Whether it’s eight crazy nights or one glorious morning, feel good about the gifts you give the kids this year.
Plan Toys Build-a-Robot, $34
The wooden droid’s four interchangeable heads (each wearing a different facial expression) teach little ones about emotions, while movable arms and legs leave us all smiles.
Garden Treasure Box, $50
A magical souvenir box that turns everyday garden finds into prized possessions. Stash acorns, flowers, and leaves in specially labeled drawers.
A Little Book About Feelings and My Feelings Activity Book, $13
We’re feeling extra good about these books from The Mother Company. In no time at all, your kids will learn to express their emotions with comfort and ease.
Materious Piggy, $54
A piggy bank that teaches two valuable lessons: Save for yourself with the big piggy and for a charitable cause with the smaller swine.
LittleMissMatched Girls’ Fashion Dolls, $40
Nobody likes a brat, and the dream house is in foreclosure. The dolls have style, personality, and character you want your kids to emulate.
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Sol y Canto
What: Bop along to the award-winning band’s family-friendly Latin tunes.
Why: Bambinos get a sneak preview of Lola’s Fandango, the group’s new audio book.
When: Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Barefoot Books Studio, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. Tickets at 978-369-1770. Adults and children, $5; max per family, $15.
What: Check out renditions of North Shore landmarks surrounded by a model train track.
Why: You might just see a sugary version of the famous Greasy Pole.
When: Sat.-Dec. 17. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham (978-468-2377). Adults, $7.50; children, $5.50; under 1, free.
Chocolate Bar with Santa
What: Let the healthy meals slide for one day and allow Miss Sugar Booger to scarf a few desserts from the interactive stations.
Why: Those Rice Krispies treats have her name written all over them.
When: Thru Dec. 24. Sat., 11 & 11:30 a.m., 1 & 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Langham Hotel Boston, 250 Franklin St., Financial District. Reservations to 617-451-1900 ext. 7125. Adults and teens, $45; children, $30; under 5, free.
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