Group Visits

Photo by Amanda Vitti Photography

Photo by Amanda Vitti Photography

Come for a group visit to inspire each child’s curiosity, spark their imagination, and nurture their sense of discovery!

Group Visit Options

Group visits must be booked in advance. For booking a visit or more information on the visits listed below, please call the Museum.

Exploration Visit: 2 Hours

During this self guided visit children explore the Museum the best way they know how, through touch. Visit is 2 hour long and the cost is $6 per child.

Discovery Visit: 1 & 1/2 Hours

Explore the Museum for an hour and then have your group participate in a 1/2 hour program, hosted by Museum staff. The cost is $8 per child.

Program Examples:

  • Trash to Treasure – Children create a unique project out of recycled materials, while reinforcing the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. We supply the materials; the children supply the imagination.
  • Build It Up! –*New for for 2017* This brand new program thanks to the generosity of the Saratoga Casino Hotel Foundation, explores the world of S.T.E.M. through the use of Imagination Playground and Rig-a-Ma-Jig to build, design and test your engineering skills. Think you have what it takes to create and build something with your own imagination?
  • Stories and Senses – Children listen to a story and then participate in creating an art project related to the story. You pick the theme, we’ll select the story and the project.
  • Community Service Programs – Children learn to give back to their community. We will read a story about acts of kindness and complete a pre-determined service project for a local charity.
  • Silly Science – Learn about a chosen science topic in this station based program.

*When you call to book your visit, our Education Director can work with you to design an appropriate program.

Extended Discovery Visit: 2 Hours

Explore the Museum for an hour and then have your group participate in a pre-selected program for at least 1 hour hosted by Museum staff. The cost is $11 per child.

Program Examples:

  • Stuffee – Learn about the human body during this health and nutrition program featuring our special friend, Stuffee (a 7 foot doll whose belly unzips to show kids what they look like inside by revealing soft sculpture organs that belong to the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.
  • Lasting Impressions– Learn about the past by observing and handling real and replica fossils native to NY State and beyond.
  • Motion Madness – teaches students about motion through a series of hands-on experiments that test speed, friction, and other forces. After conducting the experiments, students are challenged to make a roller coaster using pipe insulation, tape, and their knowledge from the experiments.

*When you call to book your visit, our Education Director can work with you to design an appropriate program that fits within your current curriculumn.

Girl Scout Badge Programs

Schedule a two hour Girl Scout program at The Children’s Museum! We can design programs to fit a badge you’re working on, or you can choose from our popular outreach programs. Programs can be scheduled after school or on weekends. Maximum group size is 30 children. The cost is $12 per child and includes: materials and Museum admission.

Past Specially Designed Brownie and Junior Programs:

  • Science Wonders
  • Healthy Habits
  • Art to Wear
  • Scavenger Hunt

Over-Night Badge Programs

Sleep over at the Children’s Museum! Cost is $400 per night for up to 10 children and $40 per additional child. Over-night includes: badge program workshop, museum play, dinner, and breakfast. Program theme can be designed to accommodate your troop’s badge or theme. Maximum group size is 20 children.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a program, please contact the Museum at (518) 584-5540.

Group Visit Policies

(Please read carefully)

  • Group visits must be booked in advance by calling the Museum.
  • There is a minimum number of 10 children required in order to receive the group discount. If you have less than 10 children, you will be charged a minimum fee of $40. This does not include the fee for any additional adults. Memberships, coupons, and free passes cannot be applied to group visits.
  • Unless other arrangements have been made and approved by the Director of Education, a $40 deposit, which is deducted from your total, is required and must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your visit date.
  • Individual payments will not be accepted. Have all your funds collected before your visit and a full count of children and additional chaperons. We accept cash, checks and Visa or MasterCard. If you cancel your group without rescheduling and it is less than two weeks before your original visit date, you will be charged 50% of your total group fee. No exceptions.
  • We require one adult (must be 18 years or older) chaperon for every 5 students. There is no charge for the required chaperones. If there are additional chaperones, they will be charged $4.00 per adult. If you are visiting as a special education classroom we allow one adult per every child free of charge.  These chaperones are responsible for the behavior of your group.  Museum rules are based on safety, common sense, and courtesy to other visitors; taking turns, no running, using indoor voices and cleaning up after yourselves are guidelines that help make sure everyone has a good time at the Museum.
  • The Museum has a room in which groups may have snacks or lunch.  Since availability is limited, please call ahead to reserve this room if you would like to use it. Please note: Lunch or snack in the Museum must be included in your allotted visit time.
  • Please arrive together as a group and on time. Be prompt. Lateness will result in a shortened or cancelled visit. People who are early will be required to wait until their entire group arrives. Teachers must be present before the visit can begin.
  • Once you arrive at the Museum please settle your students in our coatroom located just to the right of the front doors. A Museum staff member will conduct a brief orientation with the children before they are allowed in the Museum.
  • For your comfort and peace of mind, we suggest group members, including chaperones, wear identifying name tags, t-shirts, etc. This will also assist Museum staff in easily identifying members of your group.