Like many low-income parents, Hamideh Nilchi can’t afford to go to the museum. She took her 5-year-old daughter to a free event one evening at Boston Children’s Museum, and the experience had them hooked. Melika, her daughter, was so enthralled she wanted to explore every area in the museum.
Since then, they have not been back -- or to any other museums for that matter. Regular admissions costs too much, she says.
“I tried to get a library pass, but it always gone,’’ said Nilchi, a stay-at home mom who lives in West Roxbury with her husband, a taxi driver. “I looked online, but all the museums are too expensive.”
Parents squeezed tight often don’t have enough cash to spare for a day at the museum. But a program by a Newton nonprofit hopes to give them a break. The Highland Street Foundation, a Newton nonprofit, announced Tuesday that for the fifth straight year it will continue to give guests the chance to trek the 16 historic sites on the Freedom Trail, go scavenger hunting at Tanglewood, or explore aquatic habitats at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.
And it won’t cost patrons a penny.
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