Unwrapping Memories: Charleston’s Top 10 Experience Gifts for Kids


With the holiday season upon us, it’s only a matter of time before family members start asking what to get our kiddos this year. While we all love watching our kids’ faces light up when they unwrap that special gift, why not try something a little different this year? Instead of the usual toys and gadgets, consider suggesting experiences in lieu of tangible gifts.

10 Experience Gifts for Kids in Charleston

1. High Tea at Camellias: Get your little ones all dressed up for a fancy high tea at Camellias. It’s not just about the treats and teas; it’s about feeling like royalty for a day.

experience gifts for kids: three little girls dressed in pink and drinking tea

2. Sports Excitement: Is your little one a sports enthusiast? Gift them tickets to see the  Riverdogs for baseball, the Stingrays for hockey, or the Charleston Battery for soccer. Game on!

A little boy smiling, with a baseball field in the background.

3. A Show at Dock Street Theater: For a dose of live theater, treat your kids to a production at Dock Street Theater. Check their calendar for the matinee options. 

4. Bath Bomb Making at Buff City Soap: Unleash your kids’ creative side at Buff City Soap, where they can make their very own bath bombs. Book this activity for a group of 4-10, and have fun choosing your bath bomb colors and scents.

experience gifts for kids: a mom and daughter sit in a soap-making kitchen wearing buff city aprons

5. Pirate Adventures: Arrrr matey! With Charleston Harbor Pirate Tours, your children will get to hear pirate tales, hunt for treasure, and even dress up like true buccaneers.

6. Museum or Aquarium Membership: Want to keep the fun going all year long? How about gifting a membership to the Charleston Aquarium or the Children’s Museum? Unlimited access to interactive exhibits? Yes, please!

experience gifts for kids: four kids peer into an animal enclosure

7. Historic Carriage Ride: Picture this – you and your kiddos hopping on a historic carriage ride, exploring all of the cute downtown streets. The big, friendly horses will make it something they won’t soon forget.

8. Indoor Play Place Membership: Consider a membership to OutslideIn or Bizzy Bee, two awesome indoor play places in Charleston. These play places are especially great on days when Mom doesn’t feel like sitting outside at the playground in excessive humidity or rain.

experience gifts for kids: a toddler boy crawls inside a yellow tunnel at an indoor play space

9. Bee City Zoo: Buzz over to Bee City Zoo. Your kids will love hand-feeding lemurs and getting up close and personal with amazing animals.

A little girl holds hands with a lemur through a cage

10. Pluff Mud Pottery: Unleash their artistic talents at Pluff Mud Pottery. Keep an eye out for special events like painting with Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Talk about adding a touch of magic!

experience gifts for kids: a little girl smiles with Princess Ariel with a pottery painting project on the table in front of them.

What other experience gifts for kids would be wonderful options for this coming holiday season? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Brandy Wales
Born and raised in Indiana, Brandy spent a decade as an elementary teacher and instructional technology specialist in Chicago. After marrying her husband, Chad, rescuing their beloved pup, Harper, and having two beautiful children, Emerson and Charlie, they traded in their snow boots for swimsuits and purchased a duplex in downtown Charleston. Brandy loves being outdoors, capturing memories in photographs, exploring new restaurants, blogging, and organizing anything and everything! From being landlords and Airbnb hosts to parents and travel enthusiasts, you can follow her family's adventures at www.thewalestales.com.


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