School Field Trips | Pensacola MESS Hall

School Field Trips

Book a school year field trip today for 2018-2019!

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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.

Fund A Bus

Special funds available through our Fund-A-Bus grant program. These funds, no more than $100 per school, 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: $6/student, with a minimum of $200. 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 2018/2019

  • Grade 1 Theme – Intro to Engineering
  • Grade 2 Theme – Tall Scientific Tales
  • Grade 3 Theme – How to Measure a Song
  • Grade 4 Theme – Air Show
  • Grade 4 Theme – Engineering 101
  • Grade 5 Theme – Robotics Unplugged
  • Grade 5 Theme – Mission: The Universe

Description for Themed field trips below:

Grade 1 – Intro to Engineering

This interactive show allows participants to balance forces while building a tall structure and 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 – 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 4 – Engineering 101

There’s more to engineering than counteracting the force of gravity. Let your students build on their knowledge of balancing forces while learning about the engineering process.

Grade 5 – Robotics Unplugged 

Robotics is more than just programming computers. Learn the physical and biological properties that roboticists exploit to make robust and efficient robots.

Grade 5 – Mission: The Universe

Don’t settle for a field trip. Go on a space trip! Explore the tools needed to discover the wonders of the universe in this NASA funded experience.

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.


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 $6 per student (minimum of 34 students/$200). Themed field trips cost $8 per student (minimum of 32 students/$250). Chaperones are free.


Field trips are limited to 60 students.


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!