Did you know your Arizona EBT card could do this?!

Your Arizona QUEST (EBT) food benefits card can be used to purchase live lobsters, gift baskets and more – and you can use it to get discounted admission to two children’s museums!

Mesa

i.d.e.a. Museum – $3 per person for 4 people

The i.d.e.a. museum inspires nearly 105,000 visitors every year with popular art and art-inspired activities and exhibitions. You can browse the current exhibitions here.

The i.d.e.a museum is a Museums for All partner, effective July 1, 2017.

Oro Valley

Children’s Museum of Oro Valley – $3 per person, up to 4 people

Early childhood education and school readiness is emphasized at this children’s museum, designed for children up to age 5. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday between 9am and 4pm. It is also open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm.

As a Museums for All partner, the museum must offer discounted admission ($3 or less) for families with EBT cards. I have left a request for more information about this museum’s policies and I will update this post when I hear back.

The children’s museum is located at 11015 North Oracle Rd in Oro Valley.

Phoenix

Arizona Science Center – $3 per person

The Arizona Science Center is now a Museums for All participant! Visit the Flight Zone, SkyCircle, Solarville, Digital World and WONDER Center for just $3 per person! Thanks for the tip, Lisa!

Phoenix Zoo – $3 per person, up to 4 people

The Phoenix Zoo has joined the Museums for All program! If you have an EBT card, you can now receive admission for just $3 for up to four people! Thanks for the tip, Guadalupe!

Tucson

Tucson Children’s Museum – $3 per person, up to 4 people

With so many interactive, playful exhibits for children, the Tuscon Children’s Museum is worth visiting again and again. The mini Nano exhibit, investigation station, imaginarium and special under-4 play area help children learn through play.

As a Museums for All partner, the museum must offer discounted admission ($3 or less) for families with EBT cards. They mention this discount on their website but do not specifically state what the exact price is. I have left a request for more information about this museum’s policies and I will update this post when I hear back.

The museum is located at 200 S 6th Ave in Tucson.

Wait – there’s more!!!!

Did you know you could use your EBT benefits for purchases from these sellers?

  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Costco
  • Sam’s Club – Thanks for the tip, Rosanna!
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits, but the delivery charge must be paid separately. If you can’t pay the delivery charge, you will not be allowed to keep your order.
  • Starbucks locations inside grocery stores can also accept EBT for drinks and food items.

In addition to your usual groceries, EBT benefits can also be used to purchase:

  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label. You cannot purchase energy drinks with a “supplement facts” label because they are supplements (not food) according to the FDA.
  • Live lobsters and other shellfish you will eat.
  • Pumpkins that are edible and not just simply decorative.
  • Birthday and other special cakes that are decorated in the bakery, as long as the non-edible decorations do not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake.
  • Gift baskets  can be purchased with EBT benefits as long as the food value exceeds the non-food value. For example, the federal SNAP website indicates that a large bear with a small box of chocolates would not qualify, but a large box of chocolates with a small bear might.

Do you know of any Arizona EBT benefits we missed?
Please let us know in the comments. 🙂

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