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Mandy Zajac writes and edits arts, entertainment and lifestyle content for the Get Out section of the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:45 pm | Updated: 9:36 am, Wed Aug 29, 2012.

"Times are tough, and finding quality things to do for both you and your family, on a budget, is not easy.”

You said it, brother.

That’s one reason the folks at ShowUp.com give for offering Culture Pass, a voucher that can get you — and a companion — in for free at big-name attractions across the Valley.

This time of year, I’m especially loving that such a thing exists. The promise

of cooler

weather here — and the onset of colder

weather back East — has

ignited the annual

parade of out-of-town visitors, and these people need to be entertained while they’re here.

At the same time, more dollars will be going out the door for things like Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas gifts and holiday parties. If there’s any possible way I can save a few bucks, just show me the way.

So, where can you use a Culture Pass? A dozen venues are on the get-in-free list, including Arizona Science Center (regularly $14 per adult), Desert Botanical Garden ($18), Phoenix Art Museum ($10) and Phoenix Zoo ($18). The pass is good on the highest ticket price, so if you bring two parents and two kids, the adult rate is the free rate, and you pay only the cheaper kids’ admission.

Getting a pass is free. Library cardholders in Chandler, Mesa and Tempe can check one out at their library. So can cardholders at Arizona State University’s Hayden or Polytechnic libraries.

The passes are good for seven days, and they don’t need to be returned. You may check out one at a time and up to two per month. Libraries have a limited number of passes, and they’re available first-come, first-served.

They can’t be reserved, but I have had luck in the past calling my library branch and asking when they restock Culture Passes, so I can make sure I’m there at an opportune time.

For information, contact your library, or check out the guidelines and frequently asked questions at www.showup.com (click on the Culture Pass icon on the right side of the page).

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

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  • Mandy Zajac writes and edits arts, entertainment and lifestyle content for the Get Out section of the East Valley Tribune.

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