Social psychologists have spent the last decade validating what our memories know for sure: we get more value from experiences than we do from from material possessions. Not only do we treasure experiences more, we value the anticipation of them, too. Still not sure what to buy? Here are12 thoughtstarters.
Once you've decided on your experience, go to Canva.com and use their free graphic design tools to create colorful coupons for your outing. I've made mine public so you can edit and use them, too.
A National Parks pass. With 408 destinations, they’re much more accessible than you think.
One-on-one outings -- miniature golf, a picnic in the park, or simply an ice cream cone anytime, anywhere. Check Living Social and Groupon, then go to Canva and
Museum memberships - consider a children’s museum, museums with sleepovers, aquariums, zoos, or a train museum. It's not only a great experience, but you're also donating to a worthy cause and simplifying your life by not requiring yet another decision to spend money.
Classes: gymnastics, surfing, drama, arts and crafts, music lessons, cake decorating, painting, hip hop, martial arts
Take a policeman to lunch -- at the station or at your home.
Visit a fire station, get your picture taken with a fireman, and ring the bell on the #1 engine
Physical fitness – a bounce gym, a climbing wall, a nature hike
Toy donation – gather all those unused toys, donate them, and in return, get a Lego subscription from Pley.
Restore something – teach the value of restoring what we already have
Buy stock in a company and take your little guest to an annual meeting
Get tickets to a high school production of a Broadway musical
Paddle a kayak
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