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5 Gift Ideas for the Children of Melbourne

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Advocate for sustainable fashion (recycled-fashion.com) melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Christmas is coming. Ask any child what they want for Christmas and the answers are usually pretty standard; LEGO sets or Smiggle gear. Both the aforementioned have their good points, but does your child really need more gel pens? Are you daunted by the idea of Santa arriving with more LEGO for your kids to litter your floors with?

Fear not, we are here to help! We give you 5 gift ideas for children, without a single LEGO brick or Smiggle glitter pen in sight.

1. Movie ticket vouchers

Hoyts recliner seats c/o www.facebook.com/HoytsFrankstonAU

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A trip to the movies can be an exciting, but expensive trip. Why not suggest that your loved ones buy a couple of cinema vouchers for your child's Christmas gift this year. Over the festive period, there are a number of fantastic movies worth seeing; Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur and Peanuts to name a few. Suggest a Hoyts voucher, and try out the amazing new luxurious reclining seats that have been installed to Hoyts movie theatres across Melbourne. Feeling flush? Go Gold Class at Village cinemas and expose your child to the 'full experience'. They will love pressing a button to be served ice cream and popcorn to their seat!

2. Melbourne Monopoly

c/o facebook.com/melbournemonopoly

The world's most popular game, Monopoly, launched a Melbourne city edition this week, just in time for Christmas. Whether your child is a Monopoly nut or not, this is a great opportunity to learn and explore all the great landmarks and attractions of our fine city. Race around the board in Melbourne themed tokens; a Sherrin footie, Phar Lap Racehorse, a takeaway coffee cup, City Circle Tram, City of Literature Book or a spray paint can! Not just fun for your kids, but an afternoon of enjoyment for the whole family, too. Available from all major toy retailers.

3. Clip N' Climb voucher

c/o facebook.com/clipnclimbmelbourne.com.au

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Most kids enjoy active play, so why not treat them to a voucher for Melbourne's newest indoor climbing concept. Clip N' Climb in Richmond is the first of its kind in Australia, offering children climbing challenges on the most colourful equipment you've seen. Open Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday aswell as school holidays. Buy a voucher over the phone by calling 03 9421 6600, and a redeemable certificate will be mailed to you to include in your greetings card.

4. Zoos Victoria Membership

c/o zoo.org.au

A year's Zoos Victoria Membership gives you and your child unlimited entry into three zoos; Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo. With Zoo Victoria Membership, you also get VIP invitations, exclusive offers and discounts. Maybe not a small gift, but one that could be cost shared as a group present, the Zoos Victoria Membership is free for a child to register with a full paying adult membership. Perfect for any animal loving family.

Go to www.zoo.org.au to buy Zoos Victoria Membership online.

5. An experience gift from Waggle Dance

In-home private lesson in medieval sword fighting c/o waggledance.com.au

Waggle Dance is a new online Melbourne based business, selling unique vouchers for children's gifts and experiences. Such experiences include a private Brazillian capoeria class, an in-home private lesson in medieval sword fighting, and in-home wardrobe styling session, as well as photography workshops, private drama classes and lots more. Check out all the great activities on offer through Waggle Dance via waggledance.com.au or call 1300 924 453.

Sorry LEGO and Smiggle, you know you love you, but sometimes our kids need something a bit different.
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