Why Attend?

Why You Should Attend

Marketplace & Academy is the #1 trade show in the specialty toy industry according to retailers. The many vendors, exceptional deals, 4th quarter buying opportunities, and rich educational programming will INSPIRE YOU! The connections, stories, and unscripted networking will propel your success all year.

Join specialty toy colleagues to explore new ideas, play games, and gain tools to help your business thrive. Discover the newest toys straight from the manufacturers. Take advantage of show-only discounts that could make your year. You'll also hear big idea from industry luminaries, and you'll connect and reconnect with kindred spirits who make play their business.





Who Attends

ASTRA Marketplace & Academy is for retailers and sales representatives in the specialty toy industry. This show is meant for you if you own, manage, or staff a retail store that sells:

  • Specialty Toys
  • Gifts and Cards
  • Children’s Books & Music
  • Play and Cultural Items (Museum Stores)
  • Educational and School Supplies
  • Hobby Supplies
  • Juvenile Products
  • Baby Products

What Attendees Say

"Hands down the BEST SHOW every year. A MUST TO ATTEND if you want to learn the BEST Strategies and have the BEST Products to help your store SUCCEED and be the VERY BEST IT CAN BE!!"

- Christine Osborne, Wonder Works

"Being physically there, seeing the speakers, and meeting people makes you feel like a part of the community.
It supercharges you with energy and inspiration.

- Amy Saldanha, Kiddywampus