The best kind of Christmas gifts are experiences and not things, with a few exceptions of course. Maybe your kid needs a new pair of shoes but they likely don’t need a new wardrobe or box full of toys. If you need some fun ideas, check out these awesome experience gifts for kids in Tucson.
Experience Gifts for Kids in Tucson
Don’t worry if you don’t live in Tucson, keep reading because you’re likely to find similar experiences to gift in your city too! The memories from a fun experience will last forever and most likely that toy you spent too much money on will be collecting dust within a few months.
Some venues offer annual passes which may be a good option depending on your budget. A single visit to any of these fun experiences is just as valid, especially if you can make it an all-day adventure with lunch. Create a day of fun for kids to remember.
1. AZ Airtime
AZ Airtime is an indoor trampoline park with a few extra activities like rocking climbing. I love letting my kids jump until they are exhausted, it’s especially great when it’s too hot to play outside during the summer. You can buy a gift card or even an annual pass if you are in the splurging mode. AZ Airtime is also a great place to host a birthday party in Tucson.
2. Funtasticks Family Fun Center
Funtasticks offers miniature golf, laser tag, bumper boats and more. It can be a little pricey to visit but they offer a great deal on an annual pass that includes access to their new water play area during the summer. Cactus Springs just opened up last summer and my kids can’t wait to check it out next year.
3. POGO Pass Tucson-Phoenix
If you like the idea of a variety of experiences, the POGO Pass is an awesome gift. It includes admission or tickets to quite a few places in Tucson and Phoenix including museums, ziplining and sporting events. Membership doesn’t begin until recipient activates their pass, so don’t worry about buying it ahead of time. You can usually buy a POGO Pass for $40 using my promo code: CHICA but occasionally they run specials for only $35 during the holidays.
4. Children’s Museum Tucson
A great gift idea for little kids is a family membership to the Children’s Museum Tucson or Children’s Museum Oro Valley. The Oro Valley location is geared towards the 5 and younger set but the main location in downtown Tucson works for kids up to age 12.
5. Reid Park Zoo
Another idea good for little kids and big kids is the Reid Park Zoo. A family membership is a fun idea, or just gift them a day at the zoo. Just attach a small note to a stuffed animal or binoculars redeemable for a day at the zoo.
Tucson Gift Ideas for Kids
6. Pima Air and Space Museum
Kids that love to travel and fly on airplanes would love checking out the variety of planes at the Pima Air and Space Museum. Make it extra special with tickets for the Boneyard tram tour.
7. Flandreau Planetarium and Science Center
Another science focused option is the Flandreau Planetarium. An annual family membership can be quite reasonable if you catch their deal on Groupon and the best part is it includes admission to other select science centers around the country. We’ve used our membership to visit the children’s museums and science centers in Portland and Houston.
8. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
The classic Tucson experience definitely includes a visit to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I think some people only visit when they have out of town visitors though. It’s really a fun place for kids to visit year round since they offer evening admission during the summer. Plus they recently opened up the Packrat Playhouse which is an indoor playground space for kids of all ages.
9. Old Tucson Studios
Old Tucson is a local historical themed amusement park. I remember growing up and hearing the jingle “10 miles and 100 years from town”. It’s another fun tourist idea that locals may forget about. Wrap up admission tickets with a cowboy hat and you are ready for a fun adventure in the old west.
Experience Gift Ideas for Kids
10. Supporting Athletes
As a parent, I can attest how expensive raising little athletes can be. Sports gear and lessons would be a fun treat, especially if they want to try something new but the family is already maxed out on extracurricular spending.
11. Supporting Their Creativity
Music or dance lessons for a creative kid would be a fun idea. Or even a gift certificate to a fun art shop, like Color Me Mine at the Tucson Mall. Again a straight gift card is fun but making a special day out of it where you take them and participate with them, would make an even better memory.
12. Local Performance
13. Local Sporting Event
If performance arts isn’t your child’s thing but sports is, we have lots of fun sporting even options like Arizona Wildcat Football or Basketball. My kids loved the Tucson Roadrunners hockey game we went to last year. Local sports can be more reasonably priced than professional games but if you can always head to Phoenix for a weekend adventure or a day trip to catch an NBA or NFL game.
14. Special Events
My last local idea is variable in the sense that you never know what will be coming up. But watch the Tucson Convention Center website for fun special events like Monster Jam, Disney On Ice, Wrestling or concerts. Tickets to a special event would be a really fun gift to give.
15. Travel Adventures
Now the ultimate Christmas gift would be a trip to Disney but I realize not all families can afford that. If the family is headed to Disney soon, then a Disney gift card can be used on treats and souvenirs in the park. If they are planning a trip somewhere else, then tickets to fun attraction in that city would be a good idea too.
Saving Money on Experience Gifts For Kids
I see lots of deals for experience gifts for kids in Tucson online, just follow the venue’s Facebook page and watch for promotions on Black Friday or any time leading up to Christmas. You can also save money by watching for deals on Groupon. I usually pop in once a week to see what new ‘things to do in Tucson’ ideas are listed.
If you do end up gifting someone an amazing Disneyland adventure, don’t forget to check out the discounted tickets available through Get Away Today and use my discount code DCHICA to save $10 on a 2-night package to Southern California!