Jul 31, 2019
Wings Over the Rockies, Butterfly Pavilion, DAM join program benefiting families receiving food assistance
Denver families receiving food assistance can now add Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Butterfly Pavilion, and the Denver Art Museum to the list of cultural institutions they can enjoy with their families at deeply discounted prices, thanks to an expanding partnership with Denver Human Services (DHS).
The three institutions join five others in making metro-area cultural experiences affordable for Denver families supported by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the DHS Explorer Pass Program (formerly known as the $1 Museum and Cultural Center Admission Program). The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street and Chatfield Farms locations), Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, and History Colorado Center round out the list of participating institutions.
“Our cultural institutions are a treasure all Denver children and their parents should be able to enjoy,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to partner with these generous cultural facilities to ensure the more than 42,000 Denver families receiving SNAP benefits have affordable access to experiences that are educational, fun, enlightening, and imaginative.”
“We know that people of all ages live safer, healthier, and more productive lives when they have enough nutritious food to eat,” said Don Mares. “Children do better in school, parents perform better at work, and older adults don’t have to choose between eating or paying for other basic needs such as medications or home heating. Our Explorer Pass partners and food assistance programs provide our families the support and opportunity they need to grow and thrive in both mind and body.”
The DHS Explorer Pass allows SNAP recipients to pay just $1 for admission to all facilities except Butterfly Pavilion, which charges $2 per person, and Chatfield Farms, which charges $1 per car. Discounts apply year-round except at the Denver Zoo, which offers discounted admission from August 1 to April 30 annually.
SNAP families need only show their EBT card at the ticket window of each participating institution to receive the discounted admission price for up to 10 people. The program covers general admission only and may not be redeemed for special events, classes or other programs. Admission cannot be paid with an EBT card.
DHS initiated the $1 admission program in 2015 with the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Today, the DHS Explorer Pass program serves SNAP benefits recipients in all 64 Colorado counties.
SNAP families have visited these institutions more than 210,000 times since the start of the program, many for the first time. To learn more about the DHS SNAP Explorer Pass Program visit bit.ly/DHSExplorerPass
SNAP in Denver: Overview
*^Hunger Free Colorado analysis of data from the American Community Survey (2016) and county-level SNAP participation data from the Colorado Department of Human Services.