Having almost forgotten about it, I almost missed out on the opportunity to have loads of fun and torment my kids.
At the SAME TIME, which was a bonus.
There was, of course, the beginning which was me fighting with some stupid technical thing that made no sense and had appeared overnight, affording me bugger all time to fix it. Also, it stressed me the hell out.
Thus, lunches were late being made, and I needed a shower – a proper one, after last night’s basketball training efforts after which I had a brief rinse down – and to get dressed in something appropriate and find a bra.
Grumpy Pants and I had arranged to go for a coffee after school dropoff, and those plans changed about 27 times given how much I was struggling to have things run smoothly.
As it turned out, I managed to do all that needed doing and be out the door, on time, and to have a coffee with my beloved. A rare event, indeed.
I not only made it on time, but extremely early to the latest fun put on by Kids Business – a very special media and bloggers event at the new Emporium and specifically the Myer toy bit.
I’d’ve had a coffee when I got there, but was already well and truly caffienned out so didn’t bother.
I did, however, make sure I got a photo to prove that I mingle with some Awesomeness; like this snap of yours truly with Lucy/Wyld Style and Emmet from the LEGO Movie.
And, yes, I totally sent it to my eldest child, who was at school, missing out on all the fun that I was having. I may also have added the message “ner, ner” …
Anyhoo, the new toy space is also very awesome – everything was awesome!
It has lovely bright lights, common amongst all toy retailers, but differed in that the shelves were only just above head height (my head height, and I’m 5 foot 2) so you barely even needed to stand on tippy toes to see what it was you were wanting. Too easy to find stuff.
The spacing between the shelves is also quite wide, which means things like prams can get through without issue. It also does wonders for being able to grasp a running-away child and to adequately cater for Lying On The Floor Screaming Kicking Tantrums* without fear of knocking things off shelves.
I admit, I did hang around the Boy Bits (not penises – the bits that had toys and stuff aimed more at boys!) amongst Thomas the Tank Engine – which features a train station and a really big Thomas and Percy that the kids can climb on …
… and the LEGO bit … Sooooooo. Much. LEGO!
I even met Mr LEGO Man Dude – Ryan McNaught – who is a professional LEGO builder and had me thinking, man, I’m in the wrong job!
He is contracted when needed to construct things like the LEGO movie stars above (Lucy & Emmet, not me, although I appreciate how hard that would be to tell the difference) and this …
Apparently, this is his full time job and he works eight hours per day, just buildin’ stuff with LEGO. Lucy/Wyld Style – or maybe it was Emmet – took him about a week of eight hour days to complete. His hands get sore after that long. I understand … I had to stay up one Christmas night building LEGO before anyone would go to bed, after a loooong day of celebrating Christmas and it being late and after many merry drinks had been partaken. It It took about 45 minutes before I’d had enough.
So, aside from the place being big, with lots of fun stuff to look at, lots of displays that are actually relevant to the area in which things are located, so you can find them easily, they also have interactive displays and opportunities to play with stuff like Loom Bands and Sensory Sand and LEGO and Trains and stuff.
And there is just heaps of stuff, with all the big brands and more contributing something to the store.
Oh, and my favourite bit … the prices are actually on the items! So you can see what stuff costs! Crazy, huh?
There is also a kids clothing department, from littlies up to size 16 (yay!) and all the really cool brands and good quality stuff. On the same floor.
It’s worth going for a look if nothing else – it’s pretty amazing. The Wiggles will be there on June 16th and the store will have someone there each week, a character roaming around and entertaining your kids for you, so you can play with LEGO or Barbie or Thomas in peace 🙂
*Child and Adult sized tantrums – although I don’t think they recommend or encourage them, but, you now, if there’s one to be had, it’s a nicer place to do it.