Of course, we all love gifts. Doodads, things, items – treasures. It is part of what makes us tick. But let’s face it, none of us *really* needs more stuff from the corner store.

This season, we are asking everyone in and around the office to think about giving experiences. Memories that come from doing fun things – hopefully surrounded by loved ones – because memorable celebrations can last a lifetime!

Here are some local ideas for experiences to partake of that are near and dear to our home base in the Monadnock Region, while they mostly fall in and around Keene, we’d love to hear more suggestions. Buy someone you love a gift certificate, or assemble a batch of your favorite friends and family members and get out and DO something unforgettable!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

For the Kids/Whole Family

MOCO Arts, Keene – MoCo Arts is a family-centered nonprofit art education organization offering classes in dance, theatre, and multi-arts camps for children ages 18 months to 18+ years. Try taking some structured dance classes and cut a rug!

Yankee Lanes, Keene – Everyone, of any age, loves a good game of bowling.

Keene Cinemas 6, Keene – Movies make the world go around, and plenty of Holiday films to see! (Nothing will ever beat the Grinch, of course)

Owl B Crafty, Keene – All types of art classes and “maker” events

YMCA, Keene – Try your hand at group gymnastics, indoor rock wall climbing, or purchase a family gym membership

Cheshire Children’s Museum, Keene – Family Pass

Kids on Campus – Keene State’s ongoing education classes for kids (preschool – 8th grade)

Music All Around – Music and movement classes for children and adults. Various locales, find classes here: https://www.musictogether.com/class-locator

Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg MA – Get a pass for everyone’s favorite destination water park!

Just for the Adults

Colonial Theater – one of Keene’s favorite performance arts centers

Red Fern Arts Keene State College – also one of Keene’s favorite performance arts centers

Downtown Fitness for Women, Keene – Chip in for a membership or two for a few close friends

Keene Yoga Center – get into Yoga with an intro membership

Keene State Continuing Ed – a variety of classes for anyone (including kids) with an interest in lifelong learning

Devine Back and Body, Keene – enjoy a warm and soothing massage or “spa day” with a friend

Hot Glass Art Center, Marlborough, NH – Glass blowing and education center devoted to the art of blown glass

Leslie’s Tavern, Bellows Falls, VT – try your hand at Leslie’s Cooking Classes – purchase beer/wine and dine on your creations

Enjoy your time making memories this Christmas Season, and when you’re ready to get back to work, the Masiello Employment Services Recruiting Team will be here for you!