Field trips are welcome at The Science Center any weekday of the year. Our hands-on museum has a wide range of exhibits that are available all agaes. Fly an airplane, build skyscrapers in our Creation Station, or discover the numerous other exhibits that explore physics, weather, food, anatomy, sound, air power, magnetism and much much more! The Science Center is also home to many critters such as Reptar the Iguana, Pico the Parakeet, and Rosie the Tarantula.
We also offers programs to enhance your visit to the museum. Schedule a WOW! Science Show where kids can participate in a science show that highlights our famous Air Cannon, or our legendary Hovercraft! Or, book a hands-on program where students can explore volcanoes, make slime, or even make their own paper.
The Science Center also creates custom programs, given enough notice, for a small fee.
Field trip guidelines
In order to maintain the safest possible environment at we require school groups to have an adequate number of adult chaperones. Factors to be considered are: age of children, location and nature of the trip.
Elementary Supervision on Field Trips: TSC requires that all Elementary trips Pre-kindergarten – 5th have a minimum of 7 to 1 student-chaperone ratio.
Secondary Supervision on Field Trips: TSC requires that all 6th – 8th graders have a minimum of a 10 to 1 student-chaperone ratio. TSC requires that 9th – 12th have a minimum of 15 to 1 student-chaperone ratio.
Chaperones are required to remain on-site and actively supervise the students in their care.
We ask that your group arrives on time. Since other groups utilize TSC, we must maintain a timely itinerary so that other groups won’t be delayed. Late arrival times may result in the inability to accommodate programming for your group.
Please, No food or beverages in TSC. Water in a spill-proof container is the only exception.
Due to the large volume of field-trips with programs, the classroom/lunchroom may be unavailable for eating. Prior arrangements must be made in order to guarantee your reservation in the classroom. Due to the large volume of requests we may not be able to accommodate all requests.
Mall Management no longer allows eating lunches in the hallway outside of TSC. Currently, the mall does not have facilities available for groups to dine.
All groups of 8 or larger MUST pre-register to receive our group rate. In the event of a free day visit, all non-registered groups of 8 or more will be charged the group rate of 2.75 per person for all guests over the age of 2.
From time to time, it is necessary for science center staff to step in to ensure the safety and welfare of all our museum guests.
1st offense: Asked to discontinue inappropriate conduct.
2nd offense: Reminder of TSC's rules.
3rd offense: Asked to sit on"time-out" bench located in the front of TSC.
Repeated violations: TSC staff reserves the right to refuse service to you and your group.
Field Trip: $2.75 per student
Field Trip + Program:$5.00 per student
Chaperone admission is free with field trips. Please bring an adequate number of chaperones for your group size.
“Wow! Science” Science Show- Science Center staff will show your students a series of “tricks” that seem like magic, when in reality, they are all explained by science! Experience our amazing Air Cannon and Hovercraft!
“Messy Science” Hands-On Program- For this program, your students can learn all about “Non-Newtonian fluids” by making their own slime and Oobleck. As a bonus, students get to take their slime home.
*Old clothes are recommended for “Messy Science.”*
“Investigating Volcanoes” Hands-On Program- During this hands-on program, students get a chance to make their own mini volcanoes out of our homemade, non-toxic play dough. After they have mastered the shape, we will fill them with baking soda and red vinegar, leading to their own eruption! Once everyone is satisfied with their personal eruptions, we will erupt our own large volcano, Mt. Boom using our super-secret lava recipe!
“Paper Making” Hands-On Program- Conservation and recycling are so important today. Let our staff walk your students through the process of breaking down used paper and making it into new paper. Students will each get to take a piece of homemade paper. This program may also include adding seeds to the paper so that it is plantable once the user is finished with it! (Seed paper depends on the availability of seeds at The Science Center. If you are interested, just ask!)
“Meet and Greet The Science Center Pets”- During this program, your students can meet some of the most famous members of The Science Center, including: "Shredder" the Dwarf Rabbit, “Daisy” the bearded dragon, “Bonnie” the leopard gecko, April the box turtle and more! Students may have the opportunity to pet the animals, and may get to go “behind the scenes” to see how we take care of all of our animals!
*This program may not always be the same due the fact that animals are living beings, and we want them to have the best care/life possible. If one of our animals is shedding, for example, we may not bring that animal out in order to reduce the stress on the animal. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions regarding the animal program, and please let us know if you have any allergy/health concerns for your students. We will do our best to accommodate your group.*