A few years back we invested in a zoo membership. We used it frequently so we added Joanna once she wasn’t free anymore and we’ve kept renewing it each year. We get the Family Plus Membership – it lets us take in an extra adult plus up to 5 kids. So it allows us to bring along a playmate for J and friend for me to talk to – perfect!
Then we heard about the Science Museum and decided to give it a try. The first time was when J was still free there, you don’t need a ticket until you’re 3. So we split the 6 person membership with a family of 4. That worked great for both families. (And, I checked with their staff to be sure that we weren’t breaking any rules by dividing it up). At first going here was basically a way to get out of the house and allow our girl to have fun climbing stairs -it was her favorite thing to do there at first. As she’s grown so have our experiences at the museum.
Between these two we have somewhere to go play all year! When it’s too cold or too hot the science museum is the winner. But, when the weather is just right the zoo wins every time.
Today we were headed to the science museum with friends. We got out in the parking lot and looked at each other and said it’s cool enough this could be a zoo day, so we got back in the van and drove across the parking lot and enjoyed the zoo instead. It’s great that they are right next to each other, we can change plans at the last minute with no problem.
One other thing about having the membership to each one is that we can go for an hour and that be enough for that day. We don’t have to stay all day to feel like we’re getting our money’s worth after paying to get in. Oh, and if we decide to buy a snack or souvenir we get a discount 🙂
If you are looking for memberships to either one, it could be helpful to know that Mathis Brothers sells discounted ones. Usually the Science Museum is in September and the Oklahoma City Zoo is in May. It’s worth a drive to the furniture store for the science one, but we got our zoo one in March when they had extra discounts directly through the zoo.