Last week, my sister was on spring break and we took full advantage of her school-free days. I had to work, but made time for several trips to museums, the library and the beach. I even learned one more way to get into museums for free – no sneaking in required! Is your spring break coming up? Check out my post about spring break ideas on a budget.
I had planned on taking my sister to the Los Angeles County Museum on its free admission day. Only problem is I got the dates mixed up. D’oh! We were already at the front of the line when I realize the mix up.
“What are we going to do?” asked my sister with a worried look on her face.
“Let me ask.”
I walked to the window and received confirmation. LACMA’s free admission day is on the second Tuesday of the month, not the first. So I ended up paying $10 for my ticket and my sister got in for free. As I walked away from the window, the cashier called me back and handed me an application.
“It’s a free museum membership for kids and teens. Just fill it out, mail it in, and you should receive your daughter’s card in 4 to 6 weeks. She can bring in one adult for free.”
“She’s my sister. Can I still get in for free?”
“Yes, as long as she has the card and she’s with you.”
Awesome! Apparently, this museum is not the only one with a free memberships available for kids. I’ve checked online and found other local museums have similar programs. Ask at museums in your area to see if there’s something similar!
We’ve written before about getting free museum admission with your Bank of America card and taking advantage of Target’s free museum days, but there are a couple of drawbacks. Museums are always packed on free admission days and the dates my not work with your schedule. If you’re taking advantage of the BofA deal, the free entrance is only for the card holder.
The best thing about the free membership my sister is getting is it’s not restricted to certain dates or times! So this will help make it easier to plan a trip and we can beat the crowds.
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