Coming up with creative and fun things to do with your kids during our free time can be as exhausting as dealing with a kids’ tantrum. Lucky for you I love to do research! I’ve compiled a list of the best memberships available in Phoenix that will keep your weekends filled with adventure and excitement.
The Children’s Phoenix Museum
This place is actually one of the top three children’s museums in the entire nation. Enjoy 48,000 square feet of anything and everything you could imagine and touch literally everything there. In addition to all the awesome stuff you can teach there are 300 different play experiences, an art studio, workshops, and classes your kids can all enjoy. Kids under the age of 1 are free to enter and everyone else is $11. You can purchase a membership starting at $120 for the year.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
With tickets starting at $25 for adults and $10 for kids under 18 it’s worth considering purchasing a membership starting at $75, especially if you’re a history buff! Explore creatures, a brief history of Arizona, Dinos, archaeology and paleontology.
This is one of my favorite places. From sensory to building robots, there are so many options for kids aged six months and up. The website will tell you newborns are welcome, however I took Fox there when he was six months old and was a little concerned in the other areas of the museum. They do however do a great job of creating sections made specifically for small age groups. Membership options are really awesome here. Prices for memberships start at $60 seasonally and go up from there. The Idea museum is all about creativity and helping kids understand music, performance, and art.
Fox and I LOVE the zoo. With early entrance capabilities, discounts on other zoos and aquariums, and the ability to interact with animals makes this one of my absolute favorite memberships. Fox is an animal lover and the area is completely covered with exhibits, animal interactions, and play areas when we’re ready for a break. I’m also a big lover of the Phoenix Zoo as I can skip my workout for the day with the amount of walking we both do. Membership for two starts at $99 but we purchased the Family membership so we could take friends along with us.
Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium
This animal park is a bit of a drive from where I live out on the east side of the valley, but they’re open every single day of the year and contains more animals and sea life than the Phoenix Zoo. Downside here are the membership prices – $125 per adult and $60 per kid.
Arizona Science Center
Who doesn’t love science?! With cool experiments, exhibits, early entry, free and discounted entry into special exhibits it makes the Natural History Museum in New York that much closer. Get your Bill Nye the science guy on with your kids for just $100 a year. Can you say #awesomesauce? Exhibits at this museum do cater to every age level and have do have specific exhibits and areas where kids can touch, create, and attend lectures (for the super nerds like me). Discounts on merch and events applies too. It’s a pretty sweet deal and will inspire any science geek’s soul.
Fox and I love musicals and are totally obsessed with singing and dancing at home. Despite the fact that there isn’t a true membership offered, Flex tickets are available that help you save money on exposing your kids to performance theatre. Watch plays, interact with actors, and stay up-to-date on workshops!
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