I was one of those moms that owned all the passes; the city museum pass, the city zoo pass, and the local activity pass. Believe me they were worth every penny, especially when you are faced with entertaining a three year old for 12 hours!
The average pass is about $100 per year but, it includes parking, access to other museums and special member events. These make great shower gifts!
Most included extra passes to bring friends. (a huge bonus when you have people staying from out of town) You can just go for a couple of hours and not feel bad because you didn’t stay all day to get your moneys worth. Take a picnic lunch or just a snack and head out between naps or after pre-school.
We were never without an event on our calendar & some of that we went to see:
Effie the Elephants birthday (Brookfield Zoo),
Cleopatra exhibit (FieldMuseum),
Van Gogh’s Exhibit (Art Institute)
Grossology (Discovery Children’s Museums)
Toy Maker 3000 (Museum of Science & Industry)
Having a pass was the best exposure to the world that my money could buy. We attended fun but educational programs that came to our area, using the cost-efficient passes. I believe that early exposure to other cultures via; science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) gives kids the ability to understand complex concepts, which may lead to a simpler school experience.
Check out the cool memberships in your area!
Do you have a pass? Please, share a “must see” exhibit in the comments.
Not a Chicagoan? This site includes passes for multiple locations:
Art Institute of Chicago (AI)