Our kids have multiple christmas celebrations, and get kind of spoiled during the holidays. They’ve got a Mom that makes sure the wow happens, and a loving Dad that goes along with it. For that reason, when it comes to relative and grandparents gifts, we’re always giving them non-toy options.
Here are some great gift ideas for experiences, rather than presents, for kids in Edmonton:
Annual Passes for Telus World of Science
The Telus World of Science has very affordable passes for the entire family. A family annual pass is $199.95. I don’t know about you, but in our family the grandparents easily spend that much on the kids. What a great idea for a gift that the entire family can enjoy, and give the experience of being able to take the kids to explore and enjoy all year long! You can learn more about the passes, here.
Kiwi Crate Monthly Subscription
You know how you browse through Pinterest to find those really fun crafts, go to Michaels or the Dollar Store and come out spending way more than you wanted to, and you still didn’t get all of the supplies you wanted? I hate that. Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription box for kids that takes the work out of those fun art projects, and gives the kids something to look forward to, arriving in the mail. Everything you need for fun crafts is delivered in a fun green box (and I mean everything that you need) with a new theme every month. You can even get $10 off of your first order, using this link.
Tip: Order the Kiwi Crate early and give it on Christmas, while you explain that one more is going to come every month for the duration of the subscription.
Did you know there are three different levels of Highlights Magazine that you likely read when you were a child? There are toddler versions and older children versions now, making it a great gift that’s delivered monthly.
West Edmonton Mall – Trainer for a Day (12+)
For the price of ($295) – Splurge, I know, you can sign up your child (12+) on to be Trainer for the Day. They’ll get a behind the scenes tour of Sea Lion habitat, lunch, feeding, penguin session, penguin painting and a Trainer for the Day t-shirt. For older kids with an interest in marine life, you can bet this will be something they’ll remember for a long, long time. You can see the Trainer for the Brochure, here.
4Cats Art Session for Kids
With many sessions to choose from, like family sessions, parent and child sessions and even PD Day sessions – you’re sure to find something for the miniature artist in your life, from toddler to teen. You can find the locations and classes, here.
Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine
Check with your local Color Me Mine location for the details of the kids night out. With gift cards available, you can give the gift of a Friday Night out for kids (ages 4+) that includes pizza, a movie, and a pottery painting theme. At just under thirty bucks, it’s an inexpensive gift to give, that comes with a lot of fun. Gift cards are available in-store, you can find a Color Me Mine location, here.
Cineplex Kids Night Out
Kids movie passes are sold in bundles at Costco (the most inexpensive place to buy them). For $49, you’ll get five tickets that include the cost of the child’s movie ticket, a drink popcorn and candy combo – but keep in mind that you’re going to have to pay a surcharge to see 3D movies with these types of movie passes. You can find these at Costco (in-store and online).
Nerd Block Jr. Subscription Toy Box
Imagine a cool package of toys showing up, every month? How cool would that be if you are between the ages of 6-11? Just like the original boxes, these are chock full of fun stuff that comes on a monthly basis. It’s $19.99 and you can sign up here, at Nerd Block. There’s a girl version, a boy version and a horror block or Nerd Block classic for older kids (or Dads).
Sorrentino’s Jr. Chef Cooking Classes
Gift certificates are available for the popular cooking classes at Sorrentino’s and there are Jr. Chef cooking classes every month. At only $40, it’s an easy afternoon to build the love of food and being in the kitchen for children ages 11+. You can find the schedule, here. You can also get cooking classes for kids through the City Arts Center.
Gift Certificates for Registered Programs
Registered programs are one of the most expensive parts of having children. To reduce the cost, and contribute to the kids getting active in registered programs, gift certificates are available through the City of Edmonton and Strathcona County recreation gift cards. You can use the cards towards the cost of the registered programs. These are one of our favorite suggestions for grandparents searching for something special to the give the kids, but something that’s going to be more interesting than a toy that’s going to be tossed away a couple of months after the holidays are over.
Got a great show coming up that you would love to take the kids to? Is there a concert coming to town that you think one of your children would love? Concert tickets or event tickets for upcoming attractions are a great gift, and can be an easy way for the kids to have a night out with one of their parents, or friends, or the person giving the gift. We follow along with the family attractions and events on ticketmaster to stay up to date.