Membership: A Last Minute Gifts Idea
It’s Christmas Eve and you are looking to buy a Christmas gift to put under the tree. You want something that will keep on giving. You are tempted. You went to the zoo and you read all their paperwork. Now you want to buy the membership. They are even willing to put the cost of today’s trip against the price of the membership. Here are four reasons you made the right choice.
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- Less stuff to buy at home.
Most museums have multiple play areas for kids. Some have trains, art areas, and even costumes for dress up. There are a variety of otherwise costly activities that you can save a ton of money, space and cleanup time all by not having them in your home. The best part? When your kids grow out of this, you don’t have to give anything away; just don’t re-up your membership.
- A place to go that’s special
Every kid wants a place that’s special to them. A place that brings a smile to their faces every time they think about going there. Museum memberships can be those kinds of places. They can be something better than the park: an oasis from the everyday. The tip here is to only do one membership per year. Kids will eventually tire of a place. It is better to do the same thing every week for a year, then switch to a different place the next year to keep things fresh and in budget. For instance: if you have a great art museum, aquarium, zoo, and science museum choose one, do it for a year and switch; by the time you circle back to the first one your kids will be older and into different things. Thus it will be all new for the year.
- Reduce complaining
Having a membership allows you to spread everything out over multiple visits. You don’t have to spend six hours and countless wasted cries because they didn’t get to do everything. Instead, you can plan out each visit to one or two hours and see each part in depth. This also can be important to your kids if you let them in on the planning process. Allow them to choose the rooms and areas they want to explore that day. This provides them power over their time so they feel like they got the most out of the visit. Everyone is happy knowing that you can come back anytime you want.
*One of the ways we get around the ‘high’ cost of a membership is to gift it to one of our children on their birthday. Instead of a party, offer them an event instead, or a large gift like membership to a children’s museum. Give them two or three choices, but only one gift! Thus even a cheap $100 party becomes a year-long access to their favorite place for the whole family.
Socializing your kids happens naturally at museums. Most of these places are packed with kids. This will give your children the chance to play with other kids without the cost of classes or childcare. Interactions with other kids is important even for school-age children. As a parent, it is important for you to see how your kids interact with their peers without the bias of a teacher or childcare worker present. It will help you bond with your children and learn about them while they play with someone that is not you. It also provides a needed break in the day from the ordinary. Which always helps dispel daytime blues.
No matter what you choose, these are gifts that keep on giving all year long. Your kids will love them. It will increase travel. Plus, you can print it out, wrap it up, and put it under the tree right before the kids come down to open thier presents.
Looking into memberships as ways to save on travel? Check out our post of Castle Membership in England HERE.