ACCESS cardholders are partially people enrolled in medical assistance in Pennsylvania . If you are a cardholder PLEASE be sure to take advantage of the Philly Art Reach Program. ,
The Philly Art Reach Program allows ACCESS members to present their cards to receive discounted admissions. Specifically a $2 entrance to two cultural types of venues: Art Reach Admissions and Art Reach Live Performances.
At the time of posting, there are 46 venues that are participating! We have enjoyed MANY of the museums, gardens and historical locations. Some of our favorites have been the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute, the National Constitution Center, multiple walks through the Morris Arboretum and Longwood Gardens. We even stayed somewhat local and visited the Michener Art Museum. Many of these outings were made during the dreary and cold winter months. Just as many were made as a complete family. (Which explains our trip to the Mutter museum. Definitely not my go-to form of entertainment! But it is interesting…and creepy!)
The Art Reach Program allows the $2 ticket price to extend to 3 more family members as long as the cardholder is attending. That’s FOUR total tickets!
The cardholder needs to be present with their ACCESS card as well as another form of ID. The girls’ school identifications work well. We find the ticket sales offices to be very well informed and comfortable with our transaction and have always gone in without incident. What is better than stress free, budget friendly, family bonding time?
However, I recently discovered we have not been utilizing the card to their fullest!
Recently, I took a look over the Admissions locations. I discovered that Live Performances opportunities were announced as the new school year began! These are venues such as the 1812 Theater Company, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Comedy Sportz, and nine others! This is exciting news for me since Candy-girl is ALWAYS looking adventures! She likes to “get out of the house”. Additionally exciting is how we can save a lot of money purchasing tickets this way! I ran through the websites to check for family friendly shows. Then I decided to call the Arden Theatre Company to locate handicapped accessible seats for Charlotte’s Web. The box office was very helpful in locating and purchasing our $2 tickets. Our daughters love the theater and are very excited to add this event to our calendar. Stay tuned for results!
With so many theater venues there are lots of shows to choose from.
I have my eye on the Bridges of Madison County at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. However, I wonder if the girls would enjoy it? Have you seen it? I’d love to get your opinion in the comments below. Another reason I am drawn to the Philadelphia Theatre Company is their entire page dedicated to accessibility. It begins with:
The transforming and entertaining experience that live theater provides belongs to everyone. Philadelphia Theatre Company is dedicated to its mission to serve all theater audiences, and to eliminate the barriers that keep individuals with special needs isolated from the arts and from their communities.
They go on to describe how they put their mission statement into practice including the following special performances:
- Open Caption Performances For audience members who are hearing impaired. A large LED captioning screen, positioned beside the stage, scrolls text of the lyrics/dialogue in tandem with the lyrics/dialogue of the performance.
- Sensory Friendly Performances (More information below) For persons with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. We are pleased to present this special opportunity to give audiences a world-class theatre experience modified for those with sensory needs. It’s part of our mission to make professional theatre accessible to everyone.
THE FOLLOWING MATINEE PERFORMANCES ARE CRAFTED FOR BOTH OPEN CAPTIONING AND SENSORY FRIENDLY AUDIENCES:
Please check the main website often to see if any new locations have been added to Philly Art Reach. They seem to be expanding quickly!
How great to know which local sites are ready and able to host our family for some fun!
“ACCESS Philly is a game changer for our region” shares John Orr Executive Director of Art-Reach, adding “not only is this the largest and most widespread discount for the arts in Philadelphia – it’s the first program of its kind in the country.” Leigh Goldenberg, Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia agrees, “We saw the impact that ACCESS was having on museums in our region so it only made sense to expand this to our regional theaters. ACCESS Philly will certainly build a new audiences for live and performing arts, creating a new level of equity for theatre audiences.”
We are so grateful! Time for some more wheel life adventures!