Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles—Let Your Kids Cruise the Neighborhood in Style

Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles
Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles

Vintage toys are all the rage. From classic wooden building blocks to handmade rag dolls, toys from time gone by are back again. 

There is something quite delightful about your child playing with something that looks like it was taken from another era. In a world full of plastic, primary colored toys, retro items feel special and unique. Additionally, in a way, it connects us to our history, to the older generations within our families. 

When we think about retro items we think of two things—style and durability. When it comes to children’s products, both of these qualities are very important. It’s no wonder that parents want to incorporate retro items into their children’s lives. With so many options on the market, it is quite simple to do so.

If your child has ever gotten excited as you drove past a classic car, then Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles are the perfect throwback toy for your little boy or girl. Modeled after the 1934 Van Doren tricycle you have no doubt seen in classic film and television series—or in any toy museum in the world—Morgan Cycle retro trikes are aesthetically pleasing, exceptionally durable, and meet all of today’s safety standards and regulations.

Your kids may not be able to get behind the wheel of a ’39 Ford Deluxe, but that doesn’t mean they cannot cruise with the same style and class. Take, for example, Morgan Cycle’s Pink Fairy Retro Tricycle. Your preschooler will be delighted with this gorgeous, airbrushed, vintage-style trike. With its sleek, curved design, it is as fancy as any classic car to have ever caught her eye. 

No so into pink? Their Lavender Retro Tricycle might be just the fit for your toddler. Sleek and sophisticated—as all Morgan Cycle tricycles are—she won’t be able to resist hopping on the moment she sees it and riding it around the block. From the airbrushed paint job to the chrome detailing, it is an absolute visual delight.

If you are looking for something more neutral, their Black Hawk Retro Tricycle is the perfect solution. When you picture classic cars, you often picture them in a shiny, black finish, just like that of this trike. Whether speeding through the park or taking a leisurely ride down the street, this cycle lets your little one do it in style.

All Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles are incredibly stylish and extremely durable. Featuring steel construction, these trikes are designed to last and be passed down from child to child and generation to generation. Each one receives the highest care during assembly, including expert paint jobs and beautiful details. All materials used are non-toxic and safe for children. A working headlight is standard—and often the young rider’s favorite feature—as are the durable steel spokes, solid rubber wheels, leather saddle seat, and adjustable handle bars.

If you are looking for a gift that will help your kids stand out in a crowd, the Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycle line is here to serve as your solution. Stylish, enduring, and positively captivating, there really is nothing quite like it.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts: The Ultimate in Ride-on Toys

BERG Ferrari 150 Italia and FXX Racer Go-Karts
BERG Ferrari 150 Italia and FXX Racer Go-Karts

What child isn’t fascinated by a well-designed sports car: the flash of the color, the sound of the engine, and the incredible speed? When riding their bikes, they imagine that they are driving one, and every toy car is transformed in their minds to be one. 

When it comes to fascinating sports cars, Ferrari is pretty much at the top of the list, both here in the U.S. and internationally; it is the universal standard. So, when it comes to looking for a ride-on toy for your kids, why settle for anything less?

BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts offer stylish outdoor fun for boys and girls who have a need for speed. Unlike go-karts powered by motors, these pedal powered go-karts are incredibly safe and much more interactive for their young drivers. As such, children can begin using them at a younger age while mom and dad feel more secure. 

There are three models offered: Ferrari 150 Italia, FXX Racer, and FXX Exclusive. Each one is stylish and safe in design, kid-powered, and can be pedaled both forwards and backwards. 

This model is well suited for the youngest of riders; it can be used by kids as young as three years old and can be used by most riders up until eight years of age since the seat and steering wheel are adjustable. Inspired by the Ferrari Formula 1 racecar design, including sponsor stickers, it is sure to appeal to the inner speed demon of any girl or boy. This go-kart is designed with the BFR drive system, a unique system that allows the driver to pedal both forwards and backwards and also to coast without moving the pedals. 

BERG Ferrari 150 Italia Pedal Go-Kart
BERG Ferrari 150 Italia Pedal Go-Kart

The FXX racer is the mid-range model in the line of BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts. Designed with the same care as the actual car, this go-kart comes with front and rear spoilers, tires and rims with the Ferrari logo, sport steering wheel, and an aerodynamic design. It is officially licensed by Ferrari, so you know it is top of the line. 

As with the 150 Italia, is can go forward or in reverse  and  both the seat and steering wheel can be adjusted. Unlike the 150 Italia, it is suitable for older children and even some adults; it can accommodate a child as young as five and works for individuals up to 5’10” and 200 pounds. Not only can your son or daughter enjoy this stylish ride, but you can get in on the fun, too!

BERG Ferrari FXX Racer Pedal Go-Kart
BERG Ferrari FXX Racer Pedal Go-Kart

If you are already going for a Ferrari go-kart, why not go all out? The FXX Exclusive is the top of the BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Kart line and it is easy to see why. The FXX Exclusive takes the best features of the FXX Racer, adds plenty of its own, and dresses them up in luxury. 

Controlled by a leather wrapped steering wheel and with seven gears to switch between, this go-kart offers a genuine driving experience. It even comes with a speedometer so your children (or you) can see the speed. It is the perfect kart for zipping around the neighborhood or the racetrack. 

BERG Ferrari FXX Exclusive Pedal Go-Kart
BERG Ferrari FXX Exclusive Pedal Go-Kart

If you are looking for a ride-on toy to entertain your children—or yourself—this summer, BERG Ferrari Pedal Go-Karts are the ultimate way to have fun in style.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mason Roller Racer: the Perfect Indoor / Outdoor Ride-on Toy

Mason Roller Racer

Summer is here—the pools are open, the kids are out of school, and it is the perfect time for some outdoor fun. Chances are you are shopping around for interesting and innovative toys to keep your children entertained and outside. There are many toys on the market and making a decision isn’t easy.
The biggest problem with summertime toys I have run into as both a parent and a retailer is that you really only get to use them for a few months. Most are strictly to be used outdoors; when the weather turns cold, or even on rainy summer days, the toys sit unused. By the time the next summer rolls around, many of them will have been outgrown or deteriorated while in storage. 

The Mason Roller Racer is the perfect ride-on toy to buy for summertime fun while avoiding the usual traps. This sit-skate scooter works just as well indoors as it does outside, is suitable for a wide variety of ages, and is durable enough to survive months of storage should you find a need to store it.  

There is a good chance that you do not know what the Mason Roller Racer is, even though you might have used one when you were in school. Essentially, it is a low to the ground scooter that is powered by the weight and movement of the person riding. Rather than typical handlebars, the scooter has footbars with hand grips, allowing the rider to maneuver the scooter with his or her feet or hands. Made in the U.S.A, it is highly durable and designed to last for decades. Kids can entertain themselves for hours challenging each other to obstacle courses or cruising around the park. Even mom and dad will be tempted to join in with their boys and girls and have some fun!

Here at A Kid Place, we offer two different models. The Sport Roller Racer model is suitable for most uses and designed with safety in mind. In fact, schools and daycares, as part of their PE programs, frequently use this ride-on toy; you know that it is safe enough to place your trust in. The low center of gravity prevents the scooter from tipping and the handle grips keep little fingers safe. The scooter is designed without any sharp edges, making it safer than any other ride on toy on the market. While a helmet and shoes should always be used, you can relax while your children play on this scooter.

The Deluxe Amusement Roller Racer is the ideal model for parents who want their scooter to grow with their child. This model, while still able to be used by small children, can support up to 250 pounds. The Amusement Roller Racer is considered the top of the line in Mason's scooter line, is the most durable and the most flexible, and earned its name because it is actually used in amusement parks.

If you are looking for a great new summer ride-on toy that is versatile and built to last, look no further than the Mason Roller Racer line. No matter which option you choose, smiles and fun are guaranteed.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Glide Bikes Balance Bikes for Building Confidence in Kids

There are developmental milestones and there are cultural milestones for children. Developmental milestones are those that are naturally achieved no matter the culture and their significance is acknowledged universally: sitting up, first words, and first steps are among these milestones. Then there are those whose significance is culturally specific: dancing in their first recital, the first time they catch a football, and learning how to ride a bicycle. These milestones are present in a variety of cultures but they are not universal, and we tend to attach a great deal of sentimentality to them.

For me, the most significant of these childhood milestones was learning how to ride a bike. The emotions I connect with this event in my life are complex as I struggled to master this skill. I was the last among my friends to learn; this served as a source of shame for me. As my friends would speed off on their Schwinns, no training wheels in sight, I was left behind on my big wheel.

As an adult, I can look back on this and find it humorous, the image of my sad, child self, sitting on my big wheel, watching my friends disappear into the distance. But the emotions I felt are still very real to me. Thankfully, today, there are other options available, allowing us to spare our kids such an experience.
One of the most safest and fun options is that of a balance bike. Balance bikes allow children to master the skills of balancing and steering a bicycle before they incorporate the action of pedaling. By minimizing the amount of actions a child must master at one time, kids are less likely to be overwhelmed by the learning process. Instead of propelling the bike via a pedal, gear, and chain system, the bike is moved forward in a simple, gliding motion propelled by walking and pushes—eventually continuing on via weight and gravity. Unlike traditional bicycles, these bikes can balance at a low speed, which helps the budding biker feel confident while learning.

There are many options available today from a variety of manufacturers. One of our favorites is by the company Glide Bikes. While many balance bikes are made from wood, Glide Bikes balance bikes are made from lightweight, lead-free metal, making them durable and manageable for even the smallest boys and girls. Both the seat and the handlebars adjust, making the bike last as your children grow. The company has patented its slow speed geometry, which allows the bike to be balanced at speeds as low as 1.5 mph. Each bike comes with two features which are pretty unique in the world of balance bikes: kickstands and foot pegs. The foot pegs can be rotated out of the way or completely removed. Finally, each bike is covered by a lifetime warranty, so you never need to worry about the security of your purchase.

Glide Bikes offers several options to choose from. Their smallest bike, suited for the youngest of riders, is the Ezee Glider. This model is appropriate for riders as young as 18 months and can be adjusted to allow use up to 5 years of age. It offers all of the features present in the larger Glide Bikes’ models, such as removable foot pegs and adjustable handle bars. Out of the balance bikes available on the market, this one is among the slowest with its ability to balance at 1.5 MPH. It also comes with an easy to operate hand brake.

Glide Bikes Ezee Glider in Black

The next step up in the Glide Bikes line is the Mini Glider. This bike is best for children between 2 and 5 years of age. As with the Ezee Glider, the Mini Glider is able to balance at speeds as low as 1.5 MPH and offers all of the features standard to Glide Bikes. This bike is slightly larger than the Ezee Glider.

Glide Bikes Mini Glider in Blue

The largest of the Glide Bike line is the Go Glider. At 16”, this bike is suitable for riders aged 5-10 years and can support a rider weighing up to 125 pounds. This bike can balance at speeds as low as 1.5 MPH but it is also perfectly safe at higher speeds, depending on the comfort of the rider. It is also an excellent way to help a child who is learning to ride later than his or her peers build confidence.  It comes with all standard Glide Bikes features.

Glide Bikes Go Glider in Pink
If you are looking for a way to introduce your little boy or girl to the skills required to ride a bike, Glide Bikes balance bikes are the way to go. With the options available, you are sure to find one that works for your little one.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Mason Flying Turtle: Everyone's Favorite Sit-Skate Scooter

Anything but slow as a tortoise, the Mason Flying Turtle is an all-American sit-skate scooter that will get the kids off the couch and out of the house to experience the thrills of this made in the U.S.A. classic. Perfect for the sidewalk, patio or park, this award-winning ride-on toy is sure to become a favorite childhood memory; in fact, many of today’s parents may remember riding their own Flying Turtle back in the day.

The scooter consists of a low-to-the-ground seat mounted on small wheels, with handlebars where riders place their hands and feet. With almost no effort, the Flying Turtle sails over smooth ground – and even linoleum or hardwood floors.

So where does it come from?
The Mason Flying Turtle is a true American product that is manufactured by a long-time family business located in Tennessee. Mason explains that this feat of engineering was first conceived by a retired aerospace engineer who repurposed an old tractor seat to create a unique toy that would provide hours of excitement for his young grandson.

How does it work?
The Flying Turtle is such a marvel of engineering that even today’s scientists are not completely sure how it works. Essentially, the pressure exerted by a rider’s feet on the handle bars, combined with turning the bars in one direction or another, propels the seat in any direction. Easy to handle, the scooter is so well-articulated that it can turn on its own radius.

Is it safe?
One of the best things about the Mason Flying Turtle is its ability to provide a thrilling and safe ride. With no sharp edges, there is little likelihood of punctures or cuts, and it is almost impossible to flip it over. Of course, parents should ensure that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed, and children should never use the ride-on near a street, an incline or a body of water that could create a hazard.

Where to find the best ride-on toys for kids of all ages:
And here is the best part – the Flying Turtle can be on its way to a lucky child in just a few clicks at AKidPlace.com, where parents can find the best ride-on toys, as well as thousands of other high-quality items for children, at reasonable prices with fast shipping. Visit us today, and your child could be gliding along the sidewalk in no time with his or her very own sit-skate scooter.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BERG Toys Jeep Pedal Go-Karts – Where Will They Take You Next?

 BERG Toys Jeep Pedal Go-Karts

Seasoned trailblazers and newbies alike are trading in their ordinary bicycles for a ride that is rougher, tougher, and more thrilling than anything a 2-wheeler can provide. With the look and feel of a real Jeep, the BERG Toys Jeep Pedal Go-Kart line is designed for tough guys - and girls – who are looking for an outdoor adventure that’s off the beaten path. All models are meticulously crafted with a durable, stainless steel frame that can stand up to rough terrain, with plenty of features for added excitement.

Even the smallest adventurers will find their ride in the Jeep Junior pedal go-kart from BERG Toys. This model is designed for children as young as three and offers a great way to experience the feel of driving their very own Jeep. Intuitive operation, ease of use and attention to safety make it perfect for beginners, with plenty of room to grow.

Kids from 4-12 will love setting off on their own adventures with the Jeep Adventure pedal kart. The swing axle on this model makes for steady handling on rough ground, and the knobby tires allow for easy maneuvering over rough terrain. The compact seat is adjustable as kids grow – a great advantage, because the sturdy design means your little ones will be enjoying this ride for years to come.

Not only kids, but kids-at-heart will be able to experience off-road thrills with the Jeep Wrangler AF pedal kart from BERG Toys. This all-terrain model can comfortably accommodate kids from the age of five all the way through adulthood. The Wrangler AF kart comes equipped with a roll bar for added safety, and the spare tire mounted on the back adds to the authentic Jeep look and feel.

The top-of-the-line Jeep Wrangler BF-3 offers the ultimate off-road experience. With three easily-selectable gears, this kart is ready to roll – uphill, downhill, and even through muddy terrain. Kids from age 5 and up can enjoy the excitement and superb handling that goes along with the Jeep name. The working spare tire and trailer hitch-pin help to ensure that the Wrangler BF-3 is ready for action!

Where to find BERG Toys Pedal Go Karts

For quality, convenience, reliability, and yes - great prices - savvy caregivers turn to A Kid Place for the outdoor items of their child’s dreams. Whether you are looking for the rough-and-ready Jeep style go-kart from BERG Toys or the suave sophistication of a sporty roadster, you will find the ride-on toys you are looking for… and so much more!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

U.S.A. Made Toys – Gifts They Will Cherish for a Lifetime

 U.S.A. Made Toys

Savvy shoppers looking for holiday gifts that little ones will cherish for a lifetime will find what they are looking for in high-quality toys that are made in the U.S.A. Whether you are looking for a tried and true classic or the latest in creative innovation, here are just some of the things that you can count on when you look for that “made in America” symbol:
  1. Safety. American quality means rigid standards for safety, from the design of the product to the choice of materials. Buying American means you can count on toys that are safe and wholesome, not to mention fun.
  2. Environmental responsibility. Many American manufacturers are upping their standards when it comes to factory emissions, as well as producing toys and other items from recycled and/or sustainable materials. Eco-conscious caretakers can feel comfortable about making the right choices, both for kids and for a sustainable future.
  3. Fun! High-quality American toys are built with today’s kids in mind. Vivid colors, friendly characters, and exciting activities keep kids stimulated while helping to build important social and motor skills.

These top-rated toys for all ages can turn the New Year into an exciting new adventure with indoor and outdoor fun:

It may be cold and windy outside, but inside, the winter looks brighter than ever with the Mason Corporation Flying Turtle sit-and-skate scooter. These popular ride-ons are perfect for indoor and outdoor play, with polyurethane wheels that won’t mar floors and a sturdy design that provides hours of wholesome, safe thrills.

The Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube is an award-winning classic that even the youngest little elves will enjoy this year. With multiple play stations, this compact cube can be used by several children at once, helping them to develop hand-eye coordination and increase their fine motor skills; alphabet and counting activities also boost brain power. This all-time favorite is perfect for home, day care and waiting room settings.

The Berlin Pee Wee flyer offers a down-size alternative for the popular full-size model. Sturdy and tip-resistant, this classic favorite will provide hours of safe, wholesome fun – great for picnics, the beach, or just a spin around the block with a favorite toy, doll or even pet. Rubber tires and an extra-long handle mean easy pulling, so little ones can take charge of their own playtime as they race from one escapade to the next.

Beka Train Table                                        
Perfect for boys, girls, and even their grown-up friends – this beautiful hardwood maple train table should be on every holiday wish list. The Beka train table is created with imagination in mind; all that is needed is the creativity of a child. Built to accommodate most model wooden train sets, the raised sides of the table keep toys where they belong. When playtime is over, trains and accessories can be stored in optional wooden trundle drawers that slide underneath for out-of-sight storage. 

Designed with kids in mind, the Zither Heaven Cherry 5-String Banjo will appeal even to seasoned players with its sturdy craftsmanship and quality sound. Develop cognitive and fine motor skills as children learn to strum out a tune with this beautiful, American instrument – comes complete with a songbook and tuning pins.

Where to find quality made-in-the-USA toys, games and other holiday gifts

Holiday shopping was never easier – you can find everything you need for all the little ones on your list at A Kid Place. Let us help you make this holiday season the best ever, with carefully sourced toys, infant and toddler furniture, and much more. Finish your shopping easily online, and you can relax and truly enjoy all that the season has to offer this year.