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Our Top 10 Ideas Family Memberships & Experience Gifts for Kids in Dallas Fort Worth

There are so many awesome ideas for family memberships in the Dallas Fort Worth area, some allow you to enjoy free access and experiences with a family membership near me.

The sky is the limit with things to do with these annual memberships and season passes. Have fun at one of our local Zoos, Museums, Swimming Pools, and Indoor Play Places.

This is our favorite Top 10 list Experience Gifts for Kids you need to send to your extended family to get you for Christmas!

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Look no further: here are the Top 10 Experience Gifts for Kids for a Family Membership Near me

The Pogo Pass

The ultimate annual family membership near me and season passes we suggest you get for the Dallas area!

While many places around DFW have a single location membership, only one pass provides over 28 locations, and some with multiple visits!  

The Pogo Pass Membership provides a huge saving on a year’s worth of entertainment at 28 Venues, per person with our promo code: PLANOMOMS.

Standard price is $49.95 each, with our exclusive discount code “PLANOMOMS”. The retail price you’ll see on their website is $99.95.  

Good value pogo pass

Some of the most popular places include

  • Dr Pepper Star Center
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Hawaiian Waters
  • Pump it Up
  • The Cove at Lakefront
  • Sci-Tech Discovery Center
  • and access to Sports games like the Frisco Rough Riders and the Wings.

Every person in your family needs their own pass (except a baby or toddler below the age of 2) they can get 28 visits and 13 sports games with the Pogo Pass! 

They provide gift card options as well as membership you can use straight away, through the use of their downloadable App, so it makes for a great gift for a grandparent or for you to gift others. 

Pogo Pass family fun pass

To get this unique Pass and start making memories with your family all year long, get yours HERE

Get a Plano Parks and Recreation Annual Pass

Whenever you use one of the City of Plano Recreation Centers you can bypass the Admission Fee (usually $3 per day for ages 3-15, or $6 per day (age 16+) by purchasing a Family Membership near me that offers the best value for money and discounts and unlimited admission!

A pass offers unlimited access to any of our Recreation Centers and public Swimming Pools, with the exception of Classes or Camps, which are payable separately. We think this is the perfect family membership near me.

Although the Recreation Centers differ, most offer Gym and Workout areas, some with indoor Walking tracks, Basketball courts, Indoor Lap Pool, Water Slides, (some have lazy rivers), Outdoor Pools, Game Rooms with billiards, air hockey, board games, table tennis and foosball, Open play badminton, basketball, and volleyball.

You can also reserve areas and rent classrooms, meeting rooms and pool party rooms too.

Just some of the Membership Benefits: (access to)

Family Membership Cost: yearly: $399 or $49 a month ( you could just do the summer months for the pools!)

Why This Family Membership Saves You Money

Most of the pools charge $5 for kids and $9 for adults (Jack Carter Pool‘s prices). You will save big time by getting the membership even if it’s only for the summer months!

Check out the newly renovated Oak Point Recreation Center

Enjoy the Dallas Arboretum year-round

This really is one of our favorite picks for experience gifts for kids. Enjoy these Membership Benefits:

  • Free year-round general garden admission
  • Free parking (available on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Free access to the parking garage
  • Express entry during major events
  • Discounts in the Hoffman Family Gift Store, the Arboretum online store, and at area businesses
  • Reduced ticket prices for Cool Thursdays Concerts, adult programs, workshops, and lectures
  • Invitations to exclusive events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Goblins in the Garden, and Sweets and Treats
  • Quarterly newsletters and monthly emails highlighting gardening information and upcoming events
  • Reciprocal admission to more than 200 botanical gardens and arboretums worldwide
  • Early Morning Member Walks, 7-9 a.m. from March 1 through November 3 (No photography allowed before 9 a.m.)

Family Membership Cost: from $151 (additional membership levels are available). They have several options and prices so check out their website for more info.

Why this saves you money

The price per ticket is $16 for adults and $10 for each child per visit! Children under the age of 2 are free.

The Dallas Arboretum is such a beautiful place you will want to go again and again all year.

Splash around Texas at The Texas Pool

Check out these great Membership Benefits of your local neighborhood family membership near me:

  • Private & Public Party discounts
  • Senior members’ visiting grandchildren get in FREE
  • Admission to exclusive Members Only Events
  • Reduced Guest Pass Pricing and FREE special events
  • Member Discounts for Swim Lessons and Aquatic programs.

Family Membership Cost: $250 (See website for updated information) and Individual Membership $110.

Why this Saves You Money

Non-members will pay $10/person (infants are free) for an all-day guest pass for just one swim.

Get the membership and swim all summer long!

The Texas Pool Plano TX

Mingle with the Animals at the Dallas Zoo

From Safari Nights to Dallas Zoo lights, enjoy a full year of adventures, value, and discovery from this: our pick for one of the top experience gifts for kids!

Membership Benefits:

  • Free admission 364 days a year
  • Free parking*
  • Discounted ride tickets on the Monorail or Carousel
  • Invitations to members-only events, including Member Morning hours
  • Reduced admission to 150+ zoos nationwide
  • 10% discount at the Zoofari Market gift shop
  • 10% discount at the Prime Meridian Café, Wilds of Africa Grill, and Serengeti Café
  • Discounted or free tickets for special exhibit admissions

Family Membership Cost:  Includes 4 general admissions per day: $149. Dual membership is also available for 2 general admissions per day.

Why this Saves You Money

Adult tickets (age 12+) per person on a Weekday are $20 and kids are $16 for one visit. When you visit on Weekends, Adults tickets cost $22 and Kids are $17. You will also need to pay a parking fee of $10.

Get the membership to be able to come all year long any time you want! Without a membership, they say the average cost of two visits is $168 for 2 adults & 2 kids.

We know a lot of Moms look at both of our local Zoos and wonder which one is the best.

More: Take a look at our review of the Dallas Zoo vs Fort Worth Zoo to see which one is better.

Kids at Dallas Zoo

Go back in time to the Heritage Farmstead

A membership with the Heritage Farmstead Museum is one of the best investments you can make in your community’s future and your family’s future.

Membership Benefits:

  • Free daily admission for 4 family members
  • Monthly e-newsletter of their upcoming opportunities and events, so you get the most from your membership
  • Get a family photo with one of their livestock during their members-only Farm Photo days.

Family Membership Cost: $120 for 4 members.

Why This Saves You Money

Tickets are available daily and cost at least $5 per person (going up to $15 depending on the activity). Membership allows unlimited visits during the year.

Petting Farm, Animals near me

Embrace your STEM at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Designed to provide dynamic educational experiences promoting STEM, this 501c3 organization provides a fun place to visit indoors, for day visits and birthday parties, as well as Camps.


  • Free admission
  • Discounts on parties/camps/workshops and more.
  • 10% off purchases in the store
  • Early registration for camps and programs

Family Membership Cost: for up to 5 family members, $120

Why this Saves You Money

General admission tickets cost $10 per person for everyone ages 3-65. This is a fun place that changes out exhibits so kids will never be bored!

Sci Tech discovery camp

Go learn at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Membership Benefits:

  • Free admission
  • Exclusive Museum Events and Hours (members-only hours and previews to new exhibits first!)
  • Discounts (parking, theater admission, special events, and the gift shop!)
  • Admission to more than 360 museums worldwide!
  • Member Express line

Family Membership: Basic family membership for 2 people costs $100 for the year. For 4 people, it costs $164. Check out their other options where they price out all variables of family sizes.

Why This Saves You Money

General Admission for Adults is upwards of $25 and for Kids is $15. This adds up.

Their membership also gives you free access to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Heard Natural Science Museum for 2 adults and 3 children. An added bonus is discounted to their Summer Camps cost.

The Perot Museum is such a top-recommended fun place to take kids and even a nice place to take visitors.

Perot Museum Dallas

Why not try 2 Venues for Free?

If you purchase a CityPASS® you can try both the Perot Museum and the Dallas Zoo once to see if you like them enough to consider a Family Membership.

CityPass Family Membership Near me

Get your game on at the National Videogame Museum

Membership Benefits:

  • Free admission
  • Discounts on parties/camps/preschool
  • 10% off in the store
  • Double Tokens
  • Early registration for camps and programs

Family Membership Cost: 4 family members $79.99

Why this Saves You Money

Day tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under. If you want to go a few times it will save to get the membership. Age 3 and under are free. You can get a discount of $2 off ticket prices for guests

National Videogame Museum Frisco

Get wild at the Texas Discovery Gardens

At Texas Discovery Gardens, families can enjoy a year-round tropical butterfly house, Snakes of Texas exhibit, insects from around the world, and 7.5 acres of outdoor gardens.

They are 100% organic and feature native and adapted plants that thrive in North Texas weather.

They’ve also added a Natural Playscape for children of all ages, including a rock wall, tree deck, and log scramble.

Their companion Eco-Discovery Adventure will feature activities for children throughout their grounds.

Members can take advantage of daily Toddler Talks at 11am, Butterfly Release demonstrations at 12pm and Critter encounters at 2pm, as well as discounts on monthly Stories and More programs and summer/winter camps.


  • Free admission to the Gardens and Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium
  • Discount for Workshops
  • 10% Discount in Gift Shop
  • 10% Discount and early shopping for Butterfly Plant Sale
  • Invitation to exclusive Members’ events
  • Free or reduced admission to 300+ gardens!* (see details at bottom of page)
  • One day of free admission to the State Fair of Texas for up to six people (valid weekdays except for Columbus Day).

Family Membership Cost: $75 for 2 adults and all children under 18, for 2 adults only it will cost $50.

Why this Saves You Money

Visiting the gardens for 1 day will cost you $10 for adults and $5 for children 3-11. This is such a fun place to visit that you could spend the price of a membership in just a few visits.

experience gifts for kids

We hope you found at least one group option for a family membership near me.


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    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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