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May 8, 2013

Michigan Activity Pass offers discounts at 60 venues

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Have a mind to see miniatures, a scheme to see sculpture or a plan to visit a planetarium?

The Michigan Activity Pass presented by the Library Network will offer freebies and discounts at arts and cultural destinations throughout the state. The Library Network is a public library cooperative that serves 65 libraries in southeast Michigan and is funded by the state and member libraries.

The venues run the gamut, from the Fire Barn Museum, to the Cranbrook Institute of Art, to Arts and Scraps, to the Charlevoix Depot Museum.

The Troy Historic Village is also included on the list. The village will offer free admission to children younger than 12 through the program. “It’s a way for parents to have a very cost-effective afternoon out,” said Loraine Campbell, Troy Historic Village Director. She added that visitors to the village this year will find something new in all the buildings.

“There will be lots of interactive, engaging activities, and visitors can vote for what they like best,” Campbell said.

Cathy Russ, director of the Troy Public Library, explained that the Michigan Activity Pass program expands and replaces the former Museum Adventure Pass program.

“It expands the horizon,” Russ said. “There’s a lot of other places people can go. It broadens the scope. It’s not just about museums, and appeals to a variety of interests.”

The passes will be offered at 60 institutions, including:
• Fire Barn Museum
• Castle Farms
• Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum
• Chippewa Nature Center
• Jackson Historic Prison Tours
• Longway Planetarium
• Midwest Miniatures
• Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
• Toonerville Trolley/Riverboat Tour
• Southern Michigan Railroad
• U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame/Museum 
• Wheels of History Museum

The passes expire one week from the date they are issued. Each library will have five passes available for each participating venue.

Stating May 24, the activity passes will be available at all public libraries in Michigan. Library cardholders may either print out a pass from their library’s website or from http://michiganactivitypass.info, which will go live May 24, or obtain the passes at their local library.

Troy library’s website is www.troylibrary.info. The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.