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The Children’s Science Explorium offers School Programs designed to challenge and inspire elementary (K-5) students’ science learning through hands-on, inquiry-based activities. All school programs are approximately one hour in length and target state and federal standards for science at each grade level. These programs, plus exhibits and demonstrations, enhance a teacher’s classroom instruction.

*Please be aware that school field trips may only be booked by Boca Raton resident schools*

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How to Register for a Program

  • Any group of ten (10) or more, who plans to visit Sugar Sand Park in passenger vans or buses, Monday- Friday, must make an advanced reservation.  Group size cannot exceed 50 people per day.  Group visits include the Children’s Science Explorium and the Science Playground.  Groups that would like to make a reservation can do so by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at (561) 347-3907 or at [email protected]
  • Groups who qualify for our educational-based fieldtrip programs can review our programs offered here Email [email protected]  or call 561-347-3905 to review the pre- and post- visit activities and determine available dates.

What to Expect on Your Field Trip

  • Programs: The Explorium classroom accommodates no more than 25 people, including teachers and chaperones and Explorium staff. Please be aware that you need 2 chaperones with your group in the classroom, plus at least one Explorium instructor – this means no more than 22 children can be in a group.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time to unload the bus and for a brief orientation. If you are going to arrive late, please inform us by calling 561-347-3900.
  • Programs begin promptly at 10:00 am. When inclement weather prohibits an outdoor program, an alternate program will be substituted based on availability. The programs will conclude at approximately 12:00; at which time you will be free to have lunch, ride the carousel and visit the Science Playground.
  • Exhibits: An exciting part of your visit is exploring the Exhibit Hall. Our permanent and traveling exhibits feature hands-on, interactive exhibits designed to challenge visitors’ thinking and promote an understanding of everyday science. A brief orientation will precede the exploration of the museum. Challenge worksheets about current exhibits are available for students.

*NOTE: The traveling exhibit hall will be closed during change-over (refer to the School Program Guide for specific dates). During these weeks, staff may provide alternative activities, such as guided nature tours and live demonstrations, to ensure a superb experience for students and teachers.

  • Chaperones: RECOMMENDED: One Chaperone per seven students; 1 for every 10 is REQUIRED.

Teachers and chaperones are responsible for all of their students and are expected to be involved in the program. It is recommended that chaperones NOT bring other children as it takes the focus away from helping to monitor the students. Staff reserves the right to ask any group to leave due to disorderly and/or inappropriate behavior. Download our Chaperone Survival Guide.

Additional Field Trip Options

  • Science Playground: The Science Playground is a unique three-level facility featuring many interactive components. A limited water area is available. Students are advised to bring a towel and a change of clothes if they plan on getting wet. Should you decide students are NOT allowed in this area, you have the option of avoiding it upon entering the playground. Chaperones MUST distribute themselves around the playground to supervise and oversee students’ behavior and activities.
  • Carousel: Upon arriving, you will receive a carousel voucher that will give your group one free ride on the carousel. Students are expected to follow all riding guidelines and requests from the carousel operator. If the carousel is closed due to inclement weather or maintenance, there will be no ‘rain check.'
  • Lunch: The Classroom Patio or Family Pavilion, adjacent to the Science Playground, will be reserved for visiting groups to enjoy their lunches. Restrooms and water fountains are located at the Family Pavilion. The Explorium has two large bins to hold bagged lunches. Please have students pack their lunches in airtight containers to keep food dry and away from animals. Students and chaperones are responsible for cleaning up their lunch area after eating. Please do not allow children to feed the animals.