Field Trips Guide

You and your students will be part of an informal learning environment highlighting discovery, exploration, and creative expression based on our core programming of arts and humanities, science and nature and early childhood development. Our field trip program and teacher preparation materials are designed to help you meet your curriculum goals in fun and innovative ways! The Education Staff develops teacher preparation materials for Traveling and Ongoing Exhibitions. These packets include exhibit overviews, education goals and connections to the Nevada State Content Standards with vocabulary, extension activities and a resource list. Enhance your field trip by utilizing these resources.

TRAVELING EXHIBITS
Featured Traveling Exhibits in the museum’s Traveling Exhibit Hall change regularly and extend the multi-disciplinary themes of the museum in a variety of ways. For these special exhibits, Education Department Staff develop teacher preparation materials that help you prepare your students for their visit as well as enhance their field trip experience.

FIELD TRIP PACKAGES
Please discuss the scheduling options available to you when you speak with the Reservationist. Some class size limits or sub-groupings of classes may be necessary in order to participate in some options. The Reservationist will discuss this with you before confirming your reservation.

For group visits, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum offers scheduled areas and/or experiences facilitated by a museum presenter. These presentations are based on exhibits in the museum, or a predetermined concept or subject area related to a special Traveling Exhibit on view in the Traveling Exhibit Hall. They are structured to address Nevada State Content Standards for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Written teacher preparation materials are available by visiting the Educator Resources section of our website. We also have experiences (science shows) that are presented daily at predetermined times. For more information about any of the presentations offered, please contact the museum Reservationist at (702) 382-3445.

LOGISTICS
We recommend you allow a time period of at least two to three hours for most field trips. Please keep in mind that your group will share the museum with a variety of different-aged children. During your visit, each exploration group must be guided by one or more chaperone(s) that are at least 18 years old. For the best experience, a 1:5 adult to child chaperone ratio is strongly recommended; however, a minimum 1:10 adult to child chaperone ratio is required.

TIME SLOTS
Tuesday – Saturday:
Group visit time slots may be scheduled throughout the day from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as available.
Sunday:
Group visit time slots may be scheduled throughout the day from
noon to 3:30 p.m. as available.
Monday:
When open, group visit time slots may be scheduled throughout the day from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as available.

HOLIDAYS
The museum is open on most school holidays and winter and spring breaks. Groups also may be scheduled during these dates/times. For a listing of the holiday schedule please call the Reservationist at 702.392.3445.

LUNCH FACILITIES
 Although space is limited, the Museum can provide space, table and chairs for Field Trip lunches. Vending is available for the purchase of cold drinks and snacks; however, there is no café or restaurant on the premises.  Requests for field trip lunch space must be made in advance with Reservationist. Because of multiple requests, the specific lunch area will be designated upon arrival. Space is limited on a first come, first served basis. Eating and drinking are restricted to the designated lunch and vending areas.

CHAPERONES & SAFETY
Chaperones are a very important part of any field trip! Their own life experiences support meaningful group learning and makes for a memorable visit! When you book your field trip, your confirmation packet will contain a “So, you’re going to be a chaperone” sheet with useful information. Please make copies and distribute to your chaperones!

For the safety of your children and other museum visitors, adult chaperones are required at a ratio of one adult to every ten children; however we recommend a ratio of one adult to five children. Chaperones must be at least 18 years old. Please note: Your group may be denied entrance if the minimum number of chaperones required are not present. For students with special needs you may bring up to one adult for each child.  Chaperones are required to stay with and monitor the children throughout the entire visit.

PAYMENT POLICY
Fees are paid at the time of the visit with cash, business check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or an ATM debit card with VISA logo. Personal checks are not accepted. Refunds or cash-backs are not granted on agency-issued checks. Clark County School District schools may request to pay by purchase order in advance of the visit. Purchase orders must agree to the rates, policies and procedures of the museum.

REFUND POLICY
Refunds are only provided on agency-issued check and only by request. Request ust be made in writing and can be mailed or emailed to Reservations@DiscoveryKidsLV.org. Refund request will incur a $40.00 processing fee which will be deducted from the balance of the refund. Please allow two (2) weeks for processing.

LATE POLICY
Field trips and group trips to the museum are quite popular and we want to do our best to accommodate your group but in the interest of providing a quality visit for all students, groups arriving more than 15 minutes late may not be able to participate in all of the special field trip options originally requested.

CANCELLATION POLICY
If you find the need to cancel your reservation, please call us at least two weeks (14 days) prior to your scheduled visit. The museum is often fully-booked for field trips/group trips and your call in advance will enable us to schedule other groups in your place. As a courtesy, we will be happy to help you reserve another time for your visit.

**Please Note: Reservations are not final until you have received a official confirmation form detailing the logistics of your visit.

For more information or to speak to a Reservationist, please call (702) 382-3445.