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For the kid who loves to try new things: Pearachute

It might be hard to tell if you have the next Mozart, Michelangelo or Michael Jordan on your hands. A subscription service for drop-in classes, <a href="">Pearachute</a>, makes it easier for your kiddos to dabble in all of the above until those scholarships come rolling in. They're making it simple for your little multi-taskers to try a range of different activities at some of the top kids’ classes in Chicago, while providing that oh-so-helpful (and critical) flexibility parents live for. Memberships start at $39 a month and with Pearachute, you can buy your kids, nieces or nephews, or grandkids a gift card to put towards a monthly pass.

This holiday season, Pearachute is offering a FREE $25 Pearachute gift card with every gift card purchase of $100 or more. There will be a ton of Pearachute-only holiday experiences on the site this season like Polar Express tickets, visits with Santa, Christmas plays and shows, seasonal live theater and Santa breakfasts. So fun, right?!

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What are you getting your family and friends for the holidays? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers