Okay, if you’re a parent in Columbus, chances are you are a member of COSI and the Zoo. (And if not, you should be!) Being a member to these two places really can pay for itself in as little as two visits. If you’re like me, you don’t wake up thinking, “gee, how can I spend $40 today?” I wake up thinking, “What can we do today that will be fun – and FREE?” So a membership is not technically free, but after a few visits, it really is! Being a member eliminates the added dimension of figuring in cost to your daily outing. I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but just in case I’m not: It’s worth it.

So, let’s go beyond COSI and the Zoo. (Which are WONDERFUL and will no doubt get their own posts one day). I have recently realized (thanks to a wonderful staff person at the Columbus Museum of Art) that with young children, individual memberships are a cost effective option! Take for instance the art museum. A “Friend” membership is good for you plus one additional adult and children age 5 and under are free. This membership costs $60. A one time visit for one adult costs $14. If my husband and I go twice, the membership is pretty much paid for. If your kids are over 5, the “Household” membership is only $15 more – or just about the cost of one visit. Anyway…. with both of my children being under 5, the “Friend” membership became a no-brainer, especially with a Lego Exhibit underway!

Another museum where an individual membership is the way to go is the Ohio History Center. One adult entrance is $10. An “Basic Individual” membership is only $35 and it also gets in one unnamed guest! This is another case where children 5 and under are free.

I say take advantage of these individual memberships while your kids are young! And you’ll have somewhere to go in the dead of winter when cabin fever is raging!

 

Written by Julie Miller