Free Ilinois Home School Fun

How about going on some great Illinois home school field trips this year... for free?

Grab your library cards, your kids and run... don't walk, to your local public library.

Not only can you check out great educational resources for your homeschool, you can also "check out" your favorite museum – literally!

Art that inspires and engages, hands-on science that excites and educates, history and culture that bring past and present Illinois to life – all of these and more are waiting for you at your metro regional public library!

Visit Your Library; Check Out a Museum!

The Museum Adventure Pass is a program between the your library service agency, an alliance of 103 public libraries in the seven-county Twin Cities metro and more than 20 local arts and cultural organizations, provides area library card holders free passes to participating local museums, cultural centers and historical sites.

The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide access to arts and cultural organizations.

Illinois Home School and Free Field Trip Destinations!

Just use your library card to receive a Museum Adventure Pass, presented by Macy's, and get free admission for two or four, depending on location, at one of these Twin-Cities area arts and cultural institutions:

Air Classic Inc. Museum of Aviation
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid adult admission Saturday and Sunday only, plus 10% off in gift shop.

Arlington Heights Historical Museum
Admits 2 (Valid for tours only. Tours are on Saturdays and Sundays only at 2 & 3 pm only. Not valid for special events such as Irish Fest, House Walk, etc.) The Pass also allows 10% off purchases in the Heritage Gallery Shop while visiting for a tour.

Bronzeville Children's Museum
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family)

Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children's Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)


Cantigny Park
Admits 1 vehicle - Limited to one car per use.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Admits 1 car at 50% off per pass
Elgin History Museum
Admits 4
Elgin Public Museum
10% Discount on all museum store purchases
Illinois Railway Museum
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1
Lake County Discovery Museum
Admits 2 (passes are valid for general admission only. Not valid for use during public programs and special events where special admission rates apply)
Legoland Discovery Center
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $20.00. Children 2 and under are free.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Admits 2 free for regular museum admission
Naper Settlement
1. Pass is valid on days general admission to Naper Settlement is offered, from April 1 – Oct 31, 2013 2. Pass allows a maximum of two people to receive free admission when purchasing 1 or more admission tickets 3. Pass is not valid for special events admittance or events sponsored on museum grounds by others with entry fee
Oriental Institute Museum
One free Kid's i-Pod tour of the Egyptian Gallery per pass. General admission is free (donation suggested).
Pleasant Home Foundation
2 Free Tour admissions
St. Charles Heritage Museum
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.

The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn
This pass is a buy one/get one free pass. Pay for one adult and the child gets in free. If additional people are with you, each of them pay the regular admission price. Limit 1

The Mueum Adventure Pass: How it works

When you visit your local library, you will see a Museum Adventure Pass display. There will be five laminated check out passes for each location. Choose one and then bring your pass up to the clerk. She will scan it and give you a pass for the museum. You will need to use it within the week, otherwise it expires one week after check out.

You can check out one pass per week per card.

The museum admission pass is handed in at the box office of the participating organization for free admission for two or four people. Each museum adventure pass expires within one week of the checkout date.

Illinois home schooling just got more affordable and fun, thanks to Macy’s, participating museums and your local library! Enrich your Illinois home school experience and your child's education by visiting your local MELSA public library today!

And... Don't forget to say thank you! :)

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