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Last-Minute Gift Idea: Museum and Zoo Memberships

Meeting Zoe at Sesame Place was a magical moment for my son!

Rather than spending money on one more toy for your child, consider giving them a gift that extends the fun of Christmas for a whole year! My favorite gifts are memberships to local attractions like museums, the zoo and even theme parks.

I know that the cost of admissions often discourages parents, and I can understand. If I had to pay for parking and admission every time, I’d hesitate before taking my son to a museum or zoo. He can enjoy an excursion for about two to three hours before it’s time to go home, and that would be an expensive two hours. So I invest in museum and zoo memberships for Christmas and birthday gifts. It’s a great way to support your local community, and your child will benefit far more from these memberships than from extra toys.

If you have a museum or zoo membership, you’ll never be without a weekend or rainy day activity. When you’re not paying by the visit, you won’t hesitate to stop by the zoo for an hour to just to see the monkeys or to visit the children’s museum to see just one exhibit before naptime.

For most museums, your membership pays for itself in just two or three visits. If you use your memberships as frequently as I did, your total cost per visit will be less than $10.

We live in the Philadelphia area, so I have memberships to Sesame Place, The Please Touch Museum, The Philadelphia Zoo, and Longwood Gardens.  These are magical places for my toddler, and I enjoy visiting too!  As he grows older, I’ll invest in a Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Natural Sciences and the Penn Museum of Archaelogy and Anthropology. It’s a wonderful gift to my son and a great family bonding activity too!

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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One Response to "Last-Minute Gift Idea: Museum and Zoo Memberships"

  1. Cole says:

    I’m so jealous of how close you live to Sesame Place! Mommy and I are members of the Bronx Zoo (which includes the Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium, as well as the other NYC zoos), and we always put our class tuitions (music, tumbling) on my wish lists…

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