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6 Gifts That Will Save the Day

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It happens every year. We vow to start holiday shopping in September. Next thing we know, we’re knee deep in turkey leftovers.

So we asked the pros at Gift Hero for a wish list any kid would love. And wouldn’t you know it? They saved the day.

Apple Park Organic Soft Blocks, $30
We’ve got a soft spot for the ecofriendly blocks you can mush, smash, and stack. Plus, when you jiggle, shake, or squeeze it, each block makes a different sound.

green toys fire truck!

Green Toys Fire Truck, $25
This fire engine may look red, but it’s as green as they come: It’s made entirely of recycled milk containers.

Butterfly Alphabet Puzzle, $37
Your hungry caterpillar will fly across the room to interlock the colorful puzzle pieces, some with letters.

zoob jr. express!

Zoob Jr. Express, $35
Building planes, trains, and automobiles is a snap with the easy-to-use construction set. Instructions for 28 vehicles are included or just let his imagination soar.

Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse, $30
Little designers (and bossy types) can decorate their dream houses with markers, stickers, and punch out furniture.

zolo blanko!

Zolo Blanko, $24
With this toy that is part construction set, part art project, kids can paint, draw on, and otherwise decorate plastic pieces and use them to build anything they want. It’s a blanko slate.

Find more gifts online at gifthero.com.

this week in dallas!
PIROUETTE
The Nutcracker
What: Leaping candy canes, feisty mice, and a visit to the Land of Sweets.
Why: Swirling flakes that fall on the audience are probably the closest you’ll know of snow.
When: Thru Dec. 24.
Where: Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Tickets at 877-828-9200 or online at texasballettheater.org. Adults and children, $19-$99.

CHIRP
Birds’ Christmas Tree

What: Take edible ornaments to hang from the trees and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Why: It’s a feast for feathered friends.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth (817-871-7686). Admission is free.

EXPLORE
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

What: The once-pitiful aquarium has been revamped and is now a neat home to jellyfish, sharks, and turtles.
Why: Feel slithery sea creatures at the touch pools (eww!).
When: Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: 1462 First Ave. (469-554-7340). Admission is free.

Photos: Courtesy of Gifthero

LOCATIONS
Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
1462 1st Ave
Dallas, TX 75210
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817-871-7686
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