I was able to mix pleasure with ‘boring’ recall research by taking Seth to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair , a trade show in a suburb close to where I grew up. Lael was too cranky to make the trip.
While there, Seth got to jump in a bouncy toy, cruise down an inflatable slide, play miniature golf – he scored two holes in one – toss beanbags – he landed a hole in one on his first try – make a castle with Sand Lock and watch previews of The Spiderwick Chronicles . Seth also fell in love with a version of this golf toy .
The price for Seth’s fun? He had to endure – his word not mine – an hour of boring people discuss the state of product recalls.
The highlight of THAT event was U.S. Sen Dick Durbin, who is pushing for toy testing in each country of origin. “Most American consumers mistakenly believe that every product on the shelf ... has been inspected, that at some stage the government stepped in, took a look and said it’s safe,” Durbin said according the Gatehouse News Service.