Wandering around Toronto with your children in the summer is so much fun. Every neighbourhood has its own unique characteristics and every weekend is a different festival (or 3). You do NOT need to spend a lot of money to entertain your children.
A Toronto library card is your key to FREE arts and culture!
Seriously, all you need is one of these magical cards and… BOOM… your kids are setup better than butter – even those fancy kids who require trips to the zoo and the science centre.
Toronto Museum and Arts Pass Program:
The program I am talking about is called the Sun Life Financial Museum+ Arts Pass Program (MAP). It’s a wonderful program that makes arts and culture available to everyone.
Here’s how it works:
- You walk to your local library with your magical library card in hand.
- You approach the person at the check-out desk and you choose what you would like passes to from the following list (NOTE: all passes are good for 2 adults and up to 5 children):
- AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario
- Bata Shoe Museum
- Black Creek Pioneer Village
- Casa Loma
- City of Toronto Historic Museums:
- Colborne Lodge in High Park
- Fort York National Historic Site
- Gibson House Museum
- Mackenzie House
- Montgomery’s Inn
- Scarborough Museum
- Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
- Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
- Gardiner Ceramics Museum
- Museum of Inuit Art
- Ontario Science Centre
- ROM – Royal Ontario Museum
- Textile Museum of Canada
- Toronto Zoo
3. You wave your magical Toronto library card around like a wad of cash and you walk off like a bandit with your shiny new pass.
Does this sound too good to be true?
This is the real deal. In addition to the process I have described above, however, there are some things to keep in mind:
- New passes are released each Saturday morning. You’ll need to arrive before the library opens to ensure you have a good chance of getting some of the more popular passes (i.e. ROM, Science Centre, Toronto Zoo).
- Passes run out quickly. Each library may only have 1 – 5 passes for each museum/location.
- Not all passes are available at all library locations (see here for details).
- You can choose a maximum of 1 pass per week.
- You are required to wait 3 months before choosing the same pass twice.
If you like the zoo, the science centre, museums, and arts in Toronto (and you’re a cheapskate like me), get out your google calendar and schedule yourself a Saturday morning trip to your local library. Take advantage of the Toronto Museum and Arts Pass Program. You won’t regret it. It’s magical!
4 thoughts on “Toronto Museum and Arts Pass Program (MAPS)”
What? No mention of the friend who brought this program to your attention? I’m glad you’ve been able to enjoy some of the great activities Toronto has to offer.
Gazooooks! I was going to mention you in the Facebook message. I DO give all credit to you, Kathi. It’s a great program!
It really is the best. Way to go magical reading card!
You can use it to scrape your windows in the winter too.