Have your kids started drawing up their holiday wish lists yet? I know, I know…it’s not even Halloween! And yet the Frontgate holiday preview catalog arrived in the mail today and we’ve already seen a TV commercial for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular about a zillion times. Because it’s harder to come up with gift ideas as my daughters get older, I’ve been making mental notes of “this is so cool’ conversations that I overhear from my 9-year-old. The tween years can be a challenge in so many ways, and gift-giving is no exception. Because my older daughter appears to have outgrown Calico Critters (sigh…), I wonder what type of playset can boost her imagination and keep her playing long enough to stay away from the iPad/DS/electronic gadget of choice. For those of you who can’t get your hands on a Rainbow Loom or who are in the market for a big-ticket item, journey on over to Planet Orbeez. You may already be familiar with these cool, gel-like beads that, when soaked in water, turn into colorful orbs used in all types of playful products, from a flower lights show, to a soothing spa. The latest in the Planet Orbeez line, Ali’s Adventure Park, transports girls to a miniature world of fun festivities. This set comes with Ali and her pet unicorn Clio, along with a whole gaggle of friends to join in on the fun. They can swim in the Orbeez pool, float down a river and wind up riding a Ferris wheel…all in a day’s play. Santa will need to make plenty of room in his sleigh for this playset, sure to be a holiday favorite.
In a Nutshell: Admission one. This tween girls’ playset is big on adventure and cool enough for the post-Calico Critters crowd.