5 Local Experience Gift Ideas That You can Give to Your Next Birthday Kid
If you miss Toys R Us, come on over to my house! The toys are out of control. Yet when birthdays come around, friends and family inevitably give my kids more. Because what else would they do? They love my kid and want to show them love through a gift.
When people take a moment to ask me for gift ideas, the first thing I say is, “Take them somewhere and make a memory!”
I am thrilled that they are finally starting to listen. My parents took my kids to a show at DeVos and my in-laws took them to a hotel with a water park. The kids still talk about these memories and ask when they can do it again.
5 Favorite Birthday Gift Experiences for Kids Around Grand Rapids
We’ve compiled a list of birthday gift experience inspiration and we hope it helps you find your next perfect birthday gift!
(Tasked with throwing the perfect kid-size birthday party? Our West Michigan Birthday Party Guide can help you find the perfect venue.)
1 – An Outing With You
Chances are that special kid in your life would enjoy a day out with you. And the fun part? You can pick something that you would both enjoy together!
Try a family yoga session or a specially themed yoga workshop (like Superhero Night or Spa Night) with Renew Mama Studio.
Test your skills in the kitchen together with a class at Sur La Table.
Entertainment kids would dig a movie or concert tickets. (Check out T.A.C.O. Tuesdays at various Celebration! Cinema locations.)
If your child likes glam, treat your kid (and yourself) to manicures or pedicures together. Here are some of the best places that offer kid-friendly spa services.
Everyone loves bowling. Plus with bumpers, any age can get a strike! Hudsonville Lanes is a family-friendly place and my kids beg to go back.
2 – Memberships to Museums and Attractions
I love our memberships! It’s so nice to be able to take the kids to different places around town without having to pay admission. This is also perfect for families with toddlers or preschoolers who may only last an hour or two before they need to eat or sleep.
With a membership, I don’t feel like I have to stay for hours in order to “get my money’s worth.” If a family membership isn’t in your budget, simply getting a one-day pass for the birthday kid and his family would be fun.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a magnet for little kids as well as the Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Kids love the Grand Rapids Public Museum where they can ride the carousel after walking around in the “Old World Grand Rapids” exhibit.
No matter their age, there is always something fun to do at John Ball Zoo. Whether it’s exploring outdoor play areas, watching a favorite animal or tackling their ropes course, it’s sure to be a hit. We always have to pack a lunch when we go to the zoo because we are having fun all day!
Let your kids loose with your camera at the Grand Rapids Art Museum! Talk about the things they saw and what it reminded them of and what kind of art THEY would like to make.
3 – Classes, Classes, Classes
Have a computer coder on your hands? They may like a STEM-based course or two at Sylvan Learning.
Swim Classes. Learn the name of their favorite swim facility and give them money toward a class. Find ideas in our Favorite Swim Lessons Near Grand Rapids post.
Gymnastics (or Ninja Skills) is a healthy class that wears kids out. It’s easy, you don’t have to buy a lot of equipment or uniforms for it, and anyone can do it. Here’s our Guide to Gymnastics in the Grand Rapids area.
Your dramatic dancer, musician or artist may benefit from one of the places in our Guide to Music, Theatre, and Dance Programs.
4 – Sports and Other Physical Activities
Kids who love to watch a good game would enjoy tickets to see the West Michigan Whitecaps in action. The Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Drive are also great adventures. Be sure to give them vouchers for snacks, too!
Would your kid rather be part of the action? Sign them up for their favorite sport!
A great one-time “athletic” idea is a trampoline park or indoor playground.
5 – Summer or Day Camp
This is a gift that will have Mom and Dad thanking you, too. (Or if you’re Mom or Dad, here’s your top gift idea!)
Camps are great ways for kids to explore their interests without making a big commitment. Many of the places already mentioned offer day camps and if you want to learn more about other upcoming summer camp programs, you won’t want to miss the Summer Camp Fair at the KROC center.
Our Summer Camps Guide lists dozens of camps around West Michigan.
(Tip: Check with Mom or Dad first before booking a camp.)
Tell us, what gift experiences have you given to a kid that were a big hit?
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