Mystic Aquarium and the Department of Social Services are working together to make it possible for all families to enjoy the facility.
From now through December 2018, households part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will get complimentary admission to Mystic Aquarium and can take along four other guests for free. Any additional three guests can get in for $5 a person. All children in the party under the age of five will be admitted free of charge.
To get into the aquarium, SNAP recipients have to show their EBT card and a valid, matching ID.
Gov. Dannel Malloy called the new partnership a way to provide a fun, safe learning environment to families who might have otherwise been priced out of a visit during the announcement on Thursday.
"A tremendous opportunity for these children to connect what they’re learning in the classroom to real-life experience," Malloy said.
More kids can learn why it’s important to care about the environment and protect the waterways, Malloy added.