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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