The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is now offering admission discounts to low-income families as part of a nationwide “Museums for All” initiative.
It’s called “Museums for All” and allows family members with an EBT card and valid ID to get into both museum locations for a 66% discounted rate.
Vice President of Education and Programming Jessica Hayes believes Museums for All will help level the playing field for children in lower level income homes as they prepare to enter Kindergarten.
“This opportunity to be in a print rich environment, to attend story times, to make sure you can have conversations, and to read books together, can be really beneficial for closing that gap because we know the significance of literacy and vocabulary skills as children get ready for kindergarten,” Hayes says.
Programs at the museum range from story time to finance workshops that teach children how to manage a grocery shopping budget at the “Publix Grocery Store” exhibit.
Hayes says in particular, programs like Arts & Crafts hour can improve children’s chances for sucess in the classroom.
“We’ve learned that one of the biggest skills that children need right now is a development with fine motor skills,” she says. “Right now children use technology so often that they’re not used to using those fine motor skills, such as using scissors or even markers or crayons.”
Museums for All is a program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.
It was designed to make museums more accessible to all families and encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly. More than 300 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more.
To participate in Museums for All, visitors need to bring their EBT card and valid ID to the admissions counter. The discount rate is unlimited, and is $3 per person with a 4 person limit per group.
For more information on how parents can make sure children are on track developmentally, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville is hosting a “Help Me Grow” developmental screening event May 14, 2019. For more information, click here.