Want to avoid receiving an over whelming amount of toys this Christmas? How about suggesting to family and friends an annual membership or day pass to one of your favourite places to explore?
Annual memberships, pre purchased tickets and classes are great investments, will save you money, great for the environment and is the gift that keeps on giving.
Our favourite yearly family Memberships to exploring Melbourne are:
Museums Victoria Membership – A annual household membership (2 adults & 4 children) $89, gives your family free general access to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum and discounts on touring exhibitions, museum shops & cafes.
Zoos Victoria Membership – 365 days of unlimited entry to Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo for 12 months and discounts at Zoo retail outlets. Adult Membership costs $108.00, children under 16 are free.
NGV Membership – 1 year Family Membership (2 adults & up to three children) $158, includes a free ticket to a major exhibition of your choice, discounted entry and priority access to ticketed exhibitions, annual subscription to the NGV magazine and discounts at NGV design stores and cafés.
National Trust Membership – Includes free entry into all Australian National Trust properties and throughout the world (Rippon Lea House & Gardens, Polly Woodside, Como House & Gardens and Melbourne Gaol some examples) plus free or discounted prices to events and exhibitions. A annual Household Membership costs $130 and covers 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Legoland Discovery Centre Annual Pass – From $75 per person gets you unlimited entry for 12 months, special discounts at the LEGO Shop, Cafe and Birthday Parties.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Annual Pass – A family pass (3+ with up to 2 adults) is $69 per person. Which gives you unlimited entry 365 days a year.
Phillip Island Nature Park 4 Park Pass – Visit the Penguin Parade (General Viewing), Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm, prices start at just $58.00 per adult.
Adventure Park Geelong Season Pass Membership – Unlimited entry to Adventure Park for the 2017-18 season. Membership expires April 2018. Season Pass Membership costs $89.95 per person.
Fun Fields Season pass – Ulimited visits all season (valid September – April) Family Season Funpass starts at $289 for a family of 3.
Membership to your local Toy library – Will cost anywhere between $50 – $80 to borrow toys all year round.
Sporting team membership – Support your favourite AFL, NRL, cricket, soccer, basketball, netball team or the Victoria Racing Club has a under 12’s annual membership and subscription is only $5.
Another good membership for summer is to your local Aquatic Centre or Pool. Hello school holidays!
Special one off experiences are also a great present idea, think movie tickets, music concert or theatre tickets, Day Out with Thomas train ride pass, a gift voucher to go to your local indoor play centre, horse riding, go karting, rock climbing, tree surfing, bowling, ice or roller skating, mini golf, trampoline park or for the new members of the family a Baby Spa visit.
Other ideas with great value are a term of free classes like swimming lessons, cooking classes, dance classes, music lessons, sporting program or art classes.
And don’t forget to get the kids involved and give to charity this Christmas. A a few wonderful charity campaigns that will have the kids giving just like Santa are the Kmart Wishing Tree, the Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal or send a care package to Support the Troops, No time to hit the shops? Choose and purchase a gift online with The Smith Family & The Salvation Army which will then be donated to a child in need this Christmas.