You better not cry, you better not pout, and I’m telling you why: Santa Claus already came to town and gave Calgary’s Child the inside scoop on the latest and greatest gifts for kids this year. Here are our top 10 picks for holiday play!
I GOT YOU, BABE!
1. FISHER-PRICE® BOUNCE AND SPIN PUPPY: It’s cute and it doesn’t shed! The Bounce and Spin Puppy is the perfect answer to your kiddo’s request for a furry sibling, and really hits the ‘spot’ for learning fun. Featuring a sturdy base, easy-grip handles, interactive buttons and multicolor lights, this stationary ride-on dog plays songs, sounds, and educational phrases as your baby bounces up and down or spins all around! Purchase at walmart.ca, amazon.ca, and toysrus.ca.
2. LITTLE TIKES® COOK ‘N GROW™ KITCHEN: You will have an inspiring little chef in your home with this realistic kid’s kitchen playset that grows with your child. When the kitchen is opened, it is the perfect height for toddlers. When the kitchen is compacted, it is now the perfect size for your preschooler to cook your dinner. Your little chef will hear electronic cooking sounds as they slave away over the stove and can open and close the oven, refrigerator, and microwave, too! Mmm… “What’s for dinner?” Purchase at buybuybaby.ca (search for ‘Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen’).
3. L.O.L. SURPRISE 2-IN-1 GLAMPER FASHION CAMPER: Includes 55+ surprises, 10+ hangout areas, and exclusive doll. The front detaches to become a separate car with DJ booth, working headlights, and horn. The back opens up for the full glam life experience. Dolls can get the party going by sliding down the water slide, swimming in the light-up pool, then getting ready for their star moment before strutting their stuff on the fashion runway! After the fashion show, they can chill out with a snack in the café or the BBQ patio. The 2-in-1 Glamper includes bunk beds for L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and a full-size bed for L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. dolls. Includes lights and sounds that really work! When done playing, close up the Glamper and store all of the accessories easily inside. Purchase at walmart.ca, toysrus.ca, amazon.ca, and mastermindtoys.com.
4. LEGO® IDEAS CENTRAL PERK: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends! This wonderful recreation of the café TV studio set is packed with authentic details. The iconic seating area with couch, armchair, and two chairs is removable for easy play. Check out the stage where Phoebe performed her songs on guitar (and where Ross once played his keyboard and everyone except Phoebe thought he was terrible). The mini figures of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Central Perk’s long-suffering manager Gunther come with accessories to role-play famously hilarious scenes including Ross’s brick-built keyboard, Rachel’s tray and coffee cup, Monica’s muffin, Joey’s pizza box, pizza slice, and ‘man bag,’ Chandler’s laptop, Phoebe’s guitar, and Gunther’s broom. Purchase at lego.com.
FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS
5. JUNO MY BABY ELEPHANT WITH INTERACTIVE MOVING TRUNK: From the moment you switch Juno on, you’ll be amazed at this realistic baby elephant’s over 150 lifelike movements and sounds. As your child interacts and plays with Juno, her silly personality will unfold. Using her cute peanut and mouse accessories, teach her special tricks and play games together. Feed Juno her peanut and she may eat it or throw it; give Juno her toy mouse and she may swing it around as she sings sweet songs to it! The more you play with Juno, the more tricks and games she’ll reveal. With your help, Juno will learn how to eat peanuts, bow, play music with her trumpeting trunk, play peek-a-boo, dance, and more! After a fun-filled day of play, fold Juno’s legs and cuddle with her. Pet her trunk and she’ll give you a kiss! Purchase at amazon.ca, walmart.ca, and mastermindtoys.com.
6. HASBRO FURREAL CUBBY, THE CURIOUS BEAR INTERACTIVE PLUSH TOY: FurReal Cubby, the Curious Bear Interactive Plush Toy, is a dream companion for kids - one who’ll excitedly take part in adventures and snuggle next to Cubby at the end of the day. Cubby is a curious young cub and is eager to be picked up and held (he hugs you back!), play peek-a-boo, and even dance. Let’s not forget snack time! Feed him his bottle or treat and he’ll make eating sounds. He’s a chatty little bear, too - he babbles back when spoken to. In nighttime mode, this cutie closes his eyes, makes sleepy sounds, and plays one of four 5-minute sequences of soft music. With moving eyes, nose, and mouth, his face is delightfully expressive - a totally loveable cub! Purchase at walmart.ca, amazon.ca, and toysrus.ca.
7. LEGO® CREATOR EXPERT NASA APOLLO 11 LUNAR LANDER: Celebrate man’s first moon landing with this Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander building set, developed in cooperation with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of a historical event that captivated the world. This collectible model features a highly detailed replica of Apollo 11’s Eagle lunar module, plus a depiction of the lunar surface complete with crater, footprints, and flag. The descent stage comes with gold-colored landing pads and panels, opening camera and laser hatches, and a ladder, while the ascent stage has a detailed interior with room for two astronauts. Includes two astronaut mini figures with NASA decoration and golden helmets. Purchase at lego.com.
8. SINGING MACHINE® CARPOOL KARAOKE, BLUETOOTH MICROPHONE: Now it’s easier than ever to be James Cordon and belt out your favorite tunes in the car. All you have to do is tune The Mic to your car radio station, and you’ll be able to hear yourself through your car’s speakers. Let the karaoke begin! (Drivers, hands on the wheel; this is for passengers only!) Purchase at amazon.ca.
9. HASBRO STAR WARS LIGHTSABER ACADEMY: An innovative app-and-lightsaber combo that teaches aspiring Jedi how to wield the most elegant of weapons. Download the Lightsaber academy app, choose from five of the best masters in the galaxy, and then begin the journey to becoming a lightsaber expert! There’s a two-player component, too. Includes character voices, sound effects, and each lightsaber includes a kyber crystal. May the Force be with you! Purchase at amazon.ca.
10. NINTENDO® SWITCH™ LITE: A Merry Nintendo holiday! Perfect for gamers on the go, Nintendo® Switch™ Lite is built for handheld play - so you can jump into your favorite games wherever you happen to be. The compact and lightweight system has integrated controls and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Choose your favorite from three colors: yellow, grey, and turquoise. Purchase at nintendo.com/en_CA.
Melissa is the Copy Editor at Calgary's Child Magazine.
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