A lot of people think about going to the water park on a hot day, but water parks are also fun on rainy days. At least that has been our experience. We went to Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark over the weekend. It was an awesome experience for several reasons. First, it was rainy and in the 50’s outside. But inside the water park it was in the balmy 80’s. Second, it was a ton fun to go shooting down the fast slides from a Boeing 747 aircraft sitting on the roof of the building. And finally, we also got to check out all the cool airplanes in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum right next door.
When you’re a family of six, it’s not cheap to go out. Even with free admission for our baby, a trip to the zoo costs $43.50 and a trip to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) costs $49. Ouch! And that’s just for the price of admission and doesn’t include extras like parking, train rides, submarine tours, or foot massages. Just thinking about the cost is making me poorer. What’s a dad to do? Read on and I’ll tell you how you can get into popular attractions for free or at a discount.
Here’s my tip for frugal dads and moms: a lot of places offer special days when you get in at a discount or for free — that’s when you should go. Duh. Thanks to these special discount days, our entire family can go to OMSI or the zoo for only $10. That’s a saving of 77% to 80%. And thanks to the Internet, you can find the special promotion days listed on the attraction’s web site. You might have to look around because most of these places don’t highlight their special promo on their home page. Try looking on the pricing or special events page. If you still can’t find it, do a Google search on the name of the place and the word free or discount. And if that fails, call them and ask if they have a special day when admission is discounted.