Kansas City Friends Of the Zoo Membership: Save $5 Through May 31, 2013

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If you have been waiting to purchase your Friends of the Zoo membership to the Kansas City Zoo, you might want to bite the bullet and get your order placed this week!  If you have not heard of Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ), here is what you receive with your membership:

  • Free admission through March 31, 2013
  • Discounted admission to 150 partner zoos and aquariums
  • Monthly coupons
  • Discounts on merchandise, programs, events and parties
  • You contribution may be tax deductible (see your tax professional).
  • Members only events including early admission on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Family Nights on June 23rd and July 18th.
  • Family morning on November 2nd.
  • Join Backyard Action heroes – an online program for kids ages 5 – 12.  When they complete 8 monthly activities on line, they will earn a free t-shirt.
  • ….and more!

So, what does the membership cost?  They have several options available.  If you happen to live in Jackson or Clay county, the cost of your membership will be reduced. Here are a few plans which you might want to look into (take $5 off of the price listed below):

Plan Upgrades

  • GOLD – Unlimited, free rides on the train, tram and carousel
  • PLATINUM – Unlimited, free rides on the train, tram, carousel, boat and African sky safari

Individual Plan

$47 Individual BASIC ($24 for Jackson or Clay County Residents)
$62 Individual GOLD ($39 for Jackson or Clay County Residents)
$75 Individual PLATINUM  ($52 for Jackson or Clay County Residents)

Family Plan (2 Named adults + all dependents under age 18)

$79 Family BASIC ($40 for Jackson or Clay County Residents)
$115 Family GOLD ($75 for Jackson or Clay County Residents)
$155 Family PLATINUM ($115 for Jackson or Clay County Residents)

If you want to know how this can pay for itself, let’s do a scenario:

2 adults – $23  ($11.50 each)
1 child (age 12) – $11.50
2 children (ages 5 and 8) – $17 ($8.50 each)

Total cost for visit:  $51.50

You could more than pay for your membership with just two visits!!!

Visit the Kansas City Zoo to order your membership.


  1. Debbie says

    Question on the pricing. You said that individual price per adult is $11.50 but when I look at the Zoo website it says Zoological District (residents of Jackson and Clay Counties, MO) admission prices are: $5 Adults. So if your a Jackson county resident, wouldn’t you have to go way more than twice to make it worth it? Or am I reading the website wrong?