Ditch material presents, give the gift of an experience

There's a new trend in town. Instead of buying material items for gifts, give the gift of an experience!

Do things. Make memories. Sure, its hard to wrap an activity up like a present, but if you get creative, it can be done!

Check out these fun things to give instead of material items.

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Sky Zone

Imagine a room, but instead of floors and walls, there are trampolines!

Sky Zone is a great gift for the kiddos.

Dive into the foam zone, play ultimate dodgeball or just freestyle around on. Each jumper wears special socks that are an additional charge.


  • 60 minutes – $15
  • 90 minutes – $18
  • 120 minutes – $20
  • 3 and under – Free
  • Skysocks – $2


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Vertical Excape

Know someone that loves being active? Vertical eXcape is Evansville only indoor rock climbing center. There’s over 12,000 square feet of climbing surface, heights up to 32′, 30 top rope stations, 2 bouldering areas, and multiple lead walls.

They offer memberships and day packages. If it’s your first time climbing, a belay course will be required.

Day packages:

  • Auto-belay – $20
  • Full access – $25



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Children's Museum of Evansville

Give the gift of exploration, learning and play at cMoe to all the youngsters in your life.

You can build and create at the ‘Work Smart’ exhibit, manipulate water at the Wet Deck, or create an artistic masterpiece at the ‘Speak Loud’ exhibit.

cMoe offers memberships for fun all year with no admission cost. Without a membership, admission is $8 per person 18 months and over.


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Wesselman Woods

Wesselman Nature Society is a great gift for anyone in the family. There are many programs for adults and kids to learn about the animals that call Wesselman Nature Society home, the outdoors and more!

A membership will get you free regular admission to Wesselman Woods Nature Center, Preserve & Nature Playscape.


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Amusement Parks

We know you’re bundling up and trying to stay warm, but hear us out.  Going to theme parks can easily get expensive. Tickets, food, games; it all adds up. Give the gift of fun in the sun for summer 2019!

Burdette Park and Holiday World and Splashin Safari offer daily admission and memberships.


Swonder Ice Area

Is it really the holidays if there’s no ice skating?

Public skating times vary throughout the week.


  • 16 and under – $4
  • 17 and over – $6
  • Skate rental – $3

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Skating Rinks

Roller skating is a lost art and we say its time to go skating!

There’s a couple in the Tri-State, check them out:

Skate World – Evansville

Jasper Skate Palace – Jasper, IN

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Mesker Park Zoo

Know some kids that love animals? Get them a zoo membership.

Mesker Park Zoo offers hundreds of animals from all around the world to learn about and see  in person!


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Optimal Escape

Escape rooms

Heard of the new escape room concept? Imagine you’re locked in a room and the only way to get out is by solving a series of puzzles and finding clues. That’s an escape room! This could be a great gift for friends and family.

Check out these two:

Optimal Escape – Evansville

Escape Today – Owensboro, KY


Event tickets

Event tickets are always a great gift idea. Sporting events, plays, concerts: there’s something for everyone.

Check out these event venues.