Give the Gift of Experiences for the Holidays
A huge trend over the past few years has been gifting “experiences” instead of traditional wrapped material gifts. I love this idea for so many reasons but the biggest one for me is that you can get one gift for the whole family, and it takes the stress out of trying to find a personal gift for each member of the family. The second reason I like this idea is to help cut down on that carbon footprint a bit by not buying material things.
Western Mass has no shortage of fun experiences that everyone can enjoy, so check out this list of some of the most popular attractions in the area that are perfect for an experience gift!
Holyoke Children’s Museum- This is a great place to take the kids and let them run around and explore. The museum has exhibits that promote learning through art, science, and the world around them. They have water play areas, interactive toys, and some amazing climbing areas to get the wiggles out.
Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting- Take your go kart racing to the next level at this awesome indoor race track. Kids as young as 8 can ride in their own kart and even race against their adult. They also have games in the lobby and a party room available for birthday parties.
Prodigy Minigolf and Game Room- There’s so much to do here! Minigolf, board games, video games, and table sports like air hockey, foosball, pool and skeeball. They often introduce new games to add to the excitement of never having the same experience twice.
(Side note: Prodigy is for kids 13+)
Magic Wings- This place is a truly rare experience that can be really fun, especially during the winter months because it feels so tropical inside. The conservatory has thousands of butterflies, plus an on-site food court and gift shop.
Berkshire East- This place is a thrill-seekers heaven! Berkshire East has year-round activities to keep you entertained and makes a perfect experience gift for those families that enjoy being outdoors. In the summer, they have a bike park, a mountain coaster, zip line canopy tours, white water rafting, and an aerial adventure park. In the winter, they have great slopes for skiing and snowboarding, and a snow tubing park.