Thursday, December 12, 2013

Museum Tour (A+ selection of museum-inspired toys)

Disclosure: I received the following two products to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated however, are genuine and my own.



Toys inspired by a trip to the museum? Isn't that a great concept?  That's exactly what you'll get when you shop Museum Tour's catalog and/or online store.  They have a very large selection, which is great, and they categorize things nicely on their website so you're not overwhelmed by too many options at once. I did a search by category, and I did one by age, and both were simple and effective.


With many award-winning toys geared towards both fun and learning, I knew it was going to be difficult to decide what to get, but finally opted on the Target Toss and the Ultimate Volcano Science Kit.


Inflatable Target Toss
Hang it on the wall, take it camping, or taking it in the pool!
The Target Toss I got purely for fun. It's not a normal Target Toss, it's inflatable and can go with you in the swimming pool (for those of you lucky enough to live in a warm state this time of year), camping, or you hang it on the wall!

Painting his volcano kit from Museum Tour
We took this project to the basement in case it got messy, but it wasn't too bad!
The Ultimate Volcano Science Kit was meant to be a learning experience too, and boy, was it!! We have four children, and have always wanted a volcano kit, this was our first one, and man, it was fun!  The first thing we did was go to the basement to unpack it. We didn't know how messy it was going to be (hence the basement precaution), but it really ended up not being too bad!  Once we were situated, and the product was unpacked, little man got right to work on the paint. The kit comes with everything you need including the paint, eruption powder, and coloring to make the 'lava' red.

The Young Scientist Busy at Work
You may have already heard of Museum Tour, they currently have a Fall catalog that is distributed to 2 million homes.  Whether you have, or haven't, it is such a good place to go shopping! Well known for their educational products that allow you to bring a piece of the museum home, this would be a great place to shop if you still have some holiday gifts to buy (or if you haven't yet started!).

Created by a former museum director, the Museum Tour catalog and website offer an amazing array of interesting and fun items.  Once you get started, it's hard to stop looking around, and a lot of your shopping can just be done from home. That means, if you live in a cold state like I do, that you don't even have to look at the snow (unless you're doing it through your window), much less trek out in it (my favorite thing about online shopping). :)  The two items we received were top-notch in quality, and I would recommend them to anyone.

If you want to learn more, you can take a look at the Museum Tour website here: Museum Tour Website

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest.



Museum Tour also has a giveaway going on right now, and you can find that here

First Prize: $500 Gift Certificate (1 awarded)

2nd Prize: $250 Gift Certificate (1 awarded)

3rd Prize: $100 Gift Certificate (1 awarded)
4th Prize: $50 Gift Certificate (10 awarded)
Contest runs from 12/3/2013-12/15/2013. All prizes awarded Dec. 16, 2013.

38 comments:

  1. That Volcano Science Kit is pure awesomeness. I took my boys to an event at a local toy store where they build and volcanoes and then made them explode, but how cool would it be to do it at home. I love it.

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  2. I love this! As my children get older they are starting to learn and show interest in things like the volcano! I know just where to get my materials! Thanks!

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  3. Thanks to the heads up! I know my kids would love the night vision goggles, and they'd love the volcano kit you reviewed!

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  4. Fantastic! I LOVE museums, and feel the same about toys that are both fun and educational. I'll definitely check this out... for NEXT Christmas. (Would you believe I'm done shopping AND wrapping already??? YAY! Life is good.)

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    1. I'm not sure whether to say 'hurrah for you!' or 'way to rub it in!' :)

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  5. So cool! I always wanted to do a volcano as a science project when I was a kid! Never got the chance though. Wish my children were young enough to enjoy this. I need a 7 year old to borrow as needed in my life. lol

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    1. You can't borrow mine (your location is too far from us for that) but you can visit and we'll play with my son's toys together. :)

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  6. I love that volcano science kit. My son has always wanted to make one. Now I can tell him all about this. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. There are still some great toys out there, and museums are the best places to find them.

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  8. That looks so cool! I always wanted one of those when I was little. lol

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  9. I want that volcano, it would be such a fun learning toy for my yougnest.

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  10. What a great review.
    I love this and have added it to my curriculum folder.
    My son would enjoy doing that volcano. Come to think of it, when Science class comes a calling I can always refer back to this.

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  11. These look like nice toys. I really like the volcano science kit! Thank you for sharing.

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  12. haha oh the volcano would be fun to make go boom

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  13. My son had that volcano kit a few years ago from when we visited Mt. St. Helens. It was a lot of fun for him.

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  14. My newly-seven-year-old would love that volcano! I am heading to their site right now!

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  15. I really like the volcano kit because it is educational. It's a great way to get kids excited about Science.

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  16. I would love to work on a volcano kit with Lil Pumpkin too.. looks so awesome!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  17. Allison has been telling me she wants to be a scientist a lot lately. I get she would live experimenting with the volcano kit!

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  18. I've never had the chance to experiment with a volcano kit. I need to get this for my son ASAP!

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  19. Ha, that looks like it would make quite the mess!

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  20. I used to love getting museum quality, educational toys for my kids. And lots of books! So much better than the plastic junk they sell at Walmart!

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  21. nice....we would have loved to rock the volcano kit...we are all about science experiments here...

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  22. I'd love to take my future kids to this museum one day. If it's still standing after 10 years :)

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  23. Educational toys are the best. Love the volcano kit. My kids would have made such a mess, but learned something too. We love science experiments in our house.

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  24. Oh that looks like a great idea for home-school! I'll be trying some of these

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  25. Sounds like a great website! When I was a teacher, the kids always begged for stuff from the museum gift shops, now you can shop from home and probably pay less than you would at a museum!

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  26. My son would love this! What a great site too, full of stuff I never want to pay a huge price tag for at the store!

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  27. that is pretty neat ;)
    I think ALL THE BOYS would love the volcano

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  28. What a neat bunch of 'toys'. Love the volcano, and think my grandson would, too.!

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  29. I like both toys but that toy toss is all kinds of cool. My daughter would love it; she fancies herself a mini atniss!

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    1. I like it because there are no rough edges! :)

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  30. I know I have always liked the different things you could get at the gift shop of a museum, so I am sure I would love all of their items!

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  31. love these.. wonderful selection of toys.. I know my boys would love a few of them, especially the Volcano... Thanks for sharing

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  32. Those looks awesome. I never made a volcano in school, but I always wanted to, hopefully I can do one with my kids when they are older lol

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  33. He looks like he is having a great time.

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