Hey, diddle diddle, check out Fidoodle. Your kid will be over the moon.
The small design company’s jigsaw puppets get tykes playing in tons of creative ways. For starters, the chunky wooden pieces fit together as a puzzle. But they also stand on their own as stick puppets, free-standing figurines, and fridge magnets — all with interchangeable parts. The scribbly, Seuss-esque designs are inspired by fairy tales and myths.
Also in Fidoodle’s bag of tricks: blocks featuring scenes of city life (fire hydrants, skyscrapers) that do double duty as puzzle pieces.
What: A large-scale display made from two million pounds of the cold stuff is complete with slides to shoot down and intricate scenes to gawk at.
Why: The walk-through castle is divine.
When: Thru Jan. 10.
Where: Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor (301-965-2000). Tickets online at gaylordnationaltickets.com.
What: Get tix to watch the old-school performers shoot hoops and do stunts.
Why: It’ll be a slam dunk.
When: Tickets available now. Show on Dec. 29 & 30.
Where: Dec. 29, Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax (703-993-3000); Dec. 30, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, at 7th St. (202-397-7328).
Gingerbread House Contest
What: Take your own creations for display and vie for prizes like an ice cream party for friends.
Why: Score a sweet victory.
When: Drop-off thru Dec. 24. Daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 8th St. NW, b/t E & F Sts. (202-783-6060).
Photos: Courtesy of Fidoodle