Challenge your students to apply educational concepts in a context that promotes deep conceptual understanding and 21st-century skills. Field trip enrichment experiences at The Iowa Children’s Museum add 28,000 square feet of active learning to your classroom. Schedule a visit for your classroom, child care center, or other organized group today!
After a brief orientation, your group is free to explore the museum’s exhibits at your own pace!
Scavenger Hunt Add-On:
Developmentally appropriate for children in preschool through sixth grade.
Experience in-depth exploration of an exhibit, focusing on problem-solving challenges that target specific concepts. During the first ninety minutes of your visit, students will complete activities within the exhibit. The last thirty minutes allow for open exploration of the entire museum.
Focused Field Trips are aligned with the Iowa CORE standards. To extend your students learning beyond their visit, educators receive pre- and post-visit materials that are pertinent to the subject matter and easy to use.
Developmentally appropriate for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students
Developmentally appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade students
Developmentally appropriate for 1st through 6th grade students
Developmentally appropriate for Kindergarten through 1st grade students
Field trips are available for children in preschool through 6th grade.
Self-Guided Field Trips: The minimum number of students for a self-guided field trip is 10 students.
Focused Field Trips: Designed for 1-2 classes of students.
For groups larger than 50 students, a self-guided field trip can be scheduled on a Monday (when the museum is closed to the public), or consider scheduling multiple trips.
Teachers and chaperones receive free admission during field trips.
Robert E. Yager Student Enrichment Scholarship Fund: Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, The Iowa Children’s Museum is able to offer reduced rates for field trips. Rates are based on the number of students in your school or classroom enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. This scholarship program is open to any school district and every class is eligible for funding. Funds are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MoneyWorks Focused Field Trip is offered free of charge through the generous support of GreenState Credit Union.
All pricing is for schools, childcare facilities, and nonprofit organizations. We do not offer reduced rates for other group visits. Museum memberships and coupons cannot be applied to field trips.
Chaperones are required for all field trips and group visits. Chaperones must be at least 16 years of age and must remain with the group at all times. One adult is required for every five children.
Self-Guided Field Trips: Self-guided field trips are available 7 days a week.
Focused Field Trips: Focused field trips are only available on Mondays when the museum is closed to the public.
Field trips are designed to be 90-120 minutes long. Due to scheduling considerations, The Iowa Children’s Museum is unable to extend your field trip if you arrive late. If you are more than 30 minutes late for a Focused Field Trip you will automatically be given an orientation and self-guided field trip in lieu of your focused experience.
Reservation requests are processed in the order they are received and the best dates and times are booked early. You must make your field trip reservation a minimum of three weeks in advance to guarantee your reservation. We recommend reaching out early in the school year for the best availability.
Groups can purchase lunch in the Coral Ridge Mall Food Court or bring lunches to eat in the mall’s public space. Food may not be eaten in the museum.
We welcome children and adults with special health needs, disabilities, or who otherwise would benefit from accommodations to have a successful visit. Visit our Welcoming Everyone page for more information and resources about how we make our space accessible, or contact Aimee at 319.625.6255 ext. 216 or email@example.com to ensure you have everything you need for a fun and successful visit!
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