Give Experiences (not stuff) to your Grandchildren and Children this Christmas! Here are links to Atlanta area options!

Christmas is a great time of year for giving and for some parents all the “stuff” can feel overwhelming after all the wrappings and trimmings are torn off. I know in our personal experience, we saw materialism creep up in to the lives of our children and we knew that sense of entitlement we saw was not what we wanted so we made some immediate changes. We have tried to make a shift from buying “stuff” over the years to investing in memories and experiences.
Memberships or tickets to events provide not just one, but SEVERAL visits to experience and learn. For those with larger families, family memberships can enable parents to take their children to places where costs would otherwise be prohibitive. Another advantage to memberships for those with Homeschool Days is the membership holder can receive discount ticket admission to participate in special Homeschool Days. Do try to keep your gift choice to something that is within an hour from where your child/grandchildren live.
To give your gift, simply print off your membership confirmation page and put in a fun envelope or wrap inside a box. It will be a gift that keeps on giving throughout the upcoming year and your children/grandchildren will remember it for years to come the experiences you shared together. Not to mention, many museums are non-profit and memberships can be counted as a donation for a tax-write off.
Here are some ideas on family memberships with links to each (click on name of museum or location):
Last updated 11/28/18

 

Art & History:
Atlanta Children’s Museum, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
Bartow History Museum, Cartersville, GA
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, Atlanta, GA
HIGH Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA – Family Memberships $110
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA – Family Memberships start at $100-$150
National Parks Annual Pass – Annual Passes allow admission and cover parking in most national parks for $80
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta GA – Family Memberships $55
Pine Mountain Gold Museum, Villa Rica, GA – Family Pass $50
Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA
The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA


Science:
Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, GA – Family Membership $109-$139
Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta GA – Family Membership $129-$169
Bodies The Exhibit, Atlanta, GA
Delta Flight Museum, Atlanta, GA
Fernbank Museum, Atlanta GA
Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA – Family Memberships start at $280
Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw GA – Family Membership $67.50 – $135 (family membership normally $75 and supporting membership normally $150, but discounted now through 12/31/18) They have great homeschool days!
Smith-Gilbert Gardens + Southern Museum Joint Membership, Kennesaw, GA – $130 (page down to view options)
Southern Museum, Kennesaw, GA – Family Membership $75
Tellus Museum, Cartersville, GA – Family Membership $110-$165
Sports:
Braves Suntrust Park Tours, Atlanta, GA
College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta, GA
Escalade Indoor Rock Climbing, Kennesaw, GA
Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tours, Atlanta, GA
Business/Entrepreneurship:
Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour, Atlanta, GA
Team Building/ Games/ Logic:
The Escapery, Marietta, GA
LegoLand Discovery Center, Atlanta, GA

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