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7 Milwaukee-Area Experiences to Gift to Families with Little Ones

By: Jessie Petritis

When it comes to giving and receiving gifts, sometimes the gift of an experience or time together is more valuable than any item you can give. This year, for the kids in your life, consider gifting a local experience! Chances are their parents will thank you for not adding to their already-massive toy collection. Here are just a few of our favorite options for experience gifting:


1.     Bug & Goose

These Delafield and Elm Grove-based cafés offer 10-pack play passes which would make a great gift for the kids and families in your life! The “play café” is an excellent place for kids to enjoy some fun and creativity while their caretakers can enjoy coffee, tea and bakery items.


2.     Discovery World

Give the gift of exploration with a Discovery World Gift Membership! Kids will enjoy an immersive science experience with underwater worlds, virtual reality and special events.


3.     First Stage

An all-access membership at First Stage gets a family two tickets to a 2024 performance, 20% off additional tickets, priority ordering privileges for upcoming seasons, and more! The 2024 season includes The Lightning Thief, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Escape from Peligro Island.


With locations in Sherwood and Mequon, the Little Sprouts Play Café is a great gift option for any family with little ones! The play spaces will inspire your child’s imagination, and parents will enjoy free Stone Creek Coffee and some delicious food!


This indoor activity center is based in Brookfield and provides an excellent environment for play, exercise and exploration for kids age 9 and younger. With author spotlights and special events year-round, there is always something to check out here!


A gift membership to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is a fantastic option for curious little ones. Exhibits are always changing, but current exhibits include the Let’s Play Railway, Home Town, Science CITY, Pocket Park, Velocity and Be a Maker.


A yearly zoo pass includes free regular admission to the Milwaukee County Zoo, free or discounted admission to many zoo events, and discounts on classes and camps!


If you’re feeling stumped on what to gift the little ones in your life this year, an experience is a wonderful way to show that you care! Enjoy the fun and beauty of Milwaukee with any of these great family-friendly options.

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