We picked out the best toys from local shops. Buy them now and be ready for the next birthday or just to reward a good kid.
Meet the SLmag-inator We made it at JouJou Toy Store from a selection of arms, bodies and bases. After we're tired of zooming it around the office and making it talk, we plug it into the computer to play a Robot Galaxy video game. Our robot total came to $80.97. 555 S. Main St., SLC, grandamerica.com
Groovy Girls Dolls from Red Balloon Toy Store, $15, 2033 E. 3300 South, SLC, redballoontoystore.com
Q-ba-maze from Tutoring Toy, $40, 1400 Foothill Dr., SLC, tutoringtoy.com
For Your Super Pets
Best pet shop for pet tarantulas
Not to worry: pet tarantulas are generally docile unless threatened. We love the beautiful Rose Hair, Mexican Red Knee and Pink Toe Tarantulas. 33 W. Center St., Orem, 801-226-2162, animalarkpetsutah.com
Best doggy daycare
Underdog would be welcome at Lapdog Lounge, a daycare for dogs of any size. Twenty days of daycare is $200. And it’s $15 for a bath, plus $5 for teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming and gland care. 2100 S. 425 East, SLC, 801-953-1046, thelapdoglounge.com
Best cat (gratuitously awarded)
Dining Editor Mary Brown Malouf made us give this award to her female orange tabby, who is one of the few cats we know who greets guests at the door.
Best place to adopt a pet
Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS)
This non-profit puts abandoned pets, including those on death row at local shelters, up for adoption twice a month at PetSmart at 389 W. 1830 South, SLC, 801-328-4731, caws.org