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12 Awesome Experience Gifts To Give — Instead Of Toys




‘Staycation’ Day at Great Lakes Crossing: Your kids will feel like you’ve travelled a million miles and have memories for a lifetime after an afternoon at Legoland Discovery Center and SEALIFE Michigan!


Swim lessons at Aqua-Tots: Important life skill + 90 degree pool water in winter = perfect gift. You and your kids will love the experience at Aqua-Tots Swim School.


Museum membership: Support a local favorite and have a go-to activity for no additional cost all year long #winning


Climb to new heights: Test your skills and have quality time wall climbing at DYNO Detroit.


Hit the ice: Bundle up and enjoy some rounds on an ice rink. For the best ambiance go downtown to Campus Martius or head north to Blake Farms. Afterwards sip hot cocoa and your favorite memories.


 All-Star Gift: Sign your future sports star up for a clinic/camp or get tickets to a game –


Drive-In Movie: Stay up late, pack the car up with snacks (and prepare for the $5 bucket of movie theatre popcorn) and let them pick a movie to see at the Monroe Street Drive-In downtown.


Game Day: Give them a piggy bank full of change and plan a trip to Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum for an afternoon of vintage gaming or step into the future and go to the Virtual Reality Arcade, Escape VR.


Get tickets to a show: Let your littles see their favorites live on stage (and be prepared for the souvenir stand asks too).


Make a splatter: Make a mess, have some fun and get creative at Pinspiration’s Splatter Party.


Capture the moment: Invite their best friends and head to a selfie shop for a BFF photoshoot session.


Sign up for a class: Give the gift that keeps on giving – new friends, new skills and something to look forward to each week. Try Ninja training, coding/robotics, art classes or circus school.


Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center



About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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