Field Trips and Group Visits

Kidzu is accepting reservations for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 field trips and group visits! If you are not able to come to the museum, let us bring the Kidzu fun to your classroom/organization with an In-School Field Trip.

Self-Guided Group Visits

Explore at your own pace! You will have group access to all exhibit areas in our museum.

  • Fee: $6.00 per child
  • Kidzu offers 1 complimentary adult admission per every 5 children
  • Extra adults are admitted at $6.00 per person


Self-Guided Visit Time Options:

Groups with up to 20 individuals can schedule during any of the following times Monday – Friday:

  • 10am – 12pm
  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 3pm – 5pm
  • Must book at minimum 1 week in advance to allow capacity adjustments.

Groups with more than 20 individuals can visit the following days:

  • Mondays (any time 9am – 3pm)
  • Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am or 10am – 12pm
  • Must book at minimum 3 weeks in advance.

*Visits are for a maximum of 2 hours

To book your self-guided visit, fill out this interest form or contact our Programs team directly.

Kidzu Field Trips

Field Trip Time Options:
Groups with up to 20 individuals can schedule during any of the following times Monday – Friday:

  • 10am – 12pm
  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 3pm – 5pm
  • Must book at minimum 1 week in advance to allow capacity adjustments.

Groups with more than 20 individuals can schedule during the following days:

  • Mondays (any time 9am – 3pm)
  • Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am or 10am – 12pm
  • Must book at minimum 3 weeks in advance. 

*Visits are for a maximum of 2 hours.

Interested in bringing one of our field trip options to your classroom/organization? Reach out to our Field Trip Coordinator about hosting an In-School Field Trip.

To schedule a field trip, please complete this interest form and a member of our Programs Team will be in touch.

Include workshops led by a Kidzu facilitator! Workshop themes correlate to the NC Essential Standards/Common Core.

  • Fee: $7.50 per child
  • Educators are free
  • Parents are $6.00 per person
  • UPGRADE: For only $1 more per student, upgrade your experience with a customized learning extension activity for each student. 

Field Trips Available:

Hands-on activities based around the question, “Does it sink or float?” Children learn about density through hypothesis, testing and verifying whether various objects sink or float. Students will also design & build boats out of aluminum foil and experiment with each vessel’s floating ability.

NC Curriculum Alignment: APL-1, APL-2, LDC-7, CD-1, CD-2, CD-11, K.P.1

Explore what it’s like to be a bee at every stage of life – from baby bees in their honeycomb cell, to nurse bees caring for the hive, to adult bees foraging for nectar and pollen. Activities are designed to spark interest, enthusiasm and empathy for our bee buddies. We’ll spend time in our outdoor garden & create an origami seed packet to take home! Please note: The workshop portion of this field trip will take place outside if weather permits but can also be facilitated inside.

NC Curriculum Alignment: APL-1-2, APL-3, APL-5, HPD-4-6, LDC-7-10, CD-1-3, CD-5, CD-9, CD-11-15, K.L.1, K.P.1, K.L.1.1, K.L.1.2

Explore the five senses as we find adventure at every sight, sniff, sound, and texture. While working in cooperative groups, learn how our senses can keep us safe and help us understand our world. Children will explore, compare and predict physical properties of mystery objects.

NC Curriculum Alignment: APL-6, HPD-2, HPD-4-5, LDC-7-8, CD-1,11,14-15

Explore how healthy habits keep our bodies happy and moving! This high-activity trip leads your students through the museum as we explore healthy foods, yoga, and fun exercises to get your heartbeat going!

NC Curriculum Alignment: K.PCH.1.1, K.NPA.1-2, 1.NPA.1, 1.NPA.2, 1.NPA.3, 1.PCH.1, 1.PCH.2, 1.MEH.1, 2.MEH.1, 2.NPA.1.2

Sort, classify, & create – all while discovering matter! Learn how all matter is composed of small particles and how to classify & describe everyday objects while exploring the museum! Additionally, students will explore and investigate using iPhone microscopes. The upgraded version of this trip is a make and take creation using real potter’s tools and clay.

NC Curriculum Alignment: K.P.2.1, K.P.2.2

Students will explore forces and motion and experiment with wind and weather while learning to work as a team. We’ll design and engineer with different materials using Kidzu’s portable wind tunnel.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 1.P.1, 1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.2, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.4

Makers are inventors, tinkerers and scientists! Learn about engineers and then discover your inner maker through planning, designing, and creating a bridge as a team. We will test the creations at the end of the lesson to see which bridges are the strongest, longest, highest, and most effective.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 1.MD.2, 1.P.1, 1.G.2, 1.E.1  2.MD.2, 2.MD.3, 2.E.1

How do we sense sound? We know that we can hear it, but did you know that you can see it? Feel it? Interact with it? Students will use multiple senses to discover that sound is an invisible form of energy.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 2.P.1, 2.P.1.1, 2.P.1.2

How do engineers communicate with computers and other forms of technology? In the Algorithms and Problem Solving field trip, students will have hands-on experience learning how computer scientists develop algorithms through problem solving techniques in order to program these machines.

NC Curriculum Alignment: K2-AP-01, K2-AP-02, K2-AP-03, K2-AP-04, 35-AP-01, 35-AP-02, 35-AP-03, 35-AP-06

In-School Field Trips

Kidzu offers both STEM and Outdoor Learning In-School Field Trip options!

Pricing:

  • 1-15 students: $8/student
  • 16-40 students: $7/student
  • 41+ students: $6/student
  • Optional Delivery Fee (will be calculated at check out based off distance from Kidzu)
  • Optional Kidzu Educator: $30/hour, minimum of 2 hours (delivery is included!)

Cost includes:

  • Classrooms will be able to have all of the materials for 3 full school days (10% of total invoice will be charged for every additional day)

STEM In-School Field Trips

Our In-School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Field Trips provide curricularly-aligned activities to engage and excite students in a selection of grade-aligned science topics. These activities can be facilitated by an independent educator, or a Kidzu staff member (at an additional cost). Each In-School STEM Field Trip includes a full introduction to the topic, 3 different stations-based activities, and a take-home activity for learners to enjoy. 

To schedule an In-School Field Trip, please complete this interest form and a member of our Programs Team will be in touch.

STEM In-School Field Trips Available:

Explore robotics and computer programming with engaging, hands-on activities! Children will investigate what makes computers and robots special, while interacting with real robots and learning how to communicate with these types of technology.

NC Curriculum Alignment: CD-2, CD-3, CD-11, CD-12, CD-13, APL-5, APL-6, K2-CS-02, K2-CS-03, K2-CS-04, K2-NI-01, K2-DA-04, K2-AP-02, K2-AP-03, K2-AP-04, K2-AP-05, K2-AP-07, K2-AP-08

What causes the weather we observe all around us? Participants will get to explore weather tools and perform experiments to dive deeper into the science behind the weather patterns we see and experience every day.

NC Curriculum Alignment: K.E.1, K.E.1.1, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.3, 2.E.1.4

What are the 4 forces of flight and how do they allow airplanes and helicopters to fly through the air? Participants will get to create airplane launchers, paper helicopters, and use Kidzu’s wind tunnels to put their own “flying machines” to the test.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 1.P.1, 1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.3, 3.P.1, 3.P.1.1, 3.P.1.2, 3.P.1.3

Learn about the life cycles of flowering plants, insects, and amphibians! Participants will experience the progression of these life cycle stages through a bean plant experiment, frog craft, and creation of a handheld learning tool explaining the ladybug life cycle.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 2.L.1, 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2

What is matter and how do we study it like scientists? Participants will investigate chemical change, distinguish between the states of matter, and learn about the properties of various materials. 

NC Curriculum Alignment: 2.P.2, 3.P.2, 3.P.2.2

Learn how computers solve problems through algorithms created by computer programmers! By interacting with one of Kidzu’s favorite robots, Cubetto, and writing algorithms in small groups and for friends, participants will gain insight into how computers process information and reach goals.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 35-AP-01, 35-AP-02, 35-AP-03, 35-AP-04, 35-AP-05, 35-AP-06, 35-AP-10, 35-AP-11, 35-AP-12

Discover how we generate electricity, how it travels to our homes and schools, and how we transform it to be useful in our daily lives. Participants will experiment with static electricity, create live circuits, and investigate conductive and insulating materials. 

NC Curriculum Alignment: 3.P.3, 3.P.3.1, 3.P.3.2, 4.P.2.1

Learn about Newton’s laws of motion and how we experience each in our everyday lives. Participants will investigate Newton’s 3 laws through an inertia experiment, using catapults, and putting on balloon races!

NC Curriculum Alignment: 3.P.1, 3.P.1.1, 3.P.1.2, 3.P.1.3, 5.P.1, 5.P.1.1, 5.P.1.2, 5.P.1.4

Take a deep dive into energy and renewable energy resources! Participants will build their own electric motors, mini wind turbines, and solar ovens to investigate how energy can be harnessed to power our lives. 

NC Curriculum Alignment: 6.P.3, 6.P.3.3, 7.P.2, 8.P.2, 8.P.2.1, 8.P.2.2

How do computer programmers communicate with machinery through code? To answer this question, participants will try out computers’ binary language, solve game theory riddles, experiment with robotics, and use code to direct friends’ actions.

NC Curriculum Alignment: 68-CS-01, 68-AP-03, 68-AP-04, 68-AP-07, 68-AP-10, 68-AP-12, 68-IC-04, 68-IC-05, 68-IC-06

Gain hands-on experience with engineering in the medical field. Learn how prosthetic limbs are designed and help their users, experience how engineering plays a part in medicine we use regularly, and consider how biomedical engineering can help us keep our bodies safe. 

NC Curriculum Alignment: 7.L.1, 7.L.1.4, 8.L.2, 8.L.2.1

Outdoor Learning In-School Field Trips

Each of our 4 In-School Outdoor Learning Field Trips include grade-specific, curricularly aligned STEM activities designed to be done outdoors. Each In-School Outdoor Learning Field Trips includes a facilitator guide with lesson plans and all the materials needed to complete each activity. Each Discovery Box has multiple activities for different grade levels. Our Field Trip Coordinator is always available to help modify the activities to fit the needs of your class.

To schedule an In-School Field Trip, please complete this interest form and a member of our Programs Team will be in touch.

Outdoor Learning In-School Field Trips Available:

How do honeybees communicate with one another? Where do honeybees get their food? Why do honeybees build their hives using hexagon shapes? Learn the answers to these questions and more about the fascinating lives of hardworking honeybees! 

NC Curriculum Alignment: NC Foundations Cognitive Development, Approaches to Play and Learning, and Language Development and Communication, K.P.1, K.P.2, K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2

Investigate the science of the way the Earth works from the sky all the way down to the dirt in the ground! Participants will learn about and observe clouds, collect weather data, and experiment with worms and soil to gain an understanding of our planet’s patterns and ecosystems. 

NC Curriculum Alignment: APL-1, LDC-2, LDC-8, LDC-9, CD-1, CD-14, CD -15, K.E.1, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2, K.E.1.3, 1.L.1, 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.4

Explore the concepts of forces and motion through fairy rings, handmade bird gliders, and sound! Participants will practice positional language and movement, discuss the science behind flying objects, and play with boom whackers to learn about pitch and volume. 

NC Curriculum Alignment: CD-4, CD-5, CD-10, CD-11, CD-14, CD-15, K.P.1, K.P.1.1, K.P.1.2, 1.P.1, 1.P.1.3, 2.P.1, 2.P.1.1, 2.P.1.2

Enjoy the stories The Big Book of Bugs, Amazing Bees, and A Butterfly is Patient to learn about the lives of living organisms. Then, participants will hunt for bugs in the garden, learn about insect life cycles, and compare butterflies and moths.

NC Curriculum Alignment: CD-5, CD-10, CD-11, CD-14, CD-15, APL-1, APL-2, K.L.1, K.L.1.1, 2.L.2.1, 2.L.2.2