The Mint Chip Mama’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

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The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? Thanksgiving is creeping up quickly and before we know it snow will be falling and presents will be everywhere!

The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

I put a lot of time and love into my blog posts and Facebook page (where I post something fun daily). So many places and products have crossed my path that I absolutely LOVE. Thought it would be fun to share them with you and help in the eternal search for holiday gifts.

The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

I also think the best gifts are experiences so you’ll see that’s the biggest section below. How much would YOU love if someone got you a gift certificate to one of the local attractions you’ve been dying to try? To me that’s the best gift – it keeps on giving all year long and you don’t have to find a place to put it in your closet.

Enjoy!

Experiential Gifts Because You Have Enough Stuff

Camelback Mountain Skiing & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville, PA

Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

Diggerland in West Berlin, NJ

Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, PA

Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA

Splish Splash in Calverton, NY

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster, PA

Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg, PA

Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, PA

Adventureland Season Pass in Farmingdale, NY

Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

The Ride Manhattan Tour (Midtown or downtown)

Big Apple Circus tickets

ParkWhiz (nationwide)

NYBG Holiday Train Show in Bronx, NY

Wildlife Conservation Society Membership in New York City

Puffs The Play in Manhattan

Hershey Park in Hershey, PA

The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Books

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck

The Complete Book of Fashion History

The Golden Girls Adult Coloring Book

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids

The Little Book of Hygge

American Presidents Activity Book

My Very Own Trucks

Adventures in History (Playmobil) 

Tuck Everlasting

The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

For Your Male or Female Friend Who Has Everything

The Swankey Beverage Tote 

Pic’s Peanut Butter

Bug Bite Thing

Raisels

Luxe Bidet

GH Cretors Popped Corn

Aladdin Glass Mason Jar Drink Dispenser, 32 Oz Insulated Tumbler & Mason Cups

Avocado Hugger

Barbuzzo Wine & Martini Glass

A Hole Paperweight

Bracelet Flask

World’s Softest Socks

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

Eco Nuts Wool Dryer Balls 

Jessica’s Natural Foods Granola

O-Venture Key Ring

Oilz+ Shea Butter Moisturizer from Scrubz Body

Bondi Unique Flexible Cell Phone Holder

For The New Mom

Fridababy Bitty Bundle

UPPAbaby Universal Infant Carseat Cabana

REMI – Baby monitor, sleep trainer, nightlight, bluetooth speaker

Babyganics products – especially the individually wrapped Hand Sanitizing Wipes

Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat

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For the Seasoned Mom

GB Pockit Stroller

Mabels Labels

Mixed Pears Food Scissor

Fun Stuff For Kids

Tomy John Deere Lawn & Garden Set

Crayola Color In Socks

H2OGo! Splash Blobz

NameBubbles Customized Wall Decals

Cobra Paw

Kudo Banz

Sleeping Queens

TriceraTACO Taco Holder

Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game

Perfection

Table-Time Look & Learn Tablecloth

RSDubs Ribbons Hair Accessories

Moluk Plui Bath Toy

Battleship

Stand N Swing with chain

Sequence Game

The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

For Your Breastfeeding Buddy

PumpEase Handsfree Pumping Bra

Glamourmom Nursing Tanks

The Comfy Cradle

Evenflo Breastpump

The First Years Breastflow Milk Storage Organizer

May everyone’s holiday season be filled with joy!

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The Crayola Experience in Easton, PA. What a Great Family Day!

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Who doesn’t love arts & crafts? In my family – from the age of eight months to thirty eight years, we all love creating. Upon booking our first family ski trip to the Poconos, we knew immediately the best place to stop enroute would be the Crayola Experience, in Easton, PA!

Back in 2012, on our first visit (and prior to the expansive renovations), we ventured to the Crayola Experience as an easy day trip from Manhattan.

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Since moving to the suburbs, and subsequently having two more children, we have been looking for an opportunity to return. The timing could not have been better. My seven year old and three year old went to town, while I enjoyed the baby friendly facility (including a nursing room on the 2nd floor!). There was literally something there for everyone.

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Bursting with four floors of color, we began our creative journey at the top.  While I waited on the short line for Melt and Mold, my kids were at Meltdown. Think painting directly from the belly of a giant Crayola crayon – the kids dipped brushes into melted wax and “painted” their creations.

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Next, it was Melt and Mold time. Here the kids put a crayon into one of three machines and watched it melt, drip down, and mold into a dinosaur, ring or Crayola swirl. My kids thought this was fascinating! We spent a good amount of time here and made souvenirs for pretty much everyone we know.

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Our last stop was Drip ArtCrayola’s take on spin art. As a child, spin art was my jam, so I eagerly awaited my turn right behind my kids. Yanking the throttle to control the speed of the spinner, my son pretended he was on a rocket ship as the crayon wax dripped into a beautiful circular design. It’s safe to say this exhibit was a winner.

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Feeling like we successfully conquered the fourth floor, we headed down to the third floor where my kids had tunnel vision to the jungle explorer in the Activity Studio. A HUGE two story jungle gym with twist, turns, slides, and climbing galore meant they were in heaven (and I could sit down for twenty minutes – yay)! I watched them have the best time and even ran back up to the fourth floor to snap a quick picture of them in one of the clear lookout bubbles.

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After some begging, I got them to move on to the Doodle in the Dark area. This great (dark) space provided large neon doodle boards on the walls, an animated dance floor, and an interactive dancing experience where a Crayola crayon copied your moves. Let’s just say Mr. Purple pulled out some impressive choreography!

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Heading down to the second floor, we found ourselves mesmerized by the Art Alive area – where your iPad creation magically transports  into a live animation on the wall.

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But once they saw the Molding Madness area they started running. Loving the vending machine and the crafting equally, they put in the provided tokens and picked their Crayola Model Magic colors.

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If your kids are like mine and seek out shows and character meet and greets, this is the floor for you. We not only met Mr. Green, we saw crayons being made at the Crayola Factory show and were transported into the two dimensional world of a coloring page in the Be A Star studio.

Favorites of ours on both visits, these are all not to be missed.

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As our grand finale exhibit, we created custom crayons by picking a color, logo, and name at Wrap It Up! Once the label printed out we used the machines to attach it to the provided crayon making it an official Crayola color. Woot!

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As our time at the Crayola Experience came to an end, and we exited through the colorful gift shop – loot bags in hand – we once again agreed the “Experience” was a success.

Perfect as a day trip or enroute to one of the many fun things to do in the Poconos, the Crayola Experience is a great place to spend the day. If you live in the area, check out their special events. Wish I could do a Mom’s Night Out here!

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****Giveaway****

Know what’s even more fun than coloring? Winning an annual pass to color as much as you want! The nice people at the Crayola Experience have offered to giveaway 2 annual passes to The Mint Chip Mama readers!

To win comment below:

What is your favorite arts and crafts/creative thing to do with your kids?

Winner chosen Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5pm EST!

(Drum roll) the winner is Jen H! 

But even better – everyone is a winner! Follow this link to save $3 off  your admission tickets! The code to access the tickets is: Chip. With the school break next week it’s a great time to go!

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