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Tollytots Playdate in the City | Top Toy Picks for Holiday 2012

TollyTots Playdate in the City

Is it too early to talk holiday? Well, for the toy industry and parent bloggers, 'tis the season!

I typically publish my Holiday Gift Guides late November/early December but I know that's last minute for the ambitious set out there so this year I'm making an effort to pass along "Top Picks" lists as soon as they come along.

Time To Play Magazine had its 2012 Holiday Showcase last week but it was a sad, drizzly day and I didn't want to take Luke out. You can find its newly released Holiday 2012 Most Wanted Toys List here (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back!).

This past weekend though, Bubba and I had a "Playdate in the City" at 620 Loft and Garden in Rock Center hosted by Tollytots, maker of kids' favorite toys including My First Disney Princess, Graco, Fisher Price, Rubik's, Safety 1st and Baby Genius, to benefit Operation Smile and for a sneak peak at its hottest holiday toys picks:

Jill Seiman, TollyTots Playdate in the City
TollyTots Playdate in the City Holiday 2012
TollyTots Playdate in the City
TollyTots Playdate in the City

Sebastian got to take home Baby Genius' Be-a-Star Sing-Along Juke Box and Sing-Along School Bus, and My First Rubik's Cube. They're all a major hit, the jukebox being the clear winner. He literally sits, listens, and sings-along to all the different song options. It's adorable.

Oh, and the terrace and views from 620 Loft and Garden overlooking Fifth Avenue are spectacular! That's St. Patrick's Cathedral under construction in the background. Bubba earnestly asked if he could go swimming:

TollyTots Playdate in the City
TollyTots Playdate in the City

Tollytot's "Hot Toys in the City, "Top Picks for Holiday Gifting 2012:

My First Disney Princess My Magic Wand Cinderella, $49.99
My First Disney Princess-Prince Dolls, $19.99
Disney PIXAR Brave Merida with Angus, $49.99

My First Rubik's Cube, 6M+ $12.99
Rubik's Twisty Stack & Nest Cubes, 6M+, $7.99
Rubik's Sort & Solve, 6M+, $14.99
Rubik's Stack & Build Blocks, 18M, $19.99
Rubik's Rock & Roll Maze, 3+, $19.99

Baby Genius Rex's Rocking Keyboard, 12M+, $9.99
Baby Genius Tempo's Super Star Guitar, 12M+,$9.99
Baby Genius Vinko's March-Along Trumpet, 12M+, $9.99
Baby Genius Rap & Tap One-Man Band, 2+, $19.99
Baby Genius Be-a-Star Sing-Along Juke Box, 3+, $39.99

Safety 1st Cubikals Down on the Farm Playset, 24M+ $34.99
Safety 1st Jump 'N Jive Copter, 2+ $29.99

{I was not compensated for this post. As mentioned, Sebastian got to take home some toys for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}