Bass Pro Shops, you need to go, go, go and take your kids to visit Santa's Wonderland! We took Kainan last week and honestly I wasn't expecting much. I was expecting a free picture with Santa, employees trying to push picture packages on you and not much else. I was wrong! Of course it's a store, so there were lots of (overpriced) toys everywhere, but there were also lots of fun, free activities. Kainan got to make an ornament, got a free Santa bandz (like SillyBandz,) got to ride a merry-go-round, colored some pictures, and also played with various toys and went down and "ice" slide. He absolutely loved it. Kainan also loved visiting the rest of the store and seeing all the fish. We aren't really into hunting or anything, but Kainan loves animals so he really enjoyed all of the fish and turtles.
This is a great free family activity. I plan to take Kainan back, along with Mikaela, and possibly buy more pictures then. The staff was not pushy at all, and the cheapest picture package was $9.99. If you don't want to buy a package, you can always just keep the free picture and scan it. The crafts and Santa bandz change weekly, so you could even go back more than once. There are many Bass Pro Shops locations, go here to see if there is one near you!