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Join Totally Kids fun furniture & toys for a day of Family Fun on Saturday, November 12th as we celebrate National Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

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

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Fun for the Whole Family

Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you here.  This is an event you will not want to miss!

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There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys and games, to winning contests and featuring face painting by Cindy Lou!

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Play fun games and win prizes. Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the affects of Autism will receive 50% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win an Eco-friendly car!

All children will go home with a FREE prize.

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.

 

Autism Book Drive

April is Autism Awareness Month.

Autism Spectrum Disorders is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. This is about 3.5 million Americans. It is estimated that one percent of the world’s population lives with this disorder. The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy at about 18 to 24 months, but they usually become clearer during early childhood around 24 months to 6 years.

There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has partnered with the The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) and is collecting new and gently used books including but limited to fiction, non-fiction. encyclopedias, and dictionaries for the new MAC School High School library. Please bring in any books that you can spare and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

MAC currently services children and adolescents ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs. These programs, whether in-home, center based or school based, are individually tailored and adapted to provide the absolute best program possible for each child and adolescent attending MAC. In this way, MAC upholds its mission to promote the general education and welfare of children and youth challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorder and support the development of healthy families. When you are with MAC you will agree that nothing is impossible.

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Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers toys especially selected for Autism. Take a look here.

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What an exciting day we had at Totally Kids today! We were able to meet with the founder of Pawsitivity Service Dogs. If you haven’t heard of this nonprofit before, we highly recommend that you take some time to read their About Us page.

Tom and Julie Coleman founded Pawsitivity Service Dogs four years ago. Their mission is to bring positivity to families with children on the autism spectrum. Seeing firsthand how dogs can help children with autism and realizing that there was no organization doing this in MN, prompted them to start training dogs right away.

Pawsitivity takes rescue dogs that need a new lease on life and trains them to be service dogs. About 1 out of 1000 dogs can be trained to be service dogs.  They figure out, depending on the dog’s personality and energy level, which family the dog would be best fit. Service dogs have also been proven to help adults with severe depression or PTSD, among other disorders and disabilities .

“If you have met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism” Tom says. Which is why they train each dog and family individually. They are a small organization, and they plan to stay that way. Tom and Julie know that the 900 hours they put into training each dog will meet their high standards, and the end result is astounding.

Visit their website for the many heartwarming success stories Pawsitivity Service Dogs.

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Now through the entire month of August you can help raise awareness of these important dogs by donating to Pawsitivity, and in return Totally Kids will give you 10% OFF your entire purchase.

All it takes is a $10 donation to save on anything storewide and online. We look forward to this new sponsorship and encourage everyone to help make a difference.

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Help save the planet and save some cash!

Earth Day – April 22nd

Take 22% OFF

Everything & Anything

Offer not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.

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Save your cereal boxes to up-cycle, and see how you can create stepping stones for your garden.

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Head over to Pink and Green Mama to learn how to craft your own garden stepping stones.

WANTED: GENTLY USED TOY DONATIONS
Calling all parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!
Totally Kids in Bloomington, is accepting new or gently
used toys for local families economically challenged by
the affects of Autism. Aside from helping our friends
and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear
out your closets as well as keeping those unused toys
from ending up in a landfill for the next 100 years.
Please stop by and visit us.
Bring whatever you can, as even the smallest toy
will brighten one child’s day.

    For Earth Day 2012 teach your children about sharing and responsible recycling by donating toys.  All children donating toys on Earth Day April 22 will receive a FREE surprise toy from Totally Kids.

During Autism Awareness Month take advantage of this time to do some  decluttering and organizing of  your kiddos toys.

This could be an excellent opportunity for teaching your children a lesson in sharing. Explain how happy some other children will be to receive the toys and how they will be new toys for the other children to play with.

If resistance is encountered,  ask your child to think about the last time a particular toy was played with, and if it’s been over six months, “wouldn’t it be nice to let another child play with it?”

There are charities all across the country that collect toys for various organizations. Almost everyday Totally Kids fun furniture and toys receives new and gently used toys donated for Twin Cities families affected by Autism. If you are in the Minneapolis St. Paul area please drop off any toys that you can spare.

We would like to express gratitude to all of those who have so generously donated toys over the last few years. Thank you!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South Minneapolis, MN  55420 952-881-2425 http://www.shoptotallykids.com

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow, April 2, is Autism Awareness Day.

In many countries, April is Autism Awareness Month. With at least 1 in every 150 children now being diagnosed with Autism, awareness is important for every community.

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Learn how you can participate in and educate others about Autism.

Join the Autism Society in getting involved with the autism community this April.

Watch a movie. Did you know that something that seems as simple as going to the movies is not an option for many families affected by autism? The Autism Society is working with AMC Theatres to bring special-needs families Sensory Friendly Films every month. Click here for more information.

Become a Fan of World Autism Awareness Day on Facebook – invite your friends!

Wilson Cook, a creative and talented 21-year-old with autism has a  motto, “labels go on soup cans, autism is a diagnosis,” appearing on products ranging from jewelry to water bottles to license plates.

Light Your Night Blue

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.

We’re aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities.

Don’t know about you, but I want to be able to choose.

What’s our world coming to,  soon it will be strictly against federal law to buy, sell or traffic incandescent light bulbs.

In the year 2014 the incandescent light bulb, the one that Thomas Edison invented in 1879, will be history in the US due to a new law.

We will all be “choosing” to use ONLY where we buy the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) PERIOD

It is said that these fluorescent bulbs are more polluting than incandescent light bulbs because of their mercury content, a highly toxic substance. According to the Scientific American, a broken bulb can create an environmental nightmare and according to Scientific American at least one case of mercury poisoning has been linked to these bulbs.

Whatever you do, don’t vacuum a broken bulb, advises Pamela Schnepper, a toxicologist in the environmental health program at the Department of Environmental Services. “That will spread it through the house, it will put it in the air, and then the vacuum cleaner will be contaminated.”

Instead, environmental experts advise, ventilate the room and leave it for 15 minutes. The safest approach is to wear gloves, and use cardboard and duct tape to pick up small pieces and powder, seal everything in a screw-top jar, and store the jar in a safe place until you can dispose of it at a hazardous waste collection.

Some older CFL bulbs turn off and on 120 times per second. Most of us do not see this on and off cycling of the CFL bulbs, but it does affect some people. People have reported that these compact fluorescent light bulbs can trigger migraines, seizure-like symptoms in epileptics and aggravate those with autism.

What next?

Doth your playroom runneth over?

You are not alone if you find yourself suffering the post holiday buried in toys syndrome.

Take advantage of this time to do some  decluttering and organizing of  your kiddos toys.

Make room for the newly acquired toys by playing a game of lining up and counting all of the new toys. Next have your child match each new toy up with one that is no longer being played with.  An excellent opportunity for teaching your children a lesson in sharing exists here. Explain how happy some other children will be to receive the toys and how they will be new toys for the other children to play with.

If resistance is encountered,  ask your child to think about the last time a particular toy was played with, and if it’s been over six months, “wouldn’t it be nice to let another child play with it?”

There are charities all across the country that collect toys for various organizations. Almost everyday Totally Kids fun furniture and toys receives new and gently used toys donated for Twin Cities families affected by Autism. If you are in the Minneapolis St. Paul area please drop off any toys that you can spare.

We would like to express gratitude to all of those who have so generously donated toys over the last few years. Thank you!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South Minneapolis, MN  55420 952-881-2425 http://www.shoptotallykids.com

LITTLE TIGER GOLF SET
Get an early start. This Little Tiger Golf Set will have your young aspiring champ playing just like their favorite pro. There will be hours of fun practicing drives, pitches and putts. Features a durable, extra-tough golf bag that is water resistant. Then the over-the-top golf set has a realistically designed and performing driver, iron and putter! Constructed with superior materials and workmanship: real bamboo shafts are strong but still springy, leather-feel handle grips, tough-duty constructed bag, includes three flags to set up a 3-par course. This golf set encourages kids to be active and get out and play! Ages 4 & up.

Find this and many more great toys visit http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.

Totally Kids ships worldwide and offers FREE gift wrapping on most toys.

7876 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55420
Give us a call!
952-881-2425