We are proud to be your Neighborhood Toy Store and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!

Please join us all day Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is an event you will not want to miss!
Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.
There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys and games, to contests and even face painting. Refreshments will also be served.

Play fun games and win prizes. All children will go home with a FREE prize.

Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the affects of Autism will receive 25% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win FREE toys, gift cards and a $500.00 SHOPPING SPREE!

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.
Come on in for National Neighborhood Toy Store Day and experience fun for the whole family!

Welcome Sephia

Meet Sepia, our newest interior designer!

We are so excited to have her as part of our family at Totally Kids.

Here are a few of her favorite things! Her favorite color is Green, even though she was named after the color sepia. Her favorite food is crab legs. She isn’t allergic to shellfish, just all other fish. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. She loves cookies and cream and she is always dancing. Sepia’s favorite animal is frogs, she once owned twelve of them; all at the same time. She studied interior design at the Art Institute.

We are so lucky to have her on our team! Please stop in and welcome Sepia.

Happy World Smile Day 2015!

Friday, October 2nd will be World Smile Day so get your pearly whites ready and start practicing. Harvey Ball of Worcester, Massachusetts, who, in 1963, designed the original smiley face logo is credited with creating this special day set aside for happy smiles everywhere.

He thought that we all should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world, regardless of politics, geography and religion.

World Smile Day® is the first Friday in October each year, people all around the planet perform acts of kindness and help others smile.

Here is a healthy treat from family go that’s sure to put a “smile” on anyone’s face. Even the youngest kiddos can help create these; an excellent cook together.

This week’s Recipe for Fun: False Teeth aka Apple Smiles.


  • smooth peanut butter
  • 1 red apple, cored and sliced into eighths
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • miniature marshmallows


  1. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice (squeeze a little lemon juice over the apple if not serving immediately).
  2. Place four miniature marshmallows on one apple slice and then lay another apple slice, peanut butter side down, on top.

What makes you smile?


October 1st is World Vegetarian Awareness Day kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month  promoting the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. There are many benefits of a vegetarian diet; from your health to your pocket book,  and for the planet by helping save the environment, to reducing worldwide famine.

Scare up some Vegetarian Halloween Food with a few of our faves from the past.

Monster Food –  Eyeball Caprese for brave of appetite.

Photo Credit: whitneymoss  for this edible Bony Maroney Skeleton. No meat on the bones here. Visually dissect the skeleton for a list of ingredients. Hint: hummus face.

Stuffed Roaches anyone?

Puking pumpkin…… What can I say?

If you’ve just gotta have your meat, disguise it in a Mummy Meatloaf and we won’t tell. Mum’s the word.

Encourage Your Non-Vegetarian Friends, Co-Workers and Family Members to Go Meat Free this October… and They Could Win Up to $1,000!

Hotel Transylvania 2

Here’s a spotlight on a great Autistic friendly event!

Families with special needs children, looking for something to do this Saturday, September 26th? Check out the Carmike Wynnsong 15 Theater in Moundsview, Minnesota for a Sensory Friendly showing of Hotel Transylvania 2!
Sensory Friendly showings are specifically made for individuals with special needs such as Autism. Often times families with Autistic children are reluctant to bring them to the theater, because when children with special needs go to the movies, they may be overwhelmed by the bright lights, loud sounds and crowds of people, many times causing a scene. At this Sensory Friendly showing, the lights will remain on and the volume of the film lowered to reduce stimuli so that individuals with special needs feel comfortable to be themselves in a theater environment. This event is a perfect chance to bring an Autistic child to enjoy the theater without fear of being themselves. There will be a coloring contest, face painting and drawings before the show. The showing starts at 10:30 a.m. so come early. For more information, view the Carmike Wynnsong 15 facebook page.

Let us know of other events tailored for children and families with special needs.

Talk like a Pirate

Yarrr, that be right: today Saturday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day 2015, a celebration of all things pirate.

Pirate Toddler Bed

Avast, all you young little Scallywags  sleep like pirate!

Now, if you wish to brush up on your pirate speak, try this useful English to Pirate translator.

Also offered is some advanced lingo once you’ve mastered the basics. like beyond “Aarr!”.

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day – A lot of guy humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship. It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on your friends.

Bung hole – Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table. Great! More for you!

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!

Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”

Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.

Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.

Dress like a pirate all year long.

Candy Corn on the Cob

With autumn just around the corner, we thought this weekend we would make some candy corn on the cob. This will be our contribution for the sweets table at the Vikings Kick Off party on Sunday.

All you will need for this sweet project is a tube of raw sugar cookie dough and a package of candy corn.  Start with a cob size of the cookie dough. Push the candy corns into the cookie dough only as deep as the white part of the kernel. Be sure not to push them in too deeply or they will collide and cause the cob to loose its shape. Layer the kernels by alternating the spacing of each row length-wise. As you can see in the picture, the rows with the kernels need to lay flat against each other. Chill at least an hour, then it will be ready for guests to pick the kernels off of the cob for an instant sugar rush.

Another easy peasy recipe for fun!


When you wake up today, September 11, be sure to make your bed, Why today you ask, because it is Make Your Bed Day!

Pointless exercise you think. Well maybe not, here are a few reasons why:

1. Me Time
Smooth out those sheets and comforter. Slow down, take a few deep breaths and plan your day. Think of this morning bed making ritual as getting a little “me time”. Okay, just keep telling yourself it is “me time” and in no time your bed is made.

2. Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness.
By taking just a few seconds to pull your bedding up over the pillows does a great deal for cleanliness. It will prevent dust from getting under your covers during the day. Plus, who knows what you could find hiding under the bed or on the floor. This discovery could be a big help when it is bedtime; lack of cutter could create a more peaceful slumber.

3. Winner winner.
Making your bed which requires so little effort could make a huge impact on your day. You know how good it feels when everything is neat and tidy. Start your day off with success and feeling like a winner. See where that first step will take you throughout your day.

4. Happiness
Hunch.com surveyed 68,000 people and found that 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy while 62 percent of non-bed makers admitted to being unhappy. Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. So why not join the happys? Make your bed!


We have fun every day at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys, but today, Josh is experiencing even more fun with our big Teddy Bears. Here is why:

Back in November of 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt, following an unsuccessful hunting trip, refused to shoot a bear that had been caught and tied to a tree so that his hunting excursion was not a bust.

This benevolent act led to a cartoon that appeared in newspapers, and inspired a toymaker to make a stuffed bear. Toymaker, Morris Mitchtom’s creation was called “Teddy’s bear,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Then, along came National Teddy Bear Day, which is celebrated every year on September 9th.

“If you don’t have someone to comfort you there is always a cuddly Teddy Bear. Remember how your favorite Teddy Bear could make you feel safe and secure when there was a problem going to sleep.

There are dozens of varieties of bears and some of them have become quite famous with the king of bears possibly being Winnie the Pooh. The honey-colored bear was originated with the writings of A.A. Milne in the 1920s and immortalized by Walt Disney on the big screen, the first movie debuting in 1966.

How could you celebrate such a cuddly, yet momentous day? We might suggest the best celebration is to dust off some teddy bears and have a teddy bear picnic, which was the premise for a song composed by John Walter Bratton with lyrics added by Jimmy Kennedy.

Remember the first two verses of the song?

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy bears have their picnic.

We hope that you have a happy Teddy Bear Day, finding comfort in your cuddly, stuffed friend.

Dog Days

Let’s celebrate National Dog Day today with these simple and is a fun cook togethers.  For a tasty dog in a dog, you simply bake a hot dog inside a dog shaped portion of dough. If you’re kinda feeling the Dog Days of Summer, give this a try. Watch the instructions on video that walks you through the recipe.

Dog Biscuits

And…please do not forget your pooch.  Kids will have a grand time preparing these biscuits for their favorite dogs.  Gather round and watch this how to do it video put on by kids having fun at Highlights.

Woof, woof!  Higgins, the Totally Kids Shop Dog approved.


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