Wednesday, May 03 2017 11:09

Child Astronaut? Gear-up for Out-of-This-World Imaginative Play on the Space Station!

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Space-based play is a big deal here at Rock Father HQ, a fact that I've often mentioned both here and in my column over at The Toy Insider. Two Christmases ago, our youngest daughter had just one request for Santa Claus: "A Space Station." While he delivered on that wish, this year an even bigger orbiting craft arrived here at HQ, and it's something that our girls can actually climb inside of. The folks at Pacific Play Tents recently sent us their Space Station Tent and Tunnel Combo, and it's become a regular base for out-of-this-world adventure. When paired with the "Get Real Gear" Astronaut Suits and Jr. Astronaut Helmets from our friends at Aeromax Toys (based right here in Illinois!), they've got the perfect accessories for endless imaginative play! Take a look at the video below. Will SpaceX be sending kids into space?

In the two months that we've had our Space Station Tent and Tunnel Combo, The Rock Daughters™ have used it as a "Space Movie Theater," climbing inside to watch the 1986 classic, Space Camp, and Shout! Factory's recent Journey to Space. It's served as a "Rocket Ship," "Space Shuttle," "Space House," and yes, the "International Space Station." 


We've been fans of Pacific Play Tents for a long time, starting with one of their XXL tunnels (I can fit in it!) that Grandma bought for the girls years ago, and their tent and tunnel combos are classic. We've played with them at the park district and other kids' houses, but this Space Station is just next-level cool. As the weather warms up, we'll be using this for some backyard adventures outside as well!

Pacific Play Tents Space Station Review

When it comes to quality dress-up and role-play gear, Aeromax Toys is leading the charge. For just a little bit more than many typical "costumes," Aeromax offers detailed and durable Astronaut Suits (and many other professions) with real embroidered patches for NASA, the Space Shuttle and more. They feel sturdy, like real clothes, and they fit great. Available in both white and orange (just like the real Shuttle crew!), the perfect accessory is the Jr. Astronaut Helmet with sound. The push-button visor pops up with realistic action, and the push-button "intercom" puts authentic space crew sounds right into the helmet.

Aeromax Nasa Astronaut Suit Review

For those who want the complete experience, Aeromax also offers Astronaut Boots, Gloves, Backpacks and Flight Jackets. 

I'm a big supporter of classic, imaginative play, and with the summer months fast-approaching, this space gear from Pacific Play Tents and Aeromax Toys is a winning combo that can be considered 100% Rock Father-approved. Durable, affordable, and available for a wide age rage of kids to enjoy (toddlers to teens).

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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