Local museums and other attractions offer a wealth of unique learning opportunities not to mention family fun. Below you’ll find a list of deals and memberships that, if purchased and used frequently, can save your family money all year long! They make great gift ideas as well.
We’ve rounded up many money-saving ideas below but if you know of others to include, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out our guide to local gift ideas that inspire time together and support locally-owned businesses.
This list is generously sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Enjoy perks like free admission to explore their brand new Liichokoshkomo outdoor playspace, the newly-updated Prosperity Junction and all of the world-class Western art on display, plus exclusive members-only previews, special members evnet pricing and discounts to The Museum Store.
(Editor’s note: This list was last updated Dec. 3, 2020.)
American Banjo Museum offers four membership levels ranging from individual, family ($75) and lifetime options. Members enjoy complimentary unlimited admission for one year and a host of other benefits.
Edmond Historical Society & Museum offers seven membership levels ranging from student, family and business options. Families get to enjoy gift shop discounts, exclusive member-only events, discount event tickets and more for $60/year.
Frontier City and Hurricane Harbor Season Pass: Two-park season pass holders enjoy unlimited park visits, free parking and more. Pricing starts at $49.99 for a limited time.
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art offers three levels of membership ranging from basic to benefactor. Family Membership ($50) includes unlimited admission for two adults and children in the household for a year, discounts to the gift shop and more.
Myriad Botanical Gardens: Family membership for four adults and four children is $65 and includes free admission and other perks.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Family membership is $65. Members get free admission for two adults and four children 17 & under for a year plus exclusive previews, special member event pricing and discounts to The Museum Grill and The Museum Store.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art: All children 17 and under are always free at the museum. Membership for two adults is $60/year. Other levels available. Members can enjoy free general admission as well as special events and excursions, exclusive screenings and more.
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden: Family memberships are $120 and include free admission for 2 adults up to 5 children. Other levels available.
Oklahoma Historical Society (Oklahoma History Center and other museums around the state): Family membership, $75 (admission for member and all family members up to 8 per visit).
Sam Noble Museum (Norman): Family membership includes free admission and discounts on certain events and camps, etc. $45/year.
*Science Museum Oklahoma: Silver 2 (2 members; $105/year); Silver 6 (6 members; $165/year).
Scissortail Park Foundation: Benefits include free boat rentals and roller skating, as well as discounts on concessions at The Perch boathouse café and Scissortail Park branded merchandise. Members also save at local community partners including the Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens, Factory Obscura, Social Capital, Wheeler District Ferris Wheel, Ride OKC, Riversport OKC, Florence’s Restaurant and EMBARK. Memberships start at $40.
Venture Pass: $59.95 to $149.95/person for admission to a variety of local venues including Hurricane Harbor, Frontier City, SKELETONS Museum of Osteology, Andy Alligator’s, OU athletics and more.
AMF Bowling Summer Games Bowling Pass: Get three games and shoes for the price of one game. Available certain days/hours at AMF Boulevard Lanes (3501 S. Boulevard, Edmond) and AMF Windsor Lanes (4600 North West 23rd St., OKC).
Pelican Bay Aquatic Center (Edmond): Season Passes are $60/person or $230/family for 4+ family members living in same household.
RIVERSPORT Adventures: Season passes range begin at $199.99 and pass holders get to enjoy surfing, an expanded bike park and family tubing, plus all your faves like whitewater rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, the Youth Zone, Sky Trail, Sky Slides and more. NEW for 2021 – SKI OKC opens in Spring 2021. RIVERSPORT is open seasonal hours, March through October.
Museums outside of the OKC area:
*Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum (Seminole): Family Membership (free admission for cardholder and five guests), $120. Other options available.
*Leonardo’s Children’s Museum (Enid) has a variety of memberships to customize your benefits with the basic family level costing $144. Members can enjoy unlimited admission for a year, discounts, special events and more.
Oklahoma Aquarium (Jenks) offers four levels of membership to their all-indoor facility. The family membership (for 2 adults, 4 children) is $150 with members enjoying unlimited free admission, members-only sneak previews and discounts on special events, admission for additional guests and discounts at the gift shop.
*Discovery Lab (Tulsa) offers a variety of membership levels for families. Members get unlimited admission for one year, express entry during peak times, special events and discounts to camps and rentals.
* Indicates museum is eligible for the Oklahoma Museum Network Affiliate Membership Upgrade. Members at one of these museums can pay $55 more to boost the membership to all participating museums and receive five free admissions at all of the participating museums including Science Museum Oklahoma, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Tulsa’s Children Museum (Discovery Lab) and Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton.