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I'm not going to lie, I've already bought the kids stuff for Christmas. Things. Objects. I may regret having such a large collection of books next time I slip across the living room hardwood on one. However, this year for all gifts we give--birthdays & Christmas--I'm going to try to get more experience based things. Since I thought you might be interested in this idea too, I've made a list of experience based gifts for little kids under $25.
- False Creek Ferries or Aquabus cruise. Who doesn't love a trip on a boat? Kids of all ages find it fun to board a tiny little ferry & bob across False Creek. Both companies offer mini cruises as well as strip tickets so you can ride the whole route or spread out the fun over multiple days. Ten tickets or a cruise for one adult & one child are $25 or less.
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum tickets. This museum is an amazing treasure trove of specimens. From the blue whale skeleton suspended above, to the thousands of drawers full of weird & wonderful animals & plants, there is a lot to see. I recommend taking a tour--it's really useful to have an expert show you around so you don't miss out on some of the cool things there. One child & one adult can go for less than $25.
- Collage Collage workshop. We were a bit sad to see this lovely little children's art studio move--it was two blocks from home--but their new space has much more room for all the amazing classes & drop-in crafting. The studio offers a wide variety of creative workshops for kids (& adults, actually) using all kinds of different media. $12+
- Date Coupon. By this I mean a handmade certificate that will entitle the bearer to have some one on one time with their parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle/friend. It could be anything from a bike ride on the seawall & fancy hot chocolate, to cheesecake at a dessert bistro. The time together (& maybe the sweets) are the important part.
- Swimming or Ice Skating tickets. There are some great pools & ice skating rinks in this city & it's really cheap to use them. You can get a gift card in any amount that is valid for all kinds of different activities at the rec centres around the city.
- Baking kit. While this does involve physical stuff, I'm going to count it as an experience based gift as it's consumable. A bag of flour, a hunk of baking chocolate, plus a few other ingredients (maybe not the eggs) & a recipe card, et voila! You & your giftee can get together one afternoon to bake up a storm.
- Kerrisdale Play Palace 10 ticket bundle. If you haven't heard of it before, Kerrisdale Play Palace is a giant bouncy castle paradise for kids. They have an inflatable slide, obstacle course & two separate bouncy castles for kids to jump out all their sillies. They also have ride on toys & toddler toys. Technically, 10 tickets are only $25 for kids under two, but if you're giving to two children under 12, it'd be $38 for each kid to go five times.
- Riefel Bird Sanctuary membership. Grab a birding guide from your local library (or buy one at the Riefel gift shop), pick up a bag of seed, & head out for a walk on the flat trails of this wildlife refuge. One visit is $5 for adults, $3 for children, but a single annual membership is just $25.
- River Critters Baking Class pass. The River Market in New Westminster offers baking classes for children under five weekly. Kids get to make cookies or decorate cupcakes with Katia of Pamola Bakery. It's just $22.50 for a five class pass.
- Buses, Trains, & Boats day pass. Also known as a Translink DayPass. $7.50 for kids & $9.75 for adults will get you a ticket to ride wherever you want to go all day on the Skytrain, buses & Seabus. I recommend stopping at Waterfront Station, leaving via the western exit & walking past the new convention centre to watch the seaplanes land & take off at the Coal Harbour airport.
There you have it! Ten affordable gifts that will leave only smiles behind. Have you got any additions to my list of affordable experiential gifts for kids?
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