Tots to teens
TOP TOYS: The Paw Patrol Ultimate Fire Truck Playset, €59.99, L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps, €16.99, slime and Harry Potter Lego and wands are among the Dream Toys selected by retailers and toy industry experts for Christmas 2018. Monopoly Fortnite, €25.99, age 13-plus, in which players have to claim locations and battle opponents, is the one item on the list in short supply. See them tonight on The Late Late
Toy Show, 9.35pm.
SANTA PAWS: Visit Santa and his ‘pawsome’ rein-dogs at the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s headquarters on Model Farm Road. They will open Santa’s Grotto from 12pm to 4pm on December 8, 9, 15 and 16 and there’s also an autism-friendly grotto this weekend. Christmas trees will be available on site as well as festive goodies including cards, calendars and gifts. For more information and to book see www.guidedogs.ie
DREAM SOFTLY: IKEA runs a soft toy drawing competition annually, where children aged 12 and under are invited to draw the soft toy of their dreams. Five winners from the 87,000 entries have been selected and their colourful characters have been turned into toys. The limited edition SAGOSKATT soft toy collection, including Pink Unicorn, €5, is now being sold in IKEA stores worldwide, including IKEA Dublin with proceeds going to Barnardos.
CHARITY RUN: More than 2,000 people are expected to take on a 5K or 10K challenge for the 13th annual Aware Christmas Run in the Phoenix Park on Saturday, December 8, to raise funds for the charity’s support, education and information services, Online registration is open at aware.ie/events and costs €25 per person. Get into the festive spirit on the day in Christmas jumpers, elf costumes, etc — the whole family (including pets) are welcome.