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Plan Your Field Trip

Looking for a learning experience that is hands-on, inspires curiosity and is irresistibly fun? Time for a field trip to The Building for Kids! We have specially designed exhibits, classes and events that empower children and energize communities. Discover how a trip to The Building for Kids Children’s Museum can enhance your curriculum.

Field trip admission – $5 per child (minimum of 15 students)

Includes access to all exhibits and activities. Field trips are for groups of 15 or more, and for children who attend public and private schools, childcare agencies, licensed daycares, or are affiliated with established civic or home-school organizations. Homeschoolers – check out our new Homeschool Exploration Days!

Discovery Class – $3 per student

Add a Discovery Class to your visit. Each 45-minute class encourages learning through the use of demonstrations, group interaction and hands-on activities. Check out our list of classes to find one that fits with your curriculum! They align with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction curriculum standards and the Next Generation of Science Standards.

Classes are scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 am, 10:30 am or 1:00 pm. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your class time. Groups of more than 24 students will be divided to provide a better learning experience (with the exception of Magnificent Matter).

Lunch break reservation (25 minutes at 11:30 am or 12:00 pm)

Free with field trip reservation. Space is limited and requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum of 150 people per time slot.

Groups that schedule to arrive after 12:30 pm will receive $1 off admission per child.

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Ready to book? You can get started online with our reservation form.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ or send us an email!

How long are the field trips?

Though the BFK is full of fun and exciting adventures, we limit field trips to 3-hour visits to keep the students engaged. If you have added a Discovery Class to your trip, the field trip can be up to 4 hours. 

How many kids are needed to book a field trip?

Field trips are for groups of 15 or more, and for children who attend public or private schools, childcare agencies, licensed daycares, or are affiliated with established civic or home-school organizations. Homeschoolers – check out our new Homeschool Exploration Days!

How far in advance should I book a field trip?

Try to schedule your trip are least six weeks in advance. The spring is our busiest time for field trips so schedule as far in advance as possible. 

How many chaperones should we bring?

One adult chaperone, 18 or older, is required for every four children. Chaperones within this ratio receive complimentary admission (teachers count as chaperones). Chaperones above the 1:4 ratio receive the discounted admission of $4 per person.  

To ensure the safety of all our visitors, there is an $8 charge for each chaperone less than the required ratio.  

How do I make a reservation?

You can fill out our reservation form right on the website and we will contact you to confirm your reservation. You can also call 920-734-3226 x 10. 

Do teachers count as chaperones?

Yes, teachers will be added to the chaperone count. 

Are there grant funds available?

We often have generous supporters of our field trip and Discovery Classes. Most often the grants are decided by a school’s free and reduced lunch percentage. You can ask during the reservation process for what might be available for your school! 

When is payment due?

Full payment is due 2 weeks before your field trip. Payment is non-refundable. You will receive a reminder email with an invoice about 30 days before your field trip. Any attendance changes should be made at that time. 

Can memberships be applied to field trips?

No. Because we give field trips a reduced group rate, we do not apply memberships to field trips.

What Discovery Classes are offered?

Being a Scientist, grades: 4K-1

Young scientists will use their five senses to do experiments and make observations. The class finishes with a sensational experiment.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about scientists and what they do.
  • Identify their 5 senses and use them to collect information (data).

Standards:

WEMLS: Cognition & General Knowledge: A.EL.1 (Uses multi-sensory abilities to process information)

WMA-Science: A.4.11, C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5

Storybook Stars, grades: 4K-1

The story comes alive as students listen along with the storybook character! They will be able to meet the character, take photos and do a project based on the story. Characters include the Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, the Grinch, Little Critter, Pete the Cat and Splat the Cat.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Listen to a story and learn about its characters, setting and sequence of events.
  • Create a craft or conduct an activity that enhances the core ideas of the story and corresponds to themes found in the book.

Standards:

WI Model Early Learning Standards: C.EL.3 Shows appreciation of books and understands how print works

WI Common Core State Standards-Reading: RI.K.1, RI.K.3, RI.K.7, RI.1.1, RI.1.3, RI.1.7

Kaleidoscope, grades: K-3

Students experiment with light using lenses, prisms and various objects that are translucent, transparent or opaque. They will also create a kaleidoscope to take home.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about prisms and how they refract (or bend) light.
  • Sort different materials based on how light passes through them.
  • Use mirrors and build a kaleidoscope to observe how light reflects off a surface.

Standards:

NGSS: 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.8

What’s the Weather, grades: K-3

Through different weather stations, students will discover how weather affects their everyday lives and how different factors create weather. They will create a wind streamer, make a cloud in a jar and build a small structure to reduce sun exposure for a small toy animal.

Objectives: Students will learn…

  • Weather is a combination of many factors that affect our daily lives and throughout the year.
  • Meteorologists use different tools to collect weather data. Students will use or make models of some of these tools.
  • How the Sun affects different areas of the Earth’s surface. Students will read a thermometer to take the temperature of sand, soil and water.
  • About the conditions needed for clouds to form and characteristics of the major types of clouds.

Standards:

NGSS: K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, K-ESS2-1, ESS2.D

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.6, C.4.7, C.4.8, E.4.5, E.4.6

WMA-Social Studies: A.4.6

Simple Machines, grades: 1-3

Students are introduced to six simple machines that help make work easier (wheel & axle, lever, pulley, screw, inclined plane and wedge).  They will become engineers and team up to build their own invention.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about force, work and simple machines.
  • Identify six simple machines and how they make work easier.
  • Construct an invention that uses three simple machines to move an object.
  • Demonstrate and communicate to the group how their invention works and the simple machines used.

Standards:

NGSS: K-2-ETS-1, 3-PS2-1

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.5, G.4.4

Where in the World, grades: 1-3

Students will use an atlas to explore the different continents and features found on maps. Then create their own maps that represent the uniqueness of each continent.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Use an atlas to gather information and identify the different features of maps.
  • Identify the seven continents and compare and contrast some of their unique qualities.
  • Communicate to the whole group some qualities specific to the continent studied.

Standards:

NGSS: 2-ESS2-2,  2-ESS2-3

WMA-Social Studies: A.4.2, A.4.4, A.4.5, A.4.7

Magnificent Matter, grades: 1-4

Students will investigate the three states of matter by participating in multiple experiments. They will explore polymers, make carbon dioxide gas and dip into a crazy colloid!

Please have at least 10 chaperones to assist with larger class sizes.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Identify and describe the three states of matter.
  • Conduct experiments to observe how the states of matter interact.
  • Learn about polymers and be introduced to three different examples.
  • Interact with a colloid and learn how it behaves.

Standards:

NGSS: 2-PS1, 2-PS1-1                 

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.1, D.4.3, D.4.4

Art in Our World, grades 2-3

Students will gain an understanding of how the visual arts connect to our world in the areas of history, science, entertainment, design and career. Hands-on activities and art projects will reinforce these connections and allow students to explore their own ideas.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Be introduced to, explore and understand real-life applications for art, including careers, research, personal use of art, and business or entrepreneurial contexts.
  • Gain new perspectives as they learn to apply art to multidisciplinary areas of work and study.
  • Experiment with different aspects of design to create original works of art or utilitarian pieces.

Standards:

Wisconsin Academic Standards for Art & Design: A.4.2, A.4.6, B.4.1, B.4.8, C.4.1, C.4.2, D.4.4, D.4.6, F.4.1, F.4.2, F.4.6, G.4.1, I.4.5, J.4.1, K.4.1, K.4.5

Science of Magic, in partnership with the History Museum at the Castle, grades: 2-4

Explore science in a whole new way with this two-part field trip. First, learn that many of the mysteries behind magic illustrate math concepts, optical illusions and the properties of air pressure at The History Museum at the Castle. Then, at The Building for Kids, students will investigate the three states of matter by participating in multiple experiments, and learn how science can be magical. 

The History Museum at the Castle Class Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about famous magician Harry Houdini and why he is important to local history.
  • Learn how magic tricks can often be explained by scientific principles.
  • Participate in magic trick demonstrations dealing with air pressure, math, and force.

The Building for Kids Class Objectives: Students will…

  • Identify and describe the three states of matter.
  • Conduct experiments to observe how the states of matter interact.
  • Learn about polymers and be introduced to three different examples.

Standards:

NGSS: 2-PS1, 2-PS1-1                 

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.1, D.4.3, D.4.4

Where can we park? Where can the bus drop off?

Car drivers
Park your vehicle in the Midtown Red Parking Ramp, across from Houdini Plaza. The lot is a short 1/2 block walk from the BFK. The fees are hourly or $5 for the day.

Bus drivers
Drop off students on W. Washington Street across from the Valley Transit bus station. Look for the red bagged meters. Call 920.734.3226 ext. 15 when you are 10 minutes away for museum staff to greet your bus.

Buses can park in City Park – Franklin Street or Union Street

What if we need to reschedule or cancel?

Full payment is due 2 weeks before your field trip. Every effort will be made if a reservation needs to be moved or adjusted. Cancellations will not get payment refunded. Weather issues will be taken into consideration. Student and chaperone absences will not be refunded.

The Building for Kids Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel field trips that have not fully completed their reservation in advance.

I have a pretty large group (100 or more) is there anything I should know?

We can set up field trip visits on Monday, when the BFK is closed, for groups of 100 or more. This option is available on the second and fourth Monday’s of each month. 

What about sick kids?

We are constantly monitoring to make sure the BFK is a safe and clean environment for all kids. As part of our effort to create this environment, we ask adults to keep sick kids home and make sure their kids are playing in a friendly way. We also ask school and field trip groups to ensure their students to not come to the BFK sick, and that the group explores in the friendly and respectful manner.  

What if my attendance number is wrong?

At the time of your payment, two weeks out, please have final attendance numbers for students and chaperones. At check-in, actual numbers will be adjusted as needed. Additional attendance will be charged as needed. 

Student and chaperone absences will not be refunded.

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