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About Us

Zylie & Friends is an ongoing teddy bear adventure that inspires kids to get off the couch and “unplug play.”

The series follows Zylie, a young kodiak bear from Manhattan, on her travels around the world.

She meets new friends, learns about new cultures, and goes on adventures that inspire kids to do the same. She even sends back real postcards to update children on her travels.


Mary Beth Minton founded Zylie & Friends with her son Matt McCarty to bring real play back to childhood with fun, unique teddy bears and adventure stories.

Since she was a young mother, Mary Beth has been on a mission to unplug play from screens. As first-time entrepreneurs, Mary Beth and Matt are tackling the screentime problem in the most unique, cuddly, and adventurous way possible.


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