The Shows

The 9th Annual ABC Kids Expo will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on September 23 through September 26. More than 950 exhibitors in over one million square feet of space will show what’s new to national and international retailers, sales reps, importer/exporters and the media. From furniture to baby gear to apparel, gifts, toys and lots more, this show has a stronger vibe than ever! Get ready to see these fantastic brands and many miles more: Niniwalker, GO!screen, oogaa and Levana.

Children's Club - New York, New York (7/31/11 - 8/2/11)

Children’s Club Director Stanley Kaye and the entire ENK team’s commitment to excellence again rocked the retail world via the exhibits at August’s Children’s Club Show in New York City. Drawing kudos from retailers and exhibitors alike, the ENK Children’s Club show has become a “must” event and continues to attract the attention of the global market. Its commitment to encouraging specialty sellers is underscored by the showing of these four on-trend exhibitors: Daily Threads, Igloo Island, Lemon Loves Lime’s Gnu Brand, and Joon.

Since KIDShow Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel is the must-be place for the children’s business August 22-24, The Giggle Guide® asked some of the top brands exhibiting at the event to tell us what is the Must-See in their collections and what is their favorite Must-Do in Vegas with food, fun, and friends. Read on for the lowdown on KIDShow Vegas from Donita Fashion, Anita G, cachcach, pediped footwear, Jelly the Pug, Wee Ones, Twirls and Twigs, SOZO, Fiveloaves Twofish, Lil Bowtique & Co., Under the Nile, Flap Happy, and JOSMO.

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Playtime New York - New York, New York (7/30/11 - 8/1/11)

Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to all things relating to children, junior and maternity, held a very successful third show from July 30 to August 1, 2011. Buyers and other visitors were very positive and gave big thumbs up to the creative, imaginative space and merchandise. Attendees included many vendors from previous shows as well as some outstanding new collections. Among the standouts were Wovenplay,Tala Bee Kids, and Mini & Maximus.

Children's Club - New York, New York (3/6/11 - 3/8/11)

Produced four times a year, the ENK International Children’s Club in NYC in early March was a great success and positive spirits ran high. Both Stanley Kaye, Show Director for the Children’s Club, and Elyse Kroll, chairwoman and founder of ENK International, took it as a sign that the market is “bouncing back.” Floor traffic was steady and the variety of sellers both nationally and globally offered a lot to consider. March’s event included a runway fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, with the models sporting back-to-school trends. The show introduced many newer players including: Malibu Sugar, Babysoy, Knitoes & Co., and Tuff Cookie.

Playtime New York - New York, New York (3/5/11 - 3/7/11)

All over the world, companies create products that make children’s lives more convenient, enriching, and fun. When companies come together in one place to display their best, they create a symbiotic buying experience for children’s retailers. Playtime New York is a trade show that presents a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere where buyers can get up close and personal with mainly European-based or inspired apparel, gifts and accessories. In March, Playtime New York unveiled unique and useful offerings from both established and emerging stars including jack & salma, kicokids, Sono Vaso, Noel France S.A.S. and Easy Peasy Shoes.

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Toy Fair - New York City, New York (2/13/11 - 2/16/11)

Step right up, don’t be shy! Take your pick from all these fabulous toys and prizes! The Giggle Guide® had a blast taking in all the sights and sounds at recent trade shows in NYC, and we discovered plenty of goodies to cheer about at Toy Fair 2011. We grinned with childhood delight at Nowstalgictoys’ Squirmles. Creative products from Center Enterprises won our stamp of approval, and we felt like kids again as we “test drove” ride-alongs from Playsam’s. Our Geeky nature was fed too, with ThinkGeek’s joystick for iPad and interactive guitar t-shirts. Want to play? Add these exciting knickknacks, games and action-packed products to your store’s toy aisle and let the good times roll!

KidShow - Las Vegas, Nevada (2/14/11 - 2/16/11)

KIDShow Las Vegas, held in mid-February at Bally’s, kicked the Fall 2011 buying season into high gear with a wide assortment of new and brand-name fashions, accessories and gifts. Buyers’ spirits were soaring and orders were written with anticipation of good things to come. Many loyal KIDShow exhibitors praised the event as “their best showing in years!” Hopes were high for the Fall season and beyond. New to KIDShow, Pixie Girl, SCKC and Urban Sunday caught The Giggle Guide’s attention for their interesting collections, backed by the passion and professionalism of the brands’ exhibitors.

Playtime New York - New York, New York (3/5/11 - 3/7/11)

Headquartered in Paris, France, Playtime is recognized for excellence in the organization of trade shows and offers the world’s largest trade show network for children’s and maternity collections. Launched in 2006, Playtime Paris quickly became a must-see trade show in Europe with 350 exhibitors. Playtime Tokyo debuted in 2009 and is now the biggest children’s fashion trade show in Japan.

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