We have more choices now than ever before as consumers, and gift giving during the holidays is no exception. If you’re overwhelmed by sales and empty shelves, try gifting an experience instead! Studies show that experiences can make people happier, more appreciative and emotionally connected than material gifts. Research has also shown that while we get used to having physical things, our memories get fonder over time. Even if you’ve finished your holiday shopping for the year, consider adding an experience or two for the special people in your life.

 

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

KCDC is a 15,708 sq ft children’s museum nestled within 4.5 wooded acres of Topeka’s Gage Park, providing numerous opportunities for indoor and outdoor discovery. Kids can have fun through hands-on exhibits, camps, daily programs and special events throughout the year.

There are two membership levels – “Discover” and “Discover Plus One”. At both levels, you would get unlimited free admission for all named individuals for a year, exclusive member-only events and numerous discounts. With the Plus One membership, you’d also get 50% off admission at all Association of Children’s Museums locations and the ability to bring an additional guest per visit.

Learn more about KCDC Gift Memberships here.

 

Topeka Zoo

The Topeka Zoo is easily walkable with children of all ages and with more than 300 animals amidst acres of native horticulture, its no wonder the zoo is a favorite for kids and adults alike since the 1930s.

The zoo offers multiple membership categories, from individual and family memberships to a Super Zoo Buff Membership there is an option for any family structure. You get free admission to the zoo all year, free or discounted admission to reciprocal zoos across the country, member-only events and multiple discounts.

Learn more about Friends of the Topeka Zoo Memberships here.

 

Topeka Civic Theatre

The Topeka Civic Theatre is the oldest, continuously running dinner theatre in the country. Theatre is a unique, immersive learning experience for audiences of any age.

TCT offers a season membership for youth called KIDS Club, which is a flexible season membership that includes 6 tickets. You can use the tickets however you want for any of the Academy or TYA productions. The shows are different each year, but you can expect to enjoy shows like “The Lion King Jr”, “The Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel” and “Junie B. Jones: The Musical”. As a season member, you can make early reservations and get a 10% discount on one TCT Academy Class or Summer Camp.

Learn more about TCT's KIDS Club here.

 

More Options for Adults and/or Families

Tickets to Tap That Topeka: A Capital Brew Festival

Topeka Civic Theatre Adult Season Member

Cirque Du Soleil Crystal @ Kansas Expocentre

Harlem Globetrotters @ Kansas Expocentre

The Illusionists: Live from Broadway @ Topeka Performing Arts Center

Topeka Symphony Orchestra Season Tickets

Leaping Llamas​ Art Classes and Camps

Prairie Glass Studio​ Fused Glass Art Class