Posted by Claudia Towles on July 02, 2014 1 Comment
Play More, Earn More
aMuse Toys has partnered with Perkville to offer a customer loyalty program to you, Baltimore's best customers! It’s a fun and easy way to earn cash credits for supporting your favorite neighborhood toy store. You can earn points by making purchases, attending [paid] classes, workshops, referring friends and following us on Facebook. You’ll automatically receive an opt-in email from Perkville after making your first purchase. Sign up and start earning points right away.
HOW IT WORKS
Perkville integrates directly with LightSpeed so each time you make a purchase, attend a class or workshop, you’ll automatically earn points. You can track your points online at www.perkville.com. Once you earn enough points for a reward (or aMuse Swag), you’ll need to redeem your points on Perkville and bring in a printed voucher to use as payment at checkout.
Perkville is a trusted partner of LightSpeed, our point of sale system. Perkville will never share or use any aMuse Toys customer information.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Create an account at www.perkville.com. Make sure to use the same email account that you signed up with at the stores. You’ll earn 50 points just for joining!
Here’s how you can rack up points:
- Get 50 bonus points just for signing up!
- Each $1 spent = 1 point
- Rave about us on Facebook = 5 points
- Rave about us on Twitter = 5 points
- Refer a friend = 50 points
Redeem points for:
Redeem your points for an aMuse T-shirt or up to a $75 credit.
- 100 points = free t-shirt (the best deal ever!)
- 200 points = $10 credit
- 400 points = $25 credit
- 1000 points = $75 credit
Credits can be used toward any new purchases at aMuse Toys, there are no restrictions.
HOW DO I EARN POINTS FOR REFERRING A FRIEND
You’ll need to sign in to your Perkville account and enter your friend’s email address to send them a referral email. When they come in for their first purchase, we’ll ask them for their email address. If the address they give us matches the address you entered into your Perkville account, you’ll automatically earn points for referring them when they make their first purchase.
HOW CAN I CONVINCE MY FRIENDS TO CHECK aMuse TOYS OUT?
Perkville makes it easy to refer your friends to us. Let them know what toys you love, any classes you attend, so you can go together. And mention our curated inventory of purposeful playthings!
WHAT DO I SAY WHEN I POST TO FACEBOOK & TWITTER?
Share the fun! Tell your friends what you love about aMuse Toys. To earn points, be sure to post through the Perkville website, not from your Facebook page.
Posted by Claudia Towles on March 17, 2014 0 Comments
Yes, you read correctly. You can have your cake & eat it too! We've all been there, too much to do & not enough hours in the day.
Well, now you can shop online (while shopping local) anytime of the day at amusetoys.com with our smart collections & pick up at your convenience! We'll even wrap it up for you if you leave us a note.
Just enter promo code PickupQL or PickupFP at the check out.
We know you prefer to keep your money local so we are making it easier for you to do just that!
Posted by aMuse Toys on October 18, 2013 0 Comments
Paper crafting is an art form that uses paper or card stock to create 3Dimensional pieces. The paper can be folded, cut, glued, layered, and even stitched together for the desired look. Some common examples of paper crafts are Origami, which is the art of folding, and Kirigami, which makes use of both folding and cutting to create symmetrical designs and patterns.
Hartia Toys, the French-Canadian company based in Montreal celebrates the art of paper crafting with their delightful kits called Couplicoles. Couplicoles is a combination of the french words for cut, fold, and paste: couper, plier, and coller. Each kit from Hartia Toys contains up to a dozen crafts to be made into 3D animals and people by cutting, folding and gluing.
Paper crafting promotes patience, attention to detail, and a well earned sense of accomplishment. And it works on those fine motor skills, too!
Visual instructions are provided with each set, and videos are available from the company online, but the basic way to craft with paper is as follows:
1. Start by cutting along the solid black line. This will be the outline of the shape. Be sure not to cut out any of the white tabs! They'll be used in just a moment.
2. Fold along the dotted black lines. You'll see the paper start to take shape.
3. Now, time for those tabs! Dab a bit of glue onto the tabs and attach them to their corresponding sides.
4. Hold down and count to 20. (If you have super strong fingers than you may only need to count to 10.) When you feel you've held it long enough for the two sides to stay together, you can let go.
5. Set your paper craft upon the table and marvel at your creation.
Voila! You're becoming a master of the craft already!
This isn't the first time we've expressed our love for Hartia Toys, they are just that awesome. The Couplicoles kits can be introduced to kids as young as 6 years old and are thoroughly enjoyed by older kids and kids-at-heart as well.
Posted by aMuse Toys on July 30, 2013 0 Comments
Goldie Blox is an innovative building set designed with little girls in mind. Historically, as girls grow up they gravitate towards play that involves creating, imagining, pretending and reading. Little boys are typically more interested in the mechanics of their toys. They want to know how things work. What makes cars go? How do buildings get so tall? Naturally, there is a divide in the workplace once all of these little girls and little boys grow up to find themselves selecting a career field.
The creator of Goldie Blox is Debbie Sterling. Sterling was one of few graduating females in her class of engineers at Stanford University. Her mission is to close the gender gap in the fields of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] and she's doing that with Goldie Blox. When Sterling began her work on prototypes, she wanted to make something that would encourage girls to explore basic building and engineering concepts without giving up their love of stories and pretend play. The culmination of her research and hours of play is Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine, a story and building set that follows a girl who loves to read and build.
Goldie Blox is designed to be an addition to the ever-growing collection of princess outfits, baby dolls and all things pink. In fact, in its latest media advertisement, Goldie Blox proclaims a disruption of "the pink aisle." Don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with a little pink. Goldie Blox is simply an engaging way to encourage high-level thinking and promote all areas of the STEM initiative without taking away the comforts and familiarity of reading and pretending.
Just Some Smart Young Ladies Causing Disruption
This story begins by introducing Goldie Blox as a girl who likes to solve problems by building simple machines. Then, Goldie asks you to build a machine with her to help out her friends. As the story progresses, so does the building. By the end of the story, Goldie and her friends are happy and your little one has just built a working machine. And, she doesn't have to stop there. She can take apart the finished machine and see what else she can build on her own.
A Look into Goldie's Story
When your little one follows along with Goldie's story, she's working on her reading and verbal skills. When she adds pieces to the machine, she's fine tuning her spatial reasoning and problem solving skills. Goldie Blox will eventually expand into a complete series of books and building sets. Readers will be introduced to more friends, like Ruby Goldberg and Axl Rosie (We love it!). There will be more machines and engineering concepts to explore, like force and friction!
Goldie and Her Motley Crew
Goldie Blox is suggested for ages 4 to 9 years old. If you would like to learn more about Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine or ways to include STEM learning in your everyday play, please visit us at our Fells Point or Quarry Lake location.
Posted by aMuse Toys on July 19, 2013 0 Comments
We kicked off our Game University July '13 Series on Wednesday night with an aMuse favorite, Blue Orange Games. Kids and grown-ups alike filled the store wearing their Official aMuse Gamer Badges; ready to tackle the Spot It! challenge, learn about some newly released games and compete with members of the aTeam! For every three Game University events attended, kiddos receive a distinguished new title and a prize. From Gamer to Expert to Master to Legend, kids will be sporting some pretty decked out badges in no time!
The event was broken down into stations for visitors to experience everything that Blue Orange has to offer. Station one was equipped with all things Spot It! Participants battled it out with Spot It! JR, Spot It! Signature, Spot It! Spanish and the house favorite, Spot It! MLB. This visual perception and acuity game can be played in so many variations with an incredibly wide age range of players.
Station two highlighted new releases for 2013 including Flash!, Nada!, and Ooga Booga. Junior Sales Associate, Sebastian Towles, named Ooga Booga as his favorite camp care package item of the summer. That's really saying something coming from the child of toy store owners!
Station three was quickly occupied by little gamers in search of matching Pengoloo penguins, sneaky Gobblet Gobblers, and rocking Chicky Boom chickens.
Station four provided a sampling of aTeam favorites. There were several heated matches of Fastrack, quick-handed rounds of Trigger, and endless laughs while racing to squeak the Shrimp Cocktail starfish!
Join us at our Quarry Lake location every Wednesday in July from 3:30-5:30 for the Game University Series. Register here! We'll be waiting for you this Wednesday as we dive into an afternoon of ThinkFun games.