Why you should get a zoo membership

One of our favorite activities around our area is the Oklahoma City Zoo. We have been known to go almost weekly when the weather is nice, so a membership is invaluable to us and pays for itself in just a few visits. During the month of May, Mathis Brothers Furniture offers a special deal on annual zoo memberships.

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This is a great deal since the family membership (includes 2 adults and 5 kids) is usually $70, so you save $21. Instead of getting the $49 family pass, my family just gets the Wildcard membership (includes one person and one guest) for $35, since it’s usually just me and the kids going during the work week and kids younger than 3 are free. The Wildcard is normally $50, so this is a saving of $15.

In order to take advantage of this deal, you have to go to the physical store at 3434 W. Reno, bypass all the salespeople and head straight to the back where they will have a tent and tables set up. They have iPads available where you enter your information and pay with a credit card, and then you get to pick out a stuffed animal for your little one (or yourself) and head out the door. The membership cards are mailed to you in a few weeks, but they also email you a temporary card to use immediately.

One huge perk of being a zoo member is the reciprocity program. Since the Oklahoma City Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, members can get free or discounted admission to other member zoos all around the country and one or two in Mexico and Canada. Here is a link to the participating zoos and benefits. They recommend calling ahead to whatever zoo you are planning to visit to confirm your benefits. From our experience, we have usually gotten half off admission to other zoos. We have used our pass at the Dallas Zoo, Memphis Zoo and Houston Zoo.

Other lesser known benefits of a membership at the Oklahoma City Zoo is that they’ll send you a quarterly magazine and an annual calendar, and you can get a 10% discount at zoo gift shops, concessions and classes.

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