G. Willikers! Blog

Aug 02, 2015

Portsmouth How-To Festival

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Another "Thank You" to our friends at the Portsmouth Public Library for hosting the How-To Festival yesterday!  The library was buzzing both inside and out with so many creative people sharing their talents.  We were there teaching kids (and a few grown-ups) how to make popsicle stick kazoos & spinning button toys.  We also brought a game called Lift It that we'll be playing on Wednesday, August 5th at our last Game Night of the summer.

We found the craft instructions at www.housingaforest.com 

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Feb 11, 2015

Fire & Ice Festival 2015

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Click on picture to go to event information page. 

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Jun 13, 2014

Yo-yo player Daniel Dietz visits G.Willikers!

G. Willikers! is so pleased to announce that yoyo extraordinaire, Daniel Dietz, will be demonstrating his amazing skills at G.Willikers! Toy Shop on Thursday, June 19th from 2.00-3.30pm.

Prepare to be amazed!!!

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Apr 11, 2014

Usborne event

Please join us for our BIG, 20% off all Usborne event this Sunday, from 10am-5pm. 

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Mar 29, 2014

Best of NH magazine Poll

Best of NH 2014 PollBest of NH 2014 PollWe were so thrilled to find out we'd won New Hampshire magazine's 2013 Best Local Toy Store award!! A big Thank You to all that voted, and to all of you who have supported us since 1978!
We would love it if you could take a moment and vote for us again this year. The poll is open from now until April 21th at http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH/
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Mar 28, 2014

Is it Spring yet?

'Is it Spring yet?' Email'Is it Spring yet?' Email

Make sure you check your email for the latest G.Willikers! news... we have a lot of fun events coming up this month to celebrate our 36th anniversary. Click on the photo, or go to http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs182/1101963427027/archive/111692743..., to see our latest events letter. We hope to see you on Market Street to help us celebrate!! 

If you are not signed up to receive our emails yet, you can do so on our home page.



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Mar 19, 2014

Children's Day Logo Contest

Children's Day 2013 LogoChildren's Day 2013 Logo


Children's Day is one of G.Willkers! favorite days of the year!!

As always this years Children's Day will be held on the first Sunday in May, which will be Sunday, May 4th, 2014.

As is tradition, Pro Portsmouth, which is the organizer of Children's Day, is having a contest to create the Logo for this years events! If your child might be interested, check out the Pro Portsmouth website for more information. Below is a short overview of the guidelines!! We think there's a lot of little artists out there that might have a ball with this contest- what better than to see your design up all over town!! 



Here are a few guidelines for 2014:

  • Artists under age 12 are eligible to submit drawings and designs
  • Please use a MAXIMUM of 4 colors
  • The image should be drawn and submitted on 8.5” x 11” paper
  • You can use colored paper, markers, crayons and colored pencils to create your design – the key: the image must be flat (so it can be scanned into a computer)
  • The deadline for submission is Friday, March 28th
  • Ideas: Show us what the day means to you…fill in the blank: “Children’s Day is BLANK”; try to incorporate the year 2014.
  • Get creative – your drawings should be festive, fun and recognizable.

Please submit your entries to:   
Pro Portsmouth, Inc.
P.O. Box 967

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Mar 14, 2014

Nearby Registry

Have you heard about Nearby Registry?

Nearby Registry: click to go to site 

They are a New Hampshire company started by a young enterprising woman. When Allison Grappone and her husband got married in 2009, they searched for a wedding registry site that allowed them to support their favorite local businesses. When they couldn't fine one she decided to create her own. 

We're excited to start working with them, and we would love to know if you have heard of them, and what products and/or services you'd like to see from us on their site. 

Check out the video below as well as the Nearby Registry site to learn more. 








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Nov 12, 2013

Stortytime Toys event!

Join us Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-2pm for a very special event!

Introducing... Storytime Toys and the two smart and creative women who created them!


a storytime toy playtable where you will be able to interact with the product, as well as  the inventor, Kara Dyer!

a drawing area guided by Sara Argue, the creative director (with New Hampshire roots!) 

and a reading nook, where the Storytime Tales will be told!

This will be a fun-filled OPEN HOUSE, bringing alive the tales of Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears,  and the Three Little Pigs!

Each toy is a complete fairytale playset that includes a toy house, storybook, furniture and dolls.  These toys appeal to both girls and boys, feature beautiful artwork, and assemble without tools or screws.  Their colorful, attractive and functional packaging doubles as a storage and carrying case which will delight children, parents, grandparents and other potential gift-givers.

A free family event and a perfect opportunity to get that extra special Holiday gift!
We promise you will leave... Happily ever after!

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Oct 15, 2013

Clay Rice Silhouettes

On Monday October 28th, nationally known silhouette artist Clay Rice will be back to visit us. 

Clay Rice is the author of two books, The Lonely Shadow and Mama, Let's make a Moon. 

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This year Clay will bring his stories to life with readings and music in two story time sessions; his first story time is scheduled from 11.30am-12.00pm, the second is at 3.00-3.30pm. 


We are scheduling appointments for silhouettes at 5 minute intervals all day from 10am to 6pm, but spaces are filling up fast, so give us a call at (603) 436-7746 to make an appointment. 

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