During your free exploration time, you may choose to explore the exhibits, participate in the art projects in the Art Studio, or play outside in the backyard (weather permitting). The Discovery Center themes for the 2016-2017 school year will be “Amazingly Immature” for October through December 2016 and “Let’s Get Curious” for January through May 2017. Groups will be amazed and awed in our new Discovery Center. A trained educator will lead your class through the experience. These concepts and presentations will be age appropriate for your students
Groups may select how to split their group up however the chaperone minimum of 1 chaperone per 6 students must be met. We ask groups to arrive at 9:45 AM to have time to complete group check-in. Groups will enter the Museum at 10:00 AM. Groups arriving late will NOT have their assigned schedule altered. They will begin the schedule at whatever time they arrive and may miss their first or second sessions. Late groups have the option of staying past 1:00 PM and returning to the sessions they missed if staff is available.
We are currently accepting group trip registrations for the 2016-2017 school year for PreK through 4th graders!
Group trips are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, (we are closed Wednesdays) starting October 1 with the exception of the following blackout dates:
October 10, 11, 13, 14
November 24, 25
December 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
January 2, 3, 5, 6, 16
March 13, 14, 16, 17, 20
April 10, 11, 13, 14, 17
May 26, 29, 31
C’mon’s daily group trip maximum is 6 classes of up to 22 students in each class, for a maximum total of 132 students per day.
Group trip reservations are available for the following types of groups: scout troops, youth groups, after school programs, and summer camps (as long as they have a minimum of 10 children of similar ages). Homeschool groups may be eligible for our field trip rate. Click here for more information about field trips.
Once you have selected your desired date, email Carolyn Williams, Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Name, phone number and email address of person booking the trip
- Name and email address for all chaperones attending the trip
- Estimated number of students
- Group’s name
- Group’s address
- Group’s phone number
- Contact’s name for the day of the trip and their cell phone number
- Age of students
- Number of chaperones
- Top three choices for trip dates
Please note, field trips will be processed in the order in which they are received. You will hear back from us within two weeks. Once your trip is scheduled and your invoice has been sent, you have two weeks (14 days) to submit full payment or your trip may be canceled. Your group trip is NOT confirmed until full payment has been received.
In your confirmation email, you will receive a schedule for each teacher. Please make sure all chaperones participating in the trip receive their schedule prior to the field trip day.
Please make sure to add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts to ensure you receive booking emails.
Group trips are $9/child. Leaders and one chaperone (over the age of 18) per six children are free and required. Additional chaperones may attend at a cost of $9/person if booked 72 hours in advance ($10/ person if purchased the morning of your visit).
Group trips are available for groups of 10 or more children and must be reserved with full payment at least two weeks in advance. Trips will be booked on a first come- first serve basis and dates cannot be guaranteed until payment is received. C’mon accepts purchase orders as a payment guarantee however full payment must be made at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit date. If payment is not received at this time, your visit will be subject to cancellation.
Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express), check or cash. Free admission or ½ off admission passes, discount coupons or C’mon memberships may not be applied towards field trip payment. No payment or adjustment to your group count will be made on the day of your visit. Additional tickets for children or chaperones may be purchased on the day of your visit, but will be done so at the general admission rate of $10/ person. Therefore, we encourage you to make any headcount changes prior to your visit by calling the number indicated on your confirmation form at least 72 hours in advance. Please remember that your field trip cannot include more than 6 classes of up to 22 students each.
The Museum is in high demand for visiting groups and we must limit the number of groups scheduled on any given day. Therefore, if your plans change, we ask that you cancel, reschedule, or change the number of children in your group well in advance of your visit. No payment or adjustment to your group count will be made on the day of your visit. Additional tickets for children or chaperones may be purchased on the day of your visit, but will be done so at the general admission rate of $10/ person. Therefore, we encourage you to make any headcount changes prior to your visit by calling the number indicated on your confirmation form at least 72 hours in advance. Please remember that your group trip cannot include more than 6 classes of up to 22 students each.
Refunds or reductions in amount due will be awarded for field trip cancellations or changes in attendance numbers based upon when the Museum is notified:
More than 30 days in advance: Full refund
15 to 30 days in advance: 1/2 refund
Less than 15 days in advance: No refund
C’mon cannot refund groups for guests that do not arrive on the day of the visit.
C’mon is a fully accessible museum. Please let us know at the time of booking if your group requires special accommodations.
C’mon requires one chaperone (over the age of 18) per six children, which are included free. Additional chaperones may attend with a cost of $9/ person if booked at least 72 hours in advance or $10/ person if purchased the morning of the trip. Aides for children with disabilities are always free.
Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit to C’mon. Chaperones MAY NOT bring younger or older children with them on the trip. If a chaperone brings a younger or older sibling, they will not count toward your required one chaperone per 6 students ratio, as they will be unable to provide their full attention to the students needs.
The outdoor areas of C’mon will remain open except during heavy rain, thunderstorms, or other severe weather. In the event of heavy rain, your group’s Museum experience will be limited to the indoor galleries. C’mon does not refund payment regardless of weather.
For groups booking during hurricane season, please keep an eye on our website if we are in a forecast cone. Safety is our first concern, and the Museum will be closed if hurricane or tropical storm force winds are predicted within 48 hours as well as during any evacuation and damage cleanup time. If your trip is booked during one of these occurrences and the Museum is closed, you are eligible for a refund or to rebook your trip later in the school year.
Boxed lunches are available from our Garden Café. There are a variety of options from which to choose. Groups may also elect to bring their own lunches. Please make sure your lunches are in coolers or baskets clearly labeled with your group name. Groups will be assigned a lunch time in the party room or on the classroom terrace, which will be noted on the confirmation email. Please note, no food or drinks are allowed in the exhibit areas.
Schools may shop in the Museum Store at any time during their visit, however, C’mon has a policy of no more than 6 students in the store at any given time and students MUST be accompanied by a chaperone.
What is a typical group trip to C’mon like?
- Focused learning in our educator-led Discovery center classrooms (total 20 minutes).
- Chaperone-led free exploration time in the exhibits (total 1 hour & 20 minutes).
- Art gallery program (total 20 minutes with a C’mon art gallery guide).
- Lunch time (total 20 minutes).