Family Access Pass

The Portland Children’s Museum offers the Family Access Pass to qualifying families who live within 35 miles of the Museum. This reduced-cost $15 yearly Pass includes unlimited admission for two named adults, four named children living in the same household, and one additional named caregiver 18 years or older (e.g. nanny, grandparent, etc.). See our FAQs below for full details.

For more information and applications, click on the following links:

Family Access Pass Application (English)

Family Access Pass Application (Spanish)

Target FREE First Fridays

Come enjoy the Museum for free, courtesy of our friend Target on the first Friday of every month from 4–8 p.m. On occasion the date is moved to another day in the month; check our homepage or calendar for most accurate information.

Access Admission

Families who are receiving some form of public income-related assistance (such as WIC, free or reduced school lunch, Section 8, TANF, Section 8/Public Housing, Medicaid, or Low Income Energy Assistance) are eligible for $1 admission per person, valid for up to 5 people. Please be prepared to show proof of eligibility at the Box Office upon your visit to the Museum. There is no distance restriction to qualify for the Access Admission. Through our discounted Access Admission, the Museum participates in the Arts for All program. Visit their site for a full list of participating organizations.

Contact us at familyaccess@portlandcm.org with any questions.

Community Partner Access

In addition to offering reduced-cost admission and memberships to qualified families, the Community Partners Program collaborates with over 200 organizations like Title I schools, government agencies, and nonprofits to develop strategies for connecting under-served communities with the arts.

Head Start and Title I schools are eligible to be a Community Partner School. Becoming a Community Partner School qualifies your school for discounted group admission rates on field trips.

Community Partners Application

Organizations that work with families or children who have significant barriers to accessing the Museum may be eligible for a Community Card. A Community Card admits up to six people and one staff member from the organization. If your organization is interested in a Community Card, please complete the Community Card Application.

Access Play Events

Portland Children’s Museum works hard to ensure all families have access to the Museum and feel a strong sense of welcome, safety, and respect. We invite families with children experiencing disabilities to visit the Museum during our regular operating hours as well as our monthly Access Play events. These low sensory playtimes are calmer, less crowded, and a great way to habituate your child to the Museum’s exhibits under minimal stress. In partnership with our friends at FACT, Autism Society of Oregon, Swindells Resource Center and others, the Museum is pleased to offer Access Play as an event reserved for families with children experiencing disabilities, and their friends. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or feedback at 503.471.9914 or wwelsh@portlandcm.org.
 
Our next 2017 Access Play event is coming up on:

Tuesday, August 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
 

FAQs - Family Access Pass 

Does my family qualify for the $15 Family Access Pass? 
As of June 1st, our mileage radius accepted for the Family Access Pass is expanded to 35 miles from the Museum. If your family receives income assistance in any way (please see the list below for possibilities), and has children ages 0–12, you qualify for the Pass. Foster families automatically qualify for the Family Access Pass.

What is needed to apply for a Family Access Pass?
A completed application and a copy of one of the following requirements WITH CURRENT DATES. Do not send originals, they will not be returned. (Please note that we cannot make copies.)

  • Food Stamps
  • Free and Reduced School Lunch
  • WIC (Women Infants and Children)
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families)
  • Section 8 / Public Housing
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Energy Assistance
  • Foster Home Certificate (issued by DHS)

How do I turn in my application materials? 
By mail to Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221, OR by fax to 503.223.6600, OR email familyaccess@portlandcm.org, OR turn application and materials in at the Museum Box Office.

How long will it take to process my application? How will I know when my application is approved?
Please allow 2-3 weeks for application processing. If your pass is approved, you will receive confirmation of your account status via email (be sure to check your spam folders). Once approved, you have 90 days to visit the Museum and pay the $15 fee to activate your year-long Family Access Pass. If you do not pay the $15 fee within the 90-day window after your application is approved, your approval will expire and you will need to submit a new application.

How long will my pass last? 
The Family Access Pass allows for a full year of access to Museum exhibits. Your account will be activated upon your first visit to the Museum to pay your $15 fee within the 90 day window after approval of your application

What if I do not qualify for Family Access Pass? 
On every first Friday of the month, Portland Children’s Museum is free from 4–8 p.m. courtesy of Target.

Questions about membership? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. You can also contact us through our online form or call 503.471.9916.