One way to decrease travel entertainment expenses is to become a member or apply for membership at a zoo, museum, or science centre.
Most of the time, one of the benefits of membership is free or heavily discounted admission to other zoos, museums or science centres in Canada and the US.
See What You Want, When You Want
Reciprocal memberships offers families flexibility when they travel.
Inclement weather may force your family to stay indoors and having a museum membership allows you to spend a few hours at the museum without having to pay a lot of money (or in some cases any money).
You can work around your children’s nap schedules and you don’t have to feel bad for not seeing and doing everything in hopes of maximizing your money.
It is definitely more relaxing and less stressful to travel with young children this way – I’m speaking from experience and am learning how to change my Type A travel planning ways! 😉
This is especially true when you are offered free admission by a reciprocal facility. You can walk in and see things at your own pace, take a break and come back later. Or a few days later!
Reciprocal Membership Lists from Around the Web
- Canadian Science Centres
- Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
- Association of Children’s Museums
- Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Travel Tips for Families with Reciprocal Memberships
- Along with the sites mentioned above, double check with the facility you have membership with for a list of places where you can get free or discounted admission before leaving on your trip.
- Check with the out of town facility you are planning on visiting to make sure they will honour the reciprocal benefit.
- Make sure you pack you current membership card and ID as the reciprocal facility will not be able to look up your membership in their system.
Do you make use of reciprocal membership benefits while you travel?