No one knows our programs better than our staff, so we polled the team to see what PLAY programs they’d ask for this holiday season! They shared the PLAY program registration they’d like to be gifted, plus a gift they’d enjoy from a local store or business. If you’re struggling to come up with a unique and thoughtful present for someone, look no further than this curated guide!
Little Kid’s Balance Bike Rodeo (Jan. 2022)
If you’ve got a kiddo on your gifting list (or the parent of one), this just might be the perfect present! This event is designed for kid’s aged 18 months – 5 years and no previous balance bike experience is necessary to participate. Register Here.
Recommended by two of our staff, Kat Andrew & Susan Herndon-Powell
Roasters Next Door Coffee & Merch
If you have a coffee aficionado on your list, you’re sure to find something they’ll love at Roasters Next Door! Whether it’s a gift certificate, a bag of locally roasted beans, coffee mug, t-shirt or other merch, you can find it at Roasters Next Door (aka, RND) at their Wasena shop or at their newly opened location in Vinton!
Recommended by Kat Andrew
Fishburn Mansion Candlelight Tour (Dec. 2021)
These incredibly popular tours would make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys beautiful architecture, seasonal décor and local history. Act fast! The first three tours have sold out and a fourth time slot was just opened, register here.
Recommended by Sam Dickenson
Mast General Store Gift Card
This was an incredibly popular suggestion amongst our staff members – likely because Mast General Store has something for everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for unique kids toys, Christmas ornaments, thoughtful home goods, old-fashioned candy, or outdoor gear, you won’t be disappointed.
Recommended by too many staff to list them all!
Succulent Wine or Beer Garden (Jan. 2022)
An excellent choice for the creative person in your life or someone with an aspiring green thumb! Participants will design and create their own personalized mini garden, complete with miniature beverage mugs and glasses. Register here.
Recommended by Laura Reilly
Mill Mountain Theatre Tickets
If you have a fan of live theatre on your list this year, there is no better gift than tickets to an upcoming show at Mill Mountain Theatre. Performances at Mill Mountain go beyond the Main Stage productions too – there are shows specifically for young audiences, staged concerts, and “edgier” shows in the Fringe series. See what shows are coming up and purchase tickets here.
Recommended by Kelly Brammer
Sound Bowl Meditation (Jan. 2022)
This program is a great fit for anyone interested in experiencing the ancient tradition of Tibetan singing bowls. The soothing experience will help participants relax and ease into a state of peace and comfort. Register Here.
Recommended by Lauren Woodson
Gift Cards Galore
We got lots of gift card suggestions for local businesses (shout-outs go to Walkabout Outfitter, Well Hung Vineyard, Gatewood Rose Botanicals, Frankie Rowland’s, The Little Gallery, Chocolate Paper, Fleet Feet, Green Goat, Scrambled, Billy’s, She’s International, and Ladles & Linens). Snag a gift card at one of these businesses OR combine forces and purchase a Downtown Roanoke Gift Card that can be used at any participating downtown business (see the list here)!
Utah’s Mighty National Parks Trip (Oct. 2022)
“I love receiving experiences and traveling so I would pick the ‘Utah’s Mighty National Parks’ trip. Going to see Arches National Park is definitely on my bucket list and that trip has some pretty incredible destinations throughout the week.”
More information and registration details here.
Recommended by Kelly Brammer
The Roanoke 100 Miler (Jan. 2022)
If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, the 100 Miler is just the ticket. We recommend signing up for total access for the full experience, plus the sweet t-shirt! Sure, the shirt doesn’t arrive until the program starts, but who couldn’t use a present mid-January? Register here.
Recommended by Patrick Boas
A Day in Floyd (Mar. 2022)
Do you know someone who enjoys wine tasting, browsing art galleries, and bluegrass music? Then a day trip to Floyd, VA, is a wonderful way to show them you care. Be sure to sign yourself up, too–this isn’t a program you want to miss out on! Register here.
Recommended by Ryan Shazor
PLAY Roanoke Merch!
Finally, may we suggest ordering some snazzy PLAY Roanoke Merch to finish up your gift shopping? We’ve got a great selection of t-shirts, tanks and hoodies all locally designed and printed by Press Press Merch. Order Here.