Terrifically Free Tuesday is a grant funded program which will continue at the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon through 2016. This program provides free admission to the museum the first and third Tuesday of every month, and provides an opportunity for many people to experience CMEO who would otherwise find a visit cost-prohibitive.
Terrifically Free Tuesday History
CMEO launched the Terrifically Free Tuesday program in 2009 as part of the museum’s Open Doors Program. CMEO’s Open Doors program is designed to increase the accessibility of the museum to low-income and at-risk children and families who do not have access to the museum due to their financial situation. Through free family memberships, Terrifically Free Tuesday, and many other community efforts, CMEO has become more accessible to families who cannot afford to visit the museum on a regular basis.
Terrifically Free Tuesday was only offered once a month until 2011 when it was offered weekly. With this transition the number of visitors on Terrifically Free Tuesday nearly doubled from and average of 30 visitors per Terrifically Free Tuesday to almost 60 visitors. 79% of the visitors who come on Terrifically Free Tuesday indicated through a survey that they came specifically for Terrifically Free Tuesday signifying they would not be able to afford to come otherwise.
As the costs associated with running a free admission day continue to rise, CMEO had to make the difficult decision of only providing Terrifically Free Tuesday on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. This we have been able to sustain for the last few years through the generous support from several foundations and grantors and community donors. To be able to provide this great service through 2016 and beyond, the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon needs the continued support of the community, including volunteers to assist with providing fun programs and welcoming faces at the front desk! Visit our volunteer page for more information.
With nearly 14,000 visitors in the past year, and over 150 annual memberships, many families, childcare providers, school districts, and educators in our community and throughout the region enjoy and depend on CMEO to provide them with a safe, fun, and educational place for children. Through Terrifically Free Tuesday, CMEO is able to serve more children and families throughout our community.