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Updated: Free or discount museum entry with SNAP card

Museums are a great place to take kids for a variety of reasons. They not only provide educational opportunities, but they also spark creativity, and promote family bonding. Plus, they can help give children a healthy perspective of where they fit in, between the past and the future.

Scroll down to find newly added venues for 2024.

And thanks to a program called Museums for All, families who are enrolled in SNAP benefits can get access to the wealth of knowledge that museums have to offer through this program. Each SNAP EBT card allows up to four people to get the Museums for All admission rate, which is $3 or less in 2024.

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What you need to know: More than 1,000 museums across the United States allows families access, simply by presenting their SNAP EBT card and a photo ID. 

Here are some tips for taking kids to museums:

  • Choose a museum that is appropriate for your child's age and interests.
  • Plan your visit ahead of time and check the museum's website for information about exhibits, hours, and verify participation and admission prices.
  • Dress your child in comfortable clothes that they can move around in easily.
  • Take a water bottle and snacks to keep your child hydrated and energized.
  • Be prepared to answer your child's questions.
  • Take your time and explore the exhibits at your own pace.
  • Make sure to have fun!

Watch this video for an example of what to expect:

Following is a list of participating museums in South Florida arranged by region. You can also search the Museums4All.org website to locate others. Since this information may change without notice, we suggest you also check and verify participation with each museum before heading out:

Broward

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison St.
Hollywood, Florida 33020
954-921-3274

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 N. Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954-563-5393

Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, Florida 33065
954-340-5000

Flamingo Gardens
3750 S. Flamingo Road
Davie, Florida 33330
954-473-2955

History Fort Lauderdale
219 SW 2nd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
954-463-4431

Historic Stranahan House Museum
335 SE 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954-524-4736

Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
954-467-6637

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954-525-5500

Old Davie School Historical Museum
6650 Griffin Road
Davie, Florida 33314
954-797-1044

Stonewall National Museum & Archives
1300 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954-763-8565

Florida Keys

Florida Keys History & Discovery Center
82100 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, Florida 33036
305-922-2237

Fort East Martello Museum
3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, Florida 33040
305-296-3913

Hellings Curry Museum
319 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
415-308-0236

History of Diving Museum
82990 Overseas Hwy.
Islamorada, Florida 33036
305-664-9737

Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters
938 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida 33040
305-294-0012

Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House
281 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040
305-295-6616

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
5210 College Road
Key West, Florida 33040
305-296-1504

Tennessee Williams Museum
513 Truman Avenue
Key West, Florida 33040
305-204-4527

Miami-Dade

Black Police Precinct & Courthouse Museum
480 NW 11th Street
Miami, Florida 33136
305-329-2513

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Miami, Florida 33156
305-667-1651

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
12450 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177
305-253-0063

HistoryMiami Museum
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
305-375-1492

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
305-284-3535

Rubell Museum
1100 NW 23 St.
Miami, Florida 33127
305-573-6090

The Bass
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
305-673-7530

The Kampong
4013 S. Douglas Road
Miami, Florida 33133
305-442-7169

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
305-250-9133

Palm Beach

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
253 Barcelona Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
561-832-5328

Cox Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
561-832-1988

Loggerhead Marinelife Center
14200 U.S. Highway 1
Juno Beach, Florida 33408
561-627-8280

Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center
129 East Ocean Avenue
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435
561-742-6780

The Society of the Four Arts
100 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
561-655-7226

You might also want to check out our “Things to do with kids” section on our website. And don't miss our other posts about deals and discounts.

If you're not a SNAP card holder, you may still be able to get into some Miami-Dade museums at no- or low-cost through the Museum Pass Program by the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Check it out!

And read our story about the Museums on Us program for Bank of America card holders.

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More free and cheap things to do with kids:

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Kids play free mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Discounted | AllGolf

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Early Birding with Al @ Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton

8:30 am | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Play all you want mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $11.00 | AllGolf

Sunset Movie Night features 'Soul,' at The Square, WPB

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | The Square, West Palm Beach

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Friday, February 23, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie featuring Big Rock Band

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free Screening of "Princess & The Frog"

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Canopy Park

Free Screening of "Trolls"

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Picnic Park West

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Tri-Rail Fun Day in Dania

10:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Tri-Rail Station in Dania

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free family event, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami Beach

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Science Stories for age 5+, Boca Raton

11:30 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free Family Fun Day at the Underline

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | The Underline Urban Gym & Sound Stage, Miami-Dade

Butterfly Festival Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sabal Pines Park

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Orange Blossom car show

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | Old Davie School Historical Museum

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

African Drumming with Abasi, for kids, West Palm Beach

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Monday, February 26, 2024

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

 

Mary Lou Cruz

About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email: events@SouthFloridaOnTheCheap.com.

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