The Gift of Memberships

If you are looking for an experience to gift this season, look no further! We have at one time or another owned the following memberships and for good reason! Gifting memberships is also a great way to support your local community.

1. Old Sturbridge Village

This village is different in every season. And nearly every weekend there is a demonstration of some kind to attend: Sheep shearing, maple syrup harvesting, kiln firing, and more. Our kids also enjoy the indoor play space. We have popped over for an hour on a rainy day just to play inside. Plus, our kids enjoy the camps here and members get a discount!

Cost: $120 per family; a family of four pays for itself in two visits

2. EcoTarium

We love seeing the rotating exhibits each time but also visiting our favorite animals over and over again. The outdoor play space is so incredible, we have actually come to the EcoTarium just to play on the playground. Membership also includes discounted tickets for rides on the train and for tickets to the shows at the planetarium (there are shows offered for all ages).

Cost: $150 for a family of four. It pays for itself in three visits.
Bonus perk! The EcoTarium has reciprocity with hundreds of museums. Click here for the list.

EcoTarium Image

3. Davis Farmland

This kid focused farm has three or four areas that could each be the focus of an afternoon for a family. You could spend one day at the petting farm with hayride, one at the MooTown with a child size village and playgrounds, one at the splash pad and zero depth water park… plus there is still more to explore! This place never gets old for my kids, and it is always a special day.
Enjoy member special events and discounts at the mega maze and more.

Cost: $145 per person. This pays for itself in 4 visits – and your kids will want to visit 10+ times!

davis farmland splash

4. New England Aquarium

We just spent a couple of wonderful hours at the Aquarium. We love the giant center tank, the penguins, the sea lions and the dwarf sea horses on the top level (just me?). What we love about this membership is we can pop in while on a day adventure in Boston to escape the cold in the winter or enjoy some air conditioning in the summer. The kids love to learn about the fish and other sea creatures. And then it is a quick jaunt over to Quincy Market for shopping and some lunch.
Added bonus: enjoy discounts on whale watches and the aquarium theatre.

Cost: $154 for a family of four. Pays for itself in two visits.

5. New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill

We gifted a membership for my mother in law for Mother’s Day and gave her an unnamed plus one. She can take a grandkid or a friend any time – works great. We love visiting here for the tropical warmth indoors. Plus the new Ramble is absolutely fabulous for kids to explore. They have many membership perks too!

Cost: $135 for the family.

Image Courtesy of Tower Hill Botanic Garden


More Recommended Options

Although we don’t have memberships to these places, we love to frequent them.

American Heritage Museum

Families discover and interact with our American heritage. A great way to explore our history and learn about the human impact of our fight for our freedom. Members enjoy free admission and discounts to their special living history events held throughout the year.

Cost: $140 for a family

Discovery Museum

We’ve been visiting the Discovery Museum for over 30 years.  So much to explore indoors and out, with special events that are always changing. Keep up the great work DM!

Cost: You & Me Membership $121, Family Membership $181

Worcester Art Museum

Children 17 and under are always free at WAM.  We love all the programming for kids and families that WAM has to offer.  From arm & armor demos, to scavenger hunts, art carts and special events.

Cost: $65 for a single adult.

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