Too many toys? Give your kids experiences instead.

For older kids who have grown out of toys, and for younger kids who have all the toys they could possibly need, experiences make a brilliant gift. Here are a few of my local favourites:

Kids looking for a completely new challenge should try aerial classes with Based in St. Mark’s hall, near Wimbledon Library, Flying Fantastic teach children (7+) trapeze skills, plus aerial acrobatics using silks and hoops. Vouchers available on their website.

If your child is a theatre lover, Polka Theatre sell gift vouchers that can be used to watch their enchanting performances or to participate in their Take Part workshops. Polka vouchers are a fantastic option even for very small children as they produce theatre accessible for children as young as two years old.

How about the Merlin Annual Pass or Chessington World of Adventure Pass? These are pricey at £179 per person for a Merlin Pass(considerably cheaper per person if you buy a family pass)or £65 per person for a Chessington Pass, but they’re great value if you go just once a month. There are so many attractions at which you can use the Merlin Pass, you’ll never be short of inspiration.

Perhaps your kids would enjoy mastering indoor climbing? Gift cards are available for White Spider Climbing in Tolworth, which can be redeemed against lessons or courses.

Many children would love to learn to horse ride. Stag Lodge Stables do a range of vouchers for either one-off private or group lessons, or a course of lessons. Suitable for complete novices as well as experienced riders.

If you fancy an activity for older kids (8+), that the whole family can enjoy, try The Mystery Cube in Wimbledon. Fun and challenging, your family will have one hour to solve the puzzles in the Cube, allowing you to ‘escape the room’. Vouchers available at

Would love to hear your thoughts on the ideas above. Have fun!

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