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In celebration of National Library Week, April 13-20, the Chula Vista Public Library is launching a new program for the entire family to enjoy. The library is lending free “Adventure Kids” family passes to San Diego’s Museum of Man, located in Balboa Park. Families can check the seven-day passes out just like a library book. Each pass allows two adults and up to four children free admission to the museum. Visitors can simply show museum staff the pass at the entrance, then return it to the library when finished (within one week.) The library plans to make the family passes available indefinitely.

“We are delighted that the Museum of Man, one of our premier museums, is partnering with the library to offer our families an opportunity to explore its dynamic exhibits,” said Library Director Betty Waznis. “We share similar missions -- to bring people together to build a community and learn about our world.”

The Museum of Man, San Diego’s anthropology and archeology museum, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum focuses on the peoples of the Western Americas and also offers cross-cultural exhibits. Of interest to children, the museum offers “tons of cool stuff from human history and culture.” Among the exhibits are monuments and ancient artifacts from the Mayan culture; mummies of ancient Egypt, Mexico and Peru; a human lab that one can enter through a futuristic time tunnel; early life and traditions of the Kumeyaay Native Californians; and much more.

"Our goal is to give the children of Chula Vista the kinds of hands-on play and interaction that effective learning requires,” said Micah Parzen, CEO of the Museum of Man. “We're especially excited to share with them our revamped children's exhibit, 'Adventure Kids in Egypt,' which immerses them in the archaeology of Ancient Egypt. And of course, it's a family pass, so parents will find much to enjoy in our 'BEERology' and 'Empowering Women' exhibits, too."

Several family passes are available at each Chula Vista Library Branch: Civic Center, 365 F Street, (619) 691-5069, South Chula Vista Branch, 389 Orange Avenue, (619) 585-5755, and Otay Ranch Branch, in the Otay Ranch Town Center Mall, 2015 Birch Road, (619) 397-5740. Interested families can ask for them at the accounts desk of each branch. Passes may be placed on hold if not immediately available.

Posted: April 7, 2014

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