Would you rather get a gift that is an experience or a thing?  The trend this holiday season is to give an experience (which makes perfect sense post COVID) so I wanted to give you guys some fantastic ideas that you may not have known were even available in New Jersey!

American Dream has some experiences that will make unforgettable gifts this year...I love some of these creative ideas!

For The Little Kiddos…

You can buy a brunch with SpongeBob and Friends inside Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park! You can meet all the characters in bikini bottom and then hit the rides with the Nick QuickPass!

Price: $149

Adult Ultimate VIP experience…

DreamWorks Water Park After Dark is offering a 3-hour private party in their balmy 81-degree exotic getaway.  Up to 50 guests will enjoy customized foot and beverages.

Are you buying for a thrill seeker? 

The Lucky Seven experience includes one-time admission to Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, DreamWorks Water Park, Black Light Mini Golf, Mirror Maze, Angry Birds Mini Golf, The Rink, and TiLT – A Tracy Lee Stum Museum at American Dream.

Price: $209

 For The Tropical Traveler …

You can travel to Bali, Tulum, or Capri without leaving New Jersey at DreamWorks Water Park!  It is the largest indoor waterpark in North America!  They offer a VIP Skybox Suite, and my favorite, the world’s largest wave pool!  You can skip the lines of over 40 slides, rides, and attractions with the Turbo Pass. Packages are available for groups of 4, 10, and 16.

Price: Group of 4: $749, Group of 10: $1,199, Group of 16: $1,699

For the NJ Local...

The Unlimited Access Package: Give a year of unlimited access to some of the American Dream’s most popular attractions! Improve your golf game at BlackLight Mini Golf and Angry Birds Mini Golf or immerse yourself in 3D murals at TiLT – A Tracy Lee Stum Museum.  This is a great gift for your teenagers!

Price: $69

For the fashion diva on your list…

Hire a private shopper!  Update your wardrobe with the help of a fashion industry icon at The Avenue at American Dream. Talk tricks of the trade, receive personal style advice, and shop with a $1,000 gift card to make sure your winter wear is on point.

Price: Starting at $3,000 per group (maximum 6 guests)

 Be an Influencer …

This is such a cool and innovative gift!  Get the influencer treatment and hit up the most Instagramable spots at American Dream so you can star in your own social media campaign! Spend two hours with a professional photographer, snap as many shots as needed and get professional advice as you tour the street-chic mural backdrops at TiLT – A Tracy Lee Stum Museum, sculpture garden at The Avenue, and Nickelodeon Universe’s record-breaking coasters.  Finish the day by hitting the rides at Nickelodeon Universe as you wait for a digital link to the edited photos.

Price: Starting at $899 per group (maximum 10 guests)

So many cool ideas here! Happy holiday shopping to all and to all a good shop!

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