National Comedy Center Offers Free Entry To Area Youth Starting Thursday

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JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center is launching a new program offering free tours to area youth.

Starting Thursday, the NCC’s “Family Field Trips” program provides children throughout Chautauqua County free admission.

The initiative runs through April 11, aligning with local school district’s winter and spring breaks.

In addition, an accompanying adult will receive a 60% discount on admission, paying just $10.

“Local kids should experience what hasn’t been possible in the form of group school field trips during COVID, so during this eight-week period inclusive of both school breaks this semester, they are welcome here for free,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson in a statement. “The $10 for an accompanying adult with up to three kids helps cover the PPE, our LaughSafe Kit, needed to experience the interactive museum. We hope everyone in our community will help spread the word to every family they know.”

Named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today, the Center offers several activities for the entire family, including the opportunity to draw your own cartoon, create your own internet meme, take the stage for “comedy karaoke” and put yourself in scenes from some of the greatest TV and movie comedies of all time.

The National Comedy Center is open Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays while COVID safety protocols are in place.

Advanced reservations are strongly recommended at

Correction: the Comedy Center has featured similar free tour offers for local youth in the community in the past, including winter 2020 and Halloween weekend 2020; whereas it was earlier reported that this was in response recent events and concerns.


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