Starting on Memorial Day, the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store will be participating in the National Blue Star Museums Program, which provides free admission to families of those active military and veterans who provide proper identification.
The project is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums throughout the United States. A detailed list of participating museums may be found at Arts.gov/BlueStarMuseums.
“We all owe a debt to veterans we can never hope to repay,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. "This is one way, however, we can say thank you to those who served, and to the families who support them."
Although the program ends on Labor Day, the World of Little League Museum offers free admission to veterans, active military (National Guard and Reserve too) and their families all year round.
“The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in every state in the nation to support our service members and their families,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend time together.”
As part of Blue Star Museums program, military families with young children are offered a toolkit with tips about visiting a museum. Here are some of those tips:
- Choose wisely, especially if it is a first museum outing (children’s museum, zoo?).
- Select the time of day that works best for your family
- Check out the logistics: parking, hours of operation, strollers allowed, snacks available, etc.
- Do some reconnaissance: visit the website for special programs or family events.
- Keep it short by selecting one area to explore. You can always return!
- Upon arrival, obtain a map to locate the restrooms and exhibit locations.
- Mind your museum manners by looking with your eyes, not your fingers; use soft voices and quiet steps; find areas for touching and follow rules for safety.
- Choose activities like: “I Spy” and give hints about the object in the gallery; “All Your Senses” by selecting a piece of art, animal in a zoo, or piece of equipment and ask what that object would hear, see, experience or taste; or “Story Chain.” As part of this experience, the story begins with “It was the happiest day of my life.” Each person adds a sentence or two until the story concludes. Other games are “What Is This” or “Act It Out” (pose like the people are in a painting or photo).
- The toolkit also offers games to intrigue older children during their visit.
Children of military families participating in the program may submit a photograph of art that they created following their visit. Winners will be chosen randomly. Deadline is Sept. 11.
The World of Little League Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Typically, general admission for the Museum is only $5. Children ages 5-12 are admitted for $2, and Seniors 62 and older are admitted for $3. Children 4 and younger are free, as well as any Little Leaguer® wearing a uniform shirt that includes the Little League Shoulder Patch. Veterans and active military (National Guard and Reserve included), along with their families, are free with proper military identification all year round.