Local Holiday Experiences ~ Gift Giving Guide

After reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  I tried to eliminate as much clutter as possible from our home. Put when it comes to toys and kids gifts- we are beyond blessed with love from family and friends. Here is a list of experiences for those in the same boat who do not need more toys but have thoughtful loving friends and family who want to spoil your kiddos.

Annual Memberships

Indianapolis Zoo- $150 and up  

The Children’s Museum- $189 and up

Connor Prairie- $110 and up



Sprouts Cooking School - skills, yummy treats and  fun memories. 

Sprouts Cooking School in Carmel

Sprouts Cooking School in Carmel

Bath Junkie- make a memory and a consumable at this build your own personal care product store in Carmel. 

Creative Corner Art Workshops- Saturday Workshops are $30, Private Lessons are $40 and Family Art Creations are $100- gift cards available.

Broad Ripple Art Center Pop Ups- All ages and different types of arts $30-$100 

Build-a-Bear- Have a fun outing to create a gift with "heart" 



Urban Chalkboard- This play cafe offers parents a cafe and a fun environment for kiddos (the Baby Raves and $5 Family Nights are fantastic!)

Dave & Busters- games, food and sports at this mecca of video games and prizes

Main Event- Eat. Bowl. Play. Hey! :) 

Bat and Roller Cave- Roller Cave private lessons $25-$40, $8-$10 for unlimited Swings in the Bat Cave Fri-Sun. 

Great Times- Game Room, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Miniature Golf and an Indoor Playland

Bowling- Fountain Square Duckpin, Pinheads and Woodland Bowl

Atomic & Action Duckpin Bowling in Fountain Square

Atomic & Action Duckpin Bowling in Fountain Square

SkyZone- trampoline park jumping fun 

Eagle Creek Outfitters- Boat and Bike rentals at Eagle Creek Park - hidden gem, a great way to see the park from the water

Zip Lining- Go Ape Indy and Edge Adventures in Noblesville allow you to breeze thru the trees



Cirque Indy

Cirque Indy

Cirque Indy - private circus lessons (I am getting this and participating!!!) $125 for private session or sign up for kids classes

Animal Art Adventure at the Zoo - create life-long memories with these amazing animal experiences

Animal Art Adventure ~ Photo by Melanie Laurendine

Animal Art Adventure ~ Photo by Melanie Laurendine

Dolphin in Water Adventure at the Zoo  - Who needs a trip to the Caribbean to experience a swim with the dolphins? 

Dolphin in Water Adventures ~ Photo by Melanie Laurendine

Dolphin in Water Adventures ~ Photo by Melanie Laurendine

Private Sports Coaching Session- we did an ice skating lesson last year $60/hour for 3 girls @ Carmel Ice Skadium- contact any coach for private rates (great activity over the holiday school breaks)

Afternoon Tea- Tilly’s, Tina’s, LS Ayres and The Propylaeum

Tilly's Tea Room at the Fashion Mall

Tilly's Tea Room at the Fashion Mall


Theater/Concert Tickets

Civic Theater- So many wonderful memories seeing shows and participating in their youth camps 

Beef and Boards- Cinderella and Rapunzel are on the calendar for 2018

The Children’s Museum Lilly Theater- so many great entertainment options for little ones 

Bankers Life- Disney on Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters are coming up in Jan '18

Old National Center- Dancing with the Stars and Les Mis are coming in early '18

Community Venues- Buckcreek Players, Carmel Players Theater,  Noblesville Community Theather The Belfry


Sporting Event Tickets

Indianapolis Colts- Go Horse! 

Indiana Pacers- single game tickets help instill the Hoosier Hysteria from the beginning 

Indiana Fever- Kids 5 and younger are FREE :) 

Indianapolis Indians- The Knot Hole Kids Club is $17

Indy Eleven-  $25 Kids Club Memberships

Naptown Roller Derby- Skating fun. . . and maybe some shoving

Naptown Roller Derby Photo by Tom Klubens

Naptown Roller Derby Photo by Tom Klubens


What did I miss? Favorites your kiddos have received?


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Happy Holiday Shopping, Moms :) (PS - feel free to forward to Grandma)