30 Experiences to Give Instead of Toys
When your kids are old and senile, and rambling about the good ‘ole days, what memories do you think they’ll be rambling about? The giant state of the art television you got one Christmas or that moment your family ended up in a huge dog-pile at Skating in the Park, with the twinkling light of the Tinsel Trail surrounding you?
We are big champions of giving Experiences Not Things as much as possible. It cuts down on the clutter and creates lasting memories for our loved ones, especially because it can also involve the gift of time.
Here are some of our favorite Huntsville Experiences you can give, and cut down on the material stuff as we start a new year.
Local Annual Memberships
Looking for something that gives back year-round? Consider one of these memberships or season passes.
- Burritt On the Mountain
- Huntsville Botanical Garden
- Earlyworks Family of Museums
- Cook Museum of Natural Science
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center Family Membership (also entitles you to other ASTC museums!)
- Heart of the Valley YMCA
- Fantasy Playhouse season tickets
- Broadway Theatre League tickets
- Huntsville Havoc hockey season tickets
- Rocket City Trash Panda baseball season tickets
- North Alabama War Dawgs basketball season tickets
- Rocket City Roller Derby season tickets
An Afternoon of Fun
Give the gift of a great day – it’s even better if you join them!
- Movie tickets
- Roller skating passes
- Disc golf
- Ice Skating in the Park
- Camping trip
- Ice skating passes
- Fishing trip
- Plan a road trip
- Train ride at NARM
- Horseback Trail Riding
Classes They’d Love
Paint a picture, make a bowl, learn something new!
- Awesome art classes for kids at Huntsville Museum of Art
- Kids pottery classes at Lowe Mill
- Art kits with a friend at the new Color Me Mine in Huntsville
- Music classes for all ages at one of our favorites here, here, or here.
- Teens will love tickets to the Orion Amphitheater or a show at the VBC.
Camp is the Gift That Keeps Giving
Summer might seem far away, but what a wonderful surprise a camp store certificate or a camp package, complete with a s’more kit!
- Summer Camp at Pine Ridge Day Camp
- Every kid will love a Space Camp experience!
- Build confidence & stay fit with Kid’s Classes at The Matrix
So the next time you think to yourself, “What could I possibly get a kid that has just about everything?”, look to experiences and some of these Huntsville Hidden Gems.
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Love the tips! I am sure kids will like to get such unique gifts.
Would love to hear what you think about handmade gifts?