Children's Museum of South Dakota

Access Initiative FAQs

Access Admission FAQ

How much does Access Admission cost when I use my EBT card or other documentation of income-related public assistance?
Access Admission price is $1/person (up to 6 people).

How does the Access Admission work?
When you arrive at the Museum, please show EBT card (or other form of income-related public assistance) as well as a photo ID when you check in at the Welcome Desk and you (and up to 5 additional people) will receive the discounted admission price.

How many people can I bring with me to the Museum?
A total of 6 people can receive discounted admission per EBT card.

If I am taking my child to the Museum and they want to bring their friend, can I still receive the Access Admission discount?
Yes. You may use your EBT card for admission (for up to 6 people) regardless of whether or not the people that you are bringing with are members of your household.

Can I only receive the Access Admission discount on a certain day of the week?
You can use your EBT card for admission any day the Museum is open to the public.

How many times can I play at the Museum with the Access Admission discount?
There is no limit to the number of times you can play at the Museum. Come and see us often!

 

Access Family Membership FAQs

How much does an Access Family Membership cost? 
Annual Access Family Memberships are $15/family, including up to 2 named adults, 6 named children, and 1 named caregiver (nanny, grandparent, etc.).

What are the qualifications for an Access Family Membership?
Access Family Memberships are open to all families who are able to show documentation of some type of public income assistance such as:

  • Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) or Medicaid
  • Free/Reduced School Lunch, Head Start, SNAP and/or WIC vouchers with date on them
  • Low Income Energy Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Foster Home Certification

Do foster families qualify for Access Family Membership?
Yes, foster families are eligible for Access Family Memberships provided they show appropriate documentation.

What are the benefits of an Access Family Membership?
Benefits of a Access Family Membership include:

  • Free unlimited admission for 1 year
  • 10% discount in the Museum Gift Store
  • 20% discount on classes and birthday parties
  • Access to exclusive member events
  • 3 membership cards

How do I apply for an Access Family Membership?
To apply, families must fill out an application available at the Museum or online AND submit a copy of one of the following eligibility or coverage notification letters with current dates (within the last year):

  • Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) or Medicaid
  • Free/Reduced School Lunch, Head Start, SNAP and/or WIC vouchers with date on them
  • Low Income Energy Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Foster Home Certification

DO NOT send original documents. Documents will not be returned. Once the application is completed AND copies have been made of required documentation, the paperwork can be dropped off during regular Museum hours, it can be scanned and emailed to access@prairieplay.org, or mailed to: 
Access Family Program
Children's Museum of South Dakota
521 4th St.
Brookings, SD  57006

Please allow 2-3 weeks for application processing. If your membership is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter of your membership status. Please pay the $15 membership fee upon your first visit to the Museum. Your year-long membership will be activated upon your first visit.

Click HERE to view the form.

How long does an Access Family Membership last?
Access Family Memberships expire 1 year after the membership is paid. You may renew an Access Family Membership when it expires by following the application process listed above.

How many people can I have on an Access Family Membership?
Each Access Family Membership can have up to 2 named adults, 6 named children, and 1 caregiver (nanny, grandparent, etc.).

If I am bringing other individuals that are not listed on my Access Family Membership, do I need to pay for their admission that day?
Yes, you will need to pay the daily Access Admission rate for each person not listed on your Access Family Membership. 

Can I only use my Access Family Membership on a certain day of the week?
You can use your Access Family Membership any day the Museum is open to the public. Access Family Members can also attend all special Museum Member events throughout the year.

How many times can I play at the Museum using an Access Family Membership?
There is no limit to the number of times you can play at the Museum. Come and see us often!