The Kansas City Zoo has made great strides forward in the last few years, becoming an increasingly desirable destination for our our family. But, for a family our size, it's also becoming increasingly expensive.
$23 - Adult admission (x2)
$43 - Child admission (x5)
$35 - Tickets for trams, train (x7)
$14 - Tickets of boat (x7)
$28 - Tickets for sky tram (x7)
That's $143 to go to the zoo for the day, not counting food! Granted, this assumes that you want to ride the rides, but the Kansas City zoo involves some serious walking, perhaps too much walking if the weather's hot or you and your children are not actively training for a marathon.
Fortunately, a "Friends of the Zoo" season pass for two adults plus dependents is only $155, which for a family our size is nearly paid for on the first trip. For a family of eight, it's actually cheaper to buy the season pass then to go once. Plus the Friends of the Zoo pass gives you a discount at other zoos across the country. If we went to KC and the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha (half price), once each in the same season, we'd more than get our money's worth.