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In-person Field Trips

Welcome to the 2023–2024 school year!

The Children’s Museum is a favorite field trip destination for both students and teachers. The museum provides exhibits, enriched learning experiences, and inquiry-based programs. Professional educators design museum experiences around Indiana’s Academic Standards in science, math, social studies, language arts, the arts, and health and wellness to expand the museum visit into a cross-curricular experience.

A field trip to remember

Give your students a field trip to remember at the world’s biggest and best children’s museum complex! Whether you’re exploring our five floors of interactive fun on your own or adding a program or special event, we have you covered with the details. You can even add an experience in our 7.5 acre Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® on select fall and spring dates.


The museum is open for school groups during these times:

Sept. 5, 2023–May 24, 2024
Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

The museum is closed to school groups on Mondays and during these school breaks:

Fall Break: Oct. 10–20, 2023
Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22–24, 2023
Winter Break: Dec. 22, 2023–Jan. 5, 2024
Spring Break: March 19–April 5, 2024


Indiana school group admission
Indiana school groups are eligible to receive a reduced admission rate valid for groups of 20 or more students during the school year.

Students: $6.75

Required chaperones: One adult for every 10 students is required. One adult for every five students is free. Additional adults will be charged $8.75 each. If a student requires one-on-one care, the caregiver will be required to show a school identification name badge at check-in for free admission

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® Option
Must be purchased in combination with a museum field trip at an additional cost of $2 per student. Additional chaperones are also required. See detailed information in the programs section below.


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

We have five floors of exciting interactive exhibits ready to engage your students in learning. In our permanent exhibits you can explore a space station, uncover the mysteries of an Egyptian tomb, discover how science impacts our daily lives, and so much more. The museum also hosts nationally recognized temporary exhibits throughout the year. You can find the full exhibit line-up here.

Visit tip–The Carousel

Carousel tickets can be purchased in advance. Please make arrangements while completing your reservation. Rides are $1 per rider. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Carousel fees will be added to your admission.

Step 3: Add a program or event

Add a school program or special event expertly guided by our trained educators to enhance your students’ field trip experience! School programs and events are included in the cost of field trip admission, but space is limited, and they must be reserved in advance when you call to schedule your field trip. Reserve you spot today!


From Dino Day to Art Extravaganza!, our calendar is full of school-specific events that will keep your students engaged.

Schedule your field trip on one of the dates listed below and add the event to your registration when you call! Event days fill up quickly, so book now!

Arts & Humanities

Discover art, history, archaeology, and storytelling in an Arts & Humanities School Program.

Preregistration is required. Select an engaging Arts & Humanities School Program for your grade level and schedule your field trip on the day of the week when it is offered. Capcity is limited to 30 students per program session, so call today to pre-register your class!


Step into our state-of-the-art STEMLab, located inside the ScienceWorks exhibit and explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with our STEM School Programs.

Preregistration is required. Select an engaging STEM School Program for you grade level and schedule your field trip on the day of the week when it is offered. Capacity is limited to 30 students per program session, so call today to pre-register you class!


Preschool groups wishing to visit Playscape® are required to make a reservation for a program which includes a 30-minute self-guided visit in the gallery. Programs are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Preregistration required.

Small groups will not be permitted entrance to Playscape® outside of a preschool’s registered time slot. No reservations are available for Thursdays or Fridays. For questions regarding Playscape® reservations or group policies, please inquire when scheduling your group visit or contact

Riley Sports Legends Experience®

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® encourages your students to be active. Choose to register for a self-guided visit or get students game-ready with a Double-Goal certified Coach and participate in a challenge inspired by the story of a Sports Legend in a 30-minute interactive program, followed by 60 minutes for chaperone-led exploration. Interactive programs include sports experiences in track and field, hockey, and tennis.

Programs last 30 minutes and are offered at 10, 10:45, and 11:30 a.m. Closed-toed shoes are required, and appropriate outerwear is recommended.

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 + additional chaperone admission.

Register for a visit with an entry time of 1:15 p.m. or later to receive a discount.

Ready to book?

Call our Customer Service Center daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800-820-6214 or 317-334-4000 at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Here is what you need to have ready:

  • Three dates or a day of the week that works for you.
  • A list of programs you wish to attend. Note capacities and grade levels—only preschool classes may make reservations for, or be permitted access to, the Playscape® gallery.
  • Your selected lunch option
  • A complete count of teachers, chaperones, and students. Reservations should be made for the maximum number of youths and adults expected.
  • Your school’s phone number, address, and district.

Watch for your confirmation packet to arrive within two weeks of registration. Call the Customer Service Center if you do not receive yours.

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