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Toy Testing Lab

Santa’s Toy Testers have visited from the North Pole. They are in need of help! They need local children to come to the workshop to test the toys!

Santa would like to know which toys make children giggle, share & laugh the most, so he knows what to pack on his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

The Toy Tester Elves will be equipped with stories and games to get children excited and prepared for the task ahead.

Each child will be given a lab coat and clipboard. They will each also have a ping pong ball – their very special voting token – and before they leave, they must choose the top toy of 2021!

Location & Times

Find the Toy Testing Lab by Lush on the middle mall every Saturday from the 4th December and then every day from the 20th December.

Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th December

Everyday from Sunday 19th to Friday 24th December.

Times: 11am to 4pm, each session lasts 20 minutes and sessions start on the hour/half hour throughout the day.

Last session at 3.30pm

General Admission is free and there is no need to book but there may be a short wait between sessions. Children must be accompanied at all times.

Max capacity is 25 people per session. If the session is busy, we will ask you to come back to another session later in the day. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep everyone safe this Christmas.

The Toy Testing Lab will be fully cleaned in between sessions.

Sensory sessions

We want Christmas to be special for all our guests and so we have set aside three quiet sessions for families of children with sensory processing disorders or special educational needs (SEN).

These sessions are on December 11th at 11am, December 20th at 3.40pm and December 22nd at 11am.

The max capacity of these sessions will be reduced to 12 people per session, and we will aim to minimise noise, flashing lights and have
appropriate toys to test.

If your child doesn’t have additional needs, we request that you help us to make these SEN sessions a success for families that need them by attending a different session. Thank you!

See you soon!


For everything Christmas at The Potteries Centre, visit our Christmas page.

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