25 Cincinnati Experiences to Gift this Year {2020 Edition}

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If your house is anything like ours, the last thing you need this holiday season is more stuff. More toys, more gadgets, more anything! If we had to guess, our friends and family would most likely say the same thing.

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This Holiday Season, give the gift of our city.

Living in a diverse city is amazing because it offers so many fun options, and we bet something on this list is the perfect gift for someone special in your life.

Pedal Wagon

The Pedal Wagon is a multi-passenger rolling celebration that takes you on two-hour rides to the cities’ best bars, restaurants, historic landmarks, parks — you name it!

You can choose from a variety of cruises, on which you share memorable experiences with friends, family, co-workers, or whomever you like as you discover the cities’ best-kept secrets and favorite local establishments.

It’s the perfect way to gather together and celebrate in the open air!

*Read their COVID-19 Policy HERE

Presenting the CMC TOP 25 Cincinnati gift experience recommendations below:

  1. Tour Cincinnati on a Pedal Wagon
    (CMC Mom Tip: Check out the mural tour and add some art to the exercise or to be festive for the holiday season, check out The Polar Bear Express) 
  2. Cincinnati Nature Center Family Membership; New this year is Light in the Forest- an illuminated walk! Nature Center trails will sparkle with gentle lights reflecting a theme of peace, tranquility, and inspiration featuring the forest as a canvas for an artistic display of light. The softly illuminated trees and paths will include three installations by OBLSK, a participant in Cincinnati’s popular BLINK event. Throughout the walking tour, you will enjoy music, bonfires, holiday shopping, and the historic Krippendorf Lodge and Abner Hollow Cabin adorned in period decorations! Discounted tickets for Members!
  3. Family membership to Gorman Heritage Farm
    (CMC Mom Tip: Design your own “gift certificate” that can be redeemed for a week of summer camp!)
  4. Family Pass to Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens (CMC Mom Tip: Don’t miss the holiday trains display and the Santa Storytelling Event in December- members get discounted tickets!)
  5. Tickets to Coney Island Christmas Nights of Lights (CMC Mom Tip: For shorter lines, try going after 9 PM or on weeknights!)
  6. Tickets to any show at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
    Virtual and in-person show options!! (CMC Mom Tip: Check out our review to The Velveteen Rabbit If you splurge on season tickets, you get free parking at a nearby garage.)
  7. Day or Season passes to discover and learn at Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC Mom Tip: Be sure to catch Holiday Junction for the Holiday trains and Lego display through January 1, 2021)
  8. Gift the Cincinnati Zoo with tickets to the PNC Festival of Lights November 21, 2020- January 1, 2021. OR splurge and give the gift of membership! Discover and learn with a Zoo Troop Class (CMC Mom Tip: Another zoo option of giving back is adopting a zoo animal, pair with a stuffed animal and adoption certificate!)
  9. Gift Certificate for Kids in the Kitchen Cooking summer camp at The Art of Entertaining
    (CMC Mom Tip: Pair this gift with a fun apron to wear when you go.) 
  10. Great Wolf Lodge
  11. Take a family dinner or kid’s cruise on the B&B Riverboats
    (CMC Mom Tip: A family membership makes for lots of cruising fun!) 
  12. Annual Passes to Newport Aquarium (CMC Mom Tip: Visit in December to catch Scuba Santa’s Winter Wonderland!)
  13. Give the gift of safety with swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.
    (CMC Mom Tip: Goldfish offers a holiday gift package for lessons purchased around the holiday that makes the shopping super simple)
  14. Discover at the Cincinnati Observatory
  15. EnterTRAINment Junction 1st Class Boarding Pass – Check out the Main Street Holiday Trains and the Christmas  Journey!
  16. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Tickets to a concert this year!!
    (CMC Mom Tip: The Lollipops Family Series is an amazing way to introduce children to the orchestra.)
  17. Tickets to a show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts
  18. Twelve Days of Reading with Usborne Books & More – Order 12 or 25 books (lots of Christmas and holiday titles available!!), have them shipped to you or to us and we can even wrap them for you for porch pick up!! Great Advent Calendar idea–cozy up by the Christmas tree and read together as a family!
  19. Deck the Walls Cincinnati :: A Holiday Wreath-Making Event – Give the gift of creativity to your mom, sisters, aunts, girlfriends, or tween/teen daughters and get ready to create!! Access + supplies list only $14.99 and available until December 4!!
  20. Play Passes to Dig N’ Play
  21. Play Passes or Membership to LilyPad Play
  22. Zip City
  23. MadCap Puppets
  24. Holiday Express- Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
  25. Cincinnati Ballet–Nutcracker at Home– Complete your experience with a Nutcracker gift box, Include gift certificate for future shows, and don’t miss their Family Series production of Snow White!

You truly can’t go wrong giving the gift of Cincinnati; exploring our beautiful city while creating meaningful, lasting memories with your loved ones.

Don’t forget, if you visit any of these local spots, tag us on Instagram @cincymomcollective with your #momsaroundcincy photos!


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