Membership Has Its Privileges - Traveling with Kids


Bev is the co-founder of Staying Native. She left her corporate gig to be able to travel more with her young family. She loves traveling and likes to share her local experiences with others. As an amateur photographer, her stories come with lots of pictures. Bev is Staying Native's lead tweep, moderator of the "Do it like a local" blog and the curator of all things social media.

Have Membership, Will Travel

Even when traveling with our kids, we try to travel light. Before I leave for a trip I even purge my wallet so that I don’t have to deal with anything extra, like all those loyalty cards, or items that I’d rather not lose, like my pass to the underground parking garage. Truthfully I’m ruthless when paring down to the absolute essentials, but recently I’ve started to add back a few items that were previously left home – our membership cards. 

The zoo, science centre, museum – you bought the annual family membership and visit throughout the year, but did you know that these memberships often provide reciprocal admissions to partner organizations? The benefits while traveling are often discounted or free admissions that can definitely help to stretch your entertainment budget on the road.

Our Memberships

Toronto Zoo

We have a family membership to the Toronto Zoo, which is affiliated with The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Participating zoos within this association have reciprocal admissions for members. Upon presentation of our card, we receive a 50% discount on regular entrance fees at over 50 zoos and aquariums across North America.

Ontario Science Centre

We also have a family membership for the Ontario Science Centre. The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) - Passport Program offers admission to science centres and museums around the world from Argentina to Yemen, and practically everywhere in between.  To check the benefits that are available when traveling, follow this link.

Membership Has Its Privileges

While planning a recent trip to Arizona, I did some research to see what the combined benefits were from our two memberships.  Here what I found.

Phoenix Zoo - 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix

Arizona Science Center  - 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix

Reid Park Zoo - 3400 Zoo Ct, Tucson

International Wildlife Museum - 4800 West Gates Pass Road, Tucson

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium/UA Mineral Museum - 1601 East University Boulevard, Tucson

Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center - State Route 386 (56 Miles Southwest of Tucson), Tucson

Lowell Observatory  - 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff

Remember to check your membership benefits and bring your cards with you. During our visit we saw the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona Science Centre. On our next visit we'll be bringing our cards again so that we can see more great Arizona attractions.



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