29 Ways To Gift Experiences Instead Of Things This Holiday Season

Together Riley and I decided that as a family we were going to teach our children the value in memories over things.  There is plenty of research that shows this can actually make you happier, and we really enjoy making those memories with our kids.  You can read an article published by Forbes, here, to get a glimpse into why that is.  I firmly believe that children should get toys for Christmas - I really do.  I also think that they will be happier with a smaller/less expensive toy and an experience.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, making memories with the little ones in your lives and each other is so important and so much fun.  Here is my list of 29 different ways to create experiences or give experiences to the ones you love in Columbus, Ohio.  There is something for every budget on this list.  The only advice I would give you - is to keep communication open.  It wouldn't be fun to buy tickets to something to find out Mom and Dad already did.  It's harder to return the things on this list.  Please enjoy!! I hope you find this helpful! If you have something you think I should add, I'd love to hear it! 

Stay tuned because on Sunday I will share a list on experiences in Columbus to give the adults in your life.  

  1. Columbus Zoo Membership

  2. Wilds Membership

  3. COSI Membership

  4. Franklin Park Conservatory Membership

  5. Columbus Museum of Art Membership

  6. Ohio History Museum Membership

  7. World of Bounce gift card

  8. Tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre

  9. Tickets to see a show at the Children’s Theatre

  10. A date to Chuck E Cheese, KDB, or Dave and Busters

  11. Gift Cards to Sweet and Sassy

  12. Class or Camp at Engineering for Kids

  13. A date to Buckeye Bounce or a gift card to Buckeye Bounce

  14. A date to Good Makery and lunch after

  15. Tickets to Disney On Ice

  16. A date or gift card to Sports Ohio

  17. Lunch at the American Girl Store

  18. Tickets to a sporting event - Buckeyes, Clippers, Blue Jackets.

  19. A trip to Newport Aquarium (I hear memberships aren’t that expensive and they are on Groupon occasionally so you could get a membership for the family also)

  20. Little Chef/Big Chef class at the Commissary

  21. Cooking class or camp at Young Chef’s Academy in Gahanna

  22. Ice Skating at the Chiller

  23. Glow Putt Mini Golf

  24. Recreations outlet gift card

  25. Tickets to Lego KidsFest

  26. A date or gift card to Color Me Mine - they also have special events that are perfect gift opportunities

  27. Swimming Class or Gift Card for open swim at Goldfish Swim School

  28. A trip to the Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo
  29. Lunch at North Market followed by a trip to Goodale Park