Science Museum Activity Packet: a Field Trip Freebie!

photograph of a water activity at a science museum

Planning a science museum visit and looking for some fun activities to keep the kids learning and engaged? You’ve come to the right place! Today, I’m sharing my free science museum activity packed and sharing some my best tips for your science museum field trip!

One of the reasons my husband and I decided to start homeschooling was so our kids could take advantage of more hands-on learning opportunities than the traditional school options could offer them. When they were in public school, their entire grade would take one, maybe two, field trips every year.

And that’s only if the planets aligned correctly, they got enough funding, chaperones, were able to schedule a bus transport, and if the weather cooperated.

Um, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a whole lotta “what ifs” to worry about when it comes to receiving hands-on educational opportunities. No thank you.

Now that we’ve been homeschooling for a number of years, though? We’ve taken so many field trips I’ve lost count. And, you know what? It’s the immersive learning experiences that have stuck with my kids the most.

They’re still talking about the time we ate popcorn for lunch at the Museum of Science & Discovery, the colorful & creative celebration costumes from the Museum of Junkanoo, the time we got to see a Kia vehicle assembled from start to finish.. should I continue? I could go on and on for days.

Long story short, great job planning a visit to the science museum. The kids are going to learn so much and you’re all going to make some pretty awesome memories together. My tips and freebie will only make your science museum field trip even more awesome!

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part of the fire museum of maryland that homeschool family
If you ever get an opportunity to visit the Fire Museum of Maryland, definitely go! I was totally impressed!

Tips for Visiting the Science Museum

You guys, I’m not here to toot my own horn, but I consider myself to be very skilled in finding fabulous deals on all.the.things…museum visits included. Here are some of my top 4 tips for getting a great deal on your science museum admission:

  • Check their social media. Local attractions will often share coupon codes on their social media sites, so check them! Like any quality website, you can typically find links to associated social media accounts on the homepage. Check their website and then visit their social media.
  • Check discount apps. Groupon, Living Social, Viator, CityPass, Viator, and SightseeingPass all have deals on museum admissions from time to time.
  • Check your memberships! Have you heard of museum reciprocity? I swear, it’s one of my favorite field trip “hacks.” It’s basically when you can use one membership for entry into multiple museums/attractions. It’s saved me so much money!
  • Check for group discounts. Many museums will often offer discounts for educational groups so consider having your homeschool co-op attend the museum together!
two children standing in front of the Maryland Science Center
We visited Baltimore, Maryland for one of our “post 2020” field trips. The boys had so much fun visiting the Maryland Science Center!

Now that we’ve got you on your way to getting some deals on admission, let’s chat your actual museum visit, m’kay? We’re not just going to show up to the science museum all willy nilly and ill prepared, no we are not! I care too much about your sanity to allow that so here are my top 4 tips for visiting the science museum:

  • Avoid going on a weekend. Like the plague. You got me? That’s when the place gets overrun with shouty kids, grandparents on date night/day duty (something we have yet to experience, but that’s another story for another day), and…just mass chaos. Usually. I know you may not be able to avoid a weekend visit to the science museum but, if you can…do.
  • Pack food & drinks. First, check the museum website for their outside food policy. If you can’t bring food & drink inside, you could always pack it in a cooler and leave it in the car. Museum food is often over-priced, not exactly fresh, and overpriced. Oh? I said “overpriced” twice? Well, that’s because it is. Save yourself some moolah and pack food and drinks.
enjoying the flight simulator at the museum of science and discovery in fort lauderdale, florida
Get to the museum early so you can take your time exploring! My son would’ve spent all day doing this flight simulator at the Museum of Science and Discovery if I let him!
  • Wear comfortable shoes & clothes. Unless you’re literally attending for a fashion show, the science museum is not a fashion show. Leave the new shoes that might blister heels/toes/everything at home and wear comfy clothes. You want to spend the day paying attention to the science exhibit and not to how uncomfortable some piece of clothing or footwear is.
  • Preview the museum. When I was a teacher, I would do what I could to help my students prepare for visiting a new-to-them place by showing them any relevant YouTube videos of the location, showing them photos of the website, and going through a run-down of what we were going to see. Now that I’m a homeschooling parent, I do the same for my own kids. It helps to both ease any “new place” anxieties and can also help to build excitement.
Science Museum Activity Packet. Hands on Science Museum Fun!
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Learning with the Activity Packet

The Science Museum Activity Packet I created was designed for learning before, during, and after your visit to the science museum. Designed with upper-elementary-aged kids in mind, his freebie packet includes:

  • 20 Science Museum vocabulary words. Have the kids define the words BEFORE your visit to the science museum so they’re already familiar with exhibits they may see.
  • A Science Museum word search. The kids can complete this BEFORE or AFTER visiting the science museum – your choice! It includes words from the vocabulary word list.
  • A Science Museum scavenger hunt. Bring along a clip board and pen/pencil so the kids can complete this fun scavenger hunt DURING their science museum field trip!
  • 5 Science Museum-themed writing prompts. With one of each option: Descriptive Writing, Persuasive Writing, Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, and Reflective Writing, have the kids complete these AFTER visiting the science museum.

To get the freebie packet, just fill out the form below and it’ll get sent right to your inbox. If you’re bringing along a friend or two, go ahead and send them this article so they can get their own science museum activity packet sent to their inbox, too!

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Enjoy your Science Museum Field Trip!

I gotta say, I wish I could join you in your adventure! Which science museum are you planning on visiting? Leave a comment below so I can be sure to include that science museum on my list of “places to visit” with the kids one day!

You and the kids will have so much fun! I know it can be so tempting to take a ton of photos, but I’m going to suggest you take like 5 photos tops and then just live in the moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in taking photos that it’s easy to just “click” the day away. I know!

I hope you and the kids have an amazing day filled with learning new things and making new memories together!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

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