Group Visits

Attention Teachers: Group visit reservations for the 2020-21 school year will open early August 2020.

Group visits are 2.5 hour self-guided exploration of the Museum. Museum staff will greet you, review a few rules and logistics, and then your group will be free to explore the various Museum exhibits at your own pace until the end of your scheduled visit.

Group Visit Basics

  • Group Visits are for children in 2nd grade and younger. Exceptions will be considered for mixed age groups with children up to 10 years old.
  • To receive the discounted pricing, groups must be affiliated with a school (public, charter, state, private, home), preschool, school district, County Office of Education, childcare facility, camp program, or a non-profit children’s organization.
    • If you do not meet these criteria, but plan to bring more than 8 kids to the Museum, please contact us to let us know.
  • All groups requesting a visit are REQUIRED to register with us ahead of time (at least two weeks in advance). If you do not register ahead of your visit: you will be expected to pay full price, or may be turned away at the door due to capacity limits.
  • The Museum requires a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 4 children on an educational group visit (1:4 ratio). Chaperones and teachers in a 1:4 ratio are included in the cost of the visit.
  • Groups with children with special needs have no minimum group size and all adults are complimentary.

Group Visit Pricing

 (must meet group visit requirements and pre-register for this price, minimum group size is 12 students)

  • $10 per child; chaperones in 1:4 ratio are allowed in for free.
  • Additional chaperones pay the same entrance fee as the children.
  • Payment for group visits is due on the day of the visit.

Group Visit Maximum Numbers by Day

*Please pay close attention to the following group sizes when submitting your request form for certain days:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday | 48 students (2 classes)
  • Saturday and Sunday | 24 students (1 class)
  • Tuesday (select dates) | 144 students (6 classes)

Group Visit Scholarships

Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we can offer a limited number of scholarships to schools who need assistance accessing our 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 Request Form.

Important Information

Chaperones

Chaperones play an important part in making your group visit day smooth and fun. Please assign 4 students to each chaperone prior to arriving at the Museum. Encourage your chaperones to engage with the students and keep cell phone use to a minimum. If chaperones bring siblings, include them in your head counts and be prepared to pay for them.

Please familiarize chaperones with our three rules so they can help students:

  1. Be safe and always walk.
  2. Be friendly to other people and take turns.
  3. Be kind to our exhibits.

What to Wear

Visits to the Museum are hands-on, immersive, outdoor experiences where students are encouraged to explore our garden and play in our water-feature area.  Please be prepared that students may get a little bit dirty or a little bit wet and have them dress appropriately.

Lunches and Snacks

Bring your own snacks and lunches and enjoy them at our outdoor tables.  We do not have food service or indoor eating areas available at the Museum. In consideration of guests with nut allergies, please do not bring nut products into the Museum.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up (with school buses)

Buses must drop-off and pick-up in the Museum’s parking lot, near the front entrance of the Museum.

Bus Parking

Please note that the Museum does not have bus parking in our parking lot. Buses will need to park at Coddingtown Mall if they are waiting for students.

Teacher Guides to our Group Visits

We have created a a teacher guide to getting the most out of your visit to the Museum. Please download/print your guide to have it handy for your visit! Teacher guides Include alignments to California Department of Education Curriculum and the National Early Learning Standards.

Timed Arrivals

We require a planned time of arrival when booking a group visit. Our group visits are allowed 2.5 hours, if you arrive late, we cannot guarantee an extension to your visit.

Other Visitors

Please note that the Museum is open to the general public everyday except Tuesday, please be prepared to share the space. On Tuesdays, we can accommodate larger groups due to being closed.

Group Visit Frequently Asked Questions

What ages are appropriate for group visits?

Group visits to the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County are appropriate for children in 2nd grade or younger.

How many children can I bring on a group visit?

Group size allowances are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 48 students (2 classes)
Saturday and Sunday | 24 students (1 class)
Tuesday (select dates) | 144 students (6 classes)
*Please note: The Museum requires a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 4 children on a group visit (1:4 ratio).  Chaperones and teachers in a 1:4 ratio are included in the cost of the visit.

How far in advance should we schedule a group visit?

Group visits are available throughout the year. We encourage you to contact us as soon as you know you are interested to have the best choice of dates.

Do we need a reservation for our group visit?

All groups requesting the group visit discount are REQUIRED to register with us ahead of time. If you do not register ahead of your visit: you will be expected to pay full price, or may be turned away at the door due to capacity limits.

Can we use memberships to pay for our group visit?

Memberships and other discounts/passes cannot be used to pay for group visits. However, chaperones who are members may use their membership to check themselves in at the Front Desk.

How many chaperones should we bring?

The Museum requires a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 4 children on a group visit (1:4 ratio). Chaperones and teachers in a 1:4 ratio are included in the cost of the visit. Additional chaperones pay the same admission rate as students. 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 1:4 ratio.

How do we pay for our group visit?

You may pay for your visit with cash, check or credit card. We ask that you pay on the day of your visit, we do not offer refunds for over-payment.

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that if you decide to cancel your group visit that you let us know at least 2 weeks in advance.

Can we extend our group visit beyond 2.5 hours?

We cannot extend the length of the group visit. In our experience, groups find 2.5 hours is the perfect amount of time to visit the Museum.

What happens on a rainy day?

Groups are encouraged to visit us and explore our indoor spaces on rainy days.  However, our eating space is very limited on rainy days since all of our picnic tables are outside. Please take this into consideration when making your plans.

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

Buses must drop-off and pick-up in the Museum’s parking lot. Buses may NOT park in the Museum parking lot, they will need to park at the Coddingtown Mall if they are waiting for students.

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.

Does our group need to wear identifying clothing?

It is helpful to the Museum staff to know which students are with your group. If you are able to, please have your students wear matching t-shirts, bandanas, stickers, name tags, etc. in order to quickly identify the students in your group.

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

Please contact our Programs Coordinator with additional questions at schoolprograms@cmosc.org or call 707-546-4069

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