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FIELD TRIPS

  • Inspire your students!

  • Programs for all ages

  • Classroom & Auditorium Programs

  • SPOC Planetarium Programs

  • TEKS Aligned

  • Financial Aid available

  • STEM Aerospace

FIELD TRIP REQUEST FORM

FIELD TRIP PRICING

At least 10 tickets must be purchased to get the field trip rate.

GENERAL ADMISSION

Students

$6

each

Chaperones

FREE

1 free adult for every 10 students

Additional Adults

$10

each

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

These programs require a minimum of 15 students.

Classroom or Auditorium Program

$5

additional per student

SPOC Planetarium Program

$7

additional per student

Classroom & the SPOC Program

$10

additional per student

Financial Aid

To inquire about funds to help offset the cost of your field trip, outreach, or virtual program, contact our Education Department or fill out our Field Trip Request Form.

To request a date, fill out our Field Trip Request Form.

Classroom & Auditorium Programs

Learning to Fly

PK-K

Introduce young learners to various careers, people and facilities that help support the daily operations of an airport. Students will then practice piloting around the Museum on an educator-led tour. Educator-led tour is only available onsite.

Down to Earth

PK-2nd

Young scientists will explore the daily weather patterns and seasons of our home planet through interactive experiments, observations, and demonstrations.

Weather, It Matters!

2nd – 6th

Energize your classroom with hands-on activities comparing the intense weather present on the diverse planets of our solar system with our weather patterns on Earth.

Aerodynamics 101

3rd-6th

Aerodynamics 201

7th-12th

Students apply the physics of aerodynamics and learn about the four forces of flight through this interactive program. They will then use their newly-gained knowledge to build and test different paper aircraft. Aerodynamics 201 includes a group challenge.

Lunar Crash Course

3rd – 6th

Teams of students apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to survive a crash landing on the Moon. Students also explore the Earth-Moon system and compare the physical characteristics of the two.

The Fight to Flight

5th –  12th

In this exciting auditorium program, students will compete in challenges demonstrating four firsts in aerospace history: the Wright Brothers, Sputnik I, Vostok I, and Apollo 11, while learning about unique achievements.

Emergency Mars Mission

7th –  12th

Students form NASA mission control teams to plan a colonizing operation to Mars. Tasks include selecting launch dates, rocket type, and crew members. Their mission is then tested against rigorous scenarios to determine the rate of success and survival.

SPOC Planetarium Programs

For a list of program standards click here

My Moon, My Sky

PK – 2nd

Stargazers learn about the different types of stars (including our Sun), Earth, and Moon by comparing size, color, and position. Zooming in on the Moon, we complete a lunar month identifying the Moon’s phases and surface composition.

Sun, Earth, Moon System

3rd – 6th

Daily and seasonal patterns and changes in our sky are explained as students observe the Sun, Earth, and Moon system from different perspectives. Comparing the characteristics of each body helps students better understand the states of matter, effects of having an atmosphere, and the pull of gravity!

Our Place in Space

3rd – 8th

Students are guided on an adventure through our solar system visiting each planet to compare their physical properties, location, movements, and natural satellites. Learning our solar system’s characteristics helps students understand how humans explored beyond Earth.

Solar System and Beyond

7th – 12th

Beginning at our home planet, students will explore the various objects that make up our solar system and go beyond. Discovering our location inside the Milky Way, students will also learn about current and future missions to study new worlds.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know what programs are available on specific dates?

Check by submitting a request form. You will receive an email reply notifying you whether or not your dates for the program requested are available. If your date(s) are approved, you will need to reply to this e-mail confirming the date(s) so that we may send you a confirmation/invoice letter for your desired program.

Do you have a space to eat lunches? Is there a place to purchase lunches onsite?

Currently, our indoor eating spaces are open but restricted to individuals or small groups. We recommend eating lunch outdoors or offsite to help with public safety. We only sell snack items in our gift shop, but there are plenty of places to order from nearby and have lunches for your group delivered.

How long are education programs?

Programs are normally 45 minutes long (30 minutes for our early childhood programs). When your program date is confirmed, you will receive additional information about your schedule a week prior to your scheduled date.

When is payment due?

Payment is due the day of the scheduled field trip. We cannot provide refunds so please make sure you have accurate numbers on your invoice whenever you make payment.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, we currently have a grant for our planetarium programs for Title I Schools. After filling out a Field Trip Request Form, please contact our Education Department for information regarding this.

What happens if we're late?

If you’re scheduled for a guided tour and/or program, you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first program. When unexpected traffic delays your arrival, please contact the Education Department or call the front desk (214.350.1651) if possible. We will do our best to accommodate your group, but we are unable to guarantee an adjusted schedule.

What's the maximum number of students per program?

For our SPOC planetarium, we can fit a maximum of 30 students and 1 adult at a time. We also schedule a maximum of 40 students for our classroom programs, with some slight exceptions. If scheduling an auditorium program, we can serve up to 200 students at a time.

How many hours should we schedule for a field trip?

That depends on what your group is doing! If your group is only planning on a self-guided tour, we recommend about an hour. If your group is going to do a guided tour and/or an education program, we schedule each activity for 45 minutes at a time. If you choose to do one education program,  you would schedule two to three hours (dependent on your group’s size) along with additional time for lunches. Majority of booked groups will plan to stay from 10am-1pm (3 hours) if they are doing a program.

To request a date, fill out our Field Trip Request Form.