Each year the pros and cons of buying a membership is weighed and a tentative plan of field trips for the upcoming year is written down. ( I have a calendar and designated notebook just for family outings.) In the previous year 2016, we chose the aquarium membership because the price was slightly cheaper. See the post here.
This year I wanted to explore more options since the kids are a year older ages 7 and 9. We wanted to visit more museums plus the zoo/aquariums in North Carolina. The current membership price is 84 dollars for the zoo and 75 dollars for the aquarium for the family membership for 1 year. Here is a breakdown of tentative field trips for the 2017/2018 school year.
|Zoo Membership||Aquarium Membership|
|Kaleideum Kids Museum||50% off||Full Price|
|Durham Science Museum||50% off||Full price|
|Greensboro Science Museum||50% off||50% off|
|Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park||Free||Free|
|Morehead Planetarium||50% off||Full Price|
Based on the chart it will be less out of pocket costs with the zoo membership. See my review on the Durham Life and Science Museum here
What other factors go into choosing which memberships you purchase?