20 December 2016
Finding the perfect Christmas present for children is never easy, so we thought we’d ask the experts (the kids) what they would they really like for Christmas...
“I want to win Britain’s Got Talent!”
First things first! Belfast has always been a musical city and if your teenager wants to be a pop star, you can set them on the right path at Dawsons Music on Royal Avenue. Not only do they have a great range of musical instruments but they offer trial lessons and blocks of guitar lessons, as well as gift vouchers.
“I want a really special teddy bear”.
Then why not make it yourself at the only Build-A-Bear Workshop store in Northern Ireland. Using one of the interactive bear-making stations at their store in Victoria Square, your child can make their own bear and choose from hundreds of outfits and accessories for them too.
“I want to make my own chocolates”.
At Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, kids can make all kinds of sweets and chocolates in the traditional way, from toffee to lollipops and even chocolate pizzas. There are even prizes for the most creative chocolate masterpiece. And let’s be honest, you wouldn’t mind a go yourself would you? That’s no problem.
“I want fun all year around”.
With a season pass to W5 at Odyssey, kids can return again and again to let their imagination take flight through more than 250 hands-on permanent exhibits at the W5 Science and Discovery Centre. With a season pass, they can enjoy unlimited access to W5, including special events, exhibitions and shows.
“I want to beat Dad at a game”.
The world’s most famous board game has come to Belfast. Forget Park Lane and Mayfair, the Belfast Monopoly edition will take you from Titanic Quarter to the Waterfront and around the city. So put a hotel on Donegall Square and watch Dad squirm. The Monopoly Belfast edition (and loads of other great gift ideas) is available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, as well as toy shops in the city.
“I want to be a make-up artist”.
If your teenage girl spends her spare time following beauty bloggers on the net, then she’ll love the make-up lessons on offer in Belfast. Victoria Square's House of Fraser is home to brands like Charlotte Tilbury and Urban Decay, whilst Debenhams in CastleCourt offers MAC and Benefit amongst others. So, simply choose their favourite brand, and arrange for a make-up tutorial to help them to apply it.
“I want to be the best on a BMX”.
Then take your daredevil to the amazing T13 in Titanic Quarter and its spectacular slopes to sharpen their skills on a BMX or skateboard. Book them a ticket for a session, the whole day or a club night.
“I want a unicorn!”
Believe it or not you can have one. A giant toy unicorn with soft fur and sparkly eyes. You’ll find it at CastleCourt's newly refurbished Toys R Us super store along with a vast range of great toys and games.
“I want to be in Star Wars”.
We couldn’t quite manage that but here’s the next best thing. Explore the Disney Store at Donegall Place and you’ll find loads of great gift ideas from your kids’ favourite films, including a First Order Voice Changing Mask from Star Wars. A pair of Darth Vader slippers anyone?