Field Trips

learning through play

self-guided field trips

Explore our interactive exhibits at your own pace! Museum staff will be present throughout the space to engage with students.

Groups of 10 children or more are eligible for our group rate as outlined below. Due to limited capacity, all groups must reserve their experience at least four weeks in advance.

pricing

$14 per student + $14 per each additional chaperone

For groups of learners in PreK through grade 2, the Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 5 students.

For groups of learners in grades 3 through 5, the Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 10 students.

Chaperones, including teachers, are admitted at no cost within these ratios. Additional chaperones will be charged as outlined below unless they are Museum members.

guided field trips

Enjoy a hands-on learning lab led by a Museum Educator and a facilitated introduction of the Museum’s exhibits. Afterwards, groups can explore our interactive exhibits at their own pace. Museum staff will be present throughout the space to engage with students.

Guided field trips are offered for PreK through grade 5 and align with relevant standards and District of Columbia Public School Cornerstones. The below program options are differentiated by grade level and tailored to student needs for maximum learning and fun!

pricing

$15 per student, up to 25 students (maximum) + $15 per each additional chaperone

For groups of learners in PreK through grade 2, the Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 5 students.

For groups of learners in grades 3 through 5, the Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 10 students.

Chaperones, including teachers, are admitted at no cost within these ratios. Additional chaperones will be charged as outlined below unless they are Museum members.

preK – grade 2

topics: clouds, weather, observations, measurement and data

learning lab: Students create an artistic representation of a cloud using scientific observations to promote further observation and identification of the natural world. Lesson extensions include NASA GLOBE Clouds citizen science project.

We imagine how clouds form, move, and impact our environment. Students learn about different types of clouds and their characteristics, altitude, and weather implications.
topics: aerodynamics, observations, engineering, measurement and data

learning lab: Students rapidly prototype, experiment, and record results revealing the complexities of aerodynamics. By focusing on the weight and shape of a design, children work to make an object fly in a wind tube.

Explore exhibits that investigate how objects can travel in the air using the four forces of flight.
topics: counting and cardinality, patterns, math, measurement and data

learning lab: Students discover how numbers can be a language by creating a bracelet, key chain, or zipper-pull with ASCII code.

Numbers are all around us! Students practice unpacking numerical, categorical, and ordinal data embedded and highlighted within the physical surrounding environment.
topics: social and emotional learning, community, and visual arts

learning lab: Students sculpt a small-scale city with clay and recycled materials that reflect different ideals and roles.

What does a community need to thrive? How can we improve ourselves and our actions? What can we do to make our community stronger and better? Students explore exhibits that champion different parts of the community.
decorative dots

grades 3 – 5

topics: engineering, design process, physics, measurement and data

learning lab: Students design a vehicle that moves on a race track, and then record the results of each race.

Discover the dynamic relationship between weight, friction, and speed. Students investigate how objects within the Museum are designed with gravity, propulsion, and drag in mind.
topics: critical thinking, observations, measurement and data, statistics and probability

learning lab: Students analyze a data set and construct compelling infographics relating to climate and the environment.

How does data connect to our everyday lives? Students investigate the types of data and collection methods hidden in plain sight within the Museum and identify design and analytical decisions the Museum made to communicate information in a visual form (e.g. infographics). What inferences are made and how are statistical biases identified?
topics: social and emotional learning, visual arts and public speaking

learning lab: Students design a vision board that demonstrates the connection between the mind, feelings, and actions. Afterwards, students will present their artwork to their peers.

Designed to help students build strong self-awareness and empathy skills, this activity maximizes capacity for personal growth.

frequently asked questions

self-guided field trips

Self-guided visits are an opportunity to explore National Children’s Museum at your own pace and ideal for larger groups that want to visit together. Your group will receive a specific entry time and a dedicated group entry area. Self-guided field trips are currently available on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Museum can accommodate groups of all sizes. If your groups is larger than 150 people, please email our team directly at [email protected].

guided field trips

Guided field trips include a facilitated introduction of the Museum’s exhibits and a hands-on learning lab. Due to Museum capacity and staff availability, guided field trips are currently offered on Thursdays and Fridays.

Guided field trips can accommodate up to 25 students per time slot. If you have more than 25 students, please email [email protected].

cost + payment

A deposit is not required, but we ask that you pay in full for the number of attending students and chaperones at least 48 hours in advance of your planned visit.

One week ahead of your scheduled visit, our team will provide the field trip primary point of contact with an online payment link via email. When your payment is received, the primary point of contact will be sent a receipt.

The Museum prefers credit card payment. If an alternative payment method is required, please email [email protected].

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