Learning about forestry in a museum is safer than experiencing it firsthand by accidentally ingesting a tree. Embrace the world of forestry with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a family-plus membership (a $60 value) to the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, located in Washington Park.
The 20,000-square-foot facility showcases hands-on exhibits and simulators devoted to the importance of forests and their role in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a number of other one-word wonders. With the family-plus membership, two adults and all children 18 and younger in the family are free to explore the museum's two floors for a year. The first floor focuses on the Pacific Northwest, entertaining visitors with interactive exhibits such as the Timberjack Harvester Simulator and River Raft Adventure, where visitors can take a simulated trip through class-IV rapids. On the second floor, guests can learn about forest art, history, and culture—hitching a jeep ride in South Africa, touring the Trans-Siberian railway, or swinging through the Amazon rainforest's canopy just like Tarzan did. A number of special exhibits are also available on a rotating basis.
Your membership also includes a 10% discount at the Forest Store, a monthly newsletter, and invites to exhibit openings and other forestry-friendly events. Grandparents or primary caretakers can also use the membership card, so kids can still get in even if their parents are busy keeping rabble-rousers out of the yard or building new superhighways to the moon.
Frommer's highly recommends World Forestry Center Discovery Museum. 14 Yelpers give it a four-star average, 3 TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes, and six InsiderPagers also give it a four star average.