If one or more of your family members is enrolled in a program like WIC or Medical Assistance, you/they may qualify for FREE or specially discounted admission at places like the Minnesota Zoo or Science Museum of Minnesota!
Here is a list of the places you may get in FREE or for a discount, where, and what you need to qualify:
The Minnesota Zoo offers a “Free to Explore” program for families enrolled in any of the following programs:
|TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)||MN EBT Card|
|MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program)||MN EBT Card|
|SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)||MN EBT Card|
|MFAP (Minnesota Food Assistance Program)||MN EBT Card|
|General Assistance||MN EBT Card|
|Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare||MHCP Card|
|WIC (Women, Infants & Children Program)||WIC Folder|
Admission is free. You need to show the approved documentation listed above, plus photo identification and proof of Minnesota residency. Parking and other fees are not included.
Admission is regularly $12.00 – 18.00. Parking is $7.00 for automobiles (more for busses or motor coaches).
Military discounts are also offered, including FREE admission for military personnel and their families during special summer and winter promotions.
Visit their website for more information.
The Works Museum
The Works Museum in Bloomington offers the “Gateway program” which is an access program for kids and families with demonstrated need. Children and/or families that receive free/reduced price lunch at school, or assistance from TANF, MFIP, WIC, SSI, Section 8 housing, Medical Assistance or Medicaid Care, Minnesota Care or Basic Sliding Fee Childcare Assistance are eligible for discounted admission, memberships, and camps.
When eligibility is demonstrated at the front desk, you can purchase any of the following:
- $4.25 per person discounted daily admission price (regular admission is $8.50 per person) or
- $25 family membership (regular price is $75)
More info is on their website.
Children’s Theatre Company
At Children’s Theatre Company, the ACT Pass program provides financial aid to low income households so they can attend Children’s Theatre Company’s performances, classes, and camps. Each season, the ACT Pass subsidizes more than 10,000 tickets to their public performances in order to more equitably include 1,000+ low income households and 60 community groups.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Minnesota Children’s Museum
Through the “Play for All” Program, the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul provides free and reduced-priced family memberships to low-income and foster care families and is available to any family living at or below 200% of the poverty level. More info on their website.
Read my review of our first visit after the Minnesota Children’s Museum re-opened in June 2017!
Minnesota History Center
At the Minnesota History Center, to qualify for discounted admission you must be at least 18 and enrolled in one or more of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals.
Pricing is $4 adults (regular museum admission is $12); free for children ages 5-17 (regular admission $6).
You must provide proof of enrollment AND print and fill out the following form before visiting.
More information on their website here.
Science Museum of Minnesota
At the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, your admission is only $3 for museum admission, or $5 for the omnitheater and museum, if you are least 18 and enrolled in one or more of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals.
Photo ID and documentation of any of the following is required:
- EBT card
- Medical assistance card (includes MinnesotaCare)
- Section 8 document
- WIC folder
- Supplemental Security Income verification
- Social Security Disability Benefits verification
- Free/reduced school meal approval
- RCA card (Refugee Cash Assistance)
- General Assistance verification
For more information, visit their website.
Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota
Minnesota Historical Society
If you qualify, you can visit any of their 26 sites around Minnesota for only $4/adults, or for FREE for ages 17 and under.
You must be at least 18 and enrolled in one or more of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals. Please share with us proof of enrollment.
You must also print and fill out this form.
Here are their 26 locations:
More info about the Minnesota Historical Society’s Limited Income Program here.
At YMCA locations everywhere, special rates are available for those who meet income requirements. More info on their website here.
Duluth Children’s Museum
If you live in or are headed to Duluth for a visit, the Duluth Children’s Museum offers $3 daily admission for up to 4 people with a valid EBT card. (We visited a couple years ago – though it’s not as big as the Minnesota Children’s Museum, it’s a nice museum for kids.)
Visit their website for info about all discounts.
Do you know of other discounts for limited income households in Minnesota? Share them in the comments or email them to me at twincitiesfrugalmom @ gmail.com!
For families in need, there’s a Facebook group called Helping Hands MN that I highly recommend joining. There are over 12,000 members at this time (as of December 2017) and it’s a great resource for sharing resources for everything from baby formula to furniture.