Some of the best — and most memorable — gifts for kids don’t come in neatly tied packages. This year, you might consider giving your kids the gift of experience. Brainstorm ideas and then create a card or handcrafted “coupon” to wrap up for your child. Think of your child’s interests and then incorporate something you two can do together.
For the budding artist
A trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art + cupcakes at the café
The museum is FREE to roam and explore. Take your time and then pick up pastries at the in-house Provenance Café afterward.
For the outdoor enthusiast
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park also is FREE and has as plenty of programs going on in the winter — snow shoes, anyone? Pair your visit with lunch just outside the park at Hudson’s Nosh Eatery (I highly recommend a slice of quiche).
For the animal lover
A trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo + trinket from the gift shop
Even in the winter months, there are still plenty of exhibits open at the zoo — and it’s less crowded than the summertime. Maybe after your visit, you can find a stuffed animal or other trinket to buy as a memento.