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For the real city slicker: Brooklyn in a Box boardgame, $24.95
This game invites your child to buy up real estate, develop property, avoid double parking fines and scramble to earn the key to the borough! It’s just like living the Brooklyn dream — but for only 25 bucks!
Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000]. Closed Monday and Tuesday. For info, visit
For the wordsmith: Bananagrams, $14.95
Bananagrams is fruit for thought: part scrabble, part boggle — all encased in an adorable cloth banana peel — your child will fall in love with this game, whether she’s 5, 15, or (in my case) 25.
Greenpoint Toys [738 Manhattan Ave. between Norman and Meserole avenues in Greenpoint, (718) 383-3437]. For info, visit
For the future architect: Eco Dollhouse, $240
This beautifully crafted wooden house features a wind turbine, solar panel, a rain barrel for collecting rain, a green facade to help control temperature, and a shade canopy that can be pulled down preventing or allowing the wind and sunlight coming through. Plus, it practices what it preaches: it’s made from recycled materials.
Acorn [323 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Smith streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 522-3760]. For info, visit

Nobody loves getting gifts as much as children do. But when the holidays roll around, it can be tricky to pick the right presents — presents that are entertaining, enduring (at least until next Christmas or Chanukah), and, if you’re lucky, educational, too. Don’t stress out too much — we’ve got a few fail-safe ideas for all you new Brooklyn parents.

Welcome to the second installment of your holiday shopping guide. This week’s topic: presents for children. The best part? You can pick up any one of these awesome toys at your local independent neighborhood toy shop!

Reach Arts Editor Juliet Linderman at or by calling (718) 260-8309.
Posted 12:00 am, December 13, 2011
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