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Field Trips

Bring your group for a field trip that inspires their curiosity, sparks their imaginations, and nurtures a sense of discovery!

Group visits must be booked in advance. For booking a visit or more information on group visits please call the Museum at 518-584-5540.

Field Trip Options

Exploration Visit

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

Discovery Visit:

Children will be able to explore both floors of the museum, learning and playing in our many exhibits. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a 30 minute educator led program. This visit is approximately 2 hours long and the cost is $8 per child.

Discovery Visit Programs

  • Alphabet Sleuths – This program is a celebration of letters and literacy! Your students will uncover the alphabet through an interactive program that further develops their social, motor and language skills. (Best suited for 2-5 years old)
  • Amateur Artists – During this program your students will discover famous artists as they learn about different art processes, techniques and mediums. (Best suited for PreK- 3rd grade)
  • Catching Rainbows – Learn about the myth and the science behind rainbows. Students will be introduced to how rainbows are created and craft a way to catch a rainbow of their very own! (Best suited for Pre K- 1st grade)
  • Innovative Inventors – What goes into the creation of a great invention? This program will introduce your students to different inventors and their inventions. They will be challenged to design and create an invention of their very own to help solve a very serious dilemma. (Best suited for Pre K-2nd grade)
  • Investigation: Science – This program challenges your students to think like a scientist through the use of scientific inquiry as they determine what was the cause of the phenomenon that occurred right before their eyes. (Best suited for Pre K- 1st grade)
  • My Community – This program is a special two part program which includes a field trip and then an outreach program where the Children’s Museum at Saratoga staff comes to your classroom. This program incorporates concepts from geography, art, architecture, and city planning. During this program, students participate in a walking tour hosted by Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. Post tour, the Children’s Museum at Saratoga will visit your classroom to teach your students about zoning and together we will take the buildings they designed and create a small city within your classroom. (The cost for this program is $8 per child and $140 for the CMAS visit to your classroom. Best suited for 1st-4th grade.)
  • Story Board Sketches – This program encourages your students to think creatively and practically as they work together to construct a story through their own unique interpretation of images. Students will be introduced to the importance of teamwork, the beginning steps of story boarding, and the five basic elements needed to create a narrative. (Best suited for K-2nd grade)

All programs will be scaffolded to meet the academic requirements of each age group. This includes an alternative challenges for PreK and Kindergarten students as needed. When you call to book your visit, our Education Director can work with you to design an appropriate program.

Field Trip Policies (Please read and review carefully)

Guidelines and Expectations for your visit:

  • Field trips must be booked in advance.
  • Prior to your visit you will be sent an itinerary by the education department.
  • When you arrive at the museum, you will be given a brief overview of the rules and expectations.
  • Chaperones are expected monitor and actively engage with their group.
  • Encourage children to pick up after they play and be respectful of the museum’s exhibits and other museum guests.
  • Lunch rooms are available with advance registration and are booked depending on availability that day.
  • Museum visits are typically 90 minutes to 2 hours.
  • The minimum size of a group is 10. The maximum group size is 80. If the maximum group size is more than 80, please contact the Education Director at 518-584-5540.
  • 1 adult per every 5 children is free. If visiting as a special education group, 1 adult to 1 child is free.
  • To ensure the safety of children attending the museum, we ask cell phone use be limited to emergencies.
  • Please give each chaperone a manageable group of children to supervise.
  • Please encourage children to wear comfortable clothing. Shoes must be worn at all times.

For Drivers:

The Children’s Museum has two small parking lots with limited space. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis for Museum guests. The downtown Saratoga area has a number of free parking lots and on the street parking available.

Drop off for Buses:

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga has limited space for parking and we ask that buses do not park in our lot. Feel free to drop off your class in the parking lot or on Caroline Street at the Museum’s entrance.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the museum at 518-584-5540.