What is the difference between a Guided Tour and Self-Guided Exploration?
During Guided Tours, groups experience Thinkery through a structured 90-minute, hands-on guided tour of six galleries led by a Thinkery staff member in 10–15-minute rotations.
Self-Guided Exploration is an opportunity to provide a powerful, hands-on experience for students, teachers and chaperones that is driven by a strong learning agenda rooted in play-based, inquiry-driven experiences. Self-Guided Exploration uses the entire museum along with special STEAM demonstrations and hands-on activities as a curricular platform connecting back to the classroom. Self-Guided Exploration includes our skilled Thinkery education team actively interacting with students and chaperones to inspire creativity, curiosity and discoveries. Thinkery welcomes educators and students of all backgrounds, abilities and educational settings to join us for Self-Guided Exploration!
How many students can I bring during a Self-Guided Field Trip?
We have a max capacity of 175 students per time slot-9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am.
How many adults should I bring with my group? Are they required to pay?
Thinkery requires 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students; Chaperones within the 1:5 ratio will receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones (more than 1:5) and siblings will be charged $10 each and will be purchased on the day of the visit.
Chaperones must be teachers, school staff with district identification, parents, or other adults over the age of 18 accompanying the group.
For example, a school bringing 120 students should also bring 24 adults. These required 24 adults (which includes teachers and parents) will receive free admission. If the group brings more than 24 adults, those adult chaperones will pay $10 each.
What happens when we arrive?
Thinkery museum staff will greet you on the buses to collect the total number of students and chaperones attending and will provide the lead teacher with the chaperone badges and map of activities. The lead teacher will check-in communicate departure time to the Thinkery staff, bus drivers, and chaperones.
All chaperones will receive a map of activities for their exploration. Each chaperone will receive a set of five stickers to place on the students back.
Once check-in is complete, please unload the students from the bus and evenly divide the students with their chaperones. Thinkery staff will direct your chaperones inside to begin your Self-Guided Exploration!
What do we do when we are ready to leave?
At your departure time, please meet at Group Entry with your entire group. A Thinkery staff member will lead your group outside of Group Entry upon the completion of your visit. Please return all badges to a Thinkery staff member.
What should I do if I need to locate a missing child?
Our museum staff is available to assist you with in reuniting with a missing child or adult. Please provide Thinkery staff with a detailed description of the person. In the case of a missing child, our museum protocol includes monitoring our main entrance and scanning all galleries and program spaces.
Can I make changes to my date and time after I’ve scheduled a Self-Guided Field Trip?
Thinkery receives a high volume of requests for group visits during the school year. To ensure a fair and equitable process, changes to field trip dates and time reservations are limited. If you must make changes to your reserved date and time, first cancel your existing reservation. Use the web form to request a new field trip time and/or date. Once availability is confirmed, a new $25 reservation fee will secure the new date and time. Only one $25 reservation fee will be applied toward the admission total.
Can I make changes to my student numbers after I’ve scheduled my field trip?
Changes can be made to the group size 30 days before the invoice due date by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. A new invoice will be sent with the updated amount due. Changes cannot be made after final payment has been received.
Groups arriving with fewer students will receive Admit One passes to Thinkery (one pass for each student that is paid for, but is not attending). Groups arriving with additional students will be charged for their tour admission.
Does the non-refundable reservation fee apply toward the tour admission total?
Yes! The reservation fee applies toward the group admission total. If groups change dates or times, only one $25 reservation fee will be applied toward the group admission total. If a group cancels, the fee is non-refundable.
Do you allow re-entry after the field trip?
For Self-Guided Exploration Trips, groups can explore and play for an unlimited amount of time once they have checked in. We encourage groups staying for a long visit to eat lunch before or after their visit. We do not allow re-entry for large groups once groups depart the building.
Can I visit the Thinkery Store?
Yes! We encourage you to take a memory of Thinkery home with you by visiting our museum store, which opens daily at 10 a.m. Encourage your chaperones to explore the store during the trip to avoid long lines at the end of your visit. We ask that you visit in your groups of 1:5.
Can my group have lunch at the Thinkery?
Thinkery does not have an onsite location for groups to eat lunch. If you are interested in a picnic lunch, we recommend using one of the nearby city parks on either side of the Mueller Neighborhood, Patterson Park off of Airport Blvd or Bartholomew Park off of 51st St.
In the Mueller neighborhood, please refer to Mueller Lake Park, located directly across the street from Thinkery, is a neighborhood park overseen by the Mueller development. Inquiries should be sent to the Mueller Central office at email@example.com or Northwest Greenway, on Philomena Street near Dell Children’s, with an accessible playscape and shaded picnic area.