The man brought home a bunch of boxes from him mom’s house the other day that were filled with treasures from his childhood and teen years. At first, I was a little worried about having more “stuff” to put somewhere, especially stuff that smells like stuff that’s been sitting in a basement for 15 years.
But, I soon realized that those boxes contained some pretty cool stuff and it’s been quite interesting (and funny and weird and embarrassing) to go through it all.
The best part is that we now have a HUGE rock and fossil collection, a whole bunch of pictures of dinosaurs and a collection of animal bones and skeletons. In fact, there is currently a beaver skull on my kitchen counter – the joys of living with a scientist!
The plan is to take some of the pieces and put them in glass cases in the spare room/office, like a mini museum. I’m thinking we could change the pieces every now and then to keep the little one interested.
Speaking of the little one, she is beyond excited about all this stuff. She’ll do pretty much anything if it means she gets to go look in the boxes with daddy. It’s been so neat seeing how keen she now is to learn new things, from lessons from the man on gravity and petrified lightening to me explaining what “incredible” means and helping her write her name.
She’s also constantly asking us to take her to the museum so I think it will blow her mind when we put a little museum in our house. It has also got me thinking about buying a family membership to some of our national museums. We’ve been meaning to do this for a while and seeing how excited she is about those boxes of treasures has given me a little push, especially with the colder weather coming. Last year, museums were mostly just a place to let her run, play and point, but now she’s at an age where some real learning and engaging can happen.
I did some research and was quite pleased with what I found. Museum memberships are so economical, often paying off after just two or three visits! They also offer lots of other discounts and perks. Family memberships usually include two adults and all children living at the same address and many grant you admission to other museum across the country.
I’ve put together some information on the various local museum memberships below…They seem like a great idea for Ottawa winters when we tend to want to be inside a little more and could also make a great birthday or Christmas gift…
Plus, museums aren’t the only places that offer memberships to families. I’ve also included a list of 10 other fun places that offer them as well.
Family membership: $89/year (There are also options for adults, grandparents, seniors and students.)
- The membership gives you unlimited admission to both museums as well as invitations to special events and discounts on parking, IMAX tickets and at museum restaurants and boutiques.
Family membership: $111.87/year (There are also options for adults, grandparents, daycare providers, seniors and students.)
- The membership gives you unlimited admission to the museum and its special exhibits as well as discounts at museum restaurants and boutiques, a 20% discount on Canadian Geographic magazine and invitations to special events.
Family membership: $90/year (There are also options for adults, seniors and daycare providers.)
- The membership gives you unlimited admission to all three museums, discounts for the boutiques and on some programs, the option to buy a members-only parking pass and access to the summer camps pre-sale.
Family membership: $110/year (There are also options for adults, seniors, students and Canadian Armed Forces members.)
- The membership gives you unlimited admission to the Gallery and invitations to exhibition openings and special events, as well as discounts at the Bookstore, on workshops and on parking.
UPDATE: The Ottawa Museum Network also offers a $70/year family membership that provides free admission to all 11 community museums, discounts and special invitations. That’s 11 museums for just $70!!!
Other fun places that offer memberships