How cool is this? This dinosaur glass figure is filled with bioluminescent plankton called dinoflaggelates (dinos) that illuminate when shaken. Put them in indirect light by day; blue light show by night. Made to order; available for $59.95 at UncommonGoods.com.



Sideshow Art for a Nursery

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Sideshow-style banners designed by artist Tad Carpenter; starting at $160 a piece at ThreePotatoFour.com.

Cookie Cutter Letters

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Teach the kids to spell with a little sugary motivation with these wood-block inspired cookie cutters. Available for $17.99 at ModCloth.com.

Sales This Week

Head’s up, moms. It’s time again for the annual warehouse sale at The Red Balloon Co., running Thursday to Monday, January 22nd through January 26th. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend at 3651 N. Southport Ave. (a space that will soon house the newest location of the local children’s clothing chainlet.) Past season designer clothing will be priced as low as $5. (No strollers on Thursday or when the space is crowded.)

unnamedThe new series The Adventures of Puss in Boots is now streaming on Netflix. To celebrate the release of this feisty feline show, get into the spirit with a few cat and dog-themed flicks for the whole family. Check out these suggestions, all appropriate for the youngest audiences.c

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Dinosaur Print


Have a dinosaur loving kid? This would make cute (and affordable) art for his or her room. T-Rex fossil superimposed on a vintage dictionary page, $9.94 on Etsy.com.

Super Kids



Come on. These insanely cute capes and hats (for super boys and girls) are available in various colors and in sizes 2 to 5 years. Prices run $65 to $75 on Etsy.com.

Custom Paper Dolls


Check out these adorable, custom paper dolls. Send the artist a few jpegs of you (plus your spouse, kids, pet — choose your assortment) and four months later, she delivers these customized paper dolls. Prices start at $35. Available from JordanGraceOwens on Etsy.

Pinwheel Is On Vacation

Happy holidays! See you next year.

Countdown Clock


Check out this cute countdown clock, which can be customized with different milestones to help kids count down the days. Choose from 34 occasions–some kid-appropriate (school’s out, graduation, the test, the big day, vacation, Christmas, birthday) and some are more for mom and dad (anniversary, baby’s due, freedom). Available for 109 Euro at CharlesandMarie.com.




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