Fun Passes Make Family Outings More Affordable This Summer

    1.4 Million Children Get In Free At Provincial Attractions
    Starting July 1

    SUDBURY, ON, June 22 /CNW/ - Ontario's Fun Pass is back by popular
demand, just in time for parents looking for affordable ways to keep their
kids busy this summer, Rick Bartolucci, Sudbury MPP and Northern Development
and Mines Minister, announced at Science North today.
    Each fun pass includes one free children's admission, with the purchase
of one adult admission, to each of 15 participating provincial attractions,
including Science North - and an Ontario Provincial Parks daily vehicle permit
    "The Fun Pass gives families 16 different reasons to discover an Ontario
that is exciting, educational, interesting and inspiring," said MPP
Bartolucci. "The pass also helps boost tourism in our area by bringing in new
visitors who want to enjoy a new experience."
    This summer, Science North is featuring the new Ends of the Earth: From
Polar Bears to Penguins exhibition made up of fun, interactive exhibits and
multimedia that explore the "cool" Science behind the Arctic and the
Antarctic. Complementing the exhibit are "cool" IMAX(R) films like Alps,
Antarctica, and Great North.
    "We have some of the best programming we've ever had this summer," said
Science North CEO Jim Marchbank. "The Fun Pass makes an already great value
even better."
    The Fun Pass has been distributed to 1.4 million elementary school
students across the province and will be accepted at all provincial
attractions from July 1 until September 3. The pass, launched by the McGuinty
government in 2005 as a pilot program, has expanded to include almost all
school boards and private schools throughout Ontario.
    "The Fun Pass is a big hit for families looking for inexpensive ways to
keep busy and enjoy summer in Ontario," said Culture Minister Caroline Di
Cocco. "With this pass, kids can learn about our history and culture and have
fun at the same time."
    "Keeping kids active during the summer can be challenging," said Tourism
Minister Jim Bradley. "That is why the McGuinty government is helping parents
by making Ontario's wide range of attractions more affordable for families."
    For more information on Science North and all of its attractions, please
visit on the web.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Nancy Griffin, Marketing
Specialist, Media & Communications, Science North, 100 Ramsey Lake Road,
Sudbury, ON, P3E 5S9, (705) 522-3701, ext. 276,

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