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Fisher-Price Collectors Club:
East Aurora Information!


Every year, the Fisher - Price Collector's Club gets together for our annual convention in East Aurora, NY - the home of Fisher-Price Toys!. The convention is almost always in late August, most likely the weekend before Labor Day. The convention usually consists of a sit-down dinner, plus an antique toy show and sale. Some years we have other events, like a swap meet, or a get-together at the ToyTown Museum (if it's open).

So East Aurora is the place to be - below is some information on where to stay, how to get here, and some maps so you don't get totally lost!



*** Hotels and Lodging ***

There are many hotels to pick from in the Buffalo area, but only one is located directly in East Aurora (the Hampton Inn). Quite a few of the area hotels are located near Buffalo Airport, which is about 20 miles north of East Aurora. Most club members stay in East Aurora itself, though some are known to stay closer to Buffalo and more proximity to Niagara Falls.

Sadly it seems that hotels don't seem to run very cheap during the summer in the area! There are some smaller bed and breakfast type places closer to East Aurora, too (but I never stayed there and don't know about them personally). So listed here are some hotel suggestions for a nice stay in the area!


    
Hampton Inn, East Aurora NY
49 Olean Street, East Aurora, NY 14052

Most members of the Fisher Price Collector's Club stay here. It is right in East Aurora and close to all the activities! We all heard stories of some members who stay here and end up gabbing and chatting in each other's rooms, often lasting well into the wee hours of night!

    
The Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst NY 14221

For those wanting a full-service hotel, this is it! It has an heated indoor pool that connects to an outdoor pool; a restaurant; and room service, too! About a 35 minute drive to Niagara Falls. The hotel was renovated in 2008. It is located about 20 miles north of East Aurora.

    
Comfort Suites, Buffalo Airport
901 Dick Rd. Buffalo NY 14225

This hotel is very close to the Buffalo Airport. Many club members used to stay here before the East Aurora Hampton Inn opened. Most rooms at this hotel are actually one room (not a seperate bedroom), but still the rooms are bigger than average. Beware of king bed suites - some have bathrooms with a big open window that looks into the room!

    
Homewood Suites, Buffalo Airport
760 Dick Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

This hotel caters to the larger family who need one bedroom suites. (I am not sure if this hotel has two bedroom suites). Very close to the Comfort Suites listed above, and quite close to the Buffalo airport.




*** Map - 2010 Toy Sale and Dinner Info ***


Below is a map of East Aurora. This map was written for the July 24, 2010 Toy Sale and Dinner. It shows the locations of Toy Sale at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (43 Pine Street), the Hampton Inn (in case anyone is staying there) and the Village Kitchen Cafe (Riley Street). Also included is the Fisher-Price Factory campus, where the Toytown Museum used to be located (it's gone forever now). I think there is still a Fisher-Price retail store onsite (only new stuff, not the good old toys).

    Click here to print this map, along with the 2010 Toy Sale and Dinner info.




The Village Kitchen Restaurant is located one block off of Main Street, at 40 Riley Street. This is the restaurant where the Fisher Price Collector's Club held the dinner in 2007, 2008, 2009, and now 2010. It is right off of Riley Street, and shares a parking lot with a store. Good food for everyone! For 2010, we are eating around 6:30 on Saturday July 24.
The Toytown Museum used to be located right on Girard Avenue, on the campus of the Fisher Price factory (museum has since closed in May 2009). There is also a Fisher Price retail store here. The museum was located upstairs above the store. If the website is functional, see Toytownusa.com for info about the museum.



*** Transportation (Getting There!) ***



Most club members drive to East Aurora, NY. East Aurora is about 20 miles from the New York Thruway and the city of Buffalo. Many drive also because they fill up their cars with all their Fisher Price toys to sell! For those living further way, members can fly into Buffalo-Niagara Airport, which is about 20 miles north of East Aurora. So if you fly, drive, take the train, ride a motorcycle, find any way you can to come to East Aurora for the Fisher Price Collector's Club annual convention!

Thanks for checking out this web page! If your curious and want to see what goes on at our annual conventions, click here to see our 2008's convention schedule, plus photos too!





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