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Making memories at Toy Kingdom with dad

by | Jul 31, 2018 | Being a Dad, Just Fatherhood, Play + Learn | 37 comments

A couple of weeks ago Mr. Perfect a.k.a Alec and the girls were invited to go and enjoy an instore “Amazing Race” at our local Toy Kingdom. Nobody knew what to expect but the excitement was real. Even Ava could feel something good was coming…

Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff. The girls instantly felt at home and eagerly awaited instructions, they were ready too have FUN!

First up, radio controlled car racing!

It’s 2018 people – girls dig cars too and teaching our girls how to operate radio controlled cars was Mr. Perfect’s highlight of the day. Racing their cars all over the store could have kept our crew happy and occupied for the entire afternoon. It took some convincing getting them to move onto the next leg of the race.

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Taking to the skies with a hand operated drone…

Drones are all the rage and Eliana showed a lot of interest although she was still a little too scared to try for herself. The aim of the game was to keep the drone in flight by letting it hover above your hand. It would move up and down, back and forth as you move your hand.The girls are still convinced dad can do magic and he’s not ready to correct them, yet.

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What would play be without bubbles?

Giant, magic bubbles to pop, bounce and play with. Back and forth, to one another. Lia was a pro, keeping her bubble safe for the longest. Ava on the other hand, thought the aim was to burst every bubble the instant it landed in her hands. So many smiles and giggles once again proved the simplest of things can provide the most pleasure.

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From bubbles to blocks

Mega Bloks first builders was the next stop along the Amazing Race. Seeing how high of a tower they could build together was easy-peasy. And in a flash everyone was ready for the next challenge but not before a quick slide…

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The Hape Challenger

Create endless marble runs with this challenging set of straight and curved rails, high-velocity funnels, a seesaw, accelerators, blocks, levels, bases and 50 marbles. Constructing this isn’t an easy task, luckily you’ll find an already assembled model in store ready to explore and experiment with. Alec and the girls made minor adjustments seeing where their marbles would go.

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There’s just something beautiful in watching a marble run it’s course once you release it and the clinkity clank of wood makes this experience that much sweeter.

A little break for free-play and to say hello to good friends…

You guys know we are massive Barbie fans so naturally a make-over challenges needed to be included too. I especially appreciated being a “fly on the wall” for this part. Seeing Mr. Perfect comb and tie Barbie’s hair while giving advice on fashion and styling tips had me in stitches.

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Seeing all the latest toys from the Barbie Estate range was also amazing. Eliana would love a zippy little Moped for her Barbie to scoot around in. Lift up the kickstand and push to head into a world of imagination while puppy comes along for the ride in the yellow basket on the back. And don’t forget her cute yellow helmet – safety 1st. Lia however, already has her eyes on summer and the playful outdoor furniture.


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Ava found Thomas the train! We better book our cinema seats for  5 Oktober when Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, officially hits Ster Kinekor theaters here in South Africa. Anyone joining us?

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Don’t forget Face Painting

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And the reward

You can’t complete a race without some kind of a reward and getting to build their own bear in the Build-a-bear Workshop was a perfect end to an already perfect afternoon. Together the girls selected a bear, added a sweet giggle button (to remember all the laughs shared on the day)…

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Stuffing her to the perfect hugg-ability…

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Naming her and registering her as part of our family. Ready to take home and share forever.

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Before they knew it…

An afternoon at Toy Kingdom turned into a daddy /daughter memory everyone will treasure forever. It was such a fantastic escape from our everyday life, getting to play together and experience all the fun new toys available. Alec and the girls could have stayed forever but without realising it, 3 hours had passed and it was time for dinner. It was one-on-one, daddy-daughter time and definitely the 1st of many more Toy Kingdom visits.

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Now it’s YOUR turn to make memories

Toy Kingdom wants YOU to come and play instore too. They always have “play stations” set up – waiting for little ones (and their parents) to come and explore. You can also expect friendly staff members to help and interesting characters to meet. Give yourself a break and let dad take the kids to go play in a safe, inviting and educational environment. To help you enjoy your visit even more we are giving away TWO R500 vouchers to spend at your closets Toy Kingdom.

How to enter:

  1. Please leave a comment below telling us what your little one’s favourite toy is at the moment.
  2. Gain another entry by following @justamamma and @toykingdomsouthafrica on Instagram  AND / OR
  3. Like @justamamma and @toykingdomshop on Facebook. (Doing both means you’ll get 2 more entries.)

Feel free to SHARE this post with all your friends too.

Get a glimpse of what to expect by watching the video below or visit Toy Kingdom online at to view their entire range of awesome toys and brands.


  1. Only entries via Instagram, Facebook and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  4. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  5. Competition closes on the 11th of August 2018.
  6.  The winner is picked at random and announced on the 13th of August 2018. 
  7. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  8. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.

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  1. Natasha

    Beautifull love makibg memories with kids xx

  2. Erika

    My son is almost 3years old and has gone dinosaur mad! So needless to say, his favourite toy at the moment is his roaring dinosaur 😉

  3. Sofiah

    He loves his shape sorting ball

  4. Monique

    Wow what an amazing experience, would love to win this for my little girl

  5. Janel

    At the moment my daughter loves her Barbie Doll

  6. thea lennox

    Little Chloe is 5 and love Elsa with all of her heart

  7. Shayna-lee Forbes

    My daughters favorite Toy at the moment is her giant Peppa Pig Plush which we purchased at Toy Kindom ❤️ She’s absolutely obsessed.

  8. Emma Churchyard

    Oh my goodness, looks like so much fun! Some of my best memories with my dad as a kid are from playing lego together. So looking forward to seeing my husband playing with our little girl! ???

    • Emma Churchyard

      She’s not born yet, so she doesn’t have a favourite toy…but we’re two days overdue, so at least we get to meet her soon ?

  9. Kim

    My boys would so enjoy and love this

  10. emlyn thomas

    hand operated drone

  11. Amy Howes

    My very nearly three year old just LOVES Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, and it would make am exceptionally great birthday present! Highest quality and excellent prices.
    We love Toy Kingdom:)

  12. Michelle Graham

    My little one loves her troll build a bear from toy kingdom ?

  13. Dannielle Hartley

    My boy loves Lego and my girl sylvanians !

  14. Elri Pollard

    Limari LOVES stuffed animals! She has ALL the shapes and sizes, they they ALL have names… Yes – and they ALL have to sleep in her bed at night ??

  15. Leandra Du Toit

    My son AJ loves his ben 10 omnitrix. This is an awesome giveaway. Holding thumbs 🙂

  16. Andrea bester

    My daughter’s ultimate favourite thing is LEGO, that is her and her dad’s thing -very cute they sit ,play and build everyday. This would be amazing to help add to her little collection.

  17. Nicole young

    Wow what an amazing review indeed ?an i love the daddy an daughter bonding time so adorable.
    My son is 2 years old and this favorite toy at the moment is the “cars theme” the lighting Mc queen car toy he goes bonkers over that car ?

  18. Savannah

    My son is 18 months old and has been screaming “kiki!” (kitty) every time he sees the build-a-bear toys at Toy Kingdom! He would absolutely love to be able to get one, but in the mean time he is loving anything with wheels! We actually just bought him a little toy bike and car from Toy Kingdom and he hasn’t put them down since!

  19. Cirsten Van Den Heuvel

    Both my boys love thomas the train track master

  20. Liezl Gardiner

    I have 3 kids, the first loves Lego, the second is PJ Masks crazy at the moment, and the third loves all the Sylvanian Family toys! Would be awesome to win and get them each their favorite toy!

  21. Jana


  22. Liezl Gardiner

    I have 3 kids, two boys and a little girl, the oldest loves Lego, the second is PJ Masks and Paw Patrol crazy at the moment, and my daughter loves all the Sylvanian Family toys! It would be awesome to win this prize and buy them each their favorite toy!!

  23. Natasha

    My little girl is 2 and her favorite toys change weekly ?. Anything to do with imaginative play is high up on the list at the momebt

  24. Shareefah Emandien

    My little girls: 2year old a wooden puzzle to fit the pieces in the board and my 9month old stacking cups! #sisters

  25. Bashee Hurripersad

    Precious memories ? need to be treasured as the time goes by so fast

  26. Erica Isaacs

    Loves peppa pig toys ..

  27. Nirvana

    My son is a Hot Wheels fanatic! He can never have too many cars or tracks???

  28. Mishka Kajee

    My girls love anything Mega Blok and other than that it’s my little pony

  29. Soraya

    My boy loves legos

  30. Irfaan

    Fischer price teddy bear

  31. Ayesha

    Stacking cups

  32. Ncuthwa Luke

    My daughter loves a play toy house with..She plays with it everyday??

  33. Dalrese

    There is nothing more precious than making memories. I have 3 beautiful girls and 2 of them will be having a birthday soon so this would be amazing

  34. Nisa

    My boy loves The Flash..


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