Field Trip FAQs

  • What ages are appropriate for field trips?

    Field trips to the Children's Museum of Sonoma County are geared towards children in grades TK - 2.

  • How far in advance should we schedule a field trip?

    Registration for 2017 - 18 school year field trips will run from April 10, 2017 - August 18, 2017. Schools may submit a request anytime during the registration window - it is not first-come-first-served. If the Museum receives more requests than we can accommodate, we will hold a lottery on August 18, 2017 to determine which schools are offered field trips. You will be notified of your status by the end of August.

    *Please no phone calls or emails about your status prior to the end of August.

  • Do we need a reservation for our field trip?

    Yes, we require that all groups with 12 children or more make a reservation for their visit.

  • Can we use memberships to pay for our field trip?

    No, memberships and other discounts/passes cannot be used towards field trips.

  • How many chaperones should we bring?

    We require one chaperone for every five students and we cannot guarantee admission to groups bringing less than the required number of chaperones.  However, we allow one chaperone for every three students and all chaperones up to the 1:3 ratio are admitted for free.  If you bring any adults above the 1:3 ratio, we will charge the museum general admission price.  Please be advised, if your number of students changes on the day of your visit, your free chaperone number will be adjusted as well.  All chaperones must be over the age of 18. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a child.

  • Do teachers count as chaperones?

    Yes, teachers count as chaperones and will be counted towards the 1:3 ratio.

  • How do we pay for our field trip?

    You may for your field trip with cash, check or credit card. We ask that you pay before your visit, or on the day of. We do not accept late payments.

  • What is your field trip cancellation policy?

    All field trips must be canceled/rescheduled at least 4 weeks in advance. No-show groups and groups that cancel/reschedule less than 4 weeks in advance will be subject to pay 50% of the field trip fee.

  • What happens on a rainy day?

    There are rainy day procedures in place for the field trip programs.  However, our eating space is very limited on rainy days since most of our tables are outside.  Please contact the field trip coordinator at fieldtrips@cmosc.org regarding rainy day details for your specific trip.

  • Where should our buses drop-off/pick-up?

    Buses must drop-off and pick-up in the parking lot adjacent to the Museum. Buses may park in our overflow parking, previously T&B Sports (just down the street at 2049 W. Steele Lane) or at Coddingtown Mall while they wait for the students.  They may NOT park in the Museum parking lot.

  • Do you have somewhere we can eat lunch?

    Weather permitting, your group may eat lunch in our picnic areas. Please be advised that these areas are open to all Museum visitors. Aside from water, no other food or drinks are allowed in the Museum exhibits.

  • Do you have somewhere we can store our lunches/belongings?

    Yes, your group will be assigned bins in which to store your lunches and other belongings. Please do not leave valuable items in the group bins; the Children's Museum of Sonoma County is not responsible for items left in the bins.

  • Do students need to wear name tags?  

    It is helpful to us to know the students first names, but please defer to your schools policy.

Do you have a question that we didn’t answer?  

Please email schoolprograms@cmosc.org, or call the Museum at 707-546-4069 x 113.

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Field Trip Programs