Schools & Groups

Field trips are starting this JUNE.

Group Admission Rate


Bring your group to the Children's Discovery Museum to explore all three floors of exhibits at your own pace. On arrival, every group receives a brief orientation by a Museum staff person.

**All group trips MUST be reserved at least two week prior to their visit.
**Memberships not valid for group trip admission.
**For every five children, one adult must be present.
**A minimum of 15 paid admissions is required to receive the group rate.

  • Parks and Rec programs
  • Daycare (non-profit, in-home and for-profit)
  • Home school groups
  • Summer camps and youth programs
  • Scout groups
  • Churches
  • Family reunion groups
  • YMCA, YWCA etc.

Availability 

  • Group trips can visit on Tuesdays or Wednesdays
  • Trips must occur between 9am and 2pm
  • Trips may not last longer than 2 hours
  • The museum can only accommodate groups up to 150 participants, if your group is larger than 150 we recommend planning on attending on more than one day.

Payment Policy/Procedures

  • Youth rate: $5
  • Adult chaperones: $5
  • Children under two: free
Payment is required at the door upon arrival and will be paid in one transaction.

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Learning Lab/Museum Exploration Combo


You may add a facilitated Learning Lab in addition to your self-guided field trip for just $3 per student. Learning labs offer your group an in-depth, hands-on program led by a museum educator based on museum exhibits and other exciting topics. 

Labs have class size limit. Classes with more than our classroom can allow need to break up into multiple labs. 


Lunch Options

Limited lunch space for up to 48 people is available to at a cost of $15 per 1/2 hour.  Reservations and prepayment required. Please note, indoor lunch space is not available on Fridays.

Field Trips and Group Trips may NOT eat lunch in the Museum unless they reserve and pay for a lunch space in advance.

For outdoor eating, we recommend booking a pavilion at Anderson Park, located within walking distance of the Museum. Outdoor pavilions can be reserved through the Normal Parks and Recreation Department at (309) 454-9540.

Avanti’s Sack Lunches Available: You may pre-order Avanti’s sack lunches for your group. Cost is $5.00 per lunch and includes 1/3 gondola, baked chips, applesauce and juice.

Customized Programs


Have a special request or interest in a different topic? Give us a call and we will do our best to meet your needs. Call 309-433-3450 for more information. All pricing subject to change.

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Scholarship Information 


Scholarships may be available for low income families. Please complete this form to help us make a determination of scholarship eligibility. Information given should be about the household and/or child who will be attending a program at the Children’s Discovery Museum. Our scholarship program covers up to 50% of program fees.
Field Trip Scholarship Form (PDF)