In May, my Mom and Step-Dad (Grandma and Grandpa Z) came visiting us for the weekend. My Mom is a "let's go out and DO something" type, so I found a list of several things going on in the area. The one we chose was a visit to miSci - The Museum of Innovation and Science, which is about two miles from here.
The membership gives free admission for my husband, both boys, and me. All year. It payed for itself in less than two months.
Membership (1 year): $80
Usual entry fee (1 day for all 4 of us): $32 ($9.50 per adult; $6.50 per child)
Amount we would have had to pay so far WITHOUT membership: Around $140.
This magnet is officially the most fascinating thing in the WORLD.
It's interactive, interesting, and educational. The kids love it, and we go about every other week. Now, every time we go there (it's especially wonderful when it's too hot or rainy outside for comfort) I feel like I'm pocketing 32 bucks. Much better than walking around the mall, or sitting in the living room watching Wonder Pets.
My eldest posing with the electric car.
But wait! There's more! This museum does events for the kids! For example, we have TWICE gone to a program for 3-5 year olds where our boys get treated to reading a science themed book, singing, playing a game, making a craft, and GET A FREE BOOK! You can't beat that! And it's free with the cost of admission which, thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Z, is free to us for this whooooole year!
Oh, and did I mention that there are big, robotic dinosaurs there now? They're very impressive. And they move. And growl. (My littlest didn't like that last part). You can see awesome pictures of them here.
Oh, and did I mention that they have a huge Van de Graff generator?
Static. It's fun.
So, take the plunge. Support your local museums and science centers. Buy a membership. Use the membership. You will get a lot of great days of family fun thrown in free of charge.