Being a foster parent or kinship provider is not easy and can be challenging to your family’s budget. Each foster child deserves an opportunity to Experience Washington. Below are businesses and organizations who are willing to provide low cost or free opportunities to the children in your care.
Region 3 Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish County
Skagit Children’s Museum offers community free admission every 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. This is made possible by Monthly Sponsors!
Imagine Children’s Museum offers free admission every 3rd Friday of the month, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Free and guided play builds a child’s social and academic development. At Imagine Children’s Museum, we promote the power of play: learning and growing by doing what every child loves to do best…play! Our interactive exhibits and activities encourage children (ages 1-12) and their families to role play, experiment, splash, think, wander and create together in a place where they can feel physically and emotionally safe.
The Monroe Reptile Zoo offers an up close and personal exposure to exotic, dangerous, lovable and unique reptiles from around the world — including tortoise petting all days. Foster families will receive $1 off per person admission when foster license card and photo ID are presented at the ticket counter for Monday-Saturday. This includes a “close encounters” with various reptiles. Sunday visits excluded from the discount, but prices,are already much lower.
Region 4 King County
KidsQuest Children’s Museum is a whole new world of exploration and play. Exhibits and programming introduce children 0-10 to the joy of learning through hands-on experience. Climb, splash, crawl, build, and pretend indoors and out! Admission is $3 per person if you bring your Provider One or WIC card with you upon admission. Membership Scholarship
Living Computer Museum collection in Seattle presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers and how people use them. The collection was assembled by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen as a way to preserve the history that put him and Bill Gates on the path to founding the company. They are pleased to offer discounted admission and family memberships to foster families. For more information, Click Here or call (206) 342-2020.
Museum of Flight in Seattle is pleased to offer foster families a discount of 50% off admission for up to two foster parents, and free admission for up to five accompanying children. This one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and pays homage to two major industries which grew from our area, the commercial airline industry as well as air and space craft design and production. To access this benefit you must provide your foster/kinship care identification card and photo ID to the ticket office. The museum is free to all visitors the first Thursday of each month from 5-9 pm.
Pacific Science Center offers a one year membership for foster youth/caregivers. Benefits include: unlimited admission to permanent exhibits, planetarium and matinee laser shows, 15 free documentary IMAX movie passes, free or discounted admission to special exhibitions. Youth 14-18 can obtain their own free membership and caregivers obtain a free family membership for those under 14. Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting. Any foster youth/caregiver are eligible. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Science Center.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle is offering a generous $3 per person discount for foster/kinship care customers to join them on one of their zany, 90-minute tours of the Emerald City! Hop on board an amphibious vehicle and tour the city by land AND water! Your wacky Tour Guide will narrate this sightseeing adventure with local folklore, facts, jokes and more as you see the highlights of Seattle. Then, your USCG-certified Captain will drive the Duck straight into Lake Union for a unique and informative water tour. Purchase tickets online using the special promo code GOODPARENT. Then bring your foster parent/kinship ID card along with you when you check in. Learn more about rates, dates, times and locations at ridetheducksofseattle.com
Seattle Aquarium is a place you will always see, touch and explore something new and exciting every time you visit. Two caregivers and up to 5 children in your care full time can visit free. Show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card upon admission.
A trip to the Seattle Children’s Museum guarantees an interactive experience, allowing little hands and growing minds to explore, play and learn. With 22,000 square feet of exhibits, children 10 months to 10 years old and their families can learn and explore together. Show your foster child’s Provider One Card for $1.00 entry fee. For those without a Provider One Card normal admission cost apply.
The Woodland Park Zoo is a Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo on a 92-acre zoological garden dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in Seattle. Featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world, a visit to Woodland Park Zoo will make your day! For ticket availability email a copy of your foster or kinship card.
Region 5 Pierce, Kitsap County
The Fife History Museum is located in the former home of Louis Dacca, a member of the original Fife City Council. The Dacca home and the adjacent portion of land the family once farmed were acquired by the City of Fife in 2000. This farmland is now the site of Dacca Park, and the home has been renovated to serve as the history museum, where the exhibits change on a regular basis. Admission is free: Wednesday thru Saturday 11am-4pm from June 16 – August 25. Show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card upon admission.
Hilltop Artist Calling girls 11-18 in Pierce County! An amazing opportunity for youth in foster/kinship care to Hilltop Artists Art Connect Program. The FREE program consists of quarterly 10-week sessions in glass, ceramics, photography, printmaking, or other art forms. A team of adults, including professional artists, leads these weekly, three-hour classes at community sites – typically Tacoma Public Schools. Each class includes shared family-style meals, arts exploration, individual mentor-ship, group leadership, engaged decision making and service learning. To enroll, have a CASA, GAL or social worker refer the girl in your care to the program – and they may send the referral to Sasha Tepper-Stewart, Arts Connect Program Manager, at email@example.com You may reach her there with questions or call 253-442-3751.
Tacoma History Society is open 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday-Saturday and admission is free. An extension of Tacoma Historical Society our museum presents rotating exhibits promoting the history of the City of Tacoma and its people.
Tacoma Tsunami Rugby is a club sport that offers partial scholarships for youth in care, and the option to raise 100% of the remaining fees through participation in community fundraising. Fees include all gear (except shoes) and coaching. Car pools to games can be arranged. This program gives young men and women grades 7-12 a chance to build confidence and feel a sense of community in a sport that is not directly tied to one school — perfect for youth in care. Diverse coaching staff from USA, New Zealand, Samoa, and Australia. New program for grades 1-6 coming in spring of 2018, as well as Tacoma Rugby Days on March 10 and 24. Check out website for details and email with questions.
Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is pleased to offer foster families a very low admission rate of $1 per person or $2 per family. To access this discount show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card and photo ID at the admissions desk during regular museum hours. The museum is also free of charge for all visitors on the third Thursday of each month from 3pm-8pm.
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties has extended its services to foster families and now offers 70% off some key programs! They also have appointed a Foster Youth Host for each branch to help families connect directly with services and discounts. The 70% discount currently applies to the following programming: Sports Leagues, Day Camp at branches, Camp Seymour — one session of overnight camp per child (Camp Seymour does not bill DSHS for the remaining cost, Foster Families are responsible for paying or seeking out help from social worker or other resources.) Host Roll
Region 6 Clark, Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum
Aberdeen Museum of History is a great way to spend an hour or two on your way to the ocean beaches is to visit the Aberdeen History Museum, which is free to foster families. Visit their website for more information, and to see the Curt Cobain (who was born and raised here) self-guided tour information.
Columbus Park Campground on beautiful Black Lake just a few miles from downtown Olympia offers a classic weekend camping experience – they have operated continuously since 1926! Lots of swimming and activities for the family. Foster families may enjoy a $5 per day discount. Use Columbus Park as your home for a weekend exploring the nearby State Capitol and Hands On Children’s Museum, which offers free admission to children in care! A great weekend trip! More information at: www.columbuspark.net, or contact Carrie Lerud, park manager at 1-866-848-9460.
Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia is a unique community resource that serves as an exciting, educational gathering place where children and parents can learn and play together! The museum offers $2 off single visits and a discounted basic foster family memberships. Must provide current foster parent documentation at the time of purchase.
Harborena Skate Rink is a classic 1950’s skating experience, owned by the same family for nearly 70 years, it is fun for children of all ages. They offer generous $3 per person discount (excluding Tiny Tots hours) to member of foster families upon presentation of your foster/relative caregiver card and photo ID. Located at 2112 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam , WA 98550
Job Carr Cabin Museum is a replica of the home of founding fathers of the City of Tacoma and offers many free experiences for youth, including Second Saturday Crafts for kids 3-9 (Feb-December), History Walks once a month (May-Sept), Pioneer Days (Sept) and other events throughout the year.
Polson Museum in Hoquam. Foster/Kinship care families receive a 50% discount on family admission to the Polson Musuem in Hoquiam — right along the road that leads to both Ocean Shores, other northern beaches, and the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. This historic 1924 mansion once owned by Polson’s, the pioneering Washington timber family who once dominated that industry here. It offers a wonderful look at our region’s renewable forestry and has many artifacts that are of interest to all ages, including a steam locomotive and replica of a working timber camp! Present your foster/kinship care identification card and the whole family views all exhibits for just $5 — it can’t be beat!
Rutledge Corn Maze in Thurston County offers day or night admission for foster families at 50% off the ticket price with foster/kinship care ID card good for up to two adults and 4 children per night. Haunted maze will be offered at $5 off per person. Sorry, Zombie attraction will have no discount. The Maze is open most of October, check their website for hours and dates. www.rutledgecornmaze.com
Skateland Olympia prices are generally fair, but they offer $2 per skater for two hour sessions on Wednesday evenings. See website for details.
South Sound YMCA in Thurston County the South Sound YMCA offers free memberships to youth in foster care, and can arrange scholarships to cover a portion of swim lessons, youth sports and summer camps. The point of contact to sign up or request these services is Aubree Pocklington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.918.0304