Whether you are shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, a graduation, or other 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 ELEVENTH 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 2021.
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. 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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Discount tickets help you save money on 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. For these first 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.
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!
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.
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.
Give the Gift of Fun at The Funplex locations in New Jersey this year by buying an amazing deal on Summer and All Year Memberships. This holiday offer runs 12/1-12/31/2021 and is available to purchase online or in the park. Also available, gift cards that can be used for any item in the park arcade games, ride wristbands, waterpark purchases or even your favorite amusement snacks! For questions call (973) 428-1166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Order Funplex passes online at thefunplex.com.
Gift a Beach Day! New Jersey 2022 Beach Badges on sale now
- Bradley Beach – Bradley Beach 2024 beach tags are on sale. You can read all the details in this Facebook post.
- Brick Township –
Brick Township 2021 beach badges are now on sale for $25. Badges can be picked up in the recreation office Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm.
- Cape May – Discounted seasonal 2022 Cape May City beach tags are currently on sale. The discounted price of $25 is only available December 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Seasonal Beach tags are $30 starting January 1, 2021. Beach tags can be purchased via the VIPLY app. A link to download the app is available at CapeMayCity.com. Mail order forms can also be downloaded at CapeMayCity.com.
- Ventnor –
2021 Ventnor beach tags are now available at City Hall Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A limited number of special pre-packaged Holiday Badges are also available! Holiday Badges – $12.00, Senior (65 and over) $3.50, Regular Seasonal $10.00.
Gift an Experience at New Jersey Amusement Parks
- Current offer: One day tickets are on sale starting at $24.99 each. Season passes start at $69.99. Season pass holders get FREE Parking and unlimited visits to Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor through 2022.
Other New Jersey Amusement Parks with tickets and passes available for purchase online
- 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
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. Participate in an event 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.
- Current offer: Visit their website for more information.
- Read more about the Tuckerton Seaport in our Tuckerton Seaport blog post series.
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.
Other New Jersey museums with tickets and memberships available for purchase online
- 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 – Currently closed for renovation.
- Roebling Museum
- Battleship New Jersey
- Historic Cold Spring Village
Save on gifting tickets and memberships to New Jersey Zoos
New Jersey Aquarium Tickets and Membership make great giftable experiences for kids
Unique giftable experiences kids and teens will enjoy
- 39th annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning – returns July 29-30-31, 2022
- GetMyBoat offers boat options for day trips, from sailing cruises to yachts, kayaks, jet skis, and more.
- Unlimited Biking offers gift cards for our bike tours and bike rentals in NYC
Unique giftable experiences kids and teens can have at home
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