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These responses reflect our membership program as of June 14, 2021.
Have a question or a comment? Contact our membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I join or renew? Memberships may be purchased online at https://creativity.org/join/ or by completing a membership form upon your visit.
If I buy my membership today, can I visit today? Yes! You may begin using your member benefits as soon as you have purchased a membership! If you purchased online, please present your purchase receipt at the door. For Creative or Innovative Family memberships, your caregiver can check in by providing the primary member’s name.
I visited the museum today. Can I apply my admission cost toward a new membership? Yes! You may apply the cost of admission towards a new membership if the membership is purchased within 7 days of your visit. The maximum number of tickets you may apply is limited to the number of members the membership allows (e.g., Classic Family = up to 2 adults while Creative Family = up to 3 adults) and all children in the household may be applied. You may submit a membership form on the day of your visit or email us at email@example.com to purchase your new membership.
How long is a membership valid? A membership is valid for one year from the time of purchase. Our memberships expire at the end of the month of purchase the following year (e.g., if the purchase date = July 2, 2021, the expiration date = July 31, 2022).
Can I upgrade my membership to another level? Yes! You may do so anytime during your membership by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A mid-term upgrade does not extend your membership expiration date. Upgraded members will only receive physical perks (additional guest passes) that were not already originally included in the initial membership package.
I would like to buy a gift membership for a family. How can I do this? Give the gift of creativity by purchasing a gift membership online. Be sure to select ‘This membership is a gift.’ while making your online purchase. Your gift recipient will receive a gift certificate in the mail which they may bring into the museum to activate. The gift certificate will be redeemable for up to 12 months from the purchase date. You will receive an email notification (including a tax receipt for your records) when the package is sent out to your gift recipient. Membership cards will be created for your gift recipients once they redeem their certificate.
When will a gift membership expire? After a gift recipient redeems their gift certificate, their membership is valid for one year from time of redemption. Our memberships expire at the end of the month of redemption the following year. The expiration date is not a year from when the gift was purchased, but instead, a year from its redemption (e.g., if the purchase date = July 1, 2021, and the gift membership was redeemed on August 15, 2021, the expiration date = August 30, 2022).
Is my membership tax-deductible? Memberships are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor. If you would like an official receipt, please email email@example.com. The museum’s tax ID number is 94-3178735.
Does CCM participate in a matching gift program? Yes! Your membership purchase counts as a contribution to the Children’s Creativity Museum. Please check with your employer about their matching gift program guidelines and procedures. If your membership qualifies with your employer, your gift of creativity will double!
When will my membership cards and package be ready? Membership packages will be mailed within 2-3 weeks from the day of purchase.
I have not received my membership package yet - what should I do? If you have not received your membership within 3 weeks from your purchase date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that it may take longer than 3 weeks during holidays or busy seasons at the museum.
Can I visit before I have received my membership cards? Yes! Please present your membership purchase receipt at our entrance.
Can I visit a reciprocal museum before I have received my membership cards? Please call and check with the museum you are interested in visiting about their reciprocal policies. You may request a proof of membership letter by emailing email@example.com. Find out more about reciprocity in our Membership Benefits tab.
How many membership cards will I receive? Classic Family members will receive up to two cards for the two named adults on the membership. Creative Family members will receive up to three cards for the two named adults on the membership and a Caregiver Card. Innovative Family members will receive up to four cards for the two named adults on the membership and two Caregiver Cards. If only one adult is named on a membership, only one ‘named’ card will be issued.
Why do I have to name the adults on the membership? Can I have a 'Guest of...' card? For the safety of our visitors and staff, primary and secondary adult members must be named so our staff may readily verify member status. We do offer memberships (Creative Family or Innovative Family) that allow you to name up to two adults plus Caregiver Card(s) for caregivers to accompany your child(ren) in your absence.
Can I give my membership cards to family and friends to use at the museum? Classic Family member cards are non-transferable. Only named cardholders may enter the museum using their membership cards. Creative Family or Innovative Family members may offer their Caregiver Card(s) to a caregiver to accompany their child(ren) in their absence. All membership levels receive a set number of single-use guest passes in their membership package – each pass is good for one person. These are one-time use guest passes that members may give to their guests. Members do not have to be present for the guests to use them.
How can I update a name or contact information for my membership? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I forgot my membership card at home! What should I do? No worries! Please present your membership purchase receipt at our entrance.
What happens if I lose my membership card(s)? Replacement cards are available for $5.00 each. Please email us at email@example.com to request a new card and we will contact you to process your payment.
What are the basic benefits of membership?
Please visit our membership page to read about all the different benefits each level receives. All members enjoy these basic benefits:
- Unlimited, year-round admission for named adults and all children under age 18 in the same household
- Free admission to over 300 Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC) national and international attractions and discounted admission to select Bay Area attractions
- Two complimentary single-use guest passes to the Children’s Creativity Museum
- Four complimentary single-use carousel tickets; $2.00 off on future carousel ride tickets
- Invitations to special member events
Can I use my membership at other museums? What reciprocal program does CCM participate in?
Yes! We participate in the Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC) and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) networks! When you are a member with us, you may receive discounted or free admission to ASTC or ACM attractions when you present your membership card and a matching form of photo ID.
- ASTC (Available for all Children’s Creativity Museum membership levels)
- Attractions on the network list that are outside of the 90-mile radius from our location may offer 100% off admission.
- Select ASTC attractions in the Bay Area offer 50% admission to the Children’s Creativity Museum members.
- Please note: Bay Area Discovery Museum and Chabot Space & Science Center are no longer Bay Area 50% off participants but are still ASTC members. Only Creative Family or Innovative Family members receive 50% off at these two institutions.
- ACM (Available only for Creative Family or Innovative Family memberships)
- ACM museums offer 50% off admission.
Attention: Before you visit any reciprocal museum, please call to confirm what reciprocity benefits they offer.
How do I find out about member events and museum programs?
Members receive exclusive updates and announcements via email. Communications will be sent to the primary email listed in association with your membership.