Boston is fortunate to have so many cultural institutions that offer enrichment for children. But steep admissions prices — which can easily soar to $50 or more for a family outing — render many museums and zoos out of reach for local families. So praise is due to the Boston Children’s Museum, which has launched a program offering $2 admission to visitors who show an electronic welfare-benefits card.
The initiative stems from research that the museum conducted in low-income communities, where residents explained that some existing discount programs, such as lowered prices during off-hours, didn’t help parents who work long hours or return home to dangerous neighborhoods. Even half-price admissions were, in many cases, unaffordable.