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Mayborn Museum Complex
254.710.1110
Fax: 254.710.1173
Mailing Address:
One Bear Place # 97154
Waco, TX 76798-7154
Physical Address:
1300 S. University Parks
Waco, TX 76706-1221

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School Programs

Now booking groups for the 2014-15 school year

The Mayborn Museum is the perfect place for your school's field trip!

The Mayborn Museum Complex offers
1-2 hour(s) of programming, depending on the grade level and topic you choose for your group. All of our programs provide the opportunity to touch, explore, and investigate exhibits linked to cultural history and natural science.

Download our 2014-2015 school group brochure in PDF format (164kb).
Parents, get information about field trips here.

 

Group Field Trip info

Programs are offered September 2, 2014 through May 29, 2015 (excluding weekends and holidays).

  • Maximum group size to reserve a program is not to exceed 6 classes, or 120 students. Please notify us prior to your visit if you have a significant change in the number of students in your group. Programming will need to be altered for a change in group size.
  • Larger groups can be accommodated with self-guided tours.

 

RESERVATIONS
To schedule a school program, please call 254-710-7526 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call early in the school year with the following information to assure your preferred date:
  • School name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, and contact person
  • Grade level, number of classes, and number of students
  • Name of program you want to book (see listing)
  • Alternate dates and times in case of scheduling conflicts

 
LOCATION AND TIMES

  • All programs are held in the Mayborn Museum Complex at 1300 S. University Parks Dr.
  • Programs begin promptly at 9:30, 10:00, 12:00, or 12:30. When possible, we will accommodate out-of-town groups by adjusting their tour schedules.

 
DROP OFF AND PICK-UP

  • Arrive 15 minutes early for unloading, group greeting, and directions.
  • Unfortunately, due to our tight programming schedule, late arrivals may lose part of their program time.
  • From University Parks Drive, enter the museum's circle drive. Continue around the building to the designated bus unloading zone.

 
PAYMENT

  • We charge a minimum of $45 for programming up to 15 people.
  • For groups of 15 or more the cost is $3 per child (regardless of age).
  • Teachers receive free admission.
  • Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card upon arrival.
  • Make checks payable to Baylor University.
  • Separate checks must be written for store purchases.

For people accompanying the group, costs will be:

Ages Admission
(18 mos. & younger) Free
(19 mos. - 12 years) $3
(13 years - 64 years) $5
(65 years & older) $4

While Mayborn Memberships may be used for additional guests, they cannot be applied towards students participating in programming.

 

Bonus: No extra cost to visit our traveling exhibit when booking The Explore Tour, The Discovery Tour, Junior Scientist, Our Unseen World or our Self-Guided Tour on the following dates:

  • January 17 - April 12, 2015 The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm
Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm was created by The Children’s Museum of Houston, in collaboration with Scholastic Entertainment.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
  • If you need to cancel, call 254-710-7526 as soon as possible so that your time may be given to others.
  • Refunds over $25 will be mailed

 

 
LUNCH GUIDELINES

The picnic tables located outside are available free of charge. In case of inclement weather or extreme temperatures please make arrangements for lunch off-site. If you are from out of town, the following places can potentially accommodate groups for lunch:

  • Bledsoe Miller Recreation Center (254-750-8684)
  • Ferrell Center (254-710-1915)
  • Waco Parks and Recreation (254-750-8080)

Please bring trash bags for your trash.

 

 

PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
The following themed programs are available for the grade and age levels indicated. A more detailed description of the program is available for each grade level following the chart.

Program

4-yr-olds through
1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd through 8th Grades

Special Programs

Village Days
(October 20-24, 2014 & April 13-17, 2015)

x

Christmas at the Mayborn
(Dec 2-Dec 19, 2014)

x

x

x
(3rd, 4th, & 5th only)

Self-Guided
(Certain Dates Available)

x

x

x

Year-long programs

Junior Historians

x

x

Explore Tour

x

Junior Scientists

x

x
(2nd-3rd only)

The Discovery Tour

x
(4th-8th only)

Our Unseen World

x

x

Science Whiz

x

x

Communities Then and Now
(Village) (2nd-8th grade)


x

x

 
SPECIAL PROGRAMS:
The following programs are only offered during a designated time of the year. During this time period, these are the only school programs which are offered at the museum. These programs are 1½ to 2 hours long.

  • Village Days (Pre-K, K, 1st Grade) (October 20-24, 2014 & April 13-17, 2015)
    • Come experience life in a late 1800's Texas community with fun hands-on activities. (Weather Permitting)

  • Christmas at the Mayborn
    • The entire museum is decorated for the holidays. Children rotate through several areas of the museum learning the science and history behind Christmas. This program is offered December 2 through December 19, 2014.

  • Self-Guided
    • Once you have been greeted by a Mayborn Museum staff member, your group will stay together and rotate through the museum spending a few exciting minutes in each area. Dates are restricted. Please call for more information. (On the restricted dates, a minimum number of children is not required.) (Excludes Village)

 
PROGRAMS
Programs are 1 to 2 hours long. All programs are adapted to the grade level attending and address TEKS principles. All programs are hands-on, participatory, and use multiple exhibit areas of the museum (depending on the program and grade level.)

 

  • Junior Historians (Pre-K - 2nd grade)
    21st century children are transported back to the late 1800's to learn about the Native Americans of this area and the early Texas pioneer.
  • Explore Tour (Pre-K - 1st grade)
    In this tour, children will rotate though several different areas of the museum and engage in hands-on fun.
  • Communities Then and Now (2nd - 8th grade)
    Children will compare the community in which they live with a rural Texas riverfront community in the late 1800's. This program takes place in the Bill & Vara Daniel Historic Village. (Weather Permitting)
  • Junior Scientists (2nd - 3rd grade)
    This tour gives students an opportunity to visit several of our discovery rooms to extend their science and social studies concepts.
  • The Discovery Tour (4th - 8th grade)
    In this tour, children will rotate through several different areas of the museum to engage in critical thinking and hands-on fun.
  • Our Unseen World (2nd - 8th grade)
    In this tour, groups will rotate through several different areas of the museum that focus on science.
  • Science Whiz (2nd - 8th grade)
    Students explore various forms of energy, simple machines, and weather.

 
DISCOVERY BOXES
Our Discovery Boxes are a teacher favorite! An exciting educational resource, they are designed to supplement school curriculum with museum objects. Each box contains artifacts and a teacher's guide filled with information and activities. Each Discovery Box is available for your classes on a one week loan. Please be prompt with pick-up and return, and be sure all pieces of the box are accounted for to avoid a fee for late return or missing items. Call 254-710-1049 to reserve one now!

INTERNATIONAL DISCOVERY BOXES

    Africa
    Ancient Egypt
    Australia/New Zealand
    China
    Christmas Around the World
    Explorers
    Holocaust
    Immigration
    Japan
    Maps
    Mexico


NATIONAL DISCOVERY BOXES

    African-American History
    Civil War
    Community Helpers
    Hispanic Culture
    Native Americans
    Pioneers
    Texas


NATURAL SCIENCE DISCOVERY BOXES

    Amphibians and Reptiles
    Archaeology
    Birds
    Dinosaurs
    Flight
    Insects & Arachnids
    Mammals
    Mammoth
    Oceans
    Plants and Seeds
    Rainforest
    Rocks and Minerals
    Shells/Mollusks
    Simple Machines
    Space
    Trees


HEALTH DISCOVERY BOXES

    Brain
    External Senses
    Eye and Sight
    Major Systems

 
MUSEUM STORE
Enrich your Mayborn experience with a visit to our museum store. The items we carry compliment our exhibits and programs and are a great way to extend your visit into the classroom. Students are encouraged to shop! Items start at 25¢, so every child can purchase a souvenir of their visit. We offer goody bags. This is a great time saver if your group is unable to visit the store during your stay. Separate checks must be written for store purchases. For more information call 254-710-1127.

 
DIRECTIONS

  • Exit I-35 at University Parks Drive
  • From the South: right on University Parks Drive
  • From the North: left on University Parks Drive
  • The museum is on the left, just past the Texas Sports Hall of Fame




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