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Friday, April 21

Five Days of Roadschooling : Day 5

Membership Programs

You've heard 'you have to spend money to make money,' but what about spending to save?  By joining these programs (two of which are free!), you'll be able to save some of your hard-earned cash without sacrificing the ability to experience new sights at your destination!

NASA PASSPORT
The NASA Passport Program is free to join, and provides savings on admission, tours, food, and retail purchases at each of their fourteen locations across the country.  You'll receive a stamp at each location, and when / if you get all fourteen, you will get a special surprise for completing the mission!  (We haven't finished, so I'm not sure what it is.)   

If you have an aviation / space fan, you'll want to sign up for this free program!  Also, if you have kids that are into space and aviation, you should check out this STEM program.

Here are the sites we've visited thus far....

NATIONAL PARKS PASS
  • If you have a student in the 4th grade, you should absolutely pick up a free National Parks Pass, which is good for one year.  Every fourth grade student is entitled to one family pass.  This gets you into many parks for free, and others (the ones that are partially privatized) at a discount.
  • The National Parks Pass is only $80 annually for a carload.  However many folks fit into your car is how many will get into that park!  This also gives you a discount on park amenities.
  • The Junior Ranger Program is a fantastic educational tool that is provided at each National Park.  There are curriculum ideas, literature, and hands-on activities.  They typically receive a pin, sticker, or some other small token after completing the program.
  • Finally, if you are a senior, make sure to get a Senior Pass, which is only $10 for a lifetime pass.
There are National Parks EVERYWHERE!  Pick up this handy guide to find out which ones you'll be driving near.

ASTC PASSPORT
    More than 300 science centers and museums have agreed to waive general admission fees for each other’s members.  (Local restrictions apply within 90 miles (150 km) based on science center/museum location and residence.)  With the purchase of one membership, you can hop all over the country - and internationally - at no or a very low cost!  

    Our home membership is at a museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, simply because we happened to be there when we discovered the program.  Check out all the places we've got for free....   (Clicking on the links will take you to a more in-depth exploration.)  

    If you're going to be travelling, and incorporating learning experiences, this is one membership that you will definitely want to get!  Our's is only $65 annually, and worth ten times that.
    • This is just a sampling of what they offer...be sure to check out the main page for all of the museums!

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