Field Trip Information

Thanks to the generosity of our community supporters, Arizona Science Center is proud to offer a great educational opportunity for your students. Field trips to Arizona Science Center provide a rich learning experience, support content standards and create excitement for learning science through our hands-on exhibits and activities!

Reservations

Hours:

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Saturday

Phone:

602.716.2028

You may also complete the following form and a Reservation Representative will contact you within the next 3 business days. Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Request Form

Plan Your Field Trip

Spark students' imagination and engage curious minds through science. Learn more about planning your field trip to Arizona Science Center! Discounted tickets are available to groups and Title 1 Schools are eligible for free admission into the Science Center.


Field Trip Pricing

General Admission

Children (Ages 2–17):

$7 per child

Chaperones:

$8


Field Trip Add-On Experiences

Be sure to check out our add on experiences for your next field trip.

Irene P. Flinn Theater

$5 per person

Theater Info

Dorrance Planetarium

$5 per person

Planetarium Info

Traveling Exhibition

Price varies

Featured Exhibition

CREATE Makerspace

Price varies

Create Makerspace

Demonstrations

Add-On Experiences can be customized to address your content focus.  Here are a couple examples of Add-On programs you can request:

Learn about the chemical reaction responsible for combustion through a variety of experiments. This demonstration is sure to heat things up.

 

Watch a real cow eyeball dissection and learn about the anatomy and physiology of the eye.

Take a cool break from the Arizona heat while learning through various experiments the amazing things that happen to solids, liquids, and gasses when they are introduced to temperatures approaching -320°F.

Learning about the human body systems? Check out Stomach This and learn all about order, function and state of food in different organs of the digestive system!

Any Science on Wheels In Your Class programs are available year-round and designed for up to 25 students per class. Classes start at $7 per student and do not include general admission. Click here for class options 

Special Thematic Add-On Experiences

Add-On themes can be customized to meet your content standards and include several activities. To create an amazing customized experience, email outreach@azscience.org.

AVAILABILITY: Contact Group Sales at 602.716.2028 to schedule a Buggin' Out Add-On Experience
PRICING: $13 per student (does not include general admission)

Get ready for some creepy, crawly fun as you learn about the six defining characteristics of insects while creating your own jitterbug insect, and dissecting a grasshopper.

AVAILABILITY: Please contact Group Sales at 602.716.2028 to schedule an Awesome Dissection Experience for your class during your visit.
PRICING: $12 per student (does not include general admission)

Learn the purpose and techniques behind dissections as well as proper dissection etiquette and procedures. Working in small groups, explore the anatomy and physiology of specimens by performing your own guided dissection.

Field Trips to CREATE Makerspace

Our CREATE Challenges for school groups are unique, hands–on activities that give students the opportunity to engage with the principles of making, tinkering and design thinking, while also developing proficiency within the framework of the ISTE educational standards. Each CREATE Challenge is designed to fit comfortably within a field trip scheduled at Arizona Science Center.

In this next-generation educational facility, we use both new and traditional technologies to foster active learning and creative problem–solving in a flexible, multi–use environment. At CREATE, we hope to ignite a passion in both students and teachers for a kind of "serious play" that is typical of the most successful scientists, artists, engineers and inventors.

 Learn More About CREATE

Please use the request form above to request a CREATE Makerspace only field trip. CREATE field trip fees are applicable to all schools, Title 1, and community groups. 

CREATE Makerspace Field Trip Options

TOY MODELING DERBY

Using symmetry and design, students will assemble wooden toys to participate in a derby race. 
Grades 1–*3 | $10 per student | 1 hour

BLAST OFF WITH PAPER ROCKETS

Using air pressure and basic aviation design, students will explore the concepts of iteration and experimentation by making one-of-a-kind paper rockets.  
Grades 1–*6 | $6 per student | 1 hour

IMAGINE IT! WITH SCRIBBLING BOTS

Students will make a one-of-a-kind art project using motorized art machines while exploring the concepts of iteration and experimentation. 

Grades 1–*6 | $6 per student | 1 hour

JITTERBUGS

Students will explore anatomy, bioluminescence, and electronics while creating a one-of-a-kind insect.  
$7 per student | 1 hour

DESIGN IT! WITH MAKEY MAKEY

Students will design their own video game control using the Makey Makey invention kit. 
$7 per student |  1 hour 

BLINKING LIGHT BOX

Students will learn about parallel and series circuits, lights and switches as they design a box that contains a blinking light circuit.
$7 per student | 1.5 hour

 

MAKE IT! WITH LITTLEBITS

Students will learn to use and hone their modular electronics skills to complete complex circuits and challenges.
$6 per student | 1 hour

INTRO TO SOLDERING

Students will learn basic soldering techniques and tools to create their own unique project.   
$10 per student | 1 hour

MEDIEVAL CATAPULTS

Students will make catapults using drills and measuring tools. This program focuses on history, math and mechanical engineering.  
$10 per student | 1.5 hour

MAKEY MAKEY AND SCRATCH ARCADE

Students will use electronic invention tools to create a video game, tool, or invention that addresses real-world problems. 
$35 per student | 3.5 hrs

 

Field Trip Policies

Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis.  Confirmation to be provided within 72 business hours.  Groups will receive a confirmation once approved. 

Adults must be present and with the students at all times.  The child to adult ratio is 1:5. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for their group’s behavior. We reserve the right to remove any individual or group refusing to comply with reasonable standards of behavior. 

It is recommended that your group secure transportation before making a reservation with the Science Center.  

Buses and over-sized vans will unload groups in Heritage Park & Science.  Parking passes will be given for the Civic East Garage for parking.  Parking passes are an additional $6 per vehicle, please make sure to notify the Group Sales Department about your parking needs.  Groups coming in cars will be able to park in the Heritage Garage, if it is not full.  Ticket stubs will be validated at the Information Desk for discounted rates.  

Arizona Science Center has limited areas for lunches and eating, our lunchroom is available at 30 minute intervals, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Does not include food and the spaces are not available for reservation during the weekends.  

Maximum Occupancy: 152 

Bean Sprouts

Open daily from 10 a.m.5 p.m.

Call Bean Sprouts if you are interested in having lunches prepared for your group!  Contact Bean Sprouts at 602.253.9050 to order and pay for your lunches prior to your visit.  

Bean Sprouts provides hip and healthy food options and creative approach to fun, tasty and guilt-free meals. The menu includes beverages from organic coffees, teas and smoothies to gourmet sandwiches, pizzas and fun imaginative kids snacks. 

View Bean Sprouts menu, click here

Payment arrangements are due prior to the day of your visit.  Arizona Science Center accepts cash, check, credit card, or Purchase Order.  Purchase Orders must be paid in full within 30 days of your visit.  

Mailing address for payments:

Arizona Science Center
c/o Group Sales Dept.
600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Running late?  Please call 602.716.2028 to notify us of your situation as soon as possible.  

Overnight Camp-In at Arizona Science Center

Spend the night at Arizona Science Center engaging in an evening of fun-filled, customized, hands-on science experiences. For more information, click here.


 

Guides and Curriculum

Below is a collection of guides and curriculum for use in the classroom and during your visit to the Science Center:

Title One Schools

Title 1 Schools (K–8) are eligible for a Free School Field Trip Admission (additional fees will apply for add-on experiences including Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater, Dorrance Planetarium and CREATE Makerspace).

Teachers must attend a free Focused Field Trip Teacher Orientation every two years. During the orientation, teachers will receive materials to prepare your group for a STEM-centered field trip.

Focused Field Trip Orientations

Join us for a free 2-hour professional development program where you will explore ways to use our exhibits and galleries as extensions of your classroom and discover the keys to a successful field trip.

The Focused Field Trip Orientation qualifies teachers in K-8 public schools with at least 40% of students enrolled in free and reduced lunch to receive field trip admission at no cost. All teachers working with students on the Title 1 field trip are required to attend this workshop, and this qualification must be renewed every other year.

All participants of the Focused Field Trip Orientation receive a certificate for 2 hours of professional development.

This orientation is offered Wednesdays (4:30 –6:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (8–10 a.m.) on the following dates from September through April:

Dates: 

Saturdays | Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, April 4

Wednesdays | Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Jan. 22, Feb. 19, April 22

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Fund-A-Bus Grant Initiative

Thanks to many generous partners, Arizona Science Center is pleased to offer a limited number of bus transportation grants to Arizona public schools. These grants provide free bus transportation to and from Arizona Science Center for Arizona public school students in grades K–8. Grants are awarded for transportation costs up to $1,000. The 2019-20 application is now closed.

Parking

To receive parking validation, please park in the garage at the Heritage & Science Park located at 501 E Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. We can validate your ticket for 60 minutes of free parking at the Info Desk. Every hour following will be $1, but will not exceed $8. When commuting to Arizona Science Center, please plan for traffic accordingly.

Downloads

Field Trip Guide

Everything you need to know about your field trip.

Field Trip Checklist

Make sure you have everything you need for the field trip.

Teacher Guide

A must-read for teachers prior to the field trip.

Sponsor Acknowledgements

Arizona Science Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of field trips for school groups:

Bindley Foundation

Cox Charities Maricopa County

Chandler Compadres

Executive Council Charities

Helios Education Foundation

Kinder Morgan Foundation

Kitchell Contractors Corporation

John. F. Long Foundation

Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation

 

ON Semiconductor

PetSmart

Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture

Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust 

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

The Arizona Republic/azcentral’s Season for Sharing

Tohono O’Odham Indian Community

U.S. Bank Foundation

Virginia M. Ullman Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

USAA