ICM for Everyone

The Iowa Children’s Museum (ICM) is dedicated to providing quality active learning opportunities to ALL children. ICM for Everyone programs are designed to remove barriers, meet community members where they are, and welcome all audiences to experience the Power of Play.

If you believe play is a universal right, donate now and join our mission! Your gift will inspire a new generation of learners and provide valuable play opportunities to children in our community.

Museum Admission

Museum visitors who participate in qualifying programs can play in the museum free of charge during normal open hours. Please just let our friendly PLAYologists know that you qualify for free admission when you arrive. Click here to view all museums that offer reduced admission as part of the Museums for All program!

Qualifying programs:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) WIC
Medicaid (Amerigroup/Iowa Total Care) Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawki)
Head Start Free School Lunch Program

This pricing is available for everyone in the household covered by the qualifying program. The Iowa Children’s Museum reserves the right to ask for proof of your participation in the qualifying public assistance program.

Museums for All


Many families qualify for a free membership to The Iowa Children’s Museum, which provides a year of playtime in our exhibits as well as discounts for programs and purchases.  Applications may be obtained by contacting one of the numerous social service organizations or schools the museum partners with such as:

4Cs: Community Coordinated Child Care

Big Brothers Big Sisters


HACAP Head Start Programs

Iowa City School District – Family Resource Centers

Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County

United Action for Youth

YPN (Young Parents Network)

Email memberships@theicm.org for more information.

Free Museum Events

STEM Family Free Night: Join us on the last Friday of the month for free admission and a STEM activity, sponsored by Collins Aerospace.

Sensory Friendly Night: Families with children who have special needs can enjoy a quieter and more welcoming environment on the last Sunday of the month thanks to our friends at GreenState Credit Union.

View our event calendar to learn more about these events and other opportunities to come play in our exhibits.



Play can happen anywhere! Our ICM2Go programs remove transportation barriers by bringing play beyond our walls and into the community.

We offer outreach programs at schools, libraries, and other community spaces. You can also find our PLAYology team at free community events throughout the year. Click here to learn more.