Experience Gifts for Kids

It’s been a hot topic for a few years now because people realise how much “stuff” comes into their homes in December, so we thought we’d inspire you with a list of some of our favourite Experience Gifts for Kids. 

My girls are 8 and 10, and this will be our 4th Christmas where we (politely) encourage family members to help make some great memories with our kids instead of buying them a toy.


The Arts

Burlington Performing Arts Centre has family performances all through December to kick off the holiday season, and a full calendar for 2019!

Theatre Burlington

Drury Lane Theatre

Theatre Aquarius

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Young People’s Theatre


Sports Tickets

Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey

Toronto Marlies Hockey

Hamilton Cardinals Baseball

Raptors 905 Basketball

Mississauga Steelheads Hockey

Toronto Rock Lacrosse


Family Fun

Buying passes, a set of passes or a membership will thrill your kids, and mean you always know exactly what you can do when the kids are climbing the walls!

City of Burlington Parks and Recreation

Town of Oakville Parks and Recreation

Rockin’ Jump Burlington

and any indoor play centre, laser tag, or bowling!


Year-Round Learning

Art Gallery of Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Ontario Museum

Ontario Science Centre


Active Family Fun

When you buy an annual membership to a conservation area, you get 4 seasons of fun- including hiking, sledging, and swimming! Plus, access to special events, and you’ll always have a destination for some fresh air fun all year long.

Halton Conservation

Hamilton Conservation


Lessons of Any Sorts

There’s nothing like learning a new skill, sport or activity to really stick with you for a lifetime. Learn karate, a second language, how to sew or ice skate – no matter what you choose to give, you’ll definitely love watching the progression from newbie to pro!


Day Dates

Coffee dates at a fancy coffee house, movie passes for two, or for anything typically reserved for adults. My kids have loved mani/pedi dates with Grandma, and I’ve heard that taking a little dude to the hip barbershop is awesome too!



It’s not easy, and it’s fairly new, so you may see some raised eyebrows when you say “Please don’t by Sally a toy this year”, but you have to remember that you know your kids best, and no one wants to waste their money on a purchase no one plays with come January. I’ve already had the opportunity this year to gently guide a generous grandma into spending her hard-earned money on something more meaningful, and it’a making me even more excited for Christmas morning!

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