Here are some of my favorites for 2014, in no particular order:
Heading into the New Year, I’m sure a lot of you are concerned about rising health insurance costs, housing, tuition, and many other expenses that we all have. Despite these necessary expenditures, you’ll still want to find a way to have fun and relax, especially if you have kids. One of my favorite ways to save money and get the most bang for our buck is to purchase seasonal passes or memberships to our favorite places here in the Orange County and nearby. Generally speaking, they pay for themselves within one or two visits- plus, it makes it easy to head over to, say, Discovery Science Center if you have a couple of free hours and want to have some fun with the kiddos. Some go by your date of sign up and others go by the calendar year- get them now and you’ll get the most out of them- almost a full twelve months!
For less than $100, you can get a family membership at Discovery Science Center that includes 2
adults and up to 4 children. It’s a way to indulge your little scientists AND learn
some new things yourself. Parking passes are also available for purchase, and
members get discounts and invitations to special events such as Science of Gingerbread. Members may also
purchase discounted tickets if they have additional guests.
Ok, it’s not a
membership, and it’s totally free- but it will be the best card you sign up for
all year. Local libraries have tons of free family-friendly events going on all
year long, and if you are looking for a way to have fun, stretch your budget,
and have learning opportunities literally at your fingertips, this is my top
(La Brea Tar Pits) and William S. Hart museum. Complimentary tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion, Spider Pavilion, and Bug Fair are also provided, and there is a members-only rest area with drinks and comfy chairs. Look for this membership available on Groupon - we got our Family Plus-level membership through Groupon for only $50! Be aware though- parking is generally $10. Page Museum
Dedicated to sharing the stories of people and cultures of the American West.
this museum showcases art, movies, history, and so much more. Current ongoing
exhibits include “Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction”, “Four
Centuries of Pueblo Pottery”, and several others. It’s educational and fun for
kids and adults alike. Members also
get special discounts, events, and opportunities for members-only sales. Griffith Park