Sure tweens love to get “stuff” but I’d rather gift them a unique experience. Perhaps something out of their comfort zone, that they otherwise wouldn’t do. If they wouldn’t want to go alone, talk to the parent of a good friend and arrange something that the kids can do together or better yet, do it together as a family. These GTA area ideas make for terrific gift ideas all year round.
Experience the sensation of a free-fall as skydivers would, but minus the jumping out of a plane part (phew). A 14-foot cylindrical diameter vertical tube that is 45 feet tall with airstream passing at a speed of 175 km/hr awaits you at iFly Toronto.
Video: iFly Toronto
The latest craze of escape rooms is everywhere these days. Imagine getting locked in a themed room, where the only way out is by using your wits and problem solving skills. Rooms vary by difficulty and some locations do have tween-friendly rooms for kids 9+.
Young People’s Theatre
The popular Young People’s Theatre announces their lineup at the start of each season, with shows and programming that appeal to children of all ages. Take in a show together or register them in their drama school.
Let them jump to their heart’s content at Skyzone, the ultimate indoor trampoline park, where you can even bounce off walls, into a huge foam pit or attempt to dunk like a pro in their Sky Slam zone.
Glama Gals Tween Spa
Girls love to get pampered as much as their moms. Treat her to a day at a tween spa with you or her BFF. From Dessert Manis & Pedis to Dermalogica Facials, Glama Gals is tween heaven!
North Beach Indoor Volleyball
Try them on a new sport. Beach volleyball is a great way to stay active all year round. North Beach has 8 full size indoor courts, offering camps and clinics through their Youth Academy.
WIN a 9-week Youth Academy session at North Beach Volleyball. Giveaway ends January 30, 2015.
Air Combat Zone
Air Combat Zone is fun for those 10 or older, as wannabe pilots get behind the controls of an F/A-18 flight simulator. Take to the skies solo, with a team or go on a head-to-head air combat battle.
Petits Chef Academy
Give the gift of cooking, it’s not only fun (and a life skill) but educational too! Petits Chef Academy offers culinary camps and unique workshops for children of all ages.
How about spending the night sleeping with sharks? Ripley’s Aquarium offers family sleepovers that will truly be a night to remember.
With 18,000 square feet, Hub Climbing offers the largest climbing gym in Ontario and the largest bouldering (climbing lower walls without ropes) gym in Canada. The facility offers youth and family rates and packages.
Older tweens/teens can’t get enough of their favourite archers Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games and Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead. The Archery District in Toronto is a team-based archery tag game played with foam tipped arrows. Think dodge ball but with bows and arrows. For ages 12+.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.