What do you get the child in your life that has everything? Or the one that has so many toys that you can’t see the floor anymore? Experience gifts are the ones that keep on giving. Getting a child a membership to a local zoo or museum gives the whole family something to do for the entire upcoming year. Tickets to a special performance gives them something to look forward to long after the rest of their gifts have been forgotten about. And mom and dad will than you for not adding to the clutter!
[jbox radius=1] Zoo Membership
Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
Individual memberships start at $25, household memberships start at $55. Members get 10% discount at the gift shop, monthly emailed Zooletter, invitations to members only events, and discounted rates on zoo programs and events.
Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro
Individual memberships are $40, Family memberships start at $70. Benefits include a one year pass, 10% discount at gift shop and concession stands, member’s newsletter and more. Members also get reciprocal benefits at the following zoos: Franklin Park Zoo (50% off), Boston Museum of Science (free admission for 2 adults, 2 children, Buttonwood Park Zoo (free admission for 2 adults, 2 children), and Stone Zoo (50% off).
Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
Members get free admission to both Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo, discounts on food and gift shop purchases, party rentals, education programs, invites to members-only events and exhibit previews, express entrance on high attendance days and more. Individual membership is $80, Dual Membership is $95, Family Membership is $110 (more options available).
Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence RI
Yearly memberships start at $49/individual, $99/family. Members get discounts on family programs, including Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, 10% gift shop discount, free subscription to WILD, and invitations to special member-only events.
Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon
Family Value Passes are offered for discounts on admission. Southwick’s offers two 12 admission value passes that consist of individual admissions that can be used by either an adult, child, or senior. Choose from a 12 Person Family Value Pass (no rides) $192 ($16pp), or a 12 Person Family Value Pass (with rides) $324 ($27pp) .
[jbox radius=1]Aquarium Membership
Membership packages start at $99. Members enjoy express admission, invitations to member exclusive events, and subscriptions to aquarium newsletter and magazine. Also discounts on aquarium admission for additional guests, whale watch tickets, gift shop and cafe purchases, parking fees, IMAX tickets, and more.
Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut
Individual membership costs $75, Family/Group memberships start at $145. Members get free admission for one year, free admission to the 4D theater, discounted admission for guests, discount admission to the National Geographic Theater, 10% discount on most cafe and gift shop items, invitations to members only events and more.
[jbox radius=1]Museum Membership
Boston Museum of Science
Membership packages start at $90 and include free exhibit hall admissions for a year, Omni and Planetarium passes, exhibit hall guest passes, free admission/discounted entry to over 400 science centers and zoos (including Capron Park Zoo, Buttonwood Park Zoo, & the Ecotarium), discounted parking, 10% off cafe and gift shop purchases, special access to member events and exhibit previews, and more.
Children’s Museum Boston
Membership packages start at $160. Members enjoy free admission, half price admission to over 100 children’s museums, free admission to over 200 science centers, discounts at the museum shop, discounts on birthday parties, and special members-only hours.
Children’s Museum in Easton
Membership is $125. Members get free admission for a year, 10% off gift shop purchases & birthday parties, discounts on most classes and workshops, and 10% off at The Village Toy Shop (located in Easton and Canton).
Legoland Discovery Center Boston
Annual passes available for $70/person or $260/family. Benefits include 10% discount on birthday parties, 20% discount on cafe purchases, 10% discount in the store, plus exclusive first-see invitations and access to special events.
South Shore Children’s Museum
Family membership packages start at $99 and include unlimited access for up to 5 people to the museum, free admission to museum programs, 10% discount off birthday party packages, and two guest passes.
South Shore Natural Science Center
Rates start at $25 for an individual and $65 for a family. Members get unlimited free admission to the EcoZone, discounts on programs, events, and Summer Camp, invitations to special Members Only events, a subscription to the South Shore Natural Science Center Seasonal Newsletter, free Snowshoe rentals, discounts on Vine Hall rental, and a 10% discount in the SSNSC Nature Store.
[jbox radius=1]Other Local Attractions
Elite Edaville Members get unlimited admission to the park, one free VIP upgrade (excludes Santa VIP), 20% off VIP upgrades, Bring your Bestie For Free (one Bestie per pass), VIP Invite to 2016 Halloween party, 5% off Birthday Parties, food discounts and more. Passes start at $116.
[jbox radius=1]Sports Tickets
Join Club Green Kids for $20, benefits include membership card, e-newsletter, video welcome from Lucky the Leprechaun, Club Green Kids key chain, watch and shoelaces, traveling Lucky and more.
Surprise them with Patriots tickets!
Pawtucket Red Sox
Tickets are super affordable, and the stadium is very manageable with kids. Also, join the free Paw Sox Kids Club and get an official membership card, free admission to three Kids Club games, autograph session prior to Kids Club games, an invitation to a private instructional and autograph session with PawSox players and coaches, and a subscription to the “PawSox Patter” Newsletter.
Another affordable baseball option. You can also join the KO’s Kids Club and get a free ticket to every Sunday game, official membership card, Kids Club t-shirt, 15% discount on merchandise, unlimited Kidzone bracelets on Family Fun Day, a free club house tour and more.
[jbox radius=1]Theater Tickets
Tickets to see a show make a special gift! Local options include:
Blue Man Group
Ongoing shows at the Charles Playhouse.
Upcoming performances include The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and more
Providence Performing Arts Center
Upcoming shows include Disney Live Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, The Nutcracker, Paw Patrol Live, The Lion King, Wild Kratt’s Live, Chicago, Rent, Matilda the Musical and more.
Upcoming shows include Annie, Paw Patrol Live, Rent, and Wildkratts Live.
[jbox radius=1]Local Attractions & Activities
Tickets to local play spaces and attractions make a great gift too! See the following links for gift card and pre-purchase ticket options:
Billy Beez (Kingston)
Indoor play area
Boston Bowl Hanover (Hanover)
Challenge Rocks (Hingham)
Indoor rock climbing – great for all ages.
Children’s World Indoor Playground (Canton)
Bounce houses, ride on toys, play houses.
Rides, Attractions & seasonal events
Jungle Jake’s Play and Party, LLC (Pembroke)
Inflatable bounce houses & obstacle course, slide and games. Separate area for kids under 5. Check website for open play schedule.
Kid Zone (Norwell)
Full of inflatable jump houses, obstacle courses and slides. Fore ages 2-12.
Trampoline fun for all ages.
Legoland Discovery Center Boston (Somerville)
Interactive museum featuring 4D theater and rides.
Pump n’ Jump (Kingston)
Inflatable bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses, and arcade games.
Rock on Adventure (Norwood)
Indoor rock climbing
Rock Spot Climbing (Boston/Dedham & South Boston)
Indoor rock climbing spot
The U at Starland (Hanover)
Indoor sports complex –check website for drop in hours.