Being a foster parent or kinship provider is not easy and can be challenging to your family’s budget. Experience Washington is a project of Fostering Together. Our goals it to reach out to each community, to find business and organizations who are willing to partner with us to provide low cost or free opportunities to the children in your care.


Snohomish County


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.

Seattle/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.

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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 is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. The first Thursday of each month, the Museum is open from 5:00pm -9:00pm with FREE ADMISSION.


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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 membership@pacsci.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.

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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.


Olympic Peninsula

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. 

Buffalo Soldiers Museum  in Tacoma is a boutique Museum that features history about the little-known history of African Americans fighting for our country since the 1800s.  Admission is free. Hours 11-3 Saturday and Wednesday, location information on our website.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is proud to support our community by providing free memberships for all foster care families in Pierce County. To sign up a foster family for a free membership visit the Admissions Desk at the Museum and show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card upon admission.


 

Olympic Peninsula

Hands On Museum

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

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 sashat@hilltopartists.org You may reach her there with questions or call 253-442-3751.


Olympic Peninsula

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! 

 

Skateland Olympia prices are generally fair, but they offer $2 per skater for two hour sessions on Wednesday evenings.  See website for details.


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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.

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.

 


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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.

 


Statewide Resources

iFoster launched in October of 2010 to bring the heroic caregivers and support organizations in foster care, kinship care, guardianship, adoption and juvenile justice together in one place. Their focus is to help close the economic gap between what it costs to raise a child and what child welfare and social services can provide to caregivers by partnering with the community to offer discounted items and services.

Free State Park Camping Pass Washington resident foster parents and registered relative foster caregivers who camp with the children in their care are entitled to free campsites in Washington state parks. Participants in the program may camp at first-come, first-served parks or make a telephone reservation to camp in a reservation park (call 1-888-CAMPOUT or 1-888-226-7688). Eligible participants making reservations do not pay for camping but are charged the reservation fee to hold sites in the reservation system. Read More