STL Experience Gifts/Memberships

This year, I’m getting all into the thought of gifting experiences. Kids these days are usually showered with way too many toys, only half of which they probably really need or want. So, the idea of giving experiences keeps standing out to me like a sore thumb.

That said, I wanted to make a list of the most popular memberships in the St. Louis, MO area that would be perfect to give as a gift this holiday season.


The Science Center is great for curious minds. They have rotating exhibits all year round, and kids can burn off energy for hours while learning all sorts of things!

- Free parking on every visit (one vehicle).
- 10 free Omnimax tickets.
- 6 free Planetarium tickets.
- 6 free Discovery Room tickets.
- Free phone reservations.
- 10% discount in shops.
- $25 off of a Birthday Party package.
- Members only preview events.
- Subscription to newScience Magazine.

*Additional membership levels available.


While the St. Louis Zoo might have free entry to the public, there are loads of kids’ to-dos in the park that do cost money. A membership helps parents to keep sane and save some dough.

***Buy a gift membership for the holidays and get a free STL Zoo ornament!***

36 Anywhere Passes.
    - Free parking for 6 visits
    - Zoo calendar and member magazine subscription.
    - Discounts on food and gift shop purchases.
    - E-newsletters and Zoo news.
    - And more!

*Higher membership levels are available.


(MBG membership includes membership to Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve)

Most people don't think of the Botanical Garden as a play area for kids, but they actually have a pretty awesome tree house type play area. Plus, they have great members only events to avoid the holiday chaos (think Easter egg hunting, trick-or-treating, etc.). 

- General Admission.
- 2 Membership Cards.
- Free Admission to Children's Garden on Tuesdays and Saturday mornings.
- Member Tuesday Nights.
- Annual floral show previews.
- Bulletin magazine subscriptions.
- Annual thank-you gift.
- 6 Tram tour passes.
- Discounts on classes.
- Reduced admission to festivals.

*Many more membership levels available.


This one is pretty self-explanatory. Roller coasters, thrill rides, funnel cakes.... FUN! Now you can add food passes to your season pass/membership, parking passes, and more!

****Cyber Monday Deal Alert****

- Unlimited admission.
- Unlimited admission to ALL Six Flags' in America.
- Free parking all season long.
- Bring a friend free days.
- In-park savings.
- Exclusive ride time events.
- Park admission to Fright Fest.
- Park admission to Holiday in the Park.

*Season pass upgrades are available for additional rates.


If you haven't heard of Kidzxplor before, then you're in for a treat! It's a monthly subscription to hundreds of classes and events for kids (some for adults too) all over the STL.

View membership details HERE.

*E-gift Certificates offer discounts for multiple month purchases.


The Magic House isn't for the out-of-shape. It's 4 floors of non-stop interactive fun. Adults get to run and play with the kids as well, which makes it that much more enjoyable. Expect a tuckered out kiddo.

- Unlimited free admission for two named adults and dependent children.
- 8 free guest passes.
- 50% discount to 200 museums nationwide.
- Discount on birthday partied and summer camp.

*Lower and higher priced memberships available.


Transportation Museum

Located in Kirkwood, the Transportation Museum is a hidden gem of fun. Trains, planes and automobiles are just the beginning of what to see (and do) at this attraction.

Coachman Membership - $45.00
- Free admission for up to SIX guests per visit.
- Invitation to Special Events.
- 10% off all gift shop purchases (online or in store).
- Birthday party and facility rental discounts.

*Additional membership levels available.


City Museum

The City Museum is in the heart of downtown STL. It is numerous floors of fun for both kids and adults. You can literally get lost for hours. 

Level 1 Membership - $200
- 20 visits throughout the year, up to 7 people per visit.
- Unlimited visits in January and September.
- 10% discount in Museum gift shop.
- 10% discount on Circus Harmony classes.
- Rooftop admission.

*Additional membership levels available.


Grant's Farm

This ever-popular locale is offering memberships now! New to 2016, families who cherish their Grant's Farm tours and goat feedings can purchase a one-year pass that is sure to please.

Membership Package - $TBD
- Free parking all season long.
- 5 Bring-a-friend parking passes.
- 50 Goat or carousel passes.
- Unlimited paddleboat rides.
- 10% discount at all gift shops.

**Membership sales opportunities are at limited sales times, TBD. They are not available for purchase at this time. You can call Grant's Farm directly for more information: 314-525-0829.**


St. Peters Rec-Plex

For those of you out in the St. Charles County area (off the beaten path, haha), the best membership deal around is the St Peters Rec-Plex. It boasts everything from swimming, to ice skating, and a million things in between!

Non-Resident 1-Year Membership - $578
- State-of-the-art fitness equipment.
- Indoor track for walking and running.
- Gymnasium for basketball and volleyball.
- HUGE leisure pool with waterslide.
- Even BIGGER pool for laps and diving.
- Public ice skating.
- Group aerobics classes.
- Use of any St. Peters outdoor pool.
- Family locker rooms.
- Discounted Tot Drop babysitting services.
- Discounts on other classes and golf fees/rates.

*Gold memberships available that offer even MORE free benefits!


For more Experience Gift ideas, visit STL Fun 4 Kids to see what other options are available. Even if it's not a membership, almost every venue offers gift certificates!

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