School Field Trips | Pensacola MESS Hall

School Field Trips

Book a school year field trip today for 2019-2020!

This page provides details on school year field trips, to view a full listing of what we have to offer teachers and students, please visit our School Programs page.

Please note that summer field trips are a different format, so please check the Summer Programs for Groups page for summer information.

Questions about school year trips? Check our FAQ pages.


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Special funds available through our Fund-A-Bus grant program. These funds offset some of the costs of the trip and are available preferentially to high need schools. Apply today.


A field trip to the MESS Hall includes the exploration of a variety of hands on math, science and engineering stations and exhibits where students get to act like a scientist and make their own discoveries and engineering their own designs and test them out. The exhibits and activities are determined by the type of field trip you choose.

  • Immerse visitors in learning through hands-on experiences
  • Support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education
  • Enhance cognitive, physical, social and emotional development
  • Reinforce newly acquired skills
  • Extend classroom learning
  • Foster individual learning styles

Below we highlight the general descriptions of the trips. Have more questions? See our FAQ.

Types of trips

Grade level field trips

Hands on stations for grade level field trips are aligned with the grade level standards and cover a variety of different topics. Grades 1-5.

  • Cost: $7/student, with a minimum of $225. Chaperones are free.
  • Time: 10 – 11:30 am.
  • Capacity: up to 60 students/trip

Themed Field Trips

Themed field trips begin with an engaging presentation to highlight key science concepts. Hands-on stations set out in the exhibit area reinforce the science in the show. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the other exhibits.

  • Cost: $8/student, with a minimum of $250. Chaperones are free.
  • Time: 10 – 11:30 am.
  • Capacity: up to 60 students/trip

Themes field trips for 2019/2020

  • Grade 1 Theme – Get Going With Gravity
  • Grade 2 Theme – Tall Scientific Tales
  • Grade 3 Theme – How to Measure a Song
  • Grade 4 Theme – Engineer It
  • Grade 5 Theme – Air Show
  • Grade 6-8 Theme – Mission: The Universe

Description for Themed field trips below:

Grade 1 – Get Going With Gravity

Balance forces while building tall, and engineer to change motion. This interactive show and stations encourages the use of descriptive language in math, engineering and science.

Grade 2 – Tall Scientific Tales

Science is everywhere, and scientists like to tell stories. Explore the role narrative can play while helping your young scientists find the stories of science. Cross-curricular activities connect to children’s literature and explore the role narrative can play while helping your young scientists find the stories of science.

Grade 3 – How to Measure a Song  

Inch your way along with the MESS Hall performers as they engage students with an interactive show about the seemingly weighty subject of measurement. Hands on stations turn up the volume, and time will fly by as students analyze multiple ways of measuring.

Grade 4 – Engineer It

There’s more to engineering than counteracting the force of gravity. Investigate mechanisms, energy, and control systems while learning about the engineering process.

Grade 5 – Air Show  

We are surrounded by air, but we rarely give it a second thought. However, air is powerful, causing motion, weather, and even influencing biology. Build things that fly and spin, and imitate nature by using the power of air for your own means.

Grade 6-8 – Mission: The Universe

Don’t settle for a field trip. Go on a space trip! Students discover how scientists explore the solar system and universe, as well as diving into recent discoveries by NASA.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation occurs less than 14 calendar days before the field trip is scheduled, a $25 fee will be assessed for each day your trip was scheduled. If a cancellation occurs less than 10 calendar days before the field trip is scheduled, a $50/day fee will be assessed.

Chaperones

Engaged chaperones are critical to successful learning during the trip. They guide the students to the stations and assist the students with the activities. The MESS Hall requires 1 chaperone for every 5 children for grades 1 and 2, for every 10 children grades 3 and up. Chaperones are free.

Times and Cost

Field trips are scheduled to begin at 10 AM and last for 1 1/2 hours. Grade level trips are $7 per student (minimum of 32 students/$225). Themed field trips cost $8 per student (minimum of 32 students/$250). Chaperones are free.

Capacity

Field trips are limited to 60 students.

Accessibility

The Pensacola MESS Hall facility is fully wheelchair accessible. Many activities are suitable for visitors with a variety of disabilities. Our staff will work with your group to determine any ways we can assist you. Examples include choosing activities suitable for visually or hearing impaired.

Book a field trip today!