Frugal Fridays: Remember Your Library When Your Kids Are Bored

Can you believe it’s almost June already? Pretty soon we’ll be scrambling to find ways to entertain the kids while on summer vacation that don’t cost a pretty penny. Wouldn’t it be great to find a way to go on family outings and not worry about money?

Believe it or not, your local libraries are the key to no cost family fun. You can borrow passes to museums like Mystic Seaport, Kid City, the Imagination Museum, and the Discover Museum and Planetarium, as well as many more. These passes are there for you and your family to borrow at no cost. Although you can’t reserve the passes ahead of time, the library will hold them for up to two hours on the day you request them. You also have two days to use the passes.

Say, for example, you want to visit Mystic Seaport with your family. Tickets cost $24 per adult and $15 per child between the ages of 6 and 17. If you visit the museum with two adults and two children, the cost to you would be $78. If you instead borrowed the library pass for Mystic Seaport, which admits up to two adults and three children, the cost would be $0!!!! That’s an amazing savings!

Libraries also have passes that guarantee you a reduced admission price. You can visit the Peabody Museum, Mystic Aquarium, or the Roger Williams Zoo for a reduced price. Library passes will get you $5 off admission at the Peabody Museum, $6 off adult admission and $4 off child admission at Mystic Aquarium, and a $3 discount for all tickets at the Roger Williams Zoo.

Although many Connecticut libraries offer these great passes to their communities, not all libraries do. However, you do not have to be a resident of a particular town to partake in this service. If you have a valid driver’s license, you can reserve the museum passes at any library in the state that offers them.

Museum passes are just one of the many freebies and opportunities your local library offers. To find out more, please visit your library’s website or drop in for a visit. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!


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