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10 Great Experience Gifts for Children

AHHH! Please DO NOT give my child one more plastic toy that was extremely overpriced and probably made overseas by child labor. The season of giving can be so much more than that. It can be about giving your child experiences they might not otherwise receive. Here are 10 Great Experience Gifts for Children that benefit our local economy and especially small businesses and non-profits.

1. Dance Lessons
Everyone remembers their very first dance class! What a special way to show your child/grandchild that you care. Dance has so many benefits including building confidence, coordination, strength, friendship, and more...
Twin City Recommendation: Dance-N-Magic, St. Paul, MN
Nationwide Recommendation: More Than Just Great Dancing Studios

2. Music Lessons
Music is scientifically proven to work both sides of a child's brain leading to developmental achievements. Plus, It's FUN!
Twin City Recommendation: Dance-N-Magic, St. Paul, MN
Nationwide Recommendation: Music Funtime Classes

3. Fun Events
Live fun and interactive events are so popular right now!
Twin City Recommendation: Pretty Princess Parties MN Fairytale Ball

4. Amusement Park Memberships
This is one of my kids favorite gifts! They love the freedom of going on rides and enjoy the amusement parks when they have a free day throughout the year. Often these memberships pay for themselves if you attend the park just 3 times.
Twin City Recommendation: Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe and Valley Fair
Nationwide Recommendation: Cedar Fair, 13 parks nationwide

5. Science Museum Membership
Learn and explore Science with this year long membership. My favorite, the Omni-theater Movies!
Twin City Recommendation: Science Museum of MN
Nationwide Recommendation: Association of Science-Technology Centers

6. Children's Museum Membership
Providing a childproofed place for young ones to run around, play, and explore!
Twin City Recommendation: Minnesota Children's Museum
Nationwide Recommendation: Find a Children's Museum

7. Experience a Theatrical Performance
There is nothing like experiencing live theater!
Twin City Recommendation: Children's Theater Company

8. Pottery Painting Experience
Getting creative and painting a piece of pottery or a keepsake.
Twin City Recommendation: Paint Your Plate, St. Paul, MN
Nationwide Recommendation: Color Me Mine

9. Zoo Memberships or day trips
Support animal rescue efforts and give your child the experience of going to the zoo!
Twin City Recommendation: Como Zoo and MN Zoo

10. Swimming at a Waterpark
Enjoy a warm indoor waterpark in the cold winter weather. You can often get an overnight deal in a hotel when you choose a waterpark package. This is a perfect to share with friends and family!
Twin City Recommendation: Water Park of America

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