For theater lovers, pick up a ticket multi-pack from the Center of Creative Arts, 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63130. Tickets for three shows in the COCA Presents Series start at around $51 per person. Call 314-561-4877 or visit cocastl.org.
An annual membership at the Saint Louis Zoo or the Missouri Botanical Garden is perfect for the family that loves to explore. Friends and Family Memberships at the Missouri Botanical Garden are $115, and include unlimited admission for four adults and all children 12 and under to the garden, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and the Shaw Nature Reserve; free admission to the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden; discounted admission to the Japanese Festival, Best of Missouri Market, and Garden Glow; complimentary tram tours; and more. Call 314-577-5100 or visit mobot.org. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63110.
The zoo offers a holiday zoo-goer membership for $70, which includes free parking for six visits, discounts on food and souvenirs, 36 anywhere passes and more. Purchase passes at the zoo, One Government Dr., St. Louis, MO, 63110; online at stlzoo.org; or by phone at 314-646-4771. For the adventure of a lifetime, treat your aspiring zookeeper to a behind-the-scenes tour, where they can meet penguins, a giant tortoise and more. Tour prices vary; call 314-781-0900, ext. 4840 for more information.
Treat the true animal lover to a Sumatran orangutan adoption, which includes a cuddly plush orangutan (while supplies last), an invitation to the annual Zoo Parents Picnic and the honoree's name on the Donor Wall and website for one year. Holiday adoptions are $40-45, with proceeds directly benefitting the care and feeding of the animals. Adoptions may be placed online at stlzoo.org, by phone at 314-646-4771, or in person at Zoo Welcome Desks. Orders should be placed by Dec. 9 for delivery by Dec. 24.
Hit the slopes with passes to Hidden Valley, starting at $525 per person, or $1,670 for a family of four (purchase online for the best value). For weekly visits throughout the season, consider the Pick-A-Day, which is $389/person. Moonlight Marathon passes are available for $269/person. Passes for children 6 and under are $5; tubing is available for an additional fee. Visit hiddenvalleyski.com or call 636-938-5373. Hidden Valley is located at 17409 Hidden Valley Dr., Wildwood, MO, 63025.
Give the gift of health with a fitness center membership. Renaud Spirit Center, located at 2650 Tri-Sports Circle, O'Fallon, MO, 63368, offers an indoor waterpark in addition to the traditional fitness facilities and classes. Annual membership for up to five family members starts at $607.07. Call 636-474-2732 or visit renaudspiritcenter.com. The aquatic center at the Lodge Des Peres boasts an indoor wave pool, fountains and spouts, a flume slide and more. Family membership at the lodge, located at 1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres, MO, 63131, starts at $500 for residents. Call 314-835-6150 or visit desperesmo.org. Treat your family to an annual membership at the Timbers of Eureka Recreation Center, a 30,000 square-foot, two-story recreation center and outdoor aquatic center located at 1 Coffey Park Lane, Eureka, MO, 63025. Family membership starts at $550 for residents. Call 636-938-6775 or visit eureka.mo.us for more information.
Families with younger children will enjoy The Magic House, the Saint Louis Science Center and St. Louis Museum of Transportation. Annual family membership at The Magic House, located at 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63122, starts at $160 and includes unlimited free family admission, eight free guest passes and discounted admission at reciprocating museums around the country. Grandparents can share a year of fun to The Magic House, as well, with the Grandparents Membership, with includes unlimited visits for one year for two grandparents and up to four grandchildren for $100 a year. Call 314-822-8900 or visit themagichouse.org.
The Saint Louis Science Center offers a gift membership starting at $79; it includes parking passes, tickets to the OMNIMAX, the Discovery Room and more. Call 314-289-4400 or visit slsc.org. Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110. Membership to the Museum of Transportation, located at 2967 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis, MO, 63122, starts at $45, and includes admission for up to six guests per visit, discounts and invitations to special events; for $65, members also receive 40 passes that may be used at the Creation Station and the miniature train. Call 314-965-6212 or visit transportmuseumassociation.org.
Passes to the City Museum are perfect for families with older children and teens. A package of 20 individual, one-day admission passes is available for $200; 40 passes are $375. Packages include discounts for the gift shop and circus classes. The City Museum is located at 701 N. 15th St., St. Louis, MO, 63103. Call 314-231-2489 or visit citymuseum.org. And for a gift of truly historic proportions, purchase a membership to the Missouri History Museum. The Museum Family Membership for up to four adults and their children under age 18 is available for $90 and includes invitations to exclusive members-only events, family events, discounts at Bixby's Restaurant and more. The Missouri History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63112. Call 314-746-4599 or visit mohistory.org for more information.
Season passes to Six Flags St. Louis deliver spills, spins, splashes and more. As an added bonus, season pass holders can also visit the new Holiday in the Park event. Prices and packages vary; visit sixflags.com or call 636-938-5300 for current pricing. Six Flags is located at 4900 Six Flags Rd., Eureka, MO, 63025.
Note: When purchasing gift memberships be sure to check guidelines and values; some require the recipient to be someone other than the buyer.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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