Free Fun - Building a Healthy YOU this Summer

June 06, 2018
Family visiting the zoo

Have you started thinking about what you would like to do this summer with your family? How about going on an adventure or learning something new? There are hundreds of fun and educational things to do across Massachusetts – and many of them are free! In this blog post, we introduce you to a few of our favorites for low-cost family fun around Massachusetts.

EBT Card to Culture

Did you know you could use your EBT benefits to get free or discounted admission to art galleries, museums, theaters, and more? With your benefits, you could visit the EcoTarium in Worcester and get three floors of exhibits, live animal habitats, and more – all for only $2 a person.  Look at this list to see if any participating programs are in your community.

Do you live in the Boston area and are you looking for a fun way to get to an event? Try the Blue Benefits SNAP Card to Ride program to get a low-cost bike rental to use as you like.  

Before you go out remember to pack a lunch to save money and eat healthy! Keep your kids energized with a “Home Run Healthy Hummus Wrap ,” recipe from the USDA Mixing Bowl. If you’re looking for a cool treat for a hot summer day, try UMass Amherst Extension’s “Fruit Kebabs.”

Free Fun Fridays

The Highland Street Foundation offers free admission to many places in Massachusetts on Fridays over the summer, with different choices every week. You and your family could visit a new museum, zoo, or theater every week this summer – at no cost! Check out which locations are hosting an event on this calendar.

Visiting a museum or zoo can be a fun way to get active as well! Remember to stretch before you start walking and if you have a step counter app on your phone, use it to see how much you’ve walked throughout the day! Make a game out of it and try to break your step record each time you go out.

Check out what your local library might be offering

Public libraries often offer discounts and free passes to local museums, aquariums, and even boathouses by using your local library card. Getting a library card is free. The Boston Public Library  allows members to reserve museum passes for single-day use. For those in the Springfield area, the West Springfield Public Library offers discount passes for local attractions like children’s museums and science centers. Next time you visit your local library, ask if they offer any museum passes! While you’re at the library, try picking out a cook book with healthy recipes you can make with your family or find a story book to read together before bedtime.