The Saint Louis Science Center is an exciting place to play and explore, and we’re committed to the safety and visitor experience of everyone.

Please print, fill out and bring the form with you on your visit.

Group Policies Acknowledgement Form

We encourage visiting groups to discover and experience the Science Center’s exhibits and programs with the following guidelines in mind.

Reservations & Payment
  • Groups of 10 or more must reserve tickets in advance to receive the group discount. We do not offer group discounts at the door. Additional notice allows us to better accommodate your group’s needs. Group leaders can make a reservation to hold tickets at any time.
  • To ensure that your tickets are secured, payment is due 10 days prior to your visit. Payment may be made with a credit or debit card, or with a check.
  • Refunds or reductions in your group numbers can only be accommodated until 10 days prior to your visit. However, additional tickets may be purchased at the group rate as long as tickets remain available.
OMNIMAX® THEATER Film Request

Films from our library are available. Film requests require a 25-ticket minimum purchase and are limited to Mondays and Thursdays, between 10 AM and noon. Requests are subject to availability and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

  • To request a film, a $50 nonrefundable deposit must be paid immediately by credit or debit card. When your final payment is made, the $50 deposit will be applied to your balance. Full payment for the remaining balance is due 10 days prior to arrival. If you cancel your film request, the film will return to its regularly scheduled presentation, and the processing fee will not be refunded.
  • To schedule a private screening in the OMNIMAX Theater, please contact Starlite Events at 314-533-8179.
Parking
  • For groups arriving by shuttle or bus, please unload and pick up in the bus lanes just south of the main entrance of the Science Center’s Oakland Building (located at 5050 Oakland Avenue) or in the circle drive at the McDonnell Planetarium (Clayton Avenue in Forest Park). Free bus and shuttle parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If arriving separately, groups may park on the main parking lot for $10 per car ($12 during our peak season from Memorial Day to Labor Day), or at the parking lot for the McDonnell Planetarium.
Chaperones
  • For groups with children, we require one adult (18 years and older) for every 10 children. Adult chaperones are responsible for group members and must take an active role in supervision at all times. Some galleries may have different chaperone requirements; please see below for more information.
  • For your group’s safety and convenience, chaperones must wear the bright green chaperone stickers provided at check-in. Chaperone stickers make your chaperones easily identifiable and include the name of the school or group. Extra stickers are available at the Visitor Services Information desk.
Food
  • The Science Center offers a variety of convenient food options for groups to pre-purchase for their visit. Learn more about our on-site food options.
  • If your group will be purchasing food upon arrival, please let us know what time you plan to eat so our staff is better able to serve your group.
  • Sack lunches may be brought into the Science Center, but space is not guaranteed. Sack lunches may only be eaten in the designated sack lunch areas. Call 314.289.4400 or stop by the Guest Services Information desk when you arrive for information on where your group can eat.
Accessibility
  • Groups with accessibility questions should contact Group Visits at 314.289.1419 or email groupvisits@slsc.org.
Behavior
  • The Science Center has a lot to explore, with exhibits across multiple levels. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We provide complimentary wheelchair rentals for those who need them.
  • Heelys shoes, Jetts, hoverboards, and other non-required personal transportation devices are not to be used in the building.
  • The Saint Louis Science Center is a smoke-free environment. This includes cigarettes and cigars, as well as e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
  • The Science Center wants every guest to be able to enjoy our exhibits and activities. Groups should be considerate of other visitors and handle exhibits with care. Any groups being disruptive to visitors or staff will be asked to leave, and no refunds will be given.

Specific Exhibit & Attraction Policies

Amazing Science Demonstrations at CenterStage
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Food and beverages are allowed at CenterStage.
  • CenterStage may be used as a sack lunch space for groups, but space is not guaranteed. To ask about daily availability, please stop by the Visitor Information Desk or inquire when you set up your group’s reservation.
Discovery Room
  • Recommended for ages one to eight.
  • One adult chaperone is required for every four children.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the Discovery Room.
  • No single adult tickets; children under the age of one need a complimentary ticket.
  • Because of limited capacity, the Discovery Room encourages groups to book a private session. For more info, contact Group Visits by phone at 314.289.1419, or at groupvisits@slsc.org.
Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site
  • For the safety of our fossils, each child must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site.
Experience Energy
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Individual snacks and beverages are allowed. Groups may not eat inside the gallery. For questions about sit-down lunch space, please contact us at 314.289.4400.
Experience Flight Simulators
  • For the Pulseworks Simulator: Up to eight (8) people per ride; must be 42 inches tall to ride without adult supervision; school groups may ride the Pulseworks Simulator with a chaperone present.
  • For the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulator: Up to two (2) people per ride; must be 48 inches tall to ride; maximum 250 lbs. per person.
    • School group members MAY NOT ride the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulator. The intense nature of this simulator poses a health risk for those with certain conditions, and should only be attempted in the presence of a parent or guardian. Although your field trip chaperone may also be your parent, we cannot personally be sure of this, and it would also not be fair to the rest of your school group who could not ride.
GROW Pavilion and Gallery
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Food and beverages are allowed. Groups may not eat outside of the gallery’s designated eating spaces. For questions about sit-down lunch space, please contact us at 314.289.4400.
Life Science Lab
  • Visitors must be 5 years of age to enter the Activity Bench area.
  • For groups, we require one adult for every three students or children.
  • The Life Science Lab Atrium and Classroom are open to all visitors, with one adult chaperone for every 10 students or children.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed.
  • During busy times, visitors are limited to one activity bench. Visitors may reenter the line if they would like to do another activity.
Makerspace
  • Recommended for ages 7 and up
  • Makerspace classes are designed as family activities, with one adult chaperone required for every five children.
  • For the general public Makerspace area, one adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed.
Mission: Mars
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Individual snacks and beverages are allowed. Groups may not eat inside the gallery. For questions about sit-down lunch space, please contact us at 314.289.4400.
Structures
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Individual snacks and beverages are allowed. Groups may not eat inside the gallery. For questions about sit-down lunch space, please contact us at 314.289.1419.
VR Transporter
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • No food or beverage is allowed inside the VR Transporter
  • Must be 42” tall to ride
  • Visitors younger than 13 may ride if they are at least 42” tall and have parent/guardian permission
  • Max. single rider weight of 250 lbs.
  • No eyeglasses allowed
  • Anyone pregnant or with back, neck or heart trouble, medical devices or history of seizures should not ride.

For more information, contact Group Visits by phone at 314.289.1419, or at groupvisits@slsc.org.