Toys For Older KidsKelly Wickham
Our Target shopping has come to the end and, as a woman who actually doesn’t mind in-store shopping because said woman has children who no longer want to accompany her and thus, don’t beg for stuff at the store, I am genuinely sad. I think I have a second career as a personal shopper. Who wants to hire me, huh?
Now, admittedly, I don’t always search for the best bargains unless I’m doing online purchases. It’s no fun rushing from store to store, but one of the things I learned about Target is that they have some “Only at Target” selections and they also do price matching. This would have come in handy about 20 years ago for me, but it’s good to know for parents of young kids right now. So, those of you who have yet to do your shopping can get it done without all the madness that usually comes with it.
Morgan, my 17-year old son, came with me on this last trip to Target. Lest you think this wasn’t a little bit annoying you have to know something about him: he still likes a lot of toys. When we visit friends who have younger children, Morgan is a great “babysitter” to have and keeps them company mostly because he really enjoys seeing what new toys have been invented since he was a kid. It’s only natural, then, that he picked something out that seemed like it was for younger children but had pictures of teenage boys on the box. See? That’s a dead giveaway right there when the picture gives you permission to play even if you’re old enough to drive a car.
He picked the Beyblade Destroyer Dome Stadium set (under $35). Let’s be honest: any toy with the word “blades” in it probably isn’t for small children. Roller skates? Yes. Roller blades? Probably ought to be a little older. Beyblade is a round dome in which competing players put their favorite toy tops into some sort of “third dimension” with a dome arena. Due to the word “dome”, I was forced (forced I tell you!) to mention Tina Turner and Thunderdome. It pained me that my son asked, “Who’s Tina Turner?” but then I put on a few of her songs and he was all, “Oh, I know who that is. You can turn it off now. Mom? MOM? YOU CAN TURN IT OFF. I GET IT.” It didn’t matter because I spent the rest of the day telling him, “Two men enter. One man leaves.” and, let me tell you, he is not amused by me right now. Anyway, the Bey Destroyer Dome lets competing blades zip around along the sides and upside down to add a new element to duels. It comes with 2 additional Beyblade tops and ripcords and other blades are available for purchase.
If I had to describe it to someone who has never played with one, I would say it’s like a fun salad spinner or a gerbil ball but with fast things inside that zip all over the place. Or something you can torture your children with Mad Max quotes.
In any case, happy holidays, y’all! We’re off to the post office to ship all these toys off for our designated family on the East Coast!
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