Do your kids need more toys? If you’re asking yourself that question, maybe it’s time to consider gifting experiences instead. With the help of our advertising partners, we’ve rounded up 26 “out of the box” ideas that would provide gifts of family fun, skill building and more. We hope the gifting of these experiences provides your family with wonderful memories in the upcoming year.
Membership, Admission & Tickets
Andy Alligator’s Fun Park & Water Park
The family fun at this amusement park is multiplied with their Online Stocking Stuffer Special. All-Day Fun Passes are just $15 (typically $28.95)! This pass can be used any day in 2020 and includes go-karts, climbing wall, Rookie Karts, Frog Hopper, bumper cars, miniature golf, one round of Laser Tag and the Kidz Zone. Easily purchase passes at www.andyalligators.com.
Chickasaw Cultural Center
Located in Sulphur, this 184-acre campus invites visitors to experience the unique history and vibrant culture of the Chickasaw people. The campus features a state-of-the-art exhibit center, traditional village,research center, fine art galleries, large-format movie theater, café and gardens. For information about purchasing a Chikasha Poya Exhibit Hall annual membership, visit
Edmond Ice Rink
Enjoy the colder weather this season by skating at this fun ice rink, open through Jan. 5 at Mitch Park. Tickets for the family to enjoy day skating are only $12 each for adults, $8 each for children ages 5 & under (includes skate rental). Details at www.edmondicerink.com.
Experience life in territorial Oklahoma with hands-on fun and guided tours of a family home and schoolhouse from the late 1800s. For a perfect stocking stuffer, purchase a family four pass to this fun historical center near the Capitol for just $10 (half off). Purchase by calling 405-235-4058.
Incredible Pizza Company – OKC
Give the gift of family fun and take advantage of these specials. Purchase a $50 gift card, receive a $50 game card or purchase a $40 game card for $20. www.incrediblepizza.com.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Memberships at this award-winning urban park come with many perks. While there are many memberships for individuals, families and corporations, the most popular is the Family PLUS membership for $100, which includes free entry to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, Pumpkinville, Children’s Garden Festival and unlimited rides on Mo’s Carousel. Find details and purchase
on their website under the “Support” tab. www.myriadgardens.com.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
With the Cowboy Family Membership, your family will experience this popular museum in a completely new way. Membership will include the museum’s new outdoor play experience: Liichokoshkomo’, their new space to discover history and the many influences that shaped the West. Its unique focus on children and the value of interactive learning transforms the museum experience for families. Membership that includes free admission for your family is $65 and can be purchased online at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Encourage your child’s interest in art, including hands-on activities, with a membership to this downtown museum. Free exhibition admission, access to Discovery Packs and Drop-In Art projects, discounts on family programming and more are included. Family memberships start at $85. Learn more at www.okcmoa.com/
Oklahoma History Center
Family Membership to the Oklahoma Historical Society is only $50 and includes free admission to the Oklahoma History Center and many other perks. Purchase at the “Support OHS” tab on their website. Note that the price of membership will go up in January 2020. www.okhistory.org.
Sam Noble Museum
Affectionately called “the dinosaur museum,” the Sam Noble traces 500 million years of Oklahoma’s natural and cultural history, including a hands-on discovery room perfect for the youngest visitors. Give a gift of natural wonder this holiday season with a membership to this family favorite museum. Family memberships start at $45 and provide unlimited admission and numerous other perks. This gift gives back all year! Find more and purchase at www.samnoblemuseum.ou.edu under the “Get Involved” tab.
Roller skating is a great way to get physical exercise while bonding over family fun. Purchase a holiday gift certificate at a savings (just $20 for $25 value) and use it toward open skate times, Family Skate Nights and more. To purchase certificates, call 405-605-2758.
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology
Encourage your kids in S.T.E.M. with a membership to this animal science museum. Memberships start at just $40 and include $20 discount on museum events, 10% discount in the gift store, birthday party discount, up to two complimentary guest tickets and a Membership Kit with exclusive merchandise. Purchase at the museum or at www. skeletonmuseum.com/membership-
The Sooner Theatre
Give the gift of live theatre! Gift certificates from The Sooner Theatre can be purchased in any amount, used for any of the theatre’s concerts, productions or classes (based on availability). And they don’t expire. Purchase by calling 405-321-9600.
Classes & Sports Leagues
Aqua Tots Swim Schools
Swim lessons make the perfect unique gift and the skills learned will last a lifetime. Holiday gift certificates starting at $94 are available for all the little swimmers on
your list. www.aqua-tots.com.
Artsy Learning Center
A gift certificate to this fun art center in Norman could provide art classes for any age or be used toward other parties and product offerings. Contact them at 405-343-4064 or email@example.com.
Artsy Rose Academy
Offering art lessons in a wide variety of mediums for all ages plus social painting events, parties and more, Artsy Rose believes everyone—young and old—should celebrate their creativity, originality and imagination through the wonderful world of art. A gift certificate can be purchased by calling 405-603-8550.
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma
Give the girl in your life an experience that will build her leadership, develop her entrepreneurial spirit and expand her passion for S.T.E.M. To purchase a membership call 405-528-GIRL or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goldfish Swim School – Edmond
Give the gift of a lifetime with the Goldfish Holiday Package. For $189, get two months of group lessons, waived annual membership fee, the new Bubbles board book, Bubbles sea animals, Goldfish Goggles and a Goldfish clear tote bag for existing members or Goldfish welcome bag for new members ($218.15 value). www.goldfishswimschool.com/
Give the gift of gymnastics, tumbling or aerial silk lessons. Call the office or visit their website for class times and to purchase a gift certificate. 405-848-5308; www.metrogymokc.com.
Enroll your child (ages 18 months to 9 years) in Soccer City’s Lil’ Kickers program, an age-appropriate soccer development program. Sessions last 10 weeks and cost about $165, which includes a jersey. Sign your child up at 405-748-3888 or by email at email@example.com. Mention MetroFamily and get 2 free lessons upon registration.
Velocity Dance Center
Give the gift of confidence with classes at this award-winning dance studio. Classes start at $60. Contact them today at 405-721-8807 or admin@oklahomcitydancestudio.
Other Experience Ideas
Hilton Anatole, Dallas
Gift a fun family trip to Dallas to stay at the beautiful Hilton Anatole. Celebrate the holidays through Dec. 22 at the Anatole’s Peppermint Park where you can enjoy holiday games and fun while relaxing in style. Book your package today at www.christmasattheanatole.com. Or gift an experience for the summer to enjoy their Jadewaters water park. Reservations at
Kanakuk Kamps, a premium Christian summer camp located in Branson, Missouri, is offering a “Ticket to Kamp” for parents to place under the tree this Christmas. Kampers ages 6–18 will be discipled in their faith while experiencing more than 70 sports and activities designed to grow them spiritually, physically, and socially. Enroll and request your Ticket to Kamp today. www.kanakuk.com.
K9 University, LLC
Fido’s manners need a brush-up? Give the gift of dog training and get your pup in shape before the family arrives for the holidays. Or give a certificate to your favorite dog owner. Six weeks of obedience classes are only $175. Find more at www.myk9u.com or by calling 405-231-4335.
Unpluggits Paint & Play
This fun venue in Edmond provides ceramic making among other offerings. Bring the whole family to paint a cookie jar for Grandma then fill it with her favorite treats! She’ll treasure her special gift. Find this idea and many more at www.unpluggits.com or by calling 405-340-7584.
Frisco, TX is a great family destination for OKC-area families and there is a money-saving way to experience all of their museums for one low admission price. The Frisco Museum Pass offers free admission to the National Videogame Museum, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco Heritage Museum and the Museum of the American Railroad/TrainTopia. Purchase a Frisco Museum pass for $25/person at the Frisco Discovery Center. At each visit, you’ll get your pass punched by the corresponding museum. Not able to visit all five venues in one day? Pass is valid for one year after the purchase date. www.visitfrisco.com; 972-292-5268.