By LaTonya Staubs
If you’re like me, and you’re sick of trying to find new storage spaces for your unwanted gifts, then a gift membership might be just what your looking to receive or even give, this holiday season.
With a museum or class membership, there is no reason to be bored inside your house! Whether it’s a warm, sunny day, or these impeding cold, snowy days, a museum trip or taking a class is sure to leave a smile on anyone’s face.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
If you are a parent in Brooklyn, chances are, you have or you will eventually take your child to this museum one day. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers everything from role-playing opportunities for kids, a Totally Tots exhibit for kids 5 and under, a Nature exhibit, and a café, just to name a few. With so many ongoing events, and exhibits that cater to babies and beyond, you are bound to make a trip to this museum, an event that lasts the whole day.
Cost: The museum offers 5 different levels of memberships. They include; Grandparents Circle ($80 for one year), Pioneer ($85 for one year, $140 for two years), Trailblazer ($100 for one year, $170 for two years), Globetrotter ($135 for one year; $235 for two years), Voyager ($175 for one year; $310 for two years), Explorer ($275 for one year; $475 for two years). Please visit website for details, and benefits for each level of membership.
Perks: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the First “GREEN” museum in New York City. You can host a birthday party that caters to ages 1-10. The museum offers 3 different packages, to fit any budget. Plus their birthday parties can take place any day of the week. Admission to the Museum is free on EVERY THIRD THURSDAY from 4:00–7:00pm and on the FIRST FULL WEEKEND of every month 2:00–5:00pm, except on holiday weekends. (Does not apply to school, camp, or other organized groups.)
How to buy: (718) 735-4400 x324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There has been many times that I have been on a train, and still as a native New Yorker, I am baffled at how the transit system improves daily. If you want to be immersed in in a learning environment, filled with vintage trains, tokens, and other memorabilia, then the MTA Transit Museum is the place to visit.
Cost: Friend $40, Family $55, Contributing $80, Sustaining $150, Patron $250, Student $30, Senior $30
Perks: Various spaces throughout the museum are available for events, including the platform level where guests may board over 20 vintage and elevated cars. Every Saturday and Sunday, programs for their youngest transit visitors are free with museum admission. Also, during the holidays there is free admission to the annual Transit train show held in the Annex of Grand Central Station.
How to buy: (718) 694-3451
As a kid, I had the privilege of growing up right down the block from this museum. You cannot help but be enamored by the beauty, of this large 560,000 squared foot historical building, that’s seems to sit so peacefully on the very busy Eastern Parkway. This museum is home to a variety of collections, including ancient Egyptian masterpieces and contemporary art.
Cost: 1stfans: $20, Individual: $55, Dual: $85, Family: $100, Contributor: $150, Patron: $350, Donor: $600, Fellow: $1,000, Curator’s Circle: $2,500, Benefactor’s Circle: $5,000
(For more information on membership levels and benefits please call the membership dept)
Perks: Target First Saturdays: visitors can enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5 to 11 p.m. Also, all evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m.
How to buy: (718) 501-6326, email@example.com.
New York Aquarium and City Zoos including Prospect Park
If you have a family that loves going to zoos, this membership gift allows them to enjoy free admission to any and all of the New York City zoos (Bronx Zoos, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Central Park Zoo and NY Aquarium) for free along with all of their respective special events.
Cost: Family memberships $159
Perks: Free admission for two adults and their children up to age 18 to ALL of the NYC zoos- free parking passes- free limited-edition wildlife T-shirt- 16 attraction passes
How to Buy: online here
Kids Club THIRTEEN
Kids Club THIRTEEN is a membership program that encourages families to discover the wide range of cultural and educational centers to be found across New York City area that includes museums, zoos, theaters and more.
Cost: Annual membership is $75 for two adults and up to three children.
Perks: Kids Club members gain exclusive access to 13 Fun and Free events every year, as well as discounts to dozens of institutions. Discounts to tri-state area institutions, including zoos, museums, parks and theater. Your child’s name on-air and online for their birthday!
How to Buy: Click here to buy a membership.
Cost: Starts at $75
Perks: When you become a member, you’ll not only enjoy our classes each week, but also receive Gymboree clothing discounts, free classes, parent handouts and more. 0% discount coupons for Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8; exclusive shopping events during the year. Two free classes worldwide. Special discounts at Gymboree friends and family events- $25 Gymbucks. Free Open Gym Times
How to Buy: (866) 477-3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
What better way to stay close to nature with a gift membership to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Cost: Starting at $85 per year (your gift is partially tax-deductible)
Perks: The myriad benefits include free admission, picnic nights, receptions, discounts, and much, much, more—and they last all year long!
How to Buy: BBG Membership Department at 718-623-7210 or online.