If you think your Michigan Bridge card can only be used for food or cash, you’re mistaken! Museums and other attractions often offer great discounts for people with food stamps cards. We’ve done some research to find out what your Michigan Bridge card can do for you.
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Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum – $1.50 per person
Explore agricultural science, air, movement and so much more with the exhibits at Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum. Families with an Michigan Bridge card save $5 each when they show their card and a valid form of ID!
Michigan Science Center – $3 or less per person
You’ll never run out of things to explore at Michigan Science Center! Aside from the permanent exhibits, there are constantly changing special exhibits, demonstrations and live shows. Whether you’re interested in life, space, health, engineering, physical science, you’ll find something here to satisfy your curiosity.
Flint Children’s Museum – $3 per person, up to 4 people
Children between the ages of 2and 10 will enjoy exploring the Discovery Zone. Exhibits change every three months but currently feature performing arts, health, fitness, transportation, and a hands-on study of how things work. A Tot Spot also focuses on young play for visitors who are three years old or younger.
Flint Institute of Art – FREE!
In addition to free Saturdays and participating in the Blue Star Museums program, Flint Institute of Art also offers free admission for Michigan Bridge card holders.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – $1.75 per person (up to 4 people)
Explore exciting hands-on exhibits throughout Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Their exhibits currently showcase dinosaurs, market places, bubbles, playgrounds and so much more. The exhibits rotate frequently, so be sure to check their website!
Impression 5 Science Center – $2 per person (up to 6 people)
Impression 5 is named for the five senses – and the exhibits are sure to engage each one of them! Over 120,000 families visit Impression 5’s 25,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits every year!
Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum – $3 per person
At Mt. Pleasant, you’ll never run out of things to do. You can learn about the life of the honey bee in the Beemazium or enjoy a puppet show under the greenhouse. In the exploratorium, you can build an airplane and watch it fly! You can pretend in teh garden or farmer’s market. You can explore Japanese culture in the One World exhibit. Of course, there’s the ever popular water exhibits and racing airways… and we’re just getting started!
Up to 6 people may be admitted for $3 each.
Great Lakes Children’s Museum – Free Memberships!
Families with a Michigan Bridge EBT can apply for an annual family membership. This membership will provide free admission for the parent(s) and children in the household. In order to receive this membership, families must commit to visit the museum at least five (5) times during the membership period. If the family does not visit at least five times, they will not be allowed to re-apply.
Low-income families may also be able to receive scholarships for summer day camps, after-school enrichment programs and other programs that have an additional fee. Please inquire at the museum for more information.
Did you know your Michigan Bridge Card can also do this?!
It’s easy to be confused about what you can and can’t buy with your food stamps benefits. However, we’ve found some interesting items that we thought couldn’t be purchased with food stamps… yet they can!
- Farmer’s Markets will DOUBLE your money! The Double Up Food Bucks program is available at over 130 markets across Michigan, including one in Flint! This fantastic program will give you up to $20 per day… so you can spend $20 and receive $40 worth of fresh, Michigan-grown awesomeness.
- Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) benefits for children during the summer may be available. Check out this information or call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for more information.
- Starbucks! EBT can be used at Starbucks locations that are located inside a grocery store.
- Subway! EBT cards may be usable at Subway locations inside gas stations as long as the sandwich isn’t toasted. This isn’t always the case, but it has been possible on occasion.
- Organic delivery services run by community-supported agriculture programs may also accept EBT. These services may offer pick-up or delivery options, but almost all require you to notify them that you will be paying with EBT when you sign up.
- 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.
- Costco also accepts EBT benefits.
- Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizzas are covered by EBT benefits as well.
- You can withdraw cash benefits without paying an ATM fee at any ATMs owned by Citizens Bank.
- Find a list of stores and farmer’s markets that accept Michigan Bridge cards by clicking here!
You can also use your EBT benefits to buy these items:
- Hot deli food that has been packaged and refrigerated
- Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
- Live lobsters & shellfish
- Bakery-decorated birthday cakes
- Gift baskets that include food items
Read more about this on the federal SNAP website.