You can do more than just buy groceries with that EBT card! Individuals and families who are receiving state benefits in Washington State can use their EBT (food stamps) card or Provider One (medical) card for free or extremely reduced admission at many different places in Washington.
Please note that the museums with green titles are Museums for All participants. These venues accept EBT cards from all 50 states, so you don’t have to be a Washington resident to get these great deals!
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For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city.
KidsQuest Children’s Museum – $3 per person
If you have an EBT card and photo ID, you can pay just $3 for up to four people to play at KidsQuest Children’s Museum, located at 4091 Factoria Mall SE in Bellevue. Children who are less than one year old are always free.
On the third Thursday of the month, admission is always just $1 each between 5pm and 8pm.
Imagine Children’s Museum -$3 per person
Designed with kids ages 1-12 in mind, Imagine Children’s Museum encourages children to experiment, pretend, splash, think, wander, create and explore. Meander past the giant tree to discover the wildlife clinic, drama stage, railroad, an airplane and so much more!
Hands On Children’s Museum – Free Admission
Got an EBT card? Thanks to a generous partnership with WSECU, you can receive FREE admission to Hands on Children’s Museum just by showing your photo ID and EBT card! This fantastic program
If you are receiving food stamps, having difficult financial circumstances, or eligible for free or reduced lunches, you may be eligible for a free or reduced visit – or even a free or discounted 6 month membership (which can be renewed)! Click here for more information.
Living Computers: Museum + Labs – $1 daily admission OR $10 Family Memberships
Bring proof of eligibility to the Living Computers: Museum + Labs to receive their Access rate. If you are eligible for any form of public assistance (including WIC, free/reduced school lunches, EBT, Medicaid, etc.) or are a registered foster home, you are eligible for the Access rate. Just bring proof of assistance to the Museum during business hours (Thursday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm) for entry.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) – $2 per person
Discover the history and the future of the great city of Seattle with the rare objects, historic images and hands-on exhibits offered by MOHAI. Permanent exhibits include True Northwest, Maritime Seattle and the Bezos Center for Innovation. Temporary Exhibits include the Kid-struction zone, Edible City and more. Click here to see what’s happening at MOHAI today!
Pacific Science Center – Family Memberships for $19/YEAR
The Pacific Science Center has an incredible access membership for families who are receiving public assistance. It’s just $19 PER YEAR for up to 2 adults and 6 children! Get all the details – including sign up information – by clicking here. Thanks to Tiffany for this incredible tip!
Seattle Children’s Museum – $1 per person with EBT or ProviderOne Card
Bring your EBT or ProviderOne Card to Seattle Children’s Museum and receive special discounted admission! Food stamps (EBT) cards enable you to visit the museum for just $1 per person for the entire family. A ProviderOne card enables the person named on the card to play for $1, as well
Please Note: This information was updated 3/31/16. I was just notified by SCM staff that their ProviderOne program changed a few months ago and is no longer free. Sorry!
The History Museum – $1 for an individual OR $2 for the whole family
The Washington State History Museum, located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday. On the third Thursday of the month, the Museum is open between 2pm and 8pm and admission is free.
My kids love the History Museum. The front desk offers a fun scavenger hunt that kids can solve for a reward. There are also several interactive stations, including dress-up spots. The wall-to-wall model railroad upstairs is my son’s favorite place. There is also a kid-friendly theater area, computers and other interactive exhibits.
The Tacoma Art Museum – $1 for an individual OR $2 for the whole family
The Tacoma Art Museum, located at 1701 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. On the third Thursday of the month, admission is free between 5pm and 8pm.
The Museum of Glass – $1 for an individual OR $2 for the whole family
The Museum of Glass, located at 1801 Dock Street in Tacoma, is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. Free admission is offered between 5pm and 8pm on the third Thursday of the month.
Kids 12 years old and younger are invited to sketch an original design and submit it to the Kids Design Glass program. Each month, the Hot Shop Team selects one entry to create. The designer’s family is invited to return to the museum, free of charge, and sit in the front row in the Hot Shop to watch the team create the sculpture. The artist of the entry receives a sculpture of their design and an identical sculpture is placed in the Kids Design Glass collection at the museum.
Tacoma Children’s Museum – Donations Only
The Tacoma Children’s Museum operates on a “pay as you will” admission, which means that each person pays whatever they can afford. An EBT or Provider One card is not required.
But that’s not all!!!
Several of our visitors have pointed out that EBT cards have even more uses, too! Check out these interesting statewide benefits.
- Starbucks! EBT can be used at Starbucks locations that are located inside a grocery store (such as Target or Safeway). Thanks to Lori, Katie, Kris and Rebecca for this tip!
- Subway! EBT cards may be usable at Subway locations inside gas stations. This is apparently true at the 76 Station located at 19614 Mountain Hwy E in Spanaway. Thanks Catherine! Nate adds that the one on 100th in Kirkland will also let you buy Jamba Juice. Thanks, Nate!
- Farmer’s Markets can also accept EBT cards. Some even have fantastic dollar matching programs for EBT card users! Check for a farmer’s market near you by clicking here.
- Organic delivery services run by community-supported agriculture programs may also accept EBT. City Grown Seattle accepts EBT! I also know that Mother Nature’s Organics in Lake Stevens, Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester, Uprising Organics in Whatcom County, Dandelion Organic Delivery in Bellingham and Jericho Farm in Concrete all accept EBT. You can always ask your local CSA program if they accept EBT! Thanks, Mary!
- Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits. Order online, by phone or on the app. Please note that food stamps benefits will not cover the delivery charge. Make sure you can pay the delivery charge before you order! If you can’t pay the delivery charge, you will not be allowed to keep your order.
- Safeway Delivery may be available for disabled EBT shoppers. The corporate Safeway website says: “If you are a person with a disability who uses EBT benefits and needs to use Safeway’s home grocery delivery service because of disability, please call 1-877-505-4040 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.“
- Costco also accepts EBT benefits.
- Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizzas are covered by EBT benefits as well. Thanks, Meagan!
- Figaro’s Pizza Thanks, Jessica!
- Leonardi’s Pizza (inside Winco) will accept EBT for take and bake. Want it cooked? Pay $1 cash per pizza! Thanks, Jessica!
- Bertoglio’s Pizza in Eatonville accepts EBT for take and bake items! Thanks, Kelly!
- Hot & ready pizzas at 7/11! Buy a frozen pizza at select 7/11 locations and they’ll cook it for you on site! Thanks, Juliann!
- Community Cycling Center (in Portland) offers a 20% discount to EBT cardholders. On our Oregon EBT benefits post, Melinda wrote, “I work at the Community Cycling Center and wanted to let you know that we offer a 20% shop discount when you show us your Oregon Trail/Washington Quest/equivalent EBT or Medicaid card. The discount is good for new and used parts and accessories, repair services, and all bike and frame sales.”
You can also use your EBT benefits to buy these items:
- Seeds! EBT cards can buy fruit trees and vegetable seeds for gardening. Thanks, Lori and Jamie!
- Hot deli food that has been packaged and placed in the refrigerated section for easy reheating. Thanks, Steven!
- Energy Drinks! If the drink has a nutrition facts label, it’s considered a food item. Drinks with a “supplement facts” label are not eligible because the FDA considers them supplements, not food.
- Live lobsters and other shellfish that you will eat.
- Pumpkins that are edible and not just ornamental.
- Birthday and other specially decorated cakes as long as the non-edible decorations do not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake.
- Gift baskets! Your EBT benefits can even help you purchase gifts for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas (including pre-filled holiday stockings and tins) as long as the food value exceeds the non-food value. For example, the federal SNAP website indicates that a stuffed holiday bear holding a small box of chocolate would NOT be eligible because the value of the bear exceeds the value of the food. However, a gift basket with snack foods or candy and a small toy would be eligible because the food clearly accounts for more than 50% of the purchase price.
You can also use these two sites to find stores that accept EBT benefits:
Know any other unusual ways to use your EBT/Provider One card? Please post in the comments! Thanks!
This post was last updated on 3/27/2017,
when I removed the Museum of Flight at Emily’s request (see comments).