Field Trips

field trips

Now accepting field trip reservation requests for the 2022 – 2023 school year!

K-5th grade classrooms are invited to learn through play while visiting the Museum’s 20,000 square feet of STEAM exhibits. Designed by educators and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, Museum experiences complement classroom learning.

Curious where wonder will take your classroom? Enhance your students’ experience and add a hands-on, workshop led by a Museum Educator to your field trip. Learn more about workshops below.

National Children’s Museum offers a limited number of free field trips and field trips with workshop add-ons for local Title 1 schools in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, due to overwhelming demand, all free Title 1 school field trips currently sponsored for the 2022-2023 school year have been reserved.

If you are a PreK, day care, or youth organization interested in visiting the Museum, please navigate to our group visits page.

pricing

Note: The field trip rates below are available for school groups that contain 10 or more students.

$14 per student + required chaperones are free of charge

  • 1 adult for every 5 K-2 grade students.
  • 1 adult for every 10 3-5 grade 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.

Additional chaperones outside of required ratios are $14

Workshops are an additional flat fee of $150

Little girl sitting at the activity table.

workshop add-ons

Harness your students’ curiosity and creative power with a facilitated workshop add-on! Led by Museum Educators, workshops explore a wide-range of science, technology, engineering, arts and math concepts and encourage students to think critically, take risks, analyze problems, and create innovative solutions.

what to expect

Students will be led through a hands-on experience by a trained member of the Museum Education team

Workshops can accommodate a maximum of 25 students

Workshops run for 30 minutes

workshop descriptions

K-1

Observe a cloud forming right in front of your eyes! In Cloud Explorers, students will learn about different types of clouds and their characteristics, and use their bodies to understand cloud formation.

Curriculum connections: NGSS Weather and Climate
Up, up and away! Explore aerodynamics by planning and building a flying contraption to test in wind tubes. Students will engage in the engineering design cycle: designing, testing, observing, and modifying their contraptions.

Curriculum connections: NGSS Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, NGSS Engineering Design

2-3

Discover how friction and other forces impact each other. Students will build vehicles and test their designs on different surfaces.

Curriculum connections: NGSS Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, Engineering Design
Harness the power of clean energy and design a wind powered vehicle that can travel across different terrains. Students will engage in the engineering design cycle—designing, testing, observing, and modifying—while exploring forces.

Curriculum connections: NGSS Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, Engineering Design

4-5

Zzzap! Investigate how electricity flows using circuit blocks. Test out batteries, bulbs, and switches and discover how electricity flows. Students will be introduced to concepts like series and parallel circuits.

Curriculum connections: NGSS Energy, Energy Transfer
Step into the colorful world of…. shadows?! Students will investigate the properties of light, reflection, and color vision.

Curriculum connections: NGSS Waves, Electromagnetic Radiation

frequently asked questions

The Museum does not have a group dining area on-site. Nearby seating options for group dining include the Woodrow Wilson Plaza, which has benches and tables for public use, where your group can enjoy lunch outdoors (weather permitting), and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s large food court. Groups are not permitted to leave for lunch and return to the Museum.
We recommend groups plan for their visit to take 1 1/2 to 2 hours; this includes time in the workshop if you have booked one. You must conclude your visit by 4:30 pm, when the Museum closes. Groups are not permitted to leave for lunch and return to the Museum.
The Museum can accommodate school groups of all sizes. If your group is larger than 200 people, please email our team directly at [email protected]. Reservation spots are limited, so we encourage large school groups to inquire at least 4 weeks in advance of their preferred visit date to ensure we can accommodate your full group. Workshops can accommodate a maximum of 25 students.
For learners in K through grade 2, the Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 5 students. For learners in grades 3 through 5, the Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones must be 18 years or older. Chaperones within this ratio will not be charged admission.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your field trip, notify the Museum immediately by emailing [email protected]. Missed reservations without notice prior to the visit are non-refundable. Rescheduling is possible but dependent on availability.
Our guests’ safety is our top priority. As champions of science, National Children’s Museum continuously analyzes the latest COVID-19 data, research, and best practices to inform our health and safety policies. You can learn about the measures we’ve established to ensure your safe visit on our healthy visit page.
Two business days after receiving a confirmation email, our team will provide the field trip primary point of contact and the billing contact with an itemized invoice. The invoice will provide details regarding payment options (credit card, check, and bank transfer) and payment due dates. When payment is received, both contacts will be sent a receipt.
The Museum prefers credit card payment. Paying by check or bank transfer are also accepted.
A deposit is not required, but we ask that you pay in full for the number of students and chaperones once you receive your field trip invoice and no later than 2 weeks prior to your field trip.
On the day of your field trip, our team will collect your final field trip headcount. If your headcount is different from what you have paid for, we will issue you a refund or process an additional payment. We will do our best to accommodate groups with larger numbers than anticipated but reserve the right to turn groups away. Please note, due to safety considerations, the workshop classroom has a strict capacity limit.