Experiences Instead of Things | Columbus Norfolk Moms

I’m embarrassed to say you can’t walk anywhere in my house without seeing a toy. They are everywhere and we only have one kid! I know we have too many toys. For that reason, I’ve found that I enjoy getting out of the house just so I don’t have to look at all of them.

Kids are just like us. Sometimes they see it all and get overwhelmed. They may not know it, or tell us, but it happens. In my mind it’s similar to what happens when I turn on Netflix to find something to watch. I turn it on, scroll through some of the options, and then turn it off because there are too many things to choose from. Sometimes simplicity is better.

Every year the idea of “experiences instead of things” comes up either between colleagues at work or other friends with kids. Any parent that is interested in adding experiences to their Christmas list for the kids or family this year should definitely start here. Take a look at the ideas we came up with. Use them or tweak them to make them your own. Either way you get ideas, avoid more “things” and make some memories as a family!

Further Away Ideas/Big Ticket Items
Disney World
Sea World
Great Wolf Lodge
Six Flags
Worlds of Fun
Character show
Professional Sports Game
College Sports Game

Closer to Home
Wildlife Safari Park
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum
Go Ape Zip Line & Adventure Park at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm Lied Lodge
Edgerton Exporit Center
LaunchPad Children’s Museum
Lincoln Children’s Museum
Omaha Children’s Museum
Omaha Zoo
Day trip to the mall
Golf trip
College sports game
Fishing trip/ski trip/etc.
PlayX in Yankton

Make sure to visit our Day Trips Blog Series to find more information about easy Day Trip Ideas in and around Northeast Nebraska.

Around Town
Music Lessons
Cooking Class
Waterpark Pass
Children’s Museum Pass (Columbus Area Children’s Museum coming soon)
Golf Trip (Miniature or Regular Course-Depending on the age of your child.)
Manicure/Pedicure/Spa Day
Science Camp
Dance Class
Star Escape Rooms in Columbus
Bowling Trip
Movie Day
Ruff House in Fremont
Boat House Norfolk or Yankton
Northfork Outfitters-Bike trip or Canoeing/Tubing down the North Fork
H&H Horseback Riding

Bringing the Fun to Your Own House
Magic Show by AdaMagic
Critter Close Ups Exotic Animal Show & Exotic Pets
Real Reptiles Show
VR Game Truck Nebraska
Petting Zoo
Bounce House
Glamping Galore Picnic/Sleepover with Friends

Click here to visit our Children’s Birthday Party Resources List (many of the “Bring the Fun to Your House” ideas are on that list.)

Other Ideas
New Streaming Service
Subscription Service they’d enjoy

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