Your tot’s extensive wish list is no joke. Narrow down the demands with our picks from Giggle’s new Santa Monica location, and you’ll have the last laugh.
Owl Zoo Bookends, $35
Give a mini library a bit of wisdom with brightly colored, cheerful bookends. (The polka-dot bellies are a real hoot.)
Giant Noah’s Ark, $260
Constructed entirely from sustainable bamboo, the two-foot-long ark houses Mr. & Mrs. Noah along with eleven pairs of animals that peer out portholes.
Manny & Simon Elephant Rocker, $180
Everyone’s talking about this elephant in the room. Made from recycled wood and ecofriendly paint, it’s totally unavoidable — in a good way.
Plan Toys Foosball, $85
Players bend it like Beckham while learning basic math skills, coordination, and sportsmanship right at the kitchen table. It’s got easy-to-grip handles and all-wood construction. Goooooaaaal!
Available at Giggle, 1120 Montana Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets (424-268-4539 or giggle.com).
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Cookie Decorating Party
What: Drop off the kids (or stay and play) for three sweet hours of delectable fun.
Why: A tree lighting ceremony after the party officially kicks off the season.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m. Tree lighting, 5 p.m.
Where: Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., off PCH (310-456-7300). Admission is free.
A Snow White Christmas
What: Neil Patrick Harris makes an appearance in this traditional British Panto performance of Snow White’s classic tale that encourages kids to interact with the onstage action.
Why: You’ll all live happily ever after.
When: Wed., 7 p.m.; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m.
Where: El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., b/t Chandler & Magnolia Blvds. (213-978-0801). Tickets online at elportal.com. Adults, $54-$64; children under 12, $34-$44.
Swedish Christmas Fair
What: Ring in the season the Scandinavian way with traditional foods, handmade crafts, folk dancing, Santa sightings, and more.
Why: Mom can drink up at the Glogg bar.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, 700 W. 32nd St., at S. Figueroa St., Downtown (213-748-5116). Adults, $8; children ages 2-12, $2; children under 2, free.
Splendid Store Opening
What: An afternoon of holiday-themed activities with Karen Kimmel’s Crafting Community in honor of the new Santa Monica spot.
Why: Proceeds benefit local charity Baby2Baby.
When: Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Where: Splendid, 1324 Montana Ave., b/t 14th St. & Euclid Ct., Santa Monica (310-393-6749).
Photos: Courtesy of Giggle