If you feel as though you’re always looking for something for the kids to do, it might be a great idea to acquire a few family memberships around town. These can be an investment that pays off quickly.
Family memberships can be cost-effective sanity-savers for families on the go. Plus they make for GREAT holiday gift ideas!
For years, my parents bought my kids a family membership to the zoo for Christmas. It was great to just be able to pop in to the zoo for a couple hours rather than all day if we wanted to. Not to mention, my kids didn’t get more junk for Christmas that we really didn’t need.
Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Family Membership or Season Pass
- Cost per visit: Calculate how many times you think your family will visit a certain attraction each year. If the yearly membership is less than the amount of those visits, it would be well worth the investment.
- Benefits: Read the fine print on your memberships. Sometimes they come with great perks such as discounts on parking, food, gifts, special members-only events, and even reciprocity with other locations.
- Camp access: If you’re considering sending your kids to summer camp in the future, sometimes your memberships can get you early access and discounts to an organization’s summer camp.
- Caregiver options: If grandparents or babysitters are often taking your kids to these attractions, make sure they are allowed to use your passes.
The Best Family Memberships & Season Passes in El Paso
If you and your kiddos love a good rock climbing session, consider an annual or 6-month pass to Cave Climbing. The great news is that this activity can be done even when it’s too hot or too cold outside. Learn more here.
City of El Paso Aquatic Centers
If your family loves to swim, it’s worth its weight in gold to have a membership to the city’s aquatic centers. Memberships allow you to visit various pools without having to pay a per-visit fee. Passes are $24 for adults and $16 for kids. Learn more here.
El Paso Zoo
Even if you’ve been to the zoo a million times, the animals are always a joy to see. Each visit is slightly different. And with a membership, you can go for a quick trip and not feel like you have to stay all day long. Plus you membership goes to support animal conservation efforts around the world! Learn more here.
El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA)
You might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t the EPMA free?” And you’d be right! Admission is free. But memberships are available for art lovers and get pass holders lots of perks including 20% off classes and camps at the EPMA Art School and access to members-only classes and workshops during Family Days. Learn more here.
Keystone Heritage Park
Keystone Heritage Park and the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens is an archeological site, an archaic wetlands, and a botanical garden. Members enjoy many special privileges and benefits, including free garden admission, discounts at participating nurseries, and advanced notice of special events and educational classes. Learn more here.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
Ok, so this one is not quite in El Paso. It’s a short drive away in Las Cruces. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits including lots of farm animals. Learn more here.
Top Golf Platinum Memberships
Golf, eat, and drink to your heart’s content with one of Top Golf’s platinum memberships. Get unlimited game play hours, discounts on food, beverages, retail, and even more perks! Find out more here.
Urban Air Endless Play Memberships
If you’re planning to visit Urban Air more than once, an annual membership could help you save money. For a monthly fee, your kids could enjoy unlimited play every day. Learn more here.
Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld
It’s only open from May-September, but if you go twice, the season pass has paid for itself. With so many waterslides and fun spots to float, you can make your summer one to remember. Learn more here.
Do you have any other places you’d add to this list? Let us know in the comments.