The hubs and I decided to purchase a membership to the Aquarium and it has been such a blessing. We can go whenever we want and we never have to worry about finding money to go. It did mean we had to cough up money up front but numbers don't lie. It was the best decision in the name of frugality. Check out these numbers.
Family Membership $179.95/ 2 adults & 4 kids
$179.95/12 months= $14.99/ family of 6 each month.
Just one visit to the Aquarium for our family regular admission (with a military discount and not counting the baby) would have cost us $68.75 per visit! There's no way we could afford to do that each month. We actually chose the Family Plus Membership for $249.95 so we could bring 2 guests with us everytime and it has made for some great field trips with the cousins.
My kids are absolutely love animals. They are big fans of Wild Kratts and they are always regaling me with information about every animal we see at the Aquarium and Zoo.
I love the Aquarium because it is so interactive. They have summer camps the kids can go to, they can talk to the keepers about the different animals, pet snakes and touch starfish and stingrays. One day I would love to take them on a penguin adventure, where they can go back with the keepers and feed the penguins. And after we are all done, we head upstairs to Tuki's Playland and let them play.
Play and Learn. Learn through Play.
I don't think I have a favorite exhibit. I love just love being with my kids as they fill their minds to the brim with wonderful information learning about the animals they are so passionate about. The sharks are amazing, the penguins are so cute, the river otters are playful and the reptiles and insects are downright fascinating. The aquarium is the best place to be with my kiddos.