If your kids’ bedrooms already resemble a fully-stocked aisle at Toys “R” Us, it can be tough to stomach the idea of adding even more to the mix. But, even if your kids have all the things they could possibly want, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on gift giving. Instead, give the gift of a unique experience that will make memories they’ll have long after the battery-operated toys have stopped working. Click through to see our favorite ideas.

Why Have Fun Once, When You Can Have Fun All Year?

Do your kids look forward to a day at the zoo, or and afternoon at the aquarium? Gift them with the ability to visit their favorite spots any day of the year by signing the family up for an annual membership to a local spot you love. Art and science museums, the zoo, botanical gardens, and aquariums are all fun options. Check out some of the best museums for kids across the country for more inspiration. For something really out of the ordinary, bypass a traditional visit to these fun spots and sign up for a VIP tour where you get an up close and personal experience. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, for example, features several different VIP tours that offer animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour.

photo: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis


What unique gifts have you given your kids that don’t necessarily fit inside a box? Share your ideas in the comments.

— Shahrzad Warkentin




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