Focused Field Trips

Our traditional Kidzu focused field trips include a 30-60 minute science lesson in our program room, followed by ample play time in our museum exhibits and Makery. All focused lessons are aligned with the NC Standard Course of Study and NC Foundations for Early Learning curriculum.


  • 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.
  • QUESTIONEERS SPECIAL EXHIBIT: $11.00 per child (includes a focused lesson, access to the special exhibit, plus access to the museum and Makery)


Focused Group Visit Time Options:

Groups with up to 35 individuals can schedule during any of the following times Tuesday-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 35 individuals can schedule during the following days:

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

*Group Visits are for a maximum of 2 hours. Please note, due to capacity limitations in our programming space, groups with more than 70 participants will be asked to schedule 2 visits in the timeframes listed above and visit in 2 smaller groups.

Stay for lunch! 

Rent our program room for 30 minutes after your group visit for only $30!

Available to groups with 30 or fewer children only.

To schedule a focused field trip, please complete this interest form and a member of our team will be in touch within 2 business days. If you have any specific questions or would like to reach our education team directly, you can do so by emailing

Interested in bringing one of our focused field trip options to your classroom/organization? Reach out to our education team about hosting an In-School Field Trip by e-mailing or complete our in-school field trip interest form.

Focused Group Visit Themes

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 Foundations for Early Learning: APL-1, APL-2, LDC-7, CD-1, CD-2, CD-11,

NC Standard Course of Study: 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 a bee-themed craft 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 Foundations for Early Learning: APL-1-2, APL-3, APL-5, HPD-4-6, LDC-7-10, CD-1-3, CD-5, CD-9, CD-11-15

NC Standard Course of Study: 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 Foundations for Early Learning: APL-6, HPD-2, HPD-4-5, LDC-7-8, CD-1,11,14-15

Art, math, and science come together as students engage firsthand in the engineering process, designing and constructing buildings and bridges. Through mid-January 2023. This field trip includes access to the special exhibit and the regular museum, and costs $11 per child.

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 their heartbeats going!

NC Standard Course of Study: 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 Standard Course of Study: 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 Standard Course of Study: 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 Standard Course of Study: 1.MD.2, 1.P.1, 1.G.2, 1.E.1  2.MD.2, 2.MD.3, 2.E.1NC Curriculum Alignment: 1.MD.2, 1.P.1, 1.G.2, 1.E.1  2.MD.2, 2.MD.3, 2.E.1

Develop students’ scientific inquiry and investigative skills through hands-on experimentation. Through mid-January 2023. This field trip includes access to the special exhibit and the regular museum, and costs $11 per child.

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

NC Standard Course of Study: 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 technology.

NC Computer Science Standards: K2-AP-01, K2-AP-02, K2-AP-03, K2-AP-04, 35-AP-01, 35-AP-02, 35-AP-03, 35-AP-06

Watch your students’ creative expression flourish as they learn to illustrate their own stories. Through mid-January 2023. This field trip includes access to the special exhibit and the regular museum, and costs $11 per child.