Harvard students can buy discount tickets to scores of Boston-area events and attractions starting today (Feb. 10), thanks to a new program piloted by Outings & Innings, the University’s longtime purveyor of fun and recreation.
“Our customers can get discounts of up to 50 percent by purchasing in advance,” said Devorah Sperling, manager of Outings & Innings. “It’s a great opportunity for students to save money on leisure entertainment activities.”
Outings & Innings, part of Harvard Human Resources, has provided faculty and staff with deals on events, activities, local goods, and the like for more than 30 years. The new program allows undergraduates and graduate students to share in the savings.
Students may purchase passes to movies, museums, and seasonal attractions Tuesdays through Fridays at Outing & Innings’ 9 Holyoke St. office, or at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Kresge Cafeteria on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. (Visit the new student website for office hours and a complete list of what’s on sale.) The first 100 students to visit Outings & Innings, mention the website, and make a purchase of at least $10 will receive a free pass to AMC Loews movie theaters. (A valid student ID is required for all purchases. Outings & Innings accepts only cash for student transactions.)
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, said the new program furthers the University’s goal of providing opportunities to students regardless of income.
“We are always looking for ways to encourage our students to take part in the incredible opportunities available at Harvard and within the Boston and Cambridge communities,” she said. “This new program through Outings & Innings provides students with yet another resource and incentive to explore the cultural, intellectual, and recreational opportunities around them.”
David Friedrich, assistant dean of Harvard College for student life, said such services pair nicely with those offered by the University’s Student Events Fund (SEF).
“SEF anonymously provides complimentary tickets to students who want to attend on-campus events,” he said. Outings & Innings will now give students access to off-campus activities as well at a discounted rate, whether they want to visit a museum or just go to a movie.”
With two months of winter weather still ahead, one perk that skiers may want to jump on is discount lift tickets to Wachusett Mountain. Students can ride the MBTA “ski train” that leaves from Porter Square on Saturday and Sunday mornings and be on the slopes less than two hours later.
In May, Sperling and her colleagues at Harvard Human Resources will evaluate the pilot program’s success. Sperling said she hopes to be able to permanently extend Outings & Innings services to students, perhaps with expanded offerings and online ordering.
“We’re excited to offer these deals to students,” she said. “Our long-term objective is to extend our services to the whole Harvard community.”