Gift Them Experiences Gift Guide ~ Amazing Experience Gifts for Kids in New Jersey

Posted on: November 20th, 2018by

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Gift Them Experiences


In our Gift Them Experiences Gift Guide we encourage you to put local experience gifts under the tree!


On Black Friday you can take advantage of these Black Friday Deals for families to do just that!

Stay in your pajamas!

Snuggle up with your kids!

Then when they aren’t looking jump online and order away.


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Gift a kid a gift that gives back through unforgettable experiences!


We have been publishing a Gift Them Experiences gift guide since 2011! This is our EIGHTH year of providing a gift guide that encourages parents, grandparents, and loved ones to look beyond the toy aisle this year when it comes to gift giving and instead purchase experience gifts local to New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York. We want to show you how you can find great unique gifts for kids that don’t involve standing in line or fighting for the last item on the shelf. We guarantee the items and ideas in this gift guide don’t require you do any of those things. Take a look.


Best Experience Gifts for for All Families

Movie Tickets & Movie Gift Cards through Fandango Black Friday Deals

This holiday break Mary Poppins Returns, The Grinch and other kids movies will be out. In 2019, Disney will release Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, Star Wars Episode IX, and Avengers 4. Other 2019 releases include Wonder Woman 2, The Lego Movie 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and more. All of these make for a great reason to take advantage of Fandango Black Friday Deals.

To take advantage of Fandango’s offers to buy movie tickets as gifts, click one of the links below.

Unique way to wrap your Fandango gift cards as a gift.

Tuck the Fandango movie tickets or gift cards inside plastic popcorn cups with boxes of classic movie theater candy.


Best Experience Gifts to New Jersey Family Attractions

Experience the gift of year-round sun with Sahara Sam’s Annual Passes

What is the one gift that lets any day be a beach day? It’s a Sahara Sam’s gift. It might be rainy and gloomy outdoors, but inside Sahara Sam it’s warm and inviting. Maybe your kids find the beach boring. Then, Sahara Sam’s indoor activity pools, water slides, and rides will give them a thrill! Give a Sahara Sam’s ticket or better yet an annual pass as a gift and Sahara Sam’s can be your staycation all year round.

Read more about Sahara Sam’s in our Sahara Sam’s blog posts.

  • Sahara Sam’s Annual Passes are regularly priced at $84.99! See below for the Sahara Sam’s Black Friday Sale prices. Season passes include unlimited visits to our year-round, weatherproof park for the rest of 2018 and all of 2019! Plus, Season Pass Holders get exclusive perks:
    • November offers: Bring-a-friend for $9.99 on a Friday in November + BOGO Personal Pizzas on Thursdays & Fridays
    • Bring-a-friend FREE ticket for a Thursday in January
    • Bring-a-friend for $9.99 ticket for a Wednesday in June, July or August
    • FREE admission to Swimming with Santa in 2018 & 2019
    • FREE admission to the 2019 Summer Kickoff Party
    • FREE admission to the 2019 Declaration Celebration
    • FREE admission to the 2019 Summer Farewell Party
    • FREE admission to Halloween Horror in 2019
    • FREE admission to Monster Splash Foam Party in 2019
    • FREE $10 arcade card
    • Discounted birthday party pricing
    • FREE admission to seasonal special events
    • FREE admission to all Apex Parks
    • Monthly discounts on food & retail items
  • Sahara Sam’s Daily Tickets are $32.99 – $36.99 Valid ALL day on days of operation. Walk up price: $41.99. All guests 3 years of age and older need to purchase admission. Seniors aged 65 and over are just $19.99 at the park. You can buy daily tickets to Sahara Sam’s Waterpark with this link.

Sahara Sams Black Friday sale

Sahara Sam’s Black Friday Sale

  • Sahara Sam’s Black Friday price for annual passes – $39.99 per pass.
  • Limited Time Holiday Gift Card Bonus Value
    • Gift cards can be used on merchandise, arcade cards and food & beverage purchases.
    • Buy a $30 Gift Card for only $25
    • Buy a $65 Gift Card for only $50.
    • Click over to read sale details.
  • Black Friday Sale: Online ONLY from Tuesday, November 20th – Cyber Monday (November 26th). Click over to the Black Friday Sale at the Sahara Sam’s site to make your purchase. These are online sale options only, while supplies last, and not available on location.


For a chance to win Sahara Sam’s tickets click over to this post. This holiday’s Sahara Sam’s ticket giveaway will run from December 4-December 11, 2018.


Sahara Sams

Huge smiles because he knows he will make it across Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

Unique way to wrap your Sahara Sam’s gift:

Wrap your Sahara Sam’s ticket or Sahara Sam’s annual pass in a new beach towel with some sunscreen. Your kids won’t know the real gift is inside until you have them open up the towel. Amazon has a great collection of beach towels for kids and tweens, with designs in colors, stripes, superheroes, Disney characters and more.



Getting ready to drive off in one of the Farm Tractors at Diggerland.

Getting ready to drive off in one of the Farm Tractors at Diggerland.


Dig this Experience Gift – Diggerland Annual Passes

How fortunate are we?! New Jersey has the only family attraction in the country where kids can operate construction equipment. Diggerland has 21 acres with over 25 activities involving construction equipment. Diggerland’s one day tickets include driving full sized backhoes, digging giant holes with real excavators and operating construction equipment – from skid-steers to ARGOs. Admission also includes climbing one of the world’s tallest ropes courses, having an off road adventure in a military truck, scaling the rock wall, playing in the video arcade, and so much more! After one day, you are going to want to go back for more Diggerland fun. Take advantage of Diggerland’s upcoming sale to get a Diggerland USA membership for just a few dollar more than a regularly priced one-day ticket.

Click over to read our Diggerland blog post series.

  • Diggerland Membership Passes: 44.95, Regularly Priced: $64.95. Visit Diggerland as many times as you like, on any operating day, for 365 consecutive days after activation! The pass costs less than 2 tickets. If you visit twice, it pays for itself.
  • Diggerland Single Day Tickets
    • The walk up ticket price is $36.96.
    • Online ticket price is $34.95 for specific dates. Valid for a single day admission on a specific date and purchased online.
    • Online ticket price $38.95 for non-specific any-day tickets. Valid for a single day admission on a date of your leisure. This ticket is valid any operating day from the time of purchase until the end of the 2019 season.

Diggerland Black Friday Sales

Diggerland Black Friday Sale 

  • On December 14, there will be another 72 Hour Holiday sale of Diggerland memberships and tickets.
    • The offers will be made available December 14th, 2018 at 6:00 AM in the morning. These are online sale options only, while supplies last, and not available on location. This is a 72 hour offer and will expire December 17th at 5:59 AM.


For a chance to win Diggerland tickets click over to this post. This holiday’s Diggerland ticket giveaway will run from December 11-December 18, 2018.


Unique way to wrap your Diggerland gift:

Tuck your Diggerland ticket or annual pass gift in a beach bucket or big toy truck with sand. Then, make your kids DIG for their gift. You can also tuck Diggerland tickets into a hard hat for a child’s gift. You can get a 4 pack of beach buckets (one for every family member) on Amazon. And yes, you can order sand online too.

Diggerland Annual Pass


Find a World Within our own with a Tuckerton Seaport Family Membership

A Tuckerton Seaport day includes a day of learning and fun both indoors or outdoors. Climb the lighthouse. Play on the pirate ship playground. Watch a crafter make a decoy or basket. Explore the grounds and buildings. Create a craft or read a story in the Jersey Family Fun Kids’ Quarters. Participate in an event like Privateers & Pirates or taste new foods at one of their Tuckerton Truckerton Food Truck Festivals. There is always something fun to do at the Tuckerton Seaport and another reason to come back. See what’s coming in our Tuckerton Seaport Events Calendar.


Give the gift of a Tuckerton Seaport Family Membership


A Tuckerton Seaport family membership provides your family with unlimited general admission for a full year. It also includes admission to ALL Tuckerton Seaport events. You’ll receive discounts on purchases at Tuckerton Seaport Gift Shop plus advance notification of Seaport happenings via a weekly email blast.


Read more about the Tuckerton Seaport in our Tuckerton Seaport blog post series.

  • Tuckerton Seaport Ticket Sales Price $9.00 per ticket for adults. $5 for children 5 and older.
  • Tuckerton Seaport Family Membership Sales Price $60.00 per family membership for one year/ $100 for two years.
  • Tuckerton Seaport Membership bonus for Small Business Saturday, November 24, 9 am to 5 pm, spend $20 and earn a chance to spin the prize wheel.
  • Click over to to make your purchase.


Unique way to wrap your Tuckerton Seaport Membership gift:

Why not tuck away your Tuckerton Seaport tickets or membership in a play tug boat? (I like these toy tug boats on Amazon.) Have the tug boat tug along smaller boats representing the various attractions at the Tuckerton Seaport. One smaller boat could contain a lighthouse. Another boat would include surfboards. Another boat could include toy turtles. Your child won’t just be excited with a new toy, but also the ways they can learn and play at the Tuckerton Seaport.


For a chance to win a Tuckerton Seaport Museum Family Membership click over to this post. This holiday’s Tuckerton Seaport Museum Family Membership giveaway will run from December 18-December 25, 2018.


More Experience Gifts for New Jersey Families

Gift the experience of learning karate with Mackenzie & Yates Martial Arts Classes

Give your child the gift of confidence, focus, discipline and self defense this holiday season by saving 75% off a Mackenzie & Yates 6 week trial of karate classes! Many young Americans grow up with martial arts as one of their first competitive sports/activities. Not only is it a great activity that keeps participants physically active, but it instills a sense of achievement and ethics, as you work your way up to earning a black belt. Mackenzie & Yates offers a special Young Dragon class for kids ages 4-6 as well as our regular TaeKwon-Do class for kids 7+ and adults. Mackenzie & Yates Martial Arts has locations throughout South Jersey: Atco, Hammonton, and others.

Concentrating hard in karate class in Hammonton.

Read more about Jenn’s experience with her boys taking Mackenzie & Yates Martial Arts classes in this article, Watching my Boys Grow in Slow Motion Through Karate.

Mackenzie & Yates Martial Arts Black Friday Sale

  • Save 75% off our $69, 6-week trial. That’s 12 classes for only $17.25!
    • Use promo code PREBF. Black Friday offer expires for the public on Saturday, November 24. Jersey Family Fun readers can use the code to save on karate classes until Friday, November 30, 2018.
  • FREE Uniform Included!
  • Great gift idea for kids ages 4+ – Available at Mackenzie & Yates Atco location and Hammonton location
  • Mackenzie & Yates will call to schedule your first class upon registration.
  • Click over to to make your purchase.

Mackenzie & Yates Martial Arts Black Friday Sale


Goldfish Swim School Swim Lessons

Looking for an experiential holiday gift option that gives families the ability to spend quality time together and gives a child an invaluable life skill? This holiday season, skip the toy store and give the little ones in your life the gift of swim lessons instead! While supplies last, Goldfish Swim School locations in: Wyckoff, Livingston, Mount Laurel, Middletown, Manalapan, Closter and Denville are offering discounted holiday packages for the little swimmers in your life! Swimming lessons provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime. Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons. Kids love Goldfish’s fun, tropical environment and 90 degree pools. Parents get the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are learning an essential life skill based on our proven curriculum. There’s no better gift than that!

Learn more in this article, Give the Gift of Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School. In fact, this holiday we are running a Goldfish Swim School Swim Lessons giveaway from November 27-December 4, 2018. Click over to enter.


Give the Gift of Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School This Holiday Season

Best Experience Gifts to Pennsylvania Attractions

Make Science an experience with a Franklin Institute Family Membership

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake. The Franklin Institute has a variety of exhibitions that explore many different concepts. There are places to learn about your brain, virtual reality, trains, and more! It’s a great giftable experience for a family that loves science.


GIve the Gift of a The Franklin Institute Membership


Read more about The Franklin Institute in our Franklin Institute series.

  • The Franklin Institute Ticket Sales Price $23.00 per ticket for adults. $19 for children 3 to 11 years old.
  • The Franklin Institute Family Memberships start at $149 a year for 2 adults and 4 children.
  • Click over to to make your purchase.

To learn more about a The Franklin Institute Membership, please visit Give the Gift of a The Franklin Institute Membership. For a chance to win a Franklin Institute family membership click over to this post. This holiday’s Franklin Institute family membership giveaway will run from November 23-November 30, 2018.


Give the Experience of Learning to Ski with SkiPA

The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (SkiPA) offers the perfect gift for families interested in getting their loved ones introduced to the sport of skiing or snowboarding and staying active this winter.  The “First-Time Ski/Snowboard” package is a gift of fitness that keeps giving long after the holidays. It’s a great incentive for families to commit to spending quality time outdoors together on the Pennsylvania slopes.


King Pine Ski Lessons 1


The First-Time Ski/Snowboard package takes the guesswork out of planning and makes it easy for beginners to hit the slopes for the first time. Available for $59, ski and snowboard newbies receive a beginner lift ticket, group lesson and complete rental equipment.  Quantities are limited, so it’s recommended to sign up early.  All orders must be received online by Dec. 30, 2018.  Purchase is limited to five vouchers per household.Voucher can be used anytime (Weekends & Holidays) except for Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain & Seven Springs.  Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain & Seven Springs – During the following dates 12/22/18 – 1/1/19; 1/18-21/19 and 2/15-18/19, you need to make advanced reservations and they only offer a group lesson time for 1:00 pm.

 To sign up, visit,

The First-Time Ski/Snowboard package is available at the following Pennsylvania ski area resorts:

  • SKiPA packageBear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie,
  • Big Boulder, Blakeslee,
  • Blue Knob Resort, Claysburg,
  • Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton,
  • Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville,
  • Elk Mountain, Union Dale,
  • Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley,
  • Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee,
  • Laurel Mountain, Ligonier,
  • Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley,
  • Montage Mountain, Scranton,
  • Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington,
  • Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry,
  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs,
  • Shawnee Mountain, Shawnee-on-Delaware,
  • Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen,
  • Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Morris,
  • Tussey Mountain All Seasons, Boalsburg,
  • Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg,

For more information on the First-Time Ski/Snowboard package or the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association visit


Gift an overnight experience at Kalahari Resorts

If you’re a reader of Jersey Family Fun you know how much we love escaping to Kalahari in the Poconos! It’s always a balmy 84 degrees inside, and what better way to warm up your Christmas morning than to gift a Kalahari getaway? The waterslides, the hot tub, the lazy river it’s all so much fun for every age.

Read more about Kalahari in our articles.


Kalahari Black Friday Deals

  • Get your passes to America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark & Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures Ropes Course & Zipline Park, Black Friday – Cyber Monday. Get a Waterpark pass for $49, Gorilla Grove pass for $35, or make it a combination of both for only $75! *Note: Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures is a seasonal attraction. Purchase online and get more details starting Friday November 23.
  • Purchase any Surprise Box and receive a FREE $25 arcade card! Buy here.


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