Experiences, Not Toys This Christmas


This Christmas, in addition to the toys you might have already bought your children, I'd like you to consider a nontraditional gift that gives experiences.

A family membership at one of the area attractions is like no other gift under the tree.


  • You don't have to wait in line for it.
  • It won't be out of stock.
  • No assembly required.
  • No batteries needed.
  • It doesn't make noise or light up.
  • It won't arrive in a box that has your children pestering you about what it is.

No a family membership is the gift that keeps giving. It's the opportunity to go out and explore one of your favorite places again and again, without worrying about admission prices, food and, in some cases, parking. Many of the places are constantly keeping things new with new with new exhibits, new programs; every visit is a new experience.

Many family-friendly attractions allow you to bring food in and several offer free parking to members, so you have an unlimited number of fun opportunities. Get together a few singles for tolls, a bit of gas, and that's all you need for a fun adventure. Your membership, already paid for, takes care of the biggest expense: admission.

Find a list of area venues that offer membership here, along with other reasons to join up.

Do you have a family membership to an area attraction? Which one do you hope Santa brings your children?

Jennifer Auer is a South Jersey mom. This post is adapted from her blog Jersey Family Fun, complete with an Experience Gift Guide.


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