As a parent, I know how hard it can be to figure out what to get your kids for Christmas that aren’t toys. Last year we started looking at adding some local experiences to our kids Christmas lists, and I recommend it to all other parents! We obviously love toys and fun gadgets, but supporting local businesses after Christmas is awesome too! These local experience gifts help open up some more opportunities for you to also make some special memories together after as a family! Check out some of our picks below!
Crafts & Creations: Stop in for an “anytime project”, or call ahead to plan a special craft to do with your kids. Classes are available for your kiddos that are very into art. Check their schedule for all of their classes on their website to see what’s happening at their shop. Gift Certificates are perfect to let them decide what they want to do! Check out their website here.
Cookie Class at EA Cookie Co: (Ages 10+) Want to try something yummy and unique with your older kiddos or friends? EA Cookie Co has cookie decorating classes that are as challenging as they are fun! Classes are hosted at your home or pre scheduled at Millie’s Ice Cream Co in Franklin, IN. Check out their website for all the info on booking and purchasing a gift certificate for a future class!
U Paint Pottery Studio: This is a walk-in craft opportunity for kiddos for toddlers and older. Friendly staff will help them through every step of the process which is great for the little ones who aren’t familiar, but still love to paint! Gift cards are available here on the website.
8 Week Class at Polly’s Music Class: (Franklin or Columbus): Get your groove on with your little ones ages birth - 4yrs. High energy and full of fun musical activities. 8 week classes are seasonal and start as soon as January 2024. Check Miss Polly’s website to enroll here.
The Historic Artcraft Theatre: Experience all kinds of movies in a local historic theater in Franklin, IN. Make sure to check their online schedule that shows what is playing. Gift cards can be purchased on their website.
Local Active Ventures:
Trampoline Park Pass or Gift Certificate: The South Indy area has multiple indoor trampoline parks that offer gift cards for jump passes or even monthly memberships. Our go-to is Sky Zone South. It opens at 9am on weekdays, is the closest to Greenwood, and has the best park visibility to watch multiple kids at one time.
10 Pins Franklin: Bowling can be a go-to fun family activity and Franklin has a great local option that's fun for all ages. 10 Pins offers call ahead reservations to make sure you have a lane before going. All the info can be out on their website here.
Gymnastics or Ninja Classes: Letting kids build strength and learn their limits through gymnastics is a great gift idea! Our local favorite for these activities is Wright’s in Center Grove or Wrights South East.
Family Swim Pass or Punch Card: This idea is already thinking ahead to summer months when it’s hot outside. You can purchase Splash Cards for Franklin Aquatic Center at Franklin Parks & Rec building for $40. If you’re a Greenwood local you can purchase your membership/punch cards for Freedom Springs Aquatics Park at the Greenwood Community Center. (Get 20% off memberships on Dec 8th for Greenwood)
Membership to local attractions:
Greenwood also has some awesome membership options when it comes to our Community Center, Aquatics Park ,(summer activity idea) or Fieldhouse. These are available to purchase in person at the Community Center. (Get 20% off memberships on Dec 8th for Greenwood memberships.)