Imagine having free toys shipped to your home — and getting paid to play with them.
If you live in Canada and have an 11- to 13-year-old, they’ve got a chance to land the coolest job ever.
One lucky Canadian child will follow in the footsteps of Alex Thorne as Toys R Us’ next CPO — Chief Play Officer.
Yes, This Kid Gets Paid to Play
Predictably, Alex said his favorite part of the job was testing the toys: “What kid wouldn’t like toys?”
But he warns that time goes by really fast when you’re having so much fun (and being paid for it) — “like at Mach 1.”
Alex also enjoyed traveling all over Canada for toy-training sessions and testing, and serving as the Toys R Us spokeskid. He even discovered a new passion by doing TV appearances for the gig: “I’ve realized I’d like to be a morning show host,” he says.
Now that he’s stepped down as CPO, he plans to focus on school and his acting career.
Could Your Child Be the Next CPO?
If your kids are falling out of their chairs with excitement, you’re in luck. Alex shared his best advice for landing the job, as well as making the most of this awesome opportunity.
Help your child create a short video — one or two minutes — geeking out over a favorite toy and explaining why she’d make the next great CPO.
Alex recommends you make it as “creative and unique” as possible — “Toys R Us is going to be going through a lot of videos so you want to make yours stand out from the rest.”
Once you have an awesome application video, fill out this form, send it in by October 4th, 11:59pm EST and cross your fingers!
Want to learn more about the job? Read the full interview with Alex here.
Your Turn: Is your child going to apply to be the CPO?
Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and finding ways to live the good life as cost-effectively as possible.