• Holidays at the Jungle – The Toy Balloon, For Kids of ALL Ages!

    We’re sure you know by now, but in case you haven’t heard… Jungle Jim’s International Market houses one of the most unique and exciting toy stores in the region! Ohio’s Largest Specialty Toy Store, The Toy Balloon is your destination for a wide variety of high quality, educational, and unique toys and gifts that will spark the imaginations of kids of all ages. We offer the best variety of TY Plush in the state, retro and classic games for adults, Read article
  • Get Into The Groove with Throwback Candy & Toys from the 1960’s!

    ​If you’re feeling groovy, step back in time with me to the 1960’s. Lots of our favorite candies and toys came out in the 60’s, so let’s get started with a local favorite – the Marshmallow Cone.   This light and fluffy snack started production in 1936 by a Cincinnati tailor looking to make some extra money, but didn’t gain popularity until the 1960’s, under new leadership. To this day, every aspect of the MarPro Marshmallow Cone is still done in-house in Cincinnati, Read article
  • Back to the Candy Future – Get Nostalgic with Candy & Toys from the 50’s!

    ​We’re going to take a trip down memory lane and explore the candies of the 1950’s.

    From the 1950’s we have greats such as the Nik-L-Nip Wax Bottles, Clark Bars, Oh Henry Candy Bars and NECCO Assorted Wafers. NECCO, which stands for New England Confectionary Company, is the oldest candy company in the U.S. They produce many of the candies from the 1950’s.  

    First up is the NECCO Wafer.

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  • A New Game at The Toy Balloon!

    SLAPZI is the fast-matching, card-slapping, everyone-laughing picture game! 

    A big seller at an affordable price, SLAPZI is all about speed! Be the first to match all five picture cards to the correct clue cards and you’re the winner!  Everyone will be laughing as they think fast and react quickly to figure out the clue. 

    SLAPZI is super-simple to learn and super-fast to play! It promotes visual perception skills as players view the picture cards and analyze the images.

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  • STEM at The Toy Balloon!

    The S.T.E.M. movement is perhaps one of the most important toy trends in decades. STEM is actually an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH.

    STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside the school environment. And what engages kids outside of school? TOYS, of course! Toys that can help kids develop STEM knowledge and skills to increase their readiness for college, careers and life! It’s these skills that kids must adopt in order to stay relevant in today’s tech-centric world.

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  • LEGO Has Landed at The Toy Balloon!

    For decades, LEGO has helped shape countless imaginations – and, at the same time had imaginations the world over shape them. Made for kids of all ages, LEGO are an educational staple, an infinite source of fun and adventure, and a challenging, mind-sharpening toy – all at once. The Toy Balloon is thrilled to finally offer some of our favorite sets to you!

    Ranging from small, easy designs to complex and demanding builds,

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  • Lego – Inspiring and Developing the Builders of Tomorrow

    We are very excited to carry LEGO because ​their​ products inspire children to learn through play! The​y provide fun, engaging and creative play experiences that help children develop social, emotional and intellectual skills, laying a foundation that lasts a lifetime.​ ​The possibilities for learning with LEGO are endless!

    Fun LEGO Facts:

    LEGO was originally called ​”​Automatic Binding Bricks​”​. The first one ​was made in 1932 out of wood. Every single brick created since 1958 can still interlock together. Read article
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