Schools & Groups

The Museum is currently closed, but we are still offering our Museum in Motion programming. Click here to for complete details. 

Group Admission Rate

A minimum of 15 paid admissions is required to receive the group rate. Reservations must be booked at least two weeks in advance based on availability:
  • 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.

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.

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 a limit of 20-25 students at one time. Classes with more than 25 students 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)