair! Have you ever been to ChiTAG? Over 30,000 people are expected to attend CHITAG at Navy Pier on Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24. CHITAG is North America’s largest toy and game fair open to the public and will feature more than 125 interactive exhibits, immersive events and activities for all ages.

CHITAG was started by Mary Couzin, who thought the world should know the people behind the toys and games they love. Please follow @MaryCouzin! CHITAG Week is one of the only events in the world that connects toy and game inventors with consumers! It takes place annually the weekend before Thanksgiving, when families kick off the holiday shopping season by experiencing toys, games and entertainment properties first hand.

Q: That’s amazing! We’re so excited to be part of it. What’s new at CHITAG this year?

So much to share! This year, we’re taking the CHITAG Week experience to new heights, launching the World’s Largest Kid-Powered Rocket! It’ll officially blast-off to celebrate the kick-off of the Young Inventor Challenge on Saturday morning. Kids can help launch the rocket throughout the weekend. The rocket was created by toy inventors at Kite and Rocket to help inspire kids to be future toy inventors.

Also new this year is the Disney Frozen 2 Scavenger Hunt experience, Sven’s Frozen Adventure. We’re expecting Frozen frenzy! Additional new highlights this year include photo ops with the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and an adult-sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.

Families with little ones can again enjoy the CHITAG Baby and Toddler PlaySpace. Did you know that playing with your baby from Day One is not only possible but beneficial?

Q: There are so many incredible games and toys for holiday gifting. What are some of your favorites that families can test out at CHITAG?

  • SuperThings is a new collectible toy from Goliath Games. CHITAG attendees will get a sneak peek of the new toys and receive free blind bags before they hit store shelves.
  • Fuzzikins is a fun new craft activity from Play Monster. CHITAG attendees can decorate one and take it home with them.
  • Also from Goliath Games is the fun new game Gator Golf. Families can test their putting skills at the Gator Golf putting green.

Q: Tell us about the Young Inventor Challenge. We heard it is even more exciting this year!

This year’s Young Inventor Challenge will be a blast! The World’s Largest Kid-Powered Rocket will officially launch the challenge this year! The judges and mentors for the Young Inventors Challenge comprise nearly 100 professionals who have volunteered their time to foster the next generation of inventors. The panel includes industry leaders from companies like HasbroMattelSpinMaster and Target.

Entrants will receive scores and feedback from seasoned product development, acquisition, innovation and marketing professionals. Prizes total $5,000 in scholarships plus the potential for a submitted idea to be developed in partnership with leading manufacturers. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the CHITAG Fair. We can’t wait to see all the entries and who wins this year! The 2019 YIC is sponsored by Spin Master, Goliath Games, Pressman, Play Monster and Target.

Q: So incredible! What else is happening at CHITAG this year?

First off, Scouts get in FREE! So do grandparents, military, police and fire! CHITAG does this as a way to honor your service.

Q: We heard there will be lots of excitement at CHITAG around the upcoming blockbuster movies, Disney’s “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Yes! Disney’s “Frozen 2” premieres next week and there will be loads of Frozen Frenzy CHITAG with the Frozen 2 Scavenger Hunt, thanks to sponsor JAKKS Pacific. Also, we’re expecting lots of little Elsa’s and Anna’s at CHITAG, because kids dressed up in Frozen costumes will get into CHITAG for free on Saturday. 

And Hasbro will be showcasing their new Star Wars toys including the D-O remote-control droid. It’s a new character in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Speaking of Star Wars, fans can meet Star Wars characters from 501st Legion at CHITAG. Always the best photo ops!

One of the best parts about CHITAG is that we created a special time for kids with special needs to experience the fair at the Super Sensory Power Hour, 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: Phew, that’s a lot of fun! What are the final details (and any deals?) we need to know about this year’s CHITAG?

  • Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Grab your tickets for CHITAG here. You can also buy them at the door in case you decide to go last minute!
  • Special offer! Get 50 percent off each ticket when you use the promo code CHITAG50.
  • During the event, be sure to follow @ChiTAGWeek across social media to see photos and share your own! You may even win a prize if you do!

Q: Let’s talk about why play is so important for all ages! What are you doing in your daily life to #playeveryday?

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Hey friends! Can't wait to see you for our most playful night of the year: our #30Seconds Chat with Chicago Toy & Game Week! RSVP now to make sure you're eligible to win prizes from some of the most incredible brands in play. See you Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8pm CT. RSVP! ✈️It's Just Me✈️ Timothy Vallianatos Rachel W. Lewter Andrea Hinckley Andrea Trank ☀️Stephanie☀️ Stephanie Stephanie Cannoe Kandice Cole Amber DePaolo Amber Chandler Amber Cheras Adeline Benovil Adeline Benovil Ashley Benson Ashley Massey Casandra LaMonaca Georgette Castillion Glaunerlisa Karen Vega Jamie-May King Michael Kennedy
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Our CHITAG Twitter chat is definitely my favorite chat of the year! Can't wait to chat with the inspiring Mary Couzin and learn all about the new developments this year. Chat with you Wednesday, November 13, 8pm CT. RSVP now!
Mike Prochaska
I love chatting about play and toys! Hope Teacher Karen can make it too
Gwen Johnson
I look forward to this chat every year!!
sherry bracy
Can't Wait to chat!!
Katrina F
This is going to be so fun!
Nidhi C
Looking forward for the fun chat! Can't wait!
That's 9pm est right
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Yes, Kim , the chat starts at 9pm EST. See you there. It's going to be so fun!
I am super excited! This is my first time joining in. My daughter goes to bed at that time. So I am hoping I can get her to bed earlier, hehe. How long does the party last? :)
I have not attended a Twitter party in a long time. Looking forward to this one!! #30Seconds
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
We are so excited you can join us tonight, 1stopmom ! :-)
Jamie-May King
Awesome. Ill be there
Mike Prochaska
Always about blowing up Twitter protect play and we get talk about toys and games even better
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
The party usually lasts an hour but may run a bit longer because of all the great prizes, 1stopmom ! It's a ton of fun and hope you can join us whenever you can as we chat every month!
Toni B
Yeah! You're never too old for play!
Anna Summitt
I think I RSVP'D! ❤😉
How do you enter to win?
sherry bracy
Really enjoyed the chat!! cant wait to chat with you all again!

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