Did You Know Your EBT Card Could Do This?!

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.

This post is for Washington State only.
To view EBT benefits for another state,
click the button below!

Bellevue

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.

Everett

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!

Olympia

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.

No EBT card? Maegan Blue at Sounds Fun Mom has a great post about how anyone can get discounts at Hands on Children’s Museum!

Seattle

Living Computer Museum – $1 daily admission OR $10 Family Memberships

Bring proof of eligibility to the Living Computer Museum 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

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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!

Tacoma

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.

My kiddos at Tacoma Children’s 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.

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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.

You may also be able to get free Internet. Find out how here!

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).

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