This post is written by Maggie Mecklenborg, public relations intern for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @MaggieMeck.

Looking to give your family and friends a gift that they will always remember? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are some unique gift ideas for the kids in your life that get them out and about exploring Columbus’ backyard.

zooFamily membership to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Spend the year with your family venturing through the jungles of Asia, swinging through the trees of Africa, going down-under in Australia and several other exhibits. Family membership is $94 and admits up to two primary named adult members within the same household plus either dependent children or grandchildren up to age 21 (not both) to the zoo.

Go to a cooking class for the whole family at the Young Chefs Academy! Young Chefs Academy offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. While learning food preparation skills children will also learn about kitchen safety, etiquette, table setting and menu planning. There are many class options to choose from, starting at $30. .

Family membership to COSI – COSI is the #1 science center in the country for families named by Parents® magazine. Ride a high wire unicycle, go on an archaeological dig and get hands-on with countless activities that make science fun for you and your children. Basic family membership is $115.

american girlTake your children and their dolls to the American Girl Columbus store, where kids can enjoy their favorite shops, casual dining in the bistro, and extra-special celebrations!  As an after-lunch treat, you can get your American Girl doll to a new ’do by visiting the doll hair salon and watch hair specialists work their magic! Afternoon Tea and Craft are also served weekdays, 2-4:30 p.m. and is $12 per person.