Family Access Membership

The Family Access Membership is a $15, yearlong membership for families who are receiving some form of public assistance. It includes unlimited admission for two named adults and four named children, two free guests with each visit, one named caregiver (e.g. nanny, grandparent, etc.) as well as discounts in the Museum Store and on camps, classes, birthday parties, and rentals. See our FAQs below for full details. 

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

Family Access Membership English Application

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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 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. Please be prepared to show proof of eligibility at the Box Office upon your visit to the Museum. 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 for up to six people and one staff member from the organization. If your organization is interested in a Community Card, please contact our Museum Access Program at familyaccess@portlandcm.org.

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 wlynch@portlandcm.org.
 
Our next Access Play events are coming up on:
Saturday, July 25, from 8:30-9:30am
Friday, August 14, from 3:30-5:00pm

FAQs: Family Access Membership

Does my family qualify for the $15 Family Access Membership? 
As of June 1st, our mileage radius accepted for the Family Access Membership 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 membership. Foster families automatically qualify for the Family Access Membership.

What is needed to apply for a Family Access membership?
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 I am a member?
In 2–3 weeks you will get a letter in the mail informing you if you have qualified. If you qualify, bring in the letter and your photo ID upon your first visit to the Museum. You will then be asked to pay the $15 fee. Please wait to pay the $15 fee upon your first visit to the Museum.

How long will my membership last? 
Family Access Memberships are year-long memberships. Your membership will begin upon your first visit to the Museum and your payment of the $15 fee.

What if I do not qualify for Family Access membership? 
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 503-471-9911.