Australia’s first Toy and Game Expo will be held this Queen’s Birthday

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May 24th, 2012
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Australia’s Toy and Game Expo is coming up soon. It’ll be held June 9th thru 11th in Sydney. Fun for everyone, including championships of some very popular board games.

Australia’s first Toy and Game Expo will be held this Queen’s Birthday long weekend and it is all about hands-on fun for children and ‘big kids’. There’s be Play-doh Pit machines, Lego pits, Razer Scooter tracks, and a giant Nerf Dart Tag Arena!

For those serious about board games and popular family games such as Rummikub, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Dominion and Stone Age, there will be National Championships with winners of the Rummikub, Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan receiving an airfare to their International Championships overseas.

The Toy and Game Expo will provide an interactive, ‘hands on’ experience for families, with visitors getting the opportunity to test out the latest in toys and games and to play with everything from old favourites like Monopoly to the latest Lego exhibits.

Available to the general public, the Toy and Game Expo is the first event of its kind in Australia, with exhibitors coming from all over the world to showcase the latest in toys, family board games, card games and other family fun. Big name exhibitors, including Hasbro, Lego, Toys Paradise and Moose Toys, as well as innovative local start-ups, will demonstrate the latest in games for the whole family ages 5 to 105.

The aim of the Expo is to highlight the tactile and social experiences that toys and games promote, and also to provide an interactive experience for families.

Charles Bishop, one of the convenors, said, “We believe that toys should be played with, not shrink-wrapped or locked away in a display cabinet! That’s why the Expo encourages everyone to get involved and get their hands squishing with the Play-doh Pit machines, build their fantasy Lego machine, create planes in the construction workshop, ride an E-Spark, race Razer Scooters and Easy Rollers, or engage in battle at the giant Nerf Dart Tag Arena”.

Fellow convenor, Steven Rohan-Jones, added, “We want Australians of all ages to rediscover the magic of board games and toys that the whole family can enjoy together. Over 150 of the latest European and American board games will be available for play in the Games Library, and we are also bringing back the classics.”

For those serious about board games and popular family games such as Rummikub, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Dominion and Stone Age, there will be National Championships with winners of the Rummikub, Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan receiving an airfare to their International Championships overseas.

Australia’s premier ‘Toy and Game Expo’

When: Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 9-11 June, 2012 at 10am-6pm
Where: Hall 4, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $10 for a child, $15 for an adult and $45 for a family of 5
More info: www.toyandgameexpo.com.au
Media passes are available upon request

The convenors, Charles Bishop and Steven Rohan-Jones, have undergone a number of trials throughout the course of their 25-year friendship that have served to reinforce the values that the Toy and Game Expo represents. When Bishop’s son, Josh, was only young, he suffered a severe spinal injury that resulted in him being in hospital for an extended period of time. According to Bishop, playing board games played a key role in keeping Josh entertained and intellectually stimulated during his long recovery period.

Today, Bishop and Rohan-Jones work closely with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to raise funds for the Spinal Injury Support Program, and proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets at the Expo will be given to this program.

The Toy and Game Expo is made possible by its sponsors, including Toys Paradise, Games Paradise, Mayfair Games and Mind Games Canberra.

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