Sure, an Indiana food stamps card can help you buy groceries. Did you know it can also get you into the Wonderlab for just $1… or give you twice as much produce at a farmer’s market? We’re researching hidden EBT perks for each state. Keep reading to find out what your Indiana food stamps card can do for you!
Get admission discounts!
There are two programs that offer discounted admission in Indiana.
- Museums For All museums offer admission that is $3 or less per person. 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 Indiana resident to get these great deals!
- The Access Program provides $1 admission to certain venues in Indiana. To qualify, you must have valid photo ID and proof that you are enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise (Medicaid) or Hoosier Works (Indiana food stamps).
Wonderlab – $1 per person
Explore and discover at over 65 hands-on, interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits! The exhibits are educational and fun. Find out what fun things are happening at the Wonderlab by clicking here.
This Access partner offers $1 admission. Free parking is available for three hours in the parking garage that is approximately a half-block away from the Wonderlab.
Children’s Museum of Evansville – $3 per person
Over 18,000 square feet of exhibits sprawl across three floors. You’ll never run out of things to do! Browse the map and see all the adventure that awaits you by clicking here.
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park – $1 per person
Science, art and nature collide at Conner Park’s “acres and acres of interactive awesomeness.” There is something for everyone all year long! Check out this exciting venue at http://www.connerprairie.org/.
Conner Prairie is an Access partner.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art – $3 per person
For just $3 per person, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art invites you to explore their various exhibits and features. You can view their current, past and upcoming exhibitions at this link.
Parking in the Arts United parking lot is free unless a performance or event is scheduled at the Arts United Center. Parking is $3 during performances and events.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art is the first Museums for All partner in Indiana.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – $1 per person
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis provides discounted admission to families who qualify for the access program.
Access admission may not include certain special exhibits or events that have an extra charge. Carousel rides and the annual Haunted House are not included either.
However, Access Admission recipients do receive free parking, a 10% discount in the food court and a discounted price for Starpoint Summer Camp. For more information, please click here.
Eiteljorg Museum – $1 per person
The Eiteljorg Museum emphasizes an appreciation of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of north America. The Eiteljorg is only one of two museums east of the Mississippi that focus on Native America and the American West.
Explore the museum for just $1 per person through the Access program. You can also have your parking validated by the museum.
Indiana Historical Society – $1 per person
As Indiana’s Storyteller since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society shares the state’s history through a premier research collection, archives and the ultimate Indiana Experience.
This museum is an Access partner.
Indiana State Museum & Historical Sites – $1 per person
This world-class museum offers hands-on experiences that help you engage with Indiana’s history. Three floors of exhibits help you explore the history of the Hoosier state. The building is located inside White River State Park and is constructed entirely of Indiana materials.
Explore the Museum and the historical sites for just $1 per person. Please note that IMAX Theater tickets are not included in the $1 admission price.
Indianapolis Museum of Art – $1 per person
For 132 years, the IMA has encouraged Indiana residents to engage with art and nature through breathtaking exhibits. It is one of the 10 oldest art museums in the country. Learn more about the museum by clicking here.
This museum is an Access partner. Free parking is available at the museum, as well.
NCAA Hall of Champions – $1 per person
The Hall of Champions offers two floors of fun family-friendly exhibits. On the first floor, the arena represents all 24 NCAA sports, a trivia challenge, current team rankings, video highlights and artifacts. The second level is a fully interactive area featuring sports simulators, a retro gym, a ski simulator and more.
As an Access partner, you can access the Hall for just $1. Some exhibits may not be included. Call 317-916-HALL for more information.
Minnetrista – $5 per family per YEAR!
Minnetrista means “a gathering place by the water.” Located on the same site as the original F. C. Ball home, Minnetrista serves as a gathering place with programming, workshops, exhibits and more. A 10,000 square foot collection is devoted to East Central Indiana historical artifacts and materials. Themed gardens and natural areas are also available.
For just $5 per family per year, you can receive the following:
- Unlimited free gallery admissions for your entire household for an entire year
- Discounts on ticketed programs, workshops, camps, and special events
- Discounts on purchases in the Orchard Shop
- Invitations to special member-only events
- FREE admission to 350 science centers and museums that are Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) members.
- FREE admission to nearly 300 public gardens that are American Horticulture Society (AHS) members.
- FREE admission to over 750 arts and cultural museums that are North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) members.
Please note that the Museums for All program at Minnetrista has not officially launched yet. They have promised to message me as soon as the program is live. (8/8/17)
Terra Haute Children’s Museum – $1 per person
Explore this three-story children’s museum for just $1 per person! This museum is tons of fun for little ones.
Free two-hour parking is available on the street. A parking garage offers additional parking for $1 per hour or $6 per day.
You may also qualify for this!
If you receive Indiana food stamps benefits, you may also be eligible for these great programs:
- Discounted YMCA membership
- Reduced price spay and neuter services
- Free Internet
- Free cell phone & service
Did you know your Indiana food stamps card can also do this?!
It’s easy to be confused about what you can and can’t buy with your Indiana EBT benefits. However, we’ve found some interesting items that we thought couldn’t be purchased with food stamps… yet they can!
- Farmer’s Markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs can accept EBT, although not all do. The Fresh Bucks program will double your EBT dollars up to $20, so you can spend $20 and receive $40 in fresh produce! The Waterman’s Family Farm in Indianapolis accepts EBT and will even let you pick your own strawberries!
- 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 Indiana food stamps 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.