Vacationing this summer? I have a great frugal trip tip for large families that will help you save money!
How many members of your family do you have? Are you a six person family like we are? We have discovered something rather important in the last few years: Having a family of six is expensive.
I know, you are wondering if we just figured that out.
The answer is no, of course we knew it would cost a pretty penny to raise them. However, we also didn’t fully appreciate how much it would cost to do, well, everything.
Just to going to a fast food restaurant is quite costly now. Having a family fun day out can cost upwards of $200 if we decide to do something other than go for a bike ride or go to a park. If we want to go to a museum or amusement park, the cost of 3 adults (the almost 14 year old is an adult) and three children is so expensive!
I may have a solution. I have a great frugal trip tip for large families. A dear friend of mine told me about a program through museums. The thing is, I had heard of it before, just didn’t realize the full benefits until my family grew.
It is called the ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) Travel Passport Program. It is a reciprocal program through museums. If you buy a family pass, you can get into 350+ museums for free.
Now let me tell you why this is great for large families. In our case with a family of six, our local museum would cost us $58 for one visit. The pass cost us $95. There is a museum we want to visit on vacation that would cost our family of six over $70. With the ASTC pass, we get into the museum on vacation for free. The pass just paid for itself!
We can also get into the Field Museum and Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for free (or almost free) as well. (Of course, we do have to pay for parking, but that is another story!) ;-)
This pass has a few restrictions:
- Science centers & museums located within 90 miles* of the science center or museum where you are a member.
- Science centers & museums located within 90 miles* of your residence.
*This distance is measured “as the crow flies”, meaning that it is based on the linear radius, not driving distance.
You can check out the list of museums here.
I strongly encourage you research museums in your area and see if one participates in this program. For a relatively small fee, you can have summer fun with your family for a fraction of the cost!