An experience that your students will never forget!

Bring science to life with experiences that your students will remember for a lifetime! A Science Center field trip is a great way to introduce new topics, enhance your classroom curriculum and have fun exploring science! We have a variety of options available below.

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Field Trip Options

James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Don't miss the Planetarium Shows in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. The Planetarium Shows* include a 30-minute dark sky show in the Orthwein StarBay followed by live Q & A with a member of the Planetarium staff. In between star shows take a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station.

*All Boeing Space Station exhibit areas are closed during the dark sky Planetarium Shows.  Guests will be asked to gather in the Orthwein StarBay during this time.

With more than 100 hands-on exhibits, your students travel from Earth via the StarShuttle (a large-sized elevator) to the Boeing Space Station where they learn how astronauts live and work in space. Your students will be amazed by the Orthwein StarBay where the Zeiss Universarium Model IX projects 9,000+ stars onto the 80-foot-wide dome. 

Hands-on activities focus on the crew's quarters - complete with a sleeping bag against the wall, personal hygiene facilities and a kitchen. The StarBridge is filled with exhibits on astronomy, physics and communications across space. They can rotate solar panels for more energy or try operating a remote mechanical arm. They can view Hubble images or learn about the seasonal night sky. For younger students, crawling through "space tubes" similar to what the astronauts use on board the real space station provides physical fun.

Special Exhibitions

The Saint Louis Science Center frequently hosts traveling special exhibitions. These exhibitions present an excellent opportunity for educators looking for fun and educational field trips for their students. Group pricing is available. Schools located within the Zoo/Museum District are eligible for free admission to these exhibitions. 

OMNIMAX Theater

The OMNIMAX Theater is an experience like no other! Sit under a four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art wrap-around, domed theater. Sit back, relax and let sight and sound take over as images come leaping toward and around you, while the 15,000-watt sound system tricks you into believing you're really there. The OMNIMAX Theater offers the Rear Window open-captioning service for all films and at all showtimes (unless otherwise noted on the Showtimes page.)

Discovery Room

Come play with science in the Discovery Room; a great place for young scientists up to seven years old to explore a range of interactive exhibits. We provide exhibits that allow children to experiment with the properties of magnets or explore the ways in which water behaves at the water table, and children can even dress up at the medical area or Native American area. Our book nooks are ideal places for sitting down on a comfy rug and opening a good book.

Explore science and learning with your students as they begin to understand the world around them. Classes can experience the remarkable natural world together in a nurturing child-friendly environment. The Discovery Room helps children focus on the fundamentals of science and technology and provides a learning resource for parents, children and teachers. Program sessions are 45 minutes and begin on the hour. Come and explore the playful side of science!

Science Center Attractions

We have more than 700 hands-on exhibits that are free to the public. Your students can dive deeper into the science behind our attractions through specially arranged kick start tours and other exhibit based programs.

Field Trip Package: Great Space Experience

The Great Space Experience will help students learn what life is like aboard the International Space Station. Included in this field trip package is a “Live Sky Tonight"

Please visit the field trip packages page for pre and post visit material.

Field Trip Package: Electrify and Energize

Electrify and Energize explores alternate methods of electrical generation and ideas to conserve energy. Included in the field trip package is Electropolis, an amazing 3D movie produced by National Geographic, a private, Amazing Science Demonstration and a self -guided tour of the Energy Gallery. 

Please visit the field trip packages page for pre and post visit material.