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.
  • If you need to add tickets to your group reservation on-site, tickets must be purchased in one transaction from the group leader to receive the group discount. If group members need to purchase tickets individually, they may do so, but tickets will be at our regular rates.
  • Groups are not able to hold tickets for feature-length films in advance without payment. Payment is due at the time of reservation.
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.
Behavior
  • 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.
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.
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.
  • The Science Center offers a dedicated lunch room for groups, the Dino Den. Space in the Dino Den can be requested with a paid activity or lunch purchase from the Science Center. Self-guided tour (general admission) groups may ask about available lunch space at the Information Desk, but space cannot be guaranteed in advance.
  • Sack lunches are allowed inside the Science Center but only in the Dino Den lunch room. Sack lunches may not be eaten at Energy Stage or in the public seating areas for Science Café or The Loft. If the Dino Den is unavailable, groups must eat outside the building at the picnic tables outside the Oakland Building or McDonnell Planetarium entrance, in Forest Park or on the group’s bus or shuttle.
Educator Discounts & Group Reservations
  • Educators are limited to 1 discounted ticket per activity per valid educator ID. To receive the discount, the educator must show his or her ID at the box office prior to purchasing. Educator discounts are not able to be applied to past purchases.
  • To redeem the Educator discounted ticket toward a future group visit, the group must reserve tickets for the same film, show or special exhibition. The group’s visit must take place within 6 months of the Educator discounted ticket purchase.
  • A copy of the educator’s receipt must be emailed or faxed prior to the group visit’s payment due date to verify activity and purchase date.
  • Group must have at least 10 paid participants to qualify.
  • Educator Discounts are not available on special screenings or Omnimax Film Library requests, as future availability cannot be guaranteed.
Accessibility
  • The Science Center offers multiple floors and indoor/outdoor spaces. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and seasonally appropriate clothing. The Science Center provides complimentary wheelchair rentals, as well as motorized scooter rentals for a $25 rental fee. Visit the Information Desk in the main lobby to ask about availability.
  • Learn more about Accessibility at the Saint Louis Science Center by reviewing our accessibility information.
  • Groups with accessibility questions should contact Group Visits at 314.289.1419 or email groupvisits@slsc.org.

Specific Exhibit & Attraction Policies

Special Exhibitions

The Science Center’s exhibition hall hosts both traveling and Science Center-produced special exhibitions, which may have varying policies. In general, groups should expect the following unless otherwise noted:

  • Groups must have at least one adult chaperone for every 10 students or children; no food or drink is allowed inside special exhibitions; writing utensils are not allowed inside special exhibitions; and flash photography is not allowed.
Energy Stage STEM Performances
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
  • Food and beverages are allowed at CenterStage.
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.