Questions? Hannah@funmuseum.org or 608-784-2652
Unleash your student's imaginations with an educational and entertaining field trip to the Children's Museum in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin.
What age is appropriate for a trip to the Children's Museum?
We recommend visits to groups in Preschool through 5th grade.
When can we visit?
1 ½ to 2-hour field trips are scheduled on first-come, first-serve basis between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays. The Museum is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm. (Trips may also be available on certain weekends during regular museum hours - no orientation or presentations)
What does a field trip cost?
$5.00 per child with FREE adult chaperones.
Groups must have 10 or more students & pre-registration is required to qualify for this rate - find other group discount options
Museum memberships are not valid for field trip visits.
Payment is due in full on field trip date unless you previously arrange to be invoiced. Overpayment of less than $25 (due to missing students) will be refunded with single admission passes. Overpayment of $25 or more will be refunded by check within 30 days of visit.
Are there any discounts for low-income groups?
Some years, the Children’s Museum secures grant funding to support schools/groups with large populations of economically disadvantaged families and/or special needs students. We are also working to secure sponsors for free kindergarten field trips from some communities. If you think your group may qualify, call to inquire about eligibility and availability.
How many adults can I bring?
At least one adult chaperone is required for every five children but the more the merrier!
All of your chaperones are FREE with a pre-scheduled field trip of 10 or more kids, but we will charge a $5.00 per missing chaperone fee if less than 1 adult per 5 children.
At all times while at the Museum, chaperones are expected to facilitate appropriate behavior, play with and supervise the children, help children to pick up exhibit areas after use, and follow all rules.
What will we see?
Your self-guided tour will begin with an orientation by Museum staff, followed by an optional, interactive presentation for some groups (see below), and then your students and adult chaperones will explore the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibits at your own pace until your designated departure time.
You and your students will:
- Climb up and through our eye-catching Luckey Climber...
(sponsored by the Cleary-Kumm Foundation)
- Design, build and cross some Bridges…
- Control the flow of real water in the Mighty Mississippi…
- Operate the Kids’ Crane…
- Discover a tree with lots of surprises…
- Make an impression on the pin screen…
- Create a bright design on Doodle Dots...
- Report the news and weather from WKID TV…
- Step into interactive games and images in EyePlay...
- Send colorful scarves “whooshing” through clear, twisty tubes…
- Expand your knowledge about dinosaurs in the Dino Revolution maze...
- Be a firefighter, complete with uniforms, real fire engine, station and “burning” house...
- Be a cashier, customer or stocker in the kid-sized convenience store…
- Learn and demonstrate money smarts in the kid-sized bank ...
- Get your heart rate up and challenge your memory at NEOS...and much more!
Two-hour field trips of 15 or more students in grades K-5 may choose one of the following 20-minute interactive presentations for the beginning of your visit. Available Tuesday-Friday from September-April.
We do not recommend a presentation for children younger than kindergarten or for groups with less than two hours in the Museum.
Presentations must be requested at least one week in advance and are pending staff availability.
- Wildlife on the Mississippi—Join in a discussion of the plants and wildlife that live within our National Wildlife Refuge (appropriate for all grade levels).
- Stuffee – learn about the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems with our big fabric friend (appropriate for all grade levels).
- Fire Safety – a La Crosse Firefighter will share fire safety tips (best for K-2nd grades).
- Weather – Learn how NewsChannel 8 weather staff predict and report the weather (best for 3rd-5th grades).
- Coulee Region Humane Society – Learn about the animals they help, the Pet Therapy teams they train, and how to be safe around animals you don't know (best for K-3rd grades).
- Money Matters – Citizens State Bank staff make learning about money fun (best for 3rd-5th grades).
- STEM Science Lab: Increase your Sci-Q as we explore the magic of science with hands-on experiments (appropriate for all grade levels).
Where should we pick up and drop off our group?
Buses drop off and pick up either in the alley at the rear of the Museum or on the corner of 5th & Jay in front of the Hollywood Theater. Turn off engine while unloading/loading. Buses may not remain in loading area during field trip. Groups must use entrance at rear of Museum to enter and exit.
Other vehicles may use 2-hour street parking or park for up to 3 hours free in the Market Square Ramp (enter from Jay Street between 4th & 5th). Parking is not allowed in the private King on 5th and Cathedral parking lots behind the Museum.
Can we eat at the Museum?
Pending availability, our lunch room may be reserved for $35 for up to 2 hours. Groups with more then 30 people will have to rotate in and out of this room. Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance. If a reserved lunch room is canceled within 48 hours of your trip, a setup fee of $10 will be charged.
How do we schedule a Museum field trip?
Call (608)784-2652 Monday through Friday for more information or to schedule a field trip. After scheduling a field trip, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with important information about your group's visit. Please read thoroughly.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes! During our visit, you may also explore our gift shop with a variety of affordable, educational items. Adult supervision is required.
Educators get 10% off gift shop purchases!
What if we have less than 10 kids in our group and/or we can’t pre-schedule our visit?
If your group of 10 or more people visits during regular hours without pre-registration, you may request the group discount of $1.00 off per person (no free adults/staff). Another option, if you plan repeat visits, may be our prepaid admission program for non-profit organizations and child care providers. Details here.
"Outstanding job—Thanks for making learning outside of the classroom as fun and educational as it is inside the classroom. Children's Museum ROCKS!" - Nancy Gillmore, Holmen School District
"I have been taking 1st graders to the Children's Museum for nearly 16 years & the kids always love it!" - Jeannine, NOW Elementary
"Thank you so much for allowing us to explore at your museum! The children and families had an amazing time! We can't wait to come back in years to come. Many families had not had the chance to visit the Children's Museum before, so they talked about going back often with their own families. Your staff was awesome and welcoming!" - Whitney Tollefson, Melrose-Mindoro 4K