By Melissa D. Kaiser CEO, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Check It Out
A new partnership between DISCOVERY Children’s Museum and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is making STEAM education more accessible than ever before for area children.
Library District cardholders can now check out a family four-pack pass to the museum free of charge! The Family Adventure pass is available at any of the Library District’s 25 branches, and after use, the passes are then returned to the library. It’s as easy as checking out a book and is valid for a three-week period.
Hands-On STEAM Educational Experiences
This new service means free admission to everything that DISCOVERY has to offer, including the new, first-of-its-kind DISCOVERY Lab, complete with a laser cutter and 3D printer.
Support for the free pass program for Library District cardholders has been made possible by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation The effort is part of a larger community collaboration and alignment of resources to improve local early childhood learning conditions.
“We know that the early years are critical times for learning and development and we want all families to enjoy the fabulous learning opportunities at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum,” said Keiba Crear, president of the Library District Foundation. “Our local families work so hard. This makes it easy for them to play and learn together.”
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is constantly updating its programming to reflect the latest trends in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, meaning each visit to the museum offers new ways to learn. Much like the library, DISCOVERY aims to ignite a lifelong love of learning in every person who walks through the museum’s door.
Investing in Our Community’s Future
With more than 160,000 children ages birth to five years old living in Clark County, it has never been more important to provide access to early learning opportunities. National research from the Federal Reserve and other economic institutions shows that investing in young children has high returns for communities. That’s why DISCOVERY Children’s Museum and the Library District are excited to merge missions and bring this free service to local families.
Greater Access for All
We strongly believe that every member of our community deserves the opportunity to actively participate in playful learning experiences, partake in hands-on experiments, and build lasting memories.
To further our commitment, just over a year ago, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum became the first museum in the state to implement Museums for All, an initiative from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This program encourages low-income and underserved families to visit museums and build lasting museum habits.
Any individual or family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of a Women, Infants & Children (WIC) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, or a foster care license, will receive a $3 per person admission to DISCOVERY Children’s Museum for up to four people per visit. Your WIC or SNAP electronic benefits transfer card is only for identification purposes, and the admission costs must be paid for with cash or a credit card.
Since the launch of this initiative, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum has welcomed more than 26,000 visitors through the program. We are proud to report that this is more than twice the attendance of some of the top children’s museums in the United States.
We also extended access through the DISCOVERY On Wheels program, which brings hands-on health science programs directly to Clark County classrooms. Instruction follows national, state, and local curriculum standards and targets kindergarten through 5th grade students in the county's public, charter, and private schools.
Come Learn and Play Today
For more information about DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, go to discoverykidslv.org. To check out a free Family Adventure Pass for four, visit LVCCLD.org/locations to find the Library District branch nearest you!