The word “gift” instantly brings the imagery of a box wrapped in beautiful papers and topped with an elegant bow. But as distinctive as that might be, gifts aren’t always contained within a package—they can also be something you live through. Enter experience gifts, an option that will transform your child’s day into an exceptional event and an unforgettable memory. Whether it is a holiday gift or a birthday one, these Los Angeles experience gifts will be the delight of any parent seeking original gifts for kids while also avoiding the stress of joining the shopping madness of peak seasons.
8 Best Experience Gifts for Kids
There are so many places and events to experience in Los Angeles. Here are a few of the best gift ideas guaranteed to make lasting memories.
There is no better gift for teens or kids than a trip to Anaheim to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. There is a reason why this emblematic park remains a mainstay in the imagination of kids and adults alike—it is perfect for building
memories. Whether you go for a single-day visit as a birthday gift, a week-long stay, or a season pass, a magical day at Disneyland is a present that can never go wrong.
For parents seeking holiday or birthday gift ideas for their animal-loving kids, a horseback riding tour at Sunset Ranch Hollywood might just be the perfect solution. Gorgeous views of Los Angeles alongside an invigorating horseback ride—a memory you won’t forget anytime soon.
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If Disney is not your kids’ preferred option, then rest assured—Universal Studios Hollywood is right there, sitting between L.A. and Universal City. The perfect experience gift that encompasses a wide assortment of options, a visit to Universal
Studios has something for everyone. Do your little ones enjoy adrenaline-charged attractions? A ride through TRANSFORMERS might be the perfect gift for kids who love the franchise. If they prefer immersive and magical experiences, they can’t miss out on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Do you have budding thespians at home? Perhaps enthusiastic history lovers? Of both? If so, then you cannot miss out on Hamilton, the award-winning musical that has single-handedly ignited kids and teens’ interest in American
history thanks to Lin Manuel Miranda. Playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Hamilton is one of the most unique experience gifts that might just make your kid’s day.
If your kids are animal lovers, or a sea life enthusiasts, Aquarium of the Pacific is an excellent birthday gift idea to consider, as they provide spectacular displays of sea life, highly educational tours, and even whale watching experiences. Best part? If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, then you’re in luck—the aquarium always hosts cultural festivals and holiday-themed events.
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If you want to treat your kids to an experience gift of thrills and games, look no further than Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier. From the rides to the midway all situated along on the coast for an epic view, you can’t beat a fun family day at the pier.
This tranquil garden makes the perfect outdoor excursion for kids of all ages. With so much to explore from the flowers and lake, to the art gallery and hiking trail you can easily spend hours here and not see everything, making it the perfect place for an annual membership. Members also score early access and discount rates to special events like Descanso Enchanted and Carved.
Living in La La Land might have your budding movie buffs curious about how their favorite films and TV shows get made. Treat your future filmmaker to a VIP tour of one of the most historic backlots in town.
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