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Field Trips

Students on a field trip explore Dinosphere.Give your students a field trip to remember at the world’s biggest and best children’s museum. Customize an immersive, standards-based experience with our help. From wondrous planetarium shows to archaeology digs to guided, in-depth science experiments, there is so much for school groups to see and do here.

Professional educators design museum experiences around Indiana’s Academic Standards and National Common Core Standards in science, math, social studies, language arts, and the arts to expand the museum visit into a cross-curricular experience.

Ready to plan your field trip? Let’s get started! Follow the step-by-step process below. If you have any questions along the way contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or email customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.

School Membership

Save hundreds of dollars with unlimited field trip visits, special discounts, and teacher perks when you become a member school. Make the world's largest children's museum part of your school year with the School Membership program.

School Brochures

PreschoolGrades K-2Grades 3-5Grades 6-8

Students on a field trip take part in a SciencePort program.Step 1: The Basics

Field Trip Hours

September–February
Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Dinosphere opens at 10 a.m.)

March–May
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Dinosphere opens at 10 a.m.)

School reservations are not accepted for peak visitation dates, which include school breaks, holidays, and weekends. Field trips must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of planned visit.

Field Trip Admission

Youths: $5
Required adults: Free (one adult is required for every 10 students)
Additional adults: $7.50
Museum members: Free with member card and ID

Reduced admission rate valid for groups of 20 or more students during the school year. Reservations should be made for the maximum number of youths and adults expected. You will only be charged for actual attendance on the day of your reservation. Museum programs, shows, and events are all included.

Don’t qualify for our school rate? Check out our discounted group rate for weekend, summer, youth, and adult groups of 20 or more.
 
Have questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.

Step 2: Add Programs

Choose three dates that work best for you then explore available programs and experiences.

Add Guided Experiences

Immerse your students in an interactive, standards-based experience led by our expert team members.  Preregistration required. Guided experiences must be specifically requested when making a reservation. 

       

Add Museum Events

From conservation to engineering to bullying to bats, you’re invited to join us for special events that take place all year long. Preregistration is required. Events must be specifically requested when making a reservation.

       

Add In-depth Experiences

Dive into learning by pairing a fascinating museum experience with pre- and post-visit classroom units provided by the museum.

       

Add Shows

Dazzle your students with a star-studded Planetarium experience or a performance in Lilly Theater. Preregistration required.

       

Add an After-School Program

Explore the museum during after-school hours from 3–5 p.m. Capacity on all programs is 30 students unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required.
August.–February (Tuesday–Friday)
March–May (Monday–Friday)

Prices:
Groups must have a minimum of 20 students to receive reduced admission.
Students: $2
Adults:
One adult required for every 10 students.
Free for required adults, $5 per additional adult
Free for museum members (member number required)

Mondays

Up Close: Fall Creek Watershed
Grades 2-4, 4 p.m
Discover how water moves through our community and learn about the water cycle.

Ruby's Story: A Theatrical Experience Bringing Her Story to Life
Grades 3–8, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Hear Ruby's story from those she inspired. 

Ryan's Story: A Theatrical Experience Bringing His Story to Life
Grades 6–8, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Learn about Ryan White and those inspired by his determination.

Tuesdays

Challenges in Archaeology (CIA)
Grades 3-5, 3:30 and 4:20 p.m.
Take on the role of an archaeologist and make discoveries about ancient Egypt, China, and a 17th-century shipwreck.

Changing Color
Grades 4-8, 3:30 p.m.
See how nature inspired new technologies such as Velcro and new computer screens that won’t fade out in the sun.

Wednesdays

All Aboard!
Grades K-2, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Learn about the museum’s steam engine and what makes the Reuben Wells so special.

Treasures of the Tomb
Grades K–2, 3:30 p.m.
Whose tomb is this? Tomb walls will come to life through a flashlight-led tour as you search the tomb for clues to answer the question.

Thursdays

Foster Awareness
Grades 3–5, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Create keychains that are donated to local agencies to make a difference in someone’s life!

From Plants to Pants
Grades 3-8, 3:30 p.m.
Discover how scientists use nanotechnology based on plants to improve the clothes we wear.

Fridays

Anne's Story: A Theatrical Experience Bringing Her Story to Life
Grades 6-8, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Experience Anne’s story through the eyes of those who lived it, and learn how grateful she was for the gift of writing.

Mastodon
Grades K-5, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
See our mastodon up close and learn about these fascinating creatures that roamed Indiana many years ago.

Up Close: Simple Machines
Grades 2-3, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Identify the six simple machines and discover how they make work easier.

Monday–Friday

Cosmic Canopy Planetarium Show
Grades 3-8, 4 p.m., 130 students
Every night the stars form their canopy over the earth. See the starry jewels of our Indiana night sky.

You can also plan a self-guided field trip where you and your students can explore five floors of exciting interactive fun at your own pace. Have questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.

Students on a field trip eat lunch in the Sack Lunch area.Step 3: Lunch

Students can be a hungry bunch! Choose from these three options for your field trip lunches:

  1. Bring your own lunches and schedule a 25-minute break in our indoor sack lunch area or use our first-come, first served outdoor picnic area.
  2. Dine in our Food Court on your own. Be aware that long lines may be an issue.
  3. Order catered Food Court lunches* for groups of 50 or more. Choose meals from our school lunch menu or customize your own. Catered lunch reservations are available at 10:45, 11:15, and 11:45 a.m., and 1:15 p.m.

Questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.

*If you choose the catered Food Court option you will reserve your lunch time during field trip registration, but you will order the food later through our caterer. More information will be provided in your registration packet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students on a field trip go on a Carousel ride.Step 4: Register

Now that you’ve made your selections, let’s start your registration.

Log Into Your Account

Your username is your school's phone number, including the area code, with no spaces or dashes (ex: 3173344000). Your password is FIELDTRIP1415 (all caps—the password is case sensitive). You can also call 317-334-4000 to start your registration.

  • Make sure you know the times and capacities of each of your scheduled programs selected in Step 2 before completing your transaction.
  • Remember to add School Admission and a Sack Lunch when making your reservation. 

After you register, record your confirmation number/web order number. Review your confirmation packet when it arrives in the mail or download an electronic version now. You should receive this packet within two weeks of registration.

We’re here to make this the best field trip yet! If you have questions during registration or before your visit, contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.