The Gift of Music!

I love Christmas!  I'm not a big fan of "stuff".  Over the years I've become more and more minimalist in my gift giving and so far, no one has complained.  Rather than stuff, we've focused more and more on experiences.  Performances, classes, trips ~ all provide learning, memories and fun and can't be shoved into a closet or under a bed!
When our children were small, the gifts could get overwhelming!  How many of you have the regular experience of a child who is way more entertained by a box or wrapping paper than the actual gift???
Young children in particular can be equally entertained and challenged by "non-toys" as they are by toys and in fact sometimes those very toys get boring really fast!  As you are doing your holiday shopping (or giving suggestions to others who LOVE your little ones), think about the gift of music, art and culture.  As a parent of 3, I know that lessons, shows, museum passes etc… add up financially, but they are also super fun for all involved!  Having some of those things "gifted" over the years has meant that my children have seen and done things they wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
Obviously I own a business offering Early Childhood Music classes, so I'd LOVE for you to register for class or buy a gift certificate for Music Together classes!  But beyond that, think about EXPERIENCES.  Here is my list of favorite experiences my children have been gifted with over the years ~ take a look and then if you love a little one ages 0-7, consider registering for a Music Together class or buying a Gift Certificate at www.artsfromtheheart.net!

Gift Experiences:
1) Music Together classes (or music lessons for older kids!)
2) Lessons in whatever your child loves (mine explored tennis, trampoline, dance, diving etc…)
3) Tickets to age appropriate performances at local venues - The Jorgensen at UConn, The Bushnell, local theatre groups.  The range of performances out there is vast and a child might enjoy a community theatre production or a local school concert as much as a show on Broadway, so explore your local venues!
4) Museum passes or memberships - some of them give you access to other museums around the country, so do your research and maximize the fun!

You get the idea!  Giving a gift like music, theatre, art, etc.. means that the experience goes on and on.  You can feel good knowing that rather than being thrown in a closet, the learning and memories that happen when children "experience" life is a gift that keeps giving!
Happy Holidays and consider the gift of music at Arts from the Heart, llc.  You'll be glad you did~

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