PMC Holiday Gift Guide: The Experience Edition


You have probably seen the lists or blogs floating around social media, which appear this time of year, promoting the “experience” gifts over “stuff.”  We have seen them too and it got us thinking…

If you are wondering just where to begin for our hometown, do not fret! Pensacola Mom Collective has come together to bring you the Ultimate Guide for Pensacola Experiences for ALL ages and stages.

I know I have a few on my own list for Santa!

Experiences for the Music/Theater Lover

Pensacola Children’s Chorus performs “Christmas on the Coast” (December 8-10) at the Saenger Downton. Always a great family event!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (January 10) at the Saenger – a charming story for all ages!

Pensacola Opera Lucia di Lammermoor (January 26 and 28, 2024) and Die Fledermaus (March 15 and 17, 2024)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (February 2-18) and Rent! (June 7-13) at the Pensacola Little Theatre. PLT offers excellent productions throughout the year as well as classes for all ages!

Comedian Jim Gaffigan: Barley Alive Tour will be at the Pensacola Bay Center on March 17th

Disney on Ice: Find Your Hero is coming to the Pensacola Bay Center March 22-24, 2024

Melissa Etheridge in concert at the Saenger on April 16, 2024

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Events from June – May. Prices start at $23

Music lessons at Blues Angel Music

Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre delivers family-friendly, interactive, and hilarious murder mystery dinner theatre across the Gulf Coast.

Experiences for the Sports/Adventure Lover

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Pensacola Bay Center on April 23, 2024

Pensacola Blue Wahoos prices start at $8/game to $560/season.

Pensacola Ice Flyers: Single-game tickets begin at $15, and season tickets range from $256 to $720.

Private Coaching: The Barn offers baseball training and private coaching. Prices start at $45 

Surf Lessons from Innerlight Surf Shop. Private lessons are $55/hour

Watersports at Lagunas – everything from kayaking and paddle boarding to jet skis and parasailing!

Skate time at Waterboyz. They also offer skating and surfing lessons!

Rock Climbing at Weatherford’s

Get a group together and check out Grizzly Axes to try your hand at axe-throwing!

Experience real-life adventure at Escape on Palafox

Horseback riding lessons at The Hayes Ranch in Milton

Paintball at Panhandle Paintball in Holt

Jump time at Urban Air Adventure Park (they also offer memberships, too!)

Check out the new Topgolf in Mobile

New Experiences/Classes

The National Flight Academy’s Summer Deployment Camp makes for an unforgettable experience for rising 7th-12th graders. Registration is currently open for six-day sessions throughout the Summer of 2024.

Pensacola Cooks Kitchen classes start at $35 for all ages 

Bodacious Shops offers cooking classes and private events throughout the year. Prices vary depending on the class

First City Art Center: Prices start at $25 

Book a candle-pouring class at In Detail Studios: minimum party size is two people Mon-Friday and five people on the weekends.

Rusted Arrow Merchantile offers classes throughout the year that are fun and festive. Prices vary

Sewing classes at Derrel’s of Pensacola or JOANN

A gift card for Pinspiration to be used for craft time or the Splatter Room!

Be a Zookeeper for a Day at Sunset Wildlife Connection in Molino

SCUBA Certifications

MBT and Florida Dive Pros prices start at $299

Musical Instrument Lessons

Blue Angels School of Music (varied instruments): flat monthly rate 

The Guitar Center (prices vary) They do have a special of buy 3 get 1.

Kindermusic prices start at $75/month 


The Gulf Breeze Zoo Annual Passes range from $69 to $299

Sam’s Fun City: Prices start at $149

Sky Zone: Prices start at $115 

Pensacola MESS HALL: Prices begin at $120 for a family of four 

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park: Annual Passes start at $75

UWF Historic Trust: Annual Family Passes start at $75/year

OWA Season Pass: Prices start at $269/year


Kids at the zoo feeding a giraffeIs there a favorite gift experience you like to give? 

If so, let us know!

Merry Christmas, Mamas! 


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