Did you grow up singing this jingle?
I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid they got a million toys at Toys R Us that I can play with. I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us Kid, they got the best for so much less, you really flip your lid. From bikes to trains to video games, it’s the biggest toy store there is. I don’t wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did, I couldn’t be a Toys R Us kid…more games, more toys, oh boy! I wanna be a Toys R Us Kid.
I would proudly sing this song as a young child (especially when the commercials would air on television).
Yes, I’m an 80s kid and I looked forward to going to Toys "R" Us and hopefully convincing my parents to buy me a doll, fake food with kitchen, or some other toy from the store when we would take a family trip. As a child, this store was everything! This was before the rise of electronics and smartphones. At the time, it had toys and candy; for a kid those are two awesome things put together under one roof. The toys were everywhere; wall to wall. I even attempted to convince my parents I NEEDED one of those powered wheel cars; you know the ones that drove like a “real” car.
Thankfully, I was a part of Geoffrey’s birthday club. So, I was able to get at least one thing I wanted for my birthday (if it was $5 or less). Did you know if you were a member, you would receive a birthday card, birthday telephone call, and a birthday gift (a toy from the store)? Of course, with the of smartphones, iPad, and technology, this could no longer compete. It would be hard to find an electronic toy for $5 or less.
Do you remember the Elmo craze? Every parent was scouring high and low looking for the Tickle Me Elmo and some parents would even tussle in the aisles of the store over this simple toy for their child. It’s amazing thinking back to those times.
Unfortunately, with the growth and increase use of digital technology and media, it is extremely hard for traditional toy stores to survive and this includes Toys “R” Us. The kids entering a toy store now, don’t typically get the warm and fuzzies we got when entering stores like KB Toys or Toys “R” Us. So, when they announced the filing of bankruptcy and closing of their stores, I was terribly saddened. Once I heard Toys “R” Us was closing, I knew I had to capture the moment before the store was history. It was great reliving my childhood and seeing all the toys I would play with as a child and even some toys my sons would play with when they were babies and toddlers.
It's sad to say goodbye to one of the best toy stores this country has ever had – Toys “R” Us. Thankfully, there are several stores currently in Northern Virginia available where I could take my son and my client’s children to photograph this moment before its history. If you would like to have your children photographed in the local Woodbridge store, don’t hesitate to contact me at (571) 250-5073 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will always be a Toys “R” Us Kid! I hope you enjoy these portraits and be reminded of YOUR first visit to Toys “R” Us.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.