School Programs

At the Children’s Museum, we offer museum-based field trips, outreach field trips, and group visits designed for preschools, elementary schools, daycares, and homeschool groups.

There are 15 educational program topics that can be taught at our Downtown, Fredericksburg, or Chesterfield locations – or we can bring the program to you through Children’s Museum to Go. If you’d like to enjoy the museum without an educational program, just request a Group Visit at any of our four locations.

School programs

All our school programs align to current Virginia standards (Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and/or Virginia Standards of Learning), and each is designed to support the learning priorities of our Learning Framework.

The Children’s Museum believes “Virginia is for Learners” and supports the 5 C’s. Core elements of our programs include:

  • Play and hands-on experiences
  • Embedded literacy
  • Executive function/life skills support
  • Teacher/caregiver empowerment

To schedule a field trip or group trip, please complete a respective request form at least three weeks in advance. Each requested visit and program require its own form. Forms submitted with less than three weeks’ notice are not eligible for scholarship pricing, so the daily admission rate per student $9 for field trips and $8 for group visits will apply.

Prior to booking, please read all the information included on the field trip, group visit and Museum to Go pages. These pages contain instructions as well as tips for planning a successful school program.

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The Children’s Museum provides field trip education programs for pre-K to 3rd grade students, including Special Needs students, at our Downtown, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg locations or as part of our Museum to Go outreach program. All programs are aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning, NAEYC Standards, and Foundation Blocks for Learning.


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Field trip programs inspire and engage students through hands-on activities, literacy, and art components. Admission price is $9 per child, although scholarship funds and grants may be available. We require one adult for every five children.

Check out these steps for planning a successful field trip with the Children’s Museum, or start your reservation now.


Children's Museum to Go!

To enjoy the Children’s Museum without travel or time constraints, request an outreach program. Designed specifically for preschools, daycares, and schools, Children’s Museum to Go brings the field trip to you!


group-visits

Not interested in an educator-led, SOL-aligned program? Free exploration without a program is called a group visit, and the cost is $8 per child. We require one adult for every five children.


scholarships-grants

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, the Children’s Museum is able to provide scholarships and grants for the children of Central Virginia to visit at a free or reduced cost.