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Discounted Entertainment for Families

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Special discounts for families on economic assistance

Heather Lee, Educational Resource Development and Support Manager

May 2016; reviewed by Mary Caskey, Associate Program Director — SNAP-Ed.

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Are are or someone in your family on economic assistance? Did you know that being on economic assistance my make you eligible for additional benefits and discounts related to entertainment?

Here are some of the organizations that give additional benefits and discounts for families on economic assistance. (Do you have additional ideas to add to this list? Contact Heather Lee.)

Minnesota Children’s Museum

The Play for All program of the Minnesota Children’s Museum reduces barriers such as income, transportation, and physical access to ensure the museum is truly accessible. The Play for All program provides free and reduced-price family memberships to any family living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, group scholarships to community organizations, Target Free 3rd Sundays, and more. See more about their Free Memberships for Qualifying Families.

Minnesota Zoo®

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The Minnesota Zoo® provides 10 percent of their annual attendance free through the Zoo Access Program (ZAP). To qualify for ZAP, you must be enrolled in one or more of these programs: TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program), WIC, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), MFAP (Minnesota Food Assistance Program), Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, General Assistance, or HeadStart. Show the approved documentation along with a Minnesota photo ID at admissions. For more information, see Minnesota Zoo Access Program – Opening the doors for ALL Minnesotans.

Science Museum of Minnesota®

The Science Museum of Minnesota® offers limited income discounts to those who are 18 and enrolled in one or more of the following programs: TANF, MFIP, WIC, SNAP, Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, General Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals. Present your photo ID and proof of your enrollment in the assistance program at the box office. See more on their Hours & Admission webpage.


The YMCA offers families lots of health-related programs and services, besides providing them with a place to exercise. Reduced pricing is available for qualifying low-income families at many locations. Explore the YMCA Twin Cities website or contact your local YMCA for more information about the available programs and services.

Related resources

Get nutrition assistance — Find resources to help you get connected to nutrition assistance no matter your individual situation. English | español

Summer Family Fun on a Budget — How to keep your kids active and busy this summer. English | español

Nearly Free Family Fun (PDF) — It doesn’t have to cost a lot to stay active and have fun together as a family. English (PDF) | español (PDF)

Economic AssistanceMinnesota Department of Human Services — Get information on the economic supports available to qualifying Minnesotans as they go to work, look for work, attend school, or are unable to work.

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