Exploring Our World With Mastermind Toys Barrhaven Grand Opening~Toy Review and Giveaway~Ottawa 07/08

| June 26, 2014 | 33 Comments

Toys. Kids young and old love playing with toys of all kinds. One of the places my family loves going to check out fun toys to play with is Mastermind Toys! It’s a toy shop that really has a toy for everyone in the family.

Mastermind Toys has been providing quality toys and books for children since 1984, and has grown to become one of Canada’s premier toy and games stores. Mastermind Toys also likes to listen to the parents and kids that shop at their stores, and is always on the look-out to find products that peeks the creativity and encourages the curiosity of its users, while also looking to enhance and challenge their users in order to allow for a child to enjoy their toy for endless hours of fun. Customers can either shop at any of their 31 locations across Canada, or anyone can join in the fun online!

Out of all of the products available at Mastermind Toys to purchase and play with, my family decided to choose the Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars (or Kidnoculars for short) to review. Since there is a lot of animal activity around our backyard and our neighbourhood, we figured this toys would be perfect for them to be able to track as much of the action as possible. These are the first binoculars that are specifically designed for kids to use and explore their world.


There are so many features of the Kidnoculars that we liked!  One of the best features is that it is light-weight.  They were surprisingly light for a set of binoculars.  Both of my kids were able to pick them up as with ease.  It was as light as a plastic building block. Another fantastic feature of the Kidnoculars is the soft, pliable plastic goggles around the eye pieces.  This makes it easy for young users to put the binoculars up to their eyes for hours of fun and adventure.


A third great feature of the Kidnoculars is the etched grips on either side of the eye pieces.  Not only are they functional by making it easier for little hands to hold the binoculars, but the design of the grips are cute with pictures of insects, leaves and other nature-themed objects.


As soon as I handed the Kidnoculars to my younger daughter to play with, it was as though she was an expert with them!  She automatically out them up to her eyes and started looking around our home, enjoying what objects looked like up close.


I then took my little explorers outside to see how they would enjoy them beyond the borders of our home.  My daughter loved them!  She was looking everywhere to try to find new things to look at while in the wagon.  My son, well, he is not as ready to use them.  He know what they are for, but he needed a little bit of help from his big sis to learn how to use them.

Kidnoculars Kids Collage

My daughter and the Kidnoculars were inseparable even at the park!  She took them with her everywhere she went to play and to see new things closely for the first time.


I have a feeling we will be getting a second pair of Kidnoculars in the near future, as both of my younger children want to search and explore their world with them all the time!  I can easily say that the Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars is a new favourite toy with my little ones!  I cannot wait to make another trip to Mastermind Toys!

The newest location of Mastermind Toys just opened in Barrhaven! It is at 71 Marketplace Avenue at the Chapmen Mills Marketplace. This is the third Mastermind Toys location to open in Ottawa. The Grand Opening will be held from July 10-13, 2014. There will be so much action happening at Mastermind Toy’s newest location during this weekend of fun!

  • Kids will be treated to free loot bags for popping in to the new store,
  • There will also be giveaways,
  • Cupcakes (Saturday only),
  • and a great offer you just can’t miss! The amazing staff at Mastermind Toys will be ready to provide parents and kids alike with their best customer service and their complimentary gift wrap service will also be available all weekend!

Disclaimer: I have been compensated with a product for writing this post.  All opinions are honest and are my own.

Mastermind Toys Giveaway!


One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card from Mastermind Toys!

You can have fun while learning with their vast selection of amazing toys, books and games! The winner must be able to pick up their $50 gift card during at the Mastermind Toys Barrhaven location.

Rules: Open to Ottawa residents 18 +. Prize must be picked up at the Barrhaven Mastermind Toys location ONLY. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above.For our complete set of rules, please click here.


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  1. Joy says:

    I love browsing at Mastermind Toys, now that they are in Ottawa – they have wonderful crafts and science toys – I have bought a few small toys there 😀

  2. Sarah says:

    Mastermind toys is my go to toy story now! Got some graduating toys the other day 🙂

  3. lisa bolduc says:

    i just went to their store off st.laurent the other day

  4. Kim D. says:

    Yes I have. I LOVE shopping at Mastermind toys with the kids 🙂

  5. Heather says:

    We love mastermind! Latest purchase was a remote controlled fire truck for my 2 yr old 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    I am so excited about the barrhaven location! It is minutes from home! My son loves his car from there.

  7. Julie Bolduc says:

    Hmmm where are they going to build it my kids are going to drive me up the wall to go lol they bought some doll furniture

  8. Brenda A says:

    We totally saw these at Mastermind last week and thought they were awesome! The binoculars were so easy to use and comfortable. They are great!

  9. andie says:

    I have purchased a few items from there – but only on sale, and only online. I think the closest location to me WOULD be this new store in Barrhaven.

  10. Lisa says:

    Nope, have never purchased anything form there, but would like to!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Not yet bit it sounds like I will be soon!

  12. Jessica says:

    We love Mastermind – it’s our go to place for junk free gift giving!

  13. David Roy says:

    Yes, a few times.

  14. anita says:

    Had a blast at the grand opening of Mastermind toys in our area. Looking forward to more stores. Great selection of quality toys.

  15. raisingkayde says:

    Never even heard of them!

  16. KT says:

    My daughter just bought a doll there this week with money she has been saving to spend at MasterMind toys. We always visited when in Toronto, now she is so thrilled to have one down the street from us in Barrahven.

  17. Katie says:

    Yes – it’s one of my favorites!

  18. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    Yes, I purchase stuff for my kids and for others as birthday gifts.

  19. Shannon F. says:

    No, I have not purchased anything yet.

  20. KD says:

    No, not yet.

  21. LDC says:

    I have never purchased a toy from Mastermind Toys!
    Looking forward to exploring this new-to-me store.

  22. Karyn H says:

    Once out in the East End. So happy it’s coming closer!

  23. Marie Constantineau says:

    no net yet

  24. c thomas says:

    have not been into mastermind, but have browsed the website and it looks great, looking forward to visiting

  25. Sharon says:

    I was excited to see Mastermind Toys in Barrhaven, and plan on stopping in this weekend to buy some birthday presents!

  26. Lindsay says:

    Just bought birthday presents last week!

  27. Lynda Cook says:

    No not that I can recall

  28. shane says:

    i’ve never purchased anything at mastermind before but it’s an amazing store!

  29. Tara Gauthier says:

    There is not a Mastermind toys where i live but i have checked out the webiste and catalog and there are lots of great toys we would love to have!

  30. Bailey Dexter says:

    I love Mastermind Toys for my grandkids, always pick them up for them. We don’t have a Mastermind Toys store in town but there is a local store that carries them.

  31. kim D'Angelo says:

    We love Mastermind! My girls currently have their eyes on the slackline kit.

  32. Ginger says:

    Never before but always perished their catalogues!

  33. caryn s says:

    I love mastermind toys especially now that they have a location in shawnessy!

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