If you’re looking to fill your kids lives with fantastically fun experiences (instead of toys) that will last a life time this birthday Christmas, I’ve got you covered.
I am sure your kids are like mine and have so many toys you’re running out of room. Share this amazing list with grandparents and anyone that wants to get your little ones something awesome this holiday instead of more stuff.
16 Experiences To Give Your Kids
1. Amusement park tickets
My kids get tickets to our local amusement park each year from their Grandma and it has given them more memories than any toy ever will.
2. Movie tickets
A favorite family memory of ours is going to the movies. Who doesn’t love popcorn and candy and a big screen? (Psst, did you know you could buy movie gift certificates right on Amazon?)
3. Sporting event tickets
We are a sports loving family and love spending time at the baseball field. Soccer games, football games, hockey, even WWE. If your kids love watching, go see it in person!
4. Pottery painting
We did this over the summer and the kids are still so proud of their masterpieces. There are lots of places to go, pick out a piece of art and paint it however you’d like.
5. Spa day
My little girl adores heading to the salon for a hair cut and big “princess curls” as she calls them. Go out for a day for a mani, pedi, facial or hair styling. Such special memories.
6. New family friend (dog, cat, lizard, hamster)
I know you’ve got to be in a certain mindset to do this, but our new family puppy has been so good for our kids and all the memories of growing up next to a puppy are priceless.
7. Dress up clothes
My little ones are growing up together with fond memories of dressing up together and putting on hilarious shows. There is nothing more special in their childhood than them giggling in their bedroom together, picking out different things to wear and what song to sing next.
8. Music lessons
Let your kids explore their creative side with piano lessons, guitar lessons or any other fun instrument they want to learn.
If there is one thing we have bought that has given our kids tons of laughs and fun (and exercise!) it’s our trampoline. This one is the best becomes it comes with a basketball hoop!!
10. Pool passes
We love spending summers at the pool! Not just during summer, but during the winter too at the local YMCA indoor pool. Add in a new swim suit or toy specific for the water to go along with it.
11. Zoo passes
Visiting a zoo a time or too and seeing your favorite animals up close is so fun!
12. SkyZone passes
Any jumping place is a blast for kids and a great way to exercise, too! I love this activity in the winter since we tend to spend more time inside, this is a good way to exert some energy.
Big family vacations are my most favorite childhood memories. Tracking across country in our van and stopping at random souvenir shops are the stuff that sticks with us forever. But the small vacations are just as good! Find some places within a couple hours and find all they have to offer. (If you want to help your family out, grab a Southwest Airlines gift certificate or one for Hotels.com they can save!)
14. Rent a boat for a weekend
Spending a day or two out on the water (weather permitting, of course) will fill the kids with so much joy and memories.
15. Train, hot air balloon or helicopter ride
16. Items for a new family hobby
Get supplies for something the whole family can do together all the time! Maybe binoculars for bird watching, bikes for bike riding, or a compass for geo-caching. The opportunities are endless!
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.