What happens when the owner of a stylish boutique gets knocked up? She births yet another shop, of course.
Stel’s co-owner Tina Burgos had twins last year, prompting her to open her latest addition: the kids’ spot Monkey & the Bug. The subterranean store-within-a-store stocks indie-designer items not otherwise found in town. Browse clothing (Nico Nico organic leggings, Imps & Elfs denim), toys (I Golfini Della Nona stuffed animals, Confetti System metallic pinatas), and lots more.
It’s all fertile ground for gifts.
Monkey & the Bug, inside Stel’s, 334 Newbury Street, between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Back Bay (617-262-3348 or shopstels.com).
The Enchanted Village
What: Become mesmerized by more than 250 animated creatures in a 1950s-style display of 28 holiday scenes.
Why: It’s old-school fun.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr., Avon (508-580-4900).
Children’s Holiday Party
What: Interactive performances, crafts, and refreshments in a historic mansion.
Why: Santa drops by, obv.
When: Wed. & Thurs., 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Registration (required) by calling 978-356-4351.
The Velveteen Rabbit
What: Boston Children’s Theatre presents the classic story of a plush bunny that wants to become real.
Why: Hop to it.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Grand Lodge of Masons, 186 Tremont St., Downtown Crossing. Tickets at 866-811-4111 or online at ovationtix.com.