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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider this fun—and free—event at Toys R Us.
The retailer is hosting a free Pokemon trade, collect and build event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Your kids can trade with other Pokemon collectors. They’ll also get a free collector’s album, a free Jangmo-o foil card and a buildable Mega Construx Poke Ball.
And, the first 50 people to show up will get a free Togedemaru figure–sweet!
Toys R Us is also hosting two “Parents’ Night Out” events geared specifically for parents. Those will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 30 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Parents can eat snacks while they see toy demos and enter raffles.
We’ve reached out to Toys R Us to see if they’re providing childcare at those events, and we’ll update this story when we hear back!
Black Friday at Toys R Us
Toys R Us stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
As people have noted, that’s 30 straight hours of Black Friday sales!
Though the Toys R Us Black Friday ad doesn’t appear to be out yet (check back later!), the retailer apparently has big expectations for people shopping in its stores on Black Friday.
“In 2016, the National Retail Federation found that nearly 100 million people shopped brick and mortar stores during Thanksgiving weekend,” according to a Toys R Us news release.
Toys R Us recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which means it’s reorganizing some of its debts.
Though they’re not planning to close any stores, some toy manufacturers say the news has been causing problems.
“We don’t want to have anything to do with them anymore — not online, not in stores, not at all,” Linda Parry Murphy, chief executive of Product Launchers, told the Washington Post. “This is a crushing blow to start-ups.”