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Downtown museum joins low-income initiative

March 2, 2017
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A downtown museum has joined a nationwide initiative to offer greater access for low-income families.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum said this winter it has joined Museums for All, a program of the nonprofit Association of Children’s Museums and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The program will enable low-income families to visit the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and present their Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, card — including the WIC Bridge Card — and photo ID to qualify for a reduced rate of $1.75 per person for up to four guests.

Regular museum admission is $8.50 per person, and children one and younger get in free.

“Play is a right to every child, and we strive to ensure every child in our community has equal access to (it),” said Rachel McKay, professional development and inclusion liaison, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Museums for All

The Museums for All initiative aims to reach more children and parents, especially those living in poverty, with the learning resources of museums.

Besides Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, families also can visit other museums for reduced fees. Participating museums in Michigan include the Flint Children’s Museum and Flint Institute of Arts.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum aims to help the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of children through play.

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