After 12 years of this cool adventure in play, we have finally decided to make Try Out Toys the entertainment company it has always wanted to be. We’ve taken our store down and have stopped selling toys. We have had an amazing time traveling the country and inspiring people to play, but it is time for new adventures.
Michael is very excited to be working with Yogibo, another amazing company that makes and sells the most playful furniture around, as the NYC Regional Manager. It’s a perfect fit!
Jennifer is having fun being partners with her dad in Rockhopper Fishing as Assistant to the Chief.
And the kids are doing great!
Soon we will change things up on here to reflect our new mission and services. The PLAY4ALL is still totally available for all those awesome events and celebrations that need interactive entertainment. Please contact us and we’ll get you a quote.
We truly appreciate all the support over the years and are excited for future playful adventures! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
This week Riel Green teaches us some multi-sphere, taking us from a two hand palm circle with one sphere, all the way to a four ball shower. We took this video on Sunday at Play Immersion CT. Many thanks to Riel of Aether Arts for being super awesome. It seems that every year, it just happens to be his birthday during Play Immersion, so he’s sporting his new green and black acrylics for this one. And Riel is so smooth, he makes them look awesome! Go here to watch more of Riel.
Thanks also go out to Thom Thumb for his initiative and enthusiasm to make this happen when everyone else was tired and happy from a weekend of playing. Thanks for watching and have fun!
Posted on 09. Jun, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the photo and video contests for Play Immersion Texas 2011! It was so hard to choose the videos that best captured the playful spirit of Play Immersion.
It took us a while, but we did it and now we’re super-excited to share them! And the winners are…..
First Place Winner of a $50 Gift Certificate from Try Out Toys goes to TJ Stutts
Second Place Winner of a Toroflux goes to….WAIT! It’s a tie! We couldn’t decide, so we’d like to congratulate Susan Emberton and Audrey Drewyor for making really playful videos.
Here’s Audrey’s video
And now for Susan’s video
And then there’s the Photo Contest!
Yes, Stevie Morley, you have won First Place in the Photo Contest, so come on down and claim your $50 Gift Certificate from Try Out Toys! The idea for the photo was to capture a quintessentially jubilant and playful moment, and Stevie, you did it!!
Thanks so much for all the great videos and photos.
Did this look like a whole lot of fun? Then join us for Play Immersion, June 24-26, 2011 in Oxford, CT!
Posted on 04. Jun, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
Tickets are ripe and ready for the pickin’. Please tell your friends and before you know it, we’ll be having an awesome time sharing, learning & playing together!
Play Immersion is a 3 day camping arts fusion festival. The concept behind it is simple but revolutionary; Immerse yourself in play!
Take playshops (classes) with talented teachers, play outside, go swimming, sit or spin by the community fire, share what you love and help create a genuinely playful experience.
Learn more about Play Immersion
If you already know what it’s about and are joining us, go ahead and get your tickets here…
Posted on 17. May, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
These Splash!! acrylic spheres are so beautiful that we had to make a video of them in action. No two are the same, and every single one is yummy. In fact, they’re so inviting that we were compelled to get creative and give them the rock star treatment they deserve.
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Posted on 07. May, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
Posted on 29. Apr, 2011 by Michael.
Zach Attack is a super cool Sphereplayer who started out learning with me from scratch. I met him at the Georgia Renaissance Faire when he was 16 and within 6 weeks he was as skilled as I was after 10 years. The little %$#$%! Seriously though, he learns faster than anyone I have ever met. I would give him something to learn and he’d come back the next weekend with it looking like he’d been playing for years. I am honored to know him and really glad he has stayed with it and developed his sick style over the past 6 years. Awesome job Zach, Thanks!
Posted on 27. Apr, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
Thom Thumb teaches some of his favorite animal inspired sphere motions in front of the magical gnome home of the Noobler the Tinker Gnome at the Scarborough Renaissance Faire in Texas! Contact Juggling is more fun with sound effects! Thanks Thom and thanks for watching!
Posted on 27. Apr, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
Okay, so we missed a couple of weeks. Its incredibly difficult to keep up with everything sometimes! So without further delay….He is our awesome friend Erny Moonkay from North Conway, NH teaching one of his (and our!) favorite sphere moves. Erny calls it the Fun-Ling Butterfly, but over time, it’s come to be called the Funneling Butterfly. Call it what you like, it’s a really nice flowy thing to play with for sure! Thanks Erny!
Posted on 25. Mar, 2011 by Jennifaerie.
We left Chicago and C2E2 and took the long drive to Austin. The Comicon was so much fun. We played with superheroes. Some were even in disguise as civillians.
So we have arrived in Austin and we must say, we are loving it here! After spending 2-3 months a year with our good friends here for about 6 years in a row, it really does feel like coming home. And, very unlike Maine, it is a lovely 86 degrees. Just that is worth the trip, but it gets even better because we also get to see so many of our friends. And then there’s the epic adventure next week that will be Play Immersion!
But, until then there is much to do. Things like what Michael, Thom and Tony did tonight. Going out to Austin to meet a bunch of really awesome people who are teaching and performing at Play Immersion, going to juggling club, handing out flyers, and spinning a little fire. We’ll be out on the town in Austin again on Friday night, so if you know of a place that’s fun to be, please let us know. Saturday we will be at the Sherwood Forest Faire where we will see many, many friends from our days on the road and check out the site for a potential location for Play Immersion TX 2012. Sunday we go play in the park at Volve, a meetup of acroyogis and circus folk. Then, more organizing and planning and getting ready for the big weekend. There’s lots of people to meet, places to go and things to do, but hey, it’s all in a day’s play!