People keep coming out with different slogans to describe new things. As a result, the new term for this year is Road Schooling. So what is Roadschooling? It actually is pretty easy to explain: it is school on the road. This can be incorporated into any curriculum such as homeschooling, Unschooling, or kids that go to Normal school. Road school could be a trip to the zoo to learn about animals, and their habitats. Some families travel around world, and some zig zag all over America, while many take smaller trips. In addition, to traveling we learn history, geography, visit zoos, museums and forts, just to name a few.
Our children self direct their own education or Unschool but now we stop at cool roadside attractions. Road schooling has opened our eyes to all the places along the road that can become educational. Sometimes, we will learn geography by following on Google maps, or maybe history at a rest stop. Most of all, for anyone that loves the idea, check out the websites to get free or inexpensive memberships.
Memberships to aquariums, children zoos, and science and technology museums
- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, huge discount with an $80 annual pass. Allow entrance to over 2,000 parks for free.
- Zoo Family Membership, get in free or 50% off at over. Our first year we bought our membership from Jacksonville Zoo for 2 years online.
- Reciprocal Program for Children Museums, purchase a premium family membership with ACM Reciprocal Network benefits. You get 50% off general admission for up to six (6) people at museums participating in the network.
- NARM – North American Reciprocal Museum, get free admission to over 350 museums across America. You have to sign up with your local museum so here is a list.
- Bank of America Free Museum Program, on the first weekend of every month, you can show your Bank of America credit or debit card and receive free admission to select museums.
- SOUTHEASTERN RECIPROCAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM, free admission during regular museum hours. Discount in the gift shop and café, and discount on purchases made on the premises for concert and lecture tickets.
- Gardening Program, promotes horticulture across North America, encouraging people to visit gardens and other horticultural institutions.
- Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Membership Program, is a network of Smithsonian Affiliate museums and educational organizations
- AMOCA, two Admissions per visit, 10% discount in the Museum Store, and Two guest passes. You receive reciprocal museum membership programs.
Best Membership for the price
We found the best membership to be Boonshaft Museum of Discover family membership for around $100 for a year (as of 2016). It is good for two adults and six children all living in the same household. This membership gets you into zoo, aquariums, children zoos, and science and technology museums all for one low price. As a result, most offer free admission and some are only half price. Finally, learn more about the reciprocity program click here