With gas prices dropping, I am contemplating leaving the house again with my kids to explore Portland. And honestly, I need to get out of the house during the winter. In the past, we have had family memberships to both the Portland Children’s Museum and the Oregon Zoo. I would definitely consider CM2 again; the Zoo is cool, but not more than once a year for our family.
This year, I was thinking of asking for membership to OMSI for Christmas or forking over the cash myself. I have heard great things about their exhibits for preschoolers. I just received a promotional mailing from OMSI, offering a $20 off any membership. We would have to get the Family/Grandparent membership, regularly $90. With the promotional code, we would pay $70. I know there are cheaper ways to get out of the house (McDonald’s, IKEA & Fred Meyer Kids club, Clackamas Towne Center fishing pond and play area, Portland Parks & Rec Indoor Parks), but my daughter (4.5 years) is growing bored with some of these options.
Here’s a question for our readers: Would you consider an annual membership to OMSI (or CM2 or the Zoo for that matter) a frugal way to spend time with the family? Why or why not?
**Edit: Here’s the OMSI code, in case you’re interested: A09PBK. It isn’t a code assigned just to me, so I don’t have a problem sharing it.
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