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5 Winning Gifts from Aldea Ninos

What to Give Your Kids This Holiday

tegu tints discovery set!

Aldea Niños, our favorite Mission toy shop, is so ready for the holidays you could shop blindfolded and still wind up with the happiest kids on the block. But if you do decide to peek, here are our favorite finds.

Tegu Tints 26-Piece Discovery Set, $60
Give little builders the candy-colored wooden block set, and they’ll beg to stay up late. Hidden magnets lend smooth cubes and planks the creative potential of Legos.

Rubbabu Original Mascot Car, $12
If you’re dreading the imminent request for your car keys, hand over a smooth-traveling, natural latex ride. The squishy set of first wheels is huggable, easy to grasp, and safe to chew on.

edtoy magnetic dinosaurs!EdToy Magnetic Dinosaurs, $20
Each smiling, six-piece creature is both an action figure and a block set that snaps together with clicky, rotating magnets. Beware: Dino lovers with evermore nimble fingers will want to collect all four.

Diggin Active Box Set, $40
Stop circling the block ad infinitum. The clever carry box unfolds to form a wooden garage complete with a ramp, track, and three zooming cars.

seedling design your own puzzle!Seedling Design-Your-Own Block Puzzle Set, $40
Wooden cubes are the canvas, paints and colored pencils are the medium, and the finished product is a puzzle to solve, rather than another picture to trash.

Aldea Niños, 1017 Valencia Street, between 21st and 22nd Streets (415-874-9520 or aldeababy.com).

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this week in san francisco!

SWOON
African-American Shakespeare Company’s Cinderella

What: The old tale gets a refreshing update.
Why: A fairy-tale princess you can get behind.
When: Thru Dec. 18. Fri. & Sun., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.
Where: African-American Art & Culture Complex, Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., b/t Webster & Buchanan Sts. Tickets ($10-$35) at 800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

HEAR
Deck the Hall Children’s Holiday Concert and Party
What:
Symphony musicians delight little pitchers (ages 3-10) with holiday hooks, then put on a postshow party in the lobby.
Why: Jingle all the way.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., b/t Hayes & Grove Sts. Tickets at 415-864-6000 or online at sfsymphony.org. Adults and children, $36-$50.

AMBLE
Union Street Fantasy of Lights
What:
The shopping row gets festive with cupcake decorating, juggling, and visits with the snow queen.
Why: Errands and entertainment rolled into one.
When: Sat., 3-7 p.m.
Where: Union St., b/t Van Ness Ave. & Steiner St.; Fillmore St., b/t Union & Lombard Sts.

Photos: Courtesy of Aldea Niños; Courtesy of Manhattan Toy

LOCATIONS
Union Street Fantasy of Lights
Union St
bt Van Ness Ave & Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94915
Union Street Fantasy of Lights
Fillmore St
bt Union & Lombard Sts
San Francisco, CA 94123
African American Shakespeare Company
762 Fulton St
bt Webster & Buchanan Sts
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-762-2071
Aldea Ninos
1017 Valencia St
bt 21st & 22nd Sts
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-874-9520
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave
bt Grove & Hayes Sts
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-552-8000
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