Family Circle’s “25 Days of Toys” continues this morning with Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopping by the offices of Family Circle to talk about toys with hours and hours of play value. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • Something strange in your neighborhood? Call the Ghostbusters Firehouse,an exact replica of the Firehouse in the original Ghostbusters film!
  • Here kids will find Spengler mixing up his current ghost-fighting mixture in the lab, Stantz keeping a close watch on the Library Ghost, and Janine answering all your ghostbusting calls. When the call comes in, watch them race into action, sliding down the fire pole to the garage.
  • The garage door opens and fits the PLAYMOBIL Ecto-1 (sold separately).
  • And don’t forget to lock up all ghosts in the Ghost Containment Unit.
  • This set is packed with plenty of accessories for hunting down ghosts, including a detachable proton pack and proton laser, ghost trap, PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy, silicone slime splatters that stick to smooth surfaces, and more!
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us,


  • Go for a ride with Gavin, the go-kart on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park.
  • Kids can move the go-kart up the hill with the hand crank, pull back the lever and launch the vehicle to the top and onto the track for a thrilling ride. Watch as it races down the track, through the 360° loop and out the jump ramp.
  • The play set also includes a spinning Ferris wheel, a tumble-down carnival game and a swinging gate. It features four SmartPoint locations that trigger unique fun sounds, phrases and music in the included go-kart and other Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles (each sold separately).
  • Gavin, the go-kart features SmartPoint technology, and plays fun sounds, phrases, three sing-along songs and six melodies.
  • Age: 1+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • The HypnoGizmo Twirly Toy twists and spins with cascading colors, perplexing patterns, and mesmerizing mathematical motion.
  • Kids can give it a twist, and it twirls with whirling, clicking fun.
  • Each toy comes ready to play within its own sturdy display stand and removable Play-N-Display spinner case, which also lets users insert new HypnoGizmo designs (sold separately) that kids can build.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon