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–Friday

Phone:

602.716.2028

You may also complete the following form and a Reservation Representative will contact you within the next 72 hours. 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):

$6 per child

Chaperones:

$6

Irene P. Flinn Theater

$5 per person

Theater Info

Dorrance Planetarium

$5 per person

Planetarium Info

Traveling Exhibition

Price varies

Featured Exhibition


Field Trip Add-On Experiences

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

Demonstrations

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

Take a trip to prehistoric times and learn about the science and field practice of paleontology! Learn about the fossilization process and have the opportunity to inspect fossils and form hypotheses from your observations.

Learn about genes, touch real DNA extracted from strawberries, and become a forensic scientist by using DNA information to solve a mystery.

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.

This colorful show about chemical reactions will get you all fired up about chemistry. Learn about different chemical reactions and how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives.

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 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.

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

CREATE Makerspace Field Trip Options

Grades 4–8

$35 per student

2 hours per session
Max 6 students 

Enter the world of 3D printing through the use of Printerbot 3D Printers and Sculptris software, a fun and engaging way to start off your digital sculpting journey! If you're new to the world of digital sculpting and 3D Printing this is a great place to start. Students will model, fabricate, test and discuss various functions of 3D printing.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 3–6

$6 per student

60 minutes
Max 90 students per session

Using air pressure and basic aviation design, challenge your friends to see who can launch their rocket the highest in the sky! We will explore the concepts of iteration and experimentation, by making one-of-a-kind paper rockets! This is an open-ended activity which encourages students to build, test, and refine their own designs.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 1–8

$7 per student

90 minutes per session
Max 60 participants per session

Here's a great field trip for any class that's interested in learning more about how electronics work in the real world...and who want a hands-on experience that's not only educational but tons of fun!

In our Blinking Light Box session, students will learn about parallel and series circuits, lights and switches as they design a box that contains a blinking light circuit.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 2–8

$7 per student

60 minutes per session
Max of 30 students per session 

Design It! is a program that illustrates the basics of design thinking, a process that many innovators use to create new products. The Makey Makey is an innovative tool designed by two students from MIT that turns objects into keys for computer keyboards. During this program, students are challenged to design a novel video game controller using the Makey Makey and found objects and natural materials.  

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 1–6

$6 per student

60 minutes per session
Max of 90 participants per session 

How do ideas go from imagination to reality? We will explore the concepts of iteration and experimentation, by making one-of-a-kind art machines! This is an open-ended activity which encourages students to build, test, and refine their own designs. Students will also gain first-hand knowledge about simple circuits and how DC motors can be used to create a variety of different kinds of motion!

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 6–9

$10 per student

1 hour per session
Max 30 students per session

Enjoy a fun way to learn the basics of soldering. Students will be introduced to basic soldering techniques and tools. They will practice by completing a blinky robot badge which they proudly wear to show others. Students will leave the experience with the confidence to tackle more advanced soldering projects.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 2–6

$7 per student

60 minutes per session
Max of 90 students per session

Introduce students to concepts from insect anatomy, bioluminescence and electronic components, students will create creatures that showcase an understanding of the structure of specific insects and their functions. They will use motors, LEDs, pipe cleaners and Popsicle sticks to make their own interpretation of an insect that illuminates and moves.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grade 2–9

$6 per student

60 minutes per session
Max of 30 students per session

In our Make It! programs, we want students to gain knowledge and skills primarily through direct contact with interesting tools and materials. LittleBits are a modular electronics development tool which allows complex circuits to be built rapidly and without any breadboarding, wiring, or soldering. Using LittleBits, students will be challenged to make a toy that will operate without touching.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 5–9

$35 per student

3.5 hours per session
Max 30 students per session

A fun introduction to the world of coding and circuity. Combining the innovative tools of Makey Makey and Scratch, groups of students will create a game, tool, or invention that can help solve real world problems. Students will engage through design thinking, collaboration, and problem solving to seek solutions for everyday life.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 5–10

$10 per student

90 minutes per session
Max 30 students per session

What's it like to toss huge boulders through the air and smash down walls? That's what we explore in this very popular session on medieval catapults. Learn a bit of history, apply a bit of math, and see how warring factions in the Middle Ages used early principles of mechanical engineering to win the day. 

Students will make catapults using drills and measuring tools. This program focuses on history, math and mechanical engineering.  

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

Grades 1–3

$10 per student

90 minutes per session
Max 30 students per session 

Engage student with logic based building and techniques through the assembly of wood toy models. Students will be able to choose from 4 model options and will be guided through the project using symmetry, understanding of design and basic geometric skills. Students will then team up to participate on our derby race track.

To book a field trip please call 602.716.2028 or e-mail ascgroupsales@azscience.org

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.

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 August through April:

  • Wednesday, February 20

  • Wednesday, March 20

  • Saturday, April 20

Focused Field Trip Registration

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.

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: