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If you know our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht, then you know she is constantly traveling around the country (and Canada!) showing off the hottest toys for every season! Whether you’re going to the beach or taking the whole family on a road trip, here are her top picks for toys to keep kids active and having fun on the go! Check out the video here with Taryn Mohrman from Woman’s Day and read the extended info below for all of Laurie’s favorite toys!

WickedCool.VrumGroupShotVRÜM (Wicked Cool)

  • The Children’s Ride-On Toy Box!
  • VRÜM holds toys and so much more! With 3-in-1 features, kids can ride it, pull it AND take it with you wherever you go.
  • The roomy interior, lock and unlock feature as well as the dual purpose strap used for both pulling and carrying really makes VRÜM fun, cute and useful for parents!
  • VRÜM fits in overhead travel compartment or under the seat in front of you.
  • Choose from Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Disney Princess styles.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99


56014 Shopkins S2 MP Playset OOPShopkins So Cool Fridge (Moose Toys)

  • This fridge-themed play set has two compartments, with space enough to hold up to 25 Shopkins.
  • The fridge’s ice machine lets kids push, and then drop their Shopkins into an ice bucket.
  • The set includes two exclusive Shopkins characters, two shopping bags, six mini Shopkins eggs, and 35 stickers for decorating.
  • Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.90

Kahootz.TravelSpirographTravel Spirograph (Kahootz)

  • This portable version of the classic design toy has a built-in design ring, work surface, and a storage compartment.
  • Six Spirograph precision wheels, two design pens, one 24-page design pad, and one design guide are included.
  • The accessories, design guide, and finished artwork all fit inside the storage compartment, making it easy to take anywhere.
  • Ages 5+
  • MSRP: $9.99


WinningMoves.Connect4Connect 4 Twist & Turn (Winning Moves Games)

  • Contains 1 Connect 4 Twist & Turn game unit, 18 red plastic discs, 18 yellow plastic discs and illustrated instructions.
  • Just like the classic game play of Connect 4, but each layer of the tower twists.
  • Players must drop and twist to win.
  • Play between 2 players.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $18.95

 RnRGames.GetALifeGet a Life (R&R Games)

  • Brightly colored cards feature funny, beautiful lifestyle images.
  • Three or more players
  • Players build hands of 5 lifestyle cards to represent either the best or the worst life for the contenstant (the person getting a new life).
  • Lifestyle categories include occupation, accommodation, location, transportation, and companion.
  • Plays similar to classic game Mash.
  • The lives players create can get pretty whacky when the cards in your hand imply that a day in the life entails taking a sleigh to your mansion.
  • Many possible card combinations mean crazy, hysterical, luxurious, and depressing life options for players.
  • To keep the game going, each player gets dealt three Get A Life cards.
  • The Contestant chooses one Best life and one Worst life and gives those players a Scoring Chip, and then you play again and someone else becomes the Contestant.
  • Age: 10+
  • MSRP: $11.95
Wowwee,SnapPetsSnap Pets (WowWee)
  • Snap Pets are your new digital photography friends!
  • A fun and easy-to-use camera which sends photos wireless to a smart device via Bluetooth, and also works as a remote (shutter button) for your phone or smart-device’s camera. Using the free mobile app, directly share your photos with friends on social media, you can even add filters, text and more to them as well! Snap Pets takes the ULTIMATE SELFIES and is great for group photos too!
  • Take selfies by simply looking into the lens on the Snap Pet, then pressing on the Snap Pet’s ear and your all set.
  • Compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
  • Available Fall 2015
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $34.99
Silverlit.XCopterNano X-Copter Drone (Silverlit)
  • This 4-channel, indoor mini-drone has a lightweight, yet durable frame.
  • It has a gyro stabilizer for smooth flying, as well as a built-in navigation light.
  • The drone can be made to perform 360-degree flips.
  • Includes spare propellers & USB charging cable
  • Available Fall 2015
  • Ages: 15+