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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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