Outside of the box gifts! 50+ Non-Toy & Experience Gift Ideas

Building for Kids Membership

Want to give a gift this year that is guaranteed to fit and create memories? Do you have someone on your list that already has everything? We have lots of ideas for you!

Membership Gifts

GVK TIP! Many museums offer an additional add-on option with Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network (ACM)/ Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program (ASTC) reciprocal membership. This membership includes free or reduced admission to Children’s and Science museums throughout Wisconsin and across the country. Check out the program’s websites for more information.

Indoor Play Area at the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly
Heart of the Valley YMCA, Kimberly
  • Building for Kids Membership, Appleton
    This is one of our favorites! Visit the Building for Kids any time you’d like all year long AND get steeply discounted admission or FREE to so many road trip-able museums with membership to both the ACM and ASTC! These travel programs have participating members all over the country also.
  • Atlas Science Center, Appleton
    Formerly The Paper Discovery Center, this hands-on STEAM museum still has the fun paper-making experience you remember but has expanded the type of exhibits you’ll find.
  • Trout Museum Membership, Appleton
    Year-long admission for four adults and any children under 18, discounts for classes, workshops, and camps, and invitations to exclusive events.
  • EAA Membership, Oshkosh
    Membership includes ASTC, Sport Aviation Magazine, discount to EAA AirVenture, and support for those who are pilots or wish to become pilots.
  • Paine Art Center and Gardens
    Family Membership includes free admission for two adults and accompanying children to the mansion, gardens, and exhibitions, including self-guided tours of Nutcracker in the Castle for one year.
  • YMCA Membership
    YMCA memberships include full use of all YMCA of the Fox Cities locations and throughout the US, reduced rates for classes, camps, lessons, and sports.
  • National Railroad Museum, Green Bay
    Includes membership to the ASTC, FREE train rides along the Fox River May-October, 2 tickets to private exhibit openings and member events, birthday party discounts, and more!
  • NEW Zoo Pass, Green Bay
    Includes Membership to Association of Zoos and Aquariums (note that this does not apply to Milwaukee Zoo, Racine Zoo, or Shedd Aquarium), gift shop discount, one FREE ticket to ZooBoo and EggStravaganZoo, and discount to the Adventure Park.
  • Neville Public Museum, Green Bay
    Includes membership to ASTC, and Time Travelers Network, as well as a gift shop discount.
  • Fond du Lac Children’s Museum, Fond du Lac
    A Multi-Museum membership includes an ACM membership and one free guest year-round at Fond du Lac Children’s Museum.
  • Green Bay Children’s Museum, Green Bay
    Members only events, 2 passes for family and friends, birthday party discount, and special rates for programs, camps, and classes.
  • Bookworm Gardens Membership, Sheboygan
    Members enjoy a members-only reception, advance registration for events, camps, and classes, discount in the gift shop, reduced summer camp rates, and reciprocal admission to over 230 botanic gardens nationwide.
  • The Farm Season Pass, Sturgeon Bay
  • Mulberry Farm Membership, Sherwood
  • Wisconsin State Parks Vehicle Sticker


The Farm Door County
The Farm, Sturgeon Bay
  • Fox Cities PAC (Performing Arts Center)
    • Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous – January 2023
    • Winnie the Pooh Musical – April 2023
    • Hamilton – May 2023
  • Resch Center
    • Harlem Globetrotters – December 29, 2022
    • Disney on Ice – February 16 – 19, 2023
    • Green Bay Gamblers Hockey Game
  • Oshkosh Arena
    • Harlem Globetrotters – January 1, 2023
    • Wisconsin Herd Basketball Game
Disney on Ice at the Resch Center

Winter Fun

  • Skiing Lift tickets, Season Pass or Ski Lessons
    • Nordic Mountain – located in Wild Rose (also have tubing)
    • Granite Peak – located in Wausau,
    • Ski Brule – located in Iron River, MI, about 3 hours from Appleton. (Two tubing hills)
  • Tubing
    • Calumet County Park Tubing Hill, Hilbert
    • Titletown – Ariens Hill, Green Bay
    • Triangle Sports Area, Green Bay
    • Winter Park, Kewaunee
    • Nordic Mountain, Wild Rose
    • Sylvan Park Hill, Wausau
    • Sunburst Winter Sports Park, Kewaskum
    • Iverson Park Winter Sports Area, Wausau
  • Sledding – check out lots of fun Winter toys at Play it Again Sports
  • Ice Skating
ice skating at The Plaza at Gateway Park & Globe Coffee in Neenah
Ice skating at the Plaza in Neenah

Things to Do

Go Karts at Badger Sports Park in Appleton
Badger Sports Park, Appleton

Subscription Gifts

Special Interest Gifts

  • Donations to a charity of their choice
  • Art supplies
  • Music Lessons
  • Money for Savings Accounts
  • Science Tools
  • Movie Gift Cards
  • Sport Equipment

What are your best unique gifts? Leave any additional ideas in the comments below!

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