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Jump-start learning and spark creativity with a field trip to The Iowa Children’s Museum! Here you’ll find highly engaging exhibits that align with Iowa CORE Standards.

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!

Self-Guided Field Trips

After a brief orientation, your group is free to explore the museum’s exhibits at your own pace!

Scavenger Hunt Field Trip

Developmentally appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

  • Add structure to your exploration of the entire museum with a hands-on scavenger hunt based on math, language arts, social studies, science, art, and drama activities.
  • A 2 hour visit is recommended for the scavenger hunt option.

Field trip information

Field trips are available for children in preschool through 6th grade. We recommend self-guided field trips for preschoolers, with the scavenger hunt add-on for children in Kindergarten and above.

  • The minimum number of students for the reduced field trip rate is 10 students. 

  • For groups larger than 50 students, a field trip can be scheduled on a Monday (when the museum is closed to the public), or consider scheduling multiple trips.

  • $4.00 per child for a standard 90-minute field trip or $4.50 per child to extend to a 2-hour field trip (we recommend 2 hours for the scavenger hunt add-on). 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 reservations@theicm.org.

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.

Field trips are available 7 days a week. Mondays are reserved for large group visits.

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. 

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 reservations@theicm.org to ensure you have everything you need for a fun and successful visit!

Request a field trip

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