How to Enjoy a Zoo or Botanical Garden Membership
Enriching your child’s learning through a zoo and botanical garden membership can provide your family with experiences that will last a lifetime. Many children enjoy an occasional visit to a local zoo, but a membership can turn those visits into adventures! The annual memberships also make great gifts for those families who seem to have everything or simply not enough room to take on any more. It is a gift that will be appreciated throughout the year. The following will review a few reasons why purchasing an annual membership is a great idea.
Botanical Garden and Zoos
Annual passes to zoos are typically the least expensive annual pass depending on what level of membership you choose and what zoo you become a member of. Zoos also participate in reciprocal programs expanding your access to zoos across the nation–many with free admissions. As you plan your year out, consider where you may be traveling and if the zoo and botanical garden membership would provide you with access to other locations. You can also use your memberships to fill up time during trips to the city. Spending an hour or so at the zoo is often plenty for small children before they become restless and worn out. Short trips will teach them to enjoy the attraction and then they can learn more from their experiences.
Top 10 Reasons To Become a Zoo Member
1. Your membership may support education programs and project funding often not covered by other funds.
2. Unlimited access during park hours.
3. Member only discounts for programs, classes, and tours.
4. Merchandise discounts in the gift shops.
5. Food discounts throughout the zoo.
6. Access to special events and previews throughout the year.
7. Exceptional learning opportunities.
8. Magazine or zoo news letter subscription.
9. Free parking may be included.
10. Membership fees may be tax deductible!
Deciding to purchase an annual pass membership, tour, or attraction may take some planning. Knowing where you are going to be visiting throughout the year can set you on the right path to experience new things. Each year you can plan to purchase a different pass or encourage grandparents or other relatives to provide your children with the family pass instead of toys for Christmas or birthday presents. For example, you could purchase a zoo and botanical garden membership this year, visit it as much as your heart desires, travel to other reciprocal zoos, and then the following year you can plan to purchase an aquarium pass. This method can prevent boredom and allow your children to experience a greater variety of events in your area and across the nation.
Even if you do not choose to become a member, many money saving opportunities exist. Look for special money saving coupons in your Entertainment Book, through school and library educational discount programs, and by purchasing advance tickets at local stores like Meijer.