Top Ten Experience Gifts in Melbourne
Experience gifts are the best! They are better for the environment and everyone has too much stuff anyway. Plus, you can grab these super last minute without having to face a shopping centre. Win. This list is all chosen from first hand experience, we’ve tried out all these things and can say for sure that they are great experiences. The two memberships I’ve included are memberships we have and renew each year.
Sure, you can buy movie tickets to any theatre in town but this is where you should get it. The Sun is full of Art Deco character and has wine in the candy bar. Enough said. If you want some more reasons though, the Sun vouchers never expire and, as well as all the blockbusters, they also play some interesting stuff that you won’t find at other cinemas.
A Melbourne Zoo membership is a great gift for parents of youngsters. The annual pass gives you unlimited entry to the three zoos in Melbourne plus entry to zoos around Australia. Children are free on an adult membership so buying a pass for the parents covers the whole family. You can also choose to pay the membership in monthly instalments so you’ll only be up for $9 a month which can help the budget.
Rap Jumping is forward facing abseiling. Here in Melbourne it is done on the side of a seven storey building.
Keep an eye on Groupon, these guys do regular vouchers that bring the three jump pass down to $39! (How Mini will be spending all her pocket money from now on).
A Melbourne Museum membership is another brilliant gift for families with young children. The annual pass gives unlimited entry to Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum and the Immigration Museum. Scienceworks and Melbourne Museum both have indoor play spaces which are perfect for wet weather entertainment. All the museums also host regular special events and craft activities for the kids.
An art class is great gift for older kids and adults. Many local art schools and community centres have classes to choose from but our top pick is Little Creatures Collective in Seddon. Beck has all sorts of school holiday programs covering painting, sculpture, ceramics and more. I’ve even heard a whisper that skateboard design may be coming up.
Melbourne Kayaing is one of those hidden gems in Melbourne. We jumped in a kayak down at Docklands to give it a go and had a great night! There are several different tours to choose from, all fully escorted by experienced guides, but we went with the sunset tour which starts at Docklands and winds through the city to Birrarung Marr.
We went without kids but kids are welcome on the tours. Be aware that the accompanying adult will probably need to do all the paddling and steering. You would also only want to do this with a child that is very willing to STAY in the boat. I think kids would really enjoy this experience and am planning on coming back with Mini (7yrs).
This is a great way to see the city for tourists and locals alike. A three wheel trike tour by a passionate Melbourite is a prefect and unique gift. Plenty of tour options available from short trips to full day rides. Minimum age is 8.
Everyones nostalgic favourite. When it comes to giving a Luna Park experience as a gift you can choose between a daily unlimited ticket or an annual pass. For most recipients I think a one day pass would do the trick but if you’re gifting it to a South Side teen an annual pass is sure to be a winner.
These science classes are so much fun and really unique in Melbourne. Dr. Loz runs all sorts of interesting and messy experiments with the group and makes science come alive. There are regular classes too but the school holiday programs make the best gift options.
I know, hot air ballooning is not within the typical secret santa budget but if you have a special gift to buy and the whole family are putting in this is certainly something to consider. Global Ballooning run most days, weather permitting, from sites all over Melbourne. It’s a spectacular experience that most people would be delighted to receive. Just make sure they aren’t afraid of heights!