The Newton Public Library is pleased to join with other area libraries to offer the Iowa Libraries Adventure Pass, a service that provides free family passes to local museums and attractions! Adult library patrons* may check out a pass using their valid Newton Public Library card and a valid photo ID. Passes provide free admission for two adults and two children. Additional attendees will be required to pay regular admission. Passes are good for the following locations:
- Blank Park Zoo
- Science Center of Iowa
- Des Moines Children's Museum - NEW!
- Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
* Please note: Access to the Adventure Pass from the Newton Public Library is available to Newton and rural Jasper County residents only. Multiple area libraries are also part of the Iowa Adventure Pass program, so please check with your local library to see if this service is available in your community. You may reserve one pass per venue every 365 days.
Access to this service is made possible by the Friends of the Newton Public Library.
Adventure Pass FAQs
What is the Iowa Libraries Adventure Pass Program?
Adventure Pass is an online program that allows library patrons to use their library cards to visit area attractions, museums, and parks for free.
How does it work?
Click on the Adventure Pass link. You will then be able to browse the passes and which dates the pass is available. Once you find the place and the date of your choice, follow the on screen prompts to reserve the pass. You will need to use your library card number. Print the confirmation page of your reservation and present that at the doors along with a valid photo ID to gain access to the venue.
Can I take anyone with me when I go?
Yes! The pass is valid for 2 adults and 2 children. Any other attendees will need to pay regular admission price at the door.
Where can I go with Adventure Pass?
The Newton Public Library has agreements with Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
How often can I reserve the pass?
You can reserve one pass per venue every 365 days.
If I can’t use the pass the day I reserved it, do I lose my turn for the year?
Contact the library up to one library business day BEFORE your reserved date, and we can cancel it for you. You are then able to make a reservation for a later date. Please note, the library is closed on Sunday, so Monday passes would need to be canceled no later than 2:00 pm Saturday.
*Cardholders should verify a venue is open before reserving a pass.
If I reserve the pass online, how do I gain entrance to the venue I reserved?
You must print the confirmation page of your reservation and present that plus a valid photo ID to gain entrance to the venue you reserved. The name on the pass must match the name on the ID when the cardholder presents the pass for admission to the venue.
Can I show the confirmation email on my mobile device?
No. You must have the printed pass to enter. If you do not have a printer, you can print your pass at the library for 10 cents per page.
Can my child reserve the pass?
You must be 18 years of age or older to reserve a pass. Anyone under 18 is not eligible to reserve a pass.
What do I do if I can’t find my printed pass?
Contact the library immediately. We will be able to print out the pass for you, or email you a copy of the pass for you to print out.
Is it really free?
It is free to you. Participating libraries purchase the passes and pay to participate in the program. The Friends of the Newton Public Library paid for our participation in 2019.
Will there be more choices for destinations in the future?
Adventure Pass organizers are constantly working to grow the program. More locations may become available in the future.