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Monday, June 29, 2009

Congrats Ironman Ilan!

One of KidKraft's very own competed in Ironman Coeur d'Alene June 21, 2009, finishing in an incredible 12:21:23! Way to go Ilan!

So what is Ironman Coeur d'Alene? It's a fiercely challenging 2.4 mile swim in frigid lake temps of 63 degrees, 112 miles on the bike through 6,000 ft of elevation in the hills of Idaho, followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon (in wind & rain, in Ilan's case). We are so proud of Ilan's dedication, training, and exemplary times in his first Ironman competition. Here's a recap of the race:

The morning began chilly and in the 40's for the race's 7am start.
Check out the hectic open water swim start -
some 2,000 triathletes competed in CDA.

The water was choppy and the wind picked up
during the 2nd loop of the 2.4 mile swim.

After the swim, Ilan transitioned to the bike. He reports the course was "very scenic, a green nature-filled part of the world, the perfect location for a race like Ironman."

The bike course was hilly, technical, and overall very challenging with 6,000 ft of elevation changes. Ilan was very fast on the bike, averaging 20 mph.

And after the bike, Ilan transitioned to the run portion of Ironman, running several of the marathon's miles in chilly rain.

After much mental & physical exertion,
Ilan crossed the finish line at 12:21:23, an amazing time!

Ilan said the finish line was an adrenaline-filled rush, and he high-fived cheering fans, smiled for pictures, and happily made his way to pizza and other refreshments after crossing the finish line. Here he is, a final photo opp for the Ironman Finisher.

KidKraft celebrates Ilan for his extraordinary accomplishment and is grateful for his example and leadership in training and achieving fitness goals. Ilan teaches spin classes and leads lake rides for our KidKraft employees, and his positive attitude and fortitude in Ironman are an inspiration to all of us.

When asked what's next for the Ironman, Ilan humbly replied, "looking forward to the next one... maybe Louisville, 2010?" Congratulations Ilan!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

KidKraft on Fat Brain Toys' Buyers' Guide

Check out KidKraft's recent feature on the cover of Fat Brain Toys' Buyers' Guide! Thanks for the great article, Fat Brain Toys!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TX Tough Charity Swim

The KidKraft FireDragons recently participated in the Open Water Swim portion of TX Tough, a pledge fundraiser created exclusively to raise money for Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX. The Open Water Swim & Relay is one of three segments of the fundraiser and KidKraft has participated in the run & bike events, as well.

Our KidKraft swimmers met at Lake Carolyn and completed the relay amongst 150 other participants. The weather was great and everyone had a great time!

Here are a few pics from the swim:

Talking pre-race strategy...

And they're off!

Swimming in Lake Carolyn

and the Post-race cool down, these guys are

*Thanks FireDragons for participating in the TX Tough Swim-
Stay tuned for the TX Bike Ride this summer!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

KidKraft in Toy News Trade Magazine

KidKraft was recently highlighted in an article by Toy News Trade Magazine for their Girls' market sector guide. KidKraft's kitchens and dollhouses were praised for their design and embellished artwork. Thanks, Toy News, for the center page shout out!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Long Oslo Tables are in!

Hello KidKraft Customers,

This week we’re talkin' Long Oslo Tables!

Our Long Oslo Tables provide kids with convenient workspace for playing games, solving puzzles and doing school work. Smart design and extended space seats up to six children comfortably and works great with our Avalon chairs!

Long Oslo Table in Natural

UPC: 706943269299

Long Oslo Table in Honey
UPC: 706943269268

  • Sized perfectly for kids
  • Available in honey and natural
  • Made of solid wood
  • Seats up to six kids at once
  • Smart, sturdy construction
  • Packaged with detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions
  • Product dimensions: 41.38L x 23.5W x 24.25H
  • Box dimensions: 46.5L x 27.5W x 7H

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

KidKraft Wins Baby & Children's Product News!

*Congratulations to KidKraft for winning
Baby & Children's 1st Place Winner for Toy Chests!

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KidKraft Wins Parents' Choice!

Congratulations to KidKraft for winning the Parents' Choice Award for the Deluxe Garage Set, #17481! View the Deluxe Garage Set video and shop online to purchase yours today!

Center Court Celebration!

We recently celebrated one of our KidKraft greats "David Federer" with a Wimbledon-styled birthday bash! Outside of the office, David is an amazing tennis player and so we thought it appropriate to party like (tennis) pros. Here are a few pics from the festivities:

Upon arrival, David was awarded the esteemed KidKraft Cup!

Birthday details

Tennis fans

Enjoying an English Tea at the Center Court Cafe

We played ping pong throughout the day!

Pink & preppy

Final Table Tennis Tourney:

Victorious Ping Pong Champions!

And a crazed fan

Wii Tennis was also a hit!

Tennis court cake!

Happy Birthday to Shelly, as well!

What a wonderful Wimbledon Birthday -
*David we wish you all the best!

Monday, June 8, 2009

KidKraft's Deluxe Fire Rescue Set, #63214

Deluxe Fire Rescue Set, #63214

The young firefighters in your life are sure to get a kick out of our Deluxe Fire Rescue Set. With its vibrant colors and close attention to detail, this fun set is sure to keep imaginations running wild for a long time.

Features include:
• Silver bell hangs from front of firehouse
• 22 pieces of furniture
• 3 firefighters
• Helipad and helicopter
• Garage with ambulance and fire truck
• Large enough that multiple children can play at once
• Made of wood
• Sturdy construction

KidKraft's Glow in the Dark Space Train Set, #17471

Glow in the Dark Space Train Set, #17471

With this exciting space-themed train set, kids get to explore deep space and go on wild adventures without even leaving the house!

Features include:
  • 100 colorful pieces
  • Dozens of pieces of glow in the dark objects including vehicles, buildings, rockets, aliens and a UFO!
  • The long winding track takes space travelers from one end of the galaxy to the other.
  • Moving crane
  • Made of wood
  • Compatible with Thomas & Friends® wooden train sets and Brio® wooden train sets
  • 3+
*Shop online for the Glow in the Dark Space Train Set, #17471!

KidKraft's Deluxe Garage Set, #17481

Our Deluxe Garage Set is loaded with fun, interactive features and will keep kids entertained for hours at a time. This exciting wooden set gives kids so many options, they’ll never run out of new ways to play!

Deluxe Garage Set, #17481

Features include:

• Winding ramp goes from the top floor to the ground level, and cars will soar all the way down without stopping
• 6 cars and trucks
• 4 smiling townspeople
• Helicopter and helipad
• Car wash with moving scrubbers, ticket booth and gas station
• Moving elevator
• Garage door opens and closes
• Molded rubber bumpers keep cars from rolling off the sides
• Gated entrance keeps out unwanted vehicles
• Vivid, detailed artwork
• Makes a great gift for families with multiple children
• Made of MDF
• Sturdy construction

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

KidKraft on Disney's!

KidKraft proudly announces our feature on Disney's new iParenting Awards site on! Our Deluxe Fire Rescue Set was chosen by Disney editors to be included in the Top New Award Winners Top Product List. You can view our product listing here. *Congratulations KidKraft!!

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