Attractions offer free admission to federal employees during government shutdown

by Brittani Tuttle

With the government shutdown now in its 32nd day, many attractions and restaurants are offering free services and admission to federal employees who must continue to work without pay.

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Rock & Brews is just one of the many attractions and restaurants looking to support federal workers during the government shutdown.

We’ve compiled a list of these attractions and the services they offer, which you can check out below. We’ll continue to update this list as the shutdown continues:

Rock & Brews Restaurants

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS have announced that they will offer free food to every TSA employee working without pay throughout the government shutdown at their Rock & Brews locations nationwide.

“We are proud to operate restaurants at airports and respect the diligent, hard work of each and every TSA employee to ensure the safety of travelers,” said Simmons and Stanley in a statement. “They touch our lives daily, and as long as they are working without pay, the least we can do is provide them with a delicious meal to show our support.”

Rock & Brews is now offering a choice of a free Pulled Pork sandwich or a Strawberry Fields salad to TSA employees who show their ID card. This offer will be valid until TSA workers are being paid once again, and is good for one meal a day at all free-standing Rock & Brews locations.

Kings Dining & Entertainment

Kings Dining & Entertainment is offering to give government workers a break from the stress and boredom of the shutdown with a lucky strike of a deal.

Kings Dining is now offering two free bowling games and shoe rentals to federal employees and their immediate family numbers. This offer is available with proof of government ID now through the end of the shutdown at all Kings locations, Monday – Thursday from opening until 6 p.m. Guests must mention the promotion in order to receive it.

The participating locations include:

  • Boston and surrounding areas
    • Boston Back Bay and Seaport
    • Burlington
    • Lynnfield and Dedham
  • Doral and Orlando Fla.
  • Franklin, Tenn.
  • Lincoln Park and Rosemont, Ill.
  • Raleigh, N.C.

Sky Zone

The world’s first trampoline park, Sky Zone, is inviting federal government employees and their immediate families to their local park to have some fun and play around for free.

This offer is valid at participating Sky Zone locations every Tuesday – Thursday and requires proof of government ID. Federal employees who are furloughed or currently working without pay can bring up to three of their family members and receive one free 60-minute jump per day.

This offer is redeemable until Jan. 31, 2019. Sky Zone socks are required to jump, but guests can bring back Sky Socks from previous visits to use again. Taxes are not included with this offer, and no rain checks will be available.

Harlem Globetrotters

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are now offering free tickets to any U.S. government employees currently on furlough to their 2019 Fan Powered North American tour.

“As the Ambassadors of Goodwill, we want to show our support to all those government workers whose paychecks, and by extension, their families, are directly impacted,” said Howard Smith, president of the Globetrotters.

Any government employee that’s currently on furlough can show their valid government ID at their local box office to receive two complimentary tickets while supplies last. This offer is only valid during the government shutdown.

Madame Tussauds and Sea Life

Madame Tussauds and Sea Life attractions are offering free admission to federal employees affected by the government shutdown.

This offer is good at the Orlando locations, as well as Madame Tussauds museums in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Nashville, and Hollywood; and at Sea Life aquariums in Kansas City, MO; Grapevine, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Auburn Hills, Mich.

“During the shutdown, we want to support the hard-working federal employees by giving them a chance to spend quality time with their families and friends at our attractions during this difficult time,” said Adrian Jones, Merlin’s divisional director of Midway North America.

Federal workers looking to redeem the offer must show a valid ID to receive one free ticket, and this offer is only valid for the duration of the shutdown.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

As the government shutdown continues, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is offering complimentary admission to federal employees.

“We understand this is a difficult time for many people throughout the country,” said Dino Ferri, CEO of the zoo. “Central Florida is a community and we want to be there for those affected.”

The zoo is now offering free single-day admission to federal employees and up to three of their guests, now through the end of the shutdown. This offer is available to federal employees, as well as federal contractors. Guests must show a valid federal government ID or badge at the zoo’s admission window to qualify.

Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco is now offering two complimentary tickets for every government employee affected by the shutdown. This offer is valid through the end of the shutdown. The Instagram experience is best known for its “sprinkle pool” and other photo-worthy art installations.

Tickets are available online now for federal workers interested in redeeming the offer. A valid government ID must be shown upon arrival.

Stay tuned for more updates on various attractions offers throughout the remainder of the government shutdown.


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