Today’s post was sponsored by Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. As always, all content and opinions are my own.
TOYS TOYS and more TOYS! It’s my biggest issue with birthdays and holidays.
Last year during the holiday season we really set out to ask grandparents, friends and family for more gifts that are experiences or useful items instead of just toys. And for the most part, everyone adhered to our request. We most definitely didn’t do this to offend anyone who gives them toys or who has done so in the past, but lets be honest, most parents would say their children have too many toys. So why not offset that by asking for experiences instead of another toy that they become uninterested in just weeks later?
Our family and friends always ask us, “what do the boys need?” or “what do the boys want?”.
The boys usually want toys, but do they need more toys? Not really. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not the Grinch. They’re going to get some toys for Christmas from us, family and friends. But not the amount they’ve received in years prior.
We were pretty successful last year when we responded to any Christmas list requests and gave everyone some ideas. We were able to lower our toy haul and increase the amount of things we could make memories with and experiences we can share with them.
This year will be no different. We will most definitely be requesting non-toy items again. And if you’re stumbling over, what can you give children that isn’t a toy?!
One of the best ideas I’ve come across yet: swim lessons!
The Perfect Non-Toy Christmas Gift
Swim lessons as a Christmas gift is genius I tell you. I mean what a great non-toy gift that will not only be fun for the kids, but is an extremely valuable skill to have!
We recently joined Aqua-Tots Swim School and our boys are already loving it! All three of them have a swim lesson each week that is tailored to their specific skill level. In just a few weeks of attending the boys have already unlocked new swim skills — all thanks to Aqua-Tots and their wonderful instructors.
You can purchase any denomination of a gift certificate — one lesson, a month of lessons, a year of lessons. It’s totally up to you!
Not only can you purchase in any denomination, but right now Aqua-Tots is offering prepaid plans that include FREE lessons!
- A 6 month prepaid plan will give you 6 months of weekly swim lessons plus one month for FREE !
- Or you can get a 12 month prepaid plan and receive two months for FREE !
I wanted to share some of my favorites about Aqua-Tots to give you an idea of what kind of gift you can give your little loved ones!
Favorites About Aqua-Tots
Small Class Sizes
The boys are always in a small class with just 2 or 3 other students. They receive very individualized care and instruction during their lesson. I just love how much attention they receive during the lesson.
Personal After Class Remarks
After EVERY lesson the instructor speaks to each parent about how the lesson went. Even though you as the parent can sit and watch, I really enjoy hearing from their instructor how the lesson went for each of them and what they can improve on next week. This is such a great perk of attending Aqua-Tots.
Otter Club Perks
You have the option to join the Otter Club as part of your membership. You have access to free open swim (times vary depending on location), 20% off retail items, makeup lessons, free admission to facility events, admission to exclusive VIP holiday events, one (1) trial adult lesson, and you receive a really awesome Otter Club registration bag filled with lots of Aqua-Tots goodies.
We took advantage of the Otter Club perks right away by purchasing the boys swim goggles there and used the 20% off!
Even MORE Feedback
Not only do the instructors give you feedback after every single lesson, but you also receive an email after each lesson of what new skills your child unlocked during the lesson and you can see a “report card” of how they’re doing! I truly love all the information you have on how your child is doing, so you’re never feeling in the dark on their progress or how it’s going.
Clean and Fun Atmosphere
A clean facility is huge for me. If your facility isn’t clean, it’s unlikely my family and I will go back. Aqua-Tots does an outstanding job of keeping their facility in a great condition. I have to really hand it to them. They do such a good job of keeping the place looking great considering the amount of children and water everywhere. I am always impressed with the cleanliness and just the fun atmosphere they provide.
We are loving our experience with Aqua-Tots so far and cannot recommend them enough! Keep them in mind when trying to find a nontraditional gifting experience for the little people in your family. 🙂