Kid Tested – Kid Approved toys from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The kids voted and we have the results of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis top toy that they want under the tree this Christmas. They are the top Kid Tested – Kid Approved toys.
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Kid-tested, Kid-approved
Kids Tested the Toys and Ranked Their Favorites

If you’ve ever wondered what to get that special little girl or boy on your list and wished an expert could guide you – today is your lucky day!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis invited kids of all ages to visit The Museum Store to play with and then vote on their favorite toys in the 16th annual Kid-tested, Kid-approved event! Thirty of the store’s most popular toys were taken out of boxes and the kids were set loose to experiment, race, throw, and squish.

Here is what made the Top Ten Toys for Kid-tested, Kid-approved in order of most votes:CM kids pic
1. Super Slam Basketball
2. Flying Turtle
3. Foxfire Glow Putty
4. Hoberman Switch Pitch
5. Motion Snap Circuits
6. Ogo Disk
7. Switchback Racetrack
8. Hexbug Aquabots
9. Playmobil Dragon Set
10. Fashion Spotlight Magnetic Kit

“This is sooo cool,” said 9-year-old Justin Blakely about the Super Slam Basketball. “I like that I can compete against my friend who is taller than me and still beat him at hoops!”

Jayme Stout, 16-year-old, liked having a chance to try toys out for herself, “It was really cool because you get a hands-on experience to see what toys are really like. If they get a lot of kids to actually choose what they like most, they’ll sell more and they’ll get a lot of toys kids actually like instead of things parents think their kids will like.”

Grandma Patty Hiatt said, “This helps me for lots of gifts for birthdays, holidays. I love this because I’m tired of buying stuff they play with for a week and then we never see it again.”

“Our award-winning store offers a wide range of engaging and educational toys that encourage creativity and help youngsters at various developmental stages,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “We are hoping this list, as voted on by children themselves, will help parents discover what most interests their special child. Then our holiday helpers in the store can help you pick out the perfect present geared toward a wide variety of ages.”

In addition to purchases within The Children’s Museum Store, museum memberships also make a great family or grandparent holiday purchase. Memberships may be purchased at the museum, online at, or by calling (317) 334-4000. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; the store will be open until 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 to make those last minute holiday purchases. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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