Sunday, August 30, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets Rocked The House

Thanks to Mom Select, I had an opportunity to review a new toy called Zhu Zhu Pets.
Zhu Zhu Pets are fun, interactive hamsters that talk, move and even navigate their way around their own habitat. There are dozens of add-on sets so your child can create a custom world for their new friend. We're sure you'll be as amazed as we were at the sheer cuteness of Zhu Zhu Pets! Watch this adorable video to see for yourself.

My kids and I had never heard of them, however some of my friends where talking about the commercials and were excited when I signed up for this campaign.

Within a day of getting the pets, I made phone calls and invited 9 kids over for the very next day. I had no idea how easy it would be to get that many kids in a few hours notice but if you say toys, they will come. Oh and add pizza and mom's are ready to make the trip. I love my friends.

What did everyone think about these easy to take care of, hamsters?

Lets ask Katie, age 9

Rookie, age 5.5 says

Handsome, my son age 6 was a bit distracted but talked about how we got him in the mail.

After the kids played we had pizza on the deck. While the kids stayed on the deck playing on the bikes, I headed inside to see a bunch of moms playing.

The day before the guests came, my kids were allowed to pick their pets. They choose the same color even though we had several to choose from. I hot glued a little bow from my craft box to each and decided that I would let everyone at the party open theirs and pick a bow. This way while the pets ran around the habitrail, everyone would know whose was whose. You could write on the bottom but then you would have to remove them from the habitrail to check. Good idea huh?

My daughter Goddess was in love from the moment she opened her box and walked around all day saying, "Handsome, we have a pet now." Cuuuteee.

In a Nutshell: The Zhu Zhu Pets Rocked! They are the best pet ever. Cute, lovable, easy to take care of, no smelly cage, or tons of pink babies. No squeaky wheel in the middle of the night and no reason to buy food. Love it! They are quite smart! They run around the habitrail making noises when they enter certain areas. Each pet is equipped with something that interacts with the tracks of the habitrail. They turn, scamper, react to their environment and make sweet sounds.

The only problem I had with the entire habitrail set up is that it took me, 1.5 hours to put together. That could be because I had two kids, using and taking pieces as I tried to put them together. The other negative factor that the moms and I had, was that the garage top comes off every time a kid touched it and that this piece in particular
needs another pole at the highest part of the slide because if it isn't locked 100% into place the hamster has a hard time getting up to the top. We also wish that once he gets to the bottom of the loopy slide, he headed back into the habitrail instead of nowhere. We had to search for a few runaway hamsters who headed down the slide only to run under a table like a real hamster would.

At the party a few moms went to the website to find out where the hamsters are being sold and found out that they were currently sold out. I spoke to a mom today who was heading to Walmart to see if she could find some Zhu Zhu Pet pieces. Every mom at the party wants to build on the habitrail and felt that this would make a great Christmas gift. I am thinking of eventually donating my habitat to my daughter's preschool. This is a great idea for a classroom pet. We hope to get some more hamsters, a carrying case and some clothes. Some of the older girls 9-11 were talking about starting a Zhu Zhu pet collection and their moms were on board to help them.

It is my belief that the makers of Zhu Zhu pets have a great toy on their hands and hopefully will continue to grow the line as more and more consumers become aware of it.

BTW..The hamster you are trying to win is light brown and is named Mr. Squiggles.

So, how do you enter?

How to Enter: Fill out the form below. Answer this question, what pet does your child beg for? No children, what pet did you beg your family for when you were growing up. (If this rule is not followed you will be disqualified). US Only!
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