School & Group Visits

Children love field trips to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum… and teachers love that MHCM field trips directly support classroom learning!

The museum offers several educator facilitated programs that have been specifically designed to support NYS Learning Standards. Visits with programs also include plenty of time for your students to explore the museum exhibits.  $10.00 per child and adult chaperones are free. A minimum of 15 children is required to qualify as a group. 2-hour visit includes a 30-40 minute program.  If you would like your students to have lunch at the museum, tables may be reserved in advance (fee of $1.00 per child applies).

 

Field Trip Programs (Pre-K)

The following programs were developed by MHCM in collaboration with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (Washington, DC) to focus on motor skills, language development, cognition skills and a fun, positive approach to learning.   They have been specifically designed to teach school readiness skills to preschool children.

Each field trip that includes a program is designed for a 2 hour period. Cost is $10.00 per child and adult chaperones are free.  A minimum of 15 children is required to qualify as a group.

  • Building Buildings
    This field trip begins with children taking a tour of the museum to collect samples of the various building materials that went into its construction. They then construct their own model museum building using the materials they collected and explore 5 fun-filled construction-themed stations.
  • Long, Long Ago
    This field trip takes place at the feet of our 12-foot tall mastodon skeleton. Children practice making observations and learn the story of how this very mastodon was unearthed in a backyard, just miles away from the museum in nearby Hyde Park, NY. They will then have their very own paleontological dig!
  • In The City
    Children learn about the various places and people in our community, and then role-play and star in an old-fashioned silent movie set in the museum’s RiverTown exhibit. Teachers receive the finished film to show in class or share with parents.
  • Let’s Go Grocery Shopping!
    This field trip is all about making healthy choices and eating healthy food. Children explore the museum’s play grocery store, which is loaded with special products, and then play a game to learn about which food choices are the healthiest.
  • Link, Lift, Launch! (weather dependent)
    This program supports early STEM learning. Children learn about what an engineer does and how making things can involve planning, testing and improving. They then design their very own paper rocket to launch outside!
  • Trains and Transportation (weather dependent)
    This special trip is really two field trips in one! Your group will meet at the Poughkeepsie Train Station. There, a museum educator dressed as a train conductor will greet you and escort you on a tour of the train station, focusing on the different forms of transportation available in our town. We will then walk across the street to the museum to continue learning about transportation.
  • Color Changes
    This early science program takes place in the museum’s Wonderdome. Children learn about light, prisms and the colors of the rainbow. Then they are guided through fun color changing experiments using kitchen chemistry, black lights and special rainbow glasses!
 

Field Trip Programs (K-2)

The following programs were developed by MHCM to support early elementary curricula in the areas of STEM and health.

Each field trip that includes a program is designed for a 2 hour visit. Cost is $10.00 per child and adult chaperones are free.  A minimum of 15 children is required to qualify as a group.  Lunch at the museum or in the museum’s pavilion is $1.00 per child extra.  Lunch adds an extra 30 minutes to the visit.

  • Long, Long Ago
    This field trip takes place at the feet of our 12-foot tall mastodon skeleton. Children practice making observations and learn the story of how this very mastodon was unearthed in a backyard, just miles away from the museum in nearby Hyde Park, NY. They will then have their very own paleontological dig!
  • Link, Lift, Launch! (weather dependent)
    This program supports early STEM learning. Children learn about what an engineer does and how making things can involve planning, testing and improving. They then design their very own paper rocket to launch outside!
  • Captain Bubble Science Show
    This zany superhero science show will empower your students to be scientists as they learn about states of matter, energy and chemical reactions. Highlights of the show include amazing helium bubbles, bubble-powered rockets and kids being put inside a bubble. After the show, students will break into groups to participate in their own scientific experiments. Supports Next Generation Science Standard: 2.PS1.A.  Science show requires a minimum group size of 25.
  • Go, Slow… Whoa! The Healthy Eating Gameshow!
    Come on down!  You’re on a game show!  In this program, based on the Children Museum of Manhattan’s “Eat Play Grow” curriculum, students are the contestants and offered fun challenges about healthy eating and exercise.  There is never a dull moment in the show as the audience helps decide if something is a “Go!” food or a “Whoa!” food!
 

Self-Guided Field Trip

Explore the museum at your own pace and discover your own favorite hands-on exhibits during a two-hour self-guided field trip. Self-guided field trips are a wonderful option for teachers who know the museum well.  Cost is $8.00 per child and adult chaperones are free.  A minimum of 15 children is required to qualify as a group.

 

Scheduling

To schedule a field trip, contact the MHCM Education Department at (845) 471-0589, ext. 17 or by email at PJacobsen@mhcm.org.

If you would like your students to have lunch at the museum, tables may be reserved in advance (fee of $1.00 per child applies).

Early Bird Discount!

Book a field trip early in the academic year!  Visits between September and December receive a 10% discount.