Field Trips

Bring science to life for your students

Let's be partners in education.

For the 2018 - 2019 school year, Discovery Place Science is so much more than a field trip. Contact Guest Sales to speak with an associate who can help plan out your itinerary 704.372.6261 x300.

Field Trip Pricing

Student Teacher/Chaperone Additional Chaperone
Museum $8 FREE $8
Museum + Class $14 FREE $8*
Museum + IMAX** $13 $5 $13
Museum + IMAX** + Class $19 $5 $13*

Plus any applicable sales and use taxes. *Due to space limitations, extra chaperones may not be able to attend class programs. **Excludes full-length feature films.


One adult chaperone required for every 10 students and admitted to the Museum for free. Additional chaperones will be charged the fees in the chart above. To ensure the safety of all students, chaperones must stay with their group at all times.

Add a class to your field trip

Bring your field trip to a whole new level of awesome by adding a private, facilitator-led class or workshop.

3D Printing Elements

Choose an element to design & print using Tinker CAD

Advanced Robotics

Get an introduction to writing programs for LEGO® EV3 robots

Amazing Animals

Get up close to amazing creatures

Animal Behavior & Adaptation

Observe fascinating behaviors and adaptations of animals

Applied Biochemistry: Finding Patient Zero

Explore the biochemistry behind immune system response

Become a Fan of Wind Energy

Learn about renewable energy by designing a wind turbine

Beginner's Zoology

Gain an introduction to differentiating taxonomic groups

Biotechnology in Action

Explore the concept of bacterial transformation & learn about biotechnology

Bodies in Space: The Relationship Between the Sun & Earth

Discover how stars are created, how they change & what happens when they die

Bugs Takeover

Learn about adaptions that help bugs survive in the wild

Build a Cell

Learn about plant and animal cells by recreating them

Can You Hear Me?

Explore how sound travels through fun experiments

Dig into Earth Science

Test soils, examine plant parts and follow the rock cycle

Engineering 1, 2, 3

Use the engineering design process to tackle fun challenges

Everything Matters

Observe and discover the properties of solids, liquids and gases

Genetic Fingerprinting with PCR

Delve deeper into the world of DNA

I Like to Move It, Move It

Explore forces such as push, pull and gravity through exciting challenges

Living Off the Land

Learn how Native Americans utilized the land for food, water and shelter

Mini Meteorology

Practice meteorology skills such as collecting data and forecasting

Mold Making & Fossils

Find out what fossils are and how they are created

Motors, Circuits & Art

Make a DrawBot with batteries, motors and circuits

Move It or Lose It

Explore the structure and functions of the human body

Musical Circuits

Get hands-on with Makey Makey, Ardunio and Raspberry Pi

Musical Circuits

Learn how to create a musical instrument using the Makey Makey invention kit

Need a Hand?

Learn the benefits of 3D printing for devices like prosthetics

Ocean Adventure

Dive in and explore the world’s oceans and a vast array of sea life


Explore how the ocean works & get a behind-the-scenes aquarium tour

Operation Rainforest

Study the amazing animals that live in World Alive

Outer Space Exploration

Explore the moon and all its changing faces

Ponds & Puddles in Spring

Learn why and how animals depend on ponds and puddles

Rocks and Fossils

Learn about the rock cycle and take a look at Museum fossils

Secret Life of Bugs

Enter the bug world and explore amazing adaptations, mysterious metamorphosis, and lots of legs

Simple Machines

Learn mechanics through activities using gears and levers

Sun and Moon

Learn what causes day and night

Take a Cell-fie

Explore the makeup and function of human cells

Tools of the Trade

Explore different facets of the biotechnology industry

Lunch Options

Need some brain food? We've got you covered.

Space for students to eat bagged lunches are available and must be scheduled in advance.

Box lunches are available with advance purchase through Curio City Kitchen. Box lunches include a sandwich, chips and a drink. Cost is $6.50 per student, adult box lunches are $9.50 each. Orders must be placed 7 days in advance.

Grab a snack or sit down for lunch. Curio City Kitchen offers quick and casual dining, with an array of á la carte options for all ages.

The café is dedicated to the Something Classic Green Goddess Alliance, featuring organic lettuces and tomatoes, all-natural meats, sustainable and/or biodegradable service ware, partnerships with local farmers along with eco-friendly recycling and composting programs.

Essential Info

  • Registration and Payments

    Register by phone 800.935.0553 or 704.372.6261 x300 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

    Payment is required 3 weeks prior to program or visit date.

    American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. A check with your PO number written in the memo section is also accepted.

  • Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.

  • Chaperones

    One adult chaperone required for every 10 students and admitted to the Museum for free. Additional chaperones will be charged the fees in the chart above. To ensure their safety, chaperones must stay with their group at all times.

    Due to space limitations, extra chaperones will not be able to attend class programs, lab programs, workshops or Star Labs.

  • Parking

    Cars and vans with clearance less than 7' 8" can park in the Discovery Place Science Parking Deck for an additional charge. Parking for larger vehicles is available at an off-site lot with shuttle service for bus/van drivers Monday through Friday.

    Parking Rates

    First Hour: FREE, 1 Hour +: $12.00, After 5:00 p.m.: $5.00

    Rates repeat at 3:00 a.m.

  • Arrival Information

    All buses should arrive at 6th St. Admissions. One teacher should exit the bus and will be greeted by a Discovery Place Science team member who will provide check-in directions. Please have students remain on the bus until directed to disembark.