In June and July there are many “Holiday Gift” shows. Why? Because the slick mass market magazines have to start getting their gift guides together for Nov/Dec publication. So manufacturers roll out products they expect to be big (hopefully) for the holidays in mid-summer. One gadget that I think will be a big hit with kids is Party Animals. Get out the mirrored ball (if you're older), crank up your favorite tunes and join the fun with these soft plush material "Party Animals". Each Party Animal has a built-in speaker and will swivel, twist, and gyrate to the beat of your favorite music. Just plug them into the headphone jack of your MP3, smart phone, radio, etc. You can even pose their arms so they do different dance gestures. Here’s a bit more info from the manufacturer: “These adorable plush animal speakers dance slow to slow music, fast to fast music, and stop when your music stops. All you need is a laptop, MP3 player, or other music device with an audio output to make them play your music and dance to the beat! Don’t take our word for it...see their stage performance at http://youtu.be/7noT-WXdnpc. There's a Dance ON/OFF button if you just want to listen to the music. An audio cord included, but the 3 AA batteries are not. There are four Party Animals, two dogs and two cats. BUT YOU CAN'T BUY THEM RIGHT NOW! Even though they were at the holiday preview, they won’t be available till fall, in the Sept/Oct time frame. They'll sell for about $25 at many major mass market outlets, including drug stores.
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