The best gifts don’t always come wrapped in pretty packages. These ideas will make memories your kidswill never forget.

Venture to an Indoor Water Park

Make reservations for Christmas break at Camelback’s Aquatopia, Kalahari or Great Wolf Lodge or plan a day trip to Sahara Sam’s Oasis. These resorts have the perfect water temperature year-round. Plus, the kids will love breaking out their swimsuits in the winter.

See a Broadway Musical

Snag tickets for The Lion King, Aladdin, School of Rock or Matilda (before it closes in January). Make sure the show is age-appropriate for your kid before ordering.

Have an Animal Encounter at Adventure Aquarium

Kids as young as five can participate in the Positively Penguins Experience, where he’ll pet the flightless birds and watch them paint (you get to keep the masterpiece!). They can also opt for a Sea Turtle Experience, where they hand-feed the amphibians.

Buy a Season Pass to an Amusement Park

Instead of one costly day trip to ride the coasters, get a discounted season pass they’ll enjoy in spring, summer and fall. Try Dorney Park or Six Flags for the thrill seekers in the family, or Sesame Place for little ones.

Plan an Overnight Experience

The American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Museum, Liberty Science Center, Philadelphia Zoo and Battleship New Jersey all offer out-of-this-world sleepovers. Find the one that suits them best and plan ahead (these events sell out way ahead of time!).

Let Them Choose Their Own Adventure

What do the kids really want? More quality time with you! Take a day off from work when they’re off from school and let them plan their perfect day. It might mean eating cupcakes for lunch and dinner, but you’ll love it as much as they do.

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