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This year put an EXPERIENCE under the tree!
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 SEVENTH 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. 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.
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Sahara Sam’s Tickets & Memberships as gifts
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.
- Gift Card Bonus!
Buy a $40 Gift Card for only $25
Gift Cards are valid on food, merchandise, and admission tickets purchased on location!
- Annual Passes 39.99!
Pass holders enjoy unlimited visits, the entire year. Members receive 10% Off Food and Beverage, 10% Off Merchandise, birthday party discounts, access to special events and are the first to know about special offers. It is the ultimate value at the deepest discount!
- Click over to the Holiday Super Sale page at the Sahara Sam’s site to make your purchase. The offers will be made available December 15th, 2017 at 6:00 AM in the morning until 5:59 AM Saturday, December 16. 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.
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.
Diggerland USA Tickets & Memberships as gifts
How fortunate are we?! New Jersey has the only family attraction in the country where kids can operate construction equipment. Diggerland has 14 acres with over 25 activities involving construction equipment. Diggerland one day tickets include driving full size 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 or watching a daily heavy machinery stunt shows. After one day, you’re going to want to go back for more Diggerland fun. Take advantage of Diggerland’s upcoming sale to get a Diggerland USA annual pass for just a few dollars more than a regularly priced one day ticket.
- ANNUAL PASSES 49.95, Regularly Priced: $64.95
Visit Diggerland as many times as you like, on any operating day, for 365 consecutive days! Dig through the Fall, Winter, and back to next Summer! You have until April 30th of 2018 to activate your pass at the park.
- ANY DAY TICKETS 24.95, Regularly Priced: $36.95. 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 2018 season.
- Click over to the 72 Hour Holiday sale page at the Diggerland USA’s site to make your purchase.
- The offers will be made available December 15th, 2017 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 18th at 5:59 AM.
For a chance to win Diggerland tickets click over to this post.
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.
Tuckerton Seaport Tickets & Memberships as gifts
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.
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 $8.00 per ticket for adults. $5 for children 5 and older.
- Tuckerton Seaport Family Membership Sales Price $40.00 per family membership. The membership rates will go up to $60 in 2017. This is your chance to lock in the 2016 rates.
- Tuckerton Seaport Membership bonus for Small Business Saturday, November 25, they are offering a free set of lighthouse note cards with any $10 purchase on Saturday-limit one per person.
- Click over to www.tuckertonseaport.org 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.
Give the Gift of Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School
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? Consider swim lessons as a holiday gift for the little fish in your life. This is a perfect gift for children of all ages — from infants through 12 years-old. Swim lessons are truly the gift that keeps on giving. This is also a gift for the whole family – parents and grandparents can be a part of lessons and family swims. Learn more in this article, Give the Gift of Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School.
Give the Gift of Guitar Lessons for the Holidays
I still remember the look of excitement on my teenager’s face when he learned that he was being gifted a Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar as part of a program they were doing with bloggers like me. Not only did he squeal with excitement but learning that Fender would give the gift of guitar lessons with Fender Play just about sent him over the top. He was beaming from ear to ear. Gift that kind of experience to your teenager.
With Fender Play online guitar lessons starting with a free trial and then $19.99 a month and the holidays starting just a few weeks away there’s never been a better time to give the gift of guitar lessons. Learn more in this article, Give the Gift of Guitar Lessons for the Holidays.
Give the Gift 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.
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, 2017. Purchase is limited to five vouchers per household. Vouchers can be used anytime, including weekends and holidays (except for Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain & Seven Springs.) At these resorts during Dec. 24. 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018; Jan. 14 through Jan. 16, 2018 and Feb. 17 through Feb. 20, 2018, advanced reservations must be made and there will only be a group lesson at 1 p.m. To sign up, visit, http://www.skipa.com/deals/first-time-offer.
The First-Time Ski/Snowboard package is available at the following Pennsylvania ski area resorts:
- Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, www.skibearcreek.com
- Big Boulder, Blakeslee, www.jfbb.com
- Blue Knob Resort, Claysburg, www.blueknob.com
- Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton, www.skibluemt.com
- Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, www.skicamelback.com
- Elk Mountain, Union Dale, www.elkskier.com
- Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley, www.hiddenvalleyresort.com
- Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee,www.jfbb.com
- Laurel Mountain, Ligonier,www.laurelmountainski.com
- Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley, www.libertymountainresort.com
- Montage Mountain, Scranton, www.montagemountainresorts.com
- Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, www.nemacolin.com
- Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry, www.skiroundtop.com
- Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, www.7springs.com
- Shawnee Mountain, Shawnee-on-Delaware, www.shawneemt.com
- Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen, www.ski-bigbear.com
- Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Morris, www.skisawmill.com
- Tussey Mountain All Seasons, Boalsburg, www.tusseymountain.com
- Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg, www.skiwhitetail.com
For more information on the First-Time Ski/Snowboard package or the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association visit www.SkiPA.com.
Give the Gift of a The Franklin Institute 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.
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 The Franklin Institute tickets click over to this post.
Give the Gift of a Garden State Discovery Museum Family Membership
The Garden State Discovery Museum is a celebration of imagination for children ages infant through 10 years old! It is one of South Jersey’s largest attractions for family fun and discovery! Whether your children love to explore science, get down and dirty making arts and crafts, be the hero of their own story, or bear the honor of wearing the chef’s coat for a day, the GSDM is the place to be! The museum is located just outside of Philadelphia in Cherry Hill, NJ. Go and enjoy over 20 giant kid-powered exhibits and get your hands on the fun.
Garden State Discovery Museum Family Membership Holiday Special
Purchase a membership Friday, November 24, 2017, through Sunday, December 31, 2017, and receive 4 extra months for FREE! That’s right! 16 months for the price of 12! Buying a gift membership for the Holidays? Call and purchase over the phone for more options: Garden State Discovery Museum 856-424-1233 ext. 0. Current members can renew now to take advantage of the 4 extra months, 16 months will be added on to your current expiration date!
To learn more about a Garden State Discovery Museum Family Membership, please visit Give the Gift of a Garden State Discovery Museum Family Membership. For a chance to win Garden State Discovery Museum tickets click over to this post.
Give the Gift of a Penn Museum Experience in Philadelphia
About the Penn Museum, a unique museum for kids in Philadelphia.
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.
Penn Museum Membership Holiday Special
A Penn Museum membership is just one of the ways you can gift a Penn Museum experience this holiday season. A Penn Museum Membership purchased as a gift in the month of December will include a copy of the latest Expedition magazine–the Museum’s exclusive member’s only publication—specially wrapped for the holidays. Visit www.penn.museum/give-join/membership for more information on a Penn Museum membership. Families can also call 215.898.5093 to learn more.
There are so many ways a family can have a Penn Museum experience that we had to give it its own article. Check out 3 Ways to Gift a Penn Museum Experience for more details and your chance to win tickets to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
Crazy! Strange! Unusual! This historic Times Square museum is home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is home to some of the most incredible exhibits found in New York City, many of them discovered and owned by Robert Ripley himself! The NYC Ripley’s Believe It or Not! location, a family friendly attraction is the largest Ripley’s in North America!
Learn more about Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at their site.
Happy Hollyweird Holidays! Get 25% off single attraction tickets to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! with code GINGERBREAD. Sale ends 12/24.
Unique way to wrap your Ripley’s Believe It or Not! tickets as a gift:
Include your Ripley’s Believe It or Not! ticket gift with a copy of books with strange and unusual themes that are sure to fit with such an unusual, but fun gift. We recommend these books on Amazon: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2017, Ripley’s Fun Facts & Silly Stories, Guinness World Records 2017, or Weird but True Gross: 300 Slimy, Sticky, and Smelly Facts.