Annual Memberships Prove Money Well Spent

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Ready for the zoo!

Two of the best investments we’ve made this year have come in the form of annual memberships to local attractions. When my parents were here for Adelaide’s birthday back in July 2012, we never made it to the Please Touch Museum (the local children’s museum) due to some unfortunate circumstances, but my mom left some money for us to put toward an annual membership whenever we did finally make it. It’s so expensive for a one-time visit that we thought paying for the full membership would be worth the investment. We finally joined in November, right before the weather got cold and the local playground was no longer a viable option.

Then, when Tim’s parents were here in May, we wanted to take them to the Philadelphia Zoo. Doing the math for four adults and after finding a discount code online (always Google for a discount code!), Tim’s parents treated us to an annual membership for not much more than the cost of our visit. We figured if we went just two more times this year, the membership would pay for itself. Tim has been six or seven times already and it’s only the beginning of September. I’ve gone with them a few times, and he’s gone a couple of times on days he’s home with Adelaide.

I love our memberships at both the Please Touch Museum and the Zoo because the former provides an indoor option for those rainy/snowy/super-hot days and the later provides an outdoor option for those beautiful fall and spring days (and some might argue there’s plenty to do inside at the zoo too). Plus, we can go for just a couple of hours. As members we don’t have to worry about seeing everything because we can always come back. If Adelaide is cranky or feeling tired, we can leave and we don’t have to worry about not getting our money’s worth. Both memberships also offer free parking! Last Sunday we went to the Philadelphia Zoo just to see the monkeys, big cats and otters. Oh, and for ice cream. We can’t seem to go to the zoo without getting ice cream cones.

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A quick “cheese” for Mom.

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Although it looks like she’s roaring like a lion, I believe Adelaide was actually yelling for “Pizza.”

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Striking a pose while waiting for the polar bear.

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Mom was there, too!

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  1. Gina Badalaty’s avatar

    Oh she is adorable! Yea, we’d buy a membership if we lived closer – that and the Mint, we had a membership there but it was too far. I know they are great. Up here, we have the zoo but they go so often with school, I’m not sure it would be worth it.

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  2. Xandra’s avatar

    I agree, memberships can be great and take one roadblock out of making plans to go somewhere when you know it’s already paid for. We love our zoo membership! They also make great gifts when you don’t want to accumulate more “stuff,” especially for our kids!

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  3. Heather’s avatar

    We love memberships and belong to Longwood Gardens here in PA and the Dolphin Research Center and the Turtle Hospital in FL. I find memberships are almost always worth their price!

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  4. Rochelle’s avatar

    We have a museum like that out here that we love going to. Getting an annual membership is the same cost as paying for one visit! It’s perfect when we get that northwest rain all winter and spring long. Unfortunately, that’s the only place we can go, the rest is a 4 hour a drive away. :(

    I love your dress, by the way! Beautiful colors and pattern! Your daughter is adorable, and would fit right in with my kiddos — yelling pizza at us all the time.

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    1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

      Thanks, Rochelle. The dress is last season from Target (I know, right?). I loved it so much I bought another one in gray and black.

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    2. Stephanie @ From the Burbs to the Boonies’s avatar

      You’re so right! I did this in SC to the zoo and in Florida to the Tampa science museum. It saves so much money and gives you something to do on a moment’s notice if you want. Great tip!

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    3. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai’s avatar

      What a great idea! If you are close enough that you will use the annual passes, that is an awesome way to go. I love the pictures! :)

      ~Lorelai
      Life With Lorelai

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    4. Jill @ Called To Be A Mom’s avatar

      I agree memberships can save a lot of money and make your money stretch further. When we were in a bigger city we had two or three memberships going and they were definitely money savers!

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    5. B’s avatar

      I love the pictures! Jack loves the museums here in Pittsburgh too. We are lucky that his aunt Helen has family memberships to all of the museums and takes us with her. Jack gets to see a variety of things and spend time with his favorite aunt. Family memberships are the best!

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