I'm all about finding ways to not clutter up the house with stuff each Christmas.
As I wrote earlier this week, a museum memberships is one gift idea that can be used all year and offers great benefits. Another alternative: Tickets to live performances.
Concert or theater tickets might be common gifts for adults, but they're also great for kids too. There are so many family shows and performances in the area that it's easy to find something for every budget. I love giving tickets for Christmas because it gives us a little something to look forward to months after all the gifts are unwrapped and the cookies are eaten.
Tickets for some shows start around $20, but there are cheaper options too. Tickets for performances at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh are just $5. They start around $7 or $8 for kids at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. There, the schedule includes Gustafer Yellowgold, an acclaimed show that features mellow music and a crazy story that appeals to young kids and teens.
I compiled a list of children's series this fall. Click here for details about many of the live shows for kids.
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