More Than a Toy Show

Marketplace & Academy: More Than a Toy Show


Pack up your sandals, sunglasses and sunblock – we’re headed to Orlando, Florida! Marketplace & Academy is more than a toy show - while we could take up lots of internet space listing all of the reasons why you should attend, here are attendees’ fave five:






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Connect and Have Fun with Your Peers!

Make memories with more than 3,000 of your specialty toy industry colleagues. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to share stories, collaborate and overcome challenges with the best in the industry – all while having fun. You especially won’t want to miss out on the Welcome Reception – the thrilling venue announcement is coming soon!


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Learn from Industry Experts and Level Up Your Skills!

The speaker line-up is packed with sessions covering topics critical to business growth and led by industry experts who know what you need to know. Make sure you get a seat for the keynotes and select from more than 30 hours of Academy education sessions where you’ll come away inspired to level up your skills, boost your business and fuel your passion for play.




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Be the First to See the Newest Products and Meet the Makers!

With more than 500 vendors bringing their newest products, you’ll be sure to find the perfect selection of toys and children’s products to fill your fourth-quarter shelves – and save big dollars with show-only specials. Meet the makers behind the toys and gain insights on how to sell-through their products.






Remember Your Why!

It’s easy to get stuck in the day-to-day of doing what you do. Sometimes you need to step away from your day-to-day to remember your why. Marketplace & Academy is the perfect place to do just that. Whether you’re new to the industry or have seen it all, you’ll find numerous opportunities that remind you why you do what you do – and keep you inspired as you head into the fourth quarter.



Make it a Vacation and Save Big!

What better place to plan a family vacation than Orlando? Book your hotel stay with an ASTRA preferred hotel and save with special convention passes and discounted tickets to all of the big attractions Orlando offers. Whether your perfect vacation includes a full-day at the theme parks, exploring all of the top-rated restaurants or relaxing on a beach, Orlando is the perfect destination to extend  your business stay for family and play.