Now that summer is here, we’re all looking for ways to keep our kids busy without breaking the bank. I love our area museums, but have you seen the admission prices? Once you add in parking, a snack and a gift, it’s a budget buster. Luckily there are three programs to help us keep everyone occupied within budget.
The Museum Adventure Pass presented by Macy’s is run through your local library. All you have to do is present your library card to receive a print-out with the discounted museum pass. Most of the discounts are good for one week. The only catch is a limited number of people (usually one) can check-out the discounted pass at any time. It’s best to plan ahead so you have your deal in hand when you need it.
Target offers free and discount admissions to numerous local arts organizations including theaters and museums. Of course, the summer arts festival at Millennium Park is a family-friendly daily event in one of Chicago’s most family-friendly places.
With Museums on Us, Bank of America provides free admission to credit or debit card holders the first weekend of every month. While you do have to be a Bank of America cardholder to participate, what’s worth remembering about this program is that it is national. You can find museums in most major cities participating. It’s something to remember as you plan your next vacation.
Do you know of another program that will help families stay engaged and within budget? If so, please leave the information as a comment. The more information we can share, the better for all of us.