Members Only: 16 family memberships to get this year

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The new year is a great time to purchase your annual passes and memberships to Orlando places and attractions. Memberships often include exclusive perks and freebies that you won’t want to miss. Treat your crew to a family membership at one of these Orlando PLAY spots to create fun new memories in 2018.

Words by Anna Karasik


O2B Kids Family Members get access to over 200 classes ranging from music to gymnastics. On top of that, members get free two-hour drop-off care every day for ages 6 and up! Check out O2B Kids locations in Oviedo and Altamonte Springs.

Being an IKEA FAMILY Member means more than getting discounts on furniture; it means free access to IKEA Orlando’s Story Time Tuesdays and Kids KAMP crafts. Plus, up to two kids can eat free with an adult IKEA FAMILY Member on Tuesdays.

Learn Together

The Central Florida Zoo Annual Pass is good for daily free admission, discounts at the gift shop, and even discounts on birthday parties. Families who travel can really make the most of this pass because it’s good at over 150 zoos and aquariums across the country!

A Family Membership at Orange County Regional History Center means everyday unlimited admission—but that’s just the start of the money-saving perks. Members also get two hours of free parking on each visit plus discounts on the History Center’s events and camps.

There is plenty to do at Orlando Museum of Art all year round, and members can make the most of it with free admission to exhibitions—not just at OMA, but at dozens of other museums. This museum sets itself apart with fun events for all ages, and membership offers a discount on those programs as well.

Orlando Science Center Membership is perfect for families who love to learn together and be interactive. On top of free admission to exhibits and events, members get discounts on just about everything else: classes, camps, parties, merchandise and more. Members also get access to exclusive events for all ages!

Break a Sweat

The RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club’s Family Membership gives you access to all of your fitness needs; meanwhile, kids get free rein of Kids Stuff, a 15,000 square foot fun zone. The supervised area includes sports, crafts and video games!

Being a member at YMCA of Central Florida means having a one-stop shop for your family’s child care, after-school activities, sports, student mentoring, camps, and of course, self-care. The best part: there are over 20 locations in Central Florida, so there is bound to be one near you.

Orlando Paintball Membership has multiple levels, each one coming with steeper everyday discounts on admission and rentals. What we love is the BYOP membership: bring your own paint and simply pay a $10 fee or buy Orlando Paintball’s discounted off-site paint to waive that fee completely. For ages 10 and up.

Sit Back and Be Amazed

Being a part of Enzian Theater’s Film Society grants discounted admission to their movies, but the best perk for families is the free large popcorn at every show! Plus, all kids 12 and under get free admission to the monthly Peanut Butter Family Matinees.

The Children’s Series Subscription at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is valid for one ticket to all three family productions. Season ticket holders are guaranteed the best possible ticket prices, early access to Orlando Shakes events, discounts on youth classes and free backstage tours.

Become a Family Plan Subscriber at the Orlando Repertory Theatre (the REP) to get a 3-, 6- or 10-show package. Also, subscribers get the first pick of seats, access to reserved seating in the first three rows and discounts on parties, merchandise and other ticket purchases.

Create and PLAY

It’s hard to find a safe place for your active toddlers, but membership at Amaya Papaya Play Lounge solves that problem. It comes with free admission to the play space, including access to enrichment activities and play groups. Plus, parents get discounts on Amaya Papaya’s other offerings: parties, snacks, merchandise and event tickets.

The Crayola Experience Annual Pass value is insane. For just a few dollars more than the price of a single-day admission, kids get free admission for a year, plus first access to special events. Passholders even get discounts on parties and merchandise!

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center is a safe community space for all ages. Membership gives adults full access to the fitness facilities, including the tennis courts and exercise classes, while kids have fun in the gym’s KidZone. That’s just the beginning; there are also tons of classes and programs just for members, including the J University after-school program.

Perks for Pet Lovers & their Furry Friends

The Mennello Museum of American Art wants your entire family to enjoy their Sculpture Garden, so they offer Four-Legged and Feathery Friend Memberships! Perks include free/discounted admission to pet events and a 10% discount at participating pet businesses.

The Orlando Cat Café is a coffee shop in Clermont with a room full of friendly kitties just waiting to be adopted. Their “Entire Litter” Family Membership gives two people 10 free hours per month with the cats, two guest passes, beverage coupons and more. Talk about a purr-fect family date!

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