Junior Justice League
You may have known it all along, but now your baby can show his true identity with Superhero Snapsuits ($19) online from thinkgeek.com. Humdrum onesies will be no match for your munchkin of steel while clad in his or her super suit (available in Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and The Flash models; phone booth and lairs not included).thinkgeek.com
Moo Moo Here, Moo Moo There
GeoMag's Gbaby 11-piece magnetic farm set ($25), available at Larson's Toys and Games, is sure to attract your mini MacDonald with its easy-to-build design and limitless possibilities. The baby-safe magnets provide dexterity practice for those chubby little fingers while engaging all the senses as each piece functions as a block, rattle and teether.1617 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 614-486-7701 larsonstoys.com
Make beautiful bubbles
The Butterfly Bubble Wand ($25) by Metal Morphosis and sold at Three French Hens doubles as a play thing and piece of art. Made of lead-free pewter, the sturdy bubble wand is packaged in a keepsake tin with a homemade bubble recipe.220 Market St., Suite E, New Albany 614-855-1775
The words "bounce" and "toddler" are practically synonymous. Give tots an outlet for their energy at the Kingdom of Bounce, a local playspace that's billed as the ultimate land of inflatables for 2- to 12-year-olds. A $25 Kingdom Club Pass covers five visits.2188 Citygate Drive, Columbus 614-532-5238 kingdomofbounce.com
Learning to identify shapes becomes fun with Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags ($24) from the Columbus Museum of Art Gift Shop. The brightly colored set of bags is made from soft fabric and is the perfect size for little hands. It also comes with a list of games designed to help kids learn their shapes.480 E. Broad St., Columbus 614-221-6801 columbusmuseum.org/visiting/shop
Forget waking up to the rooster's crow - roust your kids with the meow of a kitten or the hoot of an owl. The cheerful face of the Animal Sound Alarm Clock ($19), from Cute as a Button, has numbers that also will help with learning to tell time.38 W. Olentangy St., Powell 614-430-9408 cuteasabuttonstore.com
Sugar Plum Dreams
Start a tradition and take your child to see BalletMet's "The Nutcracker" at the Ohio Theatre this year. The classic holiday ballet has it all - adventure, romance, amazing costumes and, of course, Tchaikovsky's stirring score. Performances begin Dec. 9 and run through Dec. 24. Ticket prices start at $20.
Available at the CAPA Ticket Office, 39 E. State St., Downtown; at any Ticketmaster Outlet or at ticketmaster.com.
Glowy Good Fun
Really want to light up your winter nights? Get your kids the Glow in the Dark Lab ($25) at Barnes & Noble, and get glowing. The kit includes supplies to make 20 luminous science projects, including a lava lamp, snow, stickers, black light and a geyser.barnesandnoble.com