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Field Trips

Field Trips

Virtual School Programs

Teachers have the opportunity to register for Virtual School Programs this fall. Details will be available in August. In the meantime, take advantage of our standards-based lessons already available through Museum at Home: Classroom Connections.

A Field Trip to Remember

Give your students a field trip to remember at the world’s biggest and best children’s museum complex! Explore five floors of interactive fun all school year and on select fall and spring dates, the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. We’ll help you customize an immersive, standards-based experience! There’s so much for school groups to do and discover! 

Ready to plan your field trip? Call our reservations office at 800-820-6214 or 317-334-4000 and let a museum expert help you plan your field trip. You must schedule your field trip at least two weeks in advance from your visit date. After you've scheduled, you will receive a detailed field-trip packet by mail.

Due to limited availability, we do not offer online sign-ups. School reservations are not accepted for peak visitation dates, which include school breaks, holidays, and weekends.


Aug. 18-Sept. 11, 2020
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sept. 14, 2020–March 19, 2021
Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

April 12-June 3, 2021
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.


Museum Field Trip

Includes all indoor areas of The Children’s Museum. Museum Field Trip Rate Valid for Indiana Schools Only.

Students: $6.75
Adult Chaperones: One adult is required, but two are recommended, for every 10 K-12 students. These chaperones are free. 
Additional Chaperones: $8.75
Museum members: Free; member number required at check-in

Indiana schools are eligible to receive a reduced admission rate valid for school groups for 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.

Sports Experience Option (Outdoor)

Must be purchased in addition to a museum field trip. Cannot purchase separately. Call 800-820-6214 or 317-334-4000 to add the outdoor sports experience to your field trip.

To visit the sports experience, schools must schedule a 30-minute program. Interactive programs may include sports experiences in track and field, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, tennis, or baseball. Programs are offered at 10, 10:45, and 11:30 a.m., and at 12:15 p.m. When calling to make a reservation, your museum expert will share available sports for your chosen field trip day. When calling to schedule your field trip, your museum expert will inform you of available programs and times. During the field trip, and after the program, school groups will have 60-minutes of chaperone-guided time in the sports experience. 

Students: $2 + standard student admission
Adult Chaperones: One adult is required for every five students. These required chaperones are free. Additional chaperones will cost $2.

Note: School Members receive a $1 discount per student and per additional chaperone. Become a member school here.

Programs and Planning Brochure 

Choose three dates that work best for you then explore available programs and experiences. We offer school programs, events, Lilly Theater Shows, and Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater shows led by our expert team members. 

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.

Download the school visit brochure to see this year's program options. Pre-registration is required.

School Brochure


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

  • Bring your own lunches and schedule a 25-minute break in our indoor sack lunch area.
  • Dine in our Food Court on your own. Be aware that long lines may be an issue.
  • Order catered Food Court lunches* for groups of 50 or more. Choose meals from our school lunch menu or customize your own. Catered lunches are available.

Questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email

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