Whether you are shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, graduation, or another special celebration, consider gifting local New Jersey experiences!
Gift a kid a gift that gives back through unforgettable experiences!
We have been publishing a New Jersey Gift Them Experiences gift guide since 2011! This is our TWELFTH 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 New Jersey experiences as gifts. We’re currently updating this guide for 2023.
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 or worrying about if it’s out of stock. No worrying about whether the gift will arrive on time.
No worrying about making room for stuff, batteries, or assembly. Many of these giftable experiences can be printed at home and redeemed when you’re ready.
We guarantee the items and ideas in this gift guide don’t require any hassle. Even better this year we are making sure all of these New Jersey experiences to gift can be purchased online. Take a look.
New Jersey Gift Experiences for Kids and Teens
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New Jersey Gift Experiences that keep on giving
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Give the Gift of Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School This Holiday Season
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. We’d love to see your whole family at a New Jersey Goldfish Swim School location this winter!
Goldfish Swim School is offering special discounted holiday packages while supplies last. Holiday packages include swim lessons at the New Jersey Goldfish Swim School of your choice including Closter, Denville, Livingston, Middletown, Manalapan, Mount Laurel, and Springfield and Wyckoff locations. ***Note*** Please check with the location nearest you for package details.
Swim lessons are a gift for life! – Five Star Swim School
Experiences can be unforgettable, but how about the experience that can teach a life skill? Gift your loved ones with swim lessons! Five Star Swim School is the place for effective swim lessons! Classes are grouped by age and skill and have a 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Lessons are offered at convenient times year-round at locations throughout New Jersey! It is a fantastic gift for kids as young as 6 months old.
Five Star Swim School has a special Gift Certificate offer for our Jersey Fun Readers! In all New Jersey locations: Cherry Hill, Edison, Galloway, Princeton, Eatontown, East Hanover, and Deptford, purchase a $100 or more Gift Certificate and receive a FREE pair of Finis goggles, a Five Star towel, and a Five Star tote bag! ***Note*** Classes in Deptford will be available from 01/02/2023.
Save Money with gift cards and discount tickets on these New Jersey gift experiences for kids and teens
We’re thrilled to be able to partner with these New Jersey area attractions and resorts to help our readers save money while purchasing giftable experiences.
Save on Exclusive FUN is at iPlay America!
Bring in your friends and family for endless FUN at iPlay America. Enjoy NEW rides and attractions, an expansive arcade, EXCLUSIVE events, and more!
iPlay America gift cards
FUN makes a great gift. Give the gift of FUN this holiday season with iPlay America gift cards. Buy $50 in gift cards. Get $10 in Bonus Play! Buy iPlay America gift cards NOW.
NYE Party Pass to iPlay America’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party
Bring in friends and family as iPlay America parties into the New Year with giveaways, party favors, a DJ, and more! New Year’s Eve from 7:30 PM – 1 AM.
Early Bird Offer – Buy your NYE Party Pass before 12/15. Get (1) FREE UNLIMITED Ride Band. Valid 1/1/23-3/31/23.
FREE Ride Band will be given to the ticket holders at the Welcome Center upon check in. Valid only on purchased tickets.
Get tickets now to iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve Party!
For these next few locations, we have affiliate relationships. Our readers save money on tickets and we earn a small commission each time you make a purchase using our link. Feel free to call aRes Travel directly at (800) 903-5044 if you’re looking for discount tickets to somewhere you don’t see on this list.
Travel back to the Middle Ages with knights, horses, jousting, and swordplay while enjoying a “hands-on” four-course feast as the story of bravery and love unfolds before you in this unique entertainment experience. Jersey Family Fun readers can save $5-$20 off each ticket. Visit Discount ticket to Medieval Times New Jersey to learn more.
Experience the city under the sea at SEA LIFE Aquarium, located in New Jersey’s American Dream mall! Come face-to-fin with thousands of the ocean’s most amazing creatures in 10+ interactive exhibits themed to New York’s most memorable moments, bringing the magic of the streets to an awe-inspiring underwater world. Jersey Family Fun readers can save at least $2 off each ticket. Visit Discount tickets to SeaLife New Jersey to learn more.
LEGOLAND®Discovery Center New Jersey is the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground located in New Jersey’s American Dream. Inspire the imaginations of children aged 3-10 with over 2 million LEGO bricks in one location! The indoor LEGO attraction is a 3-hour play experience with a LEGO-themed train ride, a 4D cinema where you can see all of your favorite LEGO characters come to life with special effects, and MINILAND™ (a LEGO re-creation of New York and New Jersey’s most popular landmarks). Jersey Family Fun readers can save at least $2 off each ticket. Visit Discount tickets to Legoland Discovery Center New Jersey to learn more.
Incredible money-saving deals on New Jersey gift experiences for kids and teens
These popular New Jersey family attractions are offering some amazing ways to save money as you shop for gift experiences for kids and teens. They’ve opted to take advantage of our featured listings so you can see their deals before anyone else. I don’t blame them as we have lots of deals to share with you.
Gift a Beach Day! New Jersey 2024 Beach Badges on sale now
- Bradley Beach – Bradley Beach 2024 beach tags for the season are on sale now. Daily and monthly tags will be announced at a later date. You can read all the details on the Bradley Beach website.
- Brick Township – Brick Township 2024 beach badges have not yet been announced for the season. Check their website for updates!
- Cape May – Discounted seasonal 2024 Cape May City beach tags are currently on sale. The discounted price of $30 is only available December 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024. Directions for purchase of 2024 beach tags can be found on the website for the City of Cape May.
- Ventnor – 2024 Ventnor beach tags can be purchased at City Hall Monday before (and during) the summer season or from a beach tag inspector during the season. Check the Ventor City website for more information.
Gift an Experience at New Jersey Amusement Parks
Other New Jersey Amusement Parks with tickets and passes available for purchase online
- Six Flags Great Adventure
- American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe
- The East Hanover Funplex
- Land of Make Believe
- iPlay America
- Keansburg Amusement Park does not have online sales available.
- Steel Pier
- Storybook Land
- The Mt Laurel Funplex
- Diggerland USA
- Gillian’s Wonderland Pier
- Morey’s Piers
- Playland’s Castaway Cove
- Casino Pier
- Fantasy Island Amusement Park
- Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
How do you wrap tickets or a season pass to an amusement park?
Why not tuck away your theme park gift cards, tickets or season pass in a playful lanyard? Don’t just gift the experience but gift them an easy way to hold onto their pass and tickets. These lanyards not only come in fun designs but they also have a clear pocket perfect for holding the gift cards used for storing tickets and credits towards rides, games, and activities. I like these from Amazon.
- Colorful lanyards with retractable badge reel clip
- Minecraft multi-character ID badge holder lanyard
- Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Lanyards with Retractable ID Holders
Splash it up and save with a gift to New Jersey Water Parks
Amusement parks aren’t the only NJ giftable experiences to save money on. Think ahead to next summer and save money on New Jersey gift experiences to our water parks.
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
- DreamWorks Water Park
- Splashplex at The Funplex (Mt. Laurel & East Hanover)
- Tomahawk Lake Water Park – Does not appear to have online sales.
- Mountain Creek Waterpark
- Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
- Crystal Springs
- Runaway Rapids – does not have online sales available.
- OC Waterpark
- Morey’s Piers Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis
- Splash Zone Water Park
- Thundering Surf Water Park
- Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach
How do you wrap tickets or a season pass to a water park?
Wrap your water park ticket or 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.
Gift a Museum Membership or Tickets to a New Jersey Museum
- Tuckerton Seaport
- Grounds for Sculpture
- Liberty Science Center
- Morven Museum & Garden
- Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
- The Children’s Museum of Somerset County
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum
- Historic Absecon Lighthouse and Museum
- Lucy the Elephant – Reopening soon after a massive renovation.
- Roebling Museum
- Battleship New Jersey
- Historic Cold Spring Village
Unique way to wrap your Museum membership or tickets:
Why not tuck away your tickets or membership in a toy or book that represents the museum? Your child won’t just be excited with a new toy, but also the ways they can learn and play during their upcoming museum visits.
New Jersey Gift Experiences can include tickets and memberships to New Jersey Zoos
New Jersey Aquarium Tickets and Membership make great giftable experiences for kids
More Giftable Experiences New Jersey Families Love
AWESOME AWAITS at LEGOLAND® New York Resort! Ride, climb, splash, and build your way through seven themed lands at the ultimate LEGO® theme park destination! Transform into a Minifigure on the world premiere LEGO Factory Adventure Ride, master the art of Spinjitzu on NINJAGO the Ride, save the kingdom on the Dragon Coaster, get your official LEGOLAND Driver License in LEGO City, and explore cities built out of millions of bricks in Miniland. Jersey Family Fun readers can save over $22 for each ticket purchased during the Black Friday sale and at least $4-$5 on other days. Visit Discount tickets to Legoland New York to learn more.
Enjoy the ultimate LEGO® sleepover at LEGOLAND® New York Hotel, and turn a day you’ll always remember into a night you’ll never forget! From the moment you check in, you’ll be delighted by interactive LEGO® features, themed play areas and daily children’s entertainment!
The LEGOLAND Hotel is located just steps from the theme park entrance. The hotel features 250 rooms and suites, each with its own immersive LEGO theme designed just for kids. Amenities include a FREE breakfast buffet, nightly entertainment, character meet-and-greets and in-room treasure hunts plus much, much more!
Savings vary by date so Jersey Family Fun readers should compare the different dates they want to stay for the best offers. Visit Discount stays at Legoland Hotel New York to learn more.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia is the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground conveniently located off the PA Turnpike in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Inspire the imaginations of children aged 3-12 with over 2 million LEGO bricks! Interact with our Creative Express ride; navigate the laser maze after completing NINJAGO training camp; design buildings for LEGO Friends’ Heartlake City! Tour historic Philadelphia in MINILAND test your creations in LEGO Racers Build & Test and Earthquake tables, and participate in building challenges that will change routinely so you’ll always have something new to do at each visit! Jersey Family Fun readers can get tickets for $25 each. Visit Discount tickets to Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia to learn more.
It’s a perfect time, and they’re a perfect age, for Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®. So before little kids become big kids, bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends. Get ready to sing, dance and clap along at our daily character shows, as well as our Neighborhood Street Party Parade. Don’t miss the special opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Elmo & Friends! Jersey Family Fun readers can save up to $50 off passes during the Black Friday sale and $45 on regular one day tickets. Visit Discount tickets to Sesame Place Philadelphia – Langhorne to learn more.
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We’re currently updating these guides for 2023.