School Field Trips & Educational Programs

Types of Field Trips
Cost
Additional information and policies
Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program
Special Admissions Program
Be A Maker Field Trip workshops
Focused Field Trip workshops
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Self-Guided Field Trips – $5 per child

Explore the Museum’s interactive exhibits as a group. Includes:

Offered 9:30-11:00 AM, noon-1:30 PM or 1:30-3 PM • Monday-Friday
Minimum of 10 students or minimum payment of $50 is required.

Be A Maker (BAM) Field Trips – $10-15 per child*

Conducted in our Be A Maker space, these do-it-yourself BAM programs feature real tools and resources to help students learn new skills and share their work. Includes:

Offered 9:30-11:30 AM or noon-2 PM • Monday-Friday
Minimum of 10 students or minimum payment of $100 is required; maximum 30 students.

Focused Field Trip – $7.50 per child*

Enhance your visit with a program that encourages learning through materials, props, demonstrations, and group interaction. Includes:

Offered 9:30-11:30 AM or noon-2 PM • Monday-Friday
Minimum of 25 students or minimum payment of $187.50 is required.
*Prices subject to change

For additional information, download our brochure: Winter/Spring 2018 Field Trips

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Cost

Field Trip type

Cost per
student*

Special Admissions
Program cost per
student

Self-Guided Field Trip
Focused Field Trip
$5
$7.50
$2.50
$5
Be A Maker Field Trip: Fluid Formations
Be A Maker Field Trip: Animator
Be A Maker Field Trip: Mega-Fort
Be A Maker Field Trip: robART
NEW! Be A Maker Field Trip: Blast Off!
$12
$15
$10
$15
$13
$6 (50% discount!)
$7.50 (50% discount!)
$5 (50% discount!)
$7.50  (50% discount!)
$6.50  (50% discount!)
 *Prices subject to change

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Additional Information & Policies

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From February 12 through March 16, 2018, schools (K-12)* can register and apply for grants valued up to $1,000 each for the 2018-2019 school year to cover Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Field Trip costs, including transportation, admission fees, and facilitated programs or maker workshops. Principals, assistant principals or other school administrative personnel must apply for their school. REGISTER AT KOHLS.COM/FIELDTRIP STARTING FEBRUARY 12, 2018.

*Open only to public or non-profit private schools with IRS 501(c) (3) status, grade schools (K-8) and high schools (9-12) in these WI counties: Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha. Program begins 2/12/18 & ends 3/16/18. Grant monies awarded on a first-come, first-served basis at Kohl’s sole discretion. Submission of application does not obligate Kohl’s to award grant money. Subject to Official Rules at Kohls.com/fieldtrip. Groups visiting courtesy of a grant from Kohl’s do not qualify for additional discounts or free buses.

Special Admissions Program

Groups may apply for reduced admission through the Museum’s Special Admissions Program.

The Special Admissions Program was established in memory of Mary Leach Smith. Major support for the program provided by Denise & Gary Elfe. Additional support is provided by the Zilber Family Foundation, the D.R.E.A.M. Fund, Onnie Leach Smith, Mowry Smith III, and the Waukesha County Community Foundation/Mowry Smith and Mary Leach Smith Family Fund.

FREE buses for Milwaukee Public Schools

For information about receiving free bus transportation for your field trip, email groups@bbcmkids.org. Availability is limited.

Free bus transportation for MPS schools is made possible by the Herzfeld Foundation.

Additional Discounts

Title I funds can be utilized for Museum field trips. Inquire with your school administrator to see if funds are available.

Reservations & payment

Chaperone policy

Cancellation policy

Lunches

The Museum does not have on-site group lunch facilities. Weather permitting, you may picnic in the adjacent O’Donnell Park; however, the Museum does not have a place to store lunches. Please plan your visit accordingly.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Please click the button above to begin making your Field Trip reservation. If you have questions about reservations, please groups@bbcmkids.org (preferred) or call 414-390-5437, ext. 272.


Be A Maker Field Trip Workshops

Mega-Fort (K4-4th grade)

Who wants to build a fort? We do! Using real building materials, students will construct (and maybe demolish!) structures they design with a group. This program is a great team building experience for students!
Wisconsin Standards for Technology and Engineering: AC1.a.2.e, AC1.b.3.e, BB1.f.2.e, ENG3.a.2.e, ENG.a.3.e
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.CC6.K-2, SCI.SEP1.A.3-5, SCI.SEP1.B.3-5, SCI.ETS3.C.3-5
NGSS Standards: K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-3, 2-PS1-3, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3
Wisconsin’s Model Early Learning Standards:
Health and Physical Development: B.EL.2 · Language Development and Communication: A.EL.2 ·
Approaches to Learning: A.EL.2, A.EL.3 · Cognition and General Knowledge: A.EL.3, B.EL.3, C.EL.1, C.EL.3, C.EL.4

Fluid Formations (K4-4th grade)

Is it art or science? Children will transform common household chemicals into amazing creations
and discover how chemical reactions are responsible for the world around them. Recipes for things to try at home are included.
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Art and Design Education: I.4.7
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.CC7.K-2, SCI.SEP1.A.K-2, SCI.SEP1.A.3-5, SCI.PS1.A.2, SCI.PS1.B.5
NGSS Standards: 2-PS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 4-PS3-2
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards:
Language Development and Communication: A.EL.1 · Approaches to Learning: A.EL.1 · Cognition and General Knowledge: A.EL.1, B.EL.6, C.EL.1, C.EL.3, C.EL.4

robART (K4-4th grade)

The future is now! Children will learn about circuitry while designing and building their own art-generating robot to take home. Before they go, they can unleash them in the Be A Maker space to create a collaborative work of art.
Wisconsin Standards for Technology and Engineering: AC1.e.5.e, BB1.c.1.e, ENG5.b.3.e
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Art and Design Education: I.4.7
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.SEP1.A.K-2, SCI.SEP1.A.3-5, SCI.SEP2.A.K-2, SCI.SEP2.A.3-5, SCI.ETS3.C.K-2, SCI.ETS3.C.3-5
NGSS Standards: K-2-ETS1-2, 2-PS1-3, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Health and Physical Development: B.EL.2 · Approaches to Learning: A.EL.2, A.EL.3, B.EL.1 · Cognition and General Knowledge: A.EL.3, C.EL.1, C.EL.3, C.EL.4

NEW! Blast Off! (K4-4th grade)

Blast off! Children will design, build and test their very own rockets, and then launch them dozens of feet into the air in the Museum’s atrium! Students will learn the importance of multiple iterations, that persistence pays off and that small adjustments can make a big difference.
Wisconsin Standards for Technology and Engineering: AC1.d.1.e, AC1.e.2.e, ENG1.a.1.e, ENG3.a.3.e
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.SEP2.A.K-2, SCI.SEP2.A.3-5, SCI.PS2.A.K, SCI.PS2.A.3, SCI.ETS3.C.K-2, SCI.ETS3.C.3-5
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): K-PS2-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-PS2-2, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Health and Physical Development: B.EL.2 · Language Development and Communication: A.EL.3 · Approaches to Learning: A.EL.2, A.EL.3, B.EL.1 · Cognition and General Knowledge: C.EL.3, C.EL.4

Animator (3rd-4th grade)

Bring art to life! Children will learn about different animation techniques and then create their own digital stop-motion animations.
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Art and Design Education: D.4.6, E.4.2, F.4.1, F.4.7
Wisconsin Standards for Technology and Engineering: ENG4.b.1.e, ICT1.h.4.e
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.SEP2.A.K-2, SCI.SEP2.A.3-5
NGSS: 1-PS4-2, 3-5-ETS1-1

Focused Field Trip Workshops

Our Five Senses (K3-1st grade)

Children will learn how their senses keep them safe and how each sense contributes to their ongoing health and wellness. Students will also explore how people gather information from their five senses and how people may perceive this information differently.
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.SEP1.A.K-2, SCI.PS4.A.1
NGSS Standards: 1-PS4-1
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Cognition and General Knowledge: A.EL.1, B.EL.6, C.EL.1, C.EL.3 · Health and Physical Development: C.EL.1

Recycling Roundup: Protect Our Planet! (K3-3rd grade)

Children will learn about the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – and how they can help preserve the environment. Interactive activities challenge kids to “go green.”
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Environmental Education: C.4.1, C.4.4, E.4.2
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.SEP1.A.K-2, SCI.ESS3.C.K, SCI.ESS3.C.5
NGSS Standards: K-ESS3-3
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Language Development and Communication: A.EL.1, A.EL.2 · Cognition and General Knowledge: A.EL.1, A.EL.2, B.EL.4

Story Stages (K4-1st grade)

Using familiar stories, emergent and early fluent readers will learn about story structure. Children will then be encouraged to activate their prior knowledge while participating in a hands-on collaborative literacy activity at the Museum.
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, RL.K.10, RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, SL.K.1, SK.K.1.A, SL.K.1.B, SL.K.2, SL.K.3, SL.1.1, SL.1.1.A, SL.1.1.B, SL.1.1.C, SL.1.2, SL.1.3
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Language Development and Communication: A.EL.1, A.EL.2, A.EL.3, C.EL.2, C.EL.3 · Approaches to Learning: A.EL.1, B.EL.1

Reader’s Theater: Museum Style! (2nd-4th grade)

What, where, when, why, how – and wow! Language arts take “center stage” when stories come to life in the Museum’s Theater. Children will plan, practice and perform scripts, and experiment with roles, improvisation and setting the scene. Through an in-class component, students will be able to perform stories that they write prior to visiting the Museum on our Theater stage.
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: K.RL.1, K.RL.2, K.RL.3, K.RL.10, 1.RL.1, 1.RL.2, 1.RL.3, 1.RL.7, 2.RL.1, 2.RL.2, 2.RL.3, 2.RL.5, 2.RL.6, 3.RL.2, 3.RL.3, 3.RL.6
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Social and Emotional Development: A.EL.1, B.EL.1 · Language Development and Communication: A.EL.1, A.EL.2, C.EL.4 · Approaches to Learning: A.EL.2, B.EL.2

Math: It’s Everywhere! (K4-1st grade)

Children will explore everyday experiences – like cooking and laying a floor – in an interactive program that supports developing math skills through hands-on challenges and games.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: K.CC.6 K.OA.1, K.MD.1, K.MD.2, K.MD.3 1.OA.1, 1.OA.5, 1.MD.1, 1.MD.2, 1.MD.4, 2.OA.2, 2.MD.8, 2.MD.1, 2.MD.2
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Cognition and General Knowledge: B.EL.1, B.EL.3, B.EL.4, B.EL.5, B.EL.6, C.EL.1, C.EL.3

Making Cents of Money (2nd-4th grade)
Sponsored by WaterStone Bank
Earn, spend, save and share! Children will learn to identify and count currency and use basic money management skills while playing games and participating in cooperative learning activities that reinforce financial literacy.
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy: B.1, B.3, D.1
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: 1.OA.1, 1.NBT.5, 1.NBT.6, 2.OA.1, 2.MD.8, 3.NBT.2
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Cognition and General Knowledge: B.EL.1, B.EL.2, B.EL.4, B.EL.6, C.EL.4

Playground Engineers (K4-4th grade)

Become a playground engineer! Children will learn about simple machines and use imagination, creativity and teamwork to help them design and build a pretend playground with unique slides, swings, merry-go-rounds, and more.
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.CC5.K-2, SCI.SEP2.A.K-2, SCI.SEP2.A.3-5, SCI.SEP3.A.K-2, SCI.SEP3.A.3-5
NGSS Standards: 2-PS1-3, 3-PS2-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: 1.G.1, 1.G.2
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Approaches to Learning: A.EL.2, A.EL.3 · Cognition and General Knowledge: A.EL.3, C.EL.1, C.EL.3, C.EL.4

Construction Zone: The Power of Shapes (K4-4th grade)

Put on your hard hats and jump into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)! Children will explore the strength of shapes and use scientific methods to experiment with basic engineering concepts as they design, build and test the strength of their own bridges.
Wisconsin Standards for Science: SCI.SEP1.A.K-2, SCI.SEP3.A.K-2, SCI.SEP4.A.K-2, SCI.ETS2.A.K-2, SCI.ETS3.C.K-2
NGSS Standards: K-2-ETS1-3, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: K.G, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 2.G.1, 3.G.1
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Cognition and General Knowledge: B.EL.1, B.EL.3, B.EL.5, C.EL.1, C.EL.2, C.EL.3, C.EL.4

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