Buying a membership to a museum is a great way to save money…if you plan on visiting enough times in a 12-month period to make the membership pay for itself.  Sometimes that doesn’t make sense, so it’s good to know other ways to save money visiting some of the awesome museums and play places in the area.

Teach your kids that saving money is cool!

Teach your kids that saving money is cool!


Dallas Zoo
$5 admission during Penguin Days – January and February.  They also offer $2 off with a valid Military ID.  That and other discounts here.

Dallas Museum of Art
General admission is always free (special exhibits are free for C3 Spaces for Kids are special exhibits for kids 0-4 and 5-8.  First Tuesdays are special programs for kids 5 and under.

Dallas Arboretum
August – $1 general admission and $2 children’s garden admission

Nasher Sculpture Center
First Saturdays of the month are free and have special family programming

Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Bank of America card holders get free admission the first full weekend of each month. The discount only applies to the cardholder’s ticket.
Educators get free admission for themselves.  Must present proof of school affiliation.
$3 discount on general exhibit hall admission with a valid Military ID.

SeaLife Aquarium
25% discount if you purchase your tickets online
Check their website for current deals.

Legoland Discovery Center
25% discount if you purchase your tickets online
Check their website for current deals.
There is also a Combo Ticket deal if you purchase tickets for both Legoland and SeaLife Aquarium

Texas Discovery Gardens
The gardens are free each Tuesday (butterfly house admission is regular admission).

Indoor Play/Sports

The Coop
$2 off kid admission (adults are free) on Tuesdays

Summit Gym (rock climbing)
Tuesdays after 4pm – 2-for-1 night
Fridays after 6pm – student nights

Going Bonkers
Check their website for current coupons

Main Event Entertainment
Plano, Frisco, Lewisville
Monday Night Madness discounts 4pm-close

Dave & Busters
Half-price games on Wednesdays, taco deals on Tuesdays, drink and appetizer deals on Thursdays

Peter Piper Pizza
The Colony
Check their website for current coupons

Adventure Landing
North Dallas
Visit their website for other coupons and daily deals.

Plano Super Bowl
Visit their website for current specials.

AMF Richardson
Sunday FunDay: $3 games, $3 shoes

Half-price Tuesdays, discounts daily before 2pm and more.  Limitless Laserday weekdays, $1.95 bowling open-noon on Sundays. Click through for details.

Join their Birthday Club for special deals including a free Open Bounce pass for your child’s birthday month.

Jump Mania
Twilight Mania Monday-Friday 6:30-8pm for just $5