Field Trip Benefits
• Discounted rates
• Financial scholarships for low income schools possible through Arkansas Discovery
Network (while funds last)
• Bring science curriculum frameworks to life
• Improve observation and inquiry skills
• Connect classroom concepts to real world, hands-on experiences
• Stimulate interest in science, spark curiosity, reshape attitudes and stir the imagination of students
• See what teachers and students say about their field trip
Before scheduling a field trip, please read all of the following information. To make a field trip reservation, please call the Director of Informal Learning at (501)767-3461 ext. 13, or send her an email today. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit. You must receive a confirmation from the Museum for your reservation to be valid. If you have not received a confirmation within 2 days of your request, please contact us.
If you are scheduling a field trip during April or May, please be aware that this is our busy season. Mornings and Fridays fill quickly therefore it is suggested that you schedule well in advance for better selection.
Fees & Chaperones
The per person rates below are available for groups of 15 or more who make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance of their visit. Prices include tax. You will receive a confirmation letter and pre-visit information via email or mail after your reservation has been processed.
Field Trip Options Students Adult w/ 10 Students Add'l Adults
Exhibits & Tesla Show $7 each FREE $7 each
Exhibits, Tesla Show & Simulator $10 each FREE $10 each
Chaperones are essential to a successful field trip. Mid-America Science Museum requires a ratio of at least 1 adult for every 10 students. These adults are expected to stay with and interact with the students to which they are assigned and help make their experience a fun and educational one. Chaperones are responsible for ensuring that students abide by all rules and regulations of the Mid-America Science Museum. Disruptive or unsafe behavior will not be permitted and may result in the group being asked to leave. Please select chaperones that will guide by example and have them assigned to a group of 10 students prior to your arrival. Download a handy guide for chaperones here. Due to the important role chaperones play during the field trip, all required chaperones are free of charge. Bus drivers are also free of charge. Prices are subject to change. Register early to guarantee prices.
Correlations to Arkansas Science Curriculum Frameworks
Before exploring the Mid-America Science Museum, we recommend completing this pre-visit activity with your students. This activity is designed to encourage careful observations about familiar objects and to accurately record findings. By practicing their observation skills, students will be prepared to make careful observations and ask questions about the science phenomena they will experience when exploring the museum exhibits. The Arkansas Science Curriculum Frameworks identify observation as an important component of scientific investigations for grades k-12.
Use this Science Hunt to guide your group's exploration of Museum exhibits.
Arkansas Discovery Network
"Effective Use of Field Trips in Educational Programming: A Three Stage Approach" by Brian Myers and Linda Jones
We want to hear from you! Email us ways you used your Mid-America Science Museum field trip to enhance classroom curriculum, activities used to prepare students, tips for a successful field trip, and/or what your students learned from their field trip. We will post your comments so other teachers can benefit from your successes!
Policies: Payment, Cancellations, Late Arrivals
Full payment is expected upon arrival.
Collect all money necessary in order to make a single total payment to guest services for the entire group (including all chaperones). This payment will include admission as well as virtual reality simulator fees if applicable. Chaperones will not be allowed to pay individually. Note: taxes will be charged unless an Arkansas tax exempt letter is provided.
Forms of Payment
Credit Card, school/business check (no personal checks), or cash. Purchase orders are accepted if check or credit card is not feasible. Invoices are generated based on the reservation number listed on the purchase order. The purchase order, once submitted, cannot be changed.
Cancellations must be made at least one week in advance. Every effort will be made to reschedule groups, subject to availability. Telephone cancellations should be confirmed immediately in writing by mail, email, or fax. School groups may reschedule when school closings occur due to inclement weather—subject to availability.
To get the most out of your time at the Mid-America Science Museum, please arrive on time for your field trip. Please call if your group is running behind schedule. If your group arrives late, we will do our best to accommodate you.
The Snack Bar is open from 11am - 2pm everyday in March (except Easter Sunday, March 31), and Tuesday - Sunday in April and May (except Thursday, April 4). Value meals are available on a limited basis. Be sure to ask about food service when scheduling your field trip.
Hours and menu subject to change without notice.
As space and weather permits, students can enjoy their lunch “picnic style” at the Museum. Groups are welcome to dine outdoors on the deck or out front near the parking lot. Please label each child’s lunch and pack all lunches in a large box/cooler (provided by you) with the school’s name clearly written on each box/cooler. Upon your arrival, you will receive specific storage information from a staff member.
Chaperones are responsible for making sure your group leaves the eating area clean. Food, gum, drinks and/or candy are only allowed in the outside picnic areas or in the Snack Bar area. Please mention that you will be brown bagging your lunch when making your reservation. more
Be sure to plan time during your field trip to visit the Mid-America Science Museum Store. The Museum Store is full of educational toys, souvenirs and more. Grab bags filled with items from the Museum Store are available for $3 + tax per bag. Please mention that you would like grab bags when making your reservation. more
Directions & Parking
Situated on more than 21 acres of beautiful rolling woodlands, Mid-America Science Museum is approximately 6.5 miles west of historic downtown Hot Springs. The Museum is located at 500 Mid-America Blvd., just past National Park Community College. Click on the compass at left to map your ideal route today! In Hot Springs, you can also ride the Intercity Transit (IT) Mid-America Line, which offers a convenient stop at the front bridge of the Museum.
Buses There is ample, free bus parking in front of the museum.
Cars and Other Vehicles Free parking is available for all vehicles. For physically handicapped visitors, please use the employee driveway. These individuals should be dropped off at the side entrance and the vehicles parked in the regular parking lot. Call 501.767.3461 for more information. more