It's easy to get wrapped up in the latest craze of the hottest toys out there but I prefer the gifts that last all year long.

Here's a few out of the box Christmas present ideas around town:

Minnesota Zoo

Purchase a full year of fun and adventure for family, friends, or employees with a Minnesota Zoo membership. Starting Black Friday (11/28) thru Cyber Monday (12/1), Holiday Gift Household Plus Memberships ($155.00) can be purchased for the price of a Holiday Gift Household Membership ($130.00). Memberships are good for free admission and parking all year long, special members only events, discounts at over 100 zoos nationwide and a $2 discount at the Imax. The Household Plus Membership includes one free guest each visit. This is perfect for families with kids of all ages.

The Minnesota Zoo will also be honoring troops this Holiday season. Military personnel (active, retired, and civilian*) will receive free admission, free parking and half price admission for family members through January 4, 2015. Discount offers also at our food courts and gift stores available. 

Science Museum of Minnesota

Memberships start at just $99 for a family and include a free Imax each visit. This is perfect for that family with elementary aged kids.

Children's Theatre Company

Right now, Children's Theatre Company has a deal where for $100 you get a voucher good for 4 tickets to the show of your choice. {Show options include: Snow Flake, Huck Finn, Peter Pan the Musical or The Biggest Little House in the Forest} All four passes must be redeemed for the same show, date and time. No limit on vouchers! This is a great gift for a family with preschool age and above kids.

Minnesota Children's Museum

Basic memberships start at just $99, with the deluxe priced at $129 and that includes a free guest each visit and free admission to the Children's Museum in Rochester too. I've heard that you can get $15 off ALL memberships on Black Friday but you can use my discount code: 141019053 for $15 off a Deluxe Membership through 12/31/14. This is perfect for a family with toddlers to early elementary.

Know of any other great experience gifts and deals around town? Share in the comments! 

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