First there were Cabbage Patch Kids, then there was Beanie Babies and now there are those little mechanical hamster things. If you're trying your hardest to do away with lame kids collections try packing up your kids and heading out for some good old fashioned learning.
As more extra curricular programs are being cut in schools due to budget restrictions, you kids might not be able to depend on their horizons being expanded by their experiences in the classroom. Although we're sure you're not shy about taking your kids out to see the sights around town, try spending a weekend or two focusing on a particular subject.
Instead of visiting a dinosaur exhibit and picking up a toy from the gift shop, try following up your visit with a trip to local parks where there might be exposed bluffs. Look for fossils and take your kids dinosaur hunting to make it an adventure.
Try taking an art class in addition to visiting a local museum; hit up monthly art nights around town and check out galleries. You never know what will stem from extended exposure to the arts and sciences and hopefully it can help rid your house of Polly Pockets!
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