Local family venues are trying to ease some of the pain for federal workers who remain unpaid during the partial federal government shutdown that’s become the longest in history.
• The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is offering free general admission to all federal employees (with a valid federal ID) affected by the government shutdown for themselves and up to four guests — effective immediately and for the duration of the shutdown.
• Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff is offering federal workers free lift tickets on Tuesdays during the duration of the shutdown. Employees must present their federal ID and a copy of their furlough notice letter at the ticket window to get the free ticket.
• All federal employees and immediate family can jump for free for one hour per day at Flip Dunk Sports, a Phoenix trampoline park and gymnastics center, during the shutdown.
• The Arizona Science Center offered free general admission for a federal employee (with ID) and one guest from Saturday, Jan. 12, through Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 21.
“The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is proud to be able to support these workers in this way,” Marion Wiener, marketing director for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, said in a statement. “The stresses of not knowing when you will receive your next paycheck and how you are going to pay your bills and feed your family affects everyone in the family, including the children. With free admission, families will be able to escape those pressures — even if only for a little while — with a day of play and fun at the Museum.”
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located in the historic Monroe School Building at 215 N. Seventh St. in downtown Phoenix and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Regular admission is $14.95; free for babies younger than 1.
The Arizona Science Center is located across the street from the Children’s Museum, at 600 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $18; $13 for ages 3-17 and free for ages 2 and younger.