Friday, September 26, 2014

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Award Winners Announced! Enter to #WIN One Here!

Disclosure: I received product compensation to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Brilliant Sky Toys knows that going to the toy store should be more than a visit, it should be an experience! They've got that down pat, and when you walk into one, you'll know exactly what I mean. There's just something comfortable and downright nice about walking into a toy store that has hand selected each of their toys for quality and excellence.

Founded over 12 years ago in Lansing, Michigan, and now home-based in Brentwood, Tennessee, Brilliant Sky Toys is a wonderful toy store that lends itself to exploration, ingenuity, and fun via the 10,000 carefully selected toys on its various store shelves. Each year, they compile a list of their top-ten toys that they feel deserve special recognition. This list is a great shopping resource for parents, grandparents, etc., and it's fun to see what toys were chosen.

The criteria for the top-ten list is threefold. First, the toy/book must encourage open-ended play; second, it must be designed to fascinate and delight your little ones; and third, it has to be high quality.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books appreciates
the importance of high value toys that encourage family (learning &) fun.

One of the toys that made it to the list was the Super Stadium Baseball Game. Think: Old School fun. Games like this were engaging to us as children, and they helped us create happy memories of spending time with others in our circle of family and friends. Those kinds of childhood memories just stick, in a good way.

The Super Stadium Baseball Game replicates a real playing field.

You don't have to have technology to have fun, and this game proves it. It is a simple pull-the-lever , pitch & bat game, and my 7-year old loves it. There are realistic game positions for the players, and you keep score. This one was such a delight to my youngest, that I just left it out on the table (for awhile, I'll put it in its box with the other games where it should be, sooner or later). Now the first thing my crew wants to do in the morning, while waiting for their breakfast, is play around with the game sitting on the table. I love that, it does my heart good to see the kids just being kids.  That's the kind of experiences Brilliant Sky Toys wants to bring to your family, and with this game, for our family, they hit a bona fide home run.


The Super Stadium Baseball Game, and all of the selections for this year's award, are surprisingly (and hurrah for it!) low-tech, but they're all equally fun in their own way. One of the stories in the Illustrated Adventure Stories is The Count of Monte Cristo. I'd love to pick that up for my son for Christmas, that's a story he has not yet heard that I think he would love!

Winner Gets to Choose One of the Award Winners Pictured Here

As you can see from the list above, the winners all have something wonderful about them in their own right. We loved our baseball game selection, and will be heading to Brilliant Sky Toys and Books store before the holidays hit to do more shopping.

You can learn more about Brilliant Sky Toys & Books by visiting their website.

To help you be a part of the toy experience offered in their stores, one lucky winner gets to pick any one of the ten award winners for this year (pictured above). Do you have a favorite? US Entrants only.

158 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

NO WAY! My guy would LOVE that so much. They are both so into baseball.

kristenione said...

I love the low tech toys and kids love them just as much as any other toy! The classics are the best!

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

giving technology a break is important! what a fun way to keep kids entertained

Krystal Butherus said...

My son would be WAY into that! HE loves baseball!

Liz Mays said...

That's a prerequisite for me too - it has to be open-ended. I'm all about creativity and imagination. This is a fun one!

GabbyLynn Reviews said...

What a fun giveaway! I'm sure someones child would love to win one this.

savannah said...

I live in a small town and the one toy shop in town is so much fun! They have it set up in a way that kids LOVE going inside! And the people are always so nice. I agree toy shopping should be a fun experience :)

Scott said...

We love shopping small toy stores, you can find so much more than at your local mega toy store. Stuff that you never knew existed - like this!

April said...

My kids would have loved this when they were younger! I will pass on information about this to my brother for his kids. Thanks!

Amber Shaffer said...

I think shopping the local stores is such a great idea. You help out the community and never know what you'll find.

GayNYCDad said...

That looks like more interesting items than the big stores have. I will have to look into this for my son!
thanks,
Mitch

Chrystal Mahan said...

That looks really fun. I want to play baseball, too!

Lavende L. said...

Those look like really fun, interactive toys that they kids would love!

MikiHope said...

Low tech toys are the greatest for getting childrens imaginations in high gear. I will not be purchasing toys for a few more years (my grand niece is only 6 months old)-but I will surely remember this place when she is ready.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I love to shop local stores .. we don't have a Brilliant Sky in our town but I need to check and see if there is one in Cleveland or Pittsburgh.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

What a fun looking toy - I can imagine it provides hours of fun! x

Kung Phoo said...

I would have liked that when i was a kid.. looks like so much fun!

Pam said...

That looks like something my nephew would love! He's all about baseball right now.

Lesley said...

That's a cool game! I know my baseball loving family would love it. What a great way to get kids thinking!

Pat Hatt said...

That looks like a fun one indeed. Surely don't need technology to have fun.

Kristen Campbell said...

That stadium is neat! And I love that the winner gets to CHOOSE their prize - great giveaway!

Sandee said...

This says it all... The criteria for the top-ten list is threefold. First, the toy/book must encourage open-ended play; second, it must be designed to fascinate and delight your little ones; and third, it has to be high quality.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

loveforlacquer said...

Oh my gosh - This is SO COOL! Great giveaway!

A Helicopter Mom said...

My son would love that! It looks like they have a lot of really creative games.

Rubbie Anne Abad said...

Wow my cousins would love this!

Franc said...

Even the simple toys can give you loads of fun with imagination. The super stadium looks so cool.

Ben Butler said...

Brilliant Sky Toys is great! I think creative toys and books are always the best choice for children. They need to work those noggins.

Anonymous said...

What a cute game! Looks like a great gift.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I bet Allison would love the Sew Cute sets. She is really wanting to learn to sew, so that toy would pique her interest!

Paula Schuck said...

My kids would love that game. I think my niece and nephews though could burn through most of those great educational and entertaining toys.

Kori Tomelden said...

I'm definitely going to have to check them out. I love toys that don't rely on technology or aren't entirely technology dependent. Nothing like kid creative power.

Christy Garrett said...

My boys would like the baseball game. :)

Christy Garrett said...

There isn't a store close to me. It is over 2 hours away.

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

That looks really cool. My son isn't really into baseball but I am sure there are tons more toys he would love

Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

Omg! I remember my Brothers having one of these when I was little, we'd play for hours :)

menopausal mama said...

That's an awesome toy---great for baseball fans!

Theresa Beauteeful Living said...

My kids would love this game. Will check out their website. I'm always in need of birthday gifts for kids.

Bernadette Callahan said...

My youngest son would love this! :)

Bernadette Callahan said...

The closest store is in GA but Im always up for a roadtrip!

Margarita Ibbott said...

What a fun toy. I have to admit, I am not a bit fan of baseball but this looks kinda fun.

Nikki said...

I actually have Doodle Quest, on the list. It's such a fun game! Much more challenging than it looks at first glance.

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

Those look like so much fun! Love games! Amber N

Erica Brooks said...

So true, you don't have to have technology to have fun. The baseball game looks awesome. My son would like it.

Carly said...

This looks like a super cute game! My family and I love playing games together.

alissa apel said...

I love bookstores that have toys to. Most of the time they are more creative toys than you'd see at a place like Toys R Us.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love that this provides kids with alternative ways to have fun without the use of technology. It taps into their creativity.

yonca said...

I remember, my son ussd to have a toy stadium like that. It was so much fun!
Have a good weekend!

Pam said...

My husband had a baseball game like that when he was growing up. This one looks a little nicer but he is always talking about how much fun it was.

Tamika Mapp said...

This is an awesome way to spend a Friday night. I don't have any little one's any longer. I'm going to pass this around to my network. Thanks for a cool toy review.

April Mims said...

I love games that encourage open ended fun. The best games don't seem to involve technology at all!

Miranda Hume said...

I love games that are not electronic. Looks like loads of fun

Brian Miller said...

oh that baseball game would be a trip...my youngest would love it...i remember a similar game in the old arcades as well...

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

My son will enjoy these toys. Good luck to everyone joining the giveaway!

I am Harriet said...

That sounds like such a great giveaway. Kids really like that too.

Joyce Lansky said...

Shopping local stores would be cool, but we probably don't have them. I'd love the baseball game for my nephew.

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Joyce Lansky said...

I was right. The closest store is in Nashville.

Fathima Syed Ali said...

Brilliant Sky Toys sounds like a fun and interesting one for kids. I should give a try on these for my kids. I like the giveaway offer, as it allows the winner to choose the product they want.

Debra Holloway said...

I love the castle and this is the one I would buy.

Debra Holloway said...

There is not a store near me. I would have to purchase from them online.

Ann B said...

These would make great Christmas gifts. Great contest i know my kids would have loved this when they were little.

Rebecca Swenor said...

The games look like a lot of fun as well as the toys. The books also look very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

becca said...

I'm liking the baseball game but ultimately son would decide.

freddie said...

We live in a small town so I really enjoy shopping at the local stores. I think they have so much more to offer.

freddie said...

No Brilliant Sky Toy & Book Store close to us. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

Yona Williams said...

I think that My Own Storybook would make a fun gift for a budding writer.

Sacha Schroeder said...

I love shopping at local stores! My kids would love Super Stadium game!

Sacha Schroeder said...

Unfortunately we don't have any stores in Ohio.

Shell said...

Looks like they have some great toys! I love shopping local. We find really interesting things that way.

mel said...

i prefer to shop at local stores instead of mass retailers. they tend to have better quality items.

Nolie said...

The super stadium looks like a ton of fun.

The Lucky Wife said...

I've seen these before and always thought they looked like a lot of fun!!

Emily - faliLV said...

We have a few great toy shops! I will have to remember to check them with doing holiday shopping this year!

Samantha Angell said...

That super stadium looks like a ton of fun for kids. I can think of my cousins who would love it!

Hannah Staveley said...

Oh wow love the look of the toys.

Kristi Maloney said...

I've never heard of Brilliant Sky Toys and Books. Love that some of their award winners are low tech games. Glad your son likes this bball game. Looks like fun!

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

I love shopping local stores. Their toys look fantastic!

Angela said...

My son would have absolutely loved that baseball game. I like toys that are low tech and inspire creativity.

Alexandra Young said...

I know a few children that would love this toy because they are huge baseball fans! I have never heard of this company so I will be visiting their website.

Amanda McMahon said...

It is near my cousin's - is that close enough? :) I don't see many west coast locations either.

Laura MyNewestAddiction said...

These toys look super cool!

Kristin said...

My kiddos would love this. Looks really fun and easy to play!

Lori T. said...

Oh my GOSH! My son would LOVE this! He is a baseball freak and my goodness... I just have to get it!

The Mommy-Files said...

I haven't heard of this company before. Sounds like a fun toy for the kids!

alissa apel said...

I do like to shop local stores. We have a store here called The Afternoon, and another called City Limits. I like both of them.

There's a few toys from the list I know Isaak would like. I'm thinking the paint your own ceramic bowls.

alissa apel said...

The closest one to me is in Urbandale, IA.

MrsAshley said...

That looks very fun! Thank you for the chance to win!

Cam said...

What a cute game. It would make a great gift for a little boy I know.

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Christie C said...

I love that they hand pick their toys for the store. You know you're getting kid approved ones!

Colette S said...

Now this would be something for fun!
These are the kinds of toys kids need!

~ Noelle said...

This looks so fun! With Broxton getting into baseball, I would love to get this for him!
I wish we had a place like this near us to go check out!!

~ Noelle said...

ok - there is one that is SORTA near us...
We will have to go check it out soon!!!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

The Fairytale book looks great!

Ecuador InMyEyes said...

Love the winning books and games! I'm all for old fashioned fun :)

Melissa Stone said...

I think my kids would like the one featured the most! (Super Stadium Baseball Game)

Melissa Stone said...

No stores near me closest is next state over :/

Nile Flores said...

My son is a little old for these, but it's always interesting to see how toys have changed over the years. I've always encouraged my son to choose the more educational games. He actually enjoys scrabble these days.

Emily said...

I love shopping at the local toy store. They stock lots of great toys like these. My daughter would love the Storybook kit, the sewing kit or the any of the craft kits.

Tara Overby said...

I think the Create Your Own Storybook toy looks adorable!

Karly Gomez said...

What a cool toy! I bet my girls would enjoy it!

hhkaufman78 said...

I like to support small local businesses.

Jessica Padilla said...

I like the paint your own porcelain bowls.

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

I'm not sure if I've heard of this company before, it kind of sounds familiar. I love that baseball field, my hubby would love that. Ooops, I mean my son haha.

Peggy Johnson said...

I shop local businesses/small businesses as much as possible

Peggy Johnson said...

The closest store is about 3 hrs away

Dawn Monroe said...

Id pick the Lottie doll or doodle quest.

Dawn Monroe said...

I didnt see any stores in Ohio.

Of Coffee and Crackers said...

An awesome toy there! I bet the little man enjoyed having this one!

Grace Abonillo said...

great store! and a nice toy you got little man! :)

CindyWindy2003 said...

I like the sew cute doll and lottie dolls, they have a store a few towns over, if I'm over there, I'll have to check it out.

LauraJJ said...

Oh I really love the Super Stadium Baseball Game! Carter would love that!

LauraJJ said...

We dont have any in our state, but we do have one that is on the way to relatives house! Will have to stop there next time we go!

Terra Heck said...

I like to shop and support small and local businesses. The Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls kit would be well-liked by my niece. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicole C. said...

I love to shop my small local businesses. We have some really great ones! My daughter would love the Lottie Doll.

Becky VanGinkel said...

I love to shop in our local stores, but we don't have many to choose from! We live in Northern Wisconsin in a tiny town with a population of less than 600. I support our few businesses :) My daughters would LOVE a Lottie Doll and our son would really be into the Illustrated Adventure Stories.

babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

Belinda said...

I love to shop local stores. They tend to have neat items that big stores don't. My kids would love the paint your own bowl set.

Belinda said...

there's one about 2 1/2 hours away from us in Charlotte. We usually go to Charlotte each summer so we will definitely check it out next time!

Becky VanGinkel said...

Unfortunately there isn't any really close, but there are a couple a few hours away! I live in Wisconsin and it's surrounded by stores, but none in it :)

babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

Alisha Kostiuk said...

The Super Stadium is my favorite. My son is a huge Yankees fan and he would have so much fun. We don't have any local stores but even when we go to the city I love to shop at the little shops.

sweetsue said...

The Sew Cute set is my favorite. My granddaughter would love it!
Susan Chester

Kelly H. said...

I would love to win the paint your bowls set.

CindyWindy2003 said...

The stores are about 3 towns over, once and while I am in that area though so perhaps I'll stop in.

Shannon R said...

I love stores like this, it was founded right near my home

Shannon R said...

Yes there is one right nearby

Kristen said...

I love local toy stores because they have interesting, quality toys and people who know about them.

I'd choose the baseball game.

Kristen said...

No, there is not a Brilliant Sky store nearby.

Jan Lee said...

I like the Lottie Dolls and the Make Your Own Porcelin Bowls :)

Jan Lee said...

Yes there are two stores in my state, not close really but they are there lol

Paula Michele Hafner said...

I like the Plus Plus Mini Basic Set. I love shopping stores like this but do not have one close by.

Paula Michele Hafner said...

There is not a store anywhere near me :(

Michelle D said...

I think my son would love the Squigz starter set - he loves to build things!

Michelle D said...

Unfortunately there are no stores near by in the pacific northwest.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I prefer shopping local shops.
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Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

My son would love the Super Stadium Baseball Game the best.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

The closest store to us is two hours away in Charlotte, NC

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Karen Drake said...

I would love to shop at one of their toy stores but the closest one to me is two hours away. I like the Fairy Tale book, my daughter would love it.

megan said...

My family would love the Create Your Own Storybook toy

megan said...

The closest store is 3 states away :(

Shirley Martin-Tutolo said...

My grandson would really love the Super Stadium Baseball Game. He would have a good time playing with his friends

Shirley Martin-Tutolo said...

No store listed in the state of OH

ohhhfire said...

i would love to give my son doodle quest for his upcoming birthday. he loves art and drawing

ohhhfire said...

the nearest store is about 3 hours away from me in charlotte, nc

Teresa Thompson said...

I love the Lottie dolls.

Teresa Thompson said...

The nearest store is 3 hours away.

tina reynolds said...

I really like the plus plus basic set

Sumer Blaker said...

I like the sew cute sets

Carolyn Daley said...

Yes, I like shops like this. I would love to win the Illustrated Adventure Stories and Illistrated Fairy Tales.

AmberFaith said...

Lottie Dolls capture my interest

kathy dalton said...

i love the super stadium. my grandon would love this

RambleSAHM W. said...

I like the paint your own porcelain bowls!

Candie L said...

I would much rather shop at a local small business than the big box stores. Thank you

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Candie L said...

The nearest store is about 6 hours away (Nashville, TN). Thank you

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Leslie said...

The fairy Tale book looks lovely.

Leslie said...

No stores in my state.

Stacey Smith said...

really I like to shop on line because I don't drive.would love the baseball game

Stacey Smith said...

there is no store near me I live in California

Candice said...

Our oldest son goes to school in a very small town 20 miles from our house and so we try to shop in that town as much as possible. I like the plus-plus mini basic
thanks

Candice said...

The closest appears to be about 3 hours away