Did you know your CalFresh card can do this?!

(Last Updated On: November 3, 2018)

Got CalFresh? You can get FREE or discounted admission to 50+ destinations across California. You can also get discounted Internet service, cheap state parks passes and so much more! If you’ve got California EBT (also known as CalFresh or Golden State Advantage), you won’t want to miss these amazing benefits!

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Got CalFresh?! Get AWESOME Perks!

Your CalFresh card can qualify you for some amazing benefits. If you’ve got CalFresh benefits, you may also qualify for these incredible programs! You can also shop at Costco, Schwans, and other unusual retailers! 

Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive CalFresh or Medicaid benefits! You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.

Cell phones and service are available FREE for individuals and families who receive CalFresh benefits. We’ve got a list of providers here.

Down payment assistance grants may be available to help you buy a home. Low income California homeowners can receive $10,000 or more in down payment assistance, depending on where they purchase their home!

Summer food service provides free meals for all children ages 18 and under during the summer months. Find a location near you!

Veterinary care can be so expensive! Here are a list of agencies that can help you pay for veterinary care.

YMCA organizations typically offer discounts for low income individuals and families. Contact your local YMCA for details.

Save money on taxes, student loans and monthly bills!

Internet for just $5 per month?! It’s true! We’ve found a series of low income Internet discounts from providers like Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Cox Communications and more! Click here to learn how to get discounted Internet services!

Property tax exemptions may be available for low income seniors and disabled veterans! Contact your county assessor’s office for more information and an application.

Power companies often offer low income discounts, payment assistance and free weatherization assistance for low income borrowers! Find out what’s available from your company here. 

Student loans feature special repayment programs for low income borrowers. Find out if you qualify for ZERO dollar monthly payments here.

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Fast food purchases may be authorized if you are homeless, disabled or over the age of 60. If you live in certain California counties and cannot make your own meals at home, you may be able to use your food stamps money to buy food at Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, or even Denny’s! 

Gardening supplies can be purchased with your food stamps funds! You can also buy certain gift baskets. Did you know you could buy this with food stamps?!

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Get museum discounts and more with your CalFresh card!

Over 50 destinations offer discounts to low income California residents. Many of them even invite you to visit for free! To ensure that you meet income guidelines, they simply ask that you show your CalFresh card and valid photo ID.

Please note that you cannot pay for admission with your CalFresh card. You will show the CalFresh card to receive the discount. The remaining admission price, if any, will have to be paid in cash or with a credit/debit card.

The museums with green titles are Museums for All participants. These venues accept CalFresh cards as well as EBT cards from all 50 states! You don’t have to be a California resident to get these great deals!

We have organized this list alphabetically by county and city for your convenience.

Alameda County

Berkeley

Habitot Children’s Museum – FREE

The interactive, multisensory exhibits at Habitot Children’s Museum encourage play for children of all ages. From a fully-stocked grocery store (plastic foods, of course) to a rocketship, a water table to pretend vehicles, the museum is a wonderland for children.

Habitot provides FREE admission to WIC families, too! The museum is located at 5065 Kittredge St in Berkeley. Parking is approximately $2.50 per hour, depending on the lot.

Lawrence Hall of Science – FREE

Each EBT card grants four people free access to the Lawrence Hall of Science. You’ll be able to experiment with turbines, launch rockets, play with stop-motion animation, touch real animals, build models and explore the universe in this in-depth science hall at University of California Berkeley.

Oakland

Chabot Space & Science Center – $1 per person

Don’t forget your CalFresh card when you go to Chabot! Significantly, this is one of Northern California’s leading science education centers and they invite CalFresh cardholders to visit for just $1 per person!

Fairyland – discounted memberships

If you receive CalFresh benefits, then you may qualify for one of Fairyland’s subsidized family memberships. The membership is good for one year and the benefits include park admission for each member (up to 2 adults and 3 children), a Magic Key for each child, and even more discounts on programs.

Oakland Museum of California – $1 per person

This museum offers multidisciplinary exhibits combine art, history and natural science over more than 300,00 square feet.

Get free/cheap admission to more Oakland destinations with your library card!

Chabot Science Center free with California EBT

Contra Costa County

Richmond

Richmond Museum of History – $3 per person

Although the museum operates out of the Carnegie Library basement, they also own the SS Red Oak Victory, a WWII era Victory Ship.

Get free/cheap admission to more Richmond destinations with your library card!

SS Red Oak Victory free with EBT

Humboldt County

Eureka

Clarke Historical Museum – $3 or less per person

The Clark Museum displays a rich history of Humboldt County, including artifacts from the local Native American cultures, Gold Rush settlements, lumber industry, ranches and more.

Morris Graves Museum of Art – FREE

The Morris Graves Museum celebrates the rich artistic heritage of Northern California. Exhibits from local and world-renowned artists include sculpture, paintings and more.

Sequoia Park Zoo – $3 or less per person

The Sequoia Park Zoo features many wonderful animals. Of course, my favorite are the red panda exhibit and the free-flight zone! Kids of all ages enjoy the close encounters in the barnyard, where they can climb on giant spiderwebs and meet farm animals like rabbits and donkeys.

Kern County

Bakersfield

Bakersfield Museum of Art -up to $3 per person

Over the last 60 years, the Bakersfield Museum of Art has encouraged art appreciation and educational opportunities throughout Bakersfield and Kern County. With a variety of visual arts and rotating exhibitions, there’s always something new to see here.

Los Angeles County

Arcadia

Arboretum of Los Angeles County – FREE

Wander through 127 acres of beautiful landscaping throughout the arboretum, which includes a waterfall, tropical jungle, turtles and more. This venue offers free parking. Just show your CalFresh card and your photo ID for entry.

Beverly Hills

Virginia Robinson Gardens – FREE

This early 20th century estate showcases architecture and landscaping from a more gracious and hospitable era. Reservations are required. You’ll also need to show your California EBT card.

La Cañada Flintridge

Descanso Gardens – FREE

More than 100,000 plants, including the largest North American camellia display, are contained in these gardens. Tram tours and walking tours are available. For more information, please click here. Parking is also free!

Long Beach

Long Beach Museum of Art – FREE

Art workshops and programs are available at LBMA. On the second Sunday of each month, a free Creativity Lab is held. Parking is free in the lot located 1/2 block west of the museum.

Museum of Latin American Art – FREE

Modern and contemporary Latin American art is featured here. On the third Sunday of each month, there are galleries, docent tours and family workshops. Music and dance performances are sometimes included. For more information, please click here.  Parking is free. Don’t forget your California EBT card!

Los Angeles

African American Firefighters Museum – FREE

Take a look at the vintage trucks and authentic firefighting equipment at this museum for free. Uniforms, photographs and more help illustrate how firefighting was different during segregation and desegregation. Learn more by clicking here. Free parking.

Autry National Center – FREE

Pan for gold, and learn about the American West at Autry National Center. With 12 galleries, including the hands-on Family Discovery Gallery, this museum has something for everyone. For more information, click here.  Free parking.

California African American Museum – FREE

This museum showcases the history, culture and art of African Americans. On the first Sunday of each month, live entertainment and free art workshops are also provided. EBT cardholders can receive a free gift while supplies last. Parking is $6.

California Science Center at Exhibition Park – FREE

Over 100 hands-on science exhibits make science enjoyable and easy to understand for guests of all ages. Please know that special exhibits, films and events may not be included with free admission. Don’t forget your CalFresh card when you go!  You can learn more about the CSC by clicking here.Parking is $12.

Craft and Folk Museum – FREE

Folk art and contemporary crafts improve cultural understanding. Twice a month, free family workshops are held. Please contact the center or visit this link for more information. Metered on-street parking is available.

Fowler Museum at UCLA – FREE

Arts and cultures from around the world are showcased in the Fowler Museum. For more information, click here. Parking is $11.

Hammer Museum – FREE

This cutting-edge arts institution connects classic and contemporary art through collections, exhibitions and programs. Parking is $3 for 3 hours with museum validation and $1.50 for each additional 20 minutes. For more information, click here.

Japanese American National Museum – FREE

Located in the Little Tokyo Historic District, this museum explores the Japanese American ethnic and cultural diversity through exhibitions and public programs. Free admission is limited to the third Thursday of each month and every Thursday between 5pm and 8pm. Click here for more information.

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum- FREE

Visit the only active, urban Ice Age excavation site in the world! At the La Brea Tar Pits, paleontologists excavate mammoths, wolves and saber-tooth cats every day of the week. Their findings are then displayed in the Page Museum.

The Page Museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. It is open daily between 9:30am and 5pm. Parking is available for $7 (with museum validation).

La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes – FREE

Located in downtown Los Angeles, this is the nation’s premier center of Mexican-American culture. With interactive exhibits and dynamic programs, visitors are introduced and invited to contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican-Americans in Southern California. Click here for more info.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – FREE

Fine art from ancient times to present is on display at LACMA. Artist-led workshops are available on Sundays. Free parking is also available.

Museum of Contemporary Art – FREE

This art gallery also provides free family workshops on the first Sunday of each month. Parking in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Garage is $9 for 3 hours, with museum validation.

Museum of Tolerance – FREE

This museum promotes understanding and respect for everyone by examining prejudice, discrimination and human rights issues through significantly provocative exhibits. Some of the exhibits, such as the Holocaust exhibit, have a recommended minimum age due to their content. Parking is free under the museum.

National History Museum of Los Angeles County – FREE

Explore 4.5 billion years of history in the largest natural history museum in the Western US. Grand mammal dioramas, rare dinosaur fossils, a gem hall and so much more await visitors. Although the museum is free, parking ranges from $8-$12.

Skirball Cultural Center – FREE

Surprisingly, Skirball features a wide variety of events including exhibits, festivals, storytelling, live music, art projects and other fun family programs are available through the year.. Parking is also free!

Southwest Museum – FREE

Study the historical American Indians through “archaeology” digs, story times, gardens and special programming at Southwest Museum. Parking is also free!

USC Fisher Gallery – FREE

View 500 year old art in detail at the Fisher Gallery, located at the University of Southern California. Parking is $4.

Zimmer Children’s Museum – FREE

Explore 10,000 square feet of play space designed for children from birth til 8 years old. Parking is free!

 Get more admission to more places in LA with your library card!

Palos Verdes Peninsula

South Coast Botanic Garden – FREE

While you stroll through the Garden’s 87 acres, you can admire 250,000 landscaped plants and trees. Walking and shuttle tours are available. Picnics are allowed on-site and parking is free!

Pasadena

Kidspace Children’s Museum – $3 per person

Children ages 0 til 11 can enjoy 40 hands-on, interactive exhibits across 3.5 acres of space at Kidspace Children’s Museum. Parking is free in Rose Bowl Lot 1. If you have an EBT card, then up to four people can get the discount!

Norton Simon Museum – FREE

The Norton Simon Museum features some of the unquestionably great painters of all time, including Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt and van Gogh. A sculpture garden and South/Southeast Asia exhibit are also included. In addition, free parking is available!

Pacific Asia Museum – FREE

A Chinese-style building, relaxing courtyard and art gallery invite visitors to explore the art and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Limited parking is available for free in the lot next to the museum and metered parking is also available.

Pasadena Museum of California Art – FREE

In addition to exciting exhibits from the 1850s on, the Pasadena Museum of California Art also offers free parking on the first level of the museum!

Southern California Children’s Museum – $3 or less per person

Geared to children under the age of 8, SCCM either has or is planning to construct exhibits featuring a farmer’s market, music, water play, campgin, sensory light, construction zones and more.

Get free/cheap admission to more Pasadena destinations with your library card!

San Pedro

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – FREE

Just steps away from the Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, this aquarium features Southern California marine life in close-up experiences. While the museum is free, parking is approximately $7 per car.

Santa Monica

California Heritage Museum – FREE

This historic landmark building offers exhibits of decorative and fine art.

Santa Monica Museum of Art – FREE

Interesting and entertaining arts programs are available for both adults and children.

My son with a saber tooth tiger at La Brea Tar Pits - free with California EBT

Marin County

Sausalito

Bay Area Discovery Museum  – $35 per YEAR

Reduced-cost memberships are also available from Bay Area Discovery Museum! To qualify, you must participate in CalFresh, WIC, TANF, CHIP, Medi-cal or another public assistance program. You may also qualify if you are either active military, a veteran or a licensed foster parent.

Get free/cheap admission to more Sausalito destinations with your library card!

Monterey County

Monterey

Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) – $2 per person

MY Museum is a great place for children to explore! At this time, MY Museum exhibits include a beach, imagitree, golf course, hospital, creation station, theater and more!

Orange County free with EBT

Orange County

Irvine

Pretend City Children’s Museum – $3 per person

As a Museum for All partner, this children’s museum invites families with EBT cards to explore the museum for just $3 per person.

Riverside County

Jurupa Valley

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center – FREE

The museum collection includes florescent minerals, Indian artifacts and one of the largest collections of Chinese Dinosaur Eggs in North America! You can explore the gardens, museum and gift shop for free with your EBT card.

Palm Desert

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens – up to $3 per person

Whenever you visit the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, you’ll learn a little more about the plants and animals in the Colorado Desert! Camel rides and giraffe feedings are also offered for an additional cost.

Rancho Mirage

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert – $2 per person

Since the museum is designed for children of all ages, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert has over 80 hands-on exhibits to encourage learning and play.

Riverside

Riverside Art Museum – $1 per person

In addition to renowned pieces from the best artists in the world, the Riverside Art Museum also features local artists and high school students.

San Bernadino County

Apple Valley

Victor Valley Museum – $1 per person

Up to nine family members can visit the Victor Valley Museum for just $1 per person! The Victor Valley Museum showcases the natural history and culture of the high desert. Exhibits include fossils, Native American artifacts and more.

Redlands

San Bernadino County Museum – $1 per person

Since this regional museum is dedicated to the natural and cultural history of San Bernadino County, they feature special exhibits, a live animal discovery center, research collections and more. Surprisingly, The $1 rate is available for up to 9 family members. In fact, the museum’s media specialist Jennifer Reynolds, “This $1 rate for EBT cardholders and their families applies to our historic sites and branches, as well, including the Rains House in Rancho Cucamonga, Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery in Colton, and the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley.”

San Diego County

Carlsbad

Museum of Making Music – $1 per person

The Museum of Making Music is housed in the first floor of the National Association of Music Merchants’ international headquarters. For just $1, your family of up to four people can explore the rich history of music-making, enjoy live music performances and more!

Escondido

California Center for the Arts Escondido Museum – FREE

This museum features rotating exhibitions, so you can always see something new here! Anyone with an EBT card can visit free. A total of four people will be admitted free per EBT card.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum – $1 per person

This interactive museum caters to children ages 0-10. With diverse exhibits focused on STEM, cultures, the arts, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. With an EBT card, up to four people can receive the discounted admission rate.

La Jolla

Museum of Contemporary Art – FREE

The museum showcases various collections and exhibitions. Click here to see what is currently on display. Up to 4 family members can receive free admission with an EBT card. Anyone under 25 is always free.

 

San Diego

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – FREE

The Museum of Contemporary Art offers special exhibitions and collections.

New Children’s Museum – Up to $3 per person

The New Children’s Museum features immersive art studios, interactive art installations, workshops and more. Guest with CalFresh cards can visit for $3 or less per person. I’ve reached out to the museum for details and will update when I receive more information.

San  Diego Archaeological Center – FREE

During your visit to the San Diego Archaeological Center, you will discover 10,000 of history in San Diego County! If you have California EBT, you can bring four guests in free!

San  Diego Art Institute – FREE

If you have a California EBT card, then you can visit the San Diego Art Institute for free!

San Diego County Fair – FREE

The San Diego County Fair offers Unemployed Days, which invite CalFresh cardholders to visit the fair for FREE! You’ll need to check with the fair for this year’s dates.

San Diego History Center – FREE

 

Since the San Diego History Center began in 1928, it’s one of the oldest and largest historical organizations on the West Coast. Accordingly, they feature collections and exhibitions that focus on the unique history and culture of the San Diego area.

San Diego Museum of Art – $3 per person

Want to save even more on your visit to SDMA? All San Diego County residents can visit for free on the third Tuesday of each month! You’ll need a valid ID with a San Diego County address in order to get free admission.

San Diego Natural History Museum – FREE

The NAT features exciting exhibitions, events and science programs. Learn more about botany, entomology, herpetology, mineralogy, paleontology and other natural sciences and so much more at this incredible resources right in San Diego! If you have a CalFresh card, up to four people can visit free! 

San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences – $3 per person

The California Academy of Sciences features a world-class aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one roof! If you have a CalFresh card, you can bring up to four people for just $3 per person! Your local library may have free passes for larger families, too!

Children’s Creativity Museum – FREE

Creativity, innovation and critical thinking are all fostered at Children’s Creativity Museum, a hands-on museum that focuses on both art and technology. This museum includes a Music Studio, Animation Studio, Innovation Lab, Tech Lab, and Imagination Lab and even more awesome features!

If you have a CalFresh card, then you can bring up to four people for free! At this time, additional guests are just $6.

Exploratorium – FREE

Over 650 hands-on exhibits are divided among six main galleries that explore various topics. To illustrate, the galleries include Tinkering, Living Systems, Human Phenomena, Seeing and Listening, Observing Landscapes and Outdoors.

Museum of Craft and Design – FREE

At this time, the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is the only museum in San Francisco that showcases only modern and contemporary craft and design. Since 2004, the Museum has showcased specific designers, makers and artists through a series of exhibitions.

Get free/cheap admission to more San Francisco destinations with your library card!

San Luis Obispo County

Paso Robles

The Children’s Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse – up to $3 per person

The Paso Robles Children’s Museum has many interactive exhibits, including a fire station, physical science corner, grape stomp, pizza kitchen, market, creation station, theater, toddler farm, oak tree and Newton’s Playhouse. See more on their website!

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum – $3 per person

In short, this 8,400 square foot facility is a children’s wonderland! Children will never run out of things to do in this incredible playground that also includes an an outdoor playscape, three floors of interactive exhibits and an art center.

Santa Clara County

San Jose

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose – $2 per person

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose has a dozen fun and engaging exhibits for children. Some of my favorite exhibits, in particular, include an art loft, Mammoth Discovery zone, Rainbow Market, theatre, and waterway.

San Jose Museum of Art – FREE

So long as someone in the group has an EBT card, up to four people can explore the visiting exhibits and the extensive permanent collection of 2,500 pieces for free! What’s more, you can browse the collection on their website!

Get free/cheap admission to more San Jose destinations with your library card!

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz

Village Santa Cruz

If you are a low income senior in Santa Cruz County, then you may be eligible for a subsidized membership to Village Santa Cruz! Since this is a neighborhood organization for seniors throughout Santa Cruz County, the program connects people and helps them develop relationships through social activities. Thus, a membership includes social activities, free or reduced access to presentations, an online bulletin board and more.

Solano County

Vacaville

Imagine That! – $3 per person

Imagine That museum encourages children of all ages to develop their creativity through both science and art programs.

Sonoma County

Santa Rosa

California Indian Museum & Cultural Center – FREE

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center tells the story of the California Indians through exhibits, educational programming and cultural activities.  At this time, one CalFresh card can provide a discount for up to four people.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County – $2 per person

Without a doubt, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County‘s Science & Imagination Gallery, TOTopia, art studio and garden are a wonderland for kids. If you have a CalFresh card, up to six people can receive this discounted rate!

Get free/cheap admission to more Santa Rosa destinations with your library card!

Tulare County

Visalia

ImagineU Museum – $3 per person

From the musical outdoor Harmony Park to the glass wall canvases of the Imagination Station, there is undoubtedly a lot to do at ImagineU! Presently, up to four people can visit for just $3 per person!

 

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