My mother gets a Family Membership to Buttonwood Park Zoo for my toddler nephew as a birthday present every year. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

For starters, the perks. Not only do members have free entry to the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s facilities, but free or discounted admission to over 100 zoos and aquariums in the country. Buttonwood Park Zoo is one of those places that you could spend anywhere between 30 minutes and three hours. There’s so much to do and see, but you can still make it a quick trip if the kiddos are feeling fussy.

BPZ is probably the very first place I bring family members visiting from out of town. We meet new animal friends, learn about conservation efforts, and usually grab something to eat at the Bear's Den Cafe. I personally love grilled cheese.

For those of you who are already thinking about what to get your tiny loved ones as a gift during the holiday season, might I suggest you take a page out of my mom’s playbook and get them the gift of an experience? As an added bonus, this is an easy way for you to spend time with them.

And right now, you can get a one-year family membership valued at $75 for just $50 at This deal includes two adults and four children. Please keep in mind that these expire one year from activation.

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