Like tWith the clock ticking until Christmas Day, last-minute shoppers may scramble to find something that doesn’t require battling crowded stores or crossing their fingers for fast delivery. But what if the perfect gift isn’t a thing at all? It may be an experience.
Clark County is full of businesses and organizations offering classes, concerts, and adventures that won’t sit on a shelf and gather dust, but enrich the recipient’s life. Call the number provided or visit the website listed to purchase a gift certificate, no supply chain required. Here are 16 suggestions covering everything from ballroom dancing to zip lining. This isn’t by far an exhaustive list, but it could serve as inspiration for a gift that will enlighten, entertain, and even delight the recipient.
- The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra offers individual tickets and ticket packages for the current season, which ends in May. Select three 2021-2022 concerts for $ 100 or purchase single tickets for $ 35. Tickets include guaranteed seats for in-person performances at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver, as well as a live-home streaming option. Get all the details on vancouversymphony.org or dial 360-735-7278.
- The Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver, is now selling 2022 season tickets for five plays in February, April, June, October and December. Buy a three-show package for $ 58 per person or pay $ 95 for all five shows. Subscription packages are available on magentatheater.com, as are tickets for the upcoming Magenta Improv Theater on January 15 and adult improvisation classes. You can also reach the ticket office at 360-949-3098.
- Cantera Equestrian at Emerald Valley Stables, 1613 NE 259th St., Ridgefield, offers 30- and 60-minute group riding lessons most days of the week as well as 30-minute private lessons on weekdays. Buy individual lessons ($ 45 to $ 65 per group lesson, $ 65 per private lesson) or monthly ($ 155 for half an hour per week, $ 235 for one hour per week). The lessons are accessible to everyone from 6 years old, including adults. Riders are assessed before starting lessons and beginners are welcome. Learn more at canteraequestrian.com or call 360-607-0493.
- Short Acres Farm, 20609 NE 164th St., Brush Prairie, charges $ 55 an hour for group lessons and $ 70 an hour for private lessons. The owner has been teaching English and Western style horseback riding for 30 years. Weekday riding lessons are offered for all ages and levels. Learn more at shortacresfarm.com or call 360-514-0780.
- Beacock Music offers music lessons at its Vancouver location, 1420 SE 163rd Ave., Vancouver, or you can hire an instructor for virtual lessons. Use your own instrument or hire one. Private lessons are available in just about any instrument you can imagine, from banjo and mandolin to ukulele and electric bass, as well as vocals. The monthly tuition fee is $ 120 per month for weekly half-hour lessons and $ 240 per month for weekly one-hour lessons. To learn more, visit beacockmusic.com or call 360-694-7134.
- The Opus School of Music has two locations – Ridgefield (414 Pioneer St.) and Camas (726 NE Second Ave.) – offering group and private vocal and instrument lessons for ages 18 months and up. Group lessons cost between $ 74 and $ 104 per month and private lessons cost between $ 148 and $ 296 per month. Instrument rental is available. Gift certificates are now on sale for “Superstars,” a play-based introduction to music for ages 5 1/2 to 7 that includes drums, ukulele, piano and vocals. To inquire, call 360-887-8770 or visit opusschoolofmusic.com.
- The Source Climbing Center, 1118 Main St., Vancouver, is a 5,600 square foot indoor climbing hall with climbing walls, a fitness area and a kids’ area. The Source offers courses for ages 12 and up, as well as monthly passes and annual memberships. Classes range from $ 16 for a two-hour Intro to Bouldering session to $ 163 for a six-hour head-climbing course. Private coaching sessions are also available from $ 60 per hour for one person to $ 192 for two hours for four people. Learn more at sourceclimbing.com or call 360-694-9096.
- Skamania Lodge offers zipline tours throughout the year. The 2.5-hour course includes seven ziplines from 100 to 900 feet, three sky bridges, light hikes, and beautiful forest views. There is no age limit, although participants must weigh between 60 and 275 pounds. The regular price is $ 99 per person; however, the lodge offers $ 79 gift certificates in December and January which can be redeemed at any time in the future. Gift cards can be purchased from zipnskamania.com and mailed or directly to the recipient. Call 509-427-0202 for details.
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite C100, features trampolines, ladders, climbing walls, rings, swings and other challenges with soft or bouncy landings. The Holiday Punch Card for $ 19.99 includes an hour-long jump as well as freebies like pizza and socks. The Annual Elite Pass is currently on sale for $ 150 (normally $ 300), offering unlimited weekday jump time and other perks. Family memberships for four cost $ 19.49 per month. Exemptions are necessary. Learn more at skyzone.com/vancouver or call 503-433-3939.
- Aero Maintenance Flight Center, 101 East Reserve St., Vancouver, offers “Discovery Flights,” 45-60 minute flights from Pearson Field. Passengers take control for part of the flight, which includes brief instructions on the aircraft’s systems and controls. The flight, which flies over the Columbia River and the Vancouver area, costs $ 160. To schedule a flight, call 360-735-9441, ext. 1, or visit aeromt.com.
- Arthur Murray Dance, 808 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver, offers weekday tango, rumba, salsa, bachata, swing, hustle, cha-cha, fox trot, quickstep, bolero, merengue and waltz classes. The studio sells holiday gift certificates; call 360-699-4500 for pricing. It also offers a special for new students: $ 20 for an introductory dance class and a private consultation. Learn more at arthurmurrayvancouver.com.
- Groove Nation Performing Arts, 3000 Columbia House Blvd., Vancouver, offers children’s group lessons and adult private lessons in hip-hop, contemporary dance, jazz, ballet and tap dance. Half-hour private lessons cost $ 40 per person, $ 30 per person for two people, or $ 25 per person for three people. Private lessons for one or two people are also offered in ballroom dancing and social dancing at $ 50 per half hour or $ 95 per hour. Packages of six to 10 half-hour or one-hour lessons for singles and couples range from $ 282 to $ 850. Visit groovenationdance.com for more details or call 360-699-7150.
- Journey Theater offers classes for ages 6 to 18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during its winter term, January 3 through February 24. Classes include (among many other subjects) theater, voice, improvisation, dance, movement on stage, musical theater, writing and choreography. The cost is $ 265 per student per term, although some classes have fees for additional items like makeup bags or shoes. Visit Journeytheater.org to see the class schedule with locations around Vancouver or call 360-750-8550.
- Metropolitan Performing Arts, with a studio at 6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., offers weekly classes (winter term is January 3 – March 12) in theater, dance, music, musical theater, face painting, directing , stage combat and other theatrical skills. Classes and programs welcome children from 6 to 19 years old. Prices range from $ 120 to $ 360 per course per term. View the full schedule and get registration details at metropolitainperformingarts.org or call 360-975-1585.
To show creativity
- Norris Arts, 1605 NW Sixth Ave., Suite D, Camas, offers “Pottery 101 – Taste Test” for $ 50, a two hour session for beginners. Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday or from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Students will use a potter’s wheel to make two or three simple objects, such as bowls or vases, and then select custom glaze colors. Staff will finish the parts, dry them, burn them and ice them for pickup in three to four weeks. Clay and aprons are provided. Purchase gift certificates by calling 360-824-5449. Get full information at norrisarts.com.
- Melt Glass Art Supply, 502 Washington St., Vancouver, offers a range of fused glass and stained glass workshops. The “Introduction to Stained Glass” course for beginners will be offered from January and February. The cost is $ 160 for three 2 1/2 hour sessions. Students will learn how to make a stained glass panel (choose one of the many designs); glass costs $ 15 to $ 25 more, depending on the type of glass. Buy gift certificates at 360-771-5617 or meltglass.com.