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5 Magical Holiday Gifts for Kids

holiday toys and games from play in logan sqaure!

Somebody must have sprinkled pixie dust in Logan Square because Play, the neighborhood’s first toy and game boutique, has opened and is spreading magic to kids of all ages. We snooped around and discovered gift-worthy treasures.

Twig Building Set, $50
Fat Brain Toys’s take on classic building blocks is 72 various-size wooden pieces. Sort units by color, build a tower, or construct a maze. Anything’s possible.

toysmith doorbell!

Toysmith Bedroom Doorbell, $12
Ding dong. Anybody there? Just your wee princess who’s happy as a fairy-tale ending when you sound this flower-shaped doorbell. A girl needs her privacy, after all.

p’kolino robot puzzle!

P’kolino Robot Puzzle, $20
The usual puzzle rules don’t apply to this modern wood brainteaser, which has many correct solutions (pieces aptly fit in a variety of locations).

happyland play set!

Happyland Play Sets, $10-$70
Just when you thought you OD’d on figurines, along come irresistible small wonders that stand out for their charming simplicity. Start with one set (a school or fire station, perhaps?). Soon your living room will house a village.

indestructables books!

Indestructibles Books, $5
A mom of triplets invented these waterproof and tear-resistant reads. Made from durable paper-like material, they’ll hold up against babies who like to eat their words. Our faves: Hey, Diddle Diddle and Humpty Dumpty.

Play, 3109 West Logan Boulevard, at Milwaukee Avenue (773-227-6504 or playlogansquare.com).

this week in chicago!

SEE
Harold and the Purple Crayon: a Dance Adventure
What:
Hubbard Street 2 interprets the classic story through contemporary movement.
Why: Hipster parents will appreciate the recorded music by Andrew Bird.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.
Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr., at Michigan Ave. Tickets at 312-850-9744. Adults and children, $5.

BUY
Nat & Helens Benefit and Sale
What:
Score 10 percent off your purchase. An additional 10 percent goes to Chicago Foundation for Women, a nonprofit encouraging leadership in women and girls.
Why: With Mimi the Sardine bibs and KidsonRoof playhouses up for grabs, the shopping elves are on your side.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 3125 N. Broadway Ave., at Briar Pl. (773-525-4030).

REGISTER
Family Gingerbread House Decorating Class
What:
Seasons executive pastry chef Scott Gerken leads your brood in building a sweet creation.
Why: Look what we made, Grandma.
When: Register now. Class held Dec. 18, 3 p.m.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl., at Michigan Ave. Register at 312-649-2363. Four participants per house, $45.

Photos: Courtesy of Fat Brain Toys; Courtesy of Toysmith; Courtesy of P’kolino; Courtesy of ELC; Courtesy of Workman Publishing

LOCATIONS
3109 W Logan Blvd
@ Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773-227-6504
3125 N Broadway St
@ Briar Pl
Chicago, IL 60657
773-525-4030
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph Dr
@ Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60602
312-334-7777
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 E Delaware Pl
@ Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-8800
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