Museum on-the-Go | Schools


A program sponsored by the Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Museum on-the-Go brings hands-on science to your school site. A visit from Museum on-the-Go gets students in grades K-6 learning about science topics, ranging from vibration to forces to electricity, through hands-on exploration! This updated, 45 minute program is perfect for one class at a time!

Photos thanks to Leila Bierbaum

Museum on-the-Go School Program Basics

  • Each session consists of a 20 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of hands-on exploration

  • Our programs work best with groups of 24 students (or less) in each session

  • Set up needs to be in a room that can be used for all sessions (i.e. an empty classroom, the gym, the MPR, the library)

We offer 2 versions of our Museum on-the-Go Program:

  • Museum-on-the-Go: perfect for 5 - 12 classes, needs a larger space to set up. Sessions are facilitated by two Museum staff members and contain larger exhibits for exploration.

  • Museum on-the-Go Lite: perfect for 2 – 6 classes, smaller spaces, or class sizes. The same great Museum on-the-Go programming, just scaled down to fit your needs. Sessions are facilitated by one Museum staff member and contain smaller, mostly tabletop exhibits for exploration.

Museum on-the-Go School Program Topics

Choose one topic for all class sessions

Museum on the Go

  • Forces and Motion (K to 4th grade)

    Let’s find out more about the pushes and pulls that make things go. In this program, children learn more about basic physics concepts like friction, gravity, and Newton’s First Law. Download the Forces & Motion Teacher Guide.

  • Electric Science (4th to 6th grade)

    Explore electricity, and how it works, while using magnets and circuits. Build your own circuits to make light, noise and motion! Download the Electric Science Teacher Guide.

  • Earth Science (K to 6th grade)

    Explore all the things that make up our planet: rocks, minerals, and water! See how both living and non-living elements affect how we live, and get curious about how it all came to be! Download the Earth Science Teacher Guide.

  • Waves

    More info, and teacher guide coming in Spring 2019


Museum on-the-Go Lite

  • What's the Matter (1st and 2nd grades)

    What is matter? Is it a solid? Liquid? Gas? You'll find out by playing with some exciting sensory materials, gases, solids, and liquids. Download the What's the Matter Teacher Guide.

  • Forces and Motion (K to 4th grade)

    Let’s find out more about the pushes and pulls that make things go. In this program, children learn more about basic physics concepts like friction, gravity, and Newton’s First Law. Download the Forces & Motion Teacher Guide.

  • Electric Science (4th to 6th grades)

    Explore electricity, and how it works, while using magnets and circuits. Build your own circuits to make light, noise and motion! Download the Electric Science Teacher Guide.

Museum on the Go School Program Pricing

Museum on-the-Go

  • 1 day with 5 - 6 sessions: $900

  • 2 days with 10 – 12 sessions: $1500
    *2 day Museum on the-Go programs must be on consecutive days and remain in the same space

 Museum on-the-Go Lite

  • 2 sessions, 1 day: $250

  • 3 sessions, 1 day $350

  • 4 sessions, 2 days: $500

  • 5 sessions, 2 days: $600

  • 6 sessions, 2 days: $700

  • No more than 3 sessions on one day for Museum on-the-Go Lite

Museum on-the-Go – School Scholarships

Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we can offer a limited number of scholarships to schools who need assistance accessing our school programs. Schools demonstrating a 40% or higher socio-economically disadvantaged population are eligible for consideration. If your school wishes to be considered, please indicate accordingly on the Museum on-the-Go – Schools Request Form (below).

Important Information

Setup and Breakdown

Museum on-the-Go:  Setup takes 60 – 90 minutes and we typically setup on the afternoon prior to the first session. 

Museum on-the-Go Lite:  Setup takes 45 – 60 minutes.  We prefer to arrive about 45 minutes before the school day starts so that we can be ready to go right after attendance and morning announcements.

In both cases, break down happens immediately after the last session.  For both setup and breakdown, we need to drive the van as close as possible to the room we will be using.

Timing

You will be asked to provide a schedule of the sessions to the Museum.   We ask that there be no more than 10 minutes between each session except for a 45 – 60 minute lunch if we are staying for 4 or more sessions on the same day.

Expectations

A teacher, aide, substitute teacher or other school staff is to remain with the class at all times and support their students by engaging in the activities with them. We want you to have as much fun as your students!


For more information, please see our Museum on-the-Go | Schools FAQs, or contact our School and Community Programs Coordinator with additional questions - email: schoolprograms@cmosc.org, call: 707-546-4069 x113.

Everything about my experience with the Museum has been outstanding. I was the one who set up the event. All my interactions with the staff were prompt and helpful! Thank you so much! Today was AWESOME! The students were SO engaged!
— 1st grade teacher Wright Charter
The program was well organized and offered options for stimulation and kept their interest. The children loved the museum on the go and so did we!
— Pre-K teacher St. Rose Preschool
I was so impressed with this program. Amazing engagement for students-perfect mix of academic vocab and hands on learning. I look forward to having the program come again and I got some great ideas for materials for my class!!
— K-1st grade teacher Guerneville Elementary
This is wonderful opportunity for our students to experience hands-on science with materials we don’t have accessible for them here at school.
— 2nd grade teacher McDowell Elementary