KidsPlay Children’s Museum announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. The program will enable low-income families to visit KidsPlay for a minimal fee of $2.00 per person with the presentation of a SNAP (EBT) card. Families can also visit any participating museum year-round for a minimal fee. Museums for All is part of KidsPlay Children’s Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all.
“Now that we are participating in Museums For All, those families who may have walked by and peeked into the windows longingly will feel confident to come through our doors to join the fun, learning, and surprises our museum offers!” said Cathleen Schmitz, KidsPlay co-founder and Board Member.
The Museums for All initiative represents a long stride toward the goal of reaching more children and parents, especially those living in poverty, with the valuable learning resources of museums. Children’s museums, with their unique focus on bringing children, families, and communities together, are committed to providing access to all. Each year, children’s museums host more than 31 million visitors. The Museums for All initiative will allow children’s museums to further expand their reach and impact.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org
About KidsPlay Children’s Museum
Founded in 2012, KidsPlay Children’s Museum is a non-custodial institution with over 11,000 sq of interactive hands-on exhibits and many educational programs. In this space, children and their families practice pre-academic skills, build curiosity and explore through developmental play. The Museum is currently offering extended winter hours and is open to the public Wednesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.