Types of field trips
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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Explore the Museum’s interactive exhibits as a group. Includes:
Offered 9:30 – 11 a.m., noon – 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Minimum of 10 students or minimum payment of $50 is required.
Enhance your visit with a program that encourages learning through materials, props, demonstrations and group interaction. Includes:
Offered 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or noon – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. Minimum of 25 students or minimum payment of $187.50 is required.
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 a.m. or noon – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. Minimum of 10 students or minimum payment of $100 is required; maximum 30 students.
Field Trip type
Cost per student
Special Admissions Program*
|Self-Guided Field Trip||$5||$2.50|
|Focused Field Trip||$7.50||$5|
|Be A Maker Field Trip: Fluid Formations||$10||$5 (50% discount!)|
|Be A Maker Field Trip: Animator||$12||$6 (50% discount!)|
|Be A Maker Field Trip: Mega-Fort||$12||$6 (50% discount!)|
|Be A Maker Field Trip: robART||$15||$7.50 (50% discount!)|
From February 13 through March 17, 2017, schools (K-12)* can apply for grants valued up to $1,000 each for the 2017-2018 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. To apply, visit Kohls.com/FieldTrip
*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 2/13/17 & ends 3/17/17. 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. Click here for Official Rules.
If your class has received a Kohl’s Cares Field Trip grant for the 2016-2017 school year, please book your field trip as soon as possible to ensure a preferred date and time slot for your visit. 2016-2017 grant funds must be used by June 30, 2017.
Groups visiting courtesy of a grant from Kohl’s Cares do not qualify for additional discounts or free buses.
Groups that do not qualify or have not received a field trip grant through Kohl’s Cares may qualify for reduced admission through the Museum’s Special Admissions Program.
The Special Admissions Fund was established in memory of Mary Leach Smith. Major support for the Special Admissions Program is generously provided by Denise & Gary Elfe. Additional support is provided by the Zilber Family Foundation and the D.R.E.A.M. Fund.
FREE buses for Milwaukee Public Schools
For information about receiving free bus transportation for your field trip, call 414-390-KIDS, ext. 272. Availability is limited.
Free bus transportation for MPS schools is made possible by the Herzfeld Foundation.
Reservations & payment
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.
Please click the button above to begin making your Field Trip reservation. If you have questions about reservations, please email us (preferred) or call 414-390-5437, ext. 272.
Mega-Fort (K5 – 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. A mini building project for the classroom is included.
Highlighting Technology and Engineering Standards: AC1.a.2.e, AC1.b.3.e, BB1.f.2.e, ENG3.a.2.e, ENG.a.3.e
Fluid Formations (2nd – 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.
Highlighting Science Standards: C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.8, D.4.1, D.4.3, D.4.4
Highlighting Art and Design Standards: I.4.7
robART (2nd – 4th grade)
The future is now! Children will design and build their own art-generating robot to take home. Before they go, they can unleash them in the BAM space to create a collaborative work of art.
Highlighting Technology and Engineering Standards: AC1.e.5.e, BB1.c.1.e, ENG5.b.3.e
Highlighting Art and Design Standards: I.4.7
Animator (3rd – 4th grade)
Bring art to life! Children will learn about different animation techniques and then create their own digital stop-motion animations.
Highlighting Art and Design Standards: D.4.6, E.4.2, F.4.1, F.4.7
Highlighting Technology and Engineering Standards: ENG4.b.1.e, ICT1.h.4.e
Our Five Senses (K3 – 1st grade)
Why does food taste funny when you have a cold? Find the answer to this question and many more as you identify and explore the five senses. Learn how your senses keep you safe and how each sense contributes to your ongoing health and wellness.
Highlighting Science Standards: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.8
Recycling Roundup (K3 – 3rd grade)
Protect our planet! 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.”
Highlighting Environmental Education Standards: C.4.1, C.4.4, E.4.2
Highlighting Science Standards: C.4.2, H.4.1, H.4.2
Story Stages (K5 – 1st grade)
Ready, set, read! Using classic stories, emergent and early fluent readers will hone their skills through collaboration and storytelling.
Highlighting 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
Marvelous Math! (K5 – 3rd grade)
What do making a deposit at the bank, laying a floor, and cooking dinner all have in common? Math, of course! Children will explore everyday experiences in an interactive program that supports developing math skills through hands-on challenges and games.
Highlighting 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
Playground Engineers (K5 – 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.
Highlighting Science Standards: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.6, G.4.4, H.4.3
Highlighting Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: 1.G.1, 1.G.2
Construction Zone (K5 – 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 and build their own bridges.
Highlighting Science Standards: C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.8
Highlighting Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: K.G, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 2.G.1, 3.G.1
The Heads & Tails of Money (1st – 3rd grade)
Sponsored by WaterStone Bank
Earn, spend, save and share! Children will learn basic money management skills while playing games that reinforce currency knowledge.
Highlighting Personal Financial Literacy Standards: B.1, B.3, D.1
Highlighting Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: 1.OA.1, 1.NBT.5, 1.NBT.6, 2.OA.1, 2.MD.8, 3.NBT.2
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. Groups will receive a recording of their workshop to use in the classroom!
Highlighting 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