Wonder Works opens holiday season with Elfstravanza
Wonder Works will host its third Annual Holiday Elfstravaganza, sponsored by Harris Teeter and Mattel, on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wonder Works in West Ashley located at 975 Savannah Hwy. Christine Osborne, owner of Wonder Works with stores in Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, downtown Charleston and on Kiawah Island, says the event will feature free holiday activities, the season’s hottest toys, hourly giveaways and guest appearances from Rainbow Loom inventor Cheong Choon Ng (Choon), Thomas & Friends’ Sir Tophem Hatt and Elfie. Kids may also pay $5 to enter the “Band Together” Rainbow Loom Activity Tent where all proceeds benefit four local charities. Every child in attendance will receive a free toy. The Hubee Dee’s Food Truck will be onsite and available for food and beverages. Free parking is available behind the store.
As a kick off to the holiday season, Elfstravaganza will feature the hottest toys of 2014. National toy companies including Mattel, Rainbow Loom, Elf on the Shelf, Tenzi, Play Vision, Jungle Jumparoo and The Orb Factory will host toy demos while the entire Wonder Works store is open for play.
This year’s Elfstravaganza will have a multitude of free activities for kids to enjoy including: writing letters to Santa, decorating cookies, ornament making from Wild Birds Unlimited and Charlestowne Landing, creating holiday hanging decor with Art Buzz and more. Kids may also play on the Thomas & Friends Activity Center, watch live shows with Thomas & Friends and also get their picture taken with Sir Tophem Hatt. Elfstravaganza is not complete without The Head Elf on the Shelf, Elfie, who will meet with guests throughout the event. Guests will receive a free Elfie Coloring Book with any Elf on the Shelf merchandise purchase (while supplies last).
Guests are invited to meet nationally recognized Rainbow Loom inventor, Choon. During Elfstravaganza Choon will reveal the newest, never before seen Rainbow Loom product. Kids are also encouraged to show Choon their very own Rainbow Loom designs. Choon’s favorite design(s) will win the newly revealed Rainbow Loom product.
The event will also feature a “Band Together” Rainbow Loom activity tent to raise money for four local charities: Keys for Hope, Hugs for Harper, Blessings for Becky and Paintings By Liz. Admission to this tent is $5 per person and includes everything for kids to make their Rainbow Loom creations. Choon will be providing a free surprise for each looming participant.
“This year’s Elfstravaganza is bigger than ever. Rainbow Loom is a national craze, and we are so happy to have the inventor himself come to Wonder Works. The Band Together tent is also a fun new component this year and raises money for four incredible charities,” said Osborne. “We also have the one and only Thomas & Friends Activity Center coming and tons of wonderfuntastical fun in store for everyone! So come on out and kick off the holiday season with us at Elfstravaganza!”
Children ages 6-16 may enter the “Big Band Loom Boom Contest” to win a jar packed with thousands of Rainbow Loom bands by guessing how many bands are in the jar. The person with the number closest to the actual band count will win. The winner will be announced on Dec. 17. Guests may also enter a raffle to win prizes that will be drawn every hour.
Wonder Works created Elfstravaganza to celebrate “Neighborhood Toy Store Day” which is the second Saturday of November each year. The day was founded by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) to kick-off the holiday season for local toy stores nationwide. At last year’s Elfstravaganza in Wonder Works of Mount Pleasant, a city representative declared the second Saturday of November “Neighborhood Toy Store Day” for the Town of Mount Pleasant.
To learn more about Wonder Works and all of the stores’ wonderfuntastical toys and events, visit www.wonderworkscharleston.com or www.facebook.com/WonderWorksToys.