‘Experience’ Gift Ideas for Kids In Tampa Bay

‘Experience’ Gift Ideas for Kids In Tampa Bay

When your house is overflowing with stuff and Grandma and Grandpa have gone a little overboard with the gift-giving during the holidays, it may be time to consider giving the gift of experiences instead of things. Memories will last so much longer than toys – and they will have a much bigger impact, too.

The Tampa Bay area offers a ton of fun places that offer unique memory-making gifts. We’ve made it easy for you to find the perfect “experience” gift for the kids in your life! Below is a list of some “experience” gift ideas in the Tampa Bay area.


Annual Passes or Tickets for Local Theme Parks and Attractions

A ticket or an annual pass to a theme park is an exciting gift choice for adults and children alike. Package the gift in a silly fanny pack that includes sunglasses, sun block, and a waterproof disposable camera!

Bok Tower Gardens

Dinosaur World

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Adventure Island

Tampa Bay City Pass


Annual Passes or Tickets to Local Museums

For those who like to discover and learn in an especially fun way, a pass or ticket to a local museum makes a great gift idea for the holidays. Pick up a shirt from the museum gift shop when you buy the tickets and tuck it in to the folded shirt to give the gift in a unique way!

Glazer Children’s Museum


Tampa Firefighters Museum

Tampa Museum of Art

Tampa Trio

Morean Arts Center

The Dali Museum

The Ringling


Gift Certificates to DIY Canvas or Pottery Painting Classes

The little artist in your life will love having the opportunity to create beautiful pieces of art in classes that offer step-by-step instructions or make and paint clay creations with all the tools they need at their fingertips. Pair the gift certificate with a small canvas, brush, and acrylic paints!

Artful Possibilities

Art from the Heart Café

Color Me Mine

You Do the Dishes


Gift Certificates for Arcades and Activity Centers

Encourage physical activity and some fun family time with gift certificates to arcades and activity centers. Tuck the gift certificate in to a baggy full of quarters or tokens!

Bounce House Place



AirHeads Trampoline Arena

BOING! Jump Center
Game Time
Gator Fred’s

Xtreme Fun Center

The Castle Arcade

Q-Zar Laser Tag Center

Vertical Ventures


Tickets or Annual Passes to Zoos and Aquariums

Zoos and aquariums are fun and educational experiences for kids. Enclose the tickets or pass in an envelope and secure to a stuffed animal.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

Lowry Park Zoo

Big Cat Rescue

Dade City’s Wild Things

Giraffe Ranch

Safari Wilderness Ranch


Gift Certificates for Bowling, Roller Skating, or Ice Skating

There are bowling alleys and skating rinks all over the Tampa Bay area. Choose one that is closest to your location and give the gift certificate with a new pair of skates, protective gear (like knee and elbow pads) or a bowling ball.


Tickets for Concerts, Shows, and Sporting Events

Check out Ticketmaster and local venues for favorite artists or performances for tickets to gift! Insert the tickets in an enveloped taped to the bottom of a large box and fill with balloons and tissue paper.


Ruth Eckerd Hall

Amalie Arena

Raymond James Stadium

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Tampa Theatre


Gift Certificates for Unique Experiences

There are a surprising amount of fun and unique experiences to be had all around the Tampa Bay area. From haunted tours to Segway tours!

Canoe Escape

Tampa Bay Escape Room

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Dakin Dairy Farms

Old McMicky’s Farm

Croc Encounters

Rabbit Hole Escape Games

Horse Power for Kids

Segway Tours


Don’t forget to check out Groupon for special offers on experiences to gift!

What are your favorite ‘experience’ gifts to give? Comment below!


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