If you're big on gifting but you're not so keen on acculumating more stuff in your home, maybe it's time to start ditching the toys in favour of experience gifts?
Experience gifts might not be much to look at or play with, but giving your family members fond memories and precious times together, and perhaps even a newfound passion or hobby, can last a lifetime.
Without further ado we give you our top experience gift ideas for Melbourne kids:
MUSEUMS VICTORIA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
A membership to Museums Victoria will grant your family unlimited access to: Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum and Melbourne Museum. Plus if you're travelling interstate or to NZ you will be able to use your Museums Victoria Membership to enter many more partnering museums.
A household Museums Victoria Membership will cost you $99. Order yours here.
ZOOS VICTORIA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
A Zoos Victoria membership will provide you with unlimited entry to Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, and Werribee Open Range Zoo, with free reciprocal entry to five interstate zoos.
Lemur Island at Melbourne Zoo
Other benefits include discounted experiences, a free subscription to Zoo News Magazine and a 20% discount on Vjunior family tickets at Village Cinemas.
Adult membership is $114 per year. A child under 16yrs is free. Memberships can be paid via monthly installments. Order yours here
MERLIN ANNUAL PASS
What is a Merlin Annual Pass? It's a membership that gives you access to 10 top attractions, not just in Melbourne but other cities too. The Merlin Annual Pass will unlock 12 months access to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium (Auckland), SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne
There are two options for your Merlin Annual Pass. The Gold Annual Pass gives you access to all venues but there are certain dates excluded (e.g school holidays) whereas the Platinum Annual Pass gives you unlimited access to all venues, any time.
Captain your own 8 seater electric boat for an hour or more (max six hours) in your very own GoBoat Melbourne. No boat licence required.
Gift cards are available for GoBoat Melbourne starting from $109 (for an hour hire). Order your GoBoat Melbourne gift card here.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP OR A GIFT VOUCHER FOR THE ENCHANTED ADVENTURE GARDEN
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an outdoor play park nestled in nature with hedge maze, beautifully manicured gardens, tube slides, canopy walk, a 3D indoor maze, tree surfing and zip lining.
Tree Surfing at the Enchanted Adventure Garden
Buy an annual membership to the Enchanted Adventure Garden for unlimited entry, otherwise a voucher for a day entry. Order online here.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP OR A GIFT VOUCHER FOR GUMBUYA WORLD
Gumbuya World is Melbourne's newest theme park featuring 4 worlds of fun and adventure. We love Gumbuya World, particularly on a hot day when we can make the most of the Oasis Springs water park.
Why not invest in an annual membership to Gumbuya World for unlimited park access or you can purchase a gift voucher for a day pass here.
Last in our list of experience gifts for Melbourne kids, we suggest buying a voucher book. Much like Small Ideas, which gives you discounted entry into a multitude of kid-friendly venues across VIC and now NSW, QLD & WA too.
Small Ideas Membership
Buy for yourself $34.95 or as a gift $39.95. Memberships are valid for 12 months. Buy yours HERE
Do you buy experience gifts for your friends or family members? If so, have we missed your favourite venue? Get in touch to let us know.