If you’re just using that EBT card for groceries, you’re missing out! Your EBT card can do so much more than pay for grocery purchases.
Bruce Museum – FREE
The Bruce Museum is a favorite of local media venues, consistently winning the “Best Museum” category in local contests. With exhibits highlighting art, science and natural history in over a dozen rotating exhibits, the Bruce Museum always has something new and exciting to offer.
The Bruce is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich.
KidCity Museum – $3 per person
Explore three floors of imaginative play where children ages 1-7 can engage with handmade, one-of-a-kind exhibits desgined by local artists. Exhibits include a medieval village, toddler sea caves, a video theater, trains, dolls, aliens and more.
KidCity is located at 119 Washington St. in Middletown.
New Britain Museum of American Art – $1 per person
According to a Yellow Pages listing, this art museum provides discounted admission ($1) for EBT cardholders. For more information about the museum’s exhibits, programs and lectures, visit their website.
The museum is located next to Walnut Hill Park at 56 Lexington St. in New Britain.
EverWonder Children’s Museum – $3 per person
Exciting exhibits including a LEGO table, theramin, three-wheel racer car track, magnet table, dancing wall, dinosaur dig and more await at this Children’s Museum in Newton.
EverWonder is located at 31 Peck’s Lane in Newton.
Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
With an exciting outdoor play space and an engaging imagination station, this museum is a great place for kids. This museum participates in the Museums for All program, which means that it charges no more than $3 admission per person for all EBT cardholders. I wasn’t able to get a specific price from their website, but I’ve reached out to the museum and I will update when I receive a response.
This museum is located at 409 Main St in Niantic.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children – $3 per person
This museum, which expanded in 2010, contains tons of interactive and play-driven exhibits for Connecticut children. These exhibits include the Energy Lab, Color Coaster, Light Gallery and special Tot Town zone for infants and toddlers.
As a Museum for All member, this children’s museum offers a discounted admission of just $3 per person. This discount applies to up to 8 guests per EBT card.
The museum is located at 303 West Avenue in Norwalk.
Most SNAP recipients don’t realize their cards can be used at these vendors.
- Starbucks, but only locations inside a grocery store like Target.
- Subway! Some Subways accept EBT for sandwiches that are NOT toasted.
- Farmer’s Markets can also accept EBT cards, and some have generous programs to help you stretch your dollar farther! (You can also click here for a list)
- Organic delivery services run by community-supported agriculture programs may also accept EBT.
- Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits for the order but NOT the delivery charge.
- Papa Murphy’s
Did you know you can also buy these items?
- Seeds and plants! Vegetable seeds, fruit trees and growing plants that yield food can be purchased with EBT.
- Hot deli food that has been packaged and placed in the refrigerated section for easy reheating.
- Energy Drinks! If the drink has a nutrition facts label, it’s considered a food item.
- Live lobsters and other shellfish
- Pumpkins (not the ornamental variety – they must be edible)
- Birthday and other specially decorated cakes as long as the non-edible parts cost less than the edible parts.
- Gift baskets! Your EBT benefits can even help you purchase gifts as long as the majority of the cost is due to food items. Seriously! Read this on the federal SNAP website.