Overview: 3DR Solo Smart Drone

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2015 03:06 AM - last edited on ‎05-14-2015 12:48 PM by Editor in Chief

solo-drone.jpgToday we take a look at the 3DR Solo Smart Drone—a feature packed flyer that's built to impress! Whether you're a flying enthusiast, an RC hobbyist, a serious fan of drone technology, or merely someone that enjoys being "in the know" when it comes to all varieties of newfangled gadgetry, you're going to want to learn all about this very cool quadcopter! So if any of these labels apply to you, step inside and we'll learn together! 

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Dual RC Review: LiteHawk APEX Motorcycle & High Roller Mini Quadcopter

by Blogger ‎05-08-2015 11:49 PM - edited ‎05-11-2015 01:48 PM

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Today I have the privilege of reporting on 2 cool, little LiteHawk RC vehicles—one a rider-clad motorcycle, and the other a cage enclosed mini quadcopter that's capable of flying, crawling on the ceiling, and bouncing off the walls! These little machines might be small in stature, but they're definitely big on fun! Read along to see the results of my testing and to see if either of these tiny beasts might be right for you.

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Review and Video: Parrot Bebop drone flies high

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2015 11:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2015 11:25 AM by Editor in Chief

Parrot-Bebop-main.jpgFlying a drone is fun. Ask anyone who has done it, even for a fleeting moment or two, and they will likely refer to the exhilarating feeling in controlling a device that can see from various angles and heights. Considering how popular drones are becoming, Parrot’s Bebop comes at a time where the act of flying itself needs to be handled with greater precision, while offering an easier point of entry for those getting into it for the first time. Here is my experience with it, including a short video.

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Lego and Lego Duplo Sets at Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 07:21 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2015 10:59 AM by Editor in Chief

Lego DUPLO.jpgMy husband and I wanted to get our little builder some LEGO to play with. Thank goodness we found DUPLO at Best Buy! It’s age appropriate and my daughter loves it!

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Lego: a toy that grows with your children

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 09:53 AM - last edited on ‎04-27-2015 10:24 AM by Editor in Chief

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Lego has to be one of the best toys available for kids, and it's a toy that grows with your child and lasts a lifetime. Both my sons have always played with some form of Lego, and now at 9 and 14 they enjoy a lot of the older Lego themed sets like Technic and Mindstorms. I had a chance to try the new LEGO Pirates so I thought it would be great to look at some of our favourite sets, old and new.

 

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Review: Tiggly Geoshapes, Counting iPad Toys

by Blogger on ‎04-22-2015 01:32 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 07:44 AM by Editor in Chief

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Kids loving playing with tablets like the iPad. And some of the latest toys, like the Tiggly Geoshapes and Counting toys, interact with apps to make the experience fun and interactive. I, and my 3-year-old son, spent some time with both sets to give our take on them.

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Upgrade the fun on your iPad with Osmo

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 06:04 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2015 10:43 AM by Editor in Chief

osmo.jpgIn the last couple of years, iPads have become such a popular tool and toy for kids, and there are so many apps now available for fun, learning and gaming. For even more fun, there are interactive apps with gaming accessories like Osmo.

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Movie Themed LEGO Sets Available at Best Buy!

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 01:14 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:54 PM by Editor in Chief

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Have you ever noticed how versatile the popular LEGO toy brand has become over the years? With numerous themed building block sets currently available, I'd say that LEGO is pretty much tied in with everything these days! With this in mind, I thought that today I'd take a look at several LEGO sets that specifically have movie related themes. There are some really cool sets available, so click on through to see LEGO sets related to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie itself, and more. After all, it's all about having fun!

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Review: National Geographic Laser Pegs sets are fun for everyone

by Blogger ‎04-15-2015 10:03 AM - edited ‎04-16-2015 11:07 AM

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As a big sister to two brothers, then an Auntie to a nephew, then a mom to two boys, I have my fair share of experience with building blocks and sets. I am a huge National Geographic fan as well, from their magazine to their shows on t.v. So when I was given the chance to review National Geographic Laser Pegs I was pretty excited.

 

 

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Let your kids' imagination soar with LEGO Elves, Friends and more!

by Blogger on ‎04-11-2015 03:33 PM - last edited on ‎04-12-2015 03:46 PM by Editor in Chief

elves.jpgA few toy lines out there have kept the same basics for the last half century. LEGO's one of them, and LEGO has been encouraging people of all ages (especially kids) to build whatever they could imagine creating. With new lines like Elves and Friends, the characters may look different, but the stories and the fun are still all yours. 

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Get Moving With LEGO Vehicle Sets

by Blogger ‎04-07-2015 11:54 AM - edited ‎04-07-2015 12:08 PM

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What kid doesn't love LEGO? Add vehicles to the mix, and there's plenty of opportunity for after-build fun. And with the abundance of LEGO sets available also comes tons of selection of vehicles of all kinds.

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Review: Flying through the sky with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus

by Blogger on ‎03-14-2015 09:52 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2015 11:26 AM by Editor in Chief

Phantomontherocks.JPGWith winter almost officially over, it's time to think about those spring and summertime activities, and might I recommend flying a drone?  They're portable, compact and can turn a few heads.  In fact, I drew a crowd one afternoon while I doing nothing but minding my own business and flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus for this review.  Let's take a look at it.

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Traxxas batteries 101: keep your toys powered and ready for fun

by Blogger on ‎03-06-2015 09:44 AM - last edited on ‎03-06-2015 04:27 PM by Editor in Chief

2970-EZ-Peak-Plus-Connected-2872X-LiPo.jpgThe world of RC vehicles is a very fun place to be.  Powerful scale model versions of your favorite real world racers, fully equipped to handle serious terrain, they're a lot of fun. That is, they're a lot of fun when they're full of power and ready to go, without the fully charged powercells, well, they're just an exceptionally well designed, aggressive looking model car. Taking the confusion out of keeping your Traxxas vehicles full of juice and ready to go is the new Traxxas iD system. Streamlined and full proof, with their new power cells (batteries) and EZ-Peak Plus Charger, they've taken the challenge out of charging.

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The Traxxas Slash racer is ready to race and a ton of fun

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 07:23 PM - last edited on ‎03-12-2015 04:56 PM by Editor in Chief

traxxas_slash top.jpgPacked with all the power and durability of a Traxxas brand RC vehicle, the Slash is an Off-Road Short-Course Stadium Truck that comes in a variety of configurations and really likes to fly. Whether around corners with insane drifting, or when actually flying. Launching off anything resembling a ramp, the independent suspension makes sure it lands like a dream and keeps going. Now with on-board audio, the Slash sounds every bit as tough as it looks, with real throttle and idle sounds that will make even the biggest kid grin from ear to ear. Let's go for a rip!

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A Beginner's Guide to Drones

by Blogger on ‎03-01-2015 10:48 PM - last edited on ‎03-04-2015 09:31 AM by Editor in Chief

ParrotBebop.jpgHave you ever wanted to get into model drones, but weren't sure about some of the ins and outs, including what you could fly in Canada (or what qualifies as a drone) and where you can fly it?  Look no further.  Click below to find out some of the basics about drones, including flight restrictions, qualifications and even what drones can do for us now and in the future.

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Traxxas SST Latrax brings big fun in a small fast package

by Blogger on ‎02-28-2015 09:04 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2015 01:22 PM by Editor in Chief

TraxxasLatraxSST.JPGYou might be surprised how much they can pack into an RC vehicle these days, especially when you're dealing with a Traxxas Latrax. The SST is a 1/18th scale model 4 x 4, all terrain beast of a truck. With independent suspension and a sturdy construction, all terrain means water resistant and tough.  You might be surprised where you can go, and how fast you can get there.  Priced for the everyday sort of RC fan, it might just be your gateway into a wider world of RC enthusiasm. 

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What will be the next robot you bring into your home?

by Blogger on ‎02-23-2015 10:07 PM - last edited on ‎02-25-2015 11:55 AM by Editor in Chief

C-3PO.jpgWhen I think of a “robot” two things happen. First, I picture the iconic droid C-3PO from the Star Wars movie franchise. Second, I involuntarily start to sing the 1980’s Styx classic Mr. Roboto … Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto. But a robot isn’t necessarily a shiny golden humanoid or the subject of an annoyingly catchy song ... Secret, secret, I’ve got a secret. In fact, according to Webster’s dictionary, a “robot” is “a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks” or “a mechanism guided by automatic controls.” So by those definitions, it's clear that we are truly surrounded by robots. Don’t believe me? Here are some fun and some functional items that are robots by definition. You might even have one of these at home already!

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Great gifts for kids and teens

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 06:02 PM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 11:36 AM by Editor in Chief

Great-gifts-for-kids-teens.jpgThis year, there are so many cool gifts for kids and teens that even I’m having a hard time choosing. If you need some ideas, look no further because here are just a few of the great gifts online at Bestbuy.ca right now.

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Bring family together this holiday season with a board game

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:51 PM by Editor in Chief

LOT Monopoly 2.jpgWhether it’s a new twist on an old family favorite or something you’ve never tried, cozy up with family and friends this holiday season with a selection of board games from Best Buy!

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Top Toys For 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 07:30 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 01:48 PM by Editor in Chief

toys.jpgInstead of pouring over a toy catalog like we used to before the Holidays, we cuddle up on the couch with our kids and scroll through pages of the latest toys on our tablet. But no matter how we check out the top toys of the season, I still get that cozy holiday feeling that comes from sitting down with the kids and dreaming about what Santa will bring them. Check out the top toys of 2014 right now, and do a little Christmas dreaming yourself.

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Review: Crayola Arts and Crafts Kits

by Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 06:52 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 11:54 AM by Editor in Chief

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts, and at the top of our family’s list each year are arts and crafts supplies and kits. We encourage our kids to explore their inner artists and to express themselves through different mediums, whether it’s colouring, painting or creating something with their hands. Crayola products have been a part of our home since our firstborn could hold a crayon. When our family had the opportunity to test four of their best new products, we jumped at the chance.

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Telescope 101

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM ‎10-21-2014 08:01 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 10:35 PM

telescope.jpgAbove our heads every evening is a world of celestial happenings. A telescope can open the night skies for you to enjoy. It’s all waiting for you to discover when you have the right telescope. Here’s what to look for when buying one.

 

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Arts, Crafts, Fun & Games With Melissa & Doug

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎11-06-2014 05:47 PM by Editor in Chief

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Arts & crafts are fun for kids of all ages. I tried out this super-creative art easel and companion accessory kit from popular brand Melissa & Doug, along with a cute basic skills puzzle board, and the challenging Suspend family game. Check out my take on these fun toys and crafts for kids aged 3 and up.

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MOSS Zombonitron 1600 reviewed: a magnetic robotic kit

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 08:17 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 10:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Moss Preview.jpgWhen you think of robotic building sets —not just toys you assemble, but kits that allow you to create robotic models that interact with their surroundings— LEGO Mindstorms probably come to mind. There’s a new option, though, a Kickstarter success story that’s now going mainstream. My kids and I had the chance to try out a MOSS Zombonitron 1600 set. Here’s what I we thought about what Modular Robotics calls its “futuristic building blocks of ingenious invention.”

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Review: Sphero's Ollie spins circles around its Robot competitors

by Blogger on ‎09-22-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 10:50 AM by Editor in Chief

ollie.JPGFor the most part, many of the iOS based toys nowadays have potential, but are very limited to what they can do. The Parrot Mini-Drones for example were fun, but not that expansive in ability. They both also cost more than the Sphero Ollie, a brand new challenger into the fold. Ollie comes from the same science and physics loving minds behind the Sphero and promises to continue branching fun and physics at an affordable price. You know what? It's great fun too.  Come check out the Sphero Ollie.

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HUNKA JUNK: J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Clip Has the Web Buzzing

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 05:57 PM - last edited on ‎09-19-2014 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgThere’s a huge mass of Star Wars geeks out there (myself included) watching every move Disney and J.J Abrams make as a new crop of Star Wars releases draws ever closer. If there’s one thing guaranteed to get the attention of these Star Wars fans, it's a peek at what Abrams is working on. And if there’s one thing guaranteed to get pop culture geeks in general in a froth, it’s a mash-up between franchises. J.J. Abrams just managed both in one shot with his HUNKA JUNK YouTube clip of the new Millennium Falcon from his forthcoming Star Wars film—with a very unexpected Easter egg.

 

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Leapfrog Leappad 3: Learn while having fun

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2014 05:42 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 10:19 AM by Editor in Chief

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Make learning fun with the new LeapPad3 from Leap Frog!  This week I had the opportunity to try the LeapPad3 and a variety of games from the Leap Frog Learning Library, and here’s what I thought:

 

 

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Review: VTech Innotab Tablets for Kids

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2014 10:59 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2014 02:18 PM by Editor in Chief

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Why get a tablet made just for kids when you can just hand them the one you have for play time, and download some fun apps? There are actually plenty of reasons. Find out why, and learn more about VTech's latest Innotab 3S and 3 Plus tablets; plus the super-cool James Bond-esque Kidizoom smartwatch.

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Dancing on the ground, in the air and on the ceiling with Parrot's Rolling Spider

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2014 08:42 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2014 03:37 PM by Editor in Chief

Rolling_Spider.jpgI think there are few people out there that enjoy spiders, whether they be the flying or crawling kind. Parrot's Rolling Spider is one that doesn't have 8 legs, but is a miniature quad-copter with detachable wheels. It's a breeze to set up and play with, and can even land itself without worrying about clumsy timing!  Come check out this small yet imaginative device!

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Binoculars and telescopes that bring the heavens to your doorstep

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎08-08-2014 04:10 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 04:55 PM by Editor in Chief

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Get some celestial tech help to witness the show in the heavens. Find out what to look for in binoculars and telescopes that can bring the heavenly bodies to your doorstep.

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