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This holiday season, it’s easy to go to a store and pick out yet another bright-eyed doll or huge bulky truck for that little one in your life. As a busy mom of two, living in cramped quarters, I’m reminded often of how nice it would be to receive gifts that encourage experiences with my children. Here’s a list of some groovy, locally-based, and community-driven gift certificate and/or membership ideas for families around Kentuckiana.

Use this list to take a child who is special in your life on a field trip together and spend the day making your own memories! Think outside that cardboard box and give the children and their parents/caregivers in their lives the gift of cultural, educational, and enriching experiences that they will value for a very long time. Help them make memories together instead of spending another fifteen minutes trying to pry that plaything out of the plastic that won’t let go in that toy package!

Heartland Music Together

Mama's Hip Family Classes

My Gym Louisville

Kentucky Gymnastics Academy

Kentucky Science Center

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Louisville Visual Art Association

Wine and Canvas (Cookies and Canvas classes for children)

Pinot’s Palette

Uptown Art

Stage One Family Theatre

Louisville Zoo

J.B. Speed Museum

Bricks 4 Kidz
Louisville Orchestra

Mighty Titan Adventures

YMCA of Greater Louisville

YMCA of Southern Indiana

Safiyyah Dance classes

Jennifer’s Academy of Dance

Rauch Planetarium

Portland Museum

Thomas Edison House

Muhammad Ali Center

Derby Dinner Playhouse Children’s Theatre

Mellwood Art Center art classes for children

Clifton Center

Camp Hi Ho

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Blackacre Nature Preserve

Squallis Puppeteers

Locust Grove

Henry’s Ark

Louisville Youth Orchestra

Sky Zone Louisville

Farmington Historic Plantation

Bernheim Forest

Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Louisville Gymnastics

Blue Apple Players

Louisville Children’s Museum

Los Monitos  and  Hwang's Martial Arts

If your organization or educational-themed venue is not listed, contact and we’ll consider adding it to this list!

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About Erin Nevitt

Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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