Don’t struggle with the hottest trends in toys or tech: Give the gift of local fun this holiday season! With the help of our trusted advertisers, we’ve compiled a guide to great local classes and experiences sure to make them smile.
Gift Ideas for Local Classes and Experiences around Indianapolis:
‘Tis the season to give less stuff and more joy, more curiosity, more family time, and more memories for an entire year! Give more for 2024! All members get unlimited visits to five floors indoors and 12 sports outdoors at the worlds biggest and best children’s museum.
Phone: (317) 334-4000
Address: 3000 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Give a class, give a gift card, give a workshop, give an Art Adventure. Let them EXPLORE their CURIOSITY, CREATIVITY, and IMAGINATION at the Indianapolis Art Center. With options from 2 hours to 15 weeks, there is something for everyone. Spots fill fast, register today at IndyArtCenter.org! Don’t Miss the Winter Art Sale, Saturday, Dec 2 + Saturday, Dec 9, 12pm-5pm inside the Indianapolis Art Center Galleries, Studios, and Ruth Lilly Library.
Phone: (317) 255-2464
Address: 820 East 67th St., Indianapolis
Give an experience this holiday season: Give the gift of the Y! Gift cards in any amount can be used for membership, swim lessons, personal or small group training, youth sports, camp, and more. Visit any of our 12 YMCA locations to purchase yours today!
Phone: (317) 266-9622
Address: Multiple locations
Immerse yourself in the joy and spirit of the holiday season at the AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Experience the enchantment of live music and captivating performances featuring Broadway star Ben Crawford, the talented singing trio MOIPEI, and the expressive dancers of Expressenz Dance Center. Don’t miss this unforgettable festive experience at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Purchase your tickets now!
Phone: (317) 639-4300
Address: Hilbert Circle Theatre | 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis
Come and experience the most wonderful time of the year at Celebration Crossing, hosted by the Indiana State Museum! Get on board the Snowfall Express train and journey through delightful winter scenes, visit with Santa and his furry friends, and participate in hands-on holiday activities that will bring joy and happiness to both kids and adults alike. Don’t miss out on this enchanting holiday celebration!
Phone: (317) 232-1637
Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Give the gift of experience with Wright’s! Wright’s provides fun & active programs for all ages – gymnastics, NinjaZone, dance, camps, and birthday parties. Strong minds, strong muscles… well-rounded kids! Located in Greenwood, Center Grove, Westfield, Noblesville, and coming to Fishers early 2024!
Phone: (317) 888-4805
Address: 360 E 186th Street, Westfield
Treat the family to an unforgettable experience at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Enjoy a buffet dinner, included with your ticket, and a professional musical production – in one place, with free parking! Be sure to see “The Wizard of Oz,” featuring $10 discounts off tickets for kids ages 3-15.
Phone: (317) 872-9664
Address: 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis
Discover the magic of the season at A Merry Prairie Holiday! Immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere filled with glittering lights, a polar bear plunge, joyful rides, holiday treats, and more. Let thoughtful storytellers and warm fires transport you from your day-to-day life into the stories of yesterday and the traditions of tomorrow. A Merry Prairie Holiday is celebrating its fourth season at Conner Prairie, starting November 24.
Phone: (317) 776-6000
Address: 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers
At Aqua-Tots, children of all abilities from 4 months to 12 years old become safe and confident swimmers in our indoor 90-degree pool! Give the special child in your life the gift of lifesaving skills by purchasing a Holiday Swim Bundle and receive a FREE Fast Track session ($125 value) to kickstart their learn-to-swim journey! Our team is ready to assist you, give us a call to purchase today!
Phone: (317) 559-3210
Address: 4825 E. 96th St., Ste. 1000, Indianapolis
Give a gift that is guaranteed to garner rave reviews! From gift certificates and season packages to summer youth workshops and programs, the Indiana Repertory Theatre offers a variety of ways for families to enjoy the magic of live theatre. Onstage Now: the treasured tale of A Christmas Carol!
Phone: (317) 635-5252
Address: 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis
Share the magic of dance found at Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy. BTCA provides high quality dance education for boys and girls ages 3-18, in a nurturing and supportive environment. Programs include preschool through pre-professional classes. Call to give the gift of dance this holiday season.
Phone: (317) 798-2133
Address: 1329 W. 96th Street, Suite A, Indianapolis
Jan 17-21, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. No dream is too big at Disney On Ice presents Into the Magic! Experience Moana’s journey to save her island, be inspired by Anna’s devotion to Elsa and sign-along with Miguel from Coco. Celebrate the magic of courage, love and adventure at Disney On Ice!
Phone: (317) 917-2500
Address: Gainbridge Fieldhouse | 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis
On December 16th, cherished downtown Greenfield tradition, Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast with Santa returns. Guests are invited to indulge in a delightful breakfast buffet, complete with a hot cocoa bar adorned with all your favorite toppings. Kids can revel in a holiday arts and crafts area, while the air resonates with the sounds of holiday music and festive cheer. Santa’s reindeer are making a special appearance too! Seating is available at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 and children aged 2 and under get in for free.
Phone: (317) 477-4300
Address: 10 S. State Street, Greenfield
CSA offers exceptional programming for all ages and abilities! Give the powerful gift of swimming skills to children six-months old and up. With safety as our priority, families can trust children are safe while having fun & increasing confidence. Swimming is for everyone & everyone belongs at CSA!
Phone: (317) 669-6480
Address: 830 City Center Drive, Carmel
Classes for ages 3 through adult in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary in a loving Christian environment. Six week sessions for little ones, summer camps and Intensives, a 10 month program and a pre-professional program. Come celebrate season 30 with us and see why DCA is More Than Just dancing!
Phone: (317) 900-9774
Address: 9257 Castlegate Dr., Indianapolis
Give the gift of song this season! The ICC has been enriching the lives of children across central Indiana for nearly 40 years with choirs, one-day programs, music camps, and more. Find the music experience that’s perfect for your child at icchoir.org.
Phone: (317) 940-9640
Various Locations: Headquarters | 9111 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis
Summer at Marian offers diverse enrichment opportunities for K-12 scholars on our historic campus. Students will explore talents through our Innovation Through Engineering Camp, Healthcare Camp, Launch Your Future: 21st Century Scholars Camp, athletic camps, music & theatre camps, and more!
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Phone: (317) 955-6104
Address: 3200 Cold Spring Rd., Indianapolis
Give the gift of dance! Dance classes for 15 months-adults. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop and tumbling. We’ve been serving Johnson County and surrounding counties since 1962. Mention this ad for a free registration fee!
Phone: (317) 881-2021
Address: 740 Fry Rd. Suite D, Greenwood
Camp Riley offers eight summer camp sessions for youth with physical and cognitive diagnoses. Campers can enjoy our fully accessible property with activities like swimming, archery, canoeing, and climbing our 50-foot Alpine Tower. Scholarships are available for any family in need!
Phone: (765) 349-5121
Address: 5050 State Rd. 67 N, Martinsville
Experience the #1 Baseball and Softball Academy in Central Indiana. For 30 years Roundtripper has been a staple for ballplayers, begining with our tiny tots all the way through the professional ranks! We offer camps, classes, and private lessons for athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Phone: (317) 896-2999
Address: 16708 Southpark Dr., Westfield
The Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana offers tailored programs to improve etiquette and leadership skills for all ages. Our certified instructors teach more than table manners, providing unique seminars that help participants confidently navigate society’s complexities using age-appropriate discussions, roleplay, and individual coaching techniques and skills needed to succeed.
Phone: (888) 354-4639
Email: [email protected]