It’s a Webkinz World

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Two weeks ago, the Coach House Gifts store at the mall celebrated its highly anticipated Webkinz Extravaganza! Normally, this event would have passed under my radar, but my friend Kathy called me Sunday afternoon to make sure I knew that the ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ selection of Webkinz was running out. You see, up until that weekend, my kids (according to them) were the last two children in America without at least one of these fuzzy, endearing, cyber-savvy critters to call their own. I decided to take advantage of the sale and make two children happy for the price of one. Bargain parenting, I call it.

I dashed out to the mall that afternoon intending to snatch up the first two fuzzballs I encountered and get back in time for a robust round of power napping (What can I say? I’m a party animal!) First mistake. I should have known that, when presented with the manifest cuteness of five thousand different species of Webkinz, it would take me roughly an hour and a half of picking them up and putting them down and rubbing their fur and choosing first this one and then that one and changing my mind over and over and over again to decide which lucky beasties to take home with me. In the end, I picked out an elephant for Katie and a tiger for Caleb. And would you believe it: I actually felt bad leaving the rest of them behind. (Clearly Ganz has implanted some kind of brainwashing microchip in them to make them fly off the shelves so quickly.)

The reception I received at home would have made the conquering Attila green with envy. I was temporarily crowned mother of the year and showered with hugs and kisses for about seven seconds–the exact amount of time they were able to contain their anticipation before scampering off to the computer to formally “adopt” their new pets and embark on their maiden voyage into Webkinz World.

Webkinz World. I have to tell you, internets, it’s surprisingly cool. In Webkinz World, you can build your pet a house, furnish it, and invite friends’ pets over to play in it. You can feed your fuzzy friend delicious foods, dress him in dazzling threads, and take him to the doctor when he’s sick. If your pet is into exercise, you can take him to work out at a Webkinz health club, and if you just want to play, you can meet up with other Webkinz in a game room. The booming Webkinz economy runs on KinzCash, which you earn by picking up odd jobs at the Webkinz Employment Center, by answering educational trivia questions at Quizzy’s Corner, or by playing games in the Webkinz Arcade.

And here comes the confession: I love playing in the Webkinz Arcade. I love Cash Cow and Picnic and Operation Gumball. But my favorite game is called Home Before Dark, a timed brain teaser in which you have to rotate pieces of a maze into place in order to create a path for trapped Webkinz to get back to their houses before the sun goes down. I accidentally played it for two and a half hours the other day when I meant to be doing housework. Oops.

And that’s my other confession. I secretly log onto my kids’ Webkinz accounts to play arcade games while they’re gone. I don’t think they’d like it if they knew, but I can’t help it. I suppose now I have to stop making fun of Kathy for buying herself her own Webkinz.

I think I might start with a Cheeky Monkey…

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9 responses »

  1. lol cheeky monkey is supposed to be pet of the month in july…. so then you’d get an extra prize and stuff if ya waited to get that one then…. (june is the elephant…. normal, not the velvety one…)

  2. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that we have 18 Webkinz pets living in our house. My unborn child even has 2 on her shelf waiting for her. I, however, unlike other mothers I know, have not actually played the games. The boys love them, though, and it really is a very cool and safe website for them. I’m glad to know you have oficially joined the Webkinz World. But if you get one and you and Kathy become Webkinz friends, I’m totally going to have to get one, too. I don’t want to be left out of your virtual parties!

  3. 18?!?!?! You should be embarrassed. That means you’ve added 16 to the count in the last 2-3 weeks. talk about obsessive…..got to go see what the hourly event is. see ya in webkinz world! Baby Girl Rude probably won’t mind if you work on her turtle’s house while she finishes baking. And BTW, Katrina just wants a Cheeky Monkey for the banana hammock that comes with it.

  4. My daughter is into webkinz. My son also has one (the German Shepherd) I’d be back for more comments (N wants me to tell you what she has…but I have to do dinner first…)

    Yes, Webkinz are cool! I’d be back….

  5. I was introduced to these two years ago by a co-worker who’s children are so crazy about them, they go on ebay to get the scarce ones. I’ve yet to get one because, like you, I’m certain I’d be way hooked on playing in Webkinz World as much as Facebook šŸ˜‰

  6. Immmmmmm so glad I aint never heard of this toy šŸ™‚

    the boxes and boxes of new fangled ‘in’ toys that I have in this house would be enough to open a shop lol

    x

  7. Alex has the monkey while Morgann just purchased her very own fluffy terrier puppy. I would love to say that Alex still plays with his webkinz, but his current vice is his new WoW character. But, the webkinz do come up when I announce bedtime…funny how that works…”But mom, if I don’t check my webkinz and feed him, he will starve!”. I’m going to send a link to this blog to my friend Tracy because she has her own webkinz and plays for hours-on-end…just like you šŸ™‚

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