Cultural passes providing summer adventures for thousands

Published: Jul. 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 at 9:19 PM EDT
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Terry Brown
Terry Brown
Lauren and Sarah Brown
Lauren and Sarah Brown
Mike Hudson
Mike Hudson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Keeping your children occupied through the summer is a challenge most parents meet head on but wouldn't it be nice if you had a little help? By now, halfway through, you may be fishing around for ideas. Forty thousand people around Louisville have found them through the cultural pass, a city program that's booming in popularity.

In the Brown house, there's no shortage of activity or culture. Terry Brown says he and his wife think it's a priority.

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"We do all sorts of things to keep them really engaged," he said of daughters Sarah and Lauren, "just moving and doing and learning and exploring."

This summer the family has been exploring new places thanks to the girls' cultural pass.

"It was a lot of different things that we hadn't done before," said Terry. "We are zoo members and science center members but there were a lot of activities that we hadn't thought about like the Frazier Museum, the Arts and Crafts Museum, different things like that."

"It has been incredible for us," said Mike Hudson, director of The American Printing House for the Blind Museum.

The museum is one of the stops on the pass.

"We just kind of quietly suddenly noticed, you know what we have people all over the place where we maybe didn't before," Hudson said. "We've had to add tour guides to almost every tour."

This summer, Hudson says they're setting records thanks to all the extra visitors the pass is attracting.

"We have had the best June that we've ever had," said Hudson, "and in the first ten days of July we have had more people in the first ten days than we had all of July last year."

Their visitors look different too with children under 12 coming in with their parents.

"We also see a lot of diversity," Hudson said. "We're located all the way over here on the east end of town, but we see a lot of west end families coming in too ... Right now in the museum is a grandmother with her two granddaughters. The two granddaughters were here yesterday. They loved their experience so much, that they brought their grandma back to take her through."

The Brown kids are still talking about their visit to the Printing House.

"I liked going to the Blind Museum because there's these big canes and you could touch stuff," Lauren said.

They are already planning their next big cultural adventure. Sarah said she's looking forward to, "going to the Kentucky Derby Museum."

There are still lots of cultural passes to go around. You can pick them up any time before the start of school at Louisville's libraries and community centers. Children who punch eight locations will be entered to win the use of the Mayor's box at a bats game and family tickets to see the Lion King when it returns to the Kentucky Center.

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