An Ohio EBT card can do so much more than buy groceries and give you cash benefits. It can also be used for discounted admission, growing a garden and so much more! Check out all the awesome and unadvertised Ohio EBT perks we’ve discovered!
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Duke Energy Children’s Museum – $2 admission
Consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the United States, Duke Energy Children’s Museum features eight themed adventure areas. These include a wilderness adventure, a complex machine exploration and a Kids’ Town.
With an EBT card and valid photo ID, you’ll receive $2 per person admission and free parking.
Taft Museum of Art – $3 per person
The Taft houses a small fine arts museum inside a National Historic Landmark built in 1820. Its collection includes European and American paintings, Chinese porcelains and major works by Rembrandt, Goya, Reynolds and more. It also boasts a Gothic ivory sculpture.
Cleveland Botanical Garden – $1 per person
Explore 10 acres of diverse gardens and the 18,000 square foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. There is a Japanese Garden, Inspiration Garden, Children’s Garden, herb garden, woodland garden and more. In the Glasshouse, you’ll discover a lush Costa Rican rainforest populated with butterflies, birds and more.
The EBT cardholder and their immediate family can receive admission to the Cleveland Botanical Garden for just $1 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
Children’s Museum of Cleveland – (temporarily closed)
Although the children’s museum is temporarily closed while they renovate their new Midtown location, I was informed by another blogger that they offered discounted admission for Ohio EBT recipients at their prior location. It’s possible that they will continue this when they re-open but I was unable to confirm this because, well, they haven’t reopened yet.
“The Children’s Museum in the University Circle area of Cleveland has a program where families who are low-income can enter the museum at a reduced admission price year-round.
From their Web site: “Visitors baring an Ohio Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card (including the Ohio Direction Card, Ohio EPPI Card, Electronic Child Care System Cards (Red), WIC Nutrition Card and WIC coupons) and a valid form of photo ID will be granted admission to the Museum for up to four (4) guests for only $2 per person.””
Cleveland Museum of Art – FREE
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily an EBT benefit… because the Cleveland Museum of Art is always free to the public!
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) – $49 per family, per year
If you have an Ohio Directions card, Medicaid card or WIC enrollment paperwork, you can save up to a lot of money on a COSI family membership! Instead of $80, you’ll pay just $49 for an annual family membership.
UPDATE: The price of the membership recently increased to $49 from $20. This price is accurate as of 2/1/2017.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – FREE
Visitors who can show a photo ID and an Ohio Directions card can receive free admission on the first Sunday of the month between 10am and 5pm. A Medicaid card or WIC card can also be used instead of an Ohio Directions card.
If you qualify for the free first Sundays, you also qualify for a discounted access membership. For just $25, you can receive unlimited admission for a year for up to two adults and all children under age 18. This pass usually costs $80!
Holden Arboretum – $1 per person
More than 20 miles of hiking trails snake through the 3,600 acres of the Holden Arboretum, making this one of the largest arboreta in the US. There are more than 120,000 plants here and the venue has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. There is also a visitor’s center, reference library and picnic area here.
AHA! A Hands-On Adventure Children’s Museum – $2 per person (up to 10 people)
Explore 30 hands-on exhibits across 4,000 square feet of adventure space! AHA! encourages children to get busy in the “work” of play. Children under 6 months old are free.
Science & Play Intersect (SPI) – $1 per person (up to 4 people)
Science & Play Intersect (SPI) is a fun and engaging science center. They offer many financial accessibility programs. In addition to being a Msueums for All partner, they also offer a limited number of FREE memberships to families in need! Apply at SPI for the membership program. Parking is free!
You may also qualify for this!
If you receive Ohio EBT benefits, you may also be eligible for these great programs:
- A discounted YMCA membership
- Discounted spay/neuter services
- Free Internet
- Free cell phone & service
Did you know your Ohio EBT 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 often accept Ohio EBT and some offer lucrative perks! Look for farmers markets that advertise a Double Value Coupon Program. With these programs, you can get twice as much produce as you pay for! You can find more information about farmer’s market discounts here, here and here. You can find a list of all Ohio farmer’s markets that accept EBT by clicking here.
- 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.
- Discount Grocery Stores like Downtown Discount Grocery in Lakeview can help your food dollars stretch farther.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sam’s Club
- Papa Murphy’s
- Dollar Tree
You can also use your Ohio 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.