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25 Experience Gift Ideas for Kids

As we approach the holidays, many are in the midst of finding last minute gifts. Even at the eleventh hour, experience gifts can be easy to arrange and are often some of the most thoughtful and appreciated gifts. Fun experiences and the lasting memories that are associated are gifts that can’t be tossed out, grown out of, nor do they collect in the corner of a bedroom as children age. The gift of an experience gives kids the opportunity to bond with friends or family, learn to love something new, and a chance for adventure.

Check out the following list of 25 Experience Gift Ideas for Kids.

1. Municipal Pool Pass

A local pool pass is a gift that continues to give for the entire summer. The Marysville Municipal Pool, for example, features a 10-foot water slide, 25-yard and 50-yard competition swim lanes, one 3-meter and two 1-meter diving boards, a frog fountain splash feature, and a zero entry baby pool zone.  Pool passes range from individual to family passes. More information can be found here.


The Center of Science and Industry, more familiarly known as “COSI,” offers a variety of different attractions and learning opportunities for kids of all ages. Gifting a child a single day admission, a membership, or purchasing their spot at one of COSI’s several camps is a way to provide a memorable educational experience centered around science and technology and an opportunity to meet new friends. See what it’s all about here.

3. Cedar Point

Take a quick trip to the Roller Coaster Capital of the World. Coasters, family rides, children’s rides, and a water park. All that this lakefront park has to offer will make for a great day. Cedar Point offers a variety of different ticket options and you can learn more here.

4. Camping Trip

If camping is your style, there are many options in the central Ohio area. Some of these parks don’t even require a camper or tent, just rent a cabin and enjoy the great outdoors. The Columbus Navigator covered a few great camping options in this post.

5. Movie Gift Card

With a movie gift card, the receiver can hang on to this gift and use it when that movie they’ve been waiting for finally hits theaters. Additionally, these gift cards usually work for their favorite movie snacks and drink, too, for the perfect movie theater experience!

6. Bowling

Bowling alleys, such as Dragon Lanes in Marysville, are great for a night out. Whether you’re getting the whole family out of the house or treating your child to a gift certificate so they can spend time with friends, bowling is a great choice. Grab a pizza and hit the lanes!

7. Indoor Trampoline Park

An indoor trampoline park is an awesome way to get out and get moving, no matter the season. Get Air trampoline park in Hilliard allows for parties, has events, and has a list of different attractions for people of all ages.

8. Escape Room

For older gift receivers, get them hooked up with admission to an escape room. With several types of escape room options in the central Ohio area, there’s no shortage of opportunities to challenge your brain, skills, and teamwork. This is an experience they’ll talk about for a while!

9. Painting Classes

Painting classes are the perfect creative outlet for individuals and groups. Crooked Door Studio in Marysville is a local space that offers gift certificates for both classes and to buy art.

10. Cooking Classes

The Young Chefs Academy has many different opportunities for kids to learn their way around the kitchen and gain cooking confidence. Weekly classes, parties, camps, and workshops – there’s a variety of opportunities!

11. Dance Lessons

Dance lessons can be a rewarding experience for any young person excited to learn a new skill and create friendships – they may even find a passion in the process! One option for dance lessons is at The Academy in Marysville. Their lesson offering spans from ballet to jazz to ballroom dancing.

12. Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay, located at the Columbus Zoo, is a great place for a summer day. Day passes or season passes are available and there are attractions for people of all ages and abilities. Along with their pools, slides, and other attractions, Zoombezi Bay also has educational opportunities available.

13. Olentangy Indian Caverns

A day at the Olentangy Indian Caverns would be the epitome of history, adventure, and rustic charm. A cavern tour, mini golf, a petting zoo, gem mining, and a treasure hunt maze are just a few attractions to make a full day of fun with family and friends.  They are open from April 1st to October 31st.

14. ZipZone Outdoor Adventures

Does the child you’re buying a gift for love an adventure? ZipZone Outdoor Adventures is central Ohio’s home for professionally guided and safety focused outdoor ziplining fun.

15. Dublin Arts Council

The Dublin Arts Council hosts a variety of workshops and camps throughout the year. Signing a child up for one of these opportunities can be a fun and educational experience. More information about the Dublin Arts Council can be found here.

16. Tabletop Game Cafe

Have you heard of the Tabletop Game Cafe? There are several types of reservation packages and a plethora of games to choose from. Take an afternoon and enjoy a good meal, great company, and play your child’s favorite board games with this unique and thoughtful gift.

17. The Chiller Ice Rink

Create a coupon for your child to redeem for a day on the ice. The Chiller Ice Rink in Dublin holds public skating, private events, and has several leagues.

18. LEGOLAND Discovery Center

With a 4D cinema and various themed zones throughout, a day at LEGOLAND will take you to far-away lands, spark creativity, and challenge visitors. Learn more here.

19. Scene 75 Entertainment Center

Scene 75 consists of 12 awesome indoor attractions – go-karts, laser tag, 250+ arcade games, mini-golf, inflatables, & more. With so many attractions to choose from, whoever receives this gift will have a day of fun that makes lasting memories!

20. Kings Island

Kings Island is a multi-faceted park with live shows, characters that roam the park, shops, restaurants, and the 33-acre Soak City Waterpark which features more than 50 water activities. Learn more about Kings Island’s offerings and ticket options here at their website.

21. Mad River Mountain

Bring your child to hit the slopes for a fun day at Mad River Mountain. Group tubing is a great way to involve the whole family in this snowy day of adventure. Daily tickets, season passes, or gift cards are available.

22. Build-A-Bear Workshop

Gifting a child a day at Build-A-Bear will allow them to get creative and leave the day with a fuzzy, furry new friend that is unique to them. Information about parties or individual visits can be found here.

23. Craft Classes

Kids craft classes at JoAnn Fabrics or Michael’s will give a child an opportunity to learn fun and useful skills, like sewing and crochet, or get their creative minds going with a painting project or other craft.

24. Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Do you know a child who loves nature? A day, or attending a camp, at the Audubon Center would be a unique and exciting day for adventure, any time of year.

25. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. No matter the time of year, a zoo day or membership can be an exciting experience for the entire family.

Posted by Sierra on December 19, 2018 in Uncategorized