Mad Dash

wild creations's ecoaquarium!

’Tis two weeks before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a present is bought — not a toy, not a blouse.
Behold these ideas to make shopping a cinch;
None are too pricey, none fit for a Grinch.

Tail Wags helmet covers make wee bikers cruise;
There are princess and yellow bee designs which to choose.
Then for the munchkin who loves to play games,
Memory Match 16 helps pair numbers and names.

Off to The Toy Maven for he whom asked for a pet;
Wild Creations’s EcoAquarium with dwarf frogs he’ll get.
Bamboo! Colored rocks! Kids get into the flow
Learning ecosystems (and maintenance is low).

For the girl who ranks baubles on top of her list,
There are Carolets bracelets to adorn her wrist.
With all these great presents, they’ll rake in a haul.
So dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

this week in dallas!

Deck the Hall
What: The Biscuit Brothers and Booker T. Washington Orchestra get kids jazzed for the holidays.
Why: Arts, crafts, and pics with Santa before the show.
When: Sat. Preshow entertainment, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; concert, 11 a.m.
Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. (214-692-0203). Tickets online at

A Sweet House
What: Little bakers whip up confections and put finishing touches on mini gingerbread houses.
Why: Home is where the sugar is.
When: Sat., 1-3 p.m.; Sun., 1-3 p.m. & 4-6 p.m.
Where: Kids Cooking Company, 6025 Royal Ln., ste. 225 (214-265-9949).

Looney Tunes PlayLink
What: Romp around the new 1,960-square-foot play area featuring cartoon faves like Bugs and Tweety.
Why: Andalé! Andalé!
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano (972-202-4900).

Photo: Courtesy of Studio K, Inc.

The Shops at Willow Bend
6121 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093
8408 Preston Center Plz
Dallas, TX 75225
5308 Junius St
Dallas, TX 75214
6025 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75230
6025 Royal Ln
@ Preston Royal Village
Dallas, TX 75230
2301 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201