School Programs

At the Children’s Museum, we offer educational programs in three formats: museum-based field trips, Children’s Museum to Go (we come to you), and virtual field trips (using Zoom platform unless another is required). All three formats have programs designed for preschools, elementary schools, daycares, and homeschool groups.

If you’d like to enjoy the museum without an educational program, just request a Group Visit at either of our two locations.

Museum-based program options and available times/locations may be limited due to the Museum operating under modifications to ensure safety. Please contact or call 804-474-7012 for information on current options, or submit a request using the online form below and we will contact you. Children’s Museum To Go and Virtual Programs are only limited by staffing availability and distance.

Note: Information on this page may not be in effect or may be modified.

School programs

All of 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 the 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, Virtual field trip, and Museum to Go pages. These pages contain instructions as well as tips for planning a successful school program.


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.

We now have more Virtual Field Trip programs available! These are 30-45 minute programs usually delivered via ZOOM.


Museum-based 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.

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! Note: there is a travel fee associated with this program model.


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. Options are limited due to capacity restrictions.


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