Book Your Field Trip
Taking your class on a field trip has never been easier!
Download the Field Trip Guide here: FieldTripGuide 2017-18
Contacting the Exploreum
Three easy ways to contact us:
Please have the following information ready when you contact us:
- Two dates and times that you would like to visit
- The exhibits, films, and activities you would like to experience
- The total number of students and chaperones participating in the field trip
What to expect from the Exploreum
Our School Group Coordinators will do their best to accommodate your group’s needs as closely as possible. After you contact us to reserve your field trip, you will receive:
- A confirmation form and number stating the date, times, schedule (subject to change), and cost of your field trip
- A teacher and chaperone guide to the Exploreum
- The resources you have requested
If you have not received this information two weeks in advance of your field trip, please contact us immediately to ensure that your reservation is confirmed.
What the Exploreum requests of you
In final preparation for your trip, we ask that you:
- Call to inform us of any changes to the total numbers of students and chaperones up to 24 hours before your trip
- Review the teacher and chaperone guide to the Exploreum
- Prepare your students for the field trip
- Prepare your chaperones to fulfill their duties
- Prepare one check, drafted on a school account, for payment upon arrival
The Gulf Coast Exploreum does reserve the right to cancel any reservations at any time.
All group cancellations must be received in writing no later than four weeks prior to the event date. All refunds will be processed minus a $25 administrative fee.
Any cancellations received less than four weeks prior to the event will be refunded 50% up to one week before the event. Any cancellations received seven days or less prior to the event will be charged a 100% percent of the event.
If you cancel your visit but reschedule for the same school year, no cancellation fee is charged. However if the second date is cancelled any prepayments will be forfeited.
All cancellations must come from the group leader.
Class Blasts and Exploreum U activities to which supplies must be ordered for number of students attending (dissections, workshops, etc.) must be notified four weeks in advance to not receive penalty. The Exploreum reserves the right to charge the group for total number of items if notified less than four weeks from the date of visit.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIP CHOICES AND PRICES: See Guide
Prices are valid for school group visits that are paid for by check drawn on a school account or by credit card registered to a school. If another form of payment is used (e.g. personal credit card, check, or individual student or chaperone payment at the box office), the Exploreum is required by the State of Alabama to charge admissions tax on the purchase.
For other additional experiences, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Exploreum suggests the following chaperone to student ratios:
- Pre-school: 1 chaperone for every 3 students
- Grades K-2: 1 chaperone for every 5 students
- Grades 3-12: 1 chaperone for every 10 students
Home School Groups
Groups of 14 or more: Rules for school groups apply in regard to chaperone/student ratio; rates must include tax unless drawn on a school account.
Groups less than 14: Must show ID or proof of home schooling (i.e. membership in Mobile Home School Association); normal school rates apply for children (plus tax); no free admission for any adults (chaperones or teachers).
IMAX Theater Seating
The IMAX Theater staff will be responsible for seating during all school shows. Due to the limited number of seats, only the number of people on your reservation are guaranteed a seat. All others are subject to availability. Due to strict scheduling concerns, all IMAX Films must start on time and cannot be held. Please be prompt.
Plan extra time for shopping during your field trip. Our gift shops feature educational and fun books, toys, science experiments and souvenirs. Click here to get a peek at just a handful of the great selections available in the gift shop.