Gift OpeningThe holidays can put a serious dent in your wallet. Skip the expensive toys, and give a child the gift of a special day with you. sKIDaddlers has compiled a list of affordable and fun experience gift ideas. This year make a big impact, with a small budget.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum + Potted Flower
The Arboretum isn’t just for summer. It has indoor & outdoor activities available throughout the winter months. Free admission on Thursdays (details below).

Snow Tubing + Hot Chocolate
Head out to a park for some good’ol fashioned snow tubing fun! Some parks even have tow ropes to give you a lift up the hill. If snow tubing isn’t your thing there’s always sledding and cross country skiing. For the hot chocolate, don’t forget to get the one that comes with the little marshmallows.

Nature Center Activity + Magnifying Glass
Three River Park District offers many indoor and outdoor family-fun nature filled activities throughout the year. Pick the one that fits best for your family.

Roller Rink + Neon Bracelets
Summon your inner 80’s spirit, and roller skate your way to a good time. You’ll be sure to light up the dance floor with matching neon bracelets.

Yoga Class + Water Bottle
Looking for a fun, healthy way to bond with your child? Try a class at one of these kid-friendly yoga studios.

Como Zoo + Stuffed Animal
For the animal lovers out there, wrap up a little stuffed animal, along with a certificate for a trip to the zoo. Make sure to snap a selfie of you, your child, the stuffed animal, and the real animal to capture the memory. Admission free, donations welcomed.

Giant Donut + Picture of Child’s Face on a Donut
Hans’ Bakery bakes up a Texas Doughnut as big as your child’s head. Take a photo of your child’s face and paste it on top of a picture of an enormous donut.

Free Family Flick MOA + Candy
Mall of America shows free movies in their movie theater every Saturday at 10am. For this experience gift, wrap up a box of candy and print out a picture of one of the upcoming flicks you want to take the child to.

Home Depot Workshop + Measuring Tape
On the 1st Saturday of the month Home Depot offers free kids workshops. Kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Craft Workshop + Box of Crayons
Lakeshore Learning provides free craft activities for kids on Saturdays. Get ready for glue and glitter time.

Many Twin Cities businesses offer FREE admission on specific days of the week or the month. Find our full listing of places to go with $0 entry here.

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