Thursday, May 25, 2017

World of Little League® Museum Set to Participate in National Blue Star Museums Program

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  – Starting on Memorial Day, the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, located at 525 U.S. 15, will be participating in the National Blue Star Museums Program, which provides free admission to families of those active military and veterans who provide proper identification.

More than 2,000 museums throughout the United States are participating in the summer-long program.

The project is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums throughout the United States. A detailed list of participating museums may be found at

“We all owe a debt to veterans we can never hope to repay,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. “This is one way, however, we can say thank you to those who served, and to the families who support them.”

Although the program ends on Labor Day, the World of Little League Museum offers free admission to veterans, active military (National Guard and Reserve too) and their families all year round.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in every state in the nation to support our service members and their families,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend time together.”

As part of Blue Star Museums program, military families with young children are offered a toolkit with tips about visiting a museum. Here are some of those tips:
  • Choose wisely, especially if it is a first museum outing (children’s museum, zoo?).
  • Select the time of day that works best for your family
  • Check out the logistics: parking, hours of operation, strollers allowed, snacks available, etc.
  • Do some reconnaissance: visit the website for special programs or family events.
  • Keep it short by selecting one area to explore. You can always return!
  • Upon arrival, obtain a map to locate the restrooms and exhibit locations.
  • Mind your museum manners by looking with your eyes, not your fingers; use soft voices and quiet steps; find areas for touching and follow rules for safety.
  • Choose activities like: “I Spy” and give hints about the object in the gallery; “All Your Senses” by selecting a piece of art, animal in a zoo, or piece of equipment and ask what that object would hear, see, experience or taste; or “Story Chain.” As part of this experience, the story begins with “It was the happiest day of my life.” Each person adds a sentence or two until the story concludes. Other games are “What Is This” or “Act It Out” (pose like the people are in a painting or photo).
  • The toolkit also offers games to intrigue older children during their visit.

Children of military families participating in the program may submit a photograph of art that they created following their visit. Winners will be chosen randomly. Deadline is Sept. 11.

The World of Little League Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Typically, general admission for the Museum is only $5. Children ages 5-12 are admitted for $2, and Seniors 62 and older are admitted for $3. Children 4 and younger are free, as well as any Little Leaguer wearing a uniform shirt that includes the Little League Shoulder Patch. Veterans and active military (National Guard and Reserve included), along with their families, are free with proper military identification all year round.

More information about the Museum is available at or by contacting the Museum at 570-326-3607. Follow World of Little League on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit

About Little League®
Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including political leaders, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit, and follow Little League on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (

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