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If your kid's room is so full of stuff it's starting to look like a toy store threw up in there, consider giving gifts that aren't things this year. Or at least not toys.
Don't get us wrong, toys are great. But let's face it. Most of them end up in the toy box after a week or two, never to be picked up again.
Gifts like music lessons or mommy-son dates create treasured memories and skills they'll hang onto forever. Museum memberships or subscription boxes give them something to look forward to all year.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. One-on-one outings
What's better than one-on-one time with mom or dad? Not much in our book. Plan a day doing something fun together. Here are three ideas:
Make a fairy garden
Green Things, located at 3235 E. Allen Road, offers a variety of workshops you could take your child to, including one that shows you how to make a fairy garden. You'll spend quality time together and get to take an adorable fairy garden home to take care of. Click here for event dates. Most workshops are free except for the cost of supplies.
Play miniature golf or go on bumper boats
Golf N' Stuff, located at 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road, has two beautiful courses to play some putt putt. There's also an arcade, bumper boats, laser tags, go-karts and batting cages.
Golf is $9.75 per person. Click here for more details.
Creative Juice, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road, will walk you through painting your own masterpiece. The studio has a few kid and family classes planned during the holiday season for $25 per person.
The cost includes supplies and instruction.
Click here for information and a class schedule.
2. Subscription box
There's a Tucson-based monthly subscription box called Girls Can! Crate that inspires girls to do and be anything by introducing them to amazing historic women. It comes with an activity book with a real woman's story, plus games, experiments and more, creative play props and STEAM activities (with supplies) that relate to the featured woman's life.
Monthly subscriptions start at $25.95. The ordering window is from the 15th of one month to the 15th of the next.
Kiwi Crate is perfect for kids ages 2 to 16 who like to make stuff. Every month they'll receive all the supplies and instructions to finish two to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activities based on a theme. Plus, they send a magazine for early readers. Subscriptions are $19.95 per month. Click here for more info.
3. Adopt a cat or dog
If your child is old enough for some responsibility and your family is ready, adopt a furry friend. There are so many pets that need families that you'd not only be giving your child the best gift ever, you'd be doing a good deed.
Here are 3 places to do that:
Does your child love the zoo or the children's museum? Maybe she's into science or art. Tucson has a handful of great places where you can buy a membership that would make a great gift. Here are 3 ideas to get you started.
The $100 Family Fun membership is good for two named adults and four named children for unlimited entry into one location for a year. Dual memberships good for both locations are available for an additional fee.
Click here for more info.
An $80 family membership gives unlimited entry to the zoo for two named adults and up to four children under the age of 18 for a year.
Click here for info.
A family membership can be purchased for $105 and includes unlimited entry into the Science Center exhibit halls and Mineral Museum during regular hours, $3 admission to Planetarium/Laser shows for two adults and up to four children ages 17 and under.
Click here for more details.
5. Sign up for classes
Has your son always wanted to learn how to paint? Or maybe your daughter wants to play guitar. Sign them up for classes. They'll be excited to try the thing they've always wanted to and their confidence will soar as they perfect their craft.
Tucson Parks and Recreation offers a variety of classes in arts, sports and fitness, cooking, music and more all around town. And they're reasonably priced, making it a great way to test the waters in new subjects.
Click here for details.
Schoolhouse of Rock offers kids' music lessons on a variety of instruments. Weekly lessons are priced as follows: 30 minute weekly lessons are $97.50 per month; 45 minute weekly lessons are $130 per month and one hour weekly lessons are $195 per month. There's also a bi-weekly option and scholarships available.
Click here for details
Flor de Liz Dance offers ballet classes to kids starting at age 4. Tuition is $162 for an 18 week session. Classes are once a week.
Click here for details.
6. Sign up for team sports
If your son or daughter has been itching to make new friends and learn a sport, sign them up for soccer, baseball, cheerleading or any other team sports they'd be interested in.
Monsoon All Star Cheer at Old Pueblo Gymnastics Academy is a competitive team sport for children ages 4-18. There are full-year competitive teams as well as half-year prep teams. Click here to learn more about it.
7. Update their look
You know how you feel when you get a new do? Kids feel that way, too. If they've been wanting to try a new style or color or maybe even get their ears pierced, get it done as a gift. They'll love being pampered.
Milas Haircuts and Salon, located at 5655 E. River Road, does kids haircuts, colors, hair feathers and colored hair extensions. Call 299-1830 for an appointment. Prices are determined upon consultation.
DIY - Pick up some color for less than $10 at the nearest Sally Beauty supply and color it yourself. Employees at Sally's are great at helping you out and giving suggestions. Click here for a map of locations.
8. Event tickets
Concert, theater, UA sports, monster trucks or Disney on Ice tickets would make a great gift and give the kids memories to last a lifetime.
Check the Tucson Convention Center website for upcoming events here.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra has a family series of shows. Click here for dates.
Monster Jam is happening March 2 - 4 and features famous trucks such as Grave Digger, Alien Invasion and more. Click here for ticket info.
Click here for University of Arizona sports tickets.
9. Magazine subscription
Kazoo is a new quarterly magazine for girls ages 5-10 that was created to celebrate girls for being strong, smart, fierce and true to themselves. Stories are either created by or inspired by women doing great things from Olympic athletes to astronauts. A subscription costs $50. Click here for more info.
National Geographic Kids Magazine is perfect for kids ages 6 and up. It's chock full of info about scientific discoveries, animals, technology, pop culture and our planet. A subscription costs $15 for one year. Click here for more info.
10. Make coupons
You can be creative with this one. Design and create coupons that you know the kids will enjoy. Some examples are "Get out of Chores Free," "Dessert Before Dinner", "Extra Screen Time" or "Have a Sleepover."
Here's a link to some ideas on Pinterest.
Take your family to see Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with the world’s most “Wascally Wabbit” when Bugs Bunny hops over to the Tucson Symphony. Classic Looney Tunes favorites like "The Rabbit of Seville" and "What’s Opera, Doc?" are projected on the big screen, paired with their original scores by the master composers performed by the TSO — just as everyone knows them! Plus scores of new additions since Bugs’ last sold-out TSO performance. Get tickets now.
LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)
Where: 260 S. Church Ave.
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.
Tickets: Kids under 18 start at $15; adult tickets start at $30