Whether it’s eight crazy nights or one glorious morning, feel good about the gifts you give the kids this year.
Plan Toys Build-a-Robot, $34
The wooden droid’s four interchangeable heads (each wearing a different facial expression) teach little ones about emotions, while movable arms and legs leave us all smiles.
Garden Treasure Box, $50
A magical souvenir box that turns everyday garden finds into prized possessions. Stash acorns, flowers, and leaves in specially labeled drawers.
A Little Book About Feelings and My Feelings Activity Book, $13
We’re feeling extra good about these books from The Mother Company. In no time at all, your kids will learn to express their emotions with comfort and ease.
Materious Piggy, $54
A piggy bank that teaches two valuable lessons: Save for yourself with the big piggy and for a charitable cause with the smaller swine.
LittleMissMatched Girls’ Fashion Dolls, $40
Nobody likes a brat, and the dream house is in foreclosure. The dolls have style, personality, and character you want your kids to emulate.
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Holiday Festival of Toys & Trains
What: Go for a spin on the carousel, decorate ornaments and check out the display of model choo-choos.
Why: Drop a letter in Santa’s mailbag to make sure that tricycle ends up under the tree.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
Where: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore (410-752-2490). Museum admission, adults and teens, $14; children, $8; under 2, free.
What: Put sensible eating on hold for just one night and let him have his fill of waffles, sundaes, and candy from the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Why: His Halloween haul doesn’t hold a candle to this.
When: Thru Dec. 24. Sat. 8-11 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW (202-835-0500). Reservations to 202-974-5566. Adults and children, $35.
What: Look up at the towering tree and take in the annual Garden Railway where eight trains chug along the whimsically decorated track.
Why: Chase away winter blahs at the flower-filled spot.
When: Thru Jan. 2. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW (202-225-8333). Free.
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