After playing professional soccer in Germany, FC Revolution's Eric Puls turned down a spot on the Colorado Rapids to plant the seeds of high-level soccer in Reading. As members of the National Premier Soccer League, the Reading Revolution fills the field with some of the best amateur ball booters in the country. Head coach Mike Moyer calls on his experience with the Philadelphia Freedom and Reading Rage to bolster his team's professional style of play and impart on them an excellent remedy for shin-guard rash. These young footmen burn the turf at Albright College's Shirk Stadium, where soccer connoisseurs can root for their team or detect hints of blackberry and oak flavors in the sod.
eToys.com makes it easy to find gifts for kids big and small. Search by age group to find name-brand items for babies. For older tykes, opt for action figures and video games, or get hearts pumping with trampolines, bikes, and outdoor play sets. Shoppers can also peruse the online toy shop's goods by theme to find the perfect birthday or holiday present.
Next to New houses a continually growing collection of clothing and accessories for infants, adolescents, and moms-in-the-making. Owner Jennifer Hertzog and her staff pride themselves on handpicking only items that are in excellent condition. They fill the shop’s shelves with almost-new apparel for every season of the year, in addition to clothing and accessories for American Girl dolls, baby equipment, and toys. To up the convenience factor, Jennifer and staff even keep a “Wish Book” handy. In that, customers who can’t find what they’re looking for in the shop can list it down alongside their name.
Kidding Around and its sister store, Just Kidding Around, peddle timeless, traditional toys to foster creative play and stimulate the minds of youngsters ranging from infants to teenagers. The stores' helpful, knowledgeable staff members guide customers toward toys for every sensibility. The Schylling little farmer garden tote ($21.99) arms budding botanists with a pint-sized spade, a shovel, and a watering can for putting out garden gnome campfires. A host of music-making toys, such as the miniature Woodstock Chimes Chimalong xylophone ($22.99), sate tuneful yearnings, whereas a Make-Your-Own Sock Puppet kit ($19.99) enables tots to create a soft and fuzzy new group of friends they can bring to life using nothing more than their hands and an authentic British accent. Board games ($12.99–$59.99) for all ages facilitate friendly competition, elevating family game nights above the level of push-up contests and disco dance-offs.