Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids

You know shopping small and local has a bigger impact but knowing where to shop and what to buy may leave you running to the internet for tried and true favorites. We’ve put together a week worth of guides to help you Shop Local and Shop Small to find the perfect local gift for everyone on your list!

kids holiday gift guide

Kids Holiday Gift Guide

We’re moms too so we know that when the seventeenth person asks you what your kid wants for Christmas you start to panic thinking of where on earth you will put one more toy. At Little Lake County we are big fans of experiential gifts. Don’t get me wrong, we love toys and games and will share our favorites next week, but this guide, this is the one you send to Grandma and Grandpa and say HEY! Let’s try something new this year.

kids holiday gift guide Goldfish Swim School Mundelein

Swim lessons aren’t just a fun gift, they’re a life lesson! Rosemary loved her time at Goldfish Swim School and saw progress almost immediately. This weekend Goldfish is offering a specially priced package that includes two months of lessons, registration and a bag full of goodies. Contact Goldfish at (847) 371-9000 for more details or to purchase.

kids holiday gift guide Genesee Theatre

The Genesee Theatre hosts tons of fabulous, world class shows that are great for kids and families. (Pro-tip: when available, you can purchase tickets to school shows and go during the day!) Coming in April is a show that no kid or animal lover is going to want to miss–Jack Hanna!

In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. Tickets range from $26.00 to $36.00 plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available by visiting the Genesee Theatre Box Office or online.

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Little Lake County is a local business, too, and when you shop our affiliates you help support the site and the families that run it. Here are a few of the things our kids are hoping will be under the tree this year:

kids holiday gift guide LEGOLand Discovery Center Bricktacular

Step into a winter wonderland made of LEGO bricks as LEGOLAND Discovery Center once again transforms for its annual Holiday Bricktacular. See MINILAND’s iconic Chicago landmarks covered in snow and alive with winter fun. Make a stop at Santa’s Grotto to take a picture with a life-size LEGO Santa and snowman. Then learn how to build LEGO ornaments and add your special touch to the full-size LEGO Christmas tree. Head over to the Master Model Builder Academy and learn how to build a LEGO gift for your loved ones.Tickets through Goldstar are only $14.50, runs December 1-30.
Gift Subscription on Epic!

If your child reads as much or as fast as mine does, then EPIC! is the perfect gift. Epic is called the Netflix for books and allows children to have access to an unlimited supply of books for a low monthly fee. Sign up now and read FREE for 30 days!

Little Passports

We love Little Passports for their around-the-world adventures. Now they’ve added Science Expeditions to their offerings and my kids are hoping that Santa will leave a subscription under their tree! This weekend you can save 60% on the first month of any subscription with the The Little Passports SAVE60 sale.

Find more gift ideas in our past gift guides or our Shop Lake County board on Pinterest.


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About Melissa Haak 626 Articles
Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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