Just for Teachers
Are you looking for the best place to bring your group? The Children's Museum of South Carolina is a popular field trip destination for childcare centers, schools, and family reunions. Our exhibits are interactive and correlated to the North and South Carolina Science Achievement Standards.
Don't want to come to CMSC? Let us come to you! We have educational outreach programs just right for your students from preschool through grade 8!
The fun only gets better when you visit the Museum with your friends! For you, your classmates, church group, scout pack, neighborhood friends... whoever, we offer special programs and special prices for your visit. There's something special about how friends play and learn together that makes your visit just that much more fun!
To make your field trip the most fun, we offer a Field Trip Planning Checklist and during your visit we ask you to follow these few simple rules.
Costs & Reservations
- Child Discovery Field Trip: $4.50 per child - Includes an orientation to the Museum and time to explore the Museum’s hands-on exhibits (90 minute visit). Minimum of 15 children (or minimum payment of $67.50) is required.
- Focused Field Trips: $8.5O/child - Includes an orientation to the Museum and time to explore the Museum's hands-on exhibits and a 30 minute educational program of your choice (120 minute visit). Minimum of 15 children (or minimum payment of $127.50) is required. Focused Field Trip topics include: Gem Mining, Soliquid, Tiny Seeds, Starry Night Planetarium, Magnets: Attract Me & Tales for Tots.
- Group Rates - Include 1 Free Adult Admission for every 5 Paid Child Admissions, additional adults/children will be admitted at a discounted rate of $6.00 each. Membership Passports are NOT valid for field trip admissions.
- SMALL GROUP or SPECIAL NEEDS? We have options for you, too! Call the museum for details.
- Need more time? You can extend your visit for $1.00/additional hour. Mention at time of booking to ensure space and group limitations.
- Availability: Museum Field Trips may be booked Wednesday - Friday year round. Groups larger than 75 may be booked on Mondays for a private field trip experience (minimum payment of $337.50 is required).
All packages are booked through the museum only at the time of reservation.
- Children’s Museum of South Carolina and lunch at Wendy’s.
Cost per child: $8.00
All taxes and tips are included in the price.
What You Get for Lunch
Kids Meal choice of: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Chicken Nuggets or Make The Healthy Choice: Substitute mandarin orange slices instead of french fries and choose lowfat milk or chocolate milk. 1 free Adult Single Combo per 10 children* Additional adults will order at Wendy's. No split packages please.
All these packages are booked through the museum only. Call the museum at (843) 946-9469 to book your educational excursion today!
The Children’s Museum of South Carolina is proud to offer hands-on science outreach programs correlated to both National Science Standards and South Carolina Science Standards. Our programs are designed to be used as introductions to a unit or as supplemental instruction to your current curriculum.
Outreach Programs recommended for your youngest students!
Ages 3-5 $75/session for up to 15 students
- Color Science!
Students study the three primary colors and mix colors to invent their own color! Students create tie-dyed name tags and also use their new knowledge to make a mini lava lamp! Length: 30 minutes
- Bubbles Away!
Students examine the properties of bubbles. Students learn how mixtures of liquid detergent and water will demonstrate changes in bubbles. Each student will learn how bubbles become “un-poppable”. Length: 30 minutes
- ABC's and I23's
Students literally PLAY with numbers and letters! Sorting, matching and finding the use in the classroom and all around them every day! Length: 30 minutes
Outreach Programs recommended for Elementary School Students
$150/first class & $100/each additional (up to 25 students per session)
- Tiny Seeds!
Students will use scientific process skills to understand the parts of a seed through activities to demonstrate the life cycle of plants. Each student will plant their very own plant to monitor in the classroom. Length: 45 minutes
- Magnets Attract Me!
Students will be introduced to magnets and magnetic properties. They will discover that magnets pick up objects that contain iron, while making an iron paper clip ”walk” up a paper hill with the magnets. Length: 45 minutes
- Soliquid! PLUS
Students explore the properties of solids and liquids to build vocabulary through observation and hands-on manipulation. The program ends with a mystery substance with properties of both solids & liquids. Length: 2 hours
- Magnet Force
Students discover that iron is the only everyday material that is attracted to magnets and explore ways to detect magnetic force. They observe that objects can become temporarily magnetized and examine the relationship between the force of attraction and the distance separating two magnets. Length: 2 hours
- What’s In My Rock?
Students are introduced to the concepts of rocks and minerals and the tools and techniques of a geologist by investigating the properties of a homemade rock. Length: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Physics of Sound
Students explore their ability to discriminate between sounds. Students develop a code and send messages to one another by using a drop chamber. In mini-activities, students explore a tone generator and homemade musical instruments to find out what produces sound and what changes pitch. Length: 2 hours
- Weather Watchers
Students will explore climate, temperature and weather patterns. They will discover ways to predict weather while learning how to use the tools of a meteorologist. The students will also examine the dangers and hazards of severe weather. Length: 2 hours
- Variables Float My Boat
Students will use lifeboats to explore independent variables. Students will work in groups to build boats of different capacities and graph their results. Length: 2 hours
- Solute vs. Solvent
Students learn about the properties of matter as they investigate the concept of concentration. This program allows students to expand their ideas and think about concentration. Students apply what they have learned to determine the correct recipe for a homemade soft drink. Length: 2 hours
These Outreach Programs are recommended for All Ages
- DIGITALIS PLANETARIUM - $4.00 per child plus a $50.00 set up fee/$200.00 minimum fee.
Students discover why the Sun appears to move and what actually is moving! They explore the different shapes and phases of the moon and observe change over time. Students can also learn about Earth movement and how it effects our seasons. Students will focus on moon phases and shadows to observe how these change over time. View the night time sky to see how stars form constellations and planets visible from their backyard. Length: 50 minutes
- MAGIC OF SCIENCE - $200 for up to 100 students
A Magic Show filled with audience participation where students learn the secrets behind the magic, It’s SCIENCE! Length: 1 hour
Great for assemblies, special events, and large groups of over 25 students.
- AFTER SCHOOL SCIENCE CLUBS! - Registration starts at $45/student
CMSC will host a 6 week SCIENCE CLUB at your school! Students in grades 2-5 can register for an After School Science Club to spark imagination and ignite the fun in Science! Call for details.
The following documents are available upon request:
South Carolina Correlations to CMSC exhibits & outreach programs for all grade levels, North Carolina Correlations to CMSC exhibits & outreach programs for all grade levels.